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Getting Hygge at Belle Vie

August 08, 2016

When we were in LA a couple weeks ago, we were able to get a sneak peek at the beautiful restaurant, Belle Vie! Well the good news is 1) it is open now and 2) it has some killer wallpaper.

Owner, Vincent Samarco, the son and grandson of renowned French chefs, is a Parisian restaurateur that arrived in Los Angeles two years ago with wife. He also wears pretty dope shoes and panda socks...

Let's check out the wallpaper!

Pineapples in the Ladies.

Palm Leaves for the Fellas.

The rest of the space is really wonderful!

Oh and those pineapple chairs, what what? We can't wait to go back!

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Snow (Gold) Kitchen Wall

August 08, 2016

After only one day of procrastination due to life coinciding with happy hour, it happened!

Snow (Gold) is a go in my kitchen and I'm in love... It totally brightened the space and makes it feel extra special!

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Ikat Blossom in NYT

August 05, 2016

How excited were we to see our Ikat Blossom wallpaper in the New York Times? VERY.

We'll be launching this pattern along with some other beauties in collaboration with the fabulous Tilton Fenwick. Our first pattern meeting above. Stay tuned...

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Wallpaper Two Ways: Christiana x Heath

August 01, 2016

Last week, we decided to do things a little differently for Wallpaper Two Ways - a blog series where we ask our talented designer friends to style two different looks around a single H&W pattern. For the launch of our new Heath collection, however, we just couldn't wait to create our very own Heath-inspired mood boards! Check out Aimee's post from last week, then keep reading to see what paper Christiana chose, how she uses hygge to guide her life decisions, and more.

Hygge & West: What paper did you choose and why?

Christiana Coop: Arcade (Cayenne). I’m not usually a fan of any color that touches into the orange family, but I fell in love with this wallpaper immediately. It just feels so cheerful to me and gives off such a happy energy.

H&W: Who is the person you imagine using each of the two spaces you've created here?

CC: I envision people being drawn to this pattern who are playful and energetic. I think it would really liven up a kitchen and make that room feel even more special. And, I’ve read that the color red makes people hungry so what better room for it? Because it creates such exuberance, I also think it would work perfectly in a kid’s playroom.

H&W: You've worked with some of the most talented designers to create the Hygge & West collections. If you were to have your own H&W collection, what would the first pattern you design look like?

CC: It would be inspired by this Cartier necklace.

H&W: What's your favorite - perhaps unexpected - place or way to use H&W pattern in your own home or personal life?

CC: I love wallpapering small, hidden spaces like closets and bathrooms, that you don’t see all the time and then when you open the door and the pattern hits you it puts a big smile on your face. It’s pretty well known among my friends that I love wallpapering any flat surface I can find anywhere… so the sky is the limit for me. The more pattern the better!

H&W: As you clearly know, 'hygge' is a Danish word that loosely translates to 'cozy'. What is it about this concept that inspired you to build a brand around it? What's your favorite hygge in your world?

CC: We stumbled upon the word 'hygge' at a time when we were going through a lot of transition in our lives and it really resonated with me. I remember specifically making decisions by asking myself if they would bring more or less hygge into my life. It actually works really well as a guide when you can’t make up your mind: “Will doing such and such bring me more coziness and comfort?” At the moment, it’s drinking a delicious cup of coffee while snuggling with a sweet dog in bed. There’s no cozier way to start the day.

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Kitchen: 1. Bunny container | 2. Pendant | 3. Table | 4. Chair

Playroom: 1. Pendant | 2. Rocking sheep | 3. Rug | 4. Lounger

 

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Wallpaper Two Ways: Aimee x Heath

July 29, 2016

Usually for Wallpaper Two Ways, we like to reach into our network of super talented and insanely creative friends. But with the recent launch of our brand new Heath collection, we were just far too excited to let someone else have all the mood-boarding fun! So we each decided to take a stab at creating two completely different looks around a single Heath pattern, starting with Aimee. Check out her mood board below, then read what inspired it, what her H&W collection would look like, and more!

H&W: What paper did you choose and why?

Aimee Lagos: Slice (Mist). I typically steer clear of pink, but I just adore this wallpaper. It’s so fresh and light, but still very sophisticated.

H&W: Who is the person you imagine using each of the two spaces you've created here?

AL: I think this wallpaper is very feminine without being overtly girly. I envision it in spaces that are maybe a woman’s sanctuary in her house – her special place where she goes for some peace and quiet or to pamper herself a bit.

H&W: You've worked with some of the most talented designers to create the Hygge & West collections. If you were to have your own H&W collection, what would the first pattern you design look like?

AL: I’ve had this idea for a few years now. I’d love to do a single, very detailed/realistic gardenia flower in a 36-inch repeat – so there would be a LOT of negative space. I think it would be modern and unexpected and really stunning on a black background. 

H&W: What's your favorite - perhaps unexpected - place or way to use H&W pattern in your own home or personal life?

AL: Right now it’s these coasters I made from some of our fabric that was left over from another project. They’re just little 5”x5” squares but we’re using them constantly and they always make me happy. It’s fun to have just little pops of pattern in your life.

H&W: As you clearly know, 'hygge' is a Danish word that loosely translates to 'cozy'. What is it about this concept that inspired you to build a brand around it? What's your favorite hygge in your world?

AL: It’s just such a lovely concept – whenever we meet Danish people or people familiar with Danish culture, we have this immediate connection over the name of our company. There’s something really appealing about appreciating those small moments in life that create happiness and contentment. We thought it was a good criteria for our products – will this make an environment more hygge? And I think that we’ve achieved that with our wallpapers. My favorite hygge right now is my garden. There’s nothing better than fresh veggies that you grew yourself! We’ve got a bumper crop of tomatoes coming in, and I can’t wait to make this tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes. It’s basically edible hygge (probably because of all the butter).

RESOURCES:

Ladies room: 1. Pendant | 2. Mirror | 3. Stool | 4. Bathtub

Sitting room: 1. Swivel chair | 2. Chandelier | 3. Coffee table | 4. Sheepskin rug

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Hygge by the Lake

July 25, 2016

We are just in love with this project designed for Catherine Ross by Jill Porter Architect!

The home on Lake Champlain has such wonderful lines, warm textures and is tied throughout with hits of yellow - so fun!

She incorporated our Snow (Gold) and Petal Pusher (Taupe) to add warm and interest and we just think it makes for such a lovely space!

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The Jungalow in House Beautiful!

July 21, 2016

Have you picked up your copy of House Beautiful yet?

We hope so, because it is the best issue ever. Yes, we're biased, but just look at all that luscious wallpaper!

Justina Blakeney's home is simply gorgeous - read more here!

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