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NLXL Wallpaper: Designer Collections

Hi everyone! If you've been watching my feed on Instagram (@decor8) for the past 5 days, you'll see that I was in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. I saw so much and met a lot of inspiring and talented people. Together, we shared many nice meals and moments, and a few definitely go up on my list of "unforgettable adventures" like the dinner with Piet Hein Eek and his family, Paola Navone as our chef (!), Rossana Orlandi, the founders of NLXL, Rick and Esther Vintage, our team of 15 bloggers #BlogTeamDDW and VTWonen and Dutch Elle Decoration magazine.

Daniel Rozensztroch - Super!

Daniel Rozensztroch - Super!

Let's talk about NLXL because I really want to share them with you today. NLXL is a Dutch wallpaper company from the north, who specialize in collaborations with special designers and artists from Europe.

Their curated group create patterns and then they produce those patterns into high quality wallpapers that have no repeat - so nothing is wasted. I really like the work they are doing currently with Piet Hein Eek, Daniel Rozensztroch (remember my day at Merci Paris with Daniel here?) and Piet Boon, but also just saw they have a small collection with Paola Navone and Ekaterina Panikanova, too. I'm including my favorites below so you can take a browse and see what you like.

Piet Hein Eek - my favorite from his new collection called TIMBER STRIPS

Piet Hein Eek - my favorite from his new collection called TIMBER STRIPS

Daniel Rozensztroch

Daniel Rozensztroch

Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek

Daniel Rozensztroch - I want this one for my guest bathroom! Really love it.

Daniel Rozensztroch - I want this one for my guest bathroom! Really love it.

Piet Hein Eek - my nexy favorite from the new collection, understated and gorgeous.

Piet Hein Eek - my nexy favorite from the new collection, understated and gorgeous.

Paola Navone - wild and fun!

Paola Navone - wild and fun!

Piet Boon

Piet Boon

Ekaterina Panikanova

Ekaterina Panikanova

I would love to see these papers used on accent walls in homes, on ceilings and even on floors if you apply a bit of sealer on top. Would be so interesting! In my second book, my friend Emma Cassi used one of Piet Hein Eek's timber strips papers from his first collection on her IKEA closet and it looked so great - was a really clever idea because you couldn't tell it wasn't real wood until you walked right up to it and touched it.

It was so great to meet Rick and Esther Vintage from this inspiring wallpaper company, they have been on my radar for a long time since I first found their tin tiles wallpaper at Merci many years ago when I went shopping their with my stylist friend, James Leland Day, who at that time lived in Paris. It was a pleasure to meet Rick and Esther because they had 9 lives before getting into wallpaper and I always love meeting entrepreneurs who reinvent themselves and keep trying out new things until they find their happy spot. I respect these two for their initiative, resourcefulness, imagination and business sense and I believe that they've found their spot in the world of interiors and hope to see more from this creative duo in the years to come.

Looking back on our dinner and conversations in general, I was really inspired by their warmth, generosity and how welcoming they were to all of us who came to their special dinner party together with the design gurus of Europe (Piet, Rossana and Paola). It was an inspiring evening, for sure.

Definitely check out NLXL - I can see them in so many shops that I go to and would love to see them continue to expand their business. They are just such nice people who also happen to have a great eye!

Have a nice day everyone...

(Photography: NLXL)

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper In My Living Room

I'm off to Hamburg today but first, I have to show you something that I'm very excited about! My wallpaper! I worked on a beautiful project for Farrow & Ball that gave me a chance to select any wallpaper for my home that I wanted for one room, so I scooped up the Hornbeam pattern shown below. Why? It's neutral, understated and just so pretty - I kept going back to it again and again. I love that it goes with anything. I wanted time to live with the wallpaper before reviewing it here on my blog to see how it would look over time - would it stand up, would it peel, would it fade, could I still even live with it after time passed...


In fact, that was always my decorating fear. Choosing a pattern and then feeling stuck with it or getting sick of it in a month. Luckily, I chose the perfect pattern for me because I actually like it more today than I did when we had it installed - and I loved it then!

When I was looking for the right pattern, I made of short list of what I wanted. First, it needed to have a natural, organic pattern. We live on the border of a massive forest in the city, so it needed to feel urban enough but also forest-y. I also didn't want anything geometric and whatever pattern I went with had to complement the ginko leaf stucco on the ceiling. Another essential was that it needed to be strong and somewhat thick because the walls are 117 years old and not perfectly smooth. We smoothed them out but still, you can't get perfect in a home this old. I also wanted it to feel a bit feminine and curvy. I know that sounds strange, but the windows and the room itself has a lot of lines. The room itself is a massive rectangle. That's why I went with a soft, feather pendent light to work with the wallpaper and soften the lines of the room too. Another must was that it can't fade and in this spot in my living room, wallpaper is prone to fading because it's in the sun all day long (I never close my linen curtains). Hornbeam ticked off all the boxes, so I ordered it!

