This fabulous DIY wallpaper treatment came from a high-end Italian furniture catalog of all places. A $6,000 plus Italian-crafted bed set against a wallpaper of newspaper that costs–if recycled, almost nothing.
How to Fab Your Walls
It’s all about experimenting with what you’ve got. Look around your space, or a friend’s. You can use almost anything:
- Pages from an old book: I couldn’t sell back my outdated Norton Anthologies, so I’m prepping those wafer thin pages to cover a column in 17th century poetry. There’s like, 2000 pages in all.
- Postcards from the edge: If you’re someone whose friends and family travel to ooh-la-la places and send good pics, use them.
- Greeting cards: Sort them by dominant color, (cut them up if you’re not sentimental) and create your own David Hockney-esque masterpiece
- CDs/DVDs: You don’t really need that outdated Windows Install CD do you? Declutter as you design by taking those cast-off CDs from home and the office and paint them to create a geometric border or wall treatment. It will look like, totally groovy.
- Sheet music: So lyrical and artsy
- Office swag: If you’re the type to bring work home, why not do something cathartic with those oh-so-colorful TPS reports? Or try the Business Card Art Wall idea we posted earlier.
How to Make it Removable
If you’re a renter or a design chameleon it’s easy to make this treatment lease-friendly by using double-sided tape. Elmer’s Glue mixed with water is earth-friendly to boot because it’s non-toxic, removable with sponge and water and biodegradable.
Show Off Your Inner Warhol
Weekend warriors: e-mail us your photos of your fabulous wall makeover. If we like it, we’ll make you famous. Or at least give you kudos!
It’s always exciting to see what’s new at Illu Stration, Mary Ann Williams’ German-based design studio known for innovating exquisitely tactile felt furnishings and accessories.
Mary Ann sent me these photos earlier in the summer (oops) but aren’t they perfect for late fall? Oak Leaves is a modular system which are either available assembled or as a do-it-yourself kit in a box for your own inspired creations.
Oak Leaves interlock into virtually any size or shape. Some suggestions from Mary Ann include shaping them into pendants (like the hot scarlet number shown above), rugs, wall panels, cushions, lampshades.
Softer and more enduring than a crunchy pile of freshly raked leaves…perfect for jumping on and rolling around in.
A snow white cushion, adds form, function and fun to any living space.
Like the pieces we’ve showcased before, these felt-Flokatis are made from renewable, biodegradable wool. Their interlocking nature means you can create and recreate to your heart’s content. For more information, visit the Illu Stration website.
Decorative wall decals are an simple way to personalize and dramatically change the look and feel of any room. They’re ideal for artistic little tykes, who can mix and match to their hearts’ content.
These stainless-steel Wall Puddles by Toord Boontje bring a little bling to any wall. Three designs in all: Bird (7” x 10”), iris or daisy (11 1/2” x 10”). Their self-stick backing makes for goof-proof installation. Available for $30 each at romp.
Designed by Dutch designer Inke Heiland, each animal silhouette is hand-cut from vintage wallpaper and available in 3 different prints per animal. Available exclusively through romp in the U.S., or through the designer’s website in the Netherlands.
Other eco-friendly appliques worth considering are the removable or magnetic styles we featured here and here.
Lovers of vintage print and pattern wallpapers will find much design inspiration at Secondhand Rose, New York-based boutique that stocks over 1000 original vintage wallpaper patterns and collectibles (including the occasional Frank Lloyd Wright print). They sell online and will ship to anywhere in the world.
Don’t be put off by the overabundance of Victorian prints and cabbage roses, there are some modernist gems to be found. The Geometric Collection features a range of modern designs from deco to Vienna Secessionist to the 70’s. The Mylar Collection features lots of seventies retro pop designs. Mylar is also recyclable.
138 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013
The store is open by appointment only.
Single Tapete Reusable Wallpapers by SB2Designs
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Curly Shade Pendant by Sixixis
Meccano Chair by andré klauser is made from ready-made industrial shelving material.
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If you’ve been reading Fabulously Green for awhile now you’ve noticed a preference for texture–be it wall finishes, rugs, clothing, etc. So when I saw these Flow 3D Wall Tiles by Chiasso I was definitely intrigued. Made from 100% pre- and post-consumer recycled paper, these tiles are shipped out unpainted so that owners can paint and mount them in any pattern they wish [all you need is double stick tape and a little imagination]. Which is perfect for apartment dwellers or folks who love to switch up their style (i.e. me).
I’ll admit that I’m probably more attracted to the V2 Tiles by Mio or the Inhabit Wall Slats featured in a previous entry You’re My Wonderwall. It’s just personal taste. But for those who prefer a little more funky and the opportunity to create your own masterpiece, these babies might just be up your alley.
Available for $40 (set of 12) at Chiasso
Wallpaper that is hip and healthy–can it be? This bold baroque-inspired print by Mod Green Pod speaks even to my minimalist heart. The classic pattern in five of-the-moment colorways make them whimsically modern (think Kelly Wearstler ). Lucky for us their wallpapers are made of paper and printed using water-based inks. No vinyl and hence, no off-gassing. Just pure, clean sophisticated style. Fabrics in coordinating patterns and colorways are also available and are made from American-sourced organic cotton.
Grand Jubilee wallpaper is available for residential application only, unless you decide to get the papers fire-treated (which offsets the eco-friendly appeal). Co-owners Nancy and Lisa Mims launched Mod Green Pod to satisfy their own desire for swanky yet sustainable design. More exciting designs are sure to follow.
Texture is in — especially for walls. These dimensional wall tiles are ideal for homeowners and apartment dwellers alike who are looking to inject mod-style into a space–at an affordable price.
The V2 Wallpaper Tiles by Mio, available in three colors, add a bold playfulness to a space. They can be mounted temporarily with double-stick tape, or permanently with standard wallpaper adhesive. Cover entire wall spans or arrange a select few into your own custom art installation, Made with 100% recycled paper, these pieces are also made sustainably in Philadelphia. And wonderfully affordable starting at $28/dozen 12″x12″ tiles through Branch Home.
Embossed Wall Panels by Inhabit create a subtler texture for a space. Made with 100% bamboo-pulp paper, they come in an off-white color, and can be painted with water-based paints or patina. They can be mounted directly over existing walls, and are allegedly “goof proof” to install. Available through Inhabit for $84/10 18″x18″ panels. Seen at: Treehugger
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Maybe I’m being a bit indulgent to blog twice in the last month on the beautiful Modular Series pieces crafted by designer Galya Rosenfeld. For fashion or interiors (as a wall finish, window treatment, table runner, or rug) these textiles are eye-droppingly gorgeous, tactile and eco-friendly.