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Vintage Comfort, Wall to Wall


Decorating With Wallpaper By Jaima Brown

(ARA) - There are reasons for the current trend toward nostalgic references in home decorating. Vintage objects carry a comforting softness to homes. They recall a simpler world. Furthermore, they can be found in flea markets and fairs at affordable prices, another plus as the U. S. economy continues its struggle for recovery.

Spring cleaning also offers the opportunity to resurrect some forgotten treasures. Once cast into storage, handmade quilts, embroidered linens, tarnished silver, crackled crockery and even timeworn furniture pieces now take on added appeal.

Nothing sets the stage for vintage comfort like new wallpaper in patterns borrowed from the past. At S.A. Maxwell Co., we've delved into our archives, resurrected some favorite antique themes, and used sophisticated printing techniques to give these patterns a patina of age. They make the perfect complement for flea market finds and vintage furnishings.

We gave an ornate corner cabinet, distressed a bit from age, a fresh coat of antique, cream-color paint. It makes an ideal showcase for a collection of Staffordshire dinnerware. To highlight the cabinet and its contents even more, we placed it against an old-time tropical floral-trail print from the Ellison Bay collection by Maxwell's Piper Designs division.

The deep heritage green background of the wallpaper, carrying flowers in subtle shades of pomegranate and ochre, turns this once-shabby cabinet into the star of the dining room décor. A pair of sconces with shades of fabric in an inverted conical shape flanks the cabinet, giving it a warm glow in the evening.

Painted antique furniture also softens a romantic bedroom, surrounded completely --including overhead -- with vintage rose patterns from the appropriately named Vintage Tuscany collection from Maxwell's LV Emmert Studio. A shelf, high above the headboard, is wallpapered in a pattern that coordinates with the walls and the stripe on the ceiling to complete this dream-like setting.

The sink, selected for the powder room in an older home, is one more example of the popularity of vintage style. It is a reproduction of an old-style, porcelain farmhouse sink with porcelain legs. Combined with a wallpaper pattern from Vintage Tuscany that was painstakingly printed to replicate an antique painting technique, it turns the room into a quiet place of temporary respite. The original doors and woodwork have been refinished in a rich mahogany stain.

Two niches were created between wall studs next to the sink alcove and lined with a coordinating wallpaper pattern that faithfully reproduces the textural look of a distressed plaster wall. The scroll and the plaster pattern contain hints of the same classic colors: navy, red, sage green and antique cream.

Apothecary jars, found at a flea market, and an antique linen guest towel from a thrift shop complete the farmhouse bathroom theme. Photography as well as patterns in these S.A. Maxwell Co. wallpaper and border collections provide both design inspiration and innovative ideas for infusing any home, regardless of age, with the comfort that comes from vintage décor.

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