After two years the wallpaper looks the same as it did the day we installed it - the color and pattern are still perfect.But the wallpaper did exactly what I set out for it to do.

Farrow & Ball is a gorgeous company through and through but keep in mind that it's not budget. It will not be at the same price point as something Made in China or in some massive factory. I toured their small but mighty workshop in southern England (remember this post?), met their Head of Creative, Charlotte Crosby and watched their elaborate process for both making paint and producing wallpaper - it's intensive, expensive to manufacturer, and they have to employ true experts to work on every part of the process. I met many workers in the factory and all were like a part of the F&B family; their pride was evident. I left with nothing but respect for the brand.

Thing is, when you make something time-consuming, beautiful and of quality, and have to pay experts to make it, your products will not (and should not) be at the same price as what is cheaply made in sweat shops. That is the beauty of Farrow & Ball, it is a pure luxury to have them in your home and you take pride in that ownership. It's not just wallpaper or paint, it's Farrow & Ball wallpaper and paint produced in England by a company who really, truly loves what they do.

Here is the Hornbeam BP 5002 wallpaper in my living room, shown throughout this post. While I'm currently on the hunt to add-in some art and a few pieces of furniture, I am very happy with how the wall looks. It's just the right amount of pattern without overwhelming my moody and calm living room.


If you have a copy of my latest book, Decorate For a Party, this room may feel familiar to you. You can see it in the book only not as a living room. For the party theme in the book, I transformed this space =into a dining room and worked the theme around the Hornbeam-patterned wallpaper. This paper works beautifully in any room of the home.

I hope that you like my choice, it was definitely a great pick and came out exactly how I had envisioned it. My next goal: Add color to the room through accessories. I really want a cozy new sofa, more comfortable chairs, a large round white marble coffee table, art for above the sofa, new table lighting, new sofa side table. What will I do with everything currently here? Move it to another room and use in other ways, of course. But the wallpaper STAYS.

Thank you Farrow & Ball for the beautiful wallpaper, what a truly lovely statement it makes in my space.

(Photography: Holly Becker for decor8)

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

I've been thinking a lot lately about wallpaper that looks like tile or marble. It's been a trend for awhile but often things resonate much later than when the trend hits. Trends aren't always coming at the right moment for me. I often need to let them rest for a bit, observe how they are being used, and then I decide for myself if something trending has legs to stand for a bit longer than a season or two. I want to be more intentional in my shopping decisions and less driven by trend or emotion. wallpapertiles

Let's discuss faux tile wallpaper first... Have you ever thought to use it on stairs, in the kitchen or bath, or perhaps in another room in your home? If not, why? If so, do you have some good resources to share in the comments section of this post? I'm going to share some of mine below in case you would like to try this idea at home.

About the application and use for faux tile, Graham + Brown says, "Tile wallpapers are mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms, as an easy alternative to ceramic tiles. If you have a small room with lots of corners and windows then ceramic tiles can be difficult to apply. Our tiled wallpapers are easy to apply and many provide a splash resistant surface suitable for kitchen and bathroom conditions."

Great option for renters! Honestly though, I'm more keen on the faux tile wallpaper that looks like old Portuguese tile work or something else uniquely European, like floor tiles you may see in Barcelona or Berlin, patterned and definitely not overly modern or clean. Like typical white square tile found in so many rentals.

I also imagine decorative European-inspired tile used on stairs (like this) or perhaps sparingly on a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash. It would be nice to use it to mimic some of these rooms - the examples below are showing the real deal, ceramic tile, BUT you can imagine using wallpaper tile in the same way, can't you?





Graham + Brown

Zoffany Spark Wallpaper

Better Homes + Gardens shop

Burke Decor

Now, let's look at some good examples of faux marble wallpaper. This is extremely interesting because I've never imagined marble on MY walls except for a bit in a kitchen or bath. But even then, I envision a backsplash or marble underfoot. Yet, seeing it in these examples causes me to think more broadly about this application... It's actually quite interesting to behold.





What do you think about this look, faux marble on walls?


