I've been addicted to wallpaper for a long time. For those of you who don't know, I live in the house I grew up in, and all the downstairs rooms are wallpapered. One of my favorite memories of my mother is when we would go to the paint store together and pore over the wallpaper books. We shared a love of the "bird" patterns as we called them (tree of life, I think they're called) and anything with flowers. I thought I would show you some of the wallpaper in our Little Red House, so here goes:
Our tiny den. This room is wainscotted -- pine paneling below and wallpaper above. The room is about 12' X 15'. The wallpaper makes it seem warm and enveloping. This picture shows some of my "flower" collection -- pressed flowers and flower prints found in thrift stores.
The bathroom. There's that "tree of life" pattern. This was my mom's favorite paper. I remember it cost $25. a roll back in the 70's; quite an expense for my frugal parents. Again, wallpaper above, wainscotting below.
Our bedroom. Laura Ashley trellis pattern that my husband and I picked out over 25 years ago. Still love it.
Our kitchen. I chose this Waverly paper back when we had stained plywood cabinets and green-rimmed Portmerion plates. We still have the plates, but the cabinets are gone, thank God. I'm actually considering stripping this paper and painting in a color close to my cabinets. Look here for some pictures of the cabinets. What do you think?
The dining room. My father hung this when I was a little girl. I still love a red dining room.
The library ceiling. My mother worked for a wealthy woman whose house was decorated by Sister Parrish, which is where she saw the idea of papering the ceiling. This is a Laura Ashley pattern which picks up the reds of the nearby dining room.
The paper in the first photo is another Waverly pattern -- hung in our hallway. I realize that wallpaper is making a comeback, but the patterns are a new and modern take on traditional ones. But I just love these old patterns -- I'm definitely not a modern girl. :) And yes, I guess you could say I'm addicted to wallpaper.