One of my two little
|Zebras wallpaper from Scalamandre|
Instead, I selected a contemporary, geometric handprinted paper from Printer's Guild Productions for Anders' vanity in bright primary colors that coordinated perfectly with what we'd already done in his bedroom, and I promised him that if he hated it six months after it was up, I'd take it down and put up the zebras. I was banking on him forgetting all about the deal by then and no longer even noticing the wallpaper. And I knew it was going to look great.
Ten-year-old Lars, on the other hand, had lobbied long and hard to have BRIGHT orange walls in his bedroom. I compromised by selecting a bright orange wallcovering for his vanity area, as well as their tub/shower area, reasoning that it would function more like an accent color since we'd only glimpse a bit of it at a time from his bedroom. The paper has a subtle texture to it that could either read like lizard skin or like the surface of a basketball, and although it seemed a bit overwhelming when it first went up, it gets broken up a lot in the tub/shower area by the fixtures, towels, and shower curtain (I'll probaby design a custom shower curtain with blues and greens when I get around to designing their window treatments). I'm planning to hang some of Lars's own oil paintings in his bathroom vanity area, and that will lessen the severity of the orange as well.
So, after the first day of wallpapering, Lars came home from school and found this:
Anders came home from school that day and found something like this (the mirror wasn't back up that first day; I took this picture a day later):
The next day, while the boys were at school and the installers were finishing up the tub/shower area, I had an epiphany. I remembered that I had a few rolls of the rainforest frog wallpaper border leftover from Anders' bedroom in our old house, and by some miracle I was able to locate them in the Armoire Full of Everything in my master bedroom. And there was enough to go around Anders' bedroom! It was definitely an afterthought, but the colors help tie in the vanity paper even more, and it's FROGS, for crying out loud -- I knew Anders would love it.
Next time, I'll show you the carpentry work that Bernie has been up to in the kitchen.