Tapeten web shop

Ferm Living

Lime Lace

Of course, the real deal is always the preference but when renting or on a budget, it's not always possible so you have to find creative ways to still have what you want, just tweaked a bit... And c'mon, how many of us want to invest in real marble from floor to ceiling? It's fun to have creative options.

In my next post today, I want to introduce you to some gorgeous wallpapers from Milan, you will gasp.



PS You may also love this post about other faux wallpapers I found in the past.

(Tile photography: My Domaine fireplace/Tessa Neustadt, Rug Knots, Design Milk, My Domain kitchen)

Ellie Cashman: Her Process, Her Floral Wallpaper

Wow. wow. wow. Just wow. I first saw it last year on Instagram in American restaurant Finca in Salt Lake City. This dark and lovely Ellie Cashman wallpaper shown below. Edgy, moody, overscale, smoky, floral. Love. It. finca-design-58


Both: CityHome Collective

It's intoxicating and beautiful. In fact, we wanted to order and install it in my home to create a room "look" for my next book coming out in the Decorate series, which will release in just a few months in September (I'll tell you more about book number 4 very soon!). We didn't end up having the time or the budget, but I still wanted to talk about it publicly. That's why I had to share it from Selina's new book yesterday on one of her pages. And this is why I have to share more impressions of it in lots of different spaces around the room to inspire you. All of this is Ellie Cashman wallpaper, not all the same pattern, but the same moody large blooms that designers and decorators all over are raving about.


Top L: Ellie Cashman Top R: Cupcakes and Cashmere Bottom L: Ellie Cashman Bottom R: Pinterest

But first, WHO IS ELLIE CASHMAN? She is an American artist with a Master of Fine Arts from New York University and was born in the same state as I was, Rhode Island, and like me, she expatriated to Europe (she moved to the Netherlands in 2007, I moved to Germany in 2009). Her current largest influence is the still life paintings from the Dutch golden age. She decided to turn her influence into patterns and created hyper realistic, over-scale wallpaper and it went viral on Pinterest in 2013 and since... well, her brand has become a major player in the world of wallpaper. Here is more about her humble beginnings as told by Ellie herself...

"When I designed my 'Dark Floral' wallpaper, I imagined it being used on an accent wall. I mocked it up in Photoshop as the backdrop for a rustic wood table and an Eames chair. What happened next, I hadn't imagined at all! That mockup went viral on Pinterest, and e-mails began to pour in from all around the world. People wanted to know where they could buy the wallpaper. This gave me the guts to go out on my own and find a partner to produce 'Dark Floral.' We were shipping the wallpaper around the world even before the web shop went live. And now, just a short time later, 'Dark Floral' has appeared on the pages of Vogue and Elle. So, real life has exceeded the capacity of my imagination. I feel truly lucky. This little wallpaper that could has had quite a journey so far, and it feels like it's just getting started."

I love stories like this! Ohhh the internet is so good to so many of us! She has since expanded her wallpaper collection into cushion covers, fabric and scarves.


Top L: Sarah Sherman Samuel. All others: Ellie Cashman


Styled by Selina Lake, Photographed by Rachel Whiting for Ryland Peters and Small/Botanical Style


Top L: Goop Pop-up shop, Chicago Top R: Jaimee Rose Interiors Bottom L: Pinterest Bottom R: Lucky Miam


Florist Nikki Tibbles Home in London via Dear Designer via Domus Nova

Do you wonder how she makes the patterns you see? I did too. Ellie explains below,

"To create my large-scale floral prints, I use a combination of traditional and digital art media. I start with a rough pencil sketch on paper, which I photograph and import into Photoshop. Using customized brushes, a Wacom tablet and pen, I then color and paint on a series of layers, building up from that original sketch to a finished design. This part of my process usually takes me about 6 months to a year. Once a print is complete, a new process begins: sourcing materials and applying it to different products. In this way, a design can evolve over a period of years."

Wonderful! All of these papers can be purchased online in Ellie's shop.

What example above do you like the most? Why? Would you use a dramatic wallpaper in your home like this? Where?

(Photos credited above)

Wallpaper By Bien Fait + Parisian Home Of Cécile Figuette

I love wallpaper! All who know me well knows that is a fact. That's why I'd like to tell you about my little visit to French wallpaper atelier Bien Fait ("well made" in French) in Paris recently. It was such a nice time spent chatting one-on-one with owner and founder, Cécile Figuette, while my assistant, Toni Vinther, chatted with her partner Nicolas. Together, we learned so much about their special process in creating over-scale patterned wallpaper made to order.  This means that it is 100% bespoke if you need it to be. Some elements of the pattern can move around according to the wishes of the homeowner or designer. For instance, if you want a bed in a certain place in a room, you can ask Cécile to create the paper so that the pattern fits around the bed... Maybe you want a tree a little to the left or right so that it can be viewed clearly on one side of the bed versus hidden behind the headboard. Now that's amazing service right there. I love the idea!

