Sticker Walls

I'm finally getting around to decorating the girls' room. It's not a huge space - about 12x15. Just enough room for two twin beds with a dresser in between. The other side of the room has a big toy box (you can see it peeking out here) and a tall dresser to the right and a closet area, play table and bookshelves to the left.



Obviously there will be new bedding and the rug will probably be moved to our bedroom. I'm also going to reupholster the headboards and add canopies, which will help with the funky wall situation (these old loft walls are quirky and I love them).



But the temporary walls to the right and left of the beds, which we added when we moved in, need something fun. The background needs to stay white so it won't look too off from the loft walls (which I don't want to paint at all). I couldn't put my finger on it, but I wanted something sort of loose and juvenile - almost like the girls did it themselves. I considered doing something like this with sharpies, which I still really like:



I also thought about stenciling a cute bow pattern, but I didn't get around to any of those projects. Then one day a couple months ago I tweeted about how my girls were sneakily decorating their walls with stickers. (that period is supposed be a comma btw. Fingers were tired from peeling I guess) :)




Soon after a friend emailed me a link to this amazing girl's site. Her name is Payton Turner and she is only 25. Look at the gorgeous wallpaper this girl makes. I instantly wanted it for my girls room. The colors are just right:







Okay, now here's the good part. You will flip out like I did when you put two and two together here. This "wallpaper" is actually made up of hundreds of different stickers!!! What!?





I LOVE this so, so so much. I think it is so cool with it's traditional design references but also so modern and kitsch. It's like a giant I Spy book!













I've been picking up big lots of stickers on eBay for a couple bucks here and there for the past month or two, but I think I'm ready to get started now. My idea was to wallpaper just the temporary walls with white contact paper maybe? and then do the sticker patterns and then paint a coat of Polycrylic over the top to keep little hands from messing with all my hard work! The contact paper approach should make it easy to remove the pattern when we move.

I can't wait to share how it goes. Obviously mine will be A LOT more amateur, but I think it will be a fun project. And if after a couple hours it feels like it isn't going to work, I won't be out more than a couple bucks.

PS Payton was featured in Elle Decor this month. Page 74! You can get more information about commissioning Payton for custom work and also check out her line of beautiful wallpapers here at Flat Vernacular.


76 comments:

ceo said...

Love this ..... Boy oh boy is she talented. Thanks for sharing.... Can not wait to see what the girls room looks like......

Xxx
Ceo

Ms. Bright said...

That is one of the coolest, most original things I have seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing!! I had come across a picture of Payton and her walls, but had no idea they were stickers!! Perfect and totally I Spy!

Three Sisters said...

This is such a neat find to share with us! I agree that Payton has major talent, and patience! So refreshing to see something totally new and different on a design blog. Cheers! Ana

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

That is absolutely incredible! It reminds me so much of my tween years, when I collected some of those very same stickers. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Red Door Home said...

I saw the article in Elle Decor ans thought this was such a clever idea. I am looking forward to seeing how your sticker wallpaper turns out.

Geb said...

Those are stickers?! That "wallpaper" looks amazing. Can't wait to see how your project turns out.

Pine Tree Home said...

That is just awesome. I loved stickers when I was a kid and remember taking my allowance money to go pick out special ones.

pve design said...

I really love the whimsy of this.
fab!
pve

Christy said...

This is one of the neatest ideas I've seen on a blog, anywhere. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing Jenny. And I sure hope you share your project with us, even if it does turn out to be too time-consuming to complete!!!

Sarah said...

I love her work. It reminds me a lot of a girl I went to college with a few years ago who had a similar aesthetic. Instead of patterns though she did landscapes and she only used Lisa Frank stickers that she stole from the store. Still cracks me up when I think about it.

Sarah Kuhn said...

super awesome!

Cindy said...

how fun! are you going to do a similar design as Payton's? a damask or chandelier shape??
can't wait to see the finished project!!

Jill said...

Wow that's awesome! But it seems you'd need the patience of a saint to do it so kudos to you for giving it a shot! Can't wait to see the finished product!

jandjhome said...

This is amazing. I love the idea of even one as art. I can't wait to see what you do.

Whitney said...

Amazing work from Payton, and I just *know* that you'll do similarly wonderful work, Jenny! Cna't wait to see the results. Your girls will be so impressed! Cheers, Whitney from Consider Yourself At Home

Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life said...

That is amazing! Who knew a wall could look so Chic with stickers!!

Naomi said...

Whoa, that is talent!

meesch said...

wow, that looks so meticulous! and i love the sharpie idea! is that what is on the walls of the picture with the stripes?

-meesch
http://aperfectkindofday.blogspot.com

Angeline said...

So cool! Love this *smart* idea!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

This is so cool! I wonder if she sells "prints" of her paper to frame and hang? Going to find all her information right now, thanks for sharing!

maggie said...

