Wallpaper Ain't Like It Used To Be

Wallpaper tends to get a bad rep a lot of the time, but wallpaper has come a loooong way since the stuff your grandmother hung in her dining room in the 80's. We use wallpaper in our clients homes ALL THE TIME and most of the time those end up being my favorite rooms.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design
Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

Katie Ridder

There are so many amazing modern wallpaper options on the market these days. The options range from soft and subtle to bold and dramatic. Wallpaper can really change the entire mood of a room without even touching the furnishings.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design
Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

Les Indiennes

I absolutely adore Les Indiennes.... their bedding is impeccable as well. I am planning to order some pillows and a duvet for my guest room in the next few months. I would love to use their wallpaper in my home one of these days.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

Abnormals Anonymous

Abnormals Anonymous is one of my favorite vendors for quirky, lighthearted wallpaper. They have some really fun patterns that are perfect for whimsical spaces or kid's rooms.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

JIll Malek

How awesome is this wine-glass-ring wallpaper? I would LOVE to install this in a wet bar in black.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

Detroit Wallpaper Co.

Detroit Wallpaper is a great source for customizable wallpaper. You can actually pick the colors for your order. We used this Music paper in a client's son's bedroom and it turned out really great.

Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design
Wallpaper | Sarah Catherine Design

Jill Malek

Wallpaper is not cheap, and it is definitely a commitment. Although I think every home should have at least a room or two with wallpaper... it can be an intimidating decision. If you are hoping to add some wallpaper to your home but are nervous about it, just start small. Use some paper in a reading nook or powder bath. Then you can work your way up to a show-stopper installation.

All White Everything

Call me crazy.... but sometimes its hard to make a louder statement than the one an all-white space inevitable makes. Dont get me wrong, I am a fan of color for sure. But there have been many times when an all white, or rather mostly white/neautral space has made me stop in my tracks.

All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design
All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design

The designers that have mastered the art of creating remarkable neutral spaces have always had my respect. Its easy to fall back on color at times. The real key to creating a stunning space in a totally neutral palette is achieved by editing the use of color and paying close attention to texture.

All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design

Editing you use of color in order to create a sere neutral space is a pretty straight forward process. Color isn't off limits, you just need to be selective where and how you use it. Decide which colors will fit the look you are wanting to create and then decide how you want to use it. Typically this works best by keeping the main elements in the room neutral and adding accessories in the color that you have chosen. But keep the pops of color fairly minimal in order to make them stand out.

All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design
All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design

[get the look: iron mirror- Wisteria]

Using texture well is also of great importance. Texture is what keeps a neutral space from feeling sterile and boring. This room above uses almost NO color... yet it is not boring in any way. The wood floors, distressed chest, and iron mirror give the space rough hard edges. In contract the soft linen and knit bedding as well as the live boxwood help to soften the roughness.

All White Everything | Sarah Catherine Design

[get the look: white dresser - Bungalow 5]

It is understandable that an all-neutral space does not fit into everyones taste or lifestyle for that matter. (Young kids/pets and white spaces don't mix very well. I get it.) But the techniques for creating a more peaceful look to your home can apply to any design style. Just remember to edit well and pay attention to textural elements in your home. These are things we all should take a step back and think about from time to time anyway.

Snow Days

Nashville has been in the midst of a winter ice storm this week. The whole city has been shut down, which has made for some fun sledding adventures and hot chocolate conversations with friends. Lacy has been loving the snow too! I've been letting her run wild in the back yard the last few days and it is so funny how the snow brings a new kind of energy out of that dog. I really love snow days in the south... that feeling when life slows down and we all have an excuse to snuggle up indoors by the fire and take a little break from the hustle.

Snow Dog

During one of our snow excursions I took my camera with me to see if I could get some good shots of my girl. Photographing a wild, crazy puppy playing in the snow is definitely a challenge. For every 20 shots I took I got 1 or 2 that were keepers, but then, thats part of the fun for me. Trial and error.

Snow Dog

I just cant get enough of that sweet face

Snow Dog
Snow Dog

That is the face of sheer joy.

Snow Dog