February 14, 2019
Love is in the air! Which means it's time for our most romantic wallpaper round up - these red and pink wallpapers have us blushing!
Pajarito (Blush). This light and airy bedroom makes our hearts soar. Image via @leclairdecor.
Strawberries (White). Pink and red strawberries make doing laundry fun (well at least less not fun). Image via @mgdesignsaustin.
Andanza (Blush). This pattern in a girls room? Couldn't be sweeter. Image via @karlaquiz.
Daydream (Blush). These birds and clouds have us falling in love all over the house. Images via @addisonswonderland and @leclairdecor.
Arcade (Cayenne). This dining room nook is just hot. Image via @goteamkendall.
February 04, 2019
We're so excited to be chatting with Louise Jones, a Bay Area professional wallpaper installer. Even though we've been in the wallpaper biz for over 10 years now, there are always more things to learn about properly installing wallpaper. So, when our friend Becca Jones of XO Bakes mentioned that her mom is a professional installer we just had to get in touch for definitive, once and for all, answers to our wallpapering questions.
One of Louise's living room installs features Otomi (Pewter)
Hygge & West: Tell us a bit about your background and how Jones Paint & Paper came to be. How did you become a wallpaper installer?
Louise Jones: When I was in my mid-twenties, I was a stay-at-home mom and my husband was a paint contractor and we needed to make more income. He was always running into clients who needed paper hung. I was good with my hands so I started working with some paper installers and learned the craft.
H&W: What are your favorite and least favorite things about being a wallpaper installer?
LJ: My favorite thing about hanging paper is the challenge. Every paper is different. You need to read the instructions, look at the space you in which will be hanging, and determine how you want the pattern along with the seams to look on the wall. It makes all the difference.
My least favorite thing is when people don’t appreciate the craft of hanging paper and that each paper is different. It takes time and experience to execute a good installation—measuring the space, giving an estimate, prepping walls, learning about the paper, envisioning/laying out the room, etc.
Mermaids (Gold) that Louise installed in a classic black and white bathroom
H&W: Let’s talk wallpaper primer. Do you always use it prior to installation? Do you have a recommended brand? Why is it an important step in the process?
LJ: Yes, yes, yes! I like to use Zinsser 1-2-3 Water Based Primer. It creates a smooth surface for the paper and seals the surface so the paste will not penetrate into the wall material. It's also easy to remove the paper in case you need to do any repairs. I usually do a light sanding over the wall and then do the primer. The walls need to be clean and smooth. I wait at least four hours before I start to hang wallpaper.
H&W: What about wallpaper liner and sizing. When and why do you use it? Do you have a recommend brand?
LJ: Sizing is usually clear and easier to use then primer. I personally like the Zinsser 1-2-3 primer, as mentioned. My jobs seem to hang better using that. I think sizing does the same thing. It creates a sealer between the paper, paste, and wallboard.
If I am hanging over wood-paneled walls or a textured wall, I will use a heavy liner paper and hang it horizontal on the wall. Also, if I am hanging a paper and they recommend using a liner before installation, I will hang a lightweight liner. A true foil paper usually requires a liner beforehand.
H&W: What are the biggest installation mistakes you’ve made (or seen made) that can be easily avoided?
LJ: Wow, there can be a number of things. Here are some tips to avoid mistakes: First, look at a picture of the paper installed to make sure that is the look you want. Order a little more paper than you will actually need; I always do. I play with a piece of paper before I start an installation. Always read the instructions. If the instructions say to let the paper relax for 5 minutes, then let it relax. Hanging the paper too soon can cause bubbles and the paper can shrink on the wall as it dries and you will have a gap between the wallpaper drops.
H&W: Have you ever coated a wallpaper with protective coating? If so, what do you recommend and when would this type of protective coating be necessary or helpful?
LJ: Yes—Modern Masters has a dead flat varnish. It needs to be sprayed on with a fine finish tip with an airless paint sprayer.
H&W: Do you have any favorite wallpaper installations? Tell us about them.
LJ: I've had a lot of them. In general, I love hanging fun colorful wallpaper—something that makes you happy when you walk into the room. I like hanging kids' wallpapers and teenagers' rooms. They always want something different or something that they can come home to. I also love doing accent walls, and fun small-scale residential projects like bathrooms and powder rooms.
