The beetle wallpaper from the nursery design plan was installed last week. And I just have to say—it is a WOW moment when you step into that room now. And dare I say a little bit of a shocker? Aaron and I kept smiling at each other saying, “that paper is crazy.” It’s hard to describe, but it’s not every day you’re surrounded by 9-foot tall walls full of giant blue bugs.
And by crazy, we mean totally awesome.
I have to admit—I was a little nervous about combining the blue plaid floor with the wallpaper. I mean, they both are big visual statements in their own right. Would they look too crazy together? Would it make the room too overwhelming? I am relieved to report that none of that happened and in fact, they balance each other really well. One has hard, straight lines while the other is more soft and curvy. That’s a really bad way to explain the floors and the walls just look good together. 🙂
I had a big “first” with this project—I hired it out! I actually paid someone else to do something I could DIY. My goodness it felt good (and a little naughty). I came home from work one day and—poof!—all done! Like magic. The cost was painful (anything is more painful vs. free), but I know hauling my pregnant butt up and down ladders would have been more damaging. My parents offered (they’re my resident wallpaper experts) but these days we need their help on the toddler front more than anything else.
By the way, do you know how hard it is to find someone who hangs wallpaper? It’s rough here in Cincinnati. Nearly every painter/finisher specializes in the removal of wallpaper, not hanging. In fact, I got a lot of odd responses as if people were confused as to why I was adding wallpaper to my room versus removing. News alert to the painters’ trade: wallpaper is back! Anyways, I stumbled upon a unicorn paper hanger near me and she was absolutely fantastic. (Locals: Her name is Erin Witko. Email me at email@example.com and I’ll get you her details!)
Let’s talk about this wallpaper. It’s called Beetle (in the Chambray color way) and if you’re in the US, is available via Sydney Harbour Paint Company in LA. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve loved this paper since I started this blog. Back then, it was only available via its original creator, Porter’s Paint in Australia. Shipping rates to the US were expensive and the order minimum was high, so I could never make it work.
Now that Porter’s Paints has a sister brand in the US with Sydney Harbour Paint Company, access to their wallpapers (like the infamous Anna Spiro’s designs!) and paint makes things a whole lot easier for me. I approached SHP with the idea of partnering on this nursery project and they were game! Not only did I get a room full of beetles, but I was able to see some of their other products as well—acrylic paint, natural paint (like milk paint), specialty finishes, wallpaper and more.
You guys, these paint colors. If this isn’t eye candy, I don’t know what is.
Our paper hanger was impressed by the quality of paper, so it didn’t surprise me that their paint is high grade, too. Even the paint decks are high quality (and handmade!). Color me impressed. Aaron groaned when he heard me fawning over these paint decks. He knows it means a paint project in his future. I promised I’d go easy on him until well after the baby is here. 😉
Anyways, back to the beetles. I’m so thrilled to have the biggest parts of the nursery behind us. Now we can focus on decor. I’ve got curtains to hang, lighting to install, furniture to find and art to hang. (The idea of drilling holes into this wallpaper is giving me heart palpitations, btw…) I’m not sure if I’ll do another post before the “big reveal” but at any rate, I’ll be posting updates along the way. Things are moving quick around here. I’ve only got another 6 weeks before this baby boy makes his arrival.