Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 104

Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start. — Jason Collins 🏳️‍🌈

Oldie, but Goodie. “Sorry for the Delayed Response.”

Sundown. These $42 Quay sunglasses are a blogger favorite.

New Tune. Tips on making friends in a new city.

Work It. This Ted Baker sheath dress and bright frock are sale-priced and fabulous.

Fired Up. 9 Ways to Curb Burnout (because life is too short to be a pile of ash).

Lace Up. Need Sneakers? These Cole Haan Leather ones are simply chic, while these London Rag gold ones are cool (and $29).

Solo Flight. Dear Therapist: Why it’s hard to accept being single.

Office Space. WHBM’s tie neck blouse and scalloped hem pants qualify as easy work basics.

Fright Night. Why Melinda Gates thinks you should do things that scare you.

Purred. These $24 AE sandals bring leopard print into summer with style.

Family Lore. These “interesting family facts” from Twitter are fantastic.

What are our feelings on wallpaper?

I would like to wallpaper my dining room and our laundry room.  Kyle would like it if I did not do that.  Ever.

A peel and stick wallpaper (link Spoonflower) feels like it could work.  I like these scale dots for the laundry room.  Not to frilly, but pretty.  Or maybe a simple grass cloth on the wall behind our bed.

So do you have wallpaper?  What kind did you buy?  Do you love it?  Regret it?  And on a one to childbirth, how tough was it too install?

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    24 comments

  1. Christina says:

    I like wallpaper in smaller spaces, like a powder room or a laundry room, but I think it can draw a lot of attention in larger spaces or ones that are connected to other rooms. When we renovated, we didn’t use any wallpaper. I like the flexibility of paint, and my husband is like Kyle and doesn’t prefer it. That said, there are some great removable wallpaper options these days. Young House Love did two really fun accent walls in their beach duplex: https://www.younghouselove.com/how-to-install-removable-wallpaper/. You’d probably lean toward a much different pattern, but their tutorial made it seem pretty achievable.

    Good luck with your renovation! I know how much mental space all of these decisions occupy, but you will really enjoy your space in the end.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  2. Alison says:

    I have wallpaper in my house that was put up by the previous owner that we have decided to keep in our entryway and one wall of our sitting room. It’s a very classic motif – stripes – but in a slightly more modern dark teal and the other three walls of the sitting room are painted the same dark teal. I wouldn’t put up more wall paper, but what we have is in far too good of shape to take it down.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  3. LP says:

    We have a statement wall of wallpaper in our bedroom, behind our bed. I LOVE it and get tons of compliments. My aunt who is experienced at hanging helped me put it up. it was one easy wall with no windows or doors and still took a fair amount of time, like a full afternoon- personally I would hire a professional unless you have experience, especially if you have cutouts or a tricky pattern to match up. That said, I love love love it, and when the times comes to switch it out I will definitely pick a new pattern. I would not hesitate to do it again.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  4. Sara says:

    following because I’m considering putting wallpaper in my bathroom! would love any tips.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  5. Michelle says:

    I know that wallpaper is on trend now, but it won’t be forever. You’ll be over it at some point.

    As a person who removed the 90s wallpaper from my house when I bought it (it had been in a bathroom and around my kitchen,) I would NOT recommend this wall treatment. (Especially since you can achieve an interesting look with paint, which is much easier to cover up when you grow tired of the look.)

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  6. Claire says:

    I’m a huge fan of wallpaper in small spaces, and dream of a powder room done in Schumacher Citrus Garden or a moody floral from Divine Savages. Big prints can be a lot, so you can temper the look by just papering above a chair rail. I’ve wallpapered bathrooms before and it’s not so much difficult as tedious. You need the right tools (like plumb line!) and a perfectionist eye…and a lot of uninterrupted time. If you have a pattern that would be tough to match up perfectly or don’t have the time it’s worth hiring someone, but I live for a DIY project.
    Is it harder to change than paint? Yes, significantly. Is that a deal breaker? Not for me, but it might be for a prospective buyer one day.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
    • Liz says:

      Ahhh, Schumacher! I have a Schumacher grass cloth in my dining room (https://www.fschumacher.com/item/5000750)

      I know this is an insane print, but if my SO ever agrees, I want to put it in our powder bath (yes, I might be crazy) http://www.scalamandre.com/group-display.html?GROUP=wallcoverings

      June 6, 2019/Reply
      • Martie says:

        I’ve been in love with scalamandre zebras for a solid decade. Some wallpaper styles will no doubt be dated in a matter of years, but a classic pattern will absolutely stand the test of time. The bee pattern by farrow and ball is based on silk wall coverings discovered in the bedroom of the first wife of Bonaparte!Its like brass fixtures – sure it will go in and out of style like everything else, but if you find something timeless you love, you can still pull it off when it’s not having a moment.

        June 8, 2019/Reply
  7. Liz says:

    I love the grass cloth we had installed in the dining room (above the chair rail, painted white below) — also, it was highly recommended that we have it professionally installed because of that kind of paper. I also think if you have a print that it’s important to align the repeat on, I would also go with a professional. I’m all about not hiring painters and DIYing that kind of thing, but the wallpaper felt too easy to screw up and our grass cloth (which has some metallic in it too) was too much of a splurge to screw up.

    I painted the wall behind my headboard but I could see the merits of a peel and stick wallpaper there, and it’s probably far easier to DIY a single wall that way.

    Side note: lessons learned from the house I grew up in: wallpaper in bathrooms will totally peel up at all the corners if you take too many hot steamy showers without proper ventilation. (so it might be best to stick to putting it in a powder bath).

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  8. Kate says:

    Experience speaking. No to the wallpaper in anywhere but small places. The love doesn’t last.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  9. Rebecca says:

    When you said grasscloth wallpaper, I immediately had terrible flashbacks to removing such wallpaper in our dining room in 2005! One of the previous owners put it up, and it looked terrible, especially at the seams, where the grasses didn’t line up from one sheet to the next. It looks like you’ll use wallpaper with a grasscloth effect, not ACTUAL GRASS STITCHED TO WALLPAPER like our previous owners did. (When was this a thing? I don’t know.)

    It took 3 days to steam the grasscloth wallpaper off the walls, resulting in damage to the plaster underneath. We had to repair that before we could paint. Stripping wallpaper was so traumatic that we’ve shied away from the stuff since, and only use paint.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  10. Carrie says:

    I am 100% here for the wallpaper but my husband is not. It’s not that he’s adamantly opposed, but he is VERY skeptical of it. We have an open concept home and it really is only feasible in the bedrooms and bathrooms. I’d like to put it up on a wall in the nursery and possibly the hall bathroom and see how it goes. The trick for me is finding something that’s kid friendly but not too juvenile that it gets weird as they get older. Maybe the removable stuff is where I need to be focused.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  11. Kate says:

    I have this https://www.hyggeandwest.com/products/petal-pusher-blush on one wall of my home office and I LOVE IT. I get compliments on it every time someone sees it, and it makes me DELIGHTED every time I go in the room. My husband is less enthusiastic about wallpaper as a concept, but the office is all mine, so I got to make the rules, and even he agrees it looks awesome.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  12. Kate says:

    Thank you for posting the article on ambiguous grief/loss! I really connected with it.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  13. Emma says:

    I chose anaglypta wallpaper for the wall behind my bed. I chose the same paint color as the rest of the room but a glossier finish. The gloss helped highlight the anaglypta’s pattern.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  14. ELz says:

    We had wallpaper (a Paul Loebach print) in our last home and we loved it! I paid someone to hang it and it needed an expert hand, So, it was a 0, other than the costs. We just did one wall because the room was huge and needed a feature.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  15. Sarah says:

    I really appreciate you posting the article on being single and ambiguous grief. I’d never heard the phrase “ambiguous grief” before but have felt it and it was great to hear it articulated. Thank you!

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  16. Jill says:

    Intrigued by easily removable wallpaper. I removed the old-fashioned kind from a poorly ventilated bathroom and wouldn’t put myself through that again. Years of shower steam made it adhere monstrously.

    June 6, 2019/Reply
  17. Cori says:

    I love the look of wallpaper but the price is a bit steep and hanging is rough. We opted to use a giant wall stencil from Etsy in the same pattern as your picture above for a feature wall in our bedroom. For a more subtle look, we chose the same paint color at 50% tint and completed an hour of research on how to not make mistakes. People remark on the beauty of our “wallpaper” all the time! I actually loved the process of stenciling – it was really relaxing and my partner was hardly needed. Perhaps Kyle might go for paint?

    June 7, 2019/Reply
  18. Sarah says:

    We did wall paper in our half bath and I love it and get so many compliments. I got a pattern that was discontinued from Serena and Lily so I paid less than $10 a roll.

    June 7, 2019/Reply
  19. Cheryl says:

    You once shared that Kyle (like my husband) is more comfortable with clutter.
    You are not. Picture this: walls surrounding you with patterns coupled with clutter would be so busy, claustrophic and overwhelming to the senses it would challenge you just to be in the room, especially day after day.
    Wallpaper works beautifully in a clean, cohesive, organized, space where no clutter can compete with the sensate experience of the walls. Would this be the reality of your life together?
    The restful ‘plainness’ of painted walls can provide the ‘eye relief’ to ‘jumble’.
    A compromise could be a simple wallpaper border around the ceiling of a room. Or wallpaper just ‘your’ bathroom, somewhere where that is ‘your’ space alone.
    Good luck with the renovation. It always takes longer than we want, but so worth it.

    June 7, 2019/Reply
  20. Kim says:

    I’m in the camp of wallpaper sounds like a great idea to trial run in the laundry room and you can redo the dining room later if you convince Kyle to really love it. I haven’t done wallpaper but I did do patterned peel and stick floor tile in bathrooms. It was a little more work than I thought it would be, but the bold patter in my small bathrooms is really great (mental note, thick peel and stick tile was more sensitive to subfloor irregularities than I thought it would be)

    June 7, 2019/Reply
  21. Anne says:

    Yes to wallpaper, especially in places like dining rooms, powder rooms, and laundry rooms. It’s not that expensive or hard to take down, either, as long as it was put up properly (i.e. not glued directly to unpainted sheetrock). Go big, go fun, and change it in a few years, if you want.

    June 10, 2019/Reply
  22. Danielle says:

    I put peel & stick wallpaper from Target on one wall in my living room. I ended up loving the final product, but if your wall has any—and I mean ANY—texture, you must get rid of that first. The wallpaper went up fine the first time, but when we came home after vacation a few weeks later, it had peeled off the wall in one big piece. We used joint compound to smooth out the textured wall, and the wallpaper is still up today!

    July 1, 2019/Reply

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