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Let’s Talk About Wallpaper

Wallpaper. One word certain to raise eyebrows amongst your peer group whenever you mention it as a decorative option. Your level of taste will certainly be questioned, especially if you mention alternative ways of using it, like perhaps on the ceiling. Why does wallpaper freak so many people out? The English seem to have a jolly good time with it. And though I’ve never purchased a single copy of the UK version of Country Living magazine, I browsed their website yesterday and noticed wallpaper in nearly every image, further confirmation that they’re still quite keen on it. Over on this side of the pond however, we’re still having our issues. But why?

Whether on walls or ceilings, in bookcases or closets, the idea of wallpaper enchants, the reality overwhelms. Placement and pattern selection are often a nightmare because unlike paint, you’re somewhat married to it once it’s on the wall. Cost is also a concern. Most can’t imagine this level of commitment, others are so bonkers over it that they really don’t care. I’m stuck somewhere in between, I guess I’m part of that “wallpaper a single wall as an accent” cult. Though this trend has set the design world ablaze, I’m beginning to explore alternative creative uses for wallpaper. I’m not seeing a lot of papered ceilings (it’s certainly not a trend) but the idea is appealing especially if the walls are painted a solid color and there’s a spectacular light fixture taking center stage. Another idea is to paint the walls pure white adding a graphical wallpaper to that “fifth wall” (here I go sounding all HGTV).

Or what about dormers? I really like the look of papering them. I suggest painting all the walls in a room a solid color and then applying wallpaper only to dormer walls. Most aren’t big on them because they cut into precious floor space, you bump your head, installing art is a pain, but since knocking them down is seldom an option then highlighting dormers can be a creative solution.

When it comes to papered walls and fancy ceilings, whether it’s a ceiling medallion (view resources here), hand painted murals, tin, or just about anything else, I have my southern upbringing to blame and all of the South Carolina plantations we toured in school. Enamored with all of the fabulous details as a child, I’m not surprised that these things still entice me. But times have changed and people are no longer investing as much time and money into their homes on things that they can’t use as a future selling point. The economy and sheer desire to explore has created a transient nation. When you’re always on the go you tend to think in terms of granite counters and wood flooring as a better long term investment over wallpaper since it’s definitely not an easy sell. As for renters, short-term ideas for decorating will forever be the rage. Few want to invest money and energy on wallpaper when they plan to ultimately move out anyway – you can’t take wallpaper with you. Considering all of this, wallpaper tempts but ultimately loses out to paint. I wonder, will things ever change?

Cole + Son Malabar wallpaper available at Walnut Wallpaper.

What do you think of wallpaper? Have you tried it in your home? If so, where? Thoughts?

(top two images from country living, bottom image from walnut wallpaper)

Posted in walls on January 15, 2008

Lindsay Art {prints}

An encouraging email arrived from established artist Lindsay Brackeen who originally sold her mixed media paintings online but recently decided to move her business over to Etsy to offer affordable prints of her darling originals (just $20!).

Lindsay runs a home business in addition to her duties as a mom of two. She fits in time creating art during their naps so that she’s still able to do what she loves in addition to her favorite role as mommy. It always warms my heart to hear from independent mothers who are online and use all the great resources that exist out there to build a small business so that they’re able to spend more time with their children. The best part is that they’re not feeling trapped at home detached from the outside “adult” world, they’re connecting online and building a small business. No mom should have to sacrifice her dreams to raise a child, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do both really well because we all know a happy, emotionally fulfilled mom is a better parent all around.

I think you’ll enjoy some of these prints from her shop. Thank you Lindsay for sharing your work with us and for telling me about your blog, which I’m clicking over to visit el pronto!

(images from lindsay art)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on January 14, 2008

Samantha Lamb {photography}

Designers and other creative types draw inspiration from everything, especially the natural world – there is so much outside of your own front door to explore and love. So many patterns, colors, textures await you — we’re so lucky to live in a world filled with the beauty that we sometimes take for granted. What inspires you about where you live?

An inspiring series, If Trees Will Talk.

For photographer Samantha Lamb, it’s the beautiful farm she lives on in Oklahoma where she captures the beauty of everyday life in a way that is almost poetic. She appreciates her life there, and it shows. Sam’s work will keep you staring at your screen envisioning Spring days spent in golden fields of wheat under a big blue sky – go ahead, see for yourself…

This series is called The Sea, The Surge & The Seamstress.

Sam sells her work if you are interested, nearly everything you see is available in a range of sizes and prices start at $25. If you view her photos on Flickr, you’ll quickly learn that she loves to shoot according to a theme and she groups each theme into sets. Most of her photos come complete with a thought or short story below them as she’s clearly a storyteller at heart. I can imagine that Sam could pull together several beautiful books on Country life in a second using her stories and captivating photos (a publisher seriously needs to contact her!). I’m so happy to have discovered this talented lady and I hope you find joy by viewing her work today, too.

(images from samantha lamb photography)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 10, 2008

Interview with Alicia Bock {Indie Fixx}

Indie Fixx met up with photographer Alicia Bock, one of my personal favorites, and the interview came out just great. I’d now like to refer you over to Indie Fixx to read it, so please click to learn more

(image from alicia bock)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 10, 2008


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