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Hope Comes Via Sharon Elphick

There is so much beauty in winter. As I look out of my window at delicate glass trees, iced branches sparkling in the sunlight, I sense that only I am bothered by a cold day. The trees seem to be basking in the sun, tiny droplets flowing down ridged bark, birds bouncing from branch to branch, seemingly happy. The pond in my backyard sits frozen, but the large blue heron perched on a nearby stump doesn’t seem to mind as he cleans his feathers (and after watching him skate across the pond unable to make a proper landing, you’d think he’d be blushing). Nature is happy, things are still ‘business as usual’ outdoors, yet so many of us are wishing for Spring, complaining, booking early vacations to the islands.

Seeing the Hanami print from Sharon Elphick today gave me a gentle nudge, “Spring is coming, hang in there”. A glimmer of hope that come March, feelings of being trapped and frozen to the bone will dissipate in the warm sunshine. All will be introduced to budding trees, longer days, and pudgy bumblebees collection pollen. Until then… We wait and try not to notice, just as the heron. Just as the trees. Just as nature.

(image from sharon elphick)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on January 18, 2007

Nebo Peklo New Print: Skeleton Leaf

There’s a new gocco print in the Nebo Peklo shop, a limited edition called Skeleton Leaf, signed and numbered, print run of 38. ?10 + ?2.50 postage (UK & International). Email if interested to nebopeklo AT gmail DOT com. So pretty for your growing collection…

(image via nebo peklo)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 18, 2007

Book of the Week: The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper

Are you a bookstore addict? I’ve been a junkie since I was a ‘tween and purchased my first copy (of many) of the Sweet Valley High series. You know, those two sun-kissed California blondes that bopped around in thier fiat with their cute ponytails, crushing on every football jock in town? Before Sweet Valley High, I purchased my books mainly from the school book clubs (remember those flyers? I confess buying books JUST for those cute baby animal posters), town book fairs, or they were given to me by my family. But, as soon as I started to understand how money worked and how many books I could buy via negotiations with my father (raking the lawn, washing the dogs, cleaning the birdcage, etc.), I was hooked on spending money on things that lasted and meant something to me. To this day, I will always cherish my library above anything else in my home. Well, okay some of the art I’ve purchased and of course, my chocolate drawer where we stash the good stuff.


Last night, while rummaging through titles at Barnes + Noble, I felt those happy shivers, that feeling you get when you’re stoked about something you’ve spotted because you’ve not read about it or heard of it elsewhere, a thousand times over. Especially when it’s a book. “The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper” was my catch of the day. When I reeled it in, I thought about decor8 readers and how I had to share this book on my blog because it’s such a informative and beautiful find.

The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper is droolworthy gorgeousness. My friends would dub it wallpaper porn, the new word we add to the end of everything that is just so sexy you can’t stand it (room porm refers to well designed spaces, bag porn is when you look at all those amazing Anthropologie bags online, etc.) Anyway, I digress.

This book is a magical dream-like escape into the recent Wallpaper craze that has resurfaced after many years of experiencing somewhat of a dry spell here in the states. The sheer variety of papers represented in this title is exciting, some of my favorites are included, like Neisha Crossland, Susan Bradley, Timorous Beasties, Cole + Son, and over 70 others. The book begins with a great (non-snoozy) introduction to wallpaper and how it has evolved into a artistic medium that is used for self-expression by the home dweller, and then it continues by looking at paper today and introducing them by characteristic; geometric, architectural, figurative, interactive, technical, discussing techniques, products, and all the great designers we love – some we’ve not heard of yet. Charles Stuckey then speaks on the crossover between this medium and fine art, which I really enjoyed.

Title: The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper (Paperback)
Author: Ziggy Hanaor
ISBN: 978-1904772569
Price: $26 (or pay $40 at the bookstore)

If you are interested in design and want to learn more on this topic, don’t miss The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper.

Posted in Books + Magazines, walls on January 11, 2007

Hausen Vintage Wallpaper

I’m loving these vintage wallpapers from Germany. Hausen (the name of their brick and mortar store (aka 5qm.de online) is located in Cologne and I’m kicking myself because I missed it when I was there last year. I have to change that when I return this year.

I can imagine lingering in a store filled with rolls of vintage wallpaper to rummage through. Mmm. Nice thought. Hausen stocks papers dated between the 1950’s and 1980’s, but it’s the 50’s and 70’s prints that appeal to me the most. Most of the 60’s stuff kinda freaks me out. I’ve chosen some of my favorite patterns above from thier extensive stock – all presented in English online. See if there are any that you like. Rolls aren’t that expensive either, around $45 USD each (tax included). I’m thinking that next to most of the wallpaper I love from the UK, this is about 1/3 of the price I’m used to seeing. Best part, you can order any of their papers via email so we don’t have to just look with lust – we can own. View their collection here.

Oh, and I want to credit where I found the link to Hausen, the Le Train Fant?me blog. This is a blog about a family who recently relocated from London to a fixer upper home in the countryside. This is the wallpaper that they purchased for their son, and yes, it’s from Hausen – and I just love it. What a sweet accent wall! I can’t see an entire room in these papers, unless it was a half bath or something, but as an accent wall or to paper the interior of kitchen or china cabinets – even book shelves, it’s just perfect!

Here’s the kids room I was telling you about… Nice, huh?

(images from hausen and le train fant?me)

Posted in vintage, walls on January 07, 2007

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