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thanks to at:chicago i've finally figured out what to do with our living room. this room has been the toughest nut to crack and i've been stimied by the fact that the only couch that would fit in our house is a brown one (it was a 3-4 month wait for a different color). and well, i'm not a big brown couch fan. i like my couches to be grey or white, i know, totally boring but for some reason it's been tough to find a good paint color that works with it and still feels vibrant enough. enter: orla kiely's flower blossom wallpaper. i have a cup in this pattern and had never even thought about its wallpaper kin. i can't wallpaper our rental but i can find super thin foam core to attach the wallpaper to so i can "wallpaper" a portion of the room. i'm so excited i could pop. i'll post the progress as we get started- i'm calling to order the paper now. anyone have any good sources for foam core in nyc?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if it is the absolute lowest price on foam core, but when I need some I usually go to Sam Flax just because their selection (sizes, colors, thickness) is great. Can't wait to see how your project turns out!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also find foam core pretty inexpensively on utrecht.com or dickblick.com, and you can buy in bulk. I saw one type here: http://www.dickblick.com/zz132/02b/ that has a peel-off sticky side, so you wouldn't even have to mess with pasting on/spray-gluing on the wallpaper.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

pearl paint on canal st. is always a good source for that sort of thing...

11:38 AM  
Blogger Rabbit Toes said...

Pearl Paint is the way to go. Cheap and they deliver. A must with foam core.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So funny. I had the same problem with Room and Board. I had my sofa all picked out and then found out that it would be 3-4 months for the couch I *really* wanted. So, I ended up with a brown one. On top of it, the sofa was supposed to be in my basement, but once delivered wouldn't fit through the door, so this giant sectional is now upstairs in my very small living room. It took me months to actually pick out the sofa, but obviously I didn't plan well. A lesson for next time. (Love the wallpaper and your couch!)

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

This is a such a great idea I might have to steal it from you! When I was in NY I used to always get my foam core from Pearl on Canal St. (they refer to it as Foamboard) and they even have one that has adhesive on it. Might be perfect for your project!


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

--wait, you have an orla kiley *cup*? somehow i'd missed the "homewares" part of the site. how could that possibly have happened? thanks thanks thanks.


6:23 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks for all the tips guys!

i bought my orla kiely cup at a street sale last summer outside of a shop called loom in brooklyn. but they have similar mugs right here:



6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orla Kiely has some of the best prints and their recent tunic dress at Anthropologie was just so delicious! i can't wait for their new collection to hit.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would definately go with foam core that has a sticky side to it because I would worry that it would bow if you applied a "liquidy" wall paper glue to any side. How are you planning to attach it to the wall?

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow, do you mind if I steal your foam-core idea? I've been wanting to paper the wall under our kitchen pass-through, but like you I'm in a rental. Now I just have to find adhesive foam core in the Oakland area...

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tested out the wallpaper on foam core idea? I work with foam core a lot and it can warp pretty easily when you adhere heavier papers to it. Just a caveat. I'd hate to see you paper an entire 'wall' and be left with a bubbly, wrinkled mess. You could also get the same effect with really thin sheet rock screwed into the wall. The effect, while equally impermanent, would make for a much cleaner look. Just an idea.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

However you do it, I absolutely adore this wallpaper with its splashes of teal. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project - I doubt you'll ever want to move out of your apt. once it's up!

5:22 PM  
Blogger jason culler said...

great idea!

foam core is a bit of a pain for adhering large areas. the corners tend to get dog eared and it dents really easily. but worse, is that it warps with weight and moisture, as the other readers have posted.

before becoming an industrial design student, i was a graphic designer. in the past we've used gator board to mount our presentations. it's super tough and has a really hard surface, similar to a thin sheet of veneer. more importantly, it's really flat and stays that way post-adhesive. it could probably move with you to your next home. however, it's also about 25% more expensive.

google "gator board" or try a sam flax/adorama type of storr. also design partners on 7th and 29th(?).


8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing wallpaper! also solves a problem of mine matching a blue couch. can you tell me where you got it in NYC?

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

grace- i just saw in the new anthro catalogue that they are going to be carrying this wallpaper. also, a lot of their wallpapers are going to be easy peel off so maybe you don't need the foamcore.

10:37 AM  

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