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Friday March 7th, 2014

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Tuesday January 28th, 2014

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Wednesday November 20th, 2013

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Quercus & Co. Wall Hangings + Wallpaper

We’re getting ready to take on a massive makeover of our D*S office (it’s a mess), so I’ve been hunting for wallpaper and wall hangings to bring a little life to our mostly black and white space. Quercus & Co. has a seriously colorful collection of wall hangings and wall paper that bring bold colors…

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Wednesday November 13th, 2013

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Laundry Studio Wallpapers for Hygge & West

I’m always happy to see collaborations that involve so many different parts of the country (and world) inspiring each other. These beautiful new wallpapers by Portland’s Laundry Studio were produced for Hygge & West (Northern California) after an inspiring trip to Mexico. Each of their six new designs comes in at least two different colorways…

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Friday November 1st, 2013

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New: Hannah Nunn Wallpaper

Hannah Nunn just released a branch new wallpaper collection inspired by nature. The collection contains two patterns, Paper Meadow and Beech Leaves, that each come in three colorways. I love the soft, almost faded feel to these prints. They feel perfect for winter and I love the way they recall summer meadows, but in a…

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Wednesday October 9th, 2013

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10 Shibori Designs for the Home

I’ve been on an indigo kick for a while now, so I thought I’d check out one of the techniques that really makes that color shine: Shibori. Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that uses a series of binding, stitching, folding or twisting moves to create a pattern (similar to tie dye). I’ve loved seeing…

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Friday October 4th, 2013

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Shibori Wallpaper + Weekly Wrap Up

I’m all about shibori these days. I know it’s really been having a moment for the past year, but I can’t quit this look. Those rich indigo hues mixed with beautiful patterns are irresistible to me. Lately I’ve been scooping them up in the form of small-scale textiles (handkerchiefs, coasters) but I was thrilled to…

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Wednesday September 18th, 2013

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Skye Cable Wallpaper by Lake August

Braided hair textures get me every.single.time. Mainly because my hair has rarely ever been long enough to braid, and when it was, I was unable to do it on my own (in a French braid like I wanted). I think it’s the layers of texture- thin strands of shiny hair woven together to create this…

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Monday September 16th, 2013

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Delft Wallpaper

Molly Hatch is one of my favorite ceramics artists of all time. Kristina gave me one of her Delft Blue mugs for Christmas years ago and it remains my favorite piece in the kitchen. While I’d love to be able to afford an entire room of her gorgeous designs, it’s not quite in my budget…

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Tuesday June 18th, 2013

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Storm Clouds Wallpaper

Despite the couch drama with my new apartment, I have (finally!) been lucky enough to stumble onto a landlord who is SO cool he said I could do whatever I want to the apartment. Like “tear out the cabinets and replace them”, whatever. While I can’t afford to do anything major right now, I’ve been…

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Thursday June 6th, 2013

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Laura Olivia

I saw so much wallpaper at ICFF, so much of which was really innovative, existing and textural. As much as I love those forward-thinking designs, I also love a classic floral pattern, too. This ‘Beads Sky’ pattern by Laura Olivia was inspired by succulents that grow in rock gardens. I love the soft watercolor-style feel…

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Friday May 17th, 2013

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The Lora Collection from Eskayel

I always love seeing what Shannon from Eskayel is making. Not only if she an inspiring business woman (her contributions to our Biz Ladies lunches were always so thought-provoking), but her designs consistently push the wallpaper field further toward a modern, artistic style. Her latest collection is called The Lora Collection and includes a wide…

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Tuesday May 14th, 2013

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Arthur Slenk for NLXL Wallpaper

As much as I love pattern, I really appreciate when a wallpaper can add not just pattern but texture to a wall. A sense of history, patina or other weather details always gives a room so much more dimension. These wallpapers from Dutch wallpaper company NLXL (who produced another great textured collection, Scrapwood by Piet…

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Friday May 10th, 2013

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New: Grow House Grow Wallpapers

I can’t believe that ICFF starts next weekend! Somehow this spring just flew by and Design Week is officially upon us. We’re heading to Brimfield first (next week!) but before we dive into trade shows full-time I wanted to share a little sneak preview of the awesome new collection that Katie Deedy of Grow House…

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Friday May 3rd, 2013

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Rules of Refraction: a Toronto glass studio

The art of stained glass has a long – nearly thousand year old history. It always makes the Design History nerd in me happy to find new makers revitalizing old traditions. Rules of Refraction is a the Toronto-based stained glass studio of Mark Savoia.  In addition to his glass work, Mark is also a composer…

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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

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Cat + Dog Wallpaper

Last week I had one of the happiest moments of my life. After a nerve-wracking application process, I got the news that I would be able to adopt an incredible dog from The Sato Project. I was a vowed cat-lady for life until Max texted me after meeting Hope (the puppy) at a West Elm…

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Monday April 8th, 2013

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New from MakeLike

I always get excited to see an email from Portland’s MakeLike in my inbox. They’ve already nailed an awesome collection of nature-inspired wallpapers (Succulents, Cacti, Trees and Mushrooms), so now they’re moving on to something a bit more geometric. ’100 Things’ is a new hand-illustrated product line that is part of their Shapes Collection and…

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Wednesday March 20th, 2013

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Removable Wallpaper by Chasing Paper

As much as I love the lack of repair work involved in being a renter, it always bums me out to be prohibited from making major changes like cabinets, flooring and wallpaper. I have a little tear-out booklet of wallpaper that I’m dying to try one day, but they’ve all been off-limits until I can…

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