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.
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.
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)
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?
Did you catch Country Living magazine for August yet? I was tickled to see their city apartment freshen up, Two-Day Decorating Makeover (pages 32-40).
For one thing, it’s rare to see Country Living (or any of the home magazines that feature primarily the cottage/farmhouse style) spotlight a city apartment with, what appears to be a single girl, at the helm of a makeover.
The best part about the makeover?
That’s hard to narrow down. Although I loved that they show an IKEA bag in one of the photos filled with pillow inserts for the renovation project and, hold your squeals of delight, a Saarinen table. Yes, in Country Living. This is a breakthrough moment, people.
The bones of this apartment are stunning, it resembles one you may spot in an east coast city, soaring 10+ foot ceilings, hardwood floors, prewar details, huge windows. The color palette for the apartment is simple: blue, gray, silver, white, beige – very subdued, on the cool side, with a somewhat Scandinavian slash London apartment vibe going on. With before and after photos, a cool stencil idea for the walls (don’t stress, this really is a hip stenciling project using a baroque floral pattern and silver paint against Ben Moore’s Regal Aquavelvet, eggshell finish, Sapphire Ice). The room was pulled together on a budget too, another strong point of the article.
Surprise bonus: There wasn’t a dog, husband, picket fence, cooing baby, or massive 4,000 square foot midwestern farmhouse home in sight. Not that I have anything against those things, but it’s nice to see a country living magazine step into the concrete jungle for once. Not everyone in the city dreams of monochromatic loft spaces, nor do they shop at high end Italian contemporary stores. Country Living is catching on, and I’m liking it.
If you’re not a big Country Living fan, grab the August issue and see what you think. Seems they may be interested in appealing to a broader demographic, and this article in particular has a very Domino feel to it with the fonts, arrows connecting tips to photos, and the style in which it’s written.
What would I change about this makeover? Hmm. First, I’d purchase a real sofa for the living room (vs. the twin bed with bolsters) and a much larger rug. The rug selected for the living area is to small. I’d also paint the walls to the ceiling, although above the molding I would have went a few shades lighter for the paint (they stopped at the crown molding about 20″ from the ceiling leaving the top half of the room white, which is standard. I’m not a standard girl). I believe that if you have high ceilings, don’t try to minimize them. I’d also highlight all of the fabulous picture and crown moldings in either white (for a crisp look) or two shades lighter than the Sapphire Ice (more subdued, yet still highlighting the gorgeous details of the molding). I think the stenciling idea over the eating nook could have been repeated in the living room, as well, confined within the boundaries of the picture molding.
The bedroom was very serene, I can’t see much about it that I would change except for the bed – I would bring in a crisp navy/white Scandinavian floral print and add a touch of butter yellow or lilac somewhere in the room – a vase or fresh tulips would suffice. I’d like to see some clean white ceramics displayed on a shelf, too. Ones that have a very organic feel with lots of detail, all of them in white.
In the end, I’d say the makeover is a great success on a budget, and with it’s vintage modern appeal, I’m a big fan.
If you’d like to check out this renovation, pick up the August copy of Country Living and turn to page 33 (pull out this section and save for your look book). For quick candy, you can view the renovation online, too.
Psst: Love what they’ve done to this vintage suitcase – so girly!
Your comments on this renovation?
Related posts: My DIY Look Book Project, 4.11.06
(images from country living)