Wondrous Wallpaper

Did you know, wallpaper, one of the most well-known interior design staples, has been around for thousands of years. Constantly ever-changing and expanding, wallpaper has evolved into many different types, materials and patterns. Wallpaper dates back to wall paintings by the Egyptian and Roman people. As time and knowledge progressed the idea of painting and printing on fabric became more desired to avoid the high cost of expensive tapestries and paneling. Over the centuries, wallpaper began to serve a different purpose, adding a decorative design to spaces – including homes, businesses, historic buildings and more. In the beginning of 20th century, wallpaper pasting machines were created and the well-known water soluble wallpaper paste was introduced. Both of which helped with the progressive movement and popularity of the use of wallpaper. Such a seemingly simple product contains much importance in history and even more importance in the interior design world today. With such an evolved product, there is significance in recognizing the different types of wallpaper, what they should and shouldn’t be used for AND the importance of hiring a professional.

Wallpaper can transform a space, add depth & design and can even create a temporary aesthetic change. Wallpaper can be used on full walls in a space, accent walls, ceilings, stair facial boards and small spaces (like bathrooms, pantries and closets). There are options to add a paper that is pasted with a more permanent purpose or a temporary peel-and-stick paper that creates the wallpaper image, but can be removed for future changes. Recognizing your wallpaper purpose is an pivotal first step.



There are many different types of Wallpaper on the market and it is easy to get distracted by the visual aesthetic of a paper. Yet, it is beneficial to recognize each wallpaper style, the benefits of each and also the limitations. A common wallpaper mistake is using the wrong material in the wrong places. So let’s look at a few varieties of wallpaper in this blog post.


Printed Paper – This is the most commonly used and well-known wallpaper. This wallpaper is exactly as the name describes, images and patterns are printed onto the paper. There is either a pre-pasted option in which water is added to the paper directly to activate the paste for hanging; or there is paper without any paste in which a water soluble paste needs to be applied before hanging. Keep in mind this style of paper is more permanent and will need proper removal if applied.



Flocked – This wallpaper has an embossed quality, with a raised felt/velvet-like pattern. Most flocked wallpapers are deemed as more traditional, so they are used in more formal spaces, but you can occasionally find less traditional looks. Keep in mind with this raised felt look, there is more room for damage, so it is important to keep this wallpaper in a low traffic area(s).



Relief or Raised Patterns – This wallpaper is very similar to the above printed paper, but there is a raised pattern that is visible on the design that adds texture in addition to the existing pattern. Due to the raised nature of this paper, it should not be used in a high traffic area.



Grass or Burlap Textured – A revisited trend from the 60’s for your home, these wallpapers have a naturalistic feel. They now come in different color ways and are great for hiding imperfections in a wall due to the thickness of the wallpaper. Important to recognize though that due to the natural material, this wallpaper can easily be stained, so it is important to avoid high traffic areas, mostly if a lighter color option is used.



Vinyl & Vinyl Coated – This wallpaper is also exactly what it sounds like — it is simply a printed wallpaper with a vinyl layer added to the paper to help make it more durable and resistant to every day use. With that said, this wallpaper is great for kitchens, bathrooms and other high traffic areas due to it being water proof, scrubbable and abrasion resistant. There are also fully vinyl wallpapers that are even more durable.



Temporary, Reposition-able and Removable – This is a great new wallpaper that is hitting the market fast and loved by consumers and interior designers alike. This paper is just like described – it can be used in temporary spaces and has a peel and stick quality that makes it removable and easy to reposition. This paper is great for walls, ceilings, stair risers and other home projects like bookcases, cabinets, furniture and more. This is a nice option for those who want a DIY home project, even though hiring a professional is still recommended. Most peel-and-stick wallpaper on the market is washable and ok in moderately humid spaces, but keep in mind that over time repetitive excessive humidity can cause bubbling in the paper. One important piece of knowledge is, before applying these peel-and-stick wallpapers, to paint the walls with an eggshell, semi-gloss or statin paint and avoid matte paint to prevent damage to the wall when removing paper in the future.



  Now knowing the importance in the types of wallpaper, it is just as beneficial to pay attention to the following details (many listed above). Is the wallpaper peelable or strippable? Is it washable, scrubbable or stain & abrasion resistant? Is the wallpaper pre-pasted or does a paste need to be applied? And, does the paper have colorfastness – does the paper resist a color change when exposed to high amounts of sunlight? It can be hard to look for all these details while picking the right wallpaper for a space, all on top of choosing from the hundreds of thousands of color, pattern and design options. This is where hiring a professional helps. Hiring an interior designer can help alleviate tough decisions, as well as ensuring the correct amount of wallpaper is purchased, the right wallpaper is place in the right space and destructive errors are avoided.

The idea of adding wallpaper to a space is supposed to elicit change and create a design element in your space. Having knowledge and experience in crucial. Contact Beyond The Mill Design with your wallpaper questions, concerns and inquiries today! With over 26 years of design experience, we are here to help!





*Some information gathered from www.doityourself.com


Living Room Layouts – 3D Designs 


When designing a space it is very important to understand the functionality and purpose of the room. The living and family room can be two of the most used spaces in a home. There are many purposes for these spaces like watching television, conversing with loved ones and simply just relaxing. These spaces also need to be designed with certain age groups in mind. Below are 3D spaces created to show a few living room layouts that are functional for focal points, conversation spaces, kid-friendly areas and symmetrical areas.


When creating this layout, there is most likely a known focal point in the room. This could be the television, the fireplace or some other ‘important’ object. In the layout below the focal point is the television. The main idea in this layout is to focus all furniture toward the known focal point. The sofa is in the middle facing straight toward the focal point as the chairs are positioned diagonally toward both the sofa and the focal point. In order make this space more inviting with company you can add rotating chairs or moveable ottomans that make for easier conversation.


Those with children know that when planning a space it is important to keep them in mind. Creating an open space for play is important, while also maintaining an ‘adult area’ for conversation. Create this space with a sofa and complimentary chairs on one side, add a coffee table as a small barrier and two chairs on the opposite side of the room for children. This ‘barrier’ creates a differentiation of ‘adult’ space and ‘child’ space. Add functional pieces of furniture to this space with storage for toys, books and supplies.


Do you have company often? Get togethers, book clubs or church groups? Then this layout is perfect for your space. Position the sofa and complimentary chairs in almost a circular position so that any seat in the room is seen and part of the ‘conversation’.  It is important to position furniture so that it is easy to walk around each piece instead of ‘through’ the conversation. The main focal point in this layout are those who are also in the space with you.



For those with a sensitive eye to design balance, these spaces are great for you! These spaces not only contain balance and symmetry, but they are also great conversation spaces. For visual balance it is important to add pieces across from one another with the same visual height and weight. As in the picture, there is a sofa and then two accent chairs that are visually the same weight. Then you have the chairs in the middle directly across from one another. This layout creates visual balance to the eye.

Many prefer symmetry as well. The second layout is created with a coffee table in the middle of the room as an anchor. Two similar, if not the same, sofas and end tables are added across from one another. This symmetrical layout works best for formal living rooms.


When creating any of these spaces it is important to think about the functionality of the space and how it will fit your needs. Also keep in mind the size of the room and what can fit appropriately.

Olde Mill Furniture & Design can help you create the living room space that works best in your home. Our in-home design services will allow us to observe your home and create an appropriate layout. Visit Olde Mill Furniture and let us help you transform your space!

– The Beyond The Mill Team 

New Year. New Home

Trends are very common in home design. Some last and some just can’t stand the test of time. We are going to talk about some common home design ideas that are out of style. We will also look at some new home design ideas that will make your home one to desire!

1. Out with CHEVRON & In with fun, modern prints.

As much as we all loved Chevron (on just about anything) it just can’t stand up to the changing design inspirations. Change those chevron walls and upholstery to things like houndstooth, damask and quatrefoil, like the picture below!

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In addition to these fun new patterns, wallpaper is making a huge comback and is a great way to create an accent wall!

Photo Credit – Jeneration Interiors

2. No More Matching Furniture. Add fun accent pieces in different patterns or colors!

It is common for the untrained eye to want everything to match from the sofa to the love seat to the ottomans. But, it is very important to break up the same color scheme with a coordinating and complimentary fabric or pattern on a least one piece. Instead of creating a space with all matching pieces, add pieces like the accent chairs in the second picture. Add coordinating pillows on the sofa or sectional to pull everything together and achieve your desired look.

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3. Nix the Painted Accent Wall and Pop on some Eclectic Wallpaper!

The idea of adding an accent wall to a room is still commonly used, but now it is come with more style in mind. Take a drab painted accent wall and add an elegant, coordinating wallpaper for an eye popping addition.

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4. Silver Kitchen Fixtures are so 2015, Add a POP in 2016 with GOLD!

Even though silver kitchen fixtures will remain a favorite for many years, it is most certainly playing it safe. Create a unique kitchen by adding gold fixtures and accent lighting.

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5. Let your COLOR FEARS of 2015 be in the past. 2016 is about sensory stimulating COLOR schemes!

Behr.com, a very well known paint company says that 2016 is about using these different hues and intensities to create you very own sensory driven space. Don’t you just love these colors below?
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So, let’s make 2016 the best home design year yet! Contact Beyond The Mill Design and ask us about out Design Services and let us help you create a space that is timeless. Our goal is for you to love your space for a lifetime!

New Year. New Home.

– The Beyond The Mill Team 


New Years Decor Ideas 

New Years Eve is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than in style! Planning a dinner or get together in your home? Use some of these simple decor ideas and you are sure to impress your guests. The New Year is all about new beginnings and fresh starts, so make sure to end 2015 with a decorative bang!
Create an elegant table setting for guests by using black, gold and silver color palettes. Add candles and crystal to add glitz to the setting. Use minimal flowers for a simple, yet graceful look.
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Add your very own champagne bar for that ‘night on the town’ feel! Create special trays for deserts and candy. Add fun, sparkly garland or banners to make the space more festive. Pop in a few champagne flutes, bottles and fruit to garnish and the space is ready for entertainment.

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Now of course you must have a festive mantle for your gathering! Add a banner like those below in blacks, whites, silvers and golds. Keep your silver and sparkly Christmas decor out to coordinate with the rest of your decor. Add snowflakes and festive ornaments for that winter wonderland pop!

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Have a safe and Happy New Year from all of us at Beyond The Mill Design! Don’t forget to visit us in the new year at Olde Mill for your home decor needs, including furniture, custom furniture, design consultations, home interiors and more!

– The Beyond The Mill Team


Classic, Cozy & Custom Closets


It is not unknown that women love a great closet! The idea of organization and a beautiful display of clothing, shoes and accessories is an important part of a home. Men are also jumping on the bandwagon and realizing the functional of a well put together closet.

No matter the size of your closet, creating a space that is functional and organized can help save time, money and make it easier to care for your clothing and accessories. Below are some of my favorite closets from HGTV.com. It is important to create a space that is most efficient for your needs. It may sound silly because it is ‘just a closet’, but create a space that feels warm. This will help reduce time looking for your favorite pair of pants or make it easier to find the right shoes.

First up is a great idea for a child’s closet. This space is playful and is set up like a team locker room. This closet helps keep the kids organized and their items have a specific space. These built in drawers help keep the space looking tidy while still remaining accessible.

Next up, for the men. Now not all of us are able to have two separate closets, but if you are so lucky, these two closets are great! The first closet space is great because of the built in cabinetry for storage, as well as the cubbies for ties or shoes. No more searching for that special tie, these little nooks create a visible, organized space.

In the next photo the dark built in pieces create a masculine space, while still maintaining its elegance. Each separate rack is great for dividing different items of clothing. Keeping those items separate makes life easier when getting ready. Adding built in hampers keeps dirty clothes in their space while they await the wash! Add a large floor mirror for the ability to check your outfit before heading out.

And, of course, some great ideas for the beloved women’s closet. The first picture shows a great way to add to a small closet. Don’t let a smaller space discourage you! Adding shelving can help keep more organization as well as built in drawers for storage. Keep things tidy with shoe racks and randomized racks.

Next, if you do have the space, add more shelving and shoe racks. Like the next photo, adding a floating island in the closet with a functional drawer or cabinet can create more space and storage. Create this space to lay out your clothes for each day and be prepared for a carefree morning!

Lastly, like in the last photo, adding sectioned cubbies on shelves can create a home for accessories like belts, scarves, hats and more. And of course, what about those purses? Create shelving just for those purses. By having these accessories in your closet and so close to your clothing, it makes it easier to get ready in the morning, afternoon or night!


Visit Beyond The Mill for more guidance on how to recreate your closet space to suit your needs. Create a space that makes life easier, as well as one that properly displays your items.

– The Beyond The Mill Team

Transform a Space with These Simple Tips 

Sometimes a complete remodel isn’t in the budget. That’s ok, because at times all it takes is a minor transformation of a few things and the space feels complete. Below are some tips and tricks that are relatively inexpensive for creating an updated space. These are possible DIY projects or maybe you need a little bit of professional help. Either way, these ideas are sure to change the look of your home.
1. Repaint Your Island

Kitchen renovations can be beautiful, yet sometimes costly. If you are in the market for a complete reno, that’s great! If not, here is a possible quick fix that will transform from drab to fab. Below is a before and after of a typical wood island in a kitchen. With a few coats of paint, it is changed to a sleek, crisp kitchen island that better suits the space.

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2. Change the Hardware

Like the photos below, transform your cabinetry in a few simple steps. Hardware can change the overall look of your kitchen and cabinets. The color and style of the hardware can make you cabinets stand out and create a ‘finished’ look that is often desired. Like the second picture, you can take a very traditional canbinet, pop on a modern, sleek handle and you get a more contemporary look. It is all in the details.

You can also repaint or stain your cabinets to bring them back to life. Or paint just your island and leave the cabinetry the same for an extra pop!
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3. Paint Your Banister

With colors and style permitting, painting your stairway banister can be a beautiful, yet simple upgrade that adds character to your home. The contrast in the picture below makes the stairway stand out and has a very rich and finished look.

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4. Add a Custom Built-in for Your Space!

A beautiful piece designed by owner, Julie, at Olde Mill! Customized to fit the customer’s space and needs. Adding a built in can create organization and a completed space. The piece becomes a part of your home and is created with your style in mind.

5. Finish a Space with Beautiful Drapery

Custom drapery is a simple solution to finishing off a space. While using complementary colors and patterns with existing pieces, drapery can add a more tailored look to a room. Based on your space and style, drapes create the lines and curves that draw your eye into the room. Whether your like cornices, swags or regular panels, Olde Mill can create the look that suits your needs. You would be surprised just how completed your space will be afterwards!

Below are custom drapes from Olde Mill Furniture!  

One very important lesson to be learned when designing and decorating, is to finish off a space completely to make it cohesive. Leaving rooms unfinished can inhibit a home from feeling cozy & warm. Wih these few ideas and tips, your space can become more sophisticated and stylish! Visit Beyond The Mill Design for more tips and ideas for your space. Inquire about a Design Consultation and let us help you.

– The Beyond The Mill Team

4 Must Have Mud Rooms! 

Do you get frustrated when your loved ones throw their jackets on the floor or across the banisters when entering the home? Or is that pile of shoes piling up in front of the sofa? Well, one popular renovation to many homes at the moment are Mud Rooms. Recreate your mud room with more organization, functionality and hide unsightly items. Help your children find their items easier and still stay stylish while doing so! Below are four different, yet similar, mud room ideas perfect for any space.

First up, don’t have a mud room? That’s ok, create this look in your garage. Add baskets for storage and hooks for hanging coats and scarves. Add a large basket for shoes! No more lost or straggling shoes. Shelving is also another solution for this space for shoes and boots. Fill space with clocks or other accessories to make this outside space a little more homey.

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Next up, let’s be kid-friendly as well! Let’s face it, a lot of the time, we need these spaces more organized for our children! Create single cubbies for each family member so everyone has their items in their own spaces. No more, “That’s my glove!” and wasted time searching for that missing shoe. Create drawers for small items or electronics. Add labeled baskets for storage and hooks to hang jackets and more! Adding labels, to spaces helps keep things organized. It also gives children a sense of ownership and the importance of taking care of things.

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So the kids are grown you say? That’s ok, create an organized space for YOU! Create a more sophisticated look with a beautiful painted built-in with functional shelving. Use more mature style baskets to store personal belongings. Add classic hooks for items. Create a seat perfect for putting shoes on and taking them off. Add an upholstered cushion and coordinating pillow to finish off the space. Throw in a piece of artwork or alternative artwork to complete your desired look! Also a great feature is the mixture of both shelving and cabinetry. Have space for visible display, but also hide your unwanted items.

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Lastly, here is a more modern look. Great for any home, but beautiful in a city home or penthouse. This sleek styles has lots of storage! Great in homes with a lack of storage and organizational space. This space lends itself to being modern with the cabinetry style and hardware. It contains simple lines and the space itself is rather basic in design, yet very gorgeous. This space lacks visible shelving, but is great for storage and for those who prefer to hide their items. Thought it is simple, one could add an upholstered cushion or pillow to complete this space.

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Like what you see? Need more guidance, ideas or plans? Visit us at Beyond The Mill Design and let us help. We can customize a built-in perfect for your space. We can customize the size, styles, cabinetry, shelving and so much more. From a traditional stained piece to a painted farmhouse style, we can help your achieve your vision. Not only will your piece be beautiful, it will also be functional because it is created with your needs in mind. Let us also help with the upholstery and accessories. Hope we can help!

– The Beyond The Mill Team