Be Brave : Wallpaper Edition

Wallpaper is back!  Or maybe it's never really been gone.  Either way, I've always been a fan and I'm pretty sure it stems from my childhood.  Watching my mom take on the task of wallpapering different rooms in our 1920's home has always stuck with me.  I loved that she was so willing to switch things up around the house.  If she didn't like it a few years later, no big deal, she'd switch it up again.  She was never afraid of change and put her heart and soul into making our house a home.  I'm happy that I inherited those qualities from her.  Taking risks when it comes to decorating is second nature to me.  I tend to think of my house as a design laboratory of sorts - it's where I can try out all of my crazy design ideas.  

wallpaper is back

Case in point, about a year and a half ago, I wallpapered the dining nook in my kitchen with my mom's help of course, because she's pro at this point.   I still love it.  My husband didn't love it at first, but he's gotten used to it.  When I eventually don't love it anymore, I'll take it down.  Simple as that. 

Many think of wallpaper as risky and out of the box, but if home is where you feel most comfortable being yourself, why not take some chances and give your space some personality.  Be brave. Go for it!  And if there were any doubts that wallpaper has crossed over into the mainstream, then feast your eyes on this room from Joanna Gaines from the latest episode of Fixer Upper.  Here's a link to the full blog post if you want to see the before & after. 

fixer upper wallpaper

If I'm being honest, I don't love everything Joanna does only because I feel that a lot of the homes she makes over look like one another when they're finished and all feel a bit "themey".  Regardless, I do feel like she's truly talented and has an amazing way of bringing awareness of design to the masses.  I really like this room above because of the wallpaper, without it, it would be a bit blah.  Just my two cents.

So with all this talk about wallpaper, you're likely wondering where's the best place to get yourself some.  Here are a few of my favorite sources:

fave wallpaper sources

1.  Hygge & West - I love this 'Pajarito' wallpaper in black and white from Laundry Studio.  There's a great description on the website about the inspiration behind each of the wallpapers.  Genius, if you ask me.  Hygge(pronounced hoo-ga) & West has a collection of wallpaper from various artists and brands.  Some of my absolute favorites are part of their line up.  If you're interested in going the DIY route, their website even has a "How to Wallpaper" video that will come in handy.  It can seem like a daunting task if you've never done it before, but speaking from experience I can say that the key to getting it right is an abundance of patience.  One other tip, make sure not to go-it-alone.  Wallpapering is definitely a two person job.

2.  Anthropologie - The selection at Anthropologie is a bit pricey, but there are some really great options on their website.  Take a look around and see for yourself.  If you have a favorite wallpapered room that you scoped out on Pinterest, chances are that the source of that wallpaper is likely Anthropologie.  If you're thinking of costs, keep in mind that you don't have to wallpaper an entire room.  One wall is good, a small powder room, the ceiling of a kid's room or even inside a closet.  I'm planning one day to wallpaper the inside of my closet.  It would feel like a special place just for me.

3.  JuJu Papers - If you like to support small, artist owned businesses, then JuJu Papers is a great source for you.  They happen to be a favorite of designer Genevieve Gorder.  Click here to see JuJu Papers at work in Genevieve's home.  I love their simple hand-printed designs.  I have my eye on the one in the picture above for an upcoming project.

I hope this gave you a bit of inspiration and hopefully some motivation to be brave when it comes to decorating! 

"Go out on a limb, that's where the fruit is."  - Jimmy Carter