"When we bought our first condo, our immediate focus was to try our hand at a wallpaper project," Andréa writes about the home she shares with her husband Stefan. "Rental properties had never afforded us the luxury of doing something so dramatic and custom. We knew we wanted a statement wall somewhere in our home, but given that the main area is one large room (like many open-concept condos), it didn't quite fit there. The bedroom's inset section was ideal because it could be cozy and impactful, but not too over-the-top."
Andréa continues: "I have a distinct love for vintage botanical patterns, but our goal was to avoid the oh-so-popular Beverly Hills Martinique print in favor of something a little different. Inspired by the luxury of the Beverly Hills hotel, our goal became to decorate our bedroom like a weekend oasis that doubled as a luxe staycation."
"We found an adorable shop on Etsy that shipped beautiful wallpapers from the Netherlands. It arrived weeks later at our doorstep in a cardboard tube, having flown all the way across the Atlantic ocean. The wallpaper is nonwoven (not self adhesive, as many modern wall decals are... this is the more traditional kind) and proved to be really difficult to match the pattern, align it perfectly with the angles of the wall, and not get paste on the visible side. There are plenty of articles online about methods of pasting wallpaper, but this one covers the process quite well."
"The gold molding emerged as an accidental solution for our sloppy pasting job. We knew we wanted to hide the ragged edges, so we researched metal moldings and found a suitable option from Home Depot."
"Stefan cut the molding with a hack saw, mitred the edges at 45 degree angles, and we adhered it to the walls and ceiling with heavy-duty adhesive."
"All the hard work makes unwinding there at the end of the day a much sweeter experience."