I'm so excited to share photos that the very talented Kaitie Bryant took of my dining room with my Garden wallpaper in Noir for Hygge + West! Kaitie and I have a ridiculous number of friends in common but had never met, so it was great to spend time with her too! Her website is gorgeous; you should check it out.
I waffled and waffled about where to put wallpaper in our new house. I asked everyone who came over, brought friends in for visits just to get advice about where to put some; I was that indecisive. "The hallway for sure" I thought, and then, "Our bedroom, for sure"... "No, All the bedrooms!" I think a big part of my indecision was that we hope to stay in this house for a long time, and this year has been chock full of expensive purchases with this "forever" house in mind. We've renovated the kitchen, added new front doors, painted the exterior and entire interior, and almost replaced every light fixture... all in a year. I had a baby in that timeline too :) I'll be adding more wallpaper, but I (still yikes) can't decide on where else it should go. Full of relief from my waffling for a while at least though, I can tell you I'm so happy with how the dining room turned out. Here are the befores and afters:
The only part of making a wallpaper decision that was easy was picking which pattern to use. We were so happy to find this house that we love in our same old neighborhood of Normaltown. We kept looking all over Athens, and we just loved where we were already. I drew this pattern a few years ago now from flowers I picked on walks in Normaltown too, so it felt right to keep these camellias in the neighborhood :)
We hired a fantastic wallpaper installer named Grace, (no website, but here is her number (706) 540-5817). Let me tell you, after installing some wallpaper myself, it was really nice to have someone else do these high ceilings and that arch. It isn't difficult to hang wallpaper per se (really!) but I wanted this floral to match up perfectly everywhere, and I just don't think we were skilled enough, or patient enough, to be up for the job. Also, that arch! I would have never attempted that. So glad Grace did because it is my favorite part! Here are some process photos (Sidenote-the lighting is a little weird here because Grace was using a big spotlight to work):
I think I'll be hanging a few paintings one day (with hanging sticky strips maybe), and painting that pot with the plant in it, but other than that I think the dining room is pretty much done. I hung some curtains, and then really missed the casements and open windows. When Lucie can eat food without spilling so much, I'd love to add a big persian-style rug too.
Thanks again to Kaitie Bryant and Hygge + West!