{wallpaper tips}

Jane Hedin - Professional paperhanger

Jane Hedin, professional paperhanger, wiping any excess adhesive off the paper.

Tips for Wallpaper Prep

Wall coverings are back—in every style. From contemporary to traditional, the variety of offerings today are beautiful, artistic and can add visual pizzazz to your home. But before you can hang up wallpaper on an accent wall, in the nursery, or elsewhere in your home, you need to prep your walls. Here are some helpful tips.

If the room currently has old wallpaper on the walls, you have to remove it. If the old wallpaper is fabric-backed or strippable, you can carefully pull it from the walls. Start by gently pulling a corner of one strip at the baseboard until the entire section peels away. Some styles leave behind a paper backing, which needs to come off next by wetting the surface with DIF remover and scraping with a broad knife.

For non-strippable wallpaper, removers are available that soak onto the old wall covering’s surface. Before you begin, be sure to turn off electricity to the room, cover outlets with tape, and protect the floors with drop cloths or towels. You can also rent a wallpaper steamer to remove old wallpaper. A few Hirshfield’s stores have steamers to rent, but call first and verify they have a rental steamer and that it’s not checked out.

Paper Tiger

Score the surface of the wallpaper first to help the liquid remover penetrate more quickly and then apply the remover. Once the paper is loose, you should be able to remove it with a wallpaper scraper. Any paste residue that remains needs to be washed off with DIF stripper plus a rinse with clean water. If you see signs of mildew, it needs to be removed with equal parts bleach and water, rinsed thoroughly, and allowed to dry.

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{friday finds: decorating with books}

Sure e-readers and tablets provide a nice, organized way to keep track of all your books, but when it comes to home decor, nothing beats the real thing. Of course, actually reading the books is optional.

“It’s nice to have books around. They add so much ambiance. I hope we never live to see the day when books are eliminated from the home,” said Minneapolis interior designer, Jim Noble (Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Decor by the books“).

Books add warmth, dimension and visual interest to a space. There’s just something about having books around that make a room feel more important.

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{friday finds: silhouettes by ashford house}

Scenic Woodland

Medallion with Scroll

When I hear, “you’re going to love this new book” my heart races for a few seconds. A new wallcovering book always carries the hope of great expectations. The Silhouettes book is a winner in every category! Read the rest of this entry »

{wallpaper week: jubilee wallcovering by thibaut}

Ingrid wallpaper & Cayman fabric

Guadeloupe wallpaper

…the Jubilee Collection by Thibaut is chic gathering of patterns and colors sure to inspire.  Painted in pastoral hues, worldly motifs are translated upon sleek, tactile grounds in a great array of textures, shapes and styles.

Jubilee Collection is Thibaut’s newest wallcovering (and fabric book) hot off the press…so hot, it is not due into our stores until next week.

The color palette offers a wide range from neutrals to refreshing brights. You’ll find classics like the ikat, trellis, and an updated antique crewel pattern. Throw a monkey into the mix and you’ll have a chinoiserie wallpaper gracing your bathroom walls. Read the rest of this entry »

{wallpaper week: eijffinger’s uni royal book}

I have deemed this week “Wallpaper Week.” Why? Because I have images from five incredible wallpaper collections to share.  According to our store personnel, more and more people are coming in and asking for help selecting wallpaper. I’m hoping you’ll see a room setting which inspires you to get excited about wallpaper. Whether you are a wallpaper newbie or always had wallpaper in your home, Hirshfield’s staff will help you find the perfect paper for your home and your personality. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: schumacher wallcovering}

House of Turquoise recently did a post featuring the Chiang Mai Dragon wallpaper pattern in blue. The aquamarine and lacquer colorways of this pattern are so stunning, I never paid much attention to the blue colorway. After seeing this bath redo I’m a believer in the blue. Having the millwork painted white makes the wallpaper all the more striking.

F. Schumacher & Co. ran a contest this past spring asking designers to submit projects showcasing Schumacher wallpaper. An honorable mention was bestowed on Renee LeJeune Hallberg, RLH Studio, Minneapolis. Gorgeous room, isn’t it?

My personal favorites:

  • wallcovering (of course)
  • wallcovering application at the ceiling
  • palest of pale blue/gray paint on the makeup vanity
  • vanity stool

Click here to view the work of the other talented designers selected by Schumacher.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource carries all the Schumacher books as well as some of retail locations. Call first if you’re making a special trip.

{friday finds: as seen in hirshfield’s design studio}

Julia (Hirshfield’s Design Resource) loves her design magazines and design books. She has a very keen eye and will dissect every inch of a room, pointing out pieces the showroom has on the floor, had on the floor, or a piece ordered by a customer. Here’s a small offering from the showroom as seen in some of Julia’s favorite magazines and catalogs.

Duralee

This retro Duralee fabric, as seen in the Crate & Barrel catalog, arrived in the mail this week.

Recessed by Given Campbell

Recessed wallcovering as seen in House Beautiful, September 2011 issue.

Natural Curiosities artwork as seen in Lonny July/August 2011 and House Beautiful September 2011. I know, not the same piece, but both from Natural Curiosities. When you find the piece you cannot live without, and there are many, call Hirshfield’s Design Resource and they will be happy to assist you.

 Antlers as seen in Lonny July/August 2011. Every shape and size have been spotted in design magazines; ours happen to be gazelle.

Fresno 020

Benjamin Moore Fresno 020 as seen in House Beautiful September 2011.

In addition to Julia, Kathy, Greg, and Meropi work at the showroom. They are available to help designers and their customers, and the showroom is open to the public. One designer refers to the showroom staff as her “secret weapon.” That’s a nice complement, but we don’t want to be “a secret.” Spread the word. Stop in and check out Julia’s “as seen in” Hirshfield’s Design Studio. And while you’re there, put the very talented staff to work on your projects.

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