Wallpaper Wows

September 5, 2012 | My Jottings

I could have titled this post Wallpaper Woes or Wallpaper Wows, and I’m so glad it’s the latter. Yesterday my office was wallpapered in a deep red and cream toile. I love it. I say “aahhhh” in here when I come in and sit down now. As a matter of fact, I’m in here right now, typing on my computer to prepare a little blog post so you can see some pictures, and I’m sitting down, and I’m saying, “aaahhhh.”  🙂

You can click here to see what the polka-dotted room looked like when we moved into this house on May 31st, and also an inspiration photo of what a small office wallpapered with red and cream toile can look like.

We had to put two coats of primer on those dark, polka-dotted walls in preparation for the wallpaper. Apparently the dots would have shown through the light background of the wallpaper and that would not have been the look I was going for.

Here’s a photo taken yesterday morning of my little office. It’s about nine feet by eight feet. The sliding glass door looks out onto the “back yard,” which is a very generous term for the strip of land behind our house. We pulled all the office furniture away from the walls to make the hanging process a little simpler. (You can click to enlarge these if you like.)

And here’s a photo taken a few hours later:

This view below was taken near the sliding glass window, looking toward the French doors that lead to the hallway:

And below, looking toward the back yard again. You can see one of two small closets I have in this room, which are filled with wonderfully built shelves and cubby holes for all my office supplies and foster care notebooks.

Soon I will hang curtains over the sliding glass doors, for some privacy, and hopefully for a little bit of style. I’ve chosen a velvet fabric and it’s a very unexpected color that I love. All three daughters helped me decide on it and they love it too. Maybe I toss around the word love a little too much. All three daughters helped me decide on it and they admire it too. Is that better?

Believe it or not, when the desk is against the wall as it should be, this cozy room easily fits a queen-sized inflatable mattress we just purchased, along with a nightstand. And one of the two closets is almost empty. So it can double as a guest room. And if people feel strange about coming to visit us and sleeping in our office, they can sleep in our closet. It’s bigger than the office.

What? You don’t want to come for a visit and sleep in our closet? Picky, picky.

I’ve put the desk back against the wall, and today I have some clean-up to do. I need to hang my calendar, put things away in their places, and get back to work. I have a couple of hours’ worth of paperwork to tend to today, but I get to toil under the toile! Yay!

Thank you for stopping by today. I have a serious blog post in the works that is requiring a lot of thinking and even some tears….I’ll try to publish that soon.

May God bless your day, dear friends and family….


  1. Pat says:

    I love the new wallpaper and it’s SO you! I must admit I was a fan of the polka dots, too, but this is much more your style. Hanging wallpaper is one of my worst nightmares so I admire your capabilities – way to go!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Pat! I used to do my own wallpapering but decided not to this time. I hired a woman who does a fantastic job and was so glad I did…she knew just how to conserve and place the large pattern as she went…we almost ran out. Had I done it I’m sure I would have had to order another roll!

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Lovely, just lovely….I wish it was my room Julie!

  4. Just Julie says:

    It’s actually quite nice to find another person who appreciates toile, Helen. Not everyone does. 🙂 Have a blessed week….

  5. Kristi says:

    Love the wallpaper, Julie!! Notice I said LOVE but I also admire your choice and tasteful decor.

  6. Just Julie says:

    I love that you love it Kristi! :). Thank you for your kind words. Missing you…I felt spoiled seeing you every week. Xxoo

  7. Ember says:

    I think you made the perfect choice there. It looks fab – and a warmer colour suits the room; it looks happier and friendlier. Well done Wonder Woman! x

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ember. It feels very cozy and old in there to me now…

    If you only knew how very unlike Wonder Woman I am! My girls will tell you….I am a plodder these days. And Wonder Woman has longer hair and a smaller butt than I do.


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