There’s a whole lotta GLAMOUR going on!

As we thought might happen, trends are emerging in the collaborative Wall Pin Wednesday board and the accompanying discussion on Twitter. The most obvious, for well, obvious reasons, is graphic, eye-catching wallpapers. It makes a perfect backdrop for interesting, über glamorous interiors and has quite a legacy of doing so. Of course, the venerable Dorothy Draper and her legendary designs for the Greenbrier come to mind!

Palm Wallpaper at the Greenbrier, decorated by Dorothy Draper in a 2012 spread by Bergdorfs

Case in point: Berdorf Goodman did a “cover story” for June 2012 at the Greenbrier, decorated by Dorothy Draper. It’s iconic palm wallpaper paves the way for the entire editorial, populated with labels that make up the who’s who of glamorous fashion. The model is wearing Oscar de la Renta. Photograph by Arnaud Pyvka.

Pink and white graphic wallpaper in an Interior Design by Cayley Barrett

From the 2011 Kip’s Bay Decorator Showhouse comes this brushy, seemingly hand-painted wallpaper in bubble gum pink on white. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the Marilyn Minter photograph glimpsed in the gilded mirror! Interior Design by Cayley Barrett. Photo by Isa Salazar. Originally via Lonny, submitted via Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday.

At this point, I’d like to take a moment to lament. We ALWAYS want to give credit for any images we post here. My detective work is sometimes easy, but many times not. Our goal is not only to give credit where we found the image, but also to it’s creator, photographer, designer, and to the manufacturer of the product(s) depicted. If at any time, you can identify something we haven’t been able to, please leave a comment. To that end, if anyone can tell me what the above wallpaper is, I’d be thrilled.

A Kelly Wearstler designed sitting rrom with de Gournay wallpaper

We’re not sure you can do a post on glamorously colorful wallpaper and NOT include Kelly Wearstler. This Washington state home designed by Wearstler was featured in Elle Decor. Every single room is a delight in wall candy, and this de Gournay wallpapered sitting room radiating in mid-century glamour, is no exception. Photo by Mikkel Vang. via Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday.

Black and White palm wallpaper in Interior Designer Meredith Heron's home

What is black and white and glamorous all over? This entryway vignette in Interior Designer Meredith Heron‘s home. Originally via HGTV Canada and ecstatically repinned for #WallPinWednesday from the Pinterest board “Walls I Love” by Customized Walls.

Zebra doors by Miles Redd

No, this isn’t wallpaper. But it’s beyond glamorous, eye-catching, and creative. These zebra print upholstered and studded doors were designed by Interior Designer Miles Redd. via Courtney Price Design for #WallPinWednesday

We couldn’t leave it at that! We had to find the rest of the room flanked by these marvelous doors, especially when we learned that they belonged to the living room of Miles Redd! From a wonderful post and interview with the designer via New York Social Diary.

There are many more inspiring interior design images on the #WallPinWednesday board including some from Noir Blanc Design, Feia Construction, Royal Design Studio, Mark Johnson FAIA, Julia Mack Design, Avente Tile, and some stunning antiqued mirror panels by Garay Artisans via Fauxology, see them all HERE.

We’d love to have you join in on the visual conversation that is #WallPinWednesday! Your contributions are what makes it so much fun and oh so fabulous! So, join the party that celebrates outstanding walls in interior design!

The Round Up

Last week we launched #WallPinWednesday to great success! It was thrilling to see all of the fabulous contributions that fellow interior design lovers made to the collaborative inspiration board and to be a part of the conversations that ensued! Thank you to all who contributed everything from tile, lacquer, paint, color, to wallpaper, and of course, inspired interior design.

As promised, here is a round-up of some highlights from last week’s Wall Pin Wednesday. There are too many to share all of them here, even though we’d love to! To see the all of the images, CLICK HERE.

Historic meets modern in Valencia Hotel

From Barbara Segal aka @NoirBlancDesign via the Pursuitist a Valencia hotel “fusing historical legacy and modern design” that is beyond exquisite. Fragments of ancient walls, gothic arches, and 19th century palace remains are all integrated into its design. Read the entire post here. It’s worth it, we promise.

