New Ashford Toiles Designs

An assortment of domestic dogs decked out in various articles of clothing, including top hat, sweater, tie, ribbon, collar, and glasses. Available in three colorways, Dog’s Life Toile Wallpaper.

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This colorful Papillon design features a variety of butterflies fluttering through the flowers and leaves of this climbing vine design. Available in four colorways, Papillon Toile Wallpaper.

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Also, a new Asian design featuring a tranquil Asian scenic with a garden, flowering plants and trees, and a boatman. Available in five colorways, Asian Scenic Wallpaper.

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These designs are produced on York’s technologically advanced SureStrip substrate.

Wallpaper Hanging Mistakes (I’ve Made)

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Finished Product. Worth all the work!

You’ve done all the hard work. You’ve thought about color, pattern, and perhaps a theme for your room. You’ve pored over wallpaper books, samples, and color swatches. And, you’ve narrowed it down to one glorious wallpaper pattern. Your order has been placed and it’s arrived! You have decided to stay in the entire day on Saturday just to hang your paper and put your room together. How exciting! Eeeek! I know. I’ve been there a couple times. But, I need to warn you. Your instructions give a few pointers for a reason. I’ve learned the hard way. Here are some tips from the school of hard knocks regarding wallpaper hanging:

Tip #1: Check your wallpaper for defects. I know. I too just want to get right down to business and hang the wallpaper already! But, don’t be like me and hang four strips of The Perfect Wallpaper Pattern to only discover that there are red streaks on your walls.*(So it wasn’t a defect. Read more below to find out what those red streaks really were!) All that time measuring, cutting, lining up, and making final cuts are for naught because you have to pull off each carefully hung strip. And you ask yourself, why didn’t I just check for defects before I hung the stupid things! Please forgive me for using stupid and wallpaper in the same sentence.

If you do find defects, we’ll make sure to replace your paper with defect-free rolls. It isn’t often, but it is a problem that can be encountered when wallpapering. You’ll want to snap a picture of the defect, or send us a small sample of the wallpaper, defect included, so that we can confirm it is a defect. Unfortunately this is necessary because we’ve had those who have tried to get “free” paper via fraud. Sad, but true.

In the last couple of years, this is the first defect we’ve been notified about:

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Small white area of missing pattern.

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What a defect might look like.

*I did have red streaks on my wallpaper, but I was the yahoo who put them there! Yep, I had no idea that the red paint from my wall would transfer so easily to my wallpaper! I have since gone through each room with a white sheet of paper and realized: all my wall paint can be rubbed off to some degree onto the white paper. I realized this after I opened up a new bolt of wallpaper to photograph for the manufacturer as proof of the defect (I get why it is a second thought to hold on to evidence – I wanted to tear up and burn that paper with the red streaks. Do you know how much love and effort went into hanging up those red streaked strips?!?!). I couldn’t find the steaks on the fresh bolt of paper, and I realized something was amiss. I grabbed a sample of the paper and brushed it up against the red wall and voila! Totally my fault. Don’t be like me.

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Not a defect. Paint from my wall easily rubbed onto the wallpaper.

 

 

Wallpaper Made with Glass Beads / Dream Weaver Wallpaper

Product Spotlight: Ronald Redding’s Dream Weaver Wallpaper by York Wallcovering, on our sale page! Woot! Woot!

The first American manufacturer to add recycled glass beads and sand to wallpaper, York hand-crafted its own machine from scratch to achieve these effects. The process itself is a lot like a child’s glitter-and-glue project, but the glamorous result is very grown-up:

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Glass bead wallpaper is best represented in person. But, since we are an internet business and the computer screen doesn’t always do the best job of displaying wallpaper, allow me give you a few more images. You really need to see this one in person (and yes, we send samples!).

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3 Dimensional Wall Luxury

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Dream Weaver Stripe

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Made with Recycled Glass

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Our Item DHR048

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This particular design, Dream Weaver Stripe, is from a collection by Ronald Redding. Retail price is $280.00 a bolt. Our price for our remaining stock is just $40.00. Our item # DHR048. Get a sample. Get a bolt. Transform a room. And, send us a picture of the finished product!

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Breaking News, Kitchen and Craft Room Wallpaper Steals and Deals

This just in: Discount Wallcovering has added three hot new patterns to their closeout page. All three suitable for your kitchen or craft room, or any room of your choosing. Grab a (refundable) sample and see if it would work in your breakfast nook. But, as is the case with all our closeouts, limited quantities available!

Kitchen Pears Wallpaper

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Kitchen Utensils Silhouettes

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Kitchen Utensils and Ovals Wallpaper

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Lititz, PA Chocolate Walk

The tickets were purchased many weeks before. The sneakers were set by the front door with care. A small breakfast was eaten, leaving plenty of room for chocolate delights. The stroller was prepped and ready to go. No storage container was brought. 32 stops for chocolate tasting goodness and I was all in. I was so busy enjoying the company of my companions, pushing a sweet baby in a stroller, and eating chocolate that I hardly took any photos. Just a few that are variations of this:

IMG_0196And, I realize you can’t tell from the photo, but that is Wilbur Chocolate in the background. And, it smells like chocolate where we are in this photo. Yes, walking down the street you just inhale the incredible smell of chocolate. It reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I want to move there. Oh, and that small group of ladies, that is my chocolate tasting crew. And, this is my only photo of them. I bet they are so glad I only managed a photo of their backsides. I’m such a great friend.

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That chubby foot was made possible by chocolate. I actually use to eat a Wilbur bud each time I woke up in the middle of the night to feed this dear child in the very early days. I tell you this because you don’t know who I am. And, believe it or not I am cavity free as of my last dentist appointment a couple weeks ago.

Enough rambling…

What I want to present you with, dear reader, is this cute store: Zest, located on the main street in Lititz, PA.

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Photo from Zest’s home page.

And, one of the chocolate stops. The store is filled with kitchen gadgets, gourmet food, and is a delight to behold. A place to wander and explore. It also was one of my favorite chocolate stops. I didn’t get a good photo, but I had the best salted caramel chocolate ever. Yes, ever. It was smooth and rich. Sweet. I was leary of the salt crystals, but the way they worked with the chocolate and caramel goodness was like some kind of gastronomical magic, salt and sweet. Because of said baby, the day went in a whirl for me. Only later did I investigate the store and the maker of the best salted caramel. Let me introduce you to Evans Candy.

Evans Candy is a family owned and operated business and has been operating for over 30 years. They are committed to using only the finest ingredients with no preservatives. Thus, you could say, they are kind of healthy? For sure a place worth checking out. I found their facebook page to have some pretty awesome photos of their stuff. Mmmmm

What on earth does this have to do with wallpaper? Look back at the photo of Zest’s store front. On the right side of the photo is what we call, Distressed Harlequin Wallpaper. Doesn’t it look perfect? They also put some up in the back portion of their store in the kitchen area. Where they were handing out Evans Candy:

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Can you spot the milk chocolate salted caramels?

To sum up:

  • Move to Litiz, PA. Or, plan a day to stroll through the quaint town.
  •  Zest: Stop in for some kitchen wonders. Appreciate their excellent use of wallpaper on feature walls.
  • Distressed Harlequin Wallpaper, our item #EBY082, is a versatile pattern. Looks great in the background of photos featuring chocolate, among other applications.
  • Evans Candy: Maker of some pretty awesome chocolate. Good stuff. Family owned and operated. Reasonable prices.

Girls’ Room Pink Damask Wallpaper

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We moved into a larger home with little character. No custom woodwork, no artisan crafted built-ins. A lot of wall to wall carpeting and vaulted ceilings. We appreciate every square foot, but we miss the little touches our previous home had. How to make it feel home-y quickly and on a limited budget? Did you say wallpaper? Well, you are correct (I’m sure this wasn’t a big surprise to you since you are reading a wallpaper blog)!

We chose a damask pattern for its classic look: Delicate Document Damask Wallpaper in the pink and white colorway. If need be, this design would be suitable to use throughout the school age years. Classy enough that I won’t feel the need to redo it once the girls are out of elementary school. Make some minor decor changes, and it can grow up quickly. For now, though, we are enjoying the fun little girlish touches that include:

  1. Wal-Mart Bunk Bed.
  2. Antique end table (provided via Grandma).
  3. Pink fitted sheets from local discount store.
  4. Pottery Barn Kids green and white stripe balloon shades.
  5. Circo horse lamp (from Target).
  6. Pottery Barn Kids quilt.
  7. Whimsical print on canvas from our local Home Goods store.
Delicate Document Damask with Target horse lamp and Pottery Barn Kids curtains.

Delicate Document Damask with Target horse lamp and Pottery Barn Kids curtains.

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Discount Wallcovering Item# PEY095 (Delicate Document Damask) with Pottery Barn Kids green and white curtain.

Added some whimsy to the walls with this print on canvas found at Home Goods.

Added some whimsy to the walls with this print on canvas found at Home Goods.

Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

It’s true: wallpaper has a bad rap. You move in to a fixer upper and most times, you have to remove that old wallpaper. Pieces of plaster or dry wall come off with it. Wall repair. Nothing makes you want to paint like having to spend hours pulling old solid vinyl fruit baskets off your walls. But, York has been working hard to make wallpaper easier to hang and remove than ever. Not only do they now make most of their patterns on SureStrip, but they also recommend a spray bottle for wetting the paper instead of using a water tray. You can still use a water tray, but the simplicity of a spray bottle vs a water tray is appealing.

A Personal Favorite: Willow Tree Wallpaper

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Ronald Redding’s pattern, Minuet, displays the flowing branches of a willow tree. You can imagine it dancing in the spring breeze. We just had snow here on the ground last week, but today it was warm enough to open the door and let in the spring breeze (and yet not completely melt the darn snow). While the ground is still brown, and the branches still bare, spring is here and soon will be evidenced by the weeping willows. You can have your own bit of spring year round, with this designer wallpaper. And, of course, at a great deal. This paper retails for $149.98 /bolt, and we have it priced $50.00/bolt. It is one of my favorites, and very difficult to resist using some myself. But, as we do have limited quantities, resist I must! You can find it on our web-site here. I did have fun taking some photos (while imagining the world soon filled with a lot more green):

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Blue Willow Wallpaper

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