Wallpaper going up

24 Jul

For years, I had planned to hang the lovely Honeybee wallpaper, by Candace Wheeler, in the bathroom. I knew I couldn’t afford it in the near future, so was saving up for it, and planned to live with the distressed walls until I could afford the paper.

My good friend Liz (rodent expert, dog whisperer, sprain diagnoser, etc. etc.) had some wallpaper she’d gotten from ebay years ago and had planned to use in a bathroom in her old house (across the street), but had later found a different paper that she preferred. She asked me to take a look at the paper, and my immediate thought was, “Stick with the Bees!”, but in the end, the paper was very nice and totally free.

She did a little research and found that it’s a Thomas Strahan paper (though not one listed as currently in production on his web site). It has pretty big flowers — poppies or chrysanthemums or zinnias or some such — on a black and gold field with vines and other flowery shapes. It’s very pretty, and extremely dark.

The paper is o.l.d. I installed Van Luit wall panels (mural) in my bedroom that were printed in 1969 and they were in better shape than this paper. So it could be pre-1970s or post-1970s but in kind of bad shape. Very delicate, and I’m a moose, so I’ve torn it in a few places.

It’s also got an interesting “double wide” match, which I think it technically called a 1/3 drop match, because it takes three strips to line the pattern up. I learned this, of course, the hard way. But I do believe I have plenty of paper to finish the room. The paper is unpasted and untrimmed (which is great on old uneven walls, as it gives a lot of room for play in the matching).

I plan to finish installation tomorrow!

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2 Responses to “Wallpaper going up”

  1. littleaugury July 25, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    nice, it has a little aesthetic period look to it. good decision!

  2. Erica Walch July 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    it’s great paper — i don’t know why, but it reminds me of “The Apartment” a 1970’s (?) film by Roman Polanski. The main character moves into this apartment (in Paris) and starts to go a bit mad (or is being overcome by supernatural forces and/or his neighbors and/or the apartment itself). He finds out (or makes up) the story of the girl who lived in the apt before him, and starts to slowly become her. It’s a *great* movie, and while this paper isn’t at all creepy and I haven’t found any teeth hidden in the wall (the film is a must see — not only for the story, but also for the clothes and locations), it definitely has a 1970’s/1980’s rediscovering-Victorian-style-SanFrancisco flavor to it.

    I think that some Aubrey Beardsley prints would be shown to great advantage in the room.

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