I’m still not over Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper. I know, it’s been done to death in magazines and on blogs, and is like “so 2006,” or whatever, but I don’t even care. There’s a store in my neighborhood that uses it on an accent wall, and I swear I always end up in that store just so I can bask in it. That’s how much I love it. Alas, I’m a renter and wallpaper ain’t cheap, so I kinda gave up the ghost on having some Woods of my own. Until I saw Inhabit’s Timber hanging slats.
Bingo! It’s like someone made Woods for renters. I can hang these beauts in my bedroom, guilt-free! Better yet, if I ever move to a large space that needs some definition, I could use the panels as room dividers, too. Now, if only someone would come up with a rental-friendly way for me to tile my kitchen…
Looking for tasteful wallpaper that still has a little bite? I’d say Jenny Wilkinson’s Hammer Head Wallpaper-By-Numbers fits the bill. I know what you’re thinking. “Shark wallpaper? Tasteful?!” But it doesn’t veer into Jaws territory, and from far away, the pattern even looks a bit traditional.
Plus, the paper has a neutral cream background, so you can color it in and personalize it with whatever hues suit you. Why not put it in a playroom and let your kids attack the sharks…with markers?
We all know that colorful decor can make an significant impact in spaces like the living room, kitchen and bedroom. But what about bright, bold hues in a white bathroom?
House to Home :: Photographer Nick Pope
Rainbow-inspired decor, from the elegant chandelier to the striped basket and towel, brightens up this neutral bathroom from House to Home. While not a French empire-style chandelier like the one featured in this space, Urban Outfitters‘ candelabra-style Gypsy Chandelier is equally fun and decadent with its multi-colored acrylic jewels. And at $159, it’s a steal.
I am really all for this wallpaper trend that seems to still be building momentum. The interesting, new ways that it’s being designed and used keeps delighting me.
I met Katja Behre, designer of Elli Popp wallpapers, at ICFF and got to ogle her gorgeous creations in person. They’re clever, colorful and bold referencing classic motifs with a wink and a nudge. I hope to keep seeing more of these lively prints in interior design. What do you think? Love wallpaper, or hate it?
From the time I laid my eyes on an enormous Chinese scroll my stepmother (Hi Marijke!) received from her father, I’ve loved vintage Chinoiserie.
While this De Gournay hand-painted silk wallpaper isn’t vintage itself, it draws from 18th century Chinoiserie with a palpable history crafted right into its imagery. The green Earlham design above is so rich and serene, I might trade my first born for even one panel of it. And the pairing with a red velvet armchair? To die for.
Designing for a designer is like massaging a masseuse. You know they are here because you can do something for them that they can’t, but at the same time you are acutely aware that they can and will have strong opinions about how you do them. Or maybe it’s all in your head. Joy is a graphic designer and blogger and she’s kinda big time. But she was intensely sweet and incredibly grateful, making the whole process so much easier. So while i thought that i would be more self-conscious, i actually wasn’t. It’s probably because i LOVED that final room and both their styles, so it made me feel confident. (You’ll see later in the season how when i don’t love a particular style, it’s harder but in some ways more interesting. But to start, if you missed this show, you can still watch the whole episode of Single Malt Nouveau: Secrets From a Stylist).
The before: Cute, but not quite there.
I thought i had Joy pegged. She’s a graphic designer, super feminine, playful and on trend. She likes things that make her happy and, well yes, joyful. Bob is harder (the men are either super hard (picky because they know what they don’t like but can’t put a finger on what they do) or easy (as long as it’s comfy and looks put together, they’re happy). Bob wanted masculine, sleek, large scale and modern. He showed me the chrome and wood chair that he loves, and i took a lot of input from that. OK, so he loves chrome…i can too when it’s right. He loves modern shapes, i can too when it’s right. But besides that, it is so hard to find furniture and accessories that get men really excited.
See My 2 Cheery Afters
Even though honeysuckle is Pantone’s color of the year for 2011, have you noticed how green is popping up in home decor? When I was at Maison & Objet earlier this year, I saw green everywhere. It’s always been a difficult color for me to decorate with; there are so many varying shades that I get lost when it comes to a green color palette. But these rooms by some of my favorite designers show how stunning a green room can be.
