Cool wallpaper and some thank you’s

I would like to kick off with a few thank yous if I may. Firstly to all those who attended the design school these last few days, and a very BIG thank you to all those who travelled from afar including Australia!!!, America and Germany no less. I had a fabulous time meeting so many people, yabbering about design all day long and learning new stuff,  from cool places in NYC (more of that in a mo) to a fab interiors store in Paris. Thank you guys.

Also I would like to thank the magazine Homes and Antiques for not just putting my blog in their top 50 (number 3 no less) but also calling me the ‘designer of the moment’. I’m actually hoping my moment might last for a bit (I was thinking another 20 years or so would be really nice, if at all possible)! Back to NYC quickly before we get down to business,  I fly there on Sunday for a week of work and so if any of you guys know of cool places to eat, hang out or shop (I have one day possibly two days for pottering, which is beyond short ) any suggestions most gratefully received.

OK this morning I wanted to talk about wallpaper, not just any old wallpaper (I am the fussiest thing on earth when it comes to the stuff as I dislike most of it) but this particular wallpaper, below.

Merci in Paris (one of the coolest stores on the planet) have just created a tin tile paper which totally and utterly emulates those beautiful tin ceilings you see all over the States. Fabulous for adding architectural interest to ceilings, back splashes (you will need to glass over), walls you name it, it will enliven. I’m getting some for the new store, possibly my bathroom, possibly the double height ceiling on the ground floor and anywhere else I can think of. An image below to inspire, these tiles are the real McCoy as they say, but you could so easily emulate with this fabulous paper. By the way the paper is sold by Rocket st George.

I should say before I go that wallpaper particularly this architectural kind is beyond fabulous for adding texture to a space, a room without texture is a room without soul.  You don’t get that squishy contented whisky type feeling if you don’t add texture to a room and you can never ever ever over do it. It will never look or feel crazy, my top tip is to add as much friction as you possibly can (not advisable for relationships) but totally advisable for interiors. We want conflict, a clash of wills and surfaces, and a good bit of argy bargy going on. Do that and the temperature will rise in a room, I promise!

19 thoughts on “Cool wallpaper and some thank you’s

  1. You MUST take a break to walk along the HIghline in NYC, in the Meatpacking district, former disused railway line, down a park above the city with cool architectural spaces, cafes, and the folks who have apartments where it passes by have added some funky stuff (look out for the Highline zoo) on rooftops and windows…nope it’s no good, I’m not doing it justice, you have to go see!

    • Highline is on the list, stayed at the Standard last year just below it and walked to work each day along the highline – am the hugest fan x

      • I will be interested to see what you make of the Crosby Street -I love it but I will be interested to see if you think it is a bit “contrived” – you will love love love the doggie pics in the “lounge” (I hate that word, unless one is on a cruise liner in the 50’s!) though, even if it is a bit visually “busy”.

  2. Check out PDT in the East Village – secret squirrell cocktail bar accessed through a phone booth in Criff Dogs. Great drinks, even better dogs and cool taxidermy!

  3. Thanks for the tip about the 50 Best Blogs (including yours of course!) – just printed them off – plan to test some out – I already subscribe to yours and Spitalfields Life – but another 48!

  4. If you want to go to bar like no other in the world head to Marie’s Crisis in the West Village one night – small downstairs room, painted black, with fairy lights and a pianist playing show tunes. Everyone sings along and drinks G&T’s out of plastic cups served from a bar that was probably once a wallpaper paste table.

  5. I love that tin wallpaper. Is that what they have on the cash desk in Merci? It looked amazing but thought it actually was tin tiles. pretty convincing then! x

  6. Thanks for great day on Saturday Abi, absolutely loved the course, & well worth the trip from Australia! As for NYC… Anna stayed at Crosby Street last year & loved it… As well as location. I stayed at The Standard & loved it. We ate at and enjoyed Balthazar, Babbo, Buddakan, drink at PDT as well as dinner at La Esquina… It was a favorite – looks like an American diner but you get taken through a special door, down some stairs through the kitchen & into a cave like restaurant & bar. Was hard to get a booking but great atmosphere. Anna and I had a fantastic day at the flea markets in Paris last Sunday. Was actually overwhelming! Hopefully see you in Australia, Cheers Kate T

    • Thank you, loved the day also oh and huge thanks for the NYC tips will certainly check out.Glad you had a fun time at the flea – hope to see you in Australia, enjoy the rest of your Europe trip xx

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