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coffee + cre8tive {july6 ’06}

I’m inspired today by the bold busy patterns from Swedish designer Hanna Werning. She is currently running her own company called Spring Street Studio based in Stockholm. I think her work is just beautiful, why not spend a moment to familiarize yourself with what she does here? Cards, wallpaper, wallpaper posters… Such talent!

(images from hanna werning)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, textiles, travel, walls on July 06, 2006

Crowson Textiles + Wallpaper

Okay, back on topic to dish about interior design. Let’s look at some wallpaper for a moment from Crowson in the UK. The big trend right now is large scale florals and geometric prints. Have you noticed? Bold petals abound, from metallic swirly florals to understated petite blooms in chalky pastel hues. Baroque patterns are all the rage too, some of which are so bold that you only need to apply in small doses to make an impact on your space.
I dream of the days when I occupy a city apartment with high ceilings and pre-war architecture again, with gleaming hardwood floors and a marble fireplace. I will definitely add wallpaper somewhere in my future space. I had an apartment like this years ago when I was single in the city, all 5 rooms of it, and even now I find myself missing it like crazy sometimes, that place rocked. Oh well, there’s always the road ahead…

I like the way Crowson features their wallpaper (above). I’m assuming they’ve applied it to plywood, perhaps? Whatever it is, it seems to be completely mobile. A renters dream. Maybe I need to start thinking outside of traditional application and do something like this in my own space. I bet it would be interesting to use hinges and merge 3 wood doors together for a divider, applying wallpaper for visual impact. Now that would be a fun weekend project.

Do you have any rooms in your home that boast wallpaper that you’re proud of? Care to share? I’d love to post some images of your space, we can post them as “anonymous” if you feel shy. It would be such an inspiration to me to actually see a real life space with wallpaper vs. images from magazines and wallpaper manufacturers, most of which aren’t of genuine spaces anyway. All of my client spaces are wallpaper-free, seems most people I’ve worked with are scared to death of it. Could be that we still associate it with grandparents, recliners, and shag carpeting. Maybe we aren’t far enough away from those times to associate wallpaper with anything positive. I grew up with wallpaper in the home, it was used freely and without restraint. I was never scared of it, I enjoyed the metallic dots we had in our living room, the florals in the bathroom… My great grandmother had florals on her walls, huge with fully saturated hues that would completely blow away the idea of ever creating a focal point, something designers today are so hooked on doing when planning a room. With so much of my childhood spent in wallpapered rooms, I don’t mind bringing it into my own space as an adult, as long as it’s treated as a focal point (behind the sofa) or in a small space (in the entry way or a 1/2 bath). Wallpaper borders on the other hand, well let’s not go there because those scare me.

So… Amyone care to show off your wallpapered space? Any takers?

(images from crowson)

Posted in textiles, walls on June 27, 2006

Nama Rococo

I’ve been straight out all day working on a few projects, so forgive me for going MIA. When I peeked at my inbox a few minutes ago, I was so overjoyed to see an email from the Nama Rococo wallpaper studio because they are one of my top favorite new American paper designers. There are so many patterns out of London and Paris that appeal to me, but with the growing number of American designers stepping up, design in this country is raising eyebrows all over the world. The attention is starting to turn towards our shores because let’s face it, when it comes to design, America is only getting hotter.

Nama Rococo is one of those companies that at first glance, you may say, “They must be from Paris or Berlin” because their designs are bold, some may call them over the top, a little edgy, very Euro apartment/Elle Decor UK posh. Only after browsing their website do you discover that Nama Rococo is actually designed in Massachusetts (yeah!). Again, a common misconception that boutique style wallcovering would only come from abroad. Things are a changin’ – amazing design is suddenly closer to home.

To learn more about Nama Rococo, visit their website. The above shot shows their French Dot paper in Ooh-La Black featuring “watercolor like” one-of-a-kind hand painting overprinted with black repeat. Love that it’s shown on screens vs. on the wall. Perfect solution for apartment dwellers that need mobile focal points. At $180 per sheet (25″ x 38″), you can paper one wall or a few screens and viola! you have art and a decadent focal point.

(image from nama rococo)

Posted in walls on June 22, 2006

Orange Lola


These new lucky fish starfish pillowcases from Orange Lola in Brooklyn had me at hello. Way cute. White cotton with scalloped edges (swoon!), feminine tie details, and a bold burst of red coral with a gold starfish and and a sweet little turquoise crab nested in there. A great deal for only $36. While you’re at it, scoop up this sweet melamine platter for your next outdoor soiree for only $18.

Psst: Did you see their stencil collection? If not, scroll to the bottom of this page). Too cute. Great addition to your handpainted furniture. Love the birdie in gold. Designed by Brooklyn-based graphic designer Ed Roth.


(images from orange lola)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, bedroom, textiles, walls on June 06, 2006

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