Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WallPops! Featuring Jonathan Adler

OK, I am in love. 

You've probably caught drift of an ongoing trend in 1:1 scale design over the past few years -- wall decals -- but I cannot say that they have taken hold of the world of modern miniature design. It has occurred to me in the past to try to adapt decals for scenes, but the scale of the prints never seemed right (mostly too large) and they generally were not aesthetically appealing (too childlike or too ho-hum).

Until now...!

One of the highlights of my visit to the New York International Gift Fair (my review of NYIGF and Toy Fair is forthcoming) was the WallPops! line of decals, especially their collaboration with Jonathan Adler. I was blown away by the bold, gorgeous prints, and knew that I could use them in modern mini environments.

I tried the "Santorini" Stripe roll, which measures 6-1/2" wide and 12' long and retails for $17.99.


I chose my Kaleidoscope House for this scene, thinking that the plastic panels would make for a smooth backdrop. The roll has an adhesive backing that is REMOVABLE -- yes, it did easily peel off without any residue or damage -- and they are very easy to cut to size, apply, and smooth down.

The room is transformed into a chic, mod (shoe) den! I even was inspired to use some of my gold Deco Tape on the ladder, to help integrate it more in the room.








I see a lot of uses for WallPops! for modern dollhouses and room boxes, and it is nice to have a creative alternative to scrapbook paper. In addition to the rolls, there are coordinating designs that come in "dots" (13" in diameter) and "blox" (13" x 13" sheets), so you could easily adapt them for flooring, wall paper, and ceiling decoration. I would not recommend applying WallPops! over existing wallpaper, but plastic or wood walls would work well. Regardless, I do recommend testing a small, inconspicuous spot of the surface to ensure the decal easily peels off.

Thanks, WallPops!, and please let me know if any of you decide to take the leap into decals!

Credits: Daybed is Reac; sideboard is vintage German; vase is a dollhouse show find; flooring is Indian Embossed Pebbles paper from Kate's Paperie; globe light is minimodernistas. Accessories are Barbie, Re-ment, and AG Minis

The time it took me: 2 hours (I fussed over furnishings, even though it ended up being pretty minimal)


20 comments:

  1. Yeah, this is awesome! The perfect design, color and size for your scene! :D

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    1. Thanks! I do think the pattern worked really well, too. Didn't look out of scale.

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  2. Of course, you could always just make your own designs through Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/wallpaper_welcome :-D

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    1. Awesome resource! Have you every used the decals?

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  3. felicidades por ese gran hallazgo, y veo que no has podido esperar para utilizarlo , queda muy bien , una escena preciosa

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. ¡Gracias! Sí, yo no veía la hora de utilizar el rollo! Yo estaba muy entusiasmado con el patrón y la escala funciona muy bien.

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  4. Oh please, please let me lie down in that room and dream.CM

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    1. OK. As long as the shoes are invited.

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  5. I was going to use some scale graffiti decals for my Undersized Urbanite 'tiny loft' submission. I'll have to have them made, but these Adler sheets sure are a great idea for wallpaper!

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    1. Great idea! The Shopping Sherpa recommended Spoonflower in her comment above. Looks like an excellent option for make-your-own decal designs.

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  6. Brilliant! One of the best arrangements, time well spent! Sorry if I sound too academic.
    Best regards
    Neomi

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    1. Thanks, Neomi! I appreciate your kind words!

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  7. It looks awesome. I just saw that they have the Adler wall pops on Fab yesteday.

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    1. I hadn't seen that they were on there! Thanks for letting me know. I may want to stock up! :)

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  8. This is TOO cool! I love how this works so well in the KHouse. I love the gap at the top making a window. And the ladder makes the best shoe rack. Brilliant idea. I'm so glad TSS mentioned Spoonflower, I use them to make fabric, but I didn't know they did decals and wallpaper. I will definitely try them out and report back! This room is so awesome, that wall definitely pops!

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    1. I like that you noticed my little window...mostly out of necessity, since the roll is only a certain height, but it works! I definitely want to try Spoonflower decals at some point.

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  9. Thinking of the rooms I could use that.I took a peek at the website and the choices are so cool! Thanks for the info!

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  10. Love this, the wallpaper is awesome. Often when I make a room in a box the wallpaper really sucks because when it's on, it's on and not coming off. Why can't it just peel off and make life easier? Wallpaper is very easy to make mistakes with, so I should look into the material you used.

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