Hello Yellow!

Yellow is everywhere on the catwalk for Spring 2012 ! Garden favorites in bright florals made us hungry for the beauty and fragrance of summer.  Wisps of soft buttery linen gauze floated down the runway, and bold primary hues returned, looking crisp, fresh and new.Home decor is no exception to this trend, with everything from upholstery in citrine to wallpapers in rain boot yellow making a comeback.

Yellow increases self esteem, strengthens health and has a calming effect on anger and frustration. Citrine is know as “The Merchant Stone” for the ability to attract and hold financial success. As we look to Spring, as hope and prosperity begins to rise, yellow is leading the way. Yellow is good!

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 Collection. http://www.oscardelarenta.com/
Stair risers, perfect for a touch of wallpaper. Clean, crisp, bright. 
Painted frames from the Family Chic blog by Camilla Fablari. http://cfabbridesigns.com/ 


GIACOMO and ALESSA, Dolce Vita collection by Antonina Vella. CM2376 / CM2305


Real Simple online magazine article on decorating with yellow. http://www.realsimple.com
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Cat Scratch Fever

One of the most valuable wallpaper installation ‘tricks’ I learned from watching a professional installer was the process of double cutting through two layers of wallpaper to make an ‘invisible’ repair on a damaged section of wallpaper. It is relatively simple to execute and the same technique works for extending coverage on a wall when you are a little short of the last strip, or in those situations where you need to repair your own trimming mistake.

Let’s imagine your cat tears your wallpaper while attacking the peacock in the design motif. If you are like most people who wallpaper, you have kept some leftover wallpaper in your closet or attic, even though you were never sure why. And occasionally when you’ve come across these hidden scraps you’ve probably thought, “Why in the world are we saving this useless junk?” Well the day your dining room wallpaper gets damaged is the day that useless junk becomes valuable.

When that day arrives, armed only with your newly valued wallpaper scraps, a wallpaper trim knife and smoother (and if your wallpaper is un-pasted, some pre-mixed wallpaper adhesive) you will be able to make your damaged wall look as good as new.

Start by cutting a section from one of your leftover scraps, making sure it contains enough of the pattern to completely cover and match the damaged area and still allow for a final trim.

Next you will need to moisten the wallpaper around the tear to loosen the adhesive and allow the damaged section to be removed. This can be accomplished by first using a knife to score the area you plan to remove and then taping a wet sponge over the wallpaper long enough to allow moisture to penetrate the paper – usually 5 minutes will do it.

At the same time, prepare the newly cut piece which will serve as your repair patch.
If it is a pre-pasted paper, simply wet the back and loosely fold it paste to paste so that the paste won’t dry out while exposed to the air. This also allows the scrap to relax and expand before being positioned on the wall. If it is un-pasted, you will need to apply paste to cover the entire back and then fold it as instructed above.

Now comes the critical part of matching the pattern. Place your wallpaper patch on top of the old wallpaper covering the damaged area, making sure the over-lapped patterns match.

Smooth it out with a wallpaper smoother and allow the paste to set for a few minutes. Your next step will be to cut through both layers of paper with the intention of cutting out the damaged area on the original layer while simultaneously cutting a replacement piece from the overlaid patch.

But first, decide strategically where you want to make the cut. If the pattern allows it, plan your cut along the lines of a printed pattern to make the eventual trim cut less visible. Once you have decided where your cut will be, use your trim knife to make a deep cut, penetrating both layers of paper, completely encircling the damaged area.

After you have accomplished that, temporarily lift the trimmed patch including the fresh cut outline you made in the patch. Then remove the damaged paper underneath from within the duplicate cut made on the original layer of wallpaper. What you will have left is an open wall area into which the new fresh cut replacement piece fits perfectly, like the last remaining piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

Smooth the edges of the patch where it now meets the original wallpaper, and, TA-DAH, you have a perfectly fitted repair, invisible to the naked eye. And no one will ever suspect that your perfect little pet was ever naughty – unless they heard about that nasty little canary incident, but that’s another story.

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Design Trends 2012

To see more of Jen’s photos from the show and her color and trend focus boards visit York Home on Pinterest.


Junior Stylist Jennifer Sweeney had the opportunity January 11-14 to attend the Heimtextil International Show in Frankfort Germany. Although no stranger to trade shows, this was her first for International design, and being the largest of its kind, with over 10 building housing 2600 exhibitors from 60 countries, in categories ranging from wallpaper, to tabletop, bedding and bath, I asked Jen just how she would summarize what she found most valuable.


“There was one building dedicated to forecasting. This Trend Hall was an exceptional resource for color, design and trend focus. I particularly liked being able to define whereYork fits into the overall scheme of the wallpaper industry and how wallpaper relates to the residential and commercial interior design marketplace. I was personally attracted to the novelties, whether traditional damasks in hot, bright colors or muddy grays and browns for infant/toddler; this kind of outside the box thinking is inspiring.”


“Certain trends cut across all boundaries, and were seen represented in almost all categories, such as peacocks and feathers generally, cityscapes, and natural earth influences.  Celebrity categories are always good, but this year specifically, Marilyn Monroe dominated. Western European stylists have a certain casual elegance that brings a sense of whimsy to even their most formal designs. They tend to not take themselves too seriously, and really enjoy design, which is a reminder to allow our love of style to be a part of everything we touch.”

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