The Wallpaper is Up in Greta’s Room + Carpet Samples (Hooray!)

October 2, 2019

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Greta’s room is all wallpapered and my heart is melting!!!! And she won’t stop screaming! She LOVES IT!

It was a little process to get to this point–deciding on the wallpaper and whether or not to wallpaper the slant part of the ceiling or not (so glad we did!) And then smoothing out the texture on said slant. And then finally wallpaper (here’s the one we went with)! We decided to hire out hanging the wallpaper because of the sheer scale of the room. Greta’s room is about 13×13 with 3 doors, a window and those slanted walls and we didn’t have a ton of spare time to tackle the project correctly. For reference, it took a professional 12 hours to hang this! (I feel like that means it probably would have taken us double!)

Finding someone to wallpaper took some doing, too. In the end, calling our local paint store did the trick! Sherwin Williams had a list of people in the area that did wallpaper and we called on it until we found someone. (Dynamic Painting for you locals).

The room is far from finished. In fact, I feel like we’re just getting started. The wallpaper is really just going to be a subtle background when we’re finished. The carpet, of course, is the next to go…

We went to Lowe’s to pick up some samples. We were specifically looking for the carpet we used in our last house (we loved the pattern so much!) but our Lowe’s stopped carrying the active family line. They did say we can still order it in so we might do that. But the samples we picked up are promising, too. And really, I mean, anything would be an improvement.

A few other items on our to-do list? We’re going to paint the wood trim and add art and some sconces and some more punchy bedding or pillows as soon as the red carpet is gone. I’m kind of to the point where I’m struggling to look past it anymore. Greta suggested tearing it out today and she’d walk on the subfloor until her new carpet got here–so I guess that means she’s over it, too. Ha!

What do you think?

  1. Linda says:

    What color did you paint the ceiling?

  2. Nikki says:

    Her room looks incredible! I have that bed in black and I wish I could fit 2 of them – the room is too small. But it makes me excited to actually finish the room ????????

    Ps – where is her beautiful bedding from?

  3. Carrie says:

    I kinda love the plantation cove samples because the striations make it reminiscent of the carpet you’re replacing. Just a hint of the crazy roller-rink carpet!

  4. Melanie Mercado says:


    Can we get the sources to the bed lines on your Like to know it?

  5. Sarah Phillips says:

    I have plantation cove in my living room and plan to get it and all of our bedrooms it has held up so well over the last five years

  6. Jen says:

    Did you paint her bed? Or was it always grey? I have a white Jenny Lind bed that I would love to paint grey. Would love a post on that! Looks amazing!!!!

  7. Vicki says:

    Pretty wallpaper and I really the way you ran it up the slanted wall. I can’t blame you for being over that red flame carpet. I can’t imagine the thought process (?) behind that, but to each his own. I’m with Greta, I think I would go with the subfloor. Ha!

  8. Lori McEvoy says:

    It’s beautiful! Pantry too! Could you please source ” G” pillow on Gretas bed?

  9. Frances says:

    Gorgeous! Y’all do GREAT work! We’re also trying to decide on carpet, but the info about off-gassing and toxins are intimidating! We try to live organically but can’t afford wool carpet, etc. Any advice on affordable lines with less chemical off gassing? Thanks in advance!!

  10. Kris says:

    Love all the carpet choices!
    Especially the top one cause it looks like a basket and who doesn’t ???? a basket full of flowers room!

  11. Tara says:

    Ok I am DYING over this wallpaper, lucky Greta! When we replaced our carpet, we wanted a look similar to what you had in your family room, so we chose the Stainmaster “morning glory” pattern (most similar to your top sample). We LOVE it! It always looks clean, the pattern is modern and subtle, it’s easy to scrub stains out, and after a year and a half, there are literally ZERO signs of wear. My only complaint is that since it is a low, looped (not cut) pile, I can see the seams in some places. However, they have definitely faded over time, and nobody else has noticed them. I am positive that whichever one you choose, it will look amazing!

  12. Candace says:

    Wow, I feel like the room looks bigger and more open with the slant wallpapered!

  13. Leena says:

    It’s so much more serene already, I love it! I wasn’t sold on it but it’s really beautiful.

  14. April says:

    The wallpaper is so classic looking, great taste as always. We actually borrowed your Lowes carpet suggestion when we moved in two years ago. Went with a slightly different off-white, but we’ve been so happy with it. So thank you! I’ve been itching to see someone use a darker wall-to-wall. White’s are beautiful, but I like the idea of something that doesn’t need as much babying. I love the one on the lower right of the upper sample board, it’s quite dapper!

  15. Prima Hayter says:

    Love love love the way her room is coming along! Wallpapering the slanted ceiling adds so much charm to her room! In terms of carpet samples, it’s hard to tell from which would go best with your decor choices, but we are currently installing the top pattern in our basement and so far I love it! We chose it because it has a similar look to a natural fiber rug but is still soft and stain resistant.

  16. Im currently debating carpet vs hard floors with my husband for our bedrooms. Do you have an opinion on when to use carpet? Master vs kids rooms etc??

  17. Toni C. says:

    This room is what a girl’s dreams are made of … so charming & cozy ! I’m seeing coral/pink accents with some green velvet thrown in … and some brass sconces or photo frames. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it????????♥️ (the bedding is perfect !! )

  18. Courtney says:

    If you incorporated a bit of color when painting that wood trim on the window I think it’d look so fun!

  19. PAppel says:

    OMG! I’m jumping