Oh, the miracle of 21st Century digital printing: It is allowing companies in many decorative industries to bring us an expanding variety of small-run, or even printed-to-order, wallpapers, laminates, and more. Latest example: Bradbury and Bradbury Art wallpapers has just introduced 48 new designs of reproduction vintage wallpapers from the 1940s, with designs suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, and bedrooms too. The wallpapers from this era are super delightful, and Bradbury has chosen their selection well. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites >>Heck yeah there is more →
Need vintage wallpaper to match the era of your house? With its introduction late last week of 53 reproduction wallpaper designs from the 1930s, Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers now has every era — from Victorian to the 1960s — covered. Bradbury explains the 1930s look:
The 1930s were known for both floral and abstract geometric styles — the whimsical and the bizarre — and many with a bit of Art Deco flair.
Let’s take a look >>Heck yeah there is more →
If you have a 1920s-era house and want to play up its original architecture and design aesthetic — chances are it will look even more divine with wallpaper from the era. Good news: Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers — one of our favorite longtime wallpaper companies — is today introducing a new line of wallpapers reproduced from 1920s documents. I count 30 designs in all, in a number of colorways. Bradbury & Bradbury asked if I wanted to help them make the announcement, and since I love beautiful design of all eras — and I am the world’s number-one fan of vintage wallpaper design — of course the answer was ‘yes.’
Read on for a look-see, along with an interview about the new/old papers… about the hallmarks of 1920s wallpaper design — and why wallpaper-love seems to cycle so dramatically in- and then out- of fashion.Heck yeah there is more →
We looked at Mary’s retro kitchen transformation on Monday, but I held the bathroom for its own story — because, golly, doesn’t the “Grete” wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers look fabulous in her original peachy pink bathroom? Photo viewing tip: Click on the photos in this and any other story, and the photos should enlarge onscreen to 1000 pixels wide, so you can see more detail.Heck yeah there is more →
“Moving to this house has given me a personality transplant — I am so much more happy and pleasant to all!” – Br
Reader Brty says that reading Retro Renovation inspired her family to buy their 1956 house — with not just one, but two lovely pink bathrooms. The moment she first laid eyes on them, Brty says she loved the two pink bathrooms, although the men in the house took a little more convincing. Once the family was fully on board, Brty wasted no time and began spiffing up her two lovely bathrooms up for their next half century of service. And yum! We adore seeing some of our favorite wallpapers — vintage style wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper’s Atomic Age collection — in these spaces. These wallpapers — with their lovely graphics, colors and metallic sizzle — really make these bathrooms sing. Oh, and Brty remodeled her worn kitchen, to. Read on for the details on both her bathroom and kitchen updates.
If you’re thinking of using one of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper’s reproduction vintage wallpapers in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office… or wherever…. now you can also consider getting all matchy-matchy and use the same design on window treatments, pillows, an apron or… you think it up. Yes, you can now get Bradbury designs on fabric, too. The company has recently launched its 18 of its wallpaper designs as fabrics for sale on spoonflower.com. These first fabric designs come from Bradbury’s Mod Generation line of 1960s and 1970s inspired wallpapers. You 1940s and 1950s fans, sit tight, the company tells me that they will continue to introduce more designs moving forward.
Update: Entries closed. I selected the winner via Random Number Generator: Natalie. She responded… and the poster is on its way to her. Congrats, Natalie, and thanks to Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers for the prize, and thanks for playing, everyone!
Did you know that Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper also offers several posters made from their document wallpaper reproductions? I am launching another new feature — more frequent reader giveaways — and asked owner Steve Bauer, who I have known since like Day 1 of the blog, if he’d like to offer up our first prize. He was happy to oblige. This poster — The Lion and Dove — comes from an original illustration by Walter Crane in 1901. While not 1950s or 1960s mid mod — it certainly was the kind of neo-Victorian revival we saw in the 1970s. It’s always fun to mix things up — and hey, it’s free if you win. Click on through for more info on the poster and how to enter to win it –>Heck yeah there is more →
<– TappanTrailerTami emailed me recently that she would be heading to Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers’ once-a-year open house on May 1. So, I asked owner Steve Bauer and customer service manager Beverly Phillips if they could give Tami a VIP tour so that she could file a report for the blog — and they happily agreed. Tami had a great time, and issues a full report from the field.Heck yeah there is more →
Color is so funny. You never know how it will come together. After researching Rebecca examples of how to complement orange with blue and green for Rebecca and Keith’s 1961 mid-century split level house, I started poking around Bradbury’s Mod Generation wallpaper to see if they had any designs and color palette that might work for her rooms. I put this “Reverb” in “Purple Tangerine” up next to her living room and woah mama, I like it. A lot.Heck yeah there is more →
Bradbury & Bradbury has introduced four new vintage wallpaper reproductions — classic damasks that, as owner Steve Bauer says, “would be appropriate in almost any style of home, with the exception of perhaps the most sterilized of midcentury modern homes, where ‘ornament is crime.'”
The four papers — Berkshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Essex — are all taken from 1920-1940s documents in the Bradbury archives. Read on for more from Steve…