Tessie Fay

Hello!

I'm Tessie. I'm an artist and surface pattern designer living in Minnesota.

Wallpaper.... Fail or Fabulous?

Wallpaper.... Fail or Fabulous?

I woke up yesterday ready to conquer the world! Or at least conquer one tiny corner of our home. Or maybe just conquer my fear of wallpapering.

My victim: this innocent little nook.

This little cut-out is right in the center of our home.  We pass it countless times every day.

It is the first thing we see every morning as we come down the stairs...

And the first thing we see coming up the stairs from the basement.

I wanted this little nook to be a place that makes us smile. That says, "Good morning! This is going to be a fabulous day!"  And nothing says fabulous quite like a coral desk...

But I also wanted this space to be a spiritual center for our home. A place where we could be greeted each morning by an encouraging scripture or quote.  Hence... the chalkboard (which really is a little too small, but I am still on the hunt for the perfect one).

And do you see that little roll of wallpaper in the corner? Next to the desk? It has been sitting there for two months and yesterday was finally the day that I was going to make this little nook into something amazing!

 So after much tutorial reading and YouTube watching I began to wallpaper.

I made a few mistakes, but the process went surprisingly well for my first attempt.

After a couple of hours the wall was complete without any major mishaps. I do love the print and I have a bit of an obsession with gold lately, but I was not expecting the paper to be quite so reflective. Do you see how shiny it is?

It is almost hard to see the pattern because of the light bouncing off.

And every time I walk by I think, "man, that is so reflective!" I mean I did want a nice wake up call each day but I wasn't wanting to be blinded!

I keep going back and forth on whether I like it or not.  I DO like it, but it is just SO shiny. The thought of all that wasted money and time is discouraging, but at the same time this is the "Forever House" and I don't want to walk past it everyday thinking about how I wish it wasn't quite so shimmery.

I think I will have to think on it for a few more days before deciding how I feel.

So what do you think? Fabulous? Fail? Somewhere in between?

P.S. I woke up this morning and realized that part of what I don't like is the coral desk.  It is a little small and perhaps too bold for the wallpaper. Perhaps if I had a simple console or buffet instead with matching lamps and a big chalkboard? I also realized that if I turn on the light inside the nook it is much less reflective... Hmmmm..... much to think about... Any thoughts or suggestions?

**UPDATE** I ended up taking the wallpaper down two days later and redid the whole space a few months later. To see the result check out this post!

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