June 30, 2011


Animal prints are BIG and what better way to demonstrate animal print borders, than by photographing them in their natural habitat at the Cleveland Zoo.  Following is a photo album of some of our favorite animal print borders with some of our favorite models and our favorite animals.  The Cleveland Zoo just opened a special new Elephant Crossing exhibit that was a great starting off point for our On The Wild Side feature.  From there it was on to the monkeys, fish, turtles, cheetahs and giraffes.  Alas, no zebras in this photo album, but we do have zebra border, zebra wallpaper and cheetah/leopard print border and wallpaper (in-stock) as well.
Elephants Galore

And now to the cheetahs

Let's hear it for the fishes and frogs
Giraffes on High


Whether big or little, striped or spotted, kind or not
Animals make you smile whether you are old or a tot

Their bodies are graceful and their faces benign
And manage to rise above the worst of human malign

Roaming the mysterious wild in a state of free
They're engaging as can be when hanging from a tree

Or when at the zoo they are well kept and fed
'Tis not such a bad life so it be said

Bringing joy and goodwill to all who will view
Causing even the most jaded human to utter a coo

June 1, 2011

Creative Uses for Wallpaper--Decorated Dumpsters

Over 105 years in the wallcovering business, we have heard about a lot of creative uses for wallpaper, but perhaps none as unique as a project started by a California-based artist, Christine Finley.  To quote Finley,  "I will use the wallpaper from FLOW (For the Love of Wallpaper) to continue wallpapering dumpsters around the world. Here is some info about the project..."

"Wallpapered Dumpsters transform environmental activism into unexpected beauty. This project is an inquiry into urban waste, free art, and notions of femininity, beauty and domesticity. Inspired by free and accessible art the artist states, "If we see dumpsters as works of art, we have raised consciousness."  

The project has been the subject of extensive press coverage including a comprehensive review by The New York Times, which included photos from around the world of decorated dumpsters.  

Following are an assortment of photos that capture the essence of the project.  Garbage dumpsters no more, they are now the proper repositories of the castaways that define our lives.

Decorated Dumpsters

  Wallpaper As Art Form

Just when you thought you had seen it all
There comes an idea that sounds a clarion call

Wallpaper can be used to brighten a room
But it also has potential to reclaim a tomb

On dumpsters so naughty and nice
They feed the homeless and the mice

But when you a decorative redux give
Suddenly the trash heap has a new life to live

As a work of art that looks mighty fine
‘Tis surely a promising environmental sign

That people do care about surrounding space
Enough to dress up a dumpster with a brand new face