I flipped through this book of 20th century wallpaper patterns and marked too many pages to count. Thought I would share a few of my favorites with you. If I could get away with it, one whole room in my house would be filled tip to toe with some sort of highly patterned wallpaper. Without a doubt, there is a very british old-world girl stuck in me trying to get out. When Peter and I were newlyweds in Bath, England. I remember wandering the hotel one morning, accidentally walking into the middle of a group of women sewing together in a room filled with all sort of patterns like these. The sunlight was coming through the windows, I could smell the chamomile tea in the air. It was such a sweet scene, I wanted to stay in that room all day.
Thanks so much for the great eco-decorating ideas you provided for our
school auction. I forgot to mention that I have carried around those Danny Seo books several of you mentioned,
one at each hip, for weeks now. I love those books. We're trying as hard as we can to create an festive, eco-atmosphere at this event. Here's a more complete run down of what we've decided on so far. Each student has made a small ceramic bowl, glazed bright green, that will be at each place setting, a gift for the parents to take home and reuse. This morning I've
been looking into seeded paper to create napkin rings, encouraging the attendees to take them home and plant them in the ground with their kids. A group of
us are getting together to create tissue pompoms later this evening. Elizabeth, you read my mind on the pompoms you pointed me to,
we had already planned those, they are so simple and gorgeous! Because
we have z e r o decorating budget (as school auctions do,
and really, why would it make sense to spend a ton of money on decor at an event like this even if you could?), its really all about cheap labor (a k a bribing
every mom with food and wine I know to come and cut pompoms tonight ). The school is
very lucky that my auction decorating partner is a floral designer and
will supply the flowers, votive holders, light strings, etc...as well as her great taste. We have chosen simple flower centerpieces with a very minimal carbon footprint, tulips that will be available locally as well as probably some green spider mums. Peter, has agreed to build a 20' x
20' wooden structure (large, but simple) that will hang above the dinner tables, on which
we will string rice paper lanterns (reused), light strings (reused), and pompoms all
grouped together. It will be created as one large structure, onsite, to be raised and attached to the ceiling. As you can see,
this space and its 18 1/2" ft tall ceilings could benefit from being brought in a little, to make the dining tables feel a little more intimate, so this will be what most of our efforts will be focused on. We're going for nothing short of spectacular, I can't wait to see it up there.