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.

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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 home décor inspiration is often gleaned from the most unexpected places.

Enchanted Forest from York Wallcoverings' Room to Grow Collection.

Enchanted Forest from York Wallcoverings’ Room to Grow Collection.

The Birches, from York Wallcoverings.

The Birches, from York Wallcoverings.

Tree Silhouette, from York Wallcoverings

Tree Silhouette, from York Wallcoverings

Magical, from York Wallcoverings

Magical, from York Wallcoverings