Royal Attraction

There is so much to love about Britain’s newest royal.  She’s smart, she’s classy, she’s genuine, and she’s top notch in fashion savvy!

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Here at York we’re pretty convinced Kate Middleton’s design sense will trickle into home décor… and wouldn’t it be great to get our wallpaper into Buckingham Palace?

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You just never know.  Kate’s favorite colors?  Let’s start with the sapphire family ring and all things richly blue.

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Gina Shaw, our VP of Design feels that blues and navy will trend upward in 2013. Keep your eyes open for some great new blues in York’s wallpapers.  In the meantime check out our Kate Middleton runway of designs:

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A Super Room for a Super Hero

As Creative/Graphics Specialist here at York Wallcoverings some of my favorite and most challenging projects are art directing super imaginative room sets for kids.  Recently working on our Boys will be Boys Vol II collection, I wanted to create a truly unique space for Spiderman.  No lack of inspiration for this mighty hero, but what caught my eye was a cute, funny, energetic young crime fighter whose very essence set me on track for an awesome superhero room!

 

Action heroes need space for more than sleeping so maximizing square footage is imperative.  Next comes the fun part of my work:  idea “shopping”!   Images tugged at my memory – an incredible bunk bed picture I tore from a magazine last month – but hmm, needs a safe Mom pleasing ladder rather than rope swings!  Yes, that is just right; room for karate or reading (thinking bean bag chair) for our hero on the main floor and a bunk for restful slumber above.

Time to do a sketch and have a discussion with the photo studio about the construction, furniture, artwork and props for the room set. Communicating back and forth with an Initial photo, lots of tweaking, a second photo, more tweaking, and finally a room fit for Spiderman, or at least his protégé.

Reviewing this creative room I decide on the ultimate finishing touch:  a framed personalized superhero logo for the wall.  And the ultimate compliment on my creation?  Feedback from our customer service department that a consumer wants to do their son’s room exactly like the room set I created!

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The Young and the Restless

The saga of how one edgy young artist discovered the wonderful world of wallpaper.

Amanda Wilson is 23. Armed with intelligence, talent, enviable organizational skills and an Associates Degree in Special Technologies and Multi Media Design she stepped out to meet the world, and found us.

Amanda’s picks: modern clean lines with pops of sunny color, like pattern “Alessa”

“When I started almost a year ago at York Wallcoverings I knew absolutely nothing about wallpaper. I had no idea it was still being used, let alone the mass market appeal, but what really surprised me was the art side to these designs. There’s just so much my generation does not know about this media, but I’m telling all my friends about it.” Seeing beautiful images in roomsets from York’s collections have changed the way she sees wallpaper.

Much like may of her young “Gen-Y” counterparts, Amanda fell into the “mauve trap”. “I thought wallpaper was dated and the kind of thing you matched to your drapes in the 1980’s, but what’s happening here is all about the very best in color and design. I would definitely use wallpaper myself now, particularly for an accent wall or a full bath.”

Something calming with a gentle spa effect in soft green sculptured ink, Fonatine, has a hand applied artisan feel for an Amanda top choice.

As a Pre Press Specialist here at York, Amanda sees a wide range of creative ideas and on trend color palettes that inspire. “I love variety and never do the same thing twice, plus, I get to work with color and design every day. It’s a good company, my contributions are always appreciated and I’m proud to work here.”

Vintage updates and anything with a natural feel like archival choice “Bengali” are also favorites. Designs based in nature are Amanda’s real joy. “It is an unending source of inspiration, and it’s all around us.”
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