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It's rumored that Oscar Wilde said on his deathbed, "It's the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go." Historically, wallpaper has been the poor relation in the world of the decorative arts, as it sits in the background and is often fragile and difficult to work with. But today's wallpaper can play a vital role in decorating,...
Top It Off: Wallpapered Ceilings Take the Eye High
Wallpaper’s moment may indeed be over — because it’s starting to look more like a wallpaper decade. What might have appeared to be a fleeting love affair seems as if it may be here to stay. And just when you thought you’d seen wallpaper installed...
13 Low-Commitment Ways to Play With Pattern
Pattern is everywhere. All you need to do is look around. But like a melting snowflake, pattern can be fleeting. Some of the most interesting applications I have found are temporary, and others are downright ephemeral. The most obvious addition...
Fabric: The Unsung Wall-Decorating Hero
While textiles may not top the list of things we consider when filling a blank wall, they’re awesome ammunition in a design arsenal.
Get a Wallpaper Look With a Hand-Painted Touch
I love to draw inspiration from anywhere I can. A while back I came across the Ashbury Mosaic tile by Walker Zanger. I loved the...
Considering Wallpaper? Here's How to Get Started
Just a few years ago, wallpaper was considered a fusty relic of another era. But in recent years, it’s come roaring back, riding a wave of popularity fueled by improved selection, an interest in textured...
The Best Chalkboard Wall Art on Houzz
The popularity of chalkboard paint has hit an all-time high, which means your chalkboard wall must stand out from the pack. It’s no longer enough to have a photo showing useful things like a neat grocery list or family schedule in neat penmanship, or...
Warm Up to Wood for an Eye-Catching Wall
I know the reputation we Southern Californians have when it comes to cold weather. Our idea of chilly is laughable to most people from the U.S. Midwest and other regions of the world where it gets truly cold in winter. I'm gonna say it anyway, though:...
'Dracula' Silk Wallpapers Prove a Feast for the Eyes
I have been ogling the sumptuous sets of NBC's new series, Dracula, almost as much as I've been ogling Jonathan Rhys Meyers every week. Featuring hand-painted...
A Dozen Creative Ideas for Decorating Blank Walls
When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it’s nice to break up all...
Can't Find the Right Wallpaper? Make Your Own
Searching for the perfect wallpaper for your home, but just can’t seem to find it? Consider making your own. Thanks to digital printing technology, it’s now easy and affordable to produce custom wallpaper from an original...
Case Study: Wallpaper in Just About Every Room
Wallpaper lovers, rejoice! Your beloved paper wall coverings have reentered mainstream decor with a vengeance. Wall coverings are nearly as versatile as paint today, and your favorite designs can now be found on accent walls in supersleek...
Pick the Right Paint Finish to Fit Your Style
Most would agree that wall color is a key decorating decision, right up there with choosing furniture and pinpointing your style. But what about the finish of your walls? From velvety matte to high gloss enamel, Venetian plaster, decorative finishes...
11 Ways to Roll With Wallpaper All Over the Home
I meet a lot of people who have reservations about wallpaper. Two of the most common questions I'm asked are: "Isn't wallpaper out of fashion?" and "Isn't wallpaper a lot of maintenance?" My stock answer: no, actually it's just the opposite....
Bathroom Tile: Loving the Look of Ledgestone
The natural look and feel of ledgestone tile makes a stunning statement in today's bathrooms. Ledgestone tile, also called stacked stone, comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and stone types. It does come at a cost — both in budget and maintenance....
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