If you would have told me this time last year that this time next year, I’d be living in Arizona and renovating an old ranch style home with 18 chickens and a cow and a couple of bunnies and a whole lotta citrus trees, I would have said, “Never. Not in a million years!” But one of the great lessons 2020 taught me was, never say never. The year brought many reminders my way that sometimes it’s good to put the breaks on all of your meticulous and detailed year by year plans and instead, lean into your life, wherever it’s taking you. It’s impossible to know how temporary or permanent this next chapter here may be, but I’m a big believer in embracing whatever experience you’re experiencing, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much this new chapter, while never in my “plan”, has brought such a calming peace and sense of grounding to our family. I’ll be the first to admit that renovating a home is very very very low on my list of things I’d ever like to do again (it takes a much braver and more chill soul than I), but I’m thankful for a new challenge, and for an opportunity to bring a whole new cluster of wallpaper samples into our new space. It’s a shame Josh Davis doesn’t like wallpaper, because there’s about to be quite a lot of it here in Arizona (it’s okay, he’s been making the call on plenty of other renovation things, and I feel like we balance each other out nicely with our choices.)
The top photo is a photo of Madalena and Beatrice’s old bedroom in our last apartment in New York City. You can see the entire room tour HERE. I am doing another wallpaper for their bedroom here in Arizona (it just arrived a few weeks ago and I am painting their walls this coming weekend so I can hang it shortly after.) As I talked about “leaning in” above, I’m working to do the same here. These two are obsessed with all things pink and if it’d been a few years ago, I’d have fought bringing that color into their room as the main staple so hard. But instead I’m embracing the color and doing pink walls with an accent wall with this heron wallpaper print (more on it below). They talk about their “very own birds in my room!” a lot since it arrived (the wallpaper has beautiful birds throughout), and I need to get a move on it so it can come together and be completed. When it comes to design choices with kiddos (or clothing choices or anything!) I believe it’s all about finding the right sort of middle ground where they’ll love it and I’ll also love it. ;) Cross your fingers I line up those bird panels well enough since this is my first time attempting wallpaper panels that portray an exact visual and not some random pattern that can be mismatched.
Besides the girls room, I have plans to wallpaper the front wall when you walk into the home, plus an area in the hallway and also our laundry room. I haven’t decided on these just yet since we’re still finalizing colors for each of these spaces, but I am most definitely bringing in a citrus theme as a nod to our trees. There are so many solid citrus wallpapers out there too, and who doesn’t love the colors of grapefruits and oranges and peaches and lemons?! Does anyone wanna guess the color of the range for our kitchen?! Hint: it’s definitely a color.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WALLPAPERS
(this is a good one!)
(this one is moody in all the happy ways. I really want to find a wall for it.)
(considering this for our entry wall. I know it might feel too busy but that’s never stopped me before.)
also very into this fern wallpaper that would be great in a powder room or bathroom.
This is the pink heron wallpaper I’m hanging in the girls room! It’s a beautiful dupe of that Gucci wallpaper a few years back that I have pinned too many times.
I. Cannot. Wait.
I also really loved this blue wallpaper in the same theme.
Also really loved this playful monkey wallpaper that I debated using in their room over the heron wallpaper.
And I don’t have any babies on the horizon (HA!) but I had to share this darling nursery print wallpaper that made me gasp out loud.
Someone expecting please use this and send me a photo so I can live vicariously through you for a few minutes. :)
My big kids are still sharing a room (I’m a big believer in that, even outside of our NYC apartment all my kids are sharing!) but we left the space theme behind for now and did something else for their new room.
and how fun would this world map wallpaper mural be in a playroom? Someone without textured walls please do this for me.