5 Star Lodging at Home

With the holidays just around the corner it won’t be long until those dear but not so near to you will come and spend a night or two.  Providing a comfortable and pleasantly decorated guest room is the perfect way to say “Welcome to our home”.  There are practical matters to make sure you’ve covered:  luggage space off the floor, fresh flowers, a toiletries basket, reading materials and fresh bed linens (room service bell optional!).  But these items do not a 5 star experience make!  The atmosphere you’ve created for their private space is what they will remember fondly.

Your “spare” bedroom is probably equipped with your “spare” furniture from a variety of rooms and you are faced with figuring a way to pull it all together….   Painting the furniture in a coordinating palette is an efficient use of existing materials, not to mention the little scratches and flaws it will hide and how easy it is on your budget.  With paint you’ve achieved some uniformity, now its time for a little pizzazz!

Hmmm… This room is a special place that will no doubt house a large variety of personal tastes; how do you please them all?  York offers the perfect solution!  With damasks and scrolls abounding in many collections you can marry traditional with modern and keep the décor soft, rich, and neutral in tone and style.   Visit our website, www.yorkwall.com and prepare to be impressed by the variety of York’s offering! This holiday season, may you be blessed with many happy reviews!

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Making Wallpaper Work for Renters

Working for a wallpaper manufacturer while living in a rental should, in my opinion, be considered some form of torture. Every time we release a new collection or I spot some pretty new samples hanging in our studio, I “ooh” and “ahh” over them for several minutes before remembering… oh, that’s right, I can’t put up wallpaper. (I can’t even hang pictures!) As soon as I remember the super-strict leasing agreement I’m bound to for at least another couple months, my head droops and I drag myself wearily away from the gorgeous patterns and stylish designs. Someday, I think, and then proceed to mope for a couple hours.

Much to my surprise, however, our studio has been giving a great deal of thought to the situations of my fellow apartment and rental property dwellers. Since we almost never have permission to put up wallpaper, but still crave splashes of design in our caves of white walls and neutral carpeting, any way we can use wallpaper without a landlord breathing down our necks is welcome. Here are some photos from our latest collection, Bistro 750, that feature literally “off the wall” ideas for using wallpaper in any space.

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Getting Creative

There’s a common misconception in today’s world: that wallpaper is just for walls.

Okay, I know it makes sense. It’s called wallpaper, after all. But when’s the last time you saw a toothpick in someone’s teeth, as opposed to sticking out of your burger with a little flag on top? People are great at finding new and unexpected uses for everyday things, from small to large, and wallpaper is no exception to that rule. Its original purpose was, and always will be, to dress up your walls… but even if you’re not an interior designer, you too can find clever ways to add the timeless elegance and style of wallpaper to a wide variety of areas, products, and surfaces.

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