Simply awe inspiring, as it’s meant to be. This cathedral glows in walls of cobalt blue stained glass. If anyone knows where this is, we’d love to know! Submitted by Feia Construction, LLC for #WallPinWednesday

Hampton Designer Showhouse 2012 Robert Passal via Quintessence

Our contribution was the master bedroom by the very talented designer Robert Passal in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse via Quintessence blog (please see Q’s post for more on this truly fabulous space.) The luscious wall finish was inspired by the colors of a bouquet and executed by artist Tracy Hines.

Graphic wallpaper in interior by Kelly Carter

The graphic wallpaper sets the stage in this interior by Kelley Carter in Lonny Magazine May 2012. Photography by Patrick Cline. via Customized Walls for #WallPinWednesday.

This pink on pink interior may be too much for some, but you can’t deny its power! The wildly glamorous, intensely colorful G Hotel in Galway was designed by Philip Treacy. via Interior Designer Sarah Sarna for Wall Pin Wednesday.

Watercolor Mural in Living Room

A washy, muted watercolor mural featured in the post 5 Resurrected Old-World Interior Design Trends was submitted from Lisa League aka @agirlandamac for #WallPinWednesday. (Originally featured on House To Home > Mural by Surface View | Photograph by Emma Lee)

Awe inpisiring tile in Casa da Música in Sala Barroca

I think the Portuguese tile in the Casa da Música in Sala Barroca speaks for itself! Re-pinned from Lee Nicholson aka @FilmoreClark for #WallPinWednesday. Via http://fomosveromundo.wordpress.com

Contrasting tile

In a Northern California Home by Michelle Kaufmann Studio a bath features contrasting silver and green tile enclave topped off with a perfect soaking tub. Photo by John Swain. Submitted by Mark Johnson FAIA for #WallPinWednesday

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for another #WallPinWednedsay!

Wall Pin Wednesday

We were recently inspired by one of our favorite chats on Twitter, Interior Designer Chat. Well, truth be told that’s not unusual! But during this particular session the topic was Pinterest, and the discussion, as always, was fast, furious, and fun. Pinterest, if you are unfamiliar, is a fairly new social media site that allows users to collect, “pin”, and share images on “boards”. It basically takes the place of a scrapbook, mood board or inspiration board. The Interior Design community is rightfully quite smitten with Pinterest. It’s a fantastic tool, and especially so for creative and visually based businesses.

The conversation, moderated by the founder of the chat, the lovely Barbara Segal of Noir Blanc Design, was steered toward the idea of collaborative Pinterest boards. At this point, Clever Storage, a clever kitchen storage design company, chimed in that they had started something called #DesignPinThurs or in non-tweet parlance Design Pin Thursday. Basically people can pin a design themed image, give it the hashtag #DesignPinThurs, tweet it, and voila, they will re-pin it onto a collaborative inspiration board.

We LOVED this idea so much that Wall Pin Wednesday was born and christened with the hashtag #WallPinWednesday. It works like this- tweet an interior design or architectural pin that boasts fabulous walls with the hashtag #WallPinWednesday, and we will re-pin as many as we can to a devoted collaborative board on Pinterest. Whether wallpaper, murals, fabric, mosaics, tile, glass, plaster finishes, distressed walls, paint, wood: as long as it is wonderfully wall related, it is #WallPinWednesday worthy. You can also follow the action on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #WallPinWednesday.

We realize that Twitter is not for everyone, and well, frankly, the lingo to the uninitiated can be confusing.  But never fear, there will be eye candy in Wall Pin Wednesday for you as well. Simply check out the resulting board every week to see what people are pinning. Or you can check in here for round-up posts of the top Wall Pin Wednesday pins!

Here are a few fabulous interiors with noteworthy walls that we’ve found on or shared on Pinterest.

Creative color blocking on Pinterest

Using creative color blocking to define the dimensions of a space. Originally via Desire To Inspire via Skona Hem.

Leopard Wallpaper

Luxury on the wild side with leopard walls. Pinned via The Decorista.

A lacquered sitting room by Interior Designer Miles Redd

Miles Redd does walls like no other. The dark teal lacquer of this sitting room coupled with pops of orange and turquoise is just one the elements that make it truly spectacular. Re-pinned via ABC Dragoo.

An arched hallway vignette is washed white.

A gorgeously framed hallway vignette is perfection in white. Re-pinned via Elizabeth de Montfort Walker.

de Gournay wallpaper with artistic flourish

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Manhattan boudoir luxuriates in custom de Gournay wallpaper with golden gestural strokes by artist Nancy Lorenz. Re-pinned via Webster & Company. Originally from ELLE Decor, May 2007, Photographer William Waldron.