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

Cécile designs nearly all of the patterns herself, and whenever they are printed (she prints everything locally at the moment) she goes to personally check to see that everything is up to spec. This lady is so inspiring to me because she is not only a remarkable business woman with a great head on her shoulders for running a wallpaper firm, but she is a creative, artistic soul who loves to do work that speaks to her heart. And she's a mom!!! That's even more impressive to me now when I meet women with kids than it was before I became a mom.

Cécile clearly has a genuine passion for interiors, in fact I'll share some photos from her home at the bottom of this post so you can see what I mean. But first, a few photos that Toni and took in her 70 sq meter studio located in Village Saint Paul that opens onto the street and boasts a sunny courtyard.

By the way... In the photo above, you can see the wildly popular Animals pattern that my friend Emily Henderson has in her son Charlie's bedroom out in LA. This is a Bien Fait wallpaper that Emily had ordered and shipped all the way to California because she loved it so much. Whenever I see this pattern, I immediately think of Emily and sweet little Charlie!

Cécile Figuette for Bien Fait
Cécile Figuette for Bien Fait

This over-scale geometric pattern shown in their studio above is one of their bestsellers and is called Mosaic Soft. It's also available in either a stronger or a more muted colorway -- in Classic and Winter versions. Soft is definitely my favorite of the three, though.

Morten Toni Vinther for decor8
Morten Toni Vinther for decor8

This is one of my favorite patterns by Bien Fait, it's called White Birds. I love how bold it is!

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

Cécile and her team are directly inspired by, "Scandinavian and Japanese culture, travel, ethnic and folk culture and graphic design," which was apparent to us the moment we stepped in to their studio but even more, once they presented the entire collection to us on a large wall I could see their inspirations even more. I loved how they are set up to show their papers, you can see above... There are these multiple pull-down electric panels that rise and lower with the click of a remote. In the image above, you can see the Modular pattern on the wall in black and white and Copenhagen in green on the panel. Nicolas told us that they present their papers this way because they are so large-scale that it's the only way clients can really view them to get a sense of scale.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

The black "Typologie" mural is by ceramist Clémentine Dupré. It is shown on Bien Fait's Sunset wallpaper in their little lounge area.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

As mentioned, Cécile is also a mom like me and so she has kids at home and all the fun (!) that goes with maintaining a stylish, creative home while also one where children can live and roam freely. I'm still learning the balance when it comes to this but French parents seem to have the knack hard-wired into their DNA. Parisian parents seem to always have the most stylish living spaces.

Now are you ready to see Cécile's beautiful family home in Paris? It's jaw-dropping, colorful, well curated and just amazing in every way. I cannot stop looking at it to be honest, it's lovely. I like seeing how she incorporated her own wallpaper patterns throughout in small doses and I really love the black and white animal print on the wall in her living room next to that lush green velvet sofa. Try to see if you can spot the many wallpapers as you look at these photos below taken by photogapher Julie Ansiau for Elle France found via the beautiful Miss Moss blog.

Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France

First, that's Cécile in her home shown top right.

Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France

There isn't much about this home I don't love. It's inspiring to me because it feels very lived in and loving but also so chic and graphic, interesting, and of course, so very French - at least in my opinion as an American. I love her clever mix of vintage pottery, mid century furniture, Berber rugs, artwork... It's all so fantastic.

What a pleasure to meet and mingle with Cécile in Paris, I'm so thankful that I got an intimate glimpse into her creative world and hope to be back in Paris soon again to meet more inspiring and imaginative people who are getting some great work done! Thank you Bien Fait for welcoming us to your studio, hope to visit again very soon!


My Farrow & Ball Factory Tour

I just returned from England and spent a beautiful day in the southwest along the coast for an exclusive tour, interview with Head of Creative, Charlotte Crosby, a special lunch at The Squash Court Cafe, and a tour of the Farrow & Ball headquarters along with a private showing of the Deans Court Home. What a great day it was because there was so much to see and just be inspired by, so first I'll start with the tour and then wrap up with my very informal chat with Charlotte. Located in Wimborne, Dorset, their headquarters consists of several office spaces, the wallpaper and paint factory, and a showroom. When I arrived, my tour of the paint factory began so l'll share that with you now... farrowandball3

Farrow & Ball was launched in 1946 by John Farrow and Richard Ball who shared a passion for creating paint in accordance with the original formulations, using only traditional methods in making paint (and later, wallpaper) by skilled craftsman and they wanted the ingredients to be only the best quality.


