Our customers are so creative! Mega compliments to Jo and Kristie for their incredible home projects showing us just how transformative a little vintage wallpaper and some DIY spirit can be.
Jo did an amazing job personalizing her staircase with an beautiful array of 1940's and 50's floral wallpaper patterns. She totally revitalized her old, dingy brown carpeted stairs into a work of art that truly makes her house a home. Check out the before photo:
These stairs were in need of a little TLC...but Jo eagerly lavished all the necessary love upon them, making them into a magazine worthy focal point which feels cheerful and inviting. And do you spy that cute kitchen in the back? Now the stairs compliment the already adorable kitchen, pulling together the chic cottage style.
In order to complete these dreamy steps, Jo ripped up the old carpeting, painted the tred and the banister white, applied vintage wallpaper to the risers with PVA glue, and layered a couple of coats of clear varnish over the paper to protect it. Beautiful! I would say these stairs are so shabby chic, but really they are way better than that! What Jo achieved with these stairs combines traditional roses and old florals with carefully selected bright colors to give a modern feel to a vintage theme. Here are the vintage wallpaper patterns that she used:
Kristie Wolfe's Tiny House
For Kristie Wolfe, it wasn't the soft 40's and 50's florals that inspired her but rather a 1970's retro botanical that screamed tropical getaway.
Kristie Wolfe builds tiny houses that are less than 100 sq ft! Using reclaimed materials of all kinds, Kristie is able to build spectacularly petite living spaces that are mortgage free, economical, and encourage people to live deliberate and beautiful lives.
Here's a look at the floor plan, and check out her 5 minute "Live Deliberately" talk with Ignite Boise where she explains her tiny house inspiration and building process.
After building her first tiny house, Kristie took her vision to Hawaii where she's been building a tiny tropical tree house (which is where the vintage wallpaper comes in)! Kristie spotted our retro botanical wallpaper on Retro Wallpaper and knew that it would make a perfect feature wall in the bedroom of her little Hawaii haven.
I am amazed by the beautiful design of this tiny space! The rattan headboard, wicker lighting, sheer curtains, and awesome vintage wallpaper create the feel of a lush tropical retreat, matching perfectly the Hawaiian setting. Kristie has visions of building tiny retreat homes across the country, and we wish her the best of luck.
Check out this video documenting the progress of her tiny Hawaiian tree house and be sure to visit her website, tinyhouseontheprairie.net.