By: Lucille Grippo
We have been in the midst of an “Arctic Blast” in the Hudson Valley. Temperatures barely climbing out of the teens combined with a bleak, grey sky is enough to keep anyone in warm clothes under cozy blankets.
I’m lucky that most days my commute is no further than the home office downstairs with a large bay window overlooking my backyard. Often I sit and work with barely a glance up or out at the landscape before me. But recently, I took the opportunity to gaze out while on phone conferences. What I saw gave me a start. The view is therapeutic in a sense – frozen, snow-covered ground, stark, bare trees with mountains silhouetted in the distance beyond the valley. Not at all the cold, dreary vision I had set in my mind.
This got me thinking how lovely it would be to incorporate the look in my home, like having a blank canvas to work with. By hanging one of many York Wallcoverings wallpapers that mirror my vista, I can instantly have an unspoiled background to play with when the decorating bug bites. I can create a feature wall of wallpaper with sleek accoutrements to achieve the fresh, contemporary look that my spirit yearns for in these cold, winter months. As the calendar and seasons change I can add pops of color – bold cobalt, rich garnet, soft gold, silvery green, or zesty spice tones as pillows, window treatments, accessories. I might even replicate the look in my daughter’s room, having fallen for the Enchanted Forest pattern from York’s Room to Grow Collection. For now, though, I’ll start with the wallpaper, a project which will delight my soul and remind me how inspiration is often gleaned from the most unexpected places.