Wallpaper with Flair!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | Category: Walls

I got this room photo (below) from my Style Book- I had torn this page out of the September 2007 issue of Traditional Home a few years back. I loooove this modern damask wallpaper and felt that it would look perfect for a client’s entry that I was working on. Problem was that I needed to know where the wallpaper was from! So I tore up my whole office looking for this old magazine…ended up finding out it was a Cole & Son paper and could be found at Lee Jofa in Dallas. (I really should be a detective!!)

I just knew it would be perfect- it looked like it was a plum color- not too red, not too purple- the exact color I was looking for!

I take a trip over to Lee Jofa and came to find out that yes, the wallpaper is gorgeous but no, it doesn’t look the same in person as it did in the magazine! (don’t you just hate that?) I was actually a deep deep purple in person! Maybe it was the magazine’s printer or perhaps it was the photographer’s camera- either way, it just wasn’t going to work for this house after all.

It’s funny how everything happens for a reason (even in interiors!) Although I didn’t end up coming back with my dream paper, I stumbled upon some other great Cole & Son wallpaper when I was there and even found a replacement for the one I was looking for!

If you aren’t a designer and don’t have access to the “to the trade” showrooms, Their website has lots of great images that you can peruse through instead. Their wallpaper is amazing! And the fact that they have been around since 1873 gives me goosebumps- what an incredible history!

I love their papers because they put an updated spin on a traditional pattern.

They have something for everyone here…geometrics, florals, damasks, stripes…you name it.

And if you want something that is a little off the beaten path, no worries- they got that too!

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8 Comments to 'Wallpaper with Flair!'

Blushing hostess 22 Apr 09 at 2:52 pm

Their website is fabulous and such an easy to use tool – thank you, Girls.

columnist 22 Apr 09 at 3:47 pm

Love the Cole collection of Fornasetti, and others of similar “stripe”, (pun intended).

julia b. edelmann 23 Apr 09 at 1:46 am

I recently installed that Fornasetti paper in an entryway. You can see it from the street when the door is open. It is breathtaking!!!

Era 24 Apr 09 at 4:16 am

awesome pattern..

Rebecca Nabors 24 Apr 09 at 6:45 am

Wow, thanks for posting these examples of wallpaper swatches. I love them. -Rebecca

Anonymous 24 Apr 09 at 6:58 am

You can buy Cole & Son wallpapers via Sanderson Fabrics UK – I've done it twice now and am in the US.

Down Comforter 26 Apr 09 at 9:21 pm

Some beautiful papers out today – far cry from the ones I grew up with.

Beautiful WALLPAPER THEMES 27 Apr 09 at 1:33 pm

Very Beautiful, i like this !

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