Wallpaper

This is getting boring

The Nice Guys (2016) - A hotel hallways that is OBVIOUSLY in the 70s

The Nice Guys (2016) - A hotel hallways that is OBVIOUSLY in the 70s

This Trippy Orange Wallpaper by Graham & Brown has become the laziest choice for a 1960's or 1970's set.  I have already commented on it in Mad Men and High Rise, but now that it has popped up in The Nice Guys, I'm off the bandwagon.

To make matters worse, Graham & Brown actually brag on their website that the wallpaper is featured in the sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, and include this picture: 

An old Frenchy

Sarah's Key  - Apartment of an old French lady

Sarah's Key - Apartment of an old French lady

While watching the movie Sarah's Key, I had to stop the film to inspect the matchy-matchy lampshade in this old friend lady's Parisian apartment.  The wallpaper is awesome to begin with, and then this lady went the extra mile. 

I know this space feels stuffy and old, but just imagine that you repainted the lower halves of the walls and moldings white, and removed lots of the knickknackery.  It would be stunning.  

Unicorn Tapestry

The Unicorn in Captivity  (from The Unicorn Tapestries) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cloisters

The Unicorn in Captivity (from The Unicorn Tapestries) - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cloisters

I recently visited the Cloisters in New York City for the first time and was overwhelmed by The Unicorn Tapestries (as is everyone else because that is why people go).  

But because I'm me, I became fixated on the plants.  There must be wallpaper inspired by this.  Has anyone found it (not counting the wallpaper with repeating unicorns)?

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Each flowering plant is an individual sprig, different from its neighbor.  The plants are stacked with minimal depth. Although this was made in 1500-ish, I am confident that a wallpaper interpretation would be timeless.  

In my dreams I would have a powder room covered with the stuff so you walked in and were accosted with it.  

More Tyranny

Tyrant: Season 1 - Meeting room in the palace

Tyrant: Season 1 - Meeting room in the palace

Tyrant has done it again!  I thought I was done sharing pictures from the FX show, but I'm not because any set that pulls off large scale gold patterned wallpaper needs to be acknowledged. 

Tyrant: Season 1 - The palace at night

Tyrant: Season 1 - The palace at night

And this is a shot of the palace at night, which I am including just because.

The Wallpaper is Back

A while back, I wrote about the wallpaper in Mad Men vs. The Americans.  The thesis was that cutting edge wallpaper in the 60's, would become mass produced by the 80's and used in suburban homes.

Mad Men - 1960's

Mad Men - 1960's

The Americans - 1980's

The Americans - 1980's

Now there is another data point:

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The Skeleton Twins - Gay bar on Dyke Night

The trailer for The Skeleton Twins was just released and The Americans's wallpaper is featured in a bar set.  This would fit with the thesis because this bar probably put this wallpaper up in the 80's and has spent the next 30 years regretting it. 

A magical realm on the other side of the wall

Scarface (1983)

Scarface (1983)

When I think of a wall covered in a large photograph, my mind immediately goes to Scarface...but is that such a bad thing?  Yes, it was meant to be over the top and tacky, but it is still freakin' awesome.  

There is just something magical about being able to walk over base moldings into a forest, onto a beach, or into a piece of art.

The company Wallpapered let's you select or design your wall art, put in the dimensions of your wall, and receive your art in the mail.  Or there is Pixers, which does the same thing.  I am sure a google will turn up many more options.

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The picture to the left led me to Steve's Wallpaper and Blinds.  The site looks budget to the max, so it makes sense they would have some really affordable wall murals for sale.  There are a bunch that are less than $100.

Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Masters of Sexy Wallpaper

Masters Of Sex - Season 1, Episode 3: Upstairs room in a 1950's whore house

Masters Of Sex - Season 1, Episode 3: Upstairs room in a 1950's whore house

I really appreciate the wallpaper choice in this brothel.  I like that they broke the wall up into two parts, the main wall and a thin upper section.  They chose a busy ornate pattern for the main wall, and a simple geometric patter for the upper band.  It works for me.  

Brunch and Toile

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A while back, Hillary had the genius idea of getting brunch at Cliffs Edge Restaurant in Silverlake.  I had never been there before.  

The outdoor space is lovely, anchored by a large old tree.  You can definitely tell that there was a designer thinking out all the choices. 

My favorite thing was was the wall paper in the bathroom.  Indian toile! 

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I did some googling, but I couldn't find the manufacturer.  Strangely enough, I did stumble onto the elephant portion of the pattern, blown up, and used as a wall decal.  I do not know how this was done, but I surely like how it came out  

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Are 60's and 80's the same?

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

The Americans: Season 1, Episode 10

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I was watching The Americans and became intrigued by the kitchen set.  The show is about KGB agents undercover in the early 80's posing as the perfect American family.  

I was planning on writing about patterned back-splashes (because who doesn't love that), but then the next show I watched was an episode of Mad Men.  Low and behold, a very very similar wallpaper was used in Ted Chaough mid 60's office.  

 

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 9

The wallpaper in Mad Men is called Trippy by Graham & Brown.  It goes for $60/roll.  

Does it strike anyone as odd that virtually the same wall paper can define two stylistically different eras?   

Or maybe it makes perfect sense.  The sets of Mad Men are supposed to be sleek and modern.  The colors, and patters are were chosen because they were the most current and cutting edge design.   

Fast forward twenty years and we see a stereotypical suburban family kitchen with the same colors and patters.  As the cool slick design of the 60's gets mass produced, these average suburbanites purchase the status symbol decor items which have finally reached their local shops and catalogs.  But they are twenty years two late.  

What was actually on trend in the 80's was probably something that looked a little more like this: 

Panache Interiors

Panache Interiors

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