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Friday
Dec162011

Wall Flower

I have always wanted to use wallpaper in a room but being a renter, it never felt like a practical option. Then I discovered, as I mentioned in this recent post, that there are several lines of temporary papers on the market. I chose the Shewin-William's line called Easy Change, they seemed to have the best selection and this blog post made me confident about removing it when the time comes.

I wanted to create one strong accent wall behind the heard board. I chose a paper with a white background so it would flow more naturally with the surrounding white walls. I am very happy with the final result, for just a small investment my bedroom has a dramatic new look. 

To install it, I hired a professional paper hanger, Greg Gabor who I found via Craig's List. This was not a DIY I felt comfortable with and his rate of $20 a roll seemed very reasonable. The only tough part was convincing him it would hold. In his experience pre-pasted papers needed extra glue to stay put, he was amazed after wetting the paper at how well it worked on its own. 

I enlisted my sister-in-law to help me make curtains, we used this beautiful fabric by Joel Dewberry. I then covered a Target lamp with a contrasting fabric by Amy Butler. I debated adding the painting over the headboard and now I really like it. It breaks up the paper a bit and adds a touch of unexpected color. Signed and dated 1960 on the back, it was a $40 flea market find.

On the right side I keep it simple with my moonbeam clock, vintage lamp and books and these pretty vintage Madonna portraits from Italy I picked up at an estate sale for $1. 

I also used some of the easy change paper to jazz up this basic iKea cabinet for my kitchen. I needed some additional storage and this piece was just the right fit, though sorely lacking in character. Above it I added a vintage metal shelf and love how it has all come together. I replaced an ugly door to the water heater with a panel curtain also from ikea. Now, I just need to add a little molding to finish it off.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

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Reader Comments (20)

Lara! It looks wonderful--love those curtains against the wallpaper.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGB

Everything turned out lovely!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda B.

Your apartment is AMAZING! I just love all the patterns and colors. You have great style. Wonder if I can convince my husband to use the SW wall paper :) He is a hater, but if it is easier to take off, he might be won over.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenna

E-gads! As usual, exquisite work! this is very inspiring, wallpaper is something I would love to do for the next remodel of my home. I give you two thumbs up : )

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMmarple

Really amazing! I love it and also love the kitchen cabinet, really great ideal. I also love that little glimpse into what I think is the living room, so excited to see more! Also being a renter, I am so inspired.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercanada goose

Love Love Love! Your bedroom turned out so cool. I just recently found your blog when I did a piece on powder coating.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Love this! The whole thing is just perfect. The Target lamp is fabulous.

I occasionally lust after wallpapers, and even though I own my home, I still would hesitate to hang any simply because taking it down is a complete nightmare. I will have to check this out though.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaimie

Lara, I love your new bedroom! The colors fantastic...light, airy and inviting.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Love it, you have manage to combine patterns, color and art all into one beautiful space, so not easy to do!

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrie

I LOVE your apartment. You really have a gift, and thanks for the link to the Moon Beam Clock; I'm happy to see it's in pink.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterayuryogini

I found you on pinterest. Love this wall paper. do you mind sharing the link or item number? I searched sherwin williams and couldn't find this colorway. It's beautiful. You have an amazing eye for pattern. Thanks a million for posting it.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

This is all gorgeous. You have a great eye for mixing patterns, a tough thing to do! That painting is perfect for that wallpaper.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

THIS IS SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing!!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

This is beautiful! Is that the dresser you bought from Mac?

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrigette

No Brigette. I bought a two piece credenza from him I am using half in my living room and half in my office. Not quite ready to post about those rooms yet but when I do, I will credit him!

January 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterPiewacket

Absolutely beautiful, as is the rest of your blog! I love the homey design of your site, well done.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

I am looking to buy that exact wallpaper. Do you know what style number it was?

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Simmons

Hi Samantha, I will email you the info.

March 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterPiewacket
egads, i have spent about two hours looking for this paper, would you be so kind to share the info for others :) thank you so much!! the room is breathtaking, all your styling is gorgeous. xx
November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine | The Plumed Nest
Hi Christine, I uploaded a screen shot with the info for you... their site does not allow you to link to the exact page:http://www.flickr.com/photos/27207916@N00/8189642370/in/photostream
November 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterPiewacket

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