Ah, serenity: 1940s vintage bathroom wallpapers new to Hannah’s Treasures

The 1940s and 1950s vintage bathroom wallpapers at Hannah’s Treasure are just gorgeous. Many of them are … so glamorous… so Nick and Nora, I need a bubble bath with champagne NOW. Above: I don’t think we get to see a gray-plum colorway very often on wallpaper. I might have to hoard some this one [13 double rolls available as I write this story] for a future, as-yet-undermined project.

Above: The same pattern as my gray/plum fave, but in a peachy pink and coral. If only I had a dozen bathrooms to decorate! 15 double rolls currently in stock.

Above: So serene. Good for a pink or green or pink-and-green bathroom. 9 double rolls in stock currently.


Above: Same pattern, sunnier colorway. 9 double rolls in stock.

Above: All these wallpapers must have come from the same book, the same designer… they have the same light touch. 2 double rolls in stock.

Above: Nice to see some different flowers. 10 double rolls in stock.

Above: These shiny papers were early papers, I tend to think. Quite striking, to be sure! 3 double rolls currently in stock.

Above: A look that I don’t write about enough — a very soft pastel, whisper Heywood-Wakefield kind of look. I could get into it! 17 double rolls of this beauty in stock currently.

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  1. DJ says:

    These designs make my heart smile! But alas, wallpaper is not for me. However, I could see framing sections as pictures. In fact, I have some Benjamin Jorg Harris 1940’s paintings that remind of these!

    I cannot wait to see pictures of the NINE bathrooms!!! And the rest of the house!!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Ooh, Josie, certainly a dining room! We’ve gotten so accustomed to dining “areas”, we’ve forgotten they are special rooms. Ooh, that would be n-i-c-e…

  3. Elizabeth from Texas says:

    Yes. And my 1965 house Diamond Crest in Burnet, Texas is finally done, pretty much, so I need to send photos of that little beauty, finally! I bought it exactly three years ago!

  4. Elizabeth from Texas says:

    My full-time housekeeper will clean them. But she said if I put down too much more of my beloved and colorful but high-maintenance VCT, she is going to require an assistant, lol! Maybe since we’re moving to a big city they will have a floor service to keep those vinyl composite tiles shining.

  5. Elizabeth from Texas says:

    Thanks! We take possession of the house tomorrow. Right now the house has been “contemporary-ized” and is pretty much neutrals everywhere. You can see its “before” pictures by googling the address 4511 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX, since it was just for sale recently. We’re excited about taking it back to 1963 as much as is practical. We were able to find the original floor plans at the Austin History Center! (It has been much changed and enlarged.)

  6. Elizabeth from Texas says:

    Thanks! I don’t need MY own TV show, but what a brilliant idea: A TV show that takes remodeled houses back to the era in which they were built! Now THAT would be HGTV worth watching. We looked at easily 100 homes, and it was heart-breaking how many were “updated” or else weren’t updated, but were being sold as “knock-downs”. It’s hard for me to understand, so I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone loves the 40s-50s-60s decor like we do!!! (What’s the matter with them? Just kidding!)

  7. PrimroseRoad says:

    OOOH this looks like fun! What a shame they didn’t leave original fixtures, though! Can you imagine what THOSE must have been like? I’m doing the same thing on a much small scale…of three baths, two are remaining/being restored to the original. The master bath (original) was a total gut, but we kept the 50’s flavor by using an MCM dresser as the vanity, salvaged colored fixtures, and put windmill tile on the floor. Even if you don’t want to restore every bath, you can still get a great period look….

  8. Elizabeth from Texas says:

    I feel like there’s not an original square inch left in the house. But we’ll try to take it back!! How spectacular yours sounds! What colors are your three bathrooms? Sounds like you’ve done an incredible job! Wish we could see photos! I just adore original or original-looking bathrooms with COLOR fixtures and tiles!!!

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