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Exquisite Textured Wallpapers

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Inspired by her travels around the world, Yolande Milan Batteau, principal artist for Callidus Guild's bespoke surfaces studio, creates wallpaper that begs comparison to fine art. Textures undulate across surfaces and give depth to plain, flat walls. The Boucle collection mimics the woven fabric made famous by Coco Chanel, The Plains collection was inspired by an abstract Giverny painting. Batteau creates the textures and effects using sophisticated techniques like tooling and embedding. It's an exquisite art form and one I would love to have covering my walls.

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(Images: Callidus Guild)

Decorating with Wallpaper

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Wallpaper has had many incarnations.

The decorative wall covering gained popularity during Renaissance Europe amongst the social elite. It was a natural evolution of the large tapestries the gentry used to hang on their walls during the Middle Ages. Not only did these tapestries and later rolls of paper add visual interest, but they acted as insulating layer between the cold, stone walls and the interior of the room.

While many of the first wallpapers depicted nature scenes or was flocked ( a velvet-like pattern on paper), today the myriad of patterns and colors will fit any space or style of home.

And while many may think that wallpaper is limited to just that...the wall, I think some of it's most clever and impactful examples can be found on shelves, lamps, and many other places that the 14th-century Europeans would've never dreamed of.

Remember to play with scale and think outside the roll when decorating with wallpaper. I hope you enjoy these inspired ideas and projects.

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I love this idea. Wallpapering a door really makes a bright touch. (marthastewart.com)

1 I love this idea. Wallpapering a door really makes a bright touch. (marthastewart.com)

Adelphi Paper Hangings in Sharon Springs, NY crafts incredible wallpapers by hand. Here is a shot of one of their showrooms.

2 Adelphi Paper Hangings in Sharon Springs, NY crafts incredible wallpapers by hand. Here is a shot of one of their showrooms.

Wallpaper borders can be used for more than trimming walls. You can make unique furniture accents like the treatment on this chest. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

3 Wallpaper borders can be used for more than trimming walls. You can make unique furniture accents like the treatment on this chest. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Here is another way to utilize a wallpaper border. It looks like this border was made for this lamp! (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

4 Here is another way to utilize a wallpaper border. It looks like this border was made for this lamp! (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Detailed wallpaper borders make beautiful window valences. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

5 Detailed wallpaper borders make beautiful window valences. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Some wallpapers stand well on their own as art. (Martha Stewart Living, September 2000)

6 Some wallpapers stand well on their own as art. (Martha Stewart Living, September 2000)

Instead of using a traditional wallpaper border, use a regular roll for a bold visual impact along your molding. (marthastewart.com)

7 Instead of using a traditional wallpaper border, use a regular roll for a bold visual impact along your molding. (marthastewart.com)

Wallpaper can dress up areas that are often underconsidered, like the closet. (marthastewart.com)

8 Wallpaper can dress up areas that are often underconsidered, like the closet. (marthastewart.com)

Dress up plain wastebaskets and umbrella stands with a covering of wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

9 Dress up plain wastebaskets and umbrella stands with a covering of wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

A wallpaper headboard is a more affordable and less bulky option for beds. (marthastewart.com)

10 A wallpaper headboard is a more affordable and less bulky option for beds. (marthastewart.com)

Pretty wallpaper patterns can be cut out to make these easy sconces. (marthastewart.com)

11 Pretty wallpaper patterns can be cut out to make these easy sconces. (marthastewart.com)

Bring some pattern to your switchplates with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

12 Bring some pattern to your switchplates with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

Covering an old table with wallpaper is a great way to disguise scratches. (marthastewart.com)

13 Covering an old table with wallpaper is a great way to disguise scratches. (marthastewart.com)

Even the most common items (the clipboard) can have a sophisticated air with the help of wallpaper. It's a great idea for small, leftover scraps. (marthastewart.com)

14 Even the most common items (the clipboard) can have a sophisticated air with the help of wallpaper. It's a great idea for small, leftover scraps. (marthastewart.com)

Rebecca Robertson and family sit in front of a wall -- covered in  the

15 Rebecca Robertson and family sit in front of a wall -- covered in the "Cactus Paisley" paper from Neisha Crosland. (Martha Stewart Living)

Inexpensive magazine holders get a romantic upgrade with a pretty floral paper. (Martha Stewart Living)

16 Inexpensive magazine holders get a romantic upgrade with a pretty floral paper. (Martha Stewart Living)

Want to create your own view? Attach a beautiful wallpaper sheet to a roller shade. (Martha Stewart Living)

17 Want to create your own view? Attach a beautiful wallpaper sheet to a roller shade. (Martha Stewart Living)

The flowers in this paper create the perfect spot for antique hooks. Voila, an entryway is created. (Blueprint Magazine)

18 The flowers in this paper create the perfect spot for antique hooks. Voila, an entryway is created. (Blueprint Magazine)

Muted color keeps these two wallpapers from competing. (Blueprint Magazine)

19 Muted color keeps these two wallpapers from competing. (Blueprint Magazine)

A instant chair rail is created with dramatic floral border paper. (Blueprint Magazine)

20 A instant chair rail is created with dramatic floral border paper. (Blueprint Magazine)

Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

21 Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

I found some wallpaper products that are fun, chic, and best of all...available for order online.

