Like many baby boomers, Richard and I grew up with pre-pasted themed wallpaper surrounding us. Homey copper kettles and tea pots repeated themselves all too often throughout our tiny kitchen, and ballerinas en point danced everywhere in my bedroom. Flocked damask wallpaper was often favourited by the same people who encased their couches in clear plastic slip(ery)covers. Appreciation for texture versus patterning took hold in the 70’s revival of grasscloth but colours and weaves were limited.
For today’s look we’ve cleaned and decluttered our nests and “bought into” painting out baseboards and mouldings, solid coloured spare furniture and neutral grey walls. Options for colour pops and patterning have been limited to accessories including toss cushions, lamps, art and area rugs.
The right wallcoverings can take your place from bland to “the edge of glory” a.k.a “WOW”. Wallcovering books are showing how to use this in your contemporary decor and retain the clean lines we’ve worked so hard to get without creating a 60’s flashback moment. Flip through some at Glam Vintage & Moderne for inspiration before everybody else does. You might even learn to love flocked damask.
I double dare you.
This recent weather blip doesn’t have to bring you down. You can use these shut-in days to do something other than barbecue and eat the thawed contents of your freezer and drink your wine cellar. Your WiFi may be down and your electricity may be intermittent, but planning projects and creating goals for 2014 can be done the old-fashioned way.
Glam Vintage & Moderne’s Window January 2014
Richard’s store window tells the story. You can thank ice loaded falling branches for this break from the entrapment of technology and the time to actually browse through magazines, fabric samples and wallpaper books for inspiration.
The Port Hope annual House Tour is tomorrow and tickets are sold out. Proprietor of Glam Vintage & Moderne, Richard Cadoret, my bro, is on it. I took these photos when he wasn’t looking so I could give you a sneak peak.
If you’ve priced good wallpaper lately, you know that it’s surprisingly unaffordable. The key therefore is to use it in small spaces and get maximum bang for the buck. See how Richard’s powder room (above) and main bath (below) went from ho-hum standard condo to Ta DA! with a couple of double rolls. Ok, he’s also chosen some fabulous vintage accessories, but the wallpaper was his inspiration.
Antiqued Mirror Tiled Mirror
Richard ordered this mirror for the store bathroom but substituted those great sectioned black framed octagonal mirrors (see “Go” in Style blog of April 6th ) when these went on back order.
The store bathroom is now being treated to more black accents which work beautifully.
The “tardy” mirror has a metal taupe frame surrounding antiqued mirror tiles contrasting against a clean inner mirror.
It would have highlighted the lustrous taupe design in the wallpaper. Richard is now thinking about snapping these up for his own new condo…..the nerve!
"Go" at Glam Vintage & Moderne
Typically Glam’s customers spend a long time in the store..drinking coffee, mulling over samples, decision-making can be a long process and one can drink a lot of coffee. Richard loves to make his clients comfortable and in his new location he’s even better equipped to do so. Richard chose this gorgeous “fusion” wallpaper from Joanne’s Prestigious Wallpaper collection carried exclusively in Port Hope by Glam. The cantilevered quartz topped vanity is perfectly matched with its tonality. Also the metal mirrors echo the wallpaper’s patterning.
Rich Birch Brown Grasscloth
Gourgeous Grasscloth is “eco-friendly” but not “DIY” friendly. The good stuff is available through designers and decorators and is not pre-pasted. Furthermore it’s quite stiff and unforgiving so paying extra for the professional installer is worth it.
The gorgeous texture of grasscloth can pull a room together which contains conflicting traditional and contemporary elements by providing a distinctive backdrop.