I popped into Von Klein Auf* in Hannover to locate a gift for my dear friend back home and was instantly dazzled the moment I saw wallpaper in animal silhouettes on thier walls, in the most charming vintage patterns ever.
These Lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and many other wild animals can live together peacefully in the bedroom of your little one, all handmade in the Netherlands by Inke. I saw the lion silhouette in a magazine many months ago, but only upon seeing them in person did they interest me – they are quite large, and the patterns are in the most beautiful colors, so much prettier in person (in my opinion).
No children? No worries there. Inke also designs for adult decor with a collection of silhouettes of lamps, chairs, plants, and doors. All shapes arrive packaged in a tube with a complete DIY kit which includes a brush, glue, and instructions.
*Von Klein Auf stocks only the animal shapes in-store. You can visit them in Hannover located one block from the Lister Platz u-bahn at Edenstrasse 42. 0511/3970093
Susie from SUM sent me a few shots of her unique and beautiful line of decorative home accessories. She has several collections, Living, Working, etc. and each begin with a wallpaper design and from there she applies that design to a variety of accessories. Interesting design process, isn’t it?
Her first collection debuted this spring 2006 with Floral Femme Fatale. This wallpaper is sold in 3 panels that can be configured in several different ways. They retail for $98.00 each (green shown below).
For fall 2006, she’s created a second colorway in Black, White and Silver for her best sellers – four items from each category. ‘Living’ features wallpaper, serving trays ($35 and $45 shown), coasters (set $30), nesting storage boxes (set of 3 $68 shown), etc. ‘Working’ has notebooks ($16 and $25), magazine files ($20), hanging file boxes ($37.50) etc.
Susie tells me that she has two other wallpaper designs in production and will
hopefully launch a few more in the next six months. From there, she may expand them into a full range of accessories as well. We’ll see what the future holds, but for now, here’s a glimpse of her wares. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
If you are interested in purchasing SUM designs for yourself or for your store, please contact Susie directly. Her email address can be found on the homepage of her website.
Thanks Susie for the photos, and a big thanks to decor8 reader Leah for the tip, too!
Shelterrific blogged about where to shop in New York City’s Tribeca the other day, did you happen to read that? Mentioned in the post was a real gem of a place called Secondhand Rose, they claim to stock the largest collection of vintage wallpaper in the world – over 1,000 patterns! Next time I’m in NYC, this place is a definite stop for me. I’m so happy that Shelterrific blogged about them!
As I browsed Secondhand Rose, my knees weakened when I learned that they also stock vintage linoleum. It’s not exactly trendy or slick, but I’m absolutely crazy about vintage lineoleum flooring anyway. It’s so rare, quirky, a bit tacky, but overall – utterly charming. Aside from being known as “40 year flooring” due to its durability, vintage linoleum is art in itself, very colorful, not as serious as modern linoleum in it’s typical neutral patterns. In fact, I’d love to see someone develop a modern take on vintage linoleum. Patterns that are just as bright and bold, but a more current take.
If I had a summer home, I’d definitely consider installing some in a bathroom or kitchen. I love this geometric pattern in blue and red, I can totally picture it an all white kitchen with sky blue walls, white molding, and a shiny fire engine red toaster with a stack of mixing bowls on the counter to match.
So…Vintage linoleum – Your thoughts?
In my opinion, wallpaper is only as amazing as the person installing it. If good taste isn’t exercised, it can induce vomiting and scare the children. If you want to wallpaper but don’t know where to begin, refer to a trusty friend with great design sense, or hire someone with exceptional style for a quick and painless consultation.
Many decorators and designers are happy to spend a day helping you locate the best supplier, pattern, and installation crew for the job. Most importantly, they can also help you with placement and color. The thought of sugar coating an entire wall with something beautiful, like these beech leaves from House Couturier, totally thrills me. Most other Americans aren’t sold on the trend yet, many complain that we spent the entire 1990’s to get rid of it, and to see it return somewhat defeats the purpose. Given the popular selections of times past, I can see why they’re moaning. Some of it was insane.
The most common complaint from readers and clients pertains to the actual removal of it more than the installation process or costs involved. Others struggle to see past images of oversized cabbage roses or folksy prints with roosters or jumping dolphins on bathroom borders. Flashbacks of tacky 1970’s paper in their childhood home is incentive enough to step away from the wallpaper trend.
We had wallpaper in our home but my mother was smart enough to hire an interior designer when she got stuck on paper selection. The designer, an Italian with exquisite taste, transformed several rooms in our home into a papered paradise. The rooms could have graced the pages of any design magazine back in the day, at least a 1970’s magazine with all it’s gold, orange, green, yellow, blue and white splendor. My great-grandparents on the other hand, that’s another story. They had wallpaper that would induce nightmares. Flowers so bold and out of scale that you envisioned they’d jump out and eat you in the night. Their gigantic floral wallpaper combined with floral linoleum floors (that ultra thick kind), huge oriental carpets and mahogany antiques embellished with lion’s heads and paw feet supporting hand-carved credenzas, was way over the top for a Rhode Island farmhouse. Gladly, I didn’t inherit any of their design genes and I have not once ever slept over at their home. I preferred my grandmothers flower-free abode across the street. She had subtle wallpaper, the kind that won’t eat you in your sleep.
Next enter the renters, those who would consider wallpaper but are prohibited by the landlord to install it. That is where I see myself.
Renters and haters and traumatized children aside, there exist others that can and do wallpaper their homes, taking delight in using decorative papers to breathe fresh life into their space.
Where do you stand? To paper or not to paper, that is the question.
note: fabulous wallpaper link via print + pattern
(images from house couturier)