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An elegant pattern on a Mylar base makes this design a modern twist. walnutwallpaper.com)

1 An elegant pattern on a Mylar base makes this design a modern twist. walnutwallpaper.com)

A graphic pattern is perfect for an accent wall or small space. (dwellstudio.com)

2 A graphic pattern is perfect for an accent wall or small space. (dwellstudio.com)

This damask wallpaper is paintable, so you can customize the color to work with your decor. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

3 This damask wallpaper is paintable, so you can customize the color to work with your decor. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

A herringbone pattern is inspired by men's suiting -- making it ideal for a library or office. It can also be painted a bespoke color. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

4 A herringbone pattern is inspired by men's suiting -- making it ideal for a library or office. It can also be painted a bespoke color. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

Don't be afraid to use a bold color and pattern simultaneously. This one works well because the pattern is not too intense. (kremelife.com)

5 Don't be afraid to use a bold color and pattern simultaneously. This one works well because the pattern is not too intense. (kremelife.com)

This dot pattern also comes in a neutral taupe color. (dwellstudio.com)

6 This dot pattern also comes in a neutral taupe color. (dwellstudio.com)

This is a fun take on a malachite pattern. (walnutwallpaper.com)

7 This is a fun take on a malachite pattern. (walnutwallpaper.com)

If an ornate pattern is too much for your entire room, consider using it on an accent piece. You can line a bookshelf or drawer for a surprise kick of pattern. (kremelife.com)

8 If an ornate pattern is too much for your entire room, consider using it on an accent piece. You can line a bookshelf or drawer for a surprise kick of pattern. (kremelife.com)

I think this paper would be so pretty on a dining-room ceiling. (kremelife.com)

9 I think this paper would be so pretty on a dining-room ceiling. (kremelife.com)

The flowing pattern on this paper is so soothing -- perfect for any bedroom or bathroom. (kremelife.com)

10 The flowing pattern on this paper is so soothing -- perfect for any bedroom or bathroom. (kremelife.com)

The whimsy and color palette of this pattern don't take away from its sophisticated look. (anthropologie.com)

11 The whimsy and color palette of this pattern don't take away from its sophisticated look. (anthropologie.com)

Here's a close up. (anthropologie.com)

12 Here's a close up. (anthropologie.com)

A trellis pattern with a Moroccan twist. (kremelife.com)

13 A trellis pattern with a Moroccan twist. (kremelife.com)

This color is so beautiful, subtle, and neutral. (walnutwallpaper.com)

14 This color is so beautiful, subtle, and neutral. (walnutwallpaper.com)

Wainscoting is so classic. This wallpaper version is a more affordable option and can also be painted any color you like. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

15 Wainscoting is so classic. This wallpaper version is a more affordable option and can also be painted any color you like. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

Vintage wallpapers are always a great option. Isn't this tufted pattern clever? (secondhandrose.com)

16 Vintage wallpapers are always a great option. Isn't this tufted pattern clever? (secondhandrose.com)

A simple and elegant trellis pattern always looks chic. (ballarddesigns.com)

17 A simple and elegant trellis pattern always looks chic. (ballarddesigns.com)

Indochine's Anniversary

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Having been to the timeless New York City restaurant Indochine numerous times, I can’t help but be anything but mesmerized by the iconic landmark that celebrities, models, artists and socialites have been flocking to since 1984.

The French-Vietnamese cuisine and flavorful martinis aren’t the only things that keep the regulars coming back for more -- the restaurant’s stylish ambiance is set with candles lighting the entire space and banana leaf wallpaper recreates a tropical setting. (The banana-leaf look has been a major trend since the Beverly Hills Hotel put the signature pattern on its walls – and it’s still there to this day!) The walls take you to Vietnam, but the floors (black and white tiles) send you straight to a classic brasserie.

How has this insanely energetic spot managed to attract not only celebs but business-world luminaries for 25 years? Well the food is spectacular, the music is superb, the interior design of the space sets the mood and the people gallivanting in and out of the restaurant are the reason for all of the memories Indochine has made over the past 25 years.

For their anniversary, Indochine has published a book -- Indochine Stories, Shaken and Stirred. Flipping through the glossy pages, I realized how the restaurant has stayed so relevant to hard-to-please New Yorkers for 25 years. It’s simple: Keep your own stylish aestheic (no matter what the current trends may be) and the interesting, stylish crowd will keep rediscovering you as “the place to be."

Happy Anniversary Indochine!

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This photo from the Indochine book shows celebrity signatures on chopsticks.

1 This photo from the Indochine book shows celebrity signatures on chopsticks.

Watercolor by Jean-Philippe Delhomme.

2 Watercolor by Jean-Philippe Delhomme.

Indochine by Tom Sachs.

3 Indochine by Tom Sachs.

Illustration by Ruben Toledo.

4 Illustration by Ruben Toledo.

Indochine Miam Miam by Kenny Scharf, watercolor.

