2.26.2009

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photos by WAI LIN TSE

I first saw a link to these photos on Lena's blog, and you can see the whole set here. Hmmm, back in the 90's I despised wallpaper. I remember hating my pastel wallpapered room during high school, even though I loved it when I was a kid. My dad surprised me with a total room makeover, complete with matching wallpaper, new bed, comforter, book case, and a painting of a girl standing in a garden. It was so, so sweet. I was in heaven. But when I got older I started to realize how ugly and matchy-matchy it was. Now there is something so lovely to me about wallpaper, preferably vintage and in classic patterns. It just seems to impart a room with such coziness, which is what I always crave in a home.

I'm really starting to think about home stuff right now, since I'll need to search for a new apartment in a few months. I have to admit that I'm not eager to give up my nice big home for a tiny apartment in Brooklyn. I'm pretty sure you can't wallpaper a rented apartment. It will be SO hard to leave my house. I love this place. It isn't perfect, but it's the first real home that Joe and I have had together. But I guess it's time to move on.

I think maybe what I'll miss most is my dishwasher and washer/dryer. Last time we lived in New York we definitely didn't have those. And our refrigerator was in our living room. Haha! Maybe I'll try to dig up some photos of our old apartment and post them here. That apartment was adorable. And tiny. And the rent was much more expensive than our house payment is now. But all we had to do was walk a block to be surrounded by amazing restaurants and shops. Ah, New York.

35 comments:

my name is elly said...

oh but jenny, have you heard of this?
http://www.rentaldecorating.com/quick_fix_fabric_on_walls.htm
i did that on our walls in newport and it was pretty cool.

sarah said...

Sherman Williams carries a temporary/removable wallpaper that's perfect for renters. I think it's called Easy Change (or something like that).

Good luck with your move!

Keri said...

Get a portable dishwasher. My husband and I have one and it's the perfect size for two. It rolls, so you can put it where you want. Have fun!

Anne said...

I move around a lot (I guess I'm a bit of nomad) and primarily rent - a great way to put texture and color on a wall? Quilts! Very cozy.

copperseal said...

you're going to be perfect for new york - think of it as a new inspirational environment ;)

hibou said...

I can empathize with your sense of sadness combined with excitement. I love wallpaper too! I am in the process of framing a few pieces of vintage wallpaper to hang on the wall (a nice alternative to committing to the whole wall). I've also seen bookshelves with wallpaper on the back board, which I love!

Those photos are lovely.

natalie said...

Oh, this wallpaper is awesome! I love all of the patterns!

Bea said...

Oh the memories of the little apartment in the Bronx I grew up in! How will you fit all of your sewing stuff in the new place? Have you ever thought about writing a book like Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross, a compilation of different clothing patterns, etc.. You have such an amazing design sense, I would totally buy it!

Thao said...

The second picture is divine. It makes me long for my bed. I know a little bit about what you're going through. We have to relocate in the fall, but we also have to go into temporary housing for the summer! I try to tell myself it'll be an adventure, but I'm a complete homebody, so I will miss coming home to a place that's ours. Good luck in New York!

hannah said...

aren't those photos the best? i saw them on design sponge. she's on flickr. i found her just so i could fav them. :)

ps. i'll move into your house, we'll take good care of it, i promise!

theyellowbucket said...

not having a washing machine/dryer is the biggest bummer! (esp if you sew.) but you have to look at the positive sides of things. i use the time i'm out washing clothes to read a book or get a nice cup of coffee while waiting. good luck in new york jenny!

Maribeth said...

Orange curtains against the wallpaper's pink poppies. Lovely.

Deirdre said...

I love the wallpaper in the first photo. Those huge pink flowers -- love!

New York is going to be so exciting! Good luck to you.

lina said...

oh new york, not such a bad outcome! Hope you are happy there.

Moonbeam said...

Ahhh, yes, refrigerators in the living room :) I miss New York too....

Moonbeam said...

Ahhh, yes, refrigerators in the living room :) I miss New York too....

kari beth said...

