So I have a bit of fun news! I have been chatting recently with the folks over at Graham & Brown, and am going to partner with them for the rest of 2015 in a Brand Ambassador role.
So who are Graham & Brown? They are a UK-based, family company that make the most incredible wallpaper, along with other home products and accessories. I have admired their wallpaper for AGES. They have a huge variety of patterns, with an undeniable UK influence. I have been going to England ever since I was a kiddo – I think my first flight ever as a baby was over to London. Want a little throwback thursday? Here is my Daddio with me in the carrier (hello, old school babywearing!), out exploring the English countryside.
My Dad was born and raised in England, and my Mum spent a large part of her childhood there while her Dad was stationed there with the Army. We still have loads of family and friends who we try to get over and visit, and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I even took the opportunity to go do my Master’s degree over in London with Dan (it’s where we got engaged!).
The local pub near my grandmother’s place… does it get much more English than that?
The houses that I have have spent time in over in England are usually plastered in wallpaper – hallways, bedrooms, living rooms, etc. It can add so much pattern, warmth, and richness to a space. I find that here in North America, we have way more trepidation about using wallpaper in our houses – don’t you agree? I am after a mix in our own home. I love a crisp, clean, almost beach-y aesthetic, but I also love an eclectic look with tons of pattern. It’s going to be a challenge to bring them together in our home in a way that doesn’t feel disjointed, but I’m up for it. I’m not going to be wallpapering all of the walls in our house (hello, I have been working like crazy to get them all painted!), but I have visions of wallpapering furniture, installing it as large scale art, and using it in unexpected places.
Check out what Le Zoe Musings did with some Graham & Brown paper in her home. Amazing, right?
My Mum and I also have a room to makeover at my family cottage this summer, and my head is swirling with wallpaper ideas. A stripe? A subtle floral? I haven’t figured it out yet, but we’re definitely going to go for it.
The Graham & Brown “Wallpaper of the Year” for 2015 is Northern Rose. It feels SO English to me and has that garden rose vibe that would be so sweet paired in a room with tons of white and natural light.
I haven’t done a project with the paper yet (I just ordered my first batch – they ship to Canada no problem!), but I am thinking it would be amazing either on the base of a wood chair, kind of similar to what these guys did here:
Or onto a piece of furniture, like this:
I have started a Pinterest board here with all things wallpaper-inspired, so follow me over there if you want to get some project ideas. I can’t wait to get started!
Have you guys used wallpaper in your house before? Have you used it in non-traditional ways, like as artwork or on furniture? Any tips to share? I’m all ears!