H&W: Have you noticed any new wallpaper trends lately? What are the most popular spaces for people to wallpaper?
LJ: A lot of homes are wallpapering ceilings, back sections of bookshelves, accent walls behind beds or in the living room, and, of course, powder rooms are always trendy.
H&W: Hygge loosely means living cozy, creating contentment, and appreciating small joys in life. How do you think wallpaper adds to the hygge way of life? How do you create hygge in your own home?
LJ: I love your wallpaper! It can be a fun, unique, colorful way to make a house a home. I especially love using color. Finding the right color in a wallpaper can really bring joy to a space and help me appreciate it even more. The right wallpaper can invite you into a space and show off the lovely things in a room.
filed under: Pattern Players
February 04, 2019
In much of the country—and especially here in Minneapolis—January was brutally cold. While we won't be sad to say goodbye to the polar vortex, it did give us the perfect excuse to stay indoors and curl up with lots of pattern-filled eye candy. At the very top of our favorite pattern moments list is anytime wallpaper and animals share the spotlight, like this amazing photo of Cat's Meow (Gray) with the one-and-only @bobo_and_fern. Purrfect!
Other than cats, January's Instagram favorites were all about the bathroom (one of the very best places to wallpaper, in our humble opinion). This Peonies (Yellow) powder room from @amandamineo was our Insta tribe's favorite post of the month, and for good reason—these are just the happy springtime vibes we need in the icy depths of winter!
The next bathroom that our followers loved gave us a taste of the tropics in the middle of this arctic weather with a bold half wall of Nana (Pink) paired with just the right amount of brass. Thanks @willscasa!
We never tire of bright and bold powder rooms, and this Otomi (Turquoise)-bedecked beauty in @angelatafoya's home is no exception. We love how the pattern and color pop off all that classic white tile.
Interior design, like fashion, is cyclical—everything old is new again—and this retro pink bathroom from @designinrareform proves the point with a punch. Here, modern Rosa (Indigo) provides a striking foil to the vintage-inspired tile.
No bathroom wallpaper conversation would be complete without Mermaids. This graphic bathroom from @mollygriggsinteriors features one of our favorite patterns—Mermaids (Red Coral)—with a classic color combo we can't get enough of—blue and red. Bonus points for the extra pop of pattern in the bottom drawers!
In December, H&W celebrated the arrival of a new team member—copywriter @melissasueandersen's new baby girl, Siena! Last month, we shared an interview with Melissa and a look at her Otomi (Taupe) nursery—a sweet and subtle pattern that will grow beautifully with baby.
More exciting team news: @christiana_hyggeandwest was featured on @mydomaine in January, where she chatted all about her life-altering career change from lawyer to wallpaper lady (and author)! Her Diamante (Gold) space looked magazine-worthy in the interview—click here to read the full feature and see what other parts of her home made the cut.
Lastly, we're wrapping up January's best of Instagram roundup with this bright and fresh laundry room from @mgdesignsaustin. From its crisp color palette to its Strawberries (White) walls, this lovely space has us anxiously awaiting spring's arrival.
filed under: Wallpaper & Inspiration
January 30, 2019
We just love a wallpapered ceiling so we've rounded up some of our favorite installation images from Instagram for a little fifth wall inspiration.
Daydream. This pattern is a no-brainer. Soaring birds and floating clouds are right at home overhead. No wonder it's our most popular wallpaper for the ceiling! Images via @addisonswonderland, @in.house.design, @hartandlockdesign, @khurliman1, @robin.m.anderson, and @jennykomenda.
Peonies. For spring flower showers all year long, Peonies wallpaper is perfection. The pattern works visually from all directions which makes it a beautiful choice. Images via @pamelacolleen and @awolfinchicclothing.
Petal Pusher. Another great floral that looks great from any direction. Image via @melissaennisdesign.
Forest Floor. The movement in this pattern is so beautiful and the touch of metallic picks up a lot of light which makes it perfect for the fifth wall. Image via @maxwellgrayinteriors.
Pineapple. For a most welcoming and eye-catching ceiling, this pattern is where it is at. Images via @astoriedstyle and @awolfinchicclothing.
Mermaids. With swimming mermaids and sea creatures above, you couldn't feel more under the sea. We love this unexpected pattern on the ceiling! Image via @residentsunderstood.