Hello. I'm a new reader, and I feel that I have a similar journey ahead of me. I will soon be moving (back) to NY later this year... to another tiny apartment where the only thing that fits in the bedroom is (barely) the bed, and the kitchen IS the living room. Sigh... I currently live in a house my hubby and I built in Tennessee, in the middle of nature. It will be SO hard to leave, and the thought of NY again is dreadful and exciting at the same time. Hope all goes well for you two! I look forward to reading about your adventure.

~ali said...

hi jenny! i've never commented before but i wanted to say that there are lots of GREAT neighborhoods in brooklyn that are much cheaper than, say, williamsburg or park slope [i live in ditmas park/victorian flatbush and have an enormous apartment for $1600]. think about checking out prospect heights, ditmas park, windsor terrace and kensington...i think you might just find something great :) best of luck!

green phoenix said...

So glad you have firm plans now.
Not knowing is the worst thing.
Congrats to Joe.

Claudia said...

I also have a new thing for wallpaper. However, my husband gave me this do-you-know-how-difficult-it-is-to-install-*bliping*-wallpaper? So maybe I will get those giant stickers sold on Etsy (tree, bird, etc). And, as you wrote, I don't think that a rented apartment is a good place for wallpaper. We are also looking for a new apartment for July 1st (provincial moving day...no joke).

annkent said...

I love this wallpaper. The orange blossoms are very Kate Spade. I will always have an image from an old Oilily catalogue of a room just like these with wallpaper of little classic rosebuds, a classic wooden bedframe, and children dressed in Oilily jumping on the bed. I've misplaced the catalogue but the picture will always be in my mind as one of warmth, happiness, and a cozy life. I too am intrigued by classic, English wallpaper.

hurrayic said...

I'm sorry that you have to leave with what's familiar right now - but I'm sure you guys will be fine and be creative in any area/place you end up.

Jill Wignall said...

After I read this post I decided to just go for it with a tiny flat I had looked at. It's nice to have lots of space but being cosy is always my priority! Thanks.x

Hanna and Daniel said...

I love the wallpaper in the first picture.
/Hanna

Anonymous said...

Um, I'd move to New York in a heartbeat.

don't drink the punch said...

as someone who lives and works in brooklyn, you are going to love it here! also, thanks for introducing me to the moccasins pattern, i know someone who is expecting, and it's the perfect baby shower gift! i'll post photos of the outcome on my blog.

e said...

That poppy wall paper on top is fantastic!
I only wish it was fabric too...

Kirsten said...

I'm so happy that everything worked out. New York! Wow, that's amazing. Things always tend to work out the way they're supposed to. Life can be so strange and exciting sometimes ;)!

Aren Becks said...

I love those photos, they remind me of a lofty setting of a cabin. I really want to re-do me room and I want to paint it marigold or ivory.

Anonymous said...

You could always put wallpaper on a folding screen - it might help make your living space more cosy and flexible - and hide the washing machine too!
Good luck to you both in your next chapter in New York.
Sally in Surrey

Anonymous said...

Doh! I meant refrigerator, not washing machine...
Sally in Surrey

Anonymous said...

some quaint towns to check out while you are living in Brooklyn. These towns are about a half hour away from you. ( not counting traffic.) & bed & breakfasts are cheap!!

towns are::
Doylestown, pa
new hope, pa
Lambertville, Nj
chestnut hill, pa ( careful, there are two!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny
I have been following your and Joe's journey and had been crossing my fingers for you both. Wanted to wish you a lot of luck as you prepare for your move to Brooklyn (wow - Brooklyn!). By the way, one of my favourite books ever is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and I highly recommend it.

Keep us "blog lurkers" posted!

A note from a someone who greatly admires your talent and creativity.

Fiona said...

I adore these photos. I just want to live in each and every one of them.

broadcast.poulet said...

ooooh. beautiful photos.
i know the feeling of leaving a house and moving to a small apartment- i did the same thing when i moved to paris. it was hard going from a real fridge to a mini-fridge! (seriously, that was all we had, the place was so tiny)
i think i'd like to live in that room with the two beds though :)