This reveal has been a long time coming… back in January 2021, with a three week old newborn, we discovered the base of our washing machine had rusted out and water was leaking behind the machine. Realllly fun stuff, especially when you have to resort to handwashing newborn clothes because you’re in the middle of a pandemic. Anyway, instead of just repairing the subfloor and replacing the washing machine, we took the opportunity to update the whole space, including the hall that connects to the laundry room and our outdoor patio. Let’s get into those updates, which took us nearly two years to complete, but was so worth it.
Wallpaper and tile combinations that pair beautifully for a bathroom
One of the defining features of our most recent bathroom renovation is the combination of beautiful handmade coloured ceramic tile from Fireclay paired with a complimentary wallpaper. It’s a timeless combination that brings a lot of drama and interest to a space, and also feels incredibly elevated. I dove into my assortment of Fireclay samples and paired them with wallpapers I think would look gorgeous in a bathroom, to inspire you to create the same look in your own home.
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Favourite removable wallpaper options
Wallpaper can sometimes feel like a big commitment, but it’s also so high impact. I remember years ago when I was renting in New York that the removable wallpaper options available on the market were limited to a small handful of dated patterns (black and white damask was big!), that it’s incredible how big this market has become over the past few years!
Here are my top few by brand:
You already know that I love Tempaper from the chinoiserie wallpaper in my office, but they carry so many great papers it’s hard to rule it down.
I loved both of these that I shot in one of Diane Rath’s recent projects.
This one is Wave Pop as part of the Novogratz collection.
And this one is Wheels, also in the Novogratz collection.
Some of my other faves include, from left to right: Check Yourself, Wiggle Room, Mosaic Scallop, Dazzle
Drop it Modern
Another favourite company for wallpaper, both removable and traditional is Drop it Modern. Their patterns are bolder, a bit more modern, and very chic.
I absolutely love how one of my fave designers Christine Dovey used the Chrystalline marbled wallpaper in her master bedroom many years ago, that has stood the test of time.
From left to right: Bang Dem Sticks, Azteca Mural, Azteca, Dot to Dot.
I love that Chasing Paper has been dreaming up some very fabulous collaborations with makers across industries, including the below collab with Graduate Hotels.
And a few of my favourites are: Bubble, Parrots, Graduate Plaid, Floral Cut-Outs
And if this isn’t enough, check out this Etsy wallpaper round-up by my friend, Sarah.
Modern Chinoiserie Home Office Reveal!
This post has been a long time coming! Months ago, I introduced you to my home office and shared the vision and the initial plans. Of course, I expected this project to take 4-6 weeks, and it came in at 13 weeks. Most of this was waiting on items to come in, so thank you for your patience.
Before jumping into the reveal, I want to quickly thank the brands who partnered with me on this project: Tempaper, Zartiques, and Loom Decor. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create spaces that I can share with you. All opinions are my own.
Let’s remember where we started:
Oof. And then we stripped the trim and the room in order to refinish the floors (more details on that process here):
And here she is, looking so much prettier, more sophisticated, and immensely more functional.
The Wallpaper & Paint
The inspiration for this space was a modern, fresh take on chinoiserie, and from the very beginning I had this vision of a mural on the wall that’s most visible from the hallway. Once I stumbled upon the Tempaper Chinoiserie removable wallpaper collection, I instantly knew that one of their many gorgeous self-adhesive and removable wallpaper murals would be absolutely perfect. I wanted to continue the body colour onto the walls of the room to envelope the space and allow the room to expand visually, so that narrowed my focus Garden wallpaper in Metallic Champagne. When I took the sample with me to Farrow and Ball to source some paint samples for the rest of the walls, the store associates were genuinely shocked that the wallpaper was 1) not hand-painted and 2) removable, because the printing and paper quality is that good.