Help Us Choose Our Wallpaper!

Alright, you've seen my all time favorite wallpaper companies. Now are you ready to see our top choices for our bathroom refresh and help us make a decision?

You'll see the main white square tile in the mock ups below, but I wanted to show you the floor as well so you have the whole picture! It's pretty bold compared to the simple wall tile.

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Here are the nine options we are considering. Six of these include a few of the wallpaper companies you saw earlier this week! Basically, we can't decide whether we want to go bold, or keep it simple. 

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Of course, the last three options ask the question: but should we?

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So what do you think? To paper or not to paper? And which options look great to you? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the great debate!

wallpaper from around the world

Last year, my husband and I bought a beautiful American Foursquare home in Chicago. Going on our second year in the home, we have moved from fixing necessary issues to working on making it feel like our own. Well, over the weekend we were feeling ambitious and decided to strip the outdated wallpaper in our main bathroom! Needless to say, these things always take twice the time you think they will...

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, my husband and I are creative types that love to do things differently. I've spent the last year searching high and low for unique, hip wallpapers that would suite our taste, and I thought you could benefit from my hunt!

Here are my ten favorite UNIQUE wallpaper companies, and an added bonus!

1 | MILTON AND KING

Milton and King was a more recent discovery, found through the amazing blog of Bright Bazaar. I fell in love immediately. Several of their papers are contenders for our main bath replacements! Their tagline says it all: "We specialize in creating exquisite, considered and bespoke wallpaper outcomes for a wide range of creative brands." 

2 | FERM LIVING

Ferm Living will always be one of my favorites. I love how clean the lines are on their products, the Scandinavian lean, and the graphic edge to these papers are no different.

3 | HYGGE & WEST

Hygge & West was first introduced to me through Oh Joy Blogs, as I watched the unveiling of her wallpaper collection. Recently, they've added Rifle Paper Co. and a few others that make my heart pitter patter.

4 | CHASING PAPER

Stylish, and REMOVABLE, Chasing Paper might take the cake for those with commitment issues or apartment woes. Many of their papers are very graphic-oriented and would be great for those that love bold colors!

5 | AIMEE WILDER

Aimee Wilder's papers are a joy for the young at heart. These are all environmentally friendly and handmade in the United States.

6 | BIEN FAIT

Previously known as Minakani Walls, Bien Fait offers papers with intricate sketch-like details, with a darker, up-scale look.

7 | SERENA & LILY

Serena & Lily offers a wide assortment from classic designs to bright, bold patterns. They have delicate, pale designs as well as bold, colorful prints.

8 | FARROW & BALL

Farrow & Ball has beautifully crafted wallpapers fit for a classic, vintage home. 

9 | ABIGAIL EDWARDS

Abigail Edwards offers intricately hand-drawn papers that are printed to preserve the quality of the original illustrations. I could stare at them for hours, tracing all of the lines with my eyes. We're actually planning on installing her Winter Seascape paper in our future tiny half bath.

10 | FINE LITTLE DAY

Fine Little Day is another wallpaper company for those with child-like curiosity.

11 | BONUS

I decided to add a bonus, because why not? Last but not least, is the company Spoonflower. Many of the handmade fabric designs found on Spoonflower can now be turned into wallpapers. For those that are apt to create their own designs, this might be a great option!

Want to help us with our current wallpaper debate? Check back in later this week to help us choose a new surface covering!!

prop recipe no. 5: HOME DECOR

On Tuesday you saw an inspiration board full of wood, tile and clean surfaces. I love spaces that are a blank slate. I lean toward classic homes, shops, and event spaces that could fit any aesthetic: clean, minimal spaces that are waiting to be the palette of the next person who will come along and make them their own. I dream of white, clean wood, and perhaps a bit of marble. One person could come along and make it a festive Moroccan celebration, while yet another could have an upscale, tailored black tie party.  For any event, I think white marble stands, oversized home decor tiles and wood cutting boards make for the best blank slates to highlight food OR product. For a dressed up look you could even layer in copper or brass platters!

prop recipe inspiration no. 5: HOME DECOR

I went to the grand opening of Alapash's new space here in Chicago over the weekend, and it struck me how impeccable Marco's aesthetic is. Almost every piece in his shop could lean either rustic/earthy/bohemian or clean/modern/minimal. Needless to say, I was inspired. This week I wanted to focus on elements of home decor and surfaces that could fit with multiple styles.

Home Decor inspired Prop Rentals

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top 5 | Planting Tools

Earlier this week, we chatted about a few of my favorite houseplants, so I thought it would only be natural to follow that up with some of my favorite planting tools. Most the time, your good ol' bare hands will be just fine, but sometimes you might need a little extra help. If you're anything like me, you probably like your plants to match your decor, so here are a few stylish tools!

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1 | WATERING CAN

If you're like me and you have plants tucked all over your home or on multiple floors, you won't want to be carrying them back and forth to the sink or shower twice a week. If your pots have good drainage holes and a drip pan, then simply carrying around a watering can might be more efficient. They're especially helpful to water hard-to-reach hanging plants! I love this watering can by Paul Loebach- it's so gorgeous I would leave it sitting out as part of the decor.

 

2 | MISTER

If you have a terrarium or low-light plant that needs humidity, a mister is an invaluable tool to have. Many of these plants need regular misting, especially in dry apartments, and misters help give them that moisture they need. This little mister from Shop Terrain would do the trick!

 

3 | HANDMADE POTS

There's not a single plant in my house that has stayed in its original container. I love hunting down cute pots almost as much as I love buying the plants themselves! I usually peruse local shops, etsy, or flea markets for unique planters. I love these soft buckets made by Skinny Laminx for cache pots!

 

4 | CHOPSTICKS

If you have a terrarium or like cacti a lot, a pair of chopsticks might come in handy! I tend to use chopsticks if I have to lift a spiky arm out of the way or readjust rocks and gravel after watering a terrarium. It's so much easier to get to those tricky places that your fingers can't get to. If you want something funkier than the standard pair from a restaurant, this is a really pretty pair I found on Etsy. 

 

5 | PLANT STANDS

There are so many random objects and furniture that can serve as a plant stand. Personally, I'm a fan of using vintage chairs and small iron patio tables found at local flea markets. You can also find them online at places like Etsy, Krrb, or Furnishly or at local thrift shops or vintage stores. I absolutely love the round tables and record cabinets made by Zak Rose, a local furniture maker. Wouldn't those record cabinets make an awesome dual use as a planter?!

 

 

What are your most-used plant tools? Do you have a favorite place to find pots or plant stands?