That is such a genius idea. So unusual...love her patterns. But the TIME involved must be massive!

Designed to a Tea said...

I saw the article and was super impressed. I'm glad you posted on this!! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

The Glamorous Housewife said...

That is jaw dropping! I cant wait to see what you come up with. I never would have guessed those were stickers, and I cant imagine the patience that woman must have.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Alyssa said...

Thank you for sharing this wallpaper idea, Jenny. Woweee! It is so original and yet...traditional. I'm looking forward to hearing about your DIY process. Please let us know how you select the stickers...

Kate @ Daffodils said...

wow, that is incredible!

Erin Goodchild said...

I LOOOOOOOOOVE this. Can't wait to see how it turns out! Good Luck =)

amber wallace said...

That is unbelievable! I'm so excited to see your take on it! I'm not sure I could have the patience for it. Looking forward to a great girls room too!

Lindsay said...

This is unbelievable! Thank you so much for posting. Mind. Blown.

CinnamonInk said...

WOW!!! I was blown away with the up close picture! That is so cool! Good for her!

Julia's Bookbag said...

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! But the work involved! Oh my. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Oh and I adore that rug in the girls' room, it is sooooo cool! ~Melissa

Ingrid said...

Wow that truly incredible. One of the coolest things ever. I would have never known those were stickers until I saw the picture close up!
I have to ask what happened to the beautiful Chiang Mai Dragon headboards in the girls room before. I am just starting a total makeover in my girls (8 1/2 and 6) room. I got a whole bedroom set with two twin beds, a vanity and a dresser for a steal on craigslist. I am contemplating on doing a twist on the Pink and Hermes Orange Palmer Weiss room that was in Lonny. It has not been changed since the were out of cribs and needing more of a change! Good Luck!

joannakam said...

what a great way to use up sandylion stickers! I can't wait to see the outcome!

Laura Seymour said...

she is brilliant! i want to do this...oh man.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Wow! She is so talented! I love using wallpaper whenever I can- and her wall coverings are incredibly beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

wow that looks amazing! i love it so creative

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eileen said...

I'm completely blown away by this--I don't know when I've seen anything so pretty and original. really, really beautiful!

Unknown said...

PURE AWESOMESAUCE!! I loved stickers as a kid and I love big bold patterns. I'm totally going to try this in my new place when I move to NY next week. WOOT!

Jessie said...

I love this. This would be SO COOL in my kids playroom!

Lisa said...

I saw and admired this on Apartment Therapy last year and saved the pics in my inspiration file (pre-Pinterest, I guess). I will probably attempt something similar but as a piece of movable/framed wall decor for the nursery of the daughter I'm expecting. I'd love to do a whole wall or more, but I'm not the artist Payton is! I love that she thought of this, and that she executes it so amazingly well. I'm excited to see how your take on it turns out.

Where are my Mary Jane's? said...

wow, that is what I LOVE about this blog. I love that you introduce us to these ideas and you're always willing to go ahead and try it out in your own home! I can't wait to see if you pull it off! This would also be cool to do as DIY decor on a smaller scale for a frame (like in the picture above). I could use more art for my stairwell...

Jody said...

Oh.My.God! *running to raid children's sticker stash*

the Taylors said...

Hey there Jen-
Been following your blog for a while now. Am so impressed with your decorative ideas and your ideas for being frugal in the process. It always seems difficult to decorate space on a small budget, however you have given me ideas on how exactly to do that. Im a fan of Savers & Goodwill. When finances are tight, it seems thats where we survive. I have taken old, yucky things and made them new and unique to my taste. Thanks for your tips. My house is feeling more like a home....
Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with all of us....You;ve been blessed with a natural ability to share your talent with others. I've learned a lot from you :)

the Taylors said...

Oops....the last comment sent was from *me* Tonya Lundgren by the way....not ur aunt Sharon.....my email is lundgrenville@msn.com. I was signed on to her account.....oops. sorry

Kahli said...

Wow she is super talented! Thanks for sharing with us. I can't imagine the amount of patience it takes to pull something like this off.

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Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

there are no words to explain how much i adore this. AMAZING!!!!! can't wait to see your finished product!

A Perfect Gray said...

fantastic...

HannahJ said...

this is a crazy-cool idea fo rsure- so darn original. My daughter would L-O-V-E this!!! Can't wait to see your results.

Deb said...

wow...just...wow. that is really, really cool.

Gladys said...

Wow!!! Ms. Turner's work is just drop-dead gorgeous!! SO creative and original. Though the idea is accessible, I fear that I would have difficulty emulating this wall paper. You really have to be an artist with the utmost patience to pull that off! She is a stunning girl, too! So very fortunate.

Jennifer said...

Wow! That "wallpaper" is AMAZING!

Corinne said...

Payton has her own company that also produces other wallpaper! Her patterns are beautiful! Check it out at www.flatvernacular.com

Sarah - { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

The sticker "wallpaper" is amazing. I've never see anything like it!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Wow! At first I wasn't too sure, but when I saw it was made from stickers I was in awe. So cool!! Very unique.

leFiligree said...

it doesnt get any cooler than this!

Page said...

this is gorgeous!! i really love this
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Sally Rae said...

Seriously...this is amazing! Can't wait to see what you do.

Lauren Christine said...

I am 22 and pursuing design! The wall paper sticker story was so inspirational for me!!! Thank you <33333
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Anonymous said...

Why don't you just purchase wallpaper from the original creator?

Anonymous said...

It would be a good idea to remember that Ms. Turner's
wallpapers, sticker or screen printed, are copy righted and protected by law. It is one thing to try to replicate it
in one's home. It would be an entirely different matter
should a design firm attempt to offer it as a service --
unless it was purchased through Flat Vernacular. It not only takes "patience" to create the sticker paper. It
takes an artist's eye for design, etc. It is really not a DIY
project. As another post suggested, if people want sticker wallpaper, they should commission the creator,
rather than appropriating her work.

Anonymous said...

I was shocked to see a large close-up of a framed sticker art piece I commissioned from Ms. Turner for my home, reproduced on your site.The shape, style and choice of stickers were done in consultation with the artist. I purchased an original work of art, as others have, from Payton. It concerns me that it is pictured
on your website, so detailed, as if to imply someone could, or should, copy it. Please remove my art from
your blog. It is the large, white framed sticker piece.
Ms. Turner may feature it, but I would prefer it if you
did not. Thank you.

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Anon -

Thanks for your concern here. I was just talking to a client yesterday about emailing Payton for a consultation for her bedroom. Of course I would never copy Payton's work for a paying client. I don't pretend to have the talent or experience that Payton has here. I think you're missing the point of this post (and of my blog).

The pictures I posted have been used on other sites, so I don't feel bad about using them here. Feel free to email me directly if you'd like to talk more about it. jenny at jennykomenda dot com

Jesyka said...

Genius idea! :)

Andi said...

Holy shiz that's fantastic! Can't wait to see what else that girl can do!

Anonymous said...

SO cool! And a better alternative to contact paper: Tempaper (http://www.tempaperdesigns.com/) It comes in blank, which you can paint (and/or sticker)! I've used it and love it - just rip in short sections rather than one long strip when it comes time to take it down.

Anonymous said...

As a lawyer, I would like to say, in response to anonymous, that Jenny found these images in the public domain so they are just that, public, and anyone can look at them. I do not think Jenny was in any way implying that we should copy original works of art. However, we can use them as inspirations for our own designs and to express our own creativity. For my part, I thought this post was very interesting and informative.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

Such a great idea! Sort of reminds me of Willy Wonka's wallpaper!

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous people who have posted that one should not copy art, that is just silly. I have a degree in art and many of my professors suggested when learning different techniques and learning about certain art pieces themselves that we should attempt our own creations in the same style and utilizing the same techniques. As we have all certainly heard, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The original poster was in no way implying that one should use the exact same stickers and put them in the exact same spots to replicate the exact same work. And, if someone did that, who cares? Do you think Rothko got upset if people also painted "red on black" to have in their homes? It's not as if people are doing this in an attempt to sell their work as an original by the artist. Lighten up people and embrace your artistic side by attempting some art yourself. You might just surprise yourself.

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Kate @ Savour Fare said...

I love that but man that's a LOT of work. Good luck!

I know you've answered this before but where do you get your rugs? You always have the most gorgeous slightly faded oriental rugs, and I'd love to find some that don't cost more than my mortgage!

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My Decorator said...

Wow, love this idea - it's so original too!!

Coco Draws said...

Wow, I am in awe! So amazing!!

rooth said...

I think this is freaking amazing! I can't wait until you do your walls

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Payton is an amazing and accomplished artist at the age of only 25! I saw her sticker wall art a few weeks ago and fell in love. Then I finally opened up my latest Elle Decor and and there's a feature about her, and a day later you're crushing on her too. Can't wait to see what you end up doing in the girls' room!

Mandy said...

I love this! I love this so much that I blogged about your blogging about her. Where do these ideas come from?! I wish I had that kind of talent.

tricia7934 said...

Holy moly! I just looked this old post to see if there was any kind of update on your sticker wallpaper project. I had seen Payton's work in Elle Decor as well and was anxiously waiting for someone to try this on their own. I wanted to hear how difficult it was and how people gave up after the first damask pattern was done. No doubt that a very high level of patience, skill and artistry is required. This all, of course, to discourage me from EVER attempting this on my own. I had no idea how miffed so many "anonymous" people had been at your feature. Completely ridiculous in my opinion. I love your blog and appreciate that you try to offer budget conscious options to those of us who cannot afford to "commission" someone to put stickers on our walls. Keep up the good work!

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