Don’t you feel like sometimes in order to get things done you just need to consult NO ONE and just get the ball rolling yourself? I do. There are times when I tell DH to stop being a speed bump. I have a vision and it needs to come to fruition. Well, my need for wallpaper was no exception.
You may have seen wallpaper pop up in the last few years. It is definitely coming back in a big way. I remember when my parents had the dining room wallpapered with big flowers and a navy background. Remember, Guys? It is so hip now that places like Anthropologie is selling reams of paper. And you know if Anthro is selling it I’m all in.
I wanted to start with my powder room. I’ve heard it explained that a powder room can be like a jewel box – you open it up and is is a beauitful, little world. I wanted to play a bit in this space and let myself explore some fancy, daring paper.
I ended up ordering from Graham and Brown out of the UK. They have an amazing selection. It took about 3 months to get my paper and I kind of thought it was never going to come. Finally, 5 rolls arrived at my door. I consulted with a wallpaper specialist who told me how many rolls I would need for him to install.
It took another 3 months for the his team to fit me into their schedule and when he was able to, he called and asked if he could come the next morning. EEEEEEK! I had yet to tell DH that ANY of this was happening! He knew nothing! I had invested in the paper and finally had the installer ready to go….I had to just do it.
So, Monday morning came, DH went to work and 30 minutes later my powder room was being primed. If you have not seen professional wallpapers before, let me tell you that it is a craft. I still have no idea how they did such detailed work, but it involved measuring, a special table.
So cool, right? A part of me wanted to hang out with these guys and watch every step, but I also didn’t want to be an annoying home-owner and get in their way. Instead, I let myself be surprised by the end result. Ta-da!
(I realize the lighting in these images is not the best – hard to capture light in a small space.)
I am so happy that I let myself play and do something bold. It is a small enough space that it works. I must say that I am a bit addicted at this point to paper.
PS – If you are not a professional wallpaper-er you probably do not want to attempt to install it at home. The paper is expensive and you do not want to mess it up and get super frustrated. These installers have worked with paper for like 30 years and it is a serious craft!