10 Design Questions in 10 Days: Grasscloth for Entry

This is day 2 of our 10 day series 10 Design Questions in 10 Days. You can read the first part here

Q. I'd like to add some wallpaper to our condo and was wondering what you thought. I would like to add the grass wallpaper in our entryway but I think that would make it feel really small and cramped so I'm thinking about wallpapering. Its medium sized entry with tall ceilings. We'd like to keep resale value in mind. 

A. I'm so glad you asked this question. Grasscloth was first popular in the 70's and has seen a huge resurgence in popularity.  Based on your photo and the fact that you'd like to keep resale value in mind I would recommend the grasscloth. It won't make the entry fell cramped but it will bring out the architecture in the entry and add a natural organic elegance.  There are so many styles and colors available but we'll focus on the natural and neutral ones. 

This view has so many good things going for it.The layering, textures and styling is fabulous. Designed by Krista Ny Schwartz from the blog Cloth & Kind (one of my favorites)

Design by Lauren Leiss for a showhouse.

Fresh and clean from Lonny's online magazine.

Doesn't this home look like its been lived in and loved forever? Also by Lauren Leiss

Here are some things to keep in mind when installing grasscloth- It's  a natural material (unless you go with a synthetic version) that can vary greatly in texture and color, usually made from sea grass, reed, arrowroot or jute.  You will see seams in the wallpaper after it is installed so make sure you're ok with that. It doesn't bother me.  It can be delicate the reads and grasses are most often tied together with cotton thread.  I love DIY, but this is usually an installation I would not DIY the grasscloth can be hard to install and is best left to a professional. I've also heard that people with severe grass  allergies may have a reaction to the wallpaper especially during installation because of the dust it can kick up. I'd assume that reaction dies down but if you have allergies do some research. 

When purchasing and measuring take note of the manufactures role size. They can vary in both length and width.

1. Schumacher Sisal  (oatmeal)     2.Thibaut Designs  (Colony Raffia )  3  Allen and Roth from   Lowes - Stripabl e. 4. Allen and Roth  (Brown Grasscloth )    5. Seabrook  (Eastern Exposures)   6.  Design Your walls (AJ168)  .    7. Philip Jefferies (Fine Arrowroot in maple)  8.  Philip Jefferies (Coppermine)   9. Philip Jefferies  (Fine Arrowroot in Khaki) 

1. Schumacher Sisal (oatmeal)    2.Thibaut Designs (Colony Raffia)  3 Allen and Roth from Lowes - Stripable. 4. Allen and Roth (Brown Grasscloth)    5. Seabrook (Eastern Exposures)  6. Design Your walls (AJ168).   7. Philip Jefferies (Fine Arrowroot in maple)  8. Philip Jefferies (Coppermine)  9. Philip Jefferies (Fine Arrowroot in Khaki) 

A here is a fun imagine to show all the colorways grasscloth can come.  Good luck with your project. If you have any design questions you'd like answered please email me at info@jessietobiasdesign.com  

Design Question: Bathroom Sconce

I've been getting a few inquiries with specific design questions from the readers of my blog so I thought it would be fun to do a series I'm calling it 10 Design Questions in 10 days. Each day I'll pick another reader's question to answer. Here's the first! 

Q. I can't stand the bathroom sconces I have but I'm not sure where to find ones that look cool/unique, and yet also provide good lighting. Please help. 

A. It's not possible for me to give you a specific recommendation without seeing your space, but here are some guidelines to help you  choose your bathroom lighting. 

Lets start with the how to layer your lighting properly.  In the bathroom you need a combination of overhead lighting, usually in the form of a recessed or flush mounted fixture, and task lighting, usually a sconce located above the vanity mirror or a pair of sconces on either side of the mirror.  Sconces on the the side of the mirror are always my first choice because they will light your face evenly and are less harsh than one above you (no shadows on your face). If you must have one above the mirror it should be centered on the mirror and the faucet. It should be installed around 6-8" above your mirror.  Side sconces should be located at 64" to the center of the fixture above the finished floor and equal distance on each side from the mirror but not outside the width of the vanity (and at least 28" apart). Unless you are installing them in the mirror.  Are you still with me?  

Next lets talk illumination/wattage. If you're lighting a full bath you should use fixtures that provide 60-100 watts of illumination (or a 20-25  watt LED). A powder room can handle a little less wattage. Remember these are just guidelines. rules can always be broken!  OK, enough of the details lets look at some one arm  fixtures! 

There are so many great choices out there not only online but through your local reasources as well. You can see more lighting inspiration on my Pinterest lighting board (Here).  I hope this helps! If you have question you'd like answered email me info@jessietobiasdesign 


Coffee Tables For Dancing

I don't view my home as precious. I view it as a hub of my family's life. I try to teach my children to respect our things and clean up after themselves, but in truth I love when they get down and dirty with creative play.  I love it when our family room turns into an animal shelter with stuffed animals and den homes scattered about (I don't love the clean up but that's another post!). Our coffee table seems to be the center of a lot of this play. It's a workhouse that I've had since college (oh, boy if tables could talk).  

So we need a new coffee table, but we also need to be able to dance on it, play games on it, and put our feet on it. Here are a few coffee table that look great and you can dance on.  Plus they are all under $1000.00. 

Hubert Coffee Table ( Here ), Blake from Serena and Lily ( Here ), Tyne Round ( Here ), Eartha Table ( here ) 

Hubert Coffee Table (Here), Blake from Serena and Lily (Here), Tyne Round (Here), Eartha Table (here

Client Awesome

A very quick sketch and fun fabric scheme. 

A very quick sketch and fun fabric scheme. 

I'm copying the client name from another designer Amber Interiors (If you don't know who she is you should check out her blog, it's fantastic), but it fits this client so well I have to use it. When I say it I get the Lego Movie song stuck in my head (those of you with children will understand and probably hate me for the day). Here is a little sneak at the project for the very fun and awesome family- Client Awesome. 

Have a great day and remember Everything is Awesome! 


Quarry House Update:Entry and Kitchen

I've been hard at work tweaking the first floor of the Quarry Project. As you might remember we're approaching this project in two stages (You can read more about this project in another blog post here).  This is the beginning of the design plan  along with some initial mood boards I put together for the client for inspiration. 

The view looking at the home 

The view looking at the home 

A peak at a revised floor plan for the stage 1 of the renovation including updating the kitchen. 

A peak at a revised floor plan for the stage 1 of the renovation including updating the kitchen. 

The entry and sitting area. 

The entry and sitting area. 

The kitchen. 

The kitchen.