Saturday, March 7, 2020

Natural Elements in Design

Welcome back Blog Readers,

This past winter season has been unusual. Warm temperatures have been abundant with barely any snow on the ground. With weather like this our minds automatically turn to Spring.
At our store, The Four Walls in Newton, Mass. Our clients have been requesting natural elements in wallcoverings such as grass cloth, bamboo and patterns with vines, leaves and ferns.

Everywhere you look in design we are seeing ferns and leafy patterns all around! By bringing natural elements into your home whether it be thru patterns and textures on your walls, to furniture fabrics, to actual floral arrangements, you are incorporating your home with the outdoors and making that airy, botanical, feel come to life.

Calling all Baby Boomers! Having flashbacks? That rattan headboard you had in your bedroom.
That bamboo furniture in the living room. That...gold-gold everywhere. Not to mention the large leafy/miami'esque wallcoverings in the nightclubs and restaurants...It's all back and better than ever!

Pairing a leafy/large scale wallcovering with simple, straight lined, mono chromatic furniture will prevent your room from looking too "over the top" and "tacky."

When we think of all these leafy patterns, our mind automatically tunes in on the palette of green. Don't let this be the case when it comes to wallcoverings. Grey, taupe, gold and black are all highly popular colors that blend perfectly with any decor!

We have selected some of our finest wallcoverings to share with you.

And as I always say, "Don't be afraid to decorate!"

Best Always,

Robin & Monique



                                                 
                                                            Pierre Frey Kipling Tropics


                                                              Farrow & Ball Bamboo


                                                                   York Palm Leaf


                                                      Thibaut Tatami Gold Grasscloth
                     

                                               
 
                                                       






Saturday, February 8, 2020

FOR THE LOVE OF DESIGN


Welcome Back Blog Readers.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner with love in the air, we have decided to write this month’s Blog about why we have such a passion for Wallcovering & Interior Design. We chose this field because we are absolutely passionate with making our clients happy. Design ignites our passion for creativity, digging deep down into our creative souls. We as Designers, have it in our blood, or as some would say we were “Born with it.”

There are many aspects of this field that allow us to hone in on our talent, from drafting floor plans, to choosing furniture, lighting, flooring, decor, colors then of course what we specialize in Wallcoverings & Fabrics.

At The Four Walls we are constantly evolving. We have new Wallcoverings & Fabrics arriving in our store in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts on a weekly basis. We also stay true to our classic lines of wallcoverings “Our Winner’s Circle” from Osborne & Little, Christian Lacroix, Farrow & Ball, Schumacher, & William Morris & Co… just to name a few!  

For this month, let us entice you with some of our selections of Wallcoverings to warm your heart!
And as I always say folks, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”

Best Always,

Robin & Monique

Schumacher: Leopard Wallcovering


Christian Lacroix: Cocarde


                                                                Farrow & Ball: Peony





Saturday, January 11, 2020

OWNING YOUR OWN SPACE


Welcome Back Blog Readers,



We hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays and, Happy New Year!  Let’s start 2020 by talking about ways to improve the look of your home.  Having a well put together environment that flows from room to room will always create an outstanding first impression. This is of course, is an ambitious design aspiration for any homeowner.  Being in the design industry for over 30 years, I have always encouraged my clients to create a collection of images that are an inspiration for the interior they desire for their home.  This can be achieved from many sources, sometimes it is a piece of artwork, an image from nature, a texture or a favorite color.  At times, it is frustrating to witness people getting too caught up in images they find online or in magazines of entire rooms. Often there is one aspect of the image that attracts them but does not necessarily fit with the decor and style of the rest of their home.  Realizing the essence of what attracts us to an image can really help with pulling together a room in your home. 


Ultimately, you need to own your own space by merging desired styles with your own personal interests without getting carried away with the entirety of an image of a room designed for someone else, or from a photo shoot.  People need to hone in on what exactly what it is that attracts them to an image and then incorporate that element into their design scheme.  Granted this can be easier said than done.  Most folks are not in the interior design industry and may not have the visualization skills to accomplish this. Finding a talented designer who will take the time to understand your style and how you live, is a professional that will steer you in the right direction and is the obvious choice. Starting off with your own clear vision always helps with the process with or without the help of an interior designer.


Another important point to mention, is the intense guilt we feel when confronted with the idea of letting go of family heirlooms and other items acquired over the years.  This can prevent us from decluttering and keeping only the items that are both meaningful as well as aesthetically pleasing to us.  I say “let them go” There are many avenues to find a new home for your unwanted items.



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


Best always,



Robin












Monday, December 9, 2019

Design Inspiration For 2020

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

With the New Year approaching let's talk about a New Year's resolution that includes a fresh updated design for your home!  Design trends for 2020 will consist of brighter, bolder color with a shift from grey tones to warmer earth tones paired with lively greens.  Wallpaper trends for 2020 will include an array of botanical and floral designs moving in a direction that makes a statement instead of the past muted tones that fade into the background.

Geometric and metallic wallpapers have been increasing in popularity and will continue throughout the New Year.  And let's not forget about the fifth wall in your home.  A papered ceiling can add a fantastic appearance to your interior design scheme that can pull a room together creating amazing balance and harmony.

And as I always say folks, "Don't be afraid to decorate!"

Nouveaux Mondes Collection by Christian Lacroix


Ardennes Collection by Pacific Designs
                                             

Ardennes collection by Pacific Designs

                                             

From all of us at The Four Walls, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Best Always,

Robin

Monday, November 11, 2019

Things Are What They "Seam"

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

We have recently completed an exciting textural wallpaper project in downtown Boston with a designer collection grasscloth, and a hand painted linen/grass cloth called Sandia by Thibaut.  Our client was looking for a contemporary textural wallpaper that would not be too overwhelming, and would open up the space.  These papers were installed in both the living room, dinning room, hallways and lastly the master bedroom.  Our goal was to create versatility for our client, so that she may finish decorating her home using her own personal touches.  These textile wallcoverings have no design restrictions because they will accommodate busy fabrics, heavily printed rugs and intense artwork. 

An important feature to consider when using an organic textile wallcovering, is the fact that, because it is a natural fiber there will be seams,  creating a paneling effect adding to the beauty that is inherent in these wallcoverings.  In order to appreciate the look of grasscloth, one needs to embrace its natural imperfections, and savor the unique beauty it creates as it compliments your home.

And as I always say folks, "Don't be afraid to decorate!"


Best Always,

Robin







Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wallpaper Update... Simple Yet Stunning!

Welcome back Blog Readers,

My design associate Diana and I have been noticing lately that our industry has been producing an abundance of stunning textural wallcoverings.  Vinyl coated simple tonal textures as well as layered geometrics with texture overlays will compliment almost any room decor.  We have received many requests from our Four Walls clients for textural wall papers.

With numerous new residential construction in downtown Boston, where clients have not yet chosen their furniture and window decor, these textural wall coverings make putting a room together totally seamless!  They are plain, simple and elegant and just add, as I like to refer to "the appearance of two steps above a painted wall!"  "A something ... but a nothing!"

So as I always say folks, "Don't be afraid to decorate"

Best always,

Robin






Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Design Inspiration for kids

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

September is a time for getting back into a comfortable routine, especially for those with children.  Starting the new school year is a great time to transform your children's spaces to evolve along with them.  Maybe your son or daughter is transitioning to a new school or has simply made a lot of growth over the summer and is ready for a new look that reflects new tastes and interests.

Whether it is a specific color, pattern or imagery they desire or a more sophisticated look, we can help you put the perfect touches on any room in your home to meet your child's needs. Lets give new life to that bedroom, playroom, or game room and while you're at it maybe something new and interesting for yourself.  So stop by the Four Walls to explore our new collections!

 As I always say folks "Don't be afraid to decorate"

Best,

Robin