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I just got back from a few, fun days at Round Top market. It is such a good place to see what is ‘hot’ and what is selling in home decor.
If you aren’t already aware, Louis Phillipe mirrors are very popular at the moment. We have this one for sale at the store now:
If I had taken a photo of all the sold Louis Phillipe mirrors I saw, there would be at least 30 pictures inserted here. And I don’t think I saw one under $1,000. Did I mention Round Top really isn’t about bargain hunting?
Instead of focusing on what was sold, I thought it might be interesting to focus on some neat details and key ideas you can take and implement yourself.
1) Pillow details.
I like a plain, knife edge pillow, but if you are using a ‘plain’ fabric, how about incorporating a nice accent such as you see on these pillows?
2) Custom Lamps/Lighting
There were so many vendors who had created their own lamps, using vases (as shown here) or found objects (such as corbels, iron elements or baskets). I always find sourcing the shades to be an added hassle, but you can really create something unique by turning something you already own into a light fixture.
3) Upholstery Accents
Adding a little personalized detail to your next re-upholstery project can really make your piece unique. How about this darling seat cushion?
4) Customizing your Casegoods with chalk paint
I am a sucker for chalk paint. I bought quite a few colors last time I went to Round Top and used it on a couple of items for the Southern Living Showcase House. I like Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.
Color samples showing clear or dark wax overlay.
6) Out of the box artwork
There were a ton of alternative artwork displays at Round Top. I really liked these reprints of old children’s posters displayed as a grid.
There was so much to see at the show. Lots of great people watching. A lot of unique things to make you laugh and ask yourself ‘Who would ever put that in their house’. Those were usually the first pieces sold.
It really is a great environment to refocus, be inspired and see how someone else can take something ‘everyday’ and transform it into something very special. Hopefully you will have the chance to check out Round Top for yourself, and find inspiration too. Next fair is in the fall!
You all know I am a huge fan of using millwork to add character to home. I am not going to say I feel as strongly about wallpaper, but I have been feeling really good about it recently.
I’m not talking about floral patterns or modern geometrics that date easily. I am talking about grasscloth wallpaper being used to add texture to a room or hall. We had grasscloth wallpaper in our family room when I was growing up and it is still in style today.
Here are a few examples where I have used grasscloth wallpaper to add texture and character to room…
This walk in pantry was made more special with a light paper that used woven material in white, a subtle silver, and some natural brown threads.
I think I would be motivated to keep this pantry looking great!
In this study, dark navy grasscloth makes this room a cozy, intimate space, despite the high ceilings.
Bathrooms can be a challenge to accessorize, but using wallpaper allows you the freedom not to feel like you have to hang art or décor on every wall in the room. In this room, I used a subtle, soft green to tie into the floor and shower tile.
I also recently used grasscloth wallpaper in my own home. I had a dark little back hall going to the guest bedrooms that was so drab.
Unfortunately, this is the only ‘before’ picture I have in my files. Guess there wasn’t too much worth taking a picture of! I had a piece of wall art on the opposite wall, so it seemed awkward to me to have art on the other side, just 4 feet away.
With the texture from the wallpaper, now the wall looks perfectly good with no additional adornment (I removed the painting from the opposite side).
Just a couple of things to think of before embarking on installing wallpaper:
1) Avoid anything too trendy- you don’t want to list your house and have people screaming about dated wallpaper having to be removed.
2) Your walls will need to be prepared before the paper is applied, especially if your walls have a texture on them (‘orange peel’). Many people are game to hang paper themselves. Not me, I think if you are doing it, it needs to look professional, so I would not skimp on the installation technique.
3) You will see vertical seams where each roll of wallpaper touches. It doesn’t bother me, but it may surprise you when you first see them if you aren’t expecting it. You can see this here:
I think the benefits far outweigh any other concerns. There are a lot of great photos on Pinterest if you want to see some more examples of grasscloth wallpaper in beautiful homes.
I’ve pinned a few to my board “Favorite Places & Spaces”- you can access it here:
Let me know what you think about using grasscloth wallpaper in various rooms through out the house!