Home is Where the Hearth Is

Warm and inviting – next to the quintessential Christmas tree, the fireplace mantel is a favorite focal point for holiday decorating, inspiring a plethora of design styles made especially sumptuous for this very special time of year.

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Fireplace mantel design by blog.hookerfurniture.com.    Christmas crackers from Pinterest.  Charleston Damask wallpaper (HS7956) from Ronald Redding Designs 18 Karat II collection.  Decorative holiday spray from etsy.com.

Classic Amber Glow.  The richly ornate blending of copper and bronze melded with the deep tones of amber exude luxurious warmth that pays respect to the classics while establishing a design style that is distinctly today.  Blend together touches of nature such as oak leaves, wheat sheaves and dried flowers, softly gilded with touches of bronze and add the distinct sparkle of ornate glass and filigree holiday decorations to perfect your mantel décor.   Surround your fireplace wall with luxury wallcoverings that set the stage for holiday décor; and remain a fashion statement that lasts all year long.

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Christmas crackers from christinebauer.com.  Fireplace mantel design from blog.zetwet.com.  Manuscript wallpaper (RX6698) from Ronald Redding Designs Sculptured Surfaces III collection.  Candles from blogspot.luluto.com.  The Birches wallpaper (LL4759) from Ronald Redding Designs Urban Retreat collection.

Luxury Lodge – Your Urban Retreat.  Winter white, classic black, and touches of evergreen.  Sometimes the simple things in life are the most creatively beautiful!  Escape the urban crush of the holidays and find joy in surrounding yourself with décor that is inspired by organic elements from the purity of birch bark to the richness of balsam.  Twinkle with little white lights and streamlined wrought iron lanterns and subtle touches of frosty weather such as an iced pinecone.  Your holiday mantel will look completely at home against a backdrop of stately birch trees wallpaper that will continue your theme long after the holidays are gone.

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Nutcracker from Pier 1.  Fireplace mantel design by styleestate.com. Christmas crackers from etsy.com.  Granville wallpaper (DD8354 red, DD8350 gold) from Ronald Redding Designs Designer Damask collection.

Regal Red and Gold.  Traditionalists at heart have long loved the bright gleam of gold and the rich hues of red against the backdrop of emerald evergreens.  Its a winning combination that never gets old.  This style speaks to red velvet, shiny gold, ribbons, candles and Nutcrackers, with tasteful typography updates shimmered in gold like “Joy” and “Peace” to make them timely.  In keeping with classic good taste, wrap your walls in an archival inspired wallpaper, beautifully rendered for today’s taste, for a décor statement with a lasting impression.

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Karma wallpaper (CZ2489 white/silver, CZ2488 gold) from York’s Candice Olson Modern Nature collection.  Fireplace mantel design by Ballards.  Wreath from Pinterest.  Christmas crackers by taradennis.com.

Bling – the favorite new color!  Beads, pearlescent, shimmer, metallic, glazing, glitter and shine; this group of luminous choices is great individually and outstanding when combined. Layered with a creative artist’s eye it becomes so subtly sophisticated you’ll soon be wearing it on both yourself and your home.  It allows for décor that is just a bit edgy so select your stockings and mantel décor with a bit of whimsy that brings out your personal style, reassured that by its very nature, bling will establish it as breath taking.  Your wall wardrobe for this look should include a little bling as well and York has hundreds of patterns to select from including glass beads, pearls, crystals and glitter.

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Fireplace mantel from blog.centsationalgirl.com.  Decorative mason jars from MomtasticLife.com.  Christmas crackers from blog.angieasplund.com.  Optic wallpaper (WH2682) and Diamond Oasis wallpaper (WH2668) from York’s WallpapHer collection.   Caning wallpaper (EB2011) from York’s Carey Lind Vibe collection.

Trend:  Teal and Chartreuse.  Turquoise/Teal has a new BFF – Chartreuse!  Inviting and oh so livable, turquoise when married to sophisticated chartreuse is elevated to a whole new level that is totally Diva worthy.  Start with basic white for the mantel and add a stylized antler mount above it and frame with touches of glistening silver for a glimmer effect.  Get creative with a mason jar and fill it with shiny decorations in your new color duo, or try turning them upside down with a miniature tree accent inside.  Always remember, your guaranteed resource for transforming your room is to surround your walls with wallpaper and with so many beautiful choices in teal and chartreuse by York, the most difficult thing will be making up your mind!

Liquid Metals

From an early age the shimmer of precious metals attracts our eye; its a beautiful obsession that wonderfully adorns whatever surface is lucky enough to wear it.  This year metals are fluid, the sheen just a little shinier as if the metal has just been poured by a careful craftsman.

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Sterling silver bangle bracelet from etsy.com. Filigree paneled Venetia wallpaper (SL5724) from Ronald Redding Designs Silver Leaf II.  Oscar de la Renta resort runway silver ensemble.

Silver still tops the charts both on and off the runway.  New traditions emerge from their classic roots into breathtaking works of art; a subtle scroll, a gentle curve, but with a river of liquid metal that gleams as it reflects the light and polishes the surfaces it covers.  Adorn your walls with Ronald Redding’s new tradition wallpaper; softly ornate paneled scrolls on gleaming silver metallic, and have your home looking runway worthy.

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Mid century wing chair from seekersbazaar.com.  Evening gown from sayyestoprada.com. Jade green and gold oval ogee Malabar wallpaper (SL5602) from Ronald Redding’s Silver Leaf II collection.

Fashion salutes tradition with classic gold. Deep golden tones in simple contemporary motifs beautifully blended with on trend colors for a look that is classic yet forward in style.  Pair fluid gold with colors such as sea glass or milky jade for just the right amount of contrast to be intriguing.  Clever artists capitalize on the fluid movement that gold creates, successfully distinguishing everything from ball gowns, to jewelry, chairs to wallpaper.

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Brushed nickel floral Bella wallpaper (SL5672) from Ronald Redding’s Silver Leaf II collection.  Gown from Pinterest.  Avebury chest from Joss & Main.  Hand forged knot napkin rings from Restoration Hardware.

Enamored with metallic shine, yet prefer the subtle approach?  Brushed nickel is going to be your best friend.  There is something undeniably attractive about the understated elegance that goes hand-in-hand with glowing surfaces, lightly textured, in a design that defines liquid fluidity.  Keep it soft with gentle curves and touches of texture.  Brushed nickel is a beautiful choice to adorn your home from accents to major wall spaces and everything in between.

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Chandelier from Furnish.co.uk.  Gown from Imgend.  Mylar Catalina wallpaper (SL5691) from Ronald Redding Designs Silver Leaf II collection.

Glint!  The best compromise ever made in the world of glamorous living. Blending the best of gold and silver elevates this precious metal to a whole new dimension in luxury.  Beautifully in the middle, Glint pairs perfectly with both deep and rich, or soft and subtle; its versatility contributing to its success.  It wins every time its used making it a fail safe option and fashion favorite synonymous with luxury and good taste.

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Chanel watch from Chanel.  Table top from stylemepretty.com. Mylar circle geometric wallpaper Debut (WS8004) from Disney Signature collection.

Deep gleaming gold; the dramatic choice.  Want to stop them in their tracks?  Try the dynamite duo of rich fluid gold paired with the sophistication of tuxedo black.  This “no holds barred” approach to your fashion statement will be the envy of all who see it.  Show stopping in evening wear, and equally eye catching in home décor like table top or striking wallpaper motifs.

Find the perfect liquid metal décor for your home in Ronald Redding’s new Silver Leaf II wallpaper collection, available this November.

Reflections of Personal Style


The most talented designers know its all about capturing and reflecting light that finishes a room, taking it to the next level beyond simply the color palette story. For rooms that glow there’s a new wallpaper in town – Mylar is back and its better than ever.

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Silver Backpack, Eastpak X Nicomede Talavera.  Mylar Ribbon wallpaper (Y6131103) from York’s Reflections collection.  Silver Sneakers from www.makemechic.com.  Mylar Stripe wallpaper (Y6130101)  from York’s Reflections collection. Iridescent Mylar outfit from bellevivir.blogspot.com.

Tinsel Town - Slick, sleek, reflective and flashy; these styles are for those who want to bring on the bling!  Winter white with a graphic ribbon design in Mylar is pure eye candy up close and lends a more subtle sheen from across the room; this wallpaper design is the perfect choice for contemporary furniture styles.  Or choose a soft stripe that glints reflectively and is oh, so versatile.  The slight fresco background marries it well to either loft décor or grand mansion, its mirror like accents securing it firmly in fashion forward favor.

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Gold dress by Georges Chakra. White and Gold floral Mylar trail wallpaper (Y6130605) from York’s Reflections collection.  Gold shoe by Jimmy Choo.  Ivory and Gold Damask wallpaper (Y6130402) and Textured Shell Damask wallpaper (Y6131302) from York’s Reflections collection.

24 Karat – At the heart of sophisticated luxury lies 24 karat gold; its rich patina is opulent like no other metal.  A unique finish to today’s Mylar softens the gold into timeless beauty like this gorgeous floral trail wallcovering with ink sketch outlining and warm winter white background.  Embrace the new clean-lined damask with embossed golden Mylar for a touch of Versailles and a little joie de vivre!  For walls that glisten with an overall golden glow, select a textured tonal motif that whisper softly of refined elegance.

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Dolce – Gabbana inspired hair accessories from ElleCanada.com.  Willow leaves wallpaper (Y6130704) from York’s Reflections collection.  Jewelry pieces from SomthingSublime.com.  Metallic leaves ensemble from ZsaZsaBellagio.com.  Fresco Damask wallpaper (Y6131001) from York’s Reflections collection.  Sparkle shoes from B by Brian Atwood.

Burnished Bronze – Warmly earthy, yet brilliantly gleaming, shades of copper and bronze marry bling and organic design together creating the epitome of fashion forward glamor.  A collage of willow branches free fall on a softly glimmering background, reflecting light in hushed tones of earthy minerals; the ultimate in stylish wall design for those entranced by nature’s beauty.  Or create the perfect blending of old world elegance with contemporary brilliance with a frescoed damask wallpaper that layers on the soft patina of hammered metals with glints of liquid metals, capturing the light and reflecting on your good taste!

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Lovely Lavender makeup by Dagens.  Lavender gown by Abed Mahfouz.  Lavender and Mylar trellis wallpaper (Y6130507) and Floral Mylar Silhouette wallpaper (Y6130613) both from York’s Reflections collection.  Best Ankle Candy shoes from Nina Ricci.

New Romantics – Step aside 12 color floral, the new romantic fashion statement has gossamer amethyst going steady with shimmering Mylar.  Its pretty, its sophisticated, its paparazzi worthy!  Select a trendy trellis design for your walls with a hushed lavender ground and mirror like fretwork for the room that features chrome and silver accents.  For unabashedly feminine décor that still sets a fashion savvy statement choose a floral trail silhouette where amethyst plays the leading role in a juxtaposition of matt and glimmering finishes, so lovely with mirrored chests and crystal accents.

For an up-close and personal look at what Mylar is all about these days, visit York Wallcoverings at www.yorkwall.com and key Mylar in the search bar – choosing your favorite new wallpaper is just that easy!