Saturday, May 20, 2006

Wallpapers with 50s style

In looking for wallpapers for my new/old aqua kitchen, I scoured about 300 books. So far I've found two - one book from Sanderson, the other the Stroheim & Romann "Petites" collection, which really seem to evoke the era. Both are full of flat-finish papers, which need to be pasted onto the wall. Both are on the expensive side. The Sanderson patterns shown (first) is Romilly/WR8242/4 aqua. I'll use this on the walls of the kitchen, and use the complementary Marcasite WR8335/8 (not shown) on the soffit above my cabinets. The other two patterns are from the S&R collection. In both books, there are quite a few colorways, including some nice corals, which like aquas also seem hard to find.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Coved metal corner bead for around doors and windows

It's been a while since I posted -- as I am in the midst of a kitchen renovation. You understand. As part of that project my contractor searched high and low for 'coved' metal drywall finishing trim to match the really great stuff already in the house. He couldn't find it -- but after a 30 minute internet search, I did. It's a great look for modern houses, very sleek. In my 1951 ranch, the original builder/homeowner features traditional colonial trim in all the public areas (living room, dining room, foyer). But: This sleek, modern trim look was used in the two bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Dietrich Metal is the supplier -- I can't insert the photo from their PDF page. Go to: Metal Beads and Trims (Finishing Products) - J Round Bullnose: