Set Sail for Home

The Lobster Pot
No trip to the Northeast’s craggy coastline is complete without a lobster dinner or two, or a lobster roll if you want it served the easy way!  Try a little lobster whimsy in your décor to truly capture the “downeast” nautical lifestyle in your coastal home.  York’s “Weathered Seashore” wallpaper sets a warm welcome in the entryway; it’s a great combination of lobsters and starfish to name a few and establishes a relaxed mood for your home as soon as you cross the threshold.

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Lobsterfest Blue rug on ottoman by Company C.  Weathered Seashore wallpaper (NY4883) from York’s Nautical Living collection.

Tying the Knot
Want a fun take on a lattice?  So popular this year to see trellis and lattice motifs – why knot take it in a new direction with a rope design?  Clean and simple like the sailor’s bowline knot, it’s the perfect backdrop for any room in a seaside home. Pull the look together with some navy plaid, and blue and white striped bedding and our decorative Sailing Flags border, tripled stacked for more impact.  Round it out with a knotted door stop and some rope base bedside lamps; what’s knot to like!

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Knotted Door Stop from Ballards.  Knot Trellis wallpaper (NY4847) and Sailing Flags wall border (NY4842BD) from York’s Nautical Living collection.

Three Ships Come Sailing In
Truly, the gentleman’s yacht is a stately sailing vessel, its sleek lines a fluid design, its bright white sails capturing the power of the wind.  Whether racing or relaxing, a sailboat makes you one with the sea.  Pen and ink sketches, exquisite scrimshaw and masculine flannel set a classic tone to nautical décor that speaks to traditional elegance done in handsome contemporary styling.  Pair statement graphite gray tones with hints of warm neutrals for a room that is easy to add finishing touches to.

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Coastal Library wallpaper (NY4889), Scrimshaw wallpaper (NY4819), Pond Yachts line drawing wallpaper (NY4974) and Nautical Spot wallpaper (NY4807) all from York’s Nautical Living collection.  Newport Sloop Sailboat model from Ballards.

Simply Sea Garden
Whether the Atlantic, Gulf or Pacific, the sea inspires us with gorgeous shades of blue-green that interpret beautifully into home décor.  Soothing shades of softest blue like the Gulf on a warm summer day bring serenity to your home.  York captures this mood with a beautiful wall design of floating coral and pretty shells in hues that create restful spaces.  Bright seas that twinkle with lights of deep green and rich blue are the essence of the mighty Atlantic and York interprets the depth of these colors in our Lillian design; a fresh floral in sea tones that hints at Jacobean style.  And for those who prefer a more casual lifestyle that creates a relaxed environment York designed our Bartola plaid to be both beautiful, practical, and rugged as the Pacific.


Starfish pillow from Company C.  Bartola Plaid wallpaper (NY5006), Lillian wallpaper (NY4863) from York’s Nautical Living collection.  Mariana Six Light White Coral chandelier from, and Coral Shells wallpaper (NY4870) from York’s Nautical Living collection.

For all the wonderful and inspiring ways to bring your love of the sea shore into your home visit <>  and enjoy browsing through our Nautical Living collection.

Stepping Out For Summer

Its summer time!  The world around us comes alive with pretty prints:  your favorite sundress, cheerful patio cushions, favorite beach towel, and that’s just the beginning!  Take time for a second look at the fun patterns this summer on shirts and tees, sneakers and handbags, and last but not least wallpaper!  Because where fashion goes, wallpaper is never far behind!

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Keds Champion Owls lace ups and York’s Bird and Tree mural (YS9234M) from Peek a Boo in soft pink.  York’s Chevron wallpaper (KS2310) and Keds Crash Back Zig Zag laceless in lime. Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointers and York’s Lemons (KB8627) from Bistro 750 in bright yellow.

Summer Brights!  Clear and bold like the season’s sunny days and vivid floral gardens, the joy of summer is exemplified in casual palettes of zesty lemon, citrus lime or sweet at heart petal pinks with whimsical motifs including woodland creatures or the lure of melon colors and tropical delights. We’re in love with prints; it’s what we do here at York, so when we discovered the charming pattern packed line from Keds this summer we couldn’t resist the urge to mix and match those strong patterns because patchwork works!

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Pom Pom Play wallpaper (WP2436) from Waverly Small Prints and Keds Teacup Tie Dye floral in teal.  Keds Champion floral, a Taylor Swift pick, and Teahouse Floral (EB2076) from Carey Lind’s Vibe collection.  Knotted Trellis wallpaper (NY4847) from York’s Nautical Living collection and Keds champion Knot lace ups in nautical navy.

Singing the blues! Have you noticed that blues are everywhere? From trend right turquoise to the earthy delights of natural indigos and denim, blue is the next wave. Wrap your wall in a palette of Asian inspired blue and white china patterns or pamper your toes with Teacup tie dye floral, and be sure to pull the ottoman close to your pampered walls to show off those pretty  Champion “Floral” Keds- a favorite of Taylor Swift! Red hot blue is very cool….

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Keds Champion Americana lace ups and York’s Striped Pennant border (NY4904BD) from the Nautical Living collection.  Anchors Away border (NY4909BD) from the Nautical Living collection and Keds Champion Anchors lace ups.  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion Seaport Dot lace ups and Dot Variety wallpaper (JE3747) from York’s Friends Forever collection.

