Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SPOONFED DESIGNS

Have you heard the news, wallpaper is back IN style?  Actually it never went anywhere, but many of us were too busy removing the nasty, old paper in our homes to pay attention to the spike in the trend.  Yes indeed it is a royal pain in the hind quarters to remove the stuff if you don't like it, but not only are more companies creating temporary designs (easily removed without harming walls underneath) but now you can turn just about anything into wallpaper. www.spoonflower.com is a website I fell in love with last month while designing the bedroom of a young doctor in upstate New York.  She carried with her through college and medical school, precious photos of her grandparents and parents, vintage fabrics from a great aunt and other memorabilia she just couldn't part with.  Spoon Flower allows you to turn any of these into fabric or wallpaper by scanning them and uploading them to their site.  A classic gingham pocket square of her great-grandfathers dating back to the late 1800's, for example, translates to a gorgeous wall covering in her entryway (a 24"x12' roll runs $60).  Don't know what to do with granny's wedding dress? Turn it into throw pillows for a guest room!  Love that shirt you wore as a teenager but don't dare walk out of the house with it? Make it into framed art!  I hate to see nostalgic pieces rot away in basements and attics, so before they fade away keep those memorable moments alive by giving them a new, modern life.
NOT TO TOOT MY ALREADY LOUD HORN, BUT SPOONFLOWER WAS FEATURED ON THE TODAY SHOW THIS MORNING...SOME MIGHT SAY I'M AHEAD OF THE TREND...