We look forward to seeing your pins for #WallPinWednesday, and remember, we will be posting Round-Ups of the top Wall Pin Wednesday images right here!

To see the inspiring Pinterest boards of Interior Designer Chat, click here.

You can also check us out on Pinterest, where we pin our (and your) inspirations and obsessions.

Sam Simon: Making Magical

Sam Simon paints a polka dot wall mural

Gentleman, artist, and designer, Sam Simon doing what he does best.

After far too long away from the blog, we make our return with one of our favorite discoveries through Twitter, Sam Simon. Not only is Sam a fine fellow and a fabulous follow, he is also a very talented artist working out of NYC creating custom murals and artwork with a focus on children’s themes. His past clients include trend-setters like Betsey Johnson, Versace, ABC Carpet and Home, Macy’s, the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, and many happy homeowners. As Sam puts it, his goal is to create “work that hangs on your wall as long as you like- but hangs in your heart forever.”

We asked Sam to tell us a bit about the artistic process behind this charming boys’ bedroom mural. The project presented a few design dilemmas, not the least of which was the changing needs of growing boys. Without further ado, here’s Sam Simon-

“This is a shared space for two young boys in a very modern home in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.  The ceilings are soaring, yet the room’s footprint was not. The challenge was to create a beautiful mural piece that would allow for the furniture placement to change as the children grew older. (Currently, there is a crib on the opposite wall, in time another twin bed will be added under the taxi.) I also wanted the space to feel fun and alive- without being overwhelming or garish.  To achieve this I stuck to a relatively tight color palate of blues, browns and touches of red and yellow.  Keeping all of the focal points above average headboard height allows the clients to move furniture elements as the boys grow and their needs change.

 

Children's room mural by Sam Simon

A shared bedroom for two growing boys sports a custom Sam Simon mural. Photo: Mae Lee Hacking, co-founder of Here In This House

The over sized, washy block pattern looks super smart, and the horizontal lines give a “grounding point” for images like the dinosaur and vehicles. The washy texture that we achieve by mixing several values of the same hue softens the graphic nature of the piece.   Metallic white bands and silvery stars glimmer as you move around the room, and your perspective and relationship to ambient light changes.  It really looks magical at bedtime!

Children's themed, custom mural by artist and muralist Sam Simon.

An over sized block pattern creates the horizontal lines that give a “grounding point for images like the dinosaur and vehicles.” Photo: Mae Lee Hacking, co-founder of Here In This House

Personalization is what I’m all about- everything from the 17 on the fire engine to the lower case “j” and “a” have significance to the patrons.  The letters for example signify the first initials of both boys’ names, and the number 17 signifies the local fire station.

Detail of wall mural design by Sam Simon

Personalized details are an integral part of the design. Photo: Mae Lee Hacking, co-founder of Here In This House

Detail of wall mural in kids room by Sam Simon

Detail of wall mural design by Sam Simon. Photo: Mae Lee Hacking, co-founder of Here In This House

My goal is to appeal to both children and adults.  I also always want my work to look as good and clean from across the room or 1 foot away.  I have eyes like a hawk, and have been known to tighten up every line and corner until they look close to machine made.  The addition of tiny details are one of my trademarks- in this instance the passengers of the taxi-cab and fire engine.  I believe it is all about the details, that this is where the magic of fine craftsmanship lives.”

Here are a few more of our favorite projects by Sam-

Bathroom Mural by Sam Simon

A delightful animal filled mural in a bathroom by Sam Simon.

Sam Simon Wall and Painting with New Traditionalists furniture.

Love the polka dot wall with a custom painting by Sam coupled with nursery furniture by the fabulous New Traditionalists.

Painting with truck, boat, and car by Sam SImon

Painting with truck, boat, and car by Sam Simon.

A green nursery sprouts floral tree patterned walls.

A green nursery sprouts floral tree patterned walls painted and designed by Sam Simon.

The last line of Sam’s manifesto is “create your very own beautiful world, piece by piece, personal and precious.” Brushstroke by brushstroke, Sam is helping people do just that.

You can find Sam and many more of his magical creations at www.samsimonprojects.com. He can also be found spouting more manifesto worthy quips on Twitter as @1samsimon.