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Big Statements in Small Spaces

I love love love wallpaper.  If only for the immediate and graphic gratification you get once it's up and completed.  Paint can give you a drastic change... but not quite like the perfect wallcovering.  Wallpaper has gotten a bad wrap over the past few decades what with our chicken borders & grape motif papers that may have or may not have graced our kitchens & bathrooms growing up (love you mom) but nowadays you can find nearly any pattern in any color combination at any price range.  

My absolute favorite spaces to use wallpaper in are smaller rooms: entryways, powder rooms... there is just something so grand about filling these little spaces with a a graphic look that makes these little spaces seem more important.  It can also be a great way to tie different spaces together using the wallpaper as the pattern or color glue between the adjoining spaces.  Here are a few of my favorite examples of big patterns in little spaces.


via Matchbook Mag | Gen Sohr's Home (my favorite ever!)




via Better Homes and Gardens

The other great thing about doing a smaller space is that you need less paper! When that's the case I tend to splurge a bit for the higher quality stuff...  You can always install it yourself, but call around.  You would be surprised how inexpensive (& quick) it can be for a local installer to hang the paper.  I was too scared to hang the paper in CHloe's closet because it was so expensive, so I hired someone.  They were in & out with no mess left over in less than an hour!  I would have been there all day with my head glued to the wall in some form or fashion.  

This weekend my mom (aka the wallpaper queen) will be in town & I am taking advantage of her expertise to makeover a little room in our home.  And if we are being honest, all the rooms in our home are little... but this one in particular is due for an upgrade!  I ordered samples of the papers below from Wallpaper Direct & I am so glad I did.... the ones I thought I would love in person was not the one I ended up with.  Can't wait to show you all the mini room reveal when it's all done.  Big Plans. Little Space.


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43 comments:

  1. I love using wallpaper in small spaces. It make such an impact without being overwhelming. Looking forward to seeing your room!

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  2. Julia @cuckoo4designNovember 6, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Can't wait to see your room. I love the look of large patterned wallpaper too but I do have to admit that I HATE applying it.

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  3. Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHomeNovember 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I'm so excited about using wallpaper in our new house that I'm afraid I may go overboard with it! First up will be the powder room, though, so starting small. Very excited to lose my wallpaper virginity!

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  4. I love all of those options! I literally installed wallpaper for the first time in Henry's room last year and now I'm sort of addicted. It can really transform a space and I'm all about hiring out, too. Even if it is a little pricier...when I compare the cost of my time vs hiring out it is usually always better to pay someone else. ;)

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  5. I love this post! We have decided to do wallpaper in our formal dining room. There are so many out there that I love, but for our 1902 house, it's been difficult to find prints that get me excited, but don't feel too modern or graphic for the house. These are some great options! :)

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  6. i swore off wallpaper when i had to personally remove it from every room in our house (imagine pink, blue, + peach country florals in every nook and cranny). now, i'm tempted once again by it's beguiling looks. i'm trying to resist, but there's just something so sexy about a well-papered room...

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  7. I also love wallcovering in a powder room. One of my clients just did the KW Trellis navy in hers and it looks beautiful. Can't wait to see which one you pick!

    Katy www.designsbykaty.com

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  8. Just perfection Kristin :) Love your mix of traditional and modern! Such a festive space!!! xo Kristin

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  9. These ar so great, Kristin! I loooove that glitter spray paint, though I've never used it before, but it looks fantastic! Also love how you styled the bags in the first photo, gorgeous.

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  10. Jennifer Susil GriffinNovember 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    What a great project, Kristin! It's been a few years since I've done an Advent Calendar, but you've got my wheels turning!

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  11. Beautiful job, Kristin! I, too, love the faux fur around the tree!

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  12. So pretty Kristin! Can you share where you found the ribbon?

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  13. I found it at a vintage store months ago & knew I had to use it for Christmas this year! Not sure if it is really vintage... but all I know is I bought every roll they had.

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  14. Thanks Emily! xo

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  15. Julia @cuckoo4designNovember 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Oh I just bought that glitter spray paint yesterday. Love it on the advent calendar. I always have one for each kid too but they only want lego ones :(

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  16. Thanks Julie! It definitely needs a few coats to get coverage but I am really happy with how these turned out. xo

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  17. You would. Kidding. It is beautiful:)

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  18. Thanks Kristin!

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  19. beautiful and chic and SO inspiring :) and the advent calendar is perfect, just PERFECT

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  20. Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHomeNovember 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Just back from checking out your style challenge reveal. KILLED it, girl!

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  21. Brit -House UpdatedNovember 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I can't get enough of that gold glitter - and you made it seem so easy and look so good! Nice work Kristin!

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  22. I found similar ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps!

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  23. Laura Stutzman House EnvyNovember 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Kristin, your holiday spread looks amazing! I really love how you incorporated the disco balls too!

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  24. No surprise your holiday reveal is insanely amazing! It looks so elegant yet fresh, fun and current. And the black, white and gold theme is beautiful.

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  25. Grace from AStoriedStyle.comNovember 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Genius! LOVE these bags! It all looks so awesome, Kristin!!

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  26. I absolutely cannot wait to do this. Would you mind sharing where the curtains are from? I am totally smitten with them!! I was peeking around to see if it was a DIY project but I'm not having any luck finding on the blog. Thanks a million!!

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  27. There will be a full tutorial on Monday!!

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  28. Thanks Grace!

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  29. Thanks love!!

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  30. Thanks Jennifer! xo

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  31. Always a disco ball :)

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  32. Can not wait to see yours!

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  33. Loving what you did with your Home Depot style challenge. Your's is by far, my FAVE. Nice job!

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  34. Turned out so amazing! And what a great price on that great looking sunburst! Beautiful work, lady.

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  35. Brittny Pack ThompsonNovember 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I too LOVE the advent bags! I'm having a hard time finding some of those muslin favor bags, do you mind sharing where you got them? Thanks so much!!!

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  36. Brittny Pack ThompsonNovember 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Oh and where did you get your chipboard numbers too?! I'm totally trying to copy this:) I'm so grateful for creative minds like yours!

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  37. I absolutely love every single thing you did for the style challenge. Blown away! So many great ideas to incorporate. Those drapes are boss! As a textile dabbler, I know how long those took. Mad skills, I tell ya! New big fan of yours!!!

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  38. Brittny Pack ThompsonNovember 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hi!! I LOVE these bags and am obsessed with your blog!! I have gone EVERYWHERE looking for these bags and the chipboard numbers. Everyone seems to have the letters but not numbers. And all the bags I find are really thin material. I want them to last throughout the years. If you know where I can get both of those items, I would love the help!! Thanks so much!! You are so creative and amazing!!:)

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  39. Brittny Pack ThompsonNovember 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Oh and one more thing...:) which size bags did you end up getting? Everything about these bags is perfect!

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  40. Here are the exact bags I got:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/120546178/4x6-muslin-bags-muslin-favor-bags-party?ref=shop_home_active



    & I got the Chipboard numbers at Michaels (also saw them at Hobby Lobby) They are in a pack with letters so I bought multiple bags. Hope this helps!!

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  41. Brittny Pack ThompsonNovember 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Thank you SOOO much! That's helps a ton! I was at hobby lobby today and only saw the letters but now I know that the numbers are in there too. You are awesome!

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  42. This post gets me so excited to decorate my apartment for Christmas!

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