Wallpaper Obsession.

If I could wallpaper every surface in my home I would. But that would be crazy. And tacky. And expensive.  Lucky me, I get to use lots of fun wallpapers with my clients, so my little addiction is fed via other homes.  But right now I am crushing HARD on the amazing Sandberg wallpaper (Raphael pattern), particularly in the blue colorway.  I’m sure you’ve seen it on Pinterest, but I’m trying to think of just WHERE I can use this.  Re-wallpapering my powder room would work, but having to uninstall our sink and toilet is such a pain in the ass.  So for now I will just have to dream- and try to convince one of my clients to use it. :)

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Art or Wallpaper?

With the Karla Davidson collection of watercolor wallpapers from Black Crow Studio you don’t need to decide between the two because the wallpaper IS art. It might be too crazy for some, but I am LOVING it! Especially this application of it by designer Robert Passal at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse (also featuring peach and emerald, a color combo Pantone said is big for fall!)

So awesome and so different. I think a kids room or a powder room with high ceilings would be incredible in one of these papers!

Not ready to commit to a whole wall? You can buy canvas prints of these watercolors on their site! LOVE!

Also pretty much obsessed with the spin art huge scale prints they sell from Cuff Home.

Leafy Greens

No, not the kind you try to eat and juice everyday to hopefully look like Elle McPherson when your 48, but rather prints! Sometimes there are crazy patterns that you both love and question. Independently from seeing it in use in cool ways, I would think I would HATE Hinson’s classic banana leaf wallpaper print. A classic for certain, but such a “Grandma’s Palm Beach condo” look. YET, I am currently loving it. Why? I don’t know. But I am. Sometimes you should not question design attraction, you should just go with it.

The Beverly Hills Hotel made this print famous. I am pretty sure I need to stay there before I die.

Um, awesome much? Yes, much too much.

Nicky Hiltons dining area looks amazing with those pink and black chairs.

The April House Beautiful featured this Steven Sclaroff entry featuring the Hinson favorite.  I’d have hung a big piece of art on the right hand wall to break it up a bit. I feel like I might get attacked by a gorilla…

Jamie Meares rocked out these chairs HARD. So fun paired with a pink sofa. Oh yes, I went there. Try convincing your husband to do THAT.

A lucite and banana leaf print clutch from Charlotte Olympia. Because why leave all the fun to our walls?

Another version of this is slightly more… preppy, somehow.  Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf print has been on my brain lately too!

Love how Lauren Liess used it as an accent in this awesome room she did!

Fantastic Fitting Rooms

My mom sent me this interesting article from WSJ on how some stores are spending some bucks to upgrade their fitting rooms in hopes that it will spur more sales. Well…..DUH.  There is nothing worse than having a handful of purchases you are psyched to try on and get into a dirty, dingy, poorly lit fitting room with an annoying attendant who constantly knocks and asks if you need anything. *Side note- recently at one very high end department store I had a sales girl stand outside my room and talk on her phone to her friend about how LONG I was taking in there. Cue “Bitchy Erin”, in which I stopped trying stuff on, opened the door and said “so sorry to be keeping you” and thrust my goods into her hands. LOST SALE. But I digress….

Give me lighting that makes me look J-Lo glowy. Give me a slightly skinny mirror (but not so skinny that when I get home and look in a regular mirror I gasp in horror at the reality). Give me a place to put my purse and sit down to put on shoes. Give me enough space to move around and finagle my way into snug jeans without smashing limbs on the walls. But above all, give me LOTS OF PLACES TO HANG STUFF! It baffles me as a designer when I get in a fitting room and there is one lousy hook to put 10 pairs of pants on. Huh? Am I being filmed for some scientific study on how humans function without proper tools?

Ann Taylor has revamped not only their look, but their fitting rooms as well. Love the ottomans and the chandelier.

Have always loved Anthro’s rooms (although small)- the mismatched doors are super cute.

I am that annoying person that strips down to tank top in the middle of the store to just pop stuff on in order to avoid fitting rooms.  Bloomie’s added these cool little pods for that reason! YAY!

And so did Old Navy (the #1 place for the “in aisle try on”). Brills.

But why not make these spaces like little jewel boxes and add some real wallpaper inside like they did at Lilly Puliter and Trink Turk?

Someday I’ll have a store, and when I do the fitting rooms would be hooked up like THIS:

Nina Campbell Wallpaper mixed with zebra carpeting, an Oly studio leather bench, decorative mirror, vintage sputnik light fixture and lucite hanging rods (done in brass, not chrome as shown). And the best part? The Maya Romanoff Bedazzled glass bead wallpaper on the ceiling to reflect dazzling light!