Celebrating the Inaugural National Wallpaper Week

National Wallpaper Week with Graham & Brown

So this week, 05-11th October 2015, sees the very first incarnation of National Wallpaper Week and I personally think this is long overdue. Wallpaper is one of my big passions and I think it deserves to be celebrated as often and as much as possible. The week-long celebration is the brain child of Graham & Brown, the international wall decoration group that specialises in British-made, design-led products. In their words, National Wallpaper Week was “born out of the burning ambition to get the world shouting about wallpaper, this week is a celebration of design, colour, pattern and passion, and how the humble roll can transform a space within a matter of hours.” I’ve featured Graham & Brown products on the blog a number of times as they really are at the forefront of wallpaper design, collaborating with many influential, big name designers to create a portfolio that really does have something for every taste. I will be celebrating National Wallpaper Week with my own home decoration project that I will be sharing with you later this week but in the meantime I thought it might be nice to link to 10 of my favourite wallpaper posts from my archive. Simply click on the link below each image to find out more about the papers. Enjoy! Read More…

Updating Ruth’s Kitchen with New Tiles


Ruths Kitchen Before Renovations

Ruth moved into her new home as a first time buyer a little under a year ago. And as many of you will no doubt realise this is a big deal in today’s housing market where young people are increasingly being priced out of the market altogether. However, being able to get on the ladder is just the first step and doesn’t necessarily mean that you can afford a place you are totally happy with. In most cases you have to make a lot of compromises. Under normal circumstances, Ruth’s flat would be a perfect starter home for young professionals. It’s a relative new build (only about 8 years old) and was a decorated neutrally throughout in magnolia, so it was a pretty blank canvas that many people would be happy with. But being the design conscious homeowner that Ruth is she immediately wanted to make changes to bring the place up to her exacting standards and make it her own. Out with the magnolia for starters!! And once all the decorating was done Ruth decided to embark on some more adventurous projects. New flooring was laid throughout and extra storage was built in to the second bedroom to make use of an awkward space (we may do a post on this later!). But Ruth being Ruth, (she’s very spontaneous, loves a challenge and won’t take no for an answer) wasn’t satisfied and turned her attention to the kitchen which you can see above. Read More…

Pinspiration : Wonderful Wallcoverings

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now will know about my love of wallcoverings. Whether it’s wallpaper, decals, murals, tiles or artistic paint techniques of some kind, I’m always on the lookout for unique and interesting ways to decorate walls. One of the very first boards I created when I joined Pinterest was my Wonderful Wallcoverings board and it is one of my most popular to date. If you’re on the look out for some inspiration when it comes to jazzing up your walls then you might want to take a peek at my board. Enjoy!


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Marble 2.0 Wallpaper by Lilesadi for Photowall

Marble 2.0 wallpaper designed by Lilesadi for Photowall

The trend for marble in interiors is one of my favourites right now and I love the fact that all these traditional, timeless, utilitarian materials are coming back into fashion in a big way. I’ve been frantically pinning the array of great marble products for the home and I will share them with you in a post soon as there are so many gorgeous pieces around at the moment. One of my latest finds is not actually marble but is clearly inspired it. Marble 2.0 is the latest wallpaper from Dutch design studio Lilesadi and it made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it. Not only is it inspired by marble but it also incorporates another of my current interior trend obsessions which is concrete. The wallpaper is a real stunner and combines marble and concrete in a beautiful pattern that incorporates soft pastels which really adds a feminine touch to the rather masculine and industrial materials.  Read More…

Edgy Tiles by Patrycja Domanska & Tanja Lightfoot

Edgy Tiles from Kaza Concrete

I absolutely love a good wall tile and the crazier the better as far as I’m concerned. Tiles don’t need to be simply functional they can also make a bold design statement. And that is exactly what these gorgeous tiles that I’m featuring today do.Edgy tiles are designed by Austrian-based designers Patrycja Domanska and Tanja Lightfoot for KAZA concrete. The collection features two types of tile: one is three dimensional, the other is two and half dimensional.  I really like the asymmetry of the tiles and it is easy to see how their shape enables the designer to create a multitude of patterns, allowing flexibility and individuality. The tiles can be used for all manner of purposes from decorative surfaces to guidance systems or even the integration into corporate identities. They can help to give structure to smooth walls in both the public and private sectors. They can also be applied to interior or exterior surfaces, covering walls partially or entirely. I’m going to stop there as I think you’ll agree that the pictures speak for themselves. Stunning work! Read More…

