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Friday, November 5th, 2010

Amazing Wallpaper – Without the Paper!

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I love this new trend…

That sleek black and white wallpaper you see above isn’t actually paper at all.  It’s a beautiful glass tile mosaic, by Trend USA.

Designed to mimic the great graphic punch of classic and contemporary wallpaper patterns, the sheets of 3/4″ tile are made of up to 71% recycled glass, and are entirely recyclable once removed.  Although really, would you want to take something so lovely off your walls?

For those of you craving the mid-century look, this random color mosaic is perfect!  The geometric, warm hued tile pattern falls somewhere between “Mad Men” and “Mod Squad” in style, don’t you think?

Of course, if sharp, glossy and graphic isn’t what you are going for, you might want to take a look at the soft, ethereal wallcoverings of Trove.  I confess, the walls of my dream bedroom would be covered in it.

Evoking the look of a watercolor paintings on antique silk, this collection is actually printed on FSC certified wood veneers, giving it great visual impact with minimal impact to the environment.  Applied very much like an actual wallpaper, it is available in a range of prints and wood species.

Of course, there are many more sustainable options for covering your walls with something other than paint or paper, including: leather, burlap, aluminum, clay, glass beads, silk and bark. The list is only limited by your imagination,… and the manufacturers catalog.  I’ll introduce you to some more of these great options in future posts.

But meanwhile, for my next post I’ll introduce you to that perpetual giggle inducer, the dual flush toilet, and explain why they are such a wonderful idea.  No really!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Sustainable Wallpaper 101

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Many years ago, when I was in design school, my fellow students and I would frquently go off on tangents about how gross wallpaper was.  Mind you, this was back in the day when it seemed every suburban kitchen was plastered in sheets of little, tiny country flower print, with duck encrusted borders.  Could you blame us?

Oh man, has wallpaper has come a long way since then…

Grahama & Brown Eco Peony in Apple

The most wonderful aspect of this wallpaper revival has been the plethora of great, sustainable choices that have come along with it.  No longer the realm of plastic coated pastels, many of today’s wallpapers are colorful, bold, eco-friendly and natural.  They are also easy to find, it’s just an issue of knowing what to look for.

Farrow & Ball - Peony

Here is a little guide to help you navigate the sea of choices available to you: (more…)