Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 61 ~ Wallpaper-a-day "Symbols" (DE9948)


On this last day of 2014 I would like to present a wallpaper pattern depicting marks in metal. The repeat can be as large as 24" x 31.5".


Have fun tonight & be careful if you are on the road. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Day 60 ~ Wallpaper-a-day “Crete (DE2779)”

Crete (DE2779)

Crete wallpaper, with it’s Mediterranean colors and distressed look, will work on a wall or ceiling, even a lacunaria ceiling. We can size the panels to fit your coffers. We like 18 inch panels best.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Day 59 ~ Wallpaper-a-day "Tooled Leather"

Tooled Leather (DE9968)

Art Nouveau tooled leather wall covering pattern. Available with up to a 68.5" x 30" repeat.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day 58 ~ Wallpaper-a-day “Circus Frieze “

Circus Frieze

This frieze was hand painted by Lena Fransioli, Doug Garrabrants and Brooke Sheldon in 1996. We used reference from Edwardian circus illustrations, early zoo etchings, cartoons and modern photographs, bringing them all into a coherent style.

All the panels together total over 36 feet long by 2 feet high.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day 57 ~ Wallpaper-a-day "Runes in Rock"

Runes in Rock

I have long been fascinated by runes. A rune can be a mark of magic consequence, they were used from about the 3rd century by Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons. They are often thought to be of divine origin.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 56 ~ Wallpaper-a-day "Shielded"


Wallpaper pattern with the look of antique hammered metal. (Max. repeat 45 inches)


Happy Boxing Day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 55 Christmas Eve Wallpaper "Southwestern Spun"

Southwestern Spun

Because it is Christmas eve and we are cooking, I thought it would be a good time to show you this wallpaper pattern which we think looks rather like an American Indian Southwestern design. One day after Lena had baked some fresh bread and the house was filled with that wonderful smell, I noticed how fantastic the top of the loves looked and "voila", here are some of the examples of what I made from them. We hope you are all surrounded by good smells and good people.

Southwest Spun 2
Southwest Spun 9
Southwest Spun 1
Southwest Spun 5B

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 54 ~ Wallpaper-A-Day “Birch Bark”

Birch Bark (NA3526)

Replicating the look of Birch Bark, this paper is available on etching paper for a flat look or Mural Pro, which has a slight sheen and can be cleaned with a soft sponge.
Happy Holidays

Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 53 ~ Wallpaper-A-Day “Trellis Sky”

Trellis Sky

Trellis Sky Soffit

This trellis was a custom creation for a customer in Manchester By The Sea, MA. She wanted a lattice on her soffit in the foyer with a hand painted sky showing through. After consulting on the style, we designed it to fit the room and Lena painted a sky for the background. The day of the install I got t call from the paper hanger. The room was a parallelogram, not a rectangle, and he could not get the corners to line up. He continued hanging the room while I designed a corner transition and had it in his hands by 10 am the following morning. Problem solved, job completed on schedule.

We can expand upon this existing pattern to fit your wall or ceiling, or create a entirely new pattern and/ or sky.

Happy holidays to all and to all a good night, Doug & Lena (from Edinburgh, Scotland)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 52 ~ Wallpaper-A-Day “Guinea Hen Feather”

Guinea Hen Feather (NA6255)

Taken straight from nature’s beauty, our Guinea Hen Feather wallpaper has no discernible repeat for 42 inches. This  ultra wide repeat gives it a completely random look. 

We have used this paper on a piano for Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” in Boston - 2014, an art piece touring internationally since 2008. You can read about the project on the Design New England web site. 

There are several "patterns" available.

Thanks for following, it is fitting that I should post this, one of my favorites, on the day we arrive at Zoë’s flat in Edinburgh. We are here for the remainder of our holiday, through Hogmanay 2014. (That is New Years Eve for you non Scottish types)

Cheerio, Doug

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day 51 ~ Wallpaper-a-day “Margate Fin”

Margate Fin

This pattern, created from the fin of a margate, is part of our biophilia collection. Biophilia is a term coined by E.O. Wilson, referring to “an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.”

We think it harkens to the gothic cathedral ceilings as seen in the book “Heavenly Vaults”.

Here is a detail of the fin, showing scales through a translucent layer.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 50 ~ Wallpaper-a-day "Lidia - Silk Brocade"

Lidia - Silk Brocade

This silk with gold and silver thread brocade is based on 18th century silks. It is available on non woven fabric with a maximum repeat of 134 inches!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 48 Wallpaper-a-day "Rope Cloth"

Rope Cloth

Here is something a bit simpler than the silk & linen of the last post, to fit in with the rage of grass cloth I offer a string cloth. Not too formal, with a maximum repeat of 25".

We are in Lincolnshire, on our way to Edinburgh. Cheers


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 47 ~ WALLPAPER-A-DAY “Linen & Silk Embroidery”

“Linen & Silk Embroidery”

I'm doing the post early today, before we set out from Oxford to Lincolnshire.

Pattern based on 16th century embroidered fabrics. We have many variations, here are a few.

(VA9385) 31.25” x 21.25 maximum repeat

(VA9384B) 37” x 63.5” maximum repeat

Detail of the fabric.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 46 ~ WALLPAPER-A-DAY "Chinois Panel (2010)"

Chinois Panel (2010)

This panel was created for Honey Collins of Honey Collins Interior Design for the 2010 Wenham Museum's Designer Show House. We work often with Honey and she is a real pleasure to work with and a talented designer.

Though the original panel sold at the opening, you can have a reproduction at a fraction of the cost. Maximum size for the panel is 60.5" x 49".

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 45 ~ WALLPAPER-A-DAY "Coral Buds"

Coral Buds - (NA8826 & NA8828)

These corals were througherly bleached in the sun. (NA8828) has a max. repeat of 25.8”w x 24”h and (NA8826) 53” x 44.8.


NA8826 Detail


NA8828 Detail

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day 44 ~ WALLPAPER-A-DAY "Etched Gold-Silver"

Etched Gold-Silver SB3473

While in London, we have had trouble finding time and wifi connections to post. I'll try to catch up with several posts, when I can. Cheerio.

This acid etched dutch metal leaf (gold) has been inverted into a silver leaf pattern with the aid of a computer. It’s cool color temperature and wrinkled foil leaf look will be right at home in any situation.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Day 43 ~ "Grisaille Panels" (Cracked Linen)

Grisaille Panels (Cracked Linen)

In 1995 we were contracted to make large cracked linen panels, paint grisaille vignettes on them and install them in a Beverly Hills home. These two panels are all we have in reproductions of the panels because, at the time, we were not yet aware of the opportunities that the future would bring in high resolution archival printing.

Detail of the cracks in the panel

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day42 ~ "Peabody Essex Museum - Silver"

Peabody Essex Museum - Silver

This pattern was created from an 1840 silver tea service housed at the Peabody Essex Museum. While it is beautiful when printed on our acid free wall covering, it is astoundingly like real silver when printed on mylar.

Silver (PEM6179) can have repeat as large as 50” x 37”, but we prefer it reproduced at 25%, giving it a 12.5” x 9.25” repeat.