Friday, May 10, 2019

SPRING WALLCOVERINGS WITH JACLYN SMITH AND VERN YIP


 Welcome Back Blog Readers,

I’d like to announce that The Four Walls just received two new exciting spring collections. One from Vern Yip, a very talented and highly regarded interior designer. His new collection for Trend encompasses both traditional panels along with very contemporary florals and geometrics. The wide scope of this collection in one volume impresses me because of its vast color range, and can be incorporated in a wide variety of design styles, and at the same time cater to a vast range of people.

The second collection for Trend is ‘Home’ by Jaclyn Smith; best known as an American actress and business woman. This collection starts with a tropical overtone with large palm fronds and then heads into soft geometrics and textures. This collection has very quiet and tasteful hues. It is very versatile without being overwhelming.

With these new additions to my array of wallpaper selections, you will no doubt find something new. Stop by to take a peek in person and start reimagining your home.

And, as I always say, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best,

Robin




Monday, April 15, 2019

Hit the Ceiling!


Let’s Hit the Ceiling

Welcome back blog readers,
Interior designers know the ceiling is the fifth wall of a room. When painting a room a neutral color is generally used on the ceiling.  However, wallpaper is a better option.  Let’s make your home a contemporary Sistine Chapel.  Nothing is more exciting than a wall papered ceiling.

One example of this design concept is a geometric pattern which gives the ceiling interest without making the room too busy.  Another example is a trompe l’oeil of clouds, or stars on the ceiling. 
Talk about finishing a room! Take a new approach and hit the ceiling - the only way is up!

And as I always say folks, "don't be afraid to decorate."

Best always,

Robin


















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Monday, March 25, 2019

FLOWERS FOR SPRING - FLEURS POUR LE PRINTEMPS


Hello Blog readers,

The Four Walls just received the new wallpaper collection from  Designer’s Guild, “Flowers 1, The Edit…”  This fantastic collection could not have come at a more opportune time.  Winter you are over!  Your home is your sanctuary, and flowers have always had the immediate effect of lifting our spirits.  They bring the blossoming spring exterior into our homes.  Flowers symbolize beauty and positivity. 

This collection of beautiful painterly florals and simple stencil designs enhance our romantic side.  There are impressionistic style floral wallpapers within this collection worthy of a museum!


So, as I always say folks, "don't be afraid to
decorate" and lastly don't be afraid of large
scale flowers!  Stop by The Four Walls and let us help create your new spring makeover.

Best always, 

Robin

All photos courtesy of Designer’s Guild

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GETTING READY FOR SPRING!


Welcome Back Blog Readers,

It’s that time of year again for the annual “Spring Clean.” The idea sounds so wonderful, but once we get started it becomes more of a chore. And if we haven’t done it in several years, it can become so overwhelming that we stop even before we get started with the best intentions. In the words of the esteemed Marie Kwando of the Netflix series Tidying Up, keep only what “brings you joy.”

When decorating your home, we often find ourselves making space for things to display just because we have them. Start by taking your decorative items off the shelves. Put them on a big table and shop through them as if you are in a store.

One thing that sparks joy for a new look is wallpaper and fabric; it brings a smile to our faces! Select something timeless, but that doesn’t mean it has to be traditional. One of our favorite things to do at The Four Walls is to select a Spring/Summer and a Fall/Winter wallpapers and fabrics for our clients. We reupholster furniture and select assorted fabrics that can easily be changed to suit both cold and warm seasons. Of course, we ensure they will coordinate with your decor! This small design 'tweak' will create such excitement as we change seasons.

Spring is almost upon us – Come in! We are happy to explore these options with you. And, as I always say, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best,

Robin and Jeralyn, my design associate



Photo provided by The Four Walls


Photo provided by Designers Guild

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL!

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

The Four Walls is currently receiving numerous collections of wallcoverings for the Spring 2019 launch. It’s very exciting to see that 2019 brings with it bold wallcovering patterns. While I’m not putting down stunning texture, it’s nice to see this new introduction into the wallpaper industry. This concept is fantastic for accent walls when you want to make a room sing. There’s no need to worry about fabrics or artwork, when the wallpaper has it all rolled into one.

One of my favorites so far is Pierre Frey’s Double-Jeux collection; it is all vinyl with the most fabulous collaborations of colors and prints. There’s also Christian Lacroix’s Nouveaux Mondes wallcovering collection, from Designers Guild, which features large scale florals, exotic butterfly prints, and various specialty wallpaper.

Lastly, there’s Romo. The collection is part of the Black Edition, titled Herbaria Wallcoverings. It showcases a wallcovering that will be installed in one of my clients’ homes in Boston in a master bedroom as an accent wall.

So go Bold and Beautiful! And as I always say folks, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best,

Robin





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Softer Side of Winter


Welcome Back Blog Readers,

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and an exciting New Years!

This is the time in the wallcovering industry when new collections for the upcoming year are previewed. The colors for this winter season I have noticed are more subtle than ever before. Not only with the coloration of the wallpapers, but in their prints as well. There’s been a huge emphasis on taupe, gray-blue, off-white, and pearl grey. Not only has this color scheme evolved in the wallcovering industry, I’ve noticed it as well in the coordination of fabrics.

Everywhere I look in commercial spaces, I notice this color palette being used. I find it very sophisticated and easy to live with. I’ve noticed this color change evolved after the use of grey and white in wallcoverings and fabrics. Because, it might seem, in my professional opinion, that wallcovering and fabric designers have looked for a softer and more sophisticated style. There’s been a big increase in the use of soft velvets, chenille fabric, and light linens for window treatments. This specific use of color, I personally feel, is very restful and soothing.

My favorite example of this new color palette trend is with one of my favorite designers, Antonina Vella, who just came out with a collection called Natural Opalescence, represented by York Wallcovering. Another favorite is Makato from the Floris collection by Romo Wallcovering.

So stop by to start off 2019 to express your softer side of winter for your home.

And, as I always say, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!

Best,

Robin





Thursday, November 29, 2018

Best of Boston Home 2019


Welcome Back Blog Readers,

It is with great honor & joy to announce that The Four Walls has been nominated once again this year for the Best of Boston Home 2019.

The Four Walls was founded by my mother and father, Sheila and Jules Abber in 1974, providing wallcovering and interior design services to the public and fellow interior designers. I joined The Four Walls in 1984 and it has been my passion ever since.

Thank you again to all The Four Walls clients for making us the Best of Boston 2019! I look forward to working with you, your families, and my fellow interior designers for years to come!

Best always,

Robin