5 Indochine Miam Miam by Kenny Scharf, watercolor.

This is the beginning of Indochine! Take a look at the the banana-leaf wallpaper going up and the tile floors are being installed.

6 This is the beginning of Indochine! Take a look at the the banana-leaf wallpaper going up and the tile floors are being installed.

Martha's banana tree outside her Bedford home.

7 Martha's banana tree outside her Bedford home.

Watercolor by Ruben Toledo.

8 Watercolor by Ruben Toledo.

Here's an example of banana-leaf wallpaper you can put up in your own kitchen or dining area.

9 Here's an example of banana-leaf wallpaper you can put up in your own kitchen or dining area.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel has had banana-leaf wallpaper for several decades.

11 The Beverly Hills Hotel has had banana-leaf wallpaper for several decades.

Here is a photograph from the book Indochine Stories, Shaken and Stirred of a collage of fabric banana-leafs

12 Here is a photograph from the book Indochine Stories, Shaken and Stirred of a collage of fabric banana-leafs

I love this photograph of the restaurant's reservation book. After taking a close look I could see a dozen celebrity names such as: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Paul Newman and Rosie O'Donnell.

13 I love this photograph of the restaurant's reservation book. After taking a close look I could see a dozen celebrity names such as: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Paul Newman and Rosie O'Donnell.

In Martha's Skylands Maine Summer Home she keeps a guest book, a great way to remember who has come to visit you and when.

14 In Martha's Skylands Maine Summer Home she keeps a guest book, a great way to remember who has come to visit you and when.

A photo of the inside of Indochine (before the crowds arrive).

15 A photo of the inside of Indochine (before the crowds arrive).

How delicious -- Indochine's food is very flavorful.

16 How delicious -- Indochine's food is very flavorful.

The mirrors along the walls give the illusion that the room is bigger and they really reflect the banana-leafs on the walls.

17 The mirrors along the walls give the illusion that the room is bigger and they really reflect the banana-leafs on the walls.

I love this lounge area, it's the perfect place to enjoy a drink with a group of friends.

18 I love this lounge area, it's the perfect place to enjoy a drink with a group of friends.

Check out the black and white tiles in this photo -- it's such a classic pattern with the perfect colors.

19 Check out the black and white tiles in this photo -- it's such a classic pattern with the perfect colors.

I spotted Martha's photograph in the Indochine book!

20 I spotted Martha's photograph in the Indochine book!

Home Depot has some great options of tiles to install in your own kitchen.

21 Home Depot has some great options of tiles to install in your own kitchen.

These tiles from Home Depot would look great in a dining area of a kitchen.

22 These tiles from Home Depot would look great in a dining area of a kitchen.

I love a great martini -- I am always looking out for a new recipe. In the back of Indochine’s anniversary book I found a recipe for their signature Indochine Martini:

At the end of the bar we always keep a large glass container that is filled with slices of pineapple and ginger that steep in a premium vodka for about a week. To make the Indochine Martini, start with a ripe pineapple that you peel and cut into one-inch thick slices. Pell some fresh ginger, slice it and add it to the pineapple. Cover with a good quality vodka (about two bottles), and let infuse for a few days or up to two weeks. When ready, strain and pour the following into a shaker:

1.5 oz. pineapple ginger-infused vodka
1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
3/4t oz. fresh lime juice
splash of pineapple juice

Shake well with ice and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with one floating mint leaf.

In college I used to make trips quite often to Manhattan, one thing every trip was guaranteed to include was dinner at Indochine. I love the spring rolls, but the following recipes from their book are just as tasty:

Spicy Beef Salad (serves four)

12 oz. filet mignon of beef, cut in two pieces the long way
salt  & pepper
½ cup of shredded mint leaves
½ cup sliced shallots (sliced the long way)
1 oz. shredded carrots
1 oz shredded cucumber
1 or 2 romaine lettuce heads, chopped
1 tbsp fried shallots to sprinkle on top

Dressing:
4 tbsp Sriracha chili sauce (more for a spicier salad)
4 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp sugar
1 cup rice vinegar (or other white vinegar)
½ cup water

Season the meat with generous amount of salt and pepper. Sear on all sides for a few minutes until medium-rare. Let cool. Slice the meat into thin slices with a very sharp knife. Toss all the ingredients with the dressing and sprinkle with friend shallots.

Lemongrass Chicken With Asian Basil (serves two)

Marinade:
1lb. chicken breast thinly sliced sideways against the fiber
2 tbsp Vietnamese fish sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp chili-garlic sauce (widely available in Asian markets)

Mix all the ingredients and marinate for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.

Cooking:
4 Shallots finely sliced the long way
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass (only the white part)
½ cup chicken broth
1 cup whole Asian basil leaves (stems out)
2 tbsp finely chopped peanuts

In a wok or flat pan, heat the oil to high heat. Throw in the sliced shallots and lemongrass and turn a few seconds until browned. Add marinated chicken and toss quickly and vigorously, separating it if it sticks together. Sauté for about three to four minutes (depending on the thickness of the chicken), adding a tablespoon of chicken broth every minute. Add the whole Asian basil leaves and sauté for another thirty seconds. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. Garnish with a sprig of Asian basil.