Julia (above) helped me to hold up wallpaper samples so our Slack Farm interns could imagine how wallpaper works: it can have a huge impact by being central to where the eye lands: as in over a sink.
Julia stands by the Woodlawn kitchen cupboards which already showcase the William Morris wallpaper known as the Strawberry Thief. Morris was an English engraver and printer at the turn of the last century and he produced some of the most iconic English designs, often presented on the inside covers, front and back, of beautiful hard-bound books. The wallpaper design shown above and below, produced by Spoonflower, is one of his most famous, done in a moment of inspiration by William Morris one morning as he noted out the breakfast window of his Oxfordshire home the presence of wrens feasting on his strawberries. Those little thieves!
Note the wallpaper on the sink below Eva, now afixing wallpaper to the sink wall. You are seeing the next panel, resting after being wetted and “booked”, for the right side of the sink where Lisa soon joins in the action to make sure that we have a good final product.
Wallpaper can move fast once it is wet. Here are the two of them, Eva and Lisa, moving pretty fast.
So how did it turn out?
Zach and Tucker were amazed, as was Jim. Jack the Beagle even bayed. I, quite frankly, keep sneaking in to the room to take another look — those little strawberry thieves make me laugh.
Here’s what the eye sees now of the kitchen sink, sans the new hardware..
OK, one more picture. It is currently 1:25 AM in Austria, so I presume no one is up and paying attention, but here was today’s shot as we trooped upstairs to start the wallpapering of the Calvert Room which overlooks Calvert Creek. The bathroom is quite large and the women are gathered around the Jacuzzi ready to start the day.
Tomorrow I will give you the product — they are half-way there in one day, in the bath annex, and the closet, and you will see what they have accomplished. Pretty clear this is a serious group of high-achieving women.
Tomorrow evening I’ll show you a before and after. I think you’ll be as impressed as I will be.
— Maggie O’Brien 7/16/19