November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We are thankful for life, health and family.  And thank you for reading our posts about all things wallpaper and wallcovering. If there are specific topics you would like to see covered in this blog, please let us know either by responding to the blog as a comment or send an e-mail to

To thank our loyal customers we are hosting a special event on Saturday, December 11 with a Pampered Chef demonstration, yummy food tastings, a mini clinic on wallpaper installation tips, door prizes and special pricing on great stocking stuffers such as sports fatheads and sports decals and Disney character decals and wall appliques, So mark your calendars and join us for a wallpaper day to remember on:

Saturday, December 11 between 10:00 AM and 12 Noon PM
 23328 Lorain Road
Cleveland, Ohio

We look forward to greeting you and sharing our knowledge about all things wallcovering and wallpaper.

November 19, 2010

What's New in Wallpaper

Wallpaper is undergoing a major revival in terms of colors, fibers, design and usage.  Based on interviews with representatives from some of this country's leading wallcovering manufacturers, a picture has emerged of an industry on the cusp of a significant shift.

With this posting we start a three part series devoted to the changing look of wallcovering. In the past, walls were covered with a product that was primarily paper or cellulose-based material--hence the term wallpaper.  And, the general public continues to refer to the product as wallpaper, even though over the years the materials have evolved to include a broad range of substrates that provide superior adhesion and ease of removal to say nothing of advancement in the manufacturing process itself that makes the end-product ecologically sound.  Due to the changing composition of wall products, the industry term wallcovering was coined which covers the full range of offerings.

Kristen Doyle has been in the industry for 24 years, most recently with York Wallcoverings.  As an Account Manager for York, Kris has seen the shift in wallcovering usage to include many custom designs that feature dramatic wallcovering patterns used as accent pieces to complement more traditional applications. In much the same way as the right accessory can make the outfit, the right wallpaper placed in the right spot adds dimension, warmth and excitement to any room.  In the photo below Kris is sharing some of the new dynamic York patterns.
Over a century of wallcovering expertise: The hand-30 years, Kris-24 years, Gary-55 years
When asked to talk about industry trends, Kris had this to say, "a fast growing segment is in the Room Mates line which offers self-adhesive decals and appliques".  These products are perfectly suited to children and teenagers' rooms because they are easily installed and just as easily repositioned.  Enhancing this line is York's stable of Disney characters.  York recently acquired the Disney character license and they have been introducing exciting new products based on some of the favorite Disney icons.  There are also decals of some of our leading sports teams including a full line of Ohio State symbols.

 Other trends that Kris referenced include the popularity of paintable patterns.  Usually offered in standard white (it would be kind of hard to show a white on white pattern on this blog), these paintables are offered in many different textures and enable you to create a custom look without a custom price tag.  This is a perfect solution for individuals who have a very specific look in mind.

Kris also commented on the very interesting designs that are showing up in transitional patterns which blend the best of traditional and contemporary looks.  In the same vein, damasks which have always been popular, are now showing up as large scale patterns creating a traditional look in an unconventional way.  A younger audience is using dramatic new designs in unique applications--think accent piece above a fireplace mantel instead of a painting or mounted in frames or covering a wall behind a bed in lieu of a headboard.  One of my favorite application ideas is to use a mural in a half-bath.  If the room is small enough one mural would be able to wrap the entire bathroom.  A tropical beach scene or a Paris street scene could make this a standout attraction.

A really exciting addition to wallcovering is the addition of sand and glass beads to create dimensional, textural surfaces that take any room from the ordinary to the extraordinary.  Everyone is starting to re-discover wallpaper and designers are adding it to their extended line including the home maven herself,  Martha Stewart.  Outside of the USA, China, Russia and India have become primary players in the wallpaper resurgence.

Popular wallcovering colors and textures are: Spa Blue, Aqua Pear, Mineral Green, Burnished Metallics, Velvety Browns, Animal Skin patterns and cork textures.

Hop onboard the Wallpaper Express.  Whatever your design preferences, there is something for you in the vast array of wallcovering offerings.

Wallpaper is Moving Up

Wallpaper is moving up the design chain
It no longer is a homeowner's bane

With green ways of creating
And removal concerns abating

 New patterns add a homey edge
That helps one their home decor hedge

Against boredom and decorating blight
Though some combos can cause a mini fright

But in the end, the result is pure charm and glee
It is not enough to let a barren wall be

November 11, 2010

Cleveland Browns Border A Big Hit

It is virtually impossible to get Cleveland Browns wallpaper border.  We were lucky enough to get our hands on a limited supply.  And, with the Browns beating the odds and playing well, demand has sky-rocketed for the border commodity.  So, we are going to feature the border yet again and hope we can rejoice in another win this coming week-end against the Jets.  GO Browns.

We will be visiting the zoo soon and capturing some images of animal wallpaper and borders next to the real thing.  So stay tuned.  Wallpaper is Back and there are some amazing designs being offered in eco-friendly materials and manufactured in a very 'green' way.  In the next few weeks we will do an entire post devoted to the eco-aspects of wallpaper.

Ode to the Cleveland Browns

Browns are great so they say
Beating their opponents in a convincing way

Why not share in their new found glory
A border in your den will tell the story

Of a Cleveland team with heart and might
Too bad those uniforms are not a pretty sight

But orange and brown speak of Midwest moxie
With lots of skill and play-making foxy

November 4, 2010

Sports Borders-Browns, Cavs, Nascar, Motorbikes

Took a week off and now I am back on track featuring some hard-to-find and much-in-demand sports borders.  This is the third in our Fall Sports Borders series.  We will resume the sports theme in the Spring. But for now, feast your eyes on these rare offerings.  The Browns border in particular is a real rarity and for Cleveland sports fans a true find.

For good measure, I also included a multi-sports border that features a football. soccer, basketball and baseball.  This border is unique in that it is a cut-out border adding even more interest to its appearance.  With the U.S.A. bidding to host a future World Cup, soccer is going to be a common theme so look for more soccer offerings in the future.

And. let's not forget the fastest rising sport of all--Nascar racing.  Check out the borders to the left and imagine how they could add the finishing touch to a den retreat or a teenager's study. A special added treat is the top border featuring classic cars of old on the European racing circuit.  Recognize those models?  Perfect for a classic car buff's lair.

Still on a sports theme, motorcycles can be raced but most often are a preferred means of alternative transportation.  These borders are as vivid as the machines themselves and I thought they were an apt choice to round out our Sports Borders Fall Series.  If you are into 'bikes' there are a number of other borders to choose from.  These are but a small sampling of what is out there.  

Since I am writing from Cleveland, Ohio, I would be remiss for not making a plug for the Cavs, without LeBron, and the Browns without any standout.  May they do well enough to keep the loyal Cleveland fans coming back for more.

All in the Game

 It is all in how we play
All in, come what may
Be it any of the 'b's or an 's'
At the end of the game,  say YES

We played our very best
So much better than the rest

And now we stand on the top
No one can say we were a flop