Sian Zeng Launches Seasons Wallpaper Collection

Sian Zeng Summer Tropical Bloom Wallpaper

I have been a big fan of designer Sian Zeng for some time now and I wrote about her fabulous magnetic wallpaper here on the blog last year. Well she has just launched a new wallpaper collection for 2015 called Seasons and it certainly does not disappoint. As the name of the collection would suggest, the wallpaper is inspired by the ethereal beauty of the changing seasons. The bold, dramatic designs are beautifully detailed and really bring the seasons to life with an artistic mural like feel. My personal favourite of the designs is Tropical Bloom as I love the jungle feel and the bright pops of colour added by the flowers and the beetles. But then I also like Wild Rain as it has a more delicate painterly touch to it and I really like the way the paint drips down the paper as if the rain has made it run. However, out of all the papers, I would probably be more inclined to use Snow Drift in my own home as this is the one that I find most calming and it’s important to me that my home is a serene and relaxing environment. But what about you guys? Do you have a favourite? Read More…

New Wallpapers from NLXL Lab

Mr & Mrs Vintage Big Pattern Bogor Wallpaper from NLXL

I’ve written about the beautiful and unique designs by the Dutch wallpaper brand NLXL twice before on the blog. The designs are just so eye catching and unlike any other wallpapers on the market that they really do deserve every post I write about them. The latest initiative to come from NLXL is the NLXL Lab. The idea behind this is the fact that not all good wallpaper designs lead to a collection but that does not mean that they shouldn’t see the light of day. So NLXL works with both established and new design talents to create new wallpaper designs that will be added to the collection on a bi-monthly basis. Some of these designs will be produced as a limited edition and others will be distributed worldwide. Read More…

Introducing Valspar Paint

Valspar Paint

You are all well aware by now that I have a slight obsession with wallcoverings and that includes wallpaper, tiles and paint. Now that we own our flat I can actually consider using wallcoverings rather than just pinning them on my ‘Wonderful Wallcoverings‘ pinterest board. Surprisingly though, despite my love of wallcoverings, I don’t really know that much about paint, or is that so surprising considering I’ve never been able to paint my home before? I’ve used Dulux paint in the past when we decorated Matylda’s nursery and I’ve painted some furniture using Farrow & Ball but that’s about the extent of my painting experience. So when I was contacted a few months ago by Valspar Paint, I had to admit that I had never heard of the company. But I was definitely interested to learn more about it and I was super excited to be invited to my local B&Q store in Torquay to meet with a Valspar representative who could tell me all about it.

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Feathers Wallpaper by Mini Moderns

feathers wallpaper in chalkhill by Mini Moderns

I am a huge fan of Mini Moderns and I really admire the approach that Keith and Mark take towards their work. I had the opportunity to interview Keith a while back and finding out more about the brand and how the guys work really did just cement Mini Moderns’ position in my list of favourite interior brands. I particularly like the way that they produce wallpaper, paint and soft furnishings in colourways that co-ordinate with one another making it particularly easy to create a look that works without having to spend hours colour matching. So I was really happy to see a new collection of wallpaper joining the Mini Moderns arsenal in all the great colours that we have become accustomed to from previous designs. ‘Feathers‘ is the third wallpaper design in the Mini Moderns ‘Hinterland’ collection, which takes inspiration from the nature reserve of Dungeness, on the South Kent coast.  Read More…

Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk for NLXL

Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk for NLXL

I’ve been meaning to post this amazing wallpaper for months but sadly it has sat gathering dust in my drafts folder. It wasn’t until I saw my friend Ashley Sutcliffe of Live Like The Boy mention that he was now stocking it that I remembered that I had wanted to share it with you guys in a wallpaper Wednesday post. Hurrah! I’ve finally got round to it! Don’t all pat me on the back at once okay? The Remixed wallpaper collection is the result of the unique collaboration between Arthur Slenk and the Dutch Wallpaper company NLXL. Read More…

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