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Osborne & Little *New* Spring Patterns (what do you think about metallics?)

I promised myself that I’d refrain from wallpaper posts for at least a week. Then this morning, reader Jody sends me a link to her favorite new papers from Osborne & Little. My favorite is the Marvao from the Miradouro collection (left), a very classy leaf pattern in turquoise, metallic silver, and fuchsia. So rich, it’s gorgeous.

Then while enjoying breakfast, flipping through the March issue of Living Etc, I see tons of rooms decked out in wallpaper. (Psst: There’s a great tip on page 105. If you find a paper pattern that you like, use the same one in a different colorway in a nearby room. Works especially well if the space is an open plan, you can continue the pattern from the living room to the dining room, just in a different color. Nice!)


So of course, between Jody and Living Etc, wallpaper is back on my brain and now, here on the blog. Is it me, or are you seeing metallic wallpaper as a trend?

Americans have come a long way. It wasn’t easy to welcome back wallpaper (and in some cases still causes anxiety). Like a prodigal son, it’s returned and now, to push even further, the metallics are knocking on the door. Hmm. That’s somewhat huge. I tend to shy away from shiny surfaces, but I could convert if used in the proper setting because, let’s face it, what looks good in your home would look horrible in mine, and vice versa. So much depends on surroundings, mood, the architecture of the home, etc.

Oh metallics. I remember my mother hiring an interior designer in the late ’70’s and she installed a shimmering gold metallic geometric print in our living room. Of course, my mother loved it. I mean, our walls dazzled like the set of Solid Gold, total disco tech, the only thing missing was a globe and music playing, think “Funky Town”.

But seriously, would you allow metallic wallpaper into your life? Won’t you take me to, funky town? What do you think of metallic papers?

(images from osborne & little)

Posted in walls on March 08, 2007

Marisa Haedike’s *New* Etsy Store!

I was thrilled this morning to hear that LA-based artist Marisa Haedike from Creative Thursday opened an Etsy store. She decided to get started by selling 12 prints of her favorite paintings for $28. I’m so happy for her, not only because she is doing something she truly enjoys (painting and working for herself), but that she makes her art accessible to those who perhaps aren’t ready to jump in and purchase an actual painting. Welcome to the world of Etsy Marisa, and thank you for sending me the news. Congratulations!

(images from marisa haedike)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 08, 2007

Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)

Norinne DeGal, owner of Walnut Wallpaper out of Los Angeles, stocks papers like no other. Gone are the days of shopping papers that are ‘trade-only’ or amazingly country (in a bad way). If it’s modern cool you’re looking for, you can shop Walnut and find all the big names, from Twenty2 to Cole & Son, Allegra Hicks, Mibo, Neisha Crosland, Osborne & Little, and Mod Green Pod, to name only a few. She also stocks Palace Papers, which are my flavor of the moment, here’s a peek:

Palace Papers


On the website, you can browse papers by color, style, designer, or featured papers, which I love because if my heart screams for something in blue, I can search the aqua or blue collection and find exactly what I’m looking for. Or, if I’m craving a geometric print, I can search under geometrics. It’s so easy!

The same geometric print in two different colors. Lovely!


Walnut is located at 7220 Beverly Blvd, Suite 201, in LA or you can check out their website and email them if you’re interested in placing an order. Their email addy is contact {at} walnutwallpaper {dot} com. We need something like this in Boston – badly. We don’t have a modern wallpaper boutique that isn’t for the trade only…


Wallpaper tips: Purchase a few feet to mount on fore core and frame for the wall, or install it directly on the wall and frame it out with moldings. Cover a desk or table top (like a coffee table – looks gorgeous), create a room divider, closet doors, collage on a single wall using all of your favorite wallpaper scraps cut into neat squares, or paper a tiny room or a single wall in your home. It’s also beautiful inside of a walk-in closet. Use it on the ceiling (see image below). Remove the shelves and paper the interior of a bookcase, put the shelves back in place, and voila! A completely new look. You can use it as contact paper for kitchen cabinets. Wallpaper possibilities are endless…

Add wallpaper to the ceiling for high impact.

Or on a closet door (via the lovely Posie)

Cut squares of your favorite patterns and paste on the wall (via Lena’s inspiring blog)

Paper only one wall to make a statement.


(images from walnut wallpaper, posie, lena, and palace papers)

Posted in tips, walls on March 04, 2007

Apple Pie Design – Wall Decals

I can’t believe how huge wall decals are right now. Each week I’m coming across more companies that specialize in these vinyl works of art, and I’m constantly amazed by how some really look like actual hand-painted wall murals. I found Apple Pie Design for the first time last night, and had to share. No dorm room decor here – these are sophisticated and grown up.

Apple Pie is a decal company out of Rhode-St-Gen?se Belgium, but with a website in English, French, and Dutch (covers most of us), it’s easy to navigate. They also ship worldwide, yeah! I find that their designs suit many tastes, from traditional to contemporary, whimsical, or even a little French country.


It’s hard to find decals that appeal to so many decor styles from a single company, but Apple Pie seems to cover everyone. Just like apple pie, a dessert that all seem to agree on. Aren’t these great? You can even dress up a child’s bedroom with silhouettes, or add understated elegance to the top corner of a room (below).

(images from apple pie design)

Posted in walls on March 02, 2007

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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