If Stalking Wallpaper on a Teen CW Show is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right.

July 24, 2013

When Anna Beth Chao walked into my house about a year and half ago, the first thing out of her mouth was…”So, how excited are you about the wallpaper you’re going to put in this entry hall?”

I wasn’t aware I was putting any wallpaper in the entry hall.

“Well, you are.” She said all Louisiana-ish.

And she was right. And ever since, I’ve been collecting samples of rejections. The above is a small portion of the black and white selection. I also have a turquoise collection. Orange. Pink. Grey. And really all the other colors too. Also, you’re all getting Christmas presents wrapped in wallpaper samples.

This is a look at the entry hall where this wallpaper will be hung. Please ignore the wrapped piece of furniture there on the left. That is the bathroom vanity…it likes to hang out in the entry hall while it’s waiting for a bathroom to live in. In fact, both pieces of furniture are just in here now because they have nowhere else to go. They’re like teenagers.

So this is the first room you see when you come into our house, assuming that you don’t enter through a window. It’s a cool little entry, but it honestly doesn’t have a lot of purpose… or wall space, as it’s mainly made up of openings into other halls, areas and rooms.

For instance, one entire wall is an entrance into the front room of the house. (The wallpaper-wanting hall is that yellow-walled room in the back, the adjoining front room has white walls.)

This front room is also a work in progress. Its main color scheme…besides the chairs which are being recovered…consists of white, black, charcoal grey, silver, pink, and that bold almost-turquoise that’s sort of everywhere right now.

This hall will flow into that room as well as the rest of the house, and it needs wallpaper, as I mentioned. And now you’re caught up.

So the other night, I was up too late not being able to sleep and consequently watching a Gossip Girl marathon…and I saw it. The wallpaper I’ve been looking for all along is in a fictional character’s fictional office on a teen CW show.

I’m not sure the above photos do it justice…at least not as I hazily remember its perfection in my middle-of-the-night Gossip Girlpalloza of Chuck Bassian teenage extravagance (fictional teenage extravagance that I eat up like candy… let’s keep it real here). And now that I knew it was a possibility, I had to know if it was an actuality. So I searched. And searched. And after hours of scouring the internet for this grey pattern with silver trees and blue birds, I found it.

It is real. And it is from the ‘Sariskar’ collection by Osborne & Little and it is called ‘Jagmandir.’


And it’s totally expensive.

But I must say, I do love it. It’s different. It has a 1920s feel…which is what I’d like to connect with the house.  It’s perfect. And also, I’m not sure about it. Because it really might be too much. Perhaps I should go more modern, more minimalist.

I could go with the Lisa Congdon wallpaper. Because I do love her so.

Or Ruutuka by Marimekko.  I love the sample.

But it’s pretty intense when it’s up all over the wall. 

And so on and so on and I could do this all day and even for two years. And oh yeah, that’s right, I have.  So, help. Modern? Or 1920s? Or something entirely different?

What do you think, Team?

PS… Do you have any other suggestions? Do tell.

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  • Reply Kathryn July 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    oooo – I really like that wallpaper for that space. Better than the moderns I think. Nice choice!

  • Reply Karen from Chookooloonks July 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Yeah, sorry, toots. Expensive wallpaper it is. 🙂

    (Although I do love me some Lisa Congdon, too.)

  • Reply Leslie July 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Totally 1920s. Go with your gut, first instincts are always best. It’s organic, it’s natural, there is a rhythm to it. The others you are leaning towards are awesome too, but maybe too bold and graphic for the entryway. Plus, it’s METALLIC, right? Totally a winner.

  • Reply Jen @ RamblingRenovators July 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I like the Sariskar because its bold but also muted because its tone on tone. It’s similar to the wallpaper I just put in my daughter’s room (Nina Campbell Swan Lake). I think a more traditional, 1920’s style works well with the other things going on in your entry way.

  • Reply Nicole July 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Yeah. You know we’re all going to tell you to go for the expensive one, right? Because it’s perfect for the space.

  • Reply Judy woods July 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Laura, why are you even asking? It is the perfect wallpaper. It has your colors, the bling and its a happy paper just like your whole house.
    Why did you go to all the trouble finding if you didn’t like it? Get it before it is a discontinued. words from your mil.

  • Reply Maggie Mason July 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

    It is perfect. If you can afford to do it, buy it and hang it. If you can’t, we can do the first ever wallpaper Kickstarter.

  • Reply The Hook September 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I feel like a homeless person after looking at your home. Damn.

  • Reply TCPerret May 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I vote for the Lisa Congdon in that small space. I want that in my dressing room!

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