Close-Up: Curtis' Wallpaper by Hand

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One of our inspirations for our January Jumpstart Contest is Curtis, whose amazing work in his own UWS apartment (here's his full house tour) trumps anything we've ever done. In this post we wanted to take a close-up look at the kitchen wallpaper that Curtis had to make by hand, copying a tiny scrap of vintage that he found in a book...

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While this project took a lot longer than two weekends, it will make you feel that ANYTHING can be done.

Curtis found inspiration for his kitchen in an old Montgomery Ward wallpaper sample book and - extracting the pattern - copied it by hand, covering the entire kitchen.

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This is from his house tour:

"When he wanted patterns for his bathroom and kitchen, he picked them out of an old Montgomery Ward sample wallpaper book. And he didn't just pick them, he used different inputs to create the perfect amalgam of the perfect pattern of 40's era wallpaper. He made sure to match the colors perfectly, and then he went well out of his way to replicate the patterns on his wall."

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Style, DIY, Decorating, Vintage

Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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