Strike. This subtle, but striking ceiling application is that perfect extra detail to make this space extra fresh. Image via @hyggeandwest.
Queen Anne. Wanting your ceiling fit for royalty? This pattern is another wonderful floral that looks perfect from all directions. Image via @ambersans.
Florebela. We don't have an installation image of this pattern quite yet, but we think this wallpaper is another fabulous floral choice for a ceiling - especially here in this country kitchen nook. We'll keep you posted on this one!
filed under: Wallpaper & Inspiration
January 25, 2019
My little master bathroom at the farmhouse is almost done being renovated, which means it's time to start planning for shower curtains and wallpaper. The wallpaper I'm going to use is from our spring collection so can't show you yet (it's awesome though, trust me), but here are a couple ideas I put together to go with the Mermaids (Red Coral) shower curtain: 1) towels from Rejuvenation; 2) rug from Serena and Lily; and 3) shelf from Ferm Living.
Tub and shower curtain go here!
filed under: Shower Curtains
January 23, 2019
Working with professional stylists has given us so much respect for their skill in transforming a room or a set with just a few well considered tweaks and edits. So we’re very happy to be chatting with stylist Lita Lee of Crave Interiors today to learn more about the secrets of stylists. We love her eye, and, yes, we love how she chose Daydream (Indigo) for her son’s room!
Hygge & West: Tell us a bit about your background. How did you become an interior stylist? What drew you to this field?
Lita Lee: My passion for interiors and styling stemmed from when I was a little girl—fixing my friends' rooms when we had sleepovers and my mom was always the creative, artsy type. When I started my Instagram account, I was quickly inspired by the design community and brands started reaching out asking me to style different items in my home or collaborate for upcoming projects we had planned.
H&W: Your Instagram images seem connected by a cohesive, fairly neutral, and warm color palette. Nothing seems overly done, but looks well thought out. How do you describe your style?
LL: I would describe my style as eclectic with a bit of a bohemian aesthetic.
H&W: We’d love to hear about the design decisions that went into your son’s room. How did you decide on color palette? On Daydream (Indigo)? What are your favorite pieces in the room?
LL: The whole room was inspired by the Daydream wallpaper! As soon as I saw it, I instantly knew it was the one! The design feels sophisticated but not too childlike all at the same time. My favourite piece is a beautiful antique alarm clock I found on Etsy. Vintage items alway mix so well with modern. It adds some personality, and that pop of green adds a fun new colour to the space.
H&W: What is your top advice for someone putting together the final touches of room? What are the most important things to focus on?
LL: When it comes to styling a space, the most important finishing touch is plants. They bring life to the space and create warmth and personality. I like to use symmetry as it is easier on the eye and a bit more forgiving. Focus on your focal point—this can be a fireplace, piece of art, your television—and work from there.
H&W: What are the biggest styling mistakes you’ve seen made?
LL: Wrong sized rugs! When it comes to large retailers, I understand that most of the time the most popular size available and affordable is a 5x7. When choosing a rug, never buy one smaller than 6x9, and I would say 8x10 is your best bet. The rug should always extend at least a couple of inches beyond either side of your sofa. Spend a little extra and get the right size.
H&W: Hygge is all about creating cozy spaces and appreciating small joys. What do you love and appreciate most about your home? What are things you’ve done to make it feel cozy?
LL: Appreciating your home and being excited to be in it is the best feeling in the world. I like to note positive vibes in my home, from the beautiful colours in that antique rug, the cozy sofa, and how good it smells, to the welcoming warm wood feature wall in my living room. Adding baskets full of throws, lighting candles, and putting on a diffuser really helps to add a very welcoming feeling to a space!
filed under: Pattern Players
January 17, 2019
Slowly, but surely, I'm working on filling this farm house with maximum pattern! Today's project is pulling together some ideas for the guest room. Here's where I'm at. To coordinate with our Hydrangea (Mint) bedding, I'm thinking 1) bed from Made Goods which I already have; 2) plug in sconces from Schoolhouse Electric; 3) rug from Etsy; 4) water carafe from Ferm Living; 5) Coral & Tusk pillow; 6) curtains made from this Cecilia fabric designed by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee; and 7) vintage tea table.
Yeah, I'm feeling it!
filed under: Feeling Like...