While touring, I spoke to several of these "makers" from the guys in the lab who do quality assurance to ensure that all paint pots are 100% perfect before leaving the facility, to the guys who mix the colors, work on the lines and pack the paints. They were so polite and clearly dedicated to their trade; you could sense the pride and that alone was inspiring since I always pictured factory work as being either stressful or passionless (or both).


I want to buy and support their products even more now that I've seen them being made first hand, and meeting so many of the men who work hard to create the perfect tints and tones. While touring, I heard a little story about how some of the guys get excited when they blend a color that may not be correct for Farrow & Ball (more of a happy accident) and so they pull it but they show the staff anyway because they sometimes think it's a great color and should be considered for the next collection. I thought that was very sweet, because they too enjoy being involved in the creative process and are inspired by the colors around them, tuned in to the work they are doing and feel a sense of pride for it.




I was also struck that none of the paint or wallpapers are mass-produced in some factory overseas. Everything is made right there in Dorset.

After touring the paint factory, it was on to the wallpaper factory only a few buildings away. First, their wallpapers are not made using ink (most today are), which is already impressive. Another thing that impressed me is that each background color on the wallpaper is painted with a layer of eco-friendly water-based paint (they have over 70 background colors!). Not only do I love that each roll is painted first but that they are using non-toxic paints and vanishes. I knew this though the moment I walked in because I have allergies and normally get headaches when I'm around paint and wallpaper but the paint factory only smelled a bit like clay and the wallpaper factory, like a newly cracked-open book.I am impressed by their dedication to producing products that don't make your home smell toxic for days after it is installed. In fact, when I painted my son's nursery a few weeks before he was born, I was surprised by how it didn't smell at all. It made me feel safer to put a baby in the room.


It was actually refreshing to be in a factory that was so bright, clean and fume-free with cheerful workers. These points really stood out for me. So now, back to the process... After the papers are painted, they then move through a large machine where they are dried.



You can see the paint being applied above inside of the red machine, see the large brush sweeping the color back and forth? Applying paint to the rolls first gives the paper that tactile texture that their customers love so much for that truly one-of-a-kind feel.


Rolls are then stored until pattern is applied. From there, there are three different methods to applying pattern: roller block printing, flat bed block printing or trough method. I was able to experience all three and was so impressed by how much care is giving to a single roll of paper. It also impressed upon me why I love their wallpaper so much - it is so tactile and beautiful.


I loved watching the flat bed block printing and the roller printing. The machines were working hard but none were left alone, each had a dedicated professional keeping their eagle-eye on every step ensuring the best quality. They had to even check to see that the prints were always being applied straight and that the new print that was rolled on was perfectly aligned with the one before it. The worker and the machine, were one. A strong team churning out incredible wallpaper.



After touring the wallpaper factory, I met with Head of Creative, Charlotte Cosby (pictured below) who combs the globe for color inspiration both new and old, many of the colors are repurposed from historical properties. Their historically-derived paint colors and patterns is such an inspiration to so many who have purchased old homes and want to inject them with color that fits the style or era but others simply love to put their chalky-matte colors in their modern homes to make them even more beautiful.


Charlotte studied Management Science at University and worked in finance only to realize that banking wasn't for her. She moved to London to work for an ad agency but still wasn't "feeling" her job, she yearned to be more creative so she took on work as a freelance interior designer and then, gallery owner. In only her early 20's at the time, she got a job at Farrow & Ball and her career really set off. Now in her early 30's, she heads a team of creatives that choose new paints and wallpaper patterns for upcoming collections. A dream job to so many!


This is primarily where Charlotte and her team plan and invent new colors and ideas for the brand.





Charlotte is here showing the 9 new colors for their collection, I wrote and shared the colors a few days ago here.

I'm so glad that I was able to visit Farrow & Ball and spend time around their busy makers and creatives for the day. I learned so much about how much work is truly involved in making their products which gave me even greater respect for the brand overall. I hope you have enjoyed this tour and my photographs... I'll be back next week with some inspiration from London and Paris for you, so stay tuned.

A big thanks to F&B for having me!

This post was brought to you by Farrow & Ball. All photography and words are my own.

(Photography + Text: Holly Becker)