Pal + Smith
From Grass to Mint to Apple
Am i alone on this or was that the cutest family that you’ve ever met on a design show ever, or in person? (If you missed it, don’t worry. You aren’t too late. You can still watch the full episode of Mad Men Bohemian: Secrets From a Stylist). I got super close to these guys, and they kinda made me want to have kids right now. They were just so fun and funny and stylish and cool, yet super good parents, i was totally enamored. And i love both of their styles, which makes it easier in a lot of ways. I love how opinionated Manesh is, some guys know they don’t have style and some guys know they do and love to talk about it, and Manesh is the latter which is actually so much fun and easier than the former. He’s a music editor (picks music for movies – big-old comedies that we all know) and she is an art teacher and an artist that makes these really amazing paper art pieces that i’m obsessed with.
For these guys there really wasn’t too much ‘behind the scenes you’ll freak out when you hear this’ stories, it was actually super pleasant. The second week already felt much better than the first week. I started understanding the production schedule and everyone on the crew started really getting to know each other.
Heres is my main inspiration pic for them – they both loved how eclectic it is, how casual it is, grown up, yet not too fussy for kids.
How Did I Make It Work?
For all you Anglophiles, Francophiles and Aussiephiles out there, here’s what we’re reading this month at HGTV.com.
• Lili Zarghami, Managing Editor: I just finished reading the Feb/March issue of the Aussie mag Adore Home. With young boy and girl twins (4th birthday tomorrow!) at home, I am constantly searching for well-designed, gender neutral ideas that I can use for their shared bedroom. Personally, I cannot abide cartoon characters or anything overly precious. So, I was thrilled to see three different rooms in Adore Home that feature bold, bright palettes for kids rooms that would work for boys or girls (or both at the same time!) as well as the parents who have to share the same house.
As this new digital shelter magazine is produced on the other side of the globe, many of the products will be hard to find in the States. But ideas and colors know no boundaries. (If you like the Catherine Martin Circus Silhouettes wallpaper shown above, you’re in luck. Sydney Harbour Paint Company in California carries it in red and blue.)
• Anna Millman, Online Programming Manager: From the haute couture dining room in a 220-foot superyacht to one of the biggest apartments in Manhattan, Alberto Pinto has been called “an interior design magician,” and his work spans practically every continent. As seen in his latest book, Alberto Pinto Today, Pinto achieves effortless perfection in every vernacular with artful vigor. After reading it, I think you’ll agree, Pinto’s talent is limitless. (No surprise, he’s a Chevalier (knight) awarded the Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award in France.)
And Third on Our Reading List…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a huge fan of wallpaper. Wallpaper designs from Elli Popp, Samantha Hahn and Oh Joy, aren’t conventional and bring personal style and expression to your walls. What could be more fun!
Elli Popp just launched a new collection of patterns all about interesting curiosities on a floral Victorian-style background, “Victoria’s Curiosity Medley.” I love the humor and whimsy in each piece, and the fact that each print can be mixed and matched to present a unique story.
A Bash or Do
Skeletons in the Closet
Growing up, I recall many borderline-offensive kitchens and/or dining rooms covered in cheap, nausea-inducing wallpaper. Perhaps that’s why my generation, kids who went to high school in the mid-1990’s, consider decorating with wallcovering so despicable. Well, it’s time to SNAP OUT OF IT [Cher slaps Nicolas]! There’s only so much one can do with eggshell enamel until the need for texture, sheen and pattern come into play.
For interior designers, wallcovering hasn’t really ever gone out of style. Sure, to the general public, it may have disappeared for 15 years; however, any high-end designer home created in the past decade is certain to have a few rooms sporting a variety of options from grasscloth to toile. If you’re borderline-interested in the possibility of wallpaper for your own home, here’s a few options sure to get your design mojo flowing. Now, as far as wallpaper BORDERS are concerned, let’s just go ahead and completely erase those from history. The world will be a better place.
Graham & Brown www.grahambrown.com
Hands down, the best source for wallpaper online. The UK-based company offers collections from huge designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Amy Butler and Barbara Hulanicki. Sure, their products are amazing; however, their prices will leave your jaw on the floor too.
“Fountain” by Amy Butler
Wallpaper is Cool Again
For me, watching sports is like seeing ducks in a pond quack at one another. Why are fans always screaming, flapping 4-foot foam hands and sporting high-energy face paint? It makes me wanna give everyone a permanent time out. (And while I can barely remember who’s playing, I do know that Genevieve Morton and the Black Eyed Peas left me off their Super Bowl Bash guest list.)
So as Super Bowl Sunday approaches, I’ve become obsessed with trying to conceptualize a football-centric space that doesn’t suck. What could be manly enough for a rugged fullback yet possess enough panache for a polished, proper prince? Hell if I know, but if they are going to co-exist, here are the items certain to help.
The Kensington sofa from Restoration Hardware. It’s got the aged leather look any dude will dig and diamond tufting befitting of the most dashing of Dukes.
Man Up With More Super Bowl Decor Pics
Break out the boxes of albums with your photos that never see the light of day.
Designed so that you can affix your own family pictures to it, the Family Wallpaper lets you showcase your snapshots within the drawn-on frames. I think this paper would be charming in an hallway to show off your favorite photos.
I’ve been living in denial that I have an ugly bathroom. Sadly, the prettiest thing in there is the retro-print Kleenex box. As a renter, I’m stuck with the unfortunate-looking countertop, linoleum flooring and cabinetry. Instead, I’ve focused my decorating energy on every other room in my apartment. But someday soon, I hope to own a home, and I’m already scooping out cool vanity ideas on HGTV’s Fast Fix Bathrooms.
Whether you want to dedicate an entire weekend or just an afternoon, there’s plenty of stylish updates to fit your look and schedule. Each project features an handy materials list and step-by-step instructions with photos to help you complete it with ease.
Celebrated paint purveyor, Farrow & Ball have revisited the elegance of 18th-century motifs with their new wallpaper collection, The Baroque Papers. Block-printed in the firm’s 21 colorways, you are sure to find one that suits.
Farrow & Ball is one of the highest quality paint companies in the world. They’ve been making paint in England, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remain one of a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes. And so it comes as no surprise, that their extraordinary collection of artisanal wallpapers made using real Farrow & Ball paint is just as carefully crafted. Each double roll is 21″ wide and costs $230. Visit Farrow & Ball to view the entire collection, as well as see each paper paired with various colors of paint. Fabulous!
If It’s Not Baroque…
Wallpaper is back with fun patterns and new options, including eco-friendly and peel-and-stick.
Punch Up Your Walls
I read this article on Sunday in the Telegraph, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
For 70 years, a Parisian flat was uninhabited, the rent faithfully paid. The owner, who moved to the South of France before World War II and never returned, died recently at age 91. When her estate managers opened the apartment, one said, “Entering the untouched, cobweb-filled flat in Paris’ 9th arrondissement was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900.”
The find that’s being touted in the news is the romantic Boldini painting of the owner’s actress grandmother, which sold at auction for 2.1 million pounds.
But I have to wonder…am I the only one who’d rather have the flat? I mean, look at it:
The whole story: Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years
When people ask me what my favorite movie or album is, I usually lie. For some odd reason, I’m tempted to filter my response with the hope of impressing the person asking the question. Why? I have no idea. While the honest answers are Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Tuesday Night Music Club, what comes out of my mouth is an entirely different story.
Christina Applegate in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
The Rest of the Story
There’s something mysterious and beautiful about silhouette prints. Popular in the first half of the 19th century in America, they’re making a comeback, 21st century style. From silhouette wallpaper to framed vintage prints, they look fresh and stylish in these spaces.
Old Sweetwater Cottage
Back in the early 1990s, I sat front and center for the best fight in suburban South Florida history. There were no ropes and no screaming fans; nor were there disgruntled, black-and-white striped dudes with whistles. Featured opponents? My mom and dad. Location: formal living room, 8300 NW 54th St., my tropical childhood home.
Just to fill you in, my parents rarely fought. Even if they did, it would involve (a) coupon-expiration-date-induced bickering over where to eat dinner (b) Thursday Night Remote Control Tug-of-War (Chicago Hope versus NYPD Blue). When they did unabashedly lose their cool like housemates circa episode six of The Real World, I was unapologetically pleased, because it was mostly decorating-based.
The catalyst for that night’s explosion? Straight from the taxidermist, Dad snuck 12 feet of stuffed elk and sailfish in the front door as Mom pulled up from a PTA meeting, dinner in one hand and a 3-year-old in the other. What followed can best be described as the sound of all hell breaking loose.
Meg Ryan Marathon Meets Monday Night Football