In the Navy! Let’s “knot” forget navy, packing nautical punch and expanding into all realms of home décor as the newest neutral. Classic red, white and blue never goes out of fashion, but this season keeps it fresh with a lively assortment of striking savvy stripes, anchors, lobsters, dots and seaport themes.  Scrimshaw art and technical yachting gear brings new sophistication to weathered beach and bay. Let’s face it, nautical has it all laced up this summer!

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Wonderland wallpaper (WS8056) from Disney Signature collection and Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointers in floral pink.  Keds x Kate Spade New York Champion laceless Geo in Navy Red and Ashford Geometrics wallpaper (GE3641) in soft teal and metallic.  Garden Gate wallpaper (CC9657) from Aged Elegance II and Keds Champion Ikat lace ups.

Fashion Forward.  Runway favorites this year include stylized bold floral, geometrics of all kinds and trend right ikat prints.  Hexagons and bold ironwork industrial plus a striking array of garden botanical silhouettes create an extraordinary mix of the bold and beautiful as these heavy hitters embrace a palette which includes metallic touches for subtle shimmer and acknowledge their Pop Art roots. Thoroughly modern Mod is just beginning, so imagine the possibilities; at that’s a relatively easy feat!


All Things Bright and Beautiful

It’s not just your imagination – it has been a long hard cold winter for most of us in the US.  We are all longing for some signs of spring; the warmth of the sun, the bursts of spring flowers, and the return of green leaves and grass.  Colors just seem a little brighter when they have been so long awaited!  It’s a happy time of year when the rebirth of the garden connects us with new found beauty.

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Birdsong wallpaper (ER8136),  Savoy scroll wallpaper (ER8121), and Luminary damask wallpaper (ER8172) all from York’s Waverly Cottage collection.

The Grass is Always Greener in the spring.  Borrow from Mother Nature’s saturated palate of greens – from bright lush grass, to mid leaf tones including tulip leaves and Bradford pear leaves, and early ground covers like the deep clear green of Myrtle.  Choose a lacy damask for walls in a foyer, an aviary pattern in the dining nook, or this pretty scrolling coral motif for the guest bath. Carrying these bright tones into your home décor color scheme keeps your décor fresh all year long.

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Open Floral wallpaper (WB5400), Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5508) and Floral Branch Toss wallpaper (WB5418) all from Ashford’s Botanical Fantasy collection.

Lavender Dreams.  While restful, this color is no sleeper in either home décor or the garden. Purple tones speak to contemplation and inner thought; its a comforting hue,  conducive to relaxation.  Beautiful hyacinths with their heady perfume are about as pretty as lavender gets!  Wrap your walls in this quietly bold hue with a touch of neutral gray for a softly soothing décor statement.  Freshen a room with a lacey white and lavender trellis or relax in a room with this feathery amethyst bouquet design.

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Petal Pusher floral block wallpaper (RB4207) from York’s Risky Business collection.  Fontaine floral wallpaper (RD3537) from Ronald Redding’s Sculptured Surfaces I collection.  Trellis wallpaper (KB8649) from York’s Bistro 750 collection.

Daffodil Days:  Sunny Delight. Warm. Bright. Cheerful. Like the rich tones of spring’s daffodils, yellow tones continue to hold an important place in the world of fashion – both runway and home.  A good “go-with” color it works equally well with neutrals like gray and bold accents like cobalt blue or emerald green.  Whimsy-it-up with a fun floral color block design.  Romance it with a soft sculptured ink stylized garden motif, or make it trendy with an abstract honeycomb.  Surround yourself in good cheer.

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Mesh Texture in Cherry wallpaper (EB2098), Teahouse Floral wallpaper (EB2074) and Sea Floral wallpaper (EB2005) all from Carey Lind Designs Vibe collection.

Bulbs and Berries. An abundant range of saturated pinks are at the forefront thanks to Pantone’s Radiant Orchid lead.  Like the orchid tone, but possibly easier to live with, are the berry tones:  cherry, raspberry, cranberry and strawberry.  We like the cherry tones especially well this spring.  And what better to pair them with but rich cream!  Decorate your walls with the rejuvenated tradition of this lovely peony motif or be bold with juicy florals for a more transitional style.  Rich and wonderful like your favorite cherry taffy!

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Hampton Trellis wallpaper (WA7715) and Lovers Lane stripe wallpaper (WA7784) both from York’s Waverly Classics.  Hydrangea floral wallpaper (BA4543) and Dogwood Trail wallpaper (BA4563) from York’s Casabella II collection.  Plaisley wallpaper (RB4232) from York’s Risky Business collection.

Treetop Bouquet.  Its a second story bouquet to look down on a canopy of spring blossoms decorating the tops of cherry, pear and dogwood ornamental trees.  The depth of color in the dogwood blossoms is richly intriguing and York has embraced this deep coral toned hue in a variety of designs for use throughout the house.  Try a medallion trellis for a softer side to the geometric trend, or a variegated stripe that has the benefit of the whole coral family color range.  Do a feature wall in updated paisley or keep it simply beautiful with a dogwood floral trail design.  This rich palette puts just the right amount of “spring” in your step!