April Showers Bring May Wall Flowers

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Beautiful mudroom featuring Candice Olson’s Enchanted wallpaper (NY4944) from Modern Luxe, with a look as soft and inviting as it’s name.

A little shower of rain, some warm sunny rays; the long anticipated spring is finally here!  So put on your rain boots and take a walk outside and don’t avoid splashing in a few mud puddles.  And when you get home, focus your attention on the Mud Room. That very special place that balances a beautiful welcome with the practical side of good housekeeping; where the rubber boot prepares to hit the road, or come back home!

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Coral and green rain boots by Jessicaswift.com.  Coral and green wallpaper, Medallion with Scroll (AP7457) from Ashford House Silhouettes collection by York.  Blue folk wallpaper, Santa Maria (WP2459) from the Waverly Small Prints collection by York.  Folk Art rain boot by Desigual.com.

Bright and cheerful with a dash of folksy whimsy – the perfect combination to say “Welcome to our Home” while providing sufficient design pattern to hide puppy paw prints and the occasional muddy boot that your youngest managed to have hit the wall during a hurried removal.  So serviceable too with York’s washable finish making it easy care and stress free.  You’ve got to love when pretty is functional!

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Wildflower floral rain boot by Hunter RHS original Wellington boots.  Floral Vine wallpaper (KH7140) from York’s Kitchen & Bath collection.  Rosier Botanical wallpaper (KH7055) from York’s Kitchen & Bath collection.  Garden flowers rain boots from Pinterest.

For many, April is the month to get back in the garden.  Planning the season’s blooms, blossoms and vegetable bounty is truly a spring tonic.  Fall in love with your mud room by creating an interior garden with beautiful wallpaper that surrounds the space with nature’s bounty.  Select from English garden motifs or botanical studies; York has an abundance of artistically designed floral and garden designs to suit a variety of tastes.

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Red Paisley rain boots by Pipduck.  Byzance paisley wallpaper (WH7719) from Waverly Classics for York.  Regent’s Glen plaid wallpaper (ML1230) from Ronald Redding’s Houndstooth collection.  Rossalyn II rain boots by Ralph Lauren.

For some, regal red is the design statement that resonates throughout the year.  Warm, and rich with an underlying hint of classic good taste, it is none-the-less balanced from stuffiness with its bright primary depth that punches up the color in any room.  In the mud room in particular, this color, be it plaid or paisley, emotes comfort from the second you enter in from the cold.

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Black and white Puddles damask rain boots by shoes.com.  Luminary Damask wallpaper (ER8173) from Waverly Cottage for York.  Black and white Country Life toile wallpaper (WA7827) from Waverly Classics for York.  Toile rain boots from wellies.com.au.

Neutral with a brush of formal black – always fashionable; its an easy color combination to decorate around.  Choose a bench with a pretty rush seat and spooled legs painted matt black for your mud room, creating an inviting place to stop and remove your rain boots and hang up your hat.  York has a lovely modern interpretation of the classic damask design, if you lean toward transitional in your style, and a pastoral toile if your personal style leans more toward updated rural.

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Watercolor rain boots by Tedbaker.com.  Ornamental Bloom watercolor wallpaper (PA110401) from Kitchen, Bath & Beyond collection.   Variegated Stripe wallpaper (SA9120) from Ashford Stripes collection.  Bold stripe rain boots from Chesirehorse.com.

Blue greens – from softest aqua to bold teal; this color is a crowd pleaser that has remained popular for several years running.  Keep it toned soft and soothing with spa- like aqua watercolors, a big trend in wall art (both framed and wallpaper!) and soft furnishings and bedding.  Or punch it up with bold stripes in deeper turquoise for vibrant style that brightens and delights.

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Black and white chevron rain boots from shopruche.com.  Black and white chevron wallpaper (AB2150) from Ashford’s Black & White collection.  Toss the Bouquet wallpaper (RB4260) from Risky Business II by York.  Black and silver floral rain boots from usahunterboot.com.

Black and white – the modern vision.  Edgy chevrons and sparkling glitter make a spectacular statement in your entryway or mud room.  This color combination pairs so well with classic black and white floor tiles, keeping the area essentially clean, bright and eye catching; a lovely space to come in out of the rain!

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Coral scroll rain boots from Amazon.  Coral paisley scroll (RB4232)  from Risky Business II by York.  Watercolor poppies wallpaper (WT4504) from Watercolors by Carey Lind.  Coral floral rain boots, Kamik Poppies from Zappos.

Blissful coral:  intense color with a livable soft side.  There’s little wonder that this color has remained on the fashion forefront for several years running.  Great depth, neither pink nor red, that instantly livens up a room with lighthearted appeal.  Entryways and mud rooms are an ideal location in the home for a powerful wallpaper statement rooted in this color grouping. The stage is set for your style as soon as you walk through the door; engaging, eye stopping, and completely showy – ideal for a room that brings you through one space and into the next.

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Mudroom, take 2!  Another beautiful Candice Olson pattern, Modern Petals (ND7032), brings a fresh contemporary design style to the room.

The wonderful thing about decorating today is that there is a variety of styles all trending at once, its just a matter of choosing your wall wardrobe to represent your personal style!  Go to www.yorkwall.com to see all the possibilities!

The Oscar goes to York

oscars-academyawards-2015 On the Red Carpet this year:  trend setting luxury, shimmering elegance, classic design and gorgeous bling!  In 2015 the fashion statement remains opulent in both design style and finishes whether it is the Oscar wardrobe or your wall wardrobe.  Embrace sumptuous living; for your walls the vote goes to York!

Temptress wallcovering (COD0157N) Emma Stone in  a custom Elie Saab gown.

Temptress wallcovering (COD0157N) Emma Stone in  a custom Elie Saab gown.

Chartreuse, an edgy color that speaks to a willingness to be bold in your fashion statement.  Soft enough to be livable, lively enough to accompany fabulous accent colors like Emma Stone’s deep coral lipstick.  Glam it up with beads and metallic highlights – fabulous on both the gown and the wallpaper!  In your home pair it with glowing glint shades, that wonderful metallic between gold and silver and throw in a pop of coral in your floral arrangements or accent pieces.

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Silk Stripe wallpaper (SA9159) from Ashford Stripes. Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford gown.

Suitably sophisticated in black and white.  This classic combination never goes out of style on the red carpet or in your home.  Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon is “Wildly” chic in this gorgeous Tom Ford gown.  Your walls can range from sporty to svelte adding height and refined simplicity with wallcovering pattern “Silk Stripe” from the Ashford House Stripes collection.

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Leopard Damask wallpaper (RC3718) Rachael Harris in stunning strapless gown.

From the majesty of Versailles, through the Roaring Twenties and still going strong – damasks are the epitome of  timeless good taste.  So on trend in 2015 in shades of graphite and soft gray; the sophisticated neutral.  This gorgeous strapless gown so perfectly fitted to Rachael Harris’ stunning figure, needs no further accent.  So too will your home décor be complete without further accessorizing with York’s Leopard Damask.  There is more than one way to be a “Good Wife” – getting your wall wardrobe just right is the fun way!

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WallpapHer wallpaper (WH2658) by York.  Lupita Nyong’o gown by Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyong’o dress is now famous on many levels.  First and foremost the stunning gown design by famed designer Calvin Klein, bejeweled with a thousand pearls has shape, texture and bling all wrapped into one gorgeous package.  Your wall wardrobe should be no less enchanting with color, special finishes and dimension all wrapped into a beautiful wall design like WallpapHer pattern WH2658.  White walls go to a whole new level with a little bit of bling!

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Scenic Garden wallpaper (Y6130606) by York.  Georgina Chapman in Marchesa gown

Beautifully capturing and reflecting light through the use of cleverly soft metallic highlights takes traditional florals to unsurpassed levels.  Georgina Chapman, with her romantic good looks and heart shaped face personifies the new romantic.   Vintage glamor; so on trend in this Marchesa gown.  Your search for romantic glamor for your home, parallel to this Marchesa gown, is complete with the selection of Scenic Garden wallpaper from York’s Reflections collection.  (Y6130606)

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Gated Scroll wallpaper (CR2831) Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab gown.

Blushing pastels, so new and so pretty, add glowing beauty to whatever they adorn.  Deep brunettes like Jennifer Lopez know the value of warming up their skin tone, and blondes value the soft shade for the luminosity it delivers to ivory skin.  Your walls will thank you for this shade too.  Subtly diffused on rainy days and quietly radiant on sunny days, it surrounds you with inviting warmth.  Select a romantic design with dimensional texture that replicates lace for a truly beautiful room.

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Peacock Tail wallpaper (ET2016) from York’s Enchantment collection.  Katie Cassidy in a Julien MacDonald gown.

Trend setters with an eye to opulent elegance value the marriage of gorgeous design and fabulous finishes.  As with Katie Cassidy’s dress at this year’s Oscars, elegant peacock feathers inspire the overall motif, softly interpreted from top to bottom and lavishly finished with metallic threads and glimmering beadwork.  For a subtle take on this lavish design for your interior, try York’s Peacock Tail from our Enchantment collection.  Timelessly graceful and always welcoming.

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Scribble wallpaper (991601) from York’s Bling collection.  Behati Prinsloo in Armani Couture.

Regally making a statement is for the truly brave of heart.  Strong style with a rich red, intricately accented with touches of glossy black and finished with fine strands of gleaming gold.  This description aptly details both Prinsloo’s Red Armani couture gown and York’s Bling collection Scribble design; wowing the audience on both runway and walls.

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Magnolia wallpaper (AV2920) by York.  Keira Knightley in Valentino gown.

Unabashedly romantic, beautifully feminine, and artistically inspired.  Gone is the severe black of the black tie event!  True beauty often draws from nature and Keira Knightley in her Valentino design is breathtaking in her garden gown.  Bringing the beauty of nature indoors is a design tip that the master’s use to best advantage.  Embrace the lovely; York’s Magnolia wallpaper with its garden flowers loveliness is the perfect accent for your home.

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Circles wallpaper (BS5373) by York.  Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad gown.

Capturing the twinkling stars at night and interpreting them into runway magnificence is the sign of a true couture artisan.  Anna Faris in her sparkly silver Zuhair Murad strapless sheath gown does not disappoint!  Playfully simple in design motif yet undeniably spectacular in glistening finishes.  Create this winning combination in your home with York’s Circles wallpaper for a home décor style that steals the show.

For design inspiration and runway worthy home décor visit www.yorkwall.com and find the wall wardrobe that defines your personal style statement.

Have Your Cake… And Live With It Too

Decidedly decadent, wonderfully creative and always welcome; a description that perfectly describes a fancy cake or a beautiful wallcovering.  Both unleash artistic inspiration with adornment so lovely, how can you resist?  And why should you resist when you can have your cake and eat it too – or as is the case with wallcovering - live with it too!

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Heart layer cake www.weddingchicks.com. Watercolor poppies wallpaper (WT4504) from Carey Lind Designs Watercolors by York.  Dishes from Macy’s. Deep blush ombre wallpaper (WT4510) from Carey Lind Designs Watercolors by York.

Like a scrumptious layer cake, its the icing that makes the cake.  Carefully crafted to characterize the honored individual, a specialty cake personifies the style and taste of the receiver.  So true too, is the wallpaper selected for your home.  York has thousands of patterns, styled in every conceivable design and color, allowing you to complete your room’s décor in a wallpaper design that personifies your personal taste.  Perhaps the soft informal watercolor ombre style in shades of warmest blushing pink is your idea of gorgeous décor and just the thing to compliment your home fashion statement.  Watercolors combine strength of color and softness in technique; so on trend now in all things that are artfully decorated.

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Plaisley wallpaper (RB4238) from Risky Business by York.  Plates from www.everythingturquoise.com.  Dotty Stripe wallpaper (BS5442) from Room to Grow by York.  Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5507) from Botanical Fantasy by York.

Turquoise, teal, peacock blue and all shades between blue and green continue to top the vogue charts.  So rich, yet fun and lively; its no wonder this color family stays in favor with artists of all kinds!  With its connections to sea and sky, sprinkled with confectioners sugar white, it marries depth of color with a clean finish that is bright and inviting.  The artist designing this ruffle cake has captured the essence of teal, so too will your home reflect this color with panache whether you select a lacey paisley, beaded stripe or garden trellis.

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Lavender cake from blog.hwtm.com.  Hydrangea wallpaper border (KH7062BD) from Kitchen and Bath by York.  Dishes by Lenox.  Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5508) from Botanical Fantasy by York.

Lovely lavender.  Delicate and pretty.  Connecting us to aromatic gardens of hydrangeas, lilacs and lavender.  Adorning a cake with this soft tone invites a special occasion with fancy tea and embroidered napkins.  Similarly in the home, lavender is the feminine choice for elegant yet soothing spa living.  As a sprig of fresh lavender on your pillow assists with calming the mind for sweet dreams, so does a pretty lavender wallpaper assist in transforming your home into a haven.  Select from a soft trellis, contemporary beaded stripe or artistic hydrangea border then relax on a velvet chair with your feet up on a button tufted ottoman and enjoy a slice of decadent elderberry cake.

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Nouveau gold wallpaper (ET2002) from Enchantment by York.  Golden cake from http://ruffledblog.com.  Bouquet Damask wallpaper (AR7703) from Charleston II by York.  Dishes from http://luxecrush.com.  The Plaza wallpaper (EK4143) from Ronald Redding Designs 18 Karat II collection for York.

Living the gilded life.  The soft sheen and gleam of gold has long been appreciated as the height of sumptuous living, embraced by kings and queens alike.  We need look no further than Versailles with its scrolling gold filigree décor or Marie Antoinette’s famous quote “Let them eat cake” to understand the luxury that embodies this precious metal in everything from home décor to the most distinguished of elegant cakes.  York’s gilded wallpapers range from pearled and beaded historic designs to formal rose bouquets atop a shimmering golden background or art nouveau inspired golden Mylar.

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Tiered cake with scrolls and strawberries from http://myrecipemagic.com.  Modern trellis wallpaper (YS9100) from Peek a Boo by York.  Dishes by Macy’s.  Divine scroll wallpaper (WH2637) from WallpapHer by York.  Tree Silhouette wallpaper (YV9012) from Ashford Black & White collection.

Black Tie:  a classic renewed.  Artisan bakers inspired to statement making cakes understand the value of timeless black and white. Chic without being too edgy, elegant without being overly formal, and always tasteful, quite literally!  Decorating your walls in Black Tie creates a décor rich with the same beauty points of chic, elegant and tasteful.  Add a splash of strawberry red for a daring accent.  The Ashford House Black & White collection is full of beautiful designs that will tastefully complete your décor style; always with good taste, always pleasing to the palate!