Not Your Grandmother’s Plaids

Plaid Blog Revised

The term plaid has become synonymous with images of quiet earth tones paired with a base of reds (think Mel Gibson in Braveheart). This age old style of patterning was coincidentally a central trend during Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week, but trust us, these weren’t your grandmother’s plaids. Designers such as Altuzarra, Thakoon, Calla, and Delpozzo displayed plaids that were just as sophisticated as their generation X counterparts, but entirely more fun and youthful. Unapologetically colorful, we can definitely see these trends translating into a rustic meets contemporary interior design scheme.

1. Altuzarra Fall 2014 2. Thakoon Fall 2014 3. Hermes Avalon Blanket 4. Maison Suzanne Gallery French Chair 5. Beverley Wallpaper

10 OF MY FAVORITE MODERN TOILE WALLPAPER PATTERNS

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 1.55.20 PMI am excited to announce that I am one of the new Interior Design contributor’s over on my friend Sarah Sarna’s blog Live the Life You Dream About. I will be contributing monthly and my first post went live this morning! I share 10 of My Favorite Modern Toile Wallpaper Patterns. Click the image above to pop over and read it!

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Wallpaper 101: Pattern Repeat

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What is a wallpaper “repeat”?

A wallpaper’s “repeat” determines both how often the pattern repeats itself horizontally. It is technically the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again and repeats itself. This distance can be very small if the pattern is tiny or it can be the entire width of the wallpaper.  There are a few different types of repeats:

The most common repeat in our collection is a Straight Match. Every panel of wallpaper hung will look exactly the same. The wallpaper will match horizontally creating a pattern sequence. Some wallpapers have a random pattern match, this is the easiest to hang because there is no pattern sequence and the wallpaper can be hung with no waste. Another repeat is called the Drop Match. Every other strip of wallpaper installed will have the same design at the ceiling line and it will form a diagonal pattern sequence instead of horizontal like the straight match.

Here is an image from The Wallpaper Collective that illustrates the difference:

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Wallpaper 101: Finding a Paperhanger

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I often get emails asking for a paperhanger recommendations for XY&Z cities and while I don’t have a running list of every paperhanger in the country (or world!) my answer is usually always the same.  I do highly recommend hiring a professional paperhanger when hanging wallpaper. While you could potentially do it yourself hiring a paperhanger will save you a lot of frustration now and down the road especially if you end up installing it wrong. This is an area that you do not want to skimp on. A reputable wallcovering installer will will carefully prepare a comprehensive plan, estimating costs based on material, labor and experience specifications. They will also be able to help you determine how many rolls you will need to order and any questions you may have about the installation.

I always recommend people take a peek at the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers website and find someone that way. All members of this association are craftsmen and women who install wallcovering for their living. It is important to find someone that comes recommended and has a reputation for excellent work. If you are in the NYC are I am more than happy to send over info for reputable paperhangers in the area.

Wallpaper 101: Untrimmed vs Trimmed Wallpaper

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I’m introducing a new series to blog, I will be demystifying some common wallpaper questions that often get emailed to me. First up on the list is the difference between Untrimmed and Trimmed Wallpaper. This gets asked a lot since Kimberly Lewis Home wallpapers come untrimmed. Let me break it down for you!

Untrimmed Wallpaper

Wallpaper in which the selvedge edges have not been removed at the manufacturer prior to packaging. Trimming is done by the installer and can be done using a straight edge and razor knife prior to installation.

Pre-Trimmed Wallpaper
Wallpaper in which the selvage edges have been removed at the mill before packaging. This does not require an extra step for the installer

Rue Magazine Feature + Behind the Scenes!

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I can finally let the cat out of the bag! I have been counting down the days/minutes until I could announce! The newest issue of Rue Magazine went live yesterday and Kimberly Lewis Home is gracing its Color Issue!

This feature means so much to me! It felt like yesterday (it was actually Feb 2011) that I attended the Rue Issue 3 party here in NYC. At the time I hadn’t even officially launched my business yet. All I had was a business card with a website that led to a few teaser photos and a twitter account that maybe 20 people followed me on, But I didn’t care! I was planning on launching my business that May and wanted to meet other design industry professionals who were doing their own thing. I remember going to the event alone that night being so nervous, I wasn’t sure if I should introduce myself as a package designer in the beauty industry which was what I was doing at the time or say I was a wallpaper designer. I can’t remember what I decided on but in the end I ended up meeting and chatting with so many people like Roxy of Society Social  who is now a friend and was launching her business that summer as well! Small world! I left the event so pumped up with energy and excited about my business and what was on the horizon!

It was a dream to work with the Rue Crew and finally be part of the magazine! I felt like it was a benchmark for my business from how far I’ve come thinking back on that party. Crystal, Kat, and Emily pulled everything together super quick and I am seriously amazed! I put together a little video of some behind the scenes action of the shoot that took place in my Brooklyn apartment / office. I am a super fan of Emily’s work and when Crystal emailed me that she would be coming to my place I was honestly a bit nervous. I felt like I had some big shoes to fill but everything came together and I am so pleased with the entire article.  Emily has an absolutely amazing eye and the photographs turned out stunning! I’m so grateful to have been able to work with her!

So without further ado here is a little sneak peek of the behind the scenes action of the shoot! Hope you enjoy the Beyonce!

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Definitely check out the entire issue because from front to cover it is such a treat and a BIG HUGE thanks to the Rue Crew for letting me be apart of it!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day + Design Crush!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m still catching up on emails and sample orders since I took a long weekend off to get in some New Hampshire skiing but I wanted to pop in today to share these lovely photos of the ever so talented Christine of Bijou and Boheme that are up on Style Me Pretty Living, take a peek! Its official, Christine is my official Valentine’s Day Design Crush! Christine definitely has a keen eye for design and her home simply blows me away, it is GORGEOUS! I love her use of wallpaper throughout the home, as well! Hello Ostrich wallpaper in the hallway, I think I love you.

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Christine has been ever so kind to feature my wallpaper on her blog over the years and I’ve loved reading her blog and seeing her grow as a designer. I am madly in love with her home and just about everything she touches! A huge congrats Christine on the feature!

What are you crushing on today in honor of Valentine’s Day? Tell me in the comments section!

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