Why Don’t You…?

[Image Credit: Inside Out via From The Right Bank]

… decorate with hundreds and hundreds of old postcards?

In junior high, I vowed to save every piece of mail I’d ever received. Pen pals were all the rage, so after a few short years, I’d gathered quite the collection of XOXO’s and WBS’s (write back soon, for those of you who aren’t hip to pen pal lingo). And on one steamy summer day, I wallpapered my entire bedroom with letters from my childhood.

My mother wasn’t happy, but I remember the inspiration I gained from glancing up to see handwritten scrawls, doodles and photos from my favorite friends. And now that my mother doesn’t call the shots, I’m happy to say I’d gladly tackle that same wall installation in my current bedroom.

If, of course, people actually wrote letters now. I suppose printed emails don’t have quite the same charm?

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Scalloped Delights!

I’ve been spotting scalloped homewares (as well as a few fashion pieces!) left and right, and I’d be lying if I said I was sick of the trend. Infused with just the right amount of feminine detailing, scallops are quickly becoming a new favorite on the design scene. Here are a few that have caught my eye this week!:

ONE: Trinket Dish / TWO: Rosette Tray / THREE: Catherine Hammerton Wallpaper / FOUR: Rachel Carley Lotus Bowls / FIVE: Doily Rug / SIX: Felt Pillow Cover / SEVEN: Flute Pendant

Have you spotted any I’ve missed? Share them below!

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Vintage wallcoverings…

My earliest memory of wallpaper designs was in the apartment that I grew up in. It was a muted color landscape with metallic highlights. Strange how I could remember the details so well, and now I'm thinking the metallic touch was quite brilliant actually. What prompted me to write this post wasn't really about wallpaper actually, but rather Lucienne Day's textile designs. As I was reading an article about Robin & Lucienne Day, the fabric images that were shown in the story reminded me so much of a wallpaper exhibition that I went to in 1995 at the Cooper-Hewitt. So I went through my archive and dug up the booklet (shown above) from that exhibition – titled "Kitsch to Corbusier, wallpaper from the 1950s". Did you know Le Corbusier designed a line of solid-color wallpaper in 1932? The National Design Museum started collecting wallpaper in 1900 and now houses over ten thousand wallcoverings dating from the late 17th century to the present. Below are just a few of the designs from the booklet that I scanned in, some of them are still very much relevant, don't you think? Click here to view their collection online if you are interested to see more.

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Gorgeous and Green: 6 Wallpaper Designers To Love

Healthy homes deserve healthy wall coverings, and with the growing number of environmentally-conscious designers, there's no need to choose between style and responsibility. Wallpapers made with sustainably-sourced fibers, non-toxic inks, and other eco-friendly manufacturing practices are good for your room and the world at large. Here are six of my favorite independent designers and companies with a peek at some of their modern, whimsical, and absolutely gorgeous green offerings.

Trove – Think wallpaper is staid and stuffy? Trove's dreamy, romantic designs are anything but. The company's REDEUX line is PVC free, low VOC, and made from over 31% post-consumer recycled materials. Customers can even send the wall coverings back to Trove for recycling. Pictured: Ankaa and Auva

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