Wallpaper represents trends and personal tastes. There's a lot of history in wallpaper that should be respected. It can tell you who lived somewhere, what economic situation they might have been in, what their favorite colors were, what cultural trends were prevalent. But, you know, it might as well be labeled, "this is here to stay." Once upon a time, I lived in an antique house with wallpaper in the bedroom. In my never-stripped-wallpaper-before naivete, I was determined to change it, and so I started pulling it off the wall. It came right off. That was false advertising. No paper since has yielded the field so completely or easily.
You may guess that we've hit the old-house-renovator's big pet peeve at the farm, mostly because it is so flippin' hard to change. WALLPAPER EVERYWHERE. Let me take you on a tour. I know, wallpaper. But this is also serving as a record of what was here.
I love it, but it's broken in so many places and the plaster underneath is shot from jacking up the house to replace the sill, so it has to go. This is in the west front bedroom upstairs. The red is so much more vibrant and velvety (looking) than the camera captured. I have looked extensively, but can't find a copy of it sold anywhere by anyone. I'm sure if I did, it would be out of my budget. For that, Nate is thrilled. He's not a fan.
But wait, there's more. So, so much more. In that same bedroom,
the closet which was added after building features some other selections of paper:
Super-cute paper combination, yes? This is the first, but not the last, instance of paper-layering.
Moving into the bedroom behind this one, there is a sweet pink stripe-and-flower combination.
which is heavy on the green and tan. This is old enough that I wonder if
the colors were more vibrant when it was new.
Behind that bedroom is another, at the top of the back stairs,
and the the paper there is in pretty good shape. It's not staying,
Next, we move to the east front bedroom. It's another floral print,
with a different set of papers layered in the closet.
going on here too:
So, that's the wallpaper tour.
Really, the things I get excited about.