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coffee + cre8tive {aug 24 ’06}

Yes? No? Maybe?
I recently discovered this mosaic tile wallpaper from Graham + Brown, and wanted to ask you for your thoughts on this look in a kitchen or bathroom. Do you think it’s a good option for those that may not have the budget to sink into the real thing? It’s available in these cool blue tones, as well as creams, pinks, and various shades of brown.

So, what do you think of this as an alternative to tile? Would you use it?

(images from graham + brown)

Posted in walls on August 24, 2006

ask decor8: Stencil Resources?

After reading my post yesterday about wallpaper and the DIY squiggle idea, decor8 reader Christina Sachtleben wrote in to share a photo of her very own DIY wallpaper project – just add paint and a good stencil and viola! fauxpaper, as I call it (see below photo). I think Christina did a great job, and of course, she gave me permission to post her work for all of you to enjoy and to hopefully become inspired by! Maybe there’s a space in your home where you can create your own fauxpaper?

Christina is looking to take on another DIY project in her home, so she’s wildly combing the web for more stencil resources, this time, plaster stencils. I tried to do some digging for her, and I found the following stencil and/or plaster stencil resources. Some of these places are great, I am really surprised at how easy it is to dress up your walls on a budget. When I think of stencils, visions of apples and chicken borders race through my head. Time to think OUTSIDE of that very small box. Stenciling goes way beyond farmhouse folk art and shaker styles…

Stencil 1 – Sheesh, this place is total coolness. Scroll down the entire page, so many fun designs, I really love the sparrows (see top photo). Deers, skulls, stars, great stencils for gals and guys.

Modello Desgin – Classy place for gorgeous stencils. These people embrace ceilings as being the fifth wall and glam them up to the max. (They even sell kits to create antique mirror effects.)

Stencil Planet – Lots of everything. I really like this idea, only I’d add glass to the top to dress it up a bit more.

Victoria Larsen
– Plaster stencils + more!

Stencil Library – Great source for stencils from Japan to Art Deco and Modern Design.

Henry Donovan Motif – UK based, super selection, unique designs. Isn’t the water chrysanthemum stencil beautiful?

My Stencils
– These folks tend to carry more of the folksy stencils, but the damask stencils they have are gorgeous – so check them out!

Royal Design Studio – Another great site with lots of stencil designs to choose from. I really like the Swedish Florals. After I emailed Christina last night with these resources, she is going with the Swedish Florals as her next DIY project. Hopefully she’ll send in some more photos…

If you have a quick design question, need help finding that special something, or if you’re looking to share photos from a project you’ve completed, please send me an email.

Christina’s DIY Fauxpaper Project – Good job!

(images: Top: Stencil Planet, Stencil 1, and My Stencils. bottom: Christina Sachtleben)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, reader questions, tips, walls on August 17, 2006

TapetenAgentur Wallpaper from Germany (Ja!)

Drool. This is one gorgeous wallpaper company. TapetenAgentur (translated: wallpaper agency, in English) in Cologne, Germany has the most lush papers I’ve seen. I love how, if you click on a pattern, it shows you it up close, and in various color choices and at least one image of the paper installed in an actual space (very helpful!).

The site is in both German and English, so you can order samples and learn more about their papers. I really like the Octopus paper (so bold!), it’s called a strip wallpaper, so I’m thinking it’s a simple sheet that you apply in one area of the room and that’s it – only one strip and you’ve illustrated your walls with an amazing graphic. I like that idea, especially if you don’t want to paper an entire wall. I noticed in Domino magazine (July/August issue) that they had a good wallpaper idea where you just paper a square over your bed and frame it with simple moldings and use it as a headboard. Another good way to incorporate wallpaper into your home in a more non-traditional sense. Another paper fave of mine is Woods (in cream). It’s so pretty, I would love to incorporate this into my own home design. It’s nice to bring the outdoors in so that the view from my window gels with my interior space.

Find any favorites at TapetenAgentur?

Thanks Jenn for the tip!

(images from tapetenagentur)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on August 03, 2006

ask decor8: Any Cool Brooklyn Wallpaper Stores?

decor8 reader Maria wrote in this morning, “I just moved to Brooklyn, can you recommend a place where I can find designer wallpaper, kind of Marimekko style? Thanks a lot, Maria.”

Since I don’t live in Brooklyn, I’m not exactly sure who carries what down there, so I can only point you the New York design maven, Apartment Therapy. I recall a few threads about wallpaper over on their site, so these links below should help get you started. Here’s a few that I found especially helpful: Top 10 Wallpaper + Graphics and Where Can I Look for Non-Trad Wallpaper? You can also enter wallpaper under search on their site for more gems from AT.

Of course, I’ve written a lot of wallpaper posts here on decor8, here’s a ton of wallpaper links from past articles.

Here’s a wallpaper post I wrote for 2Modern with some wallpaper links that you may enjoy.

There’s a great Brooklyn store called Matter that also may carry wallpaper.

You are also welcome to look to your right and beneath sponsors, you’ll see shopping links organized by city. Lots of Brooklyn stores that you can check out – perhaps you’ll land on exactly what you’re looking for over there.

Anyone else? Looking for cool wallpaper in Brooklyn – any Brooklyn peeps reading that can chime in here?

Posted in reader questions, shopping, travel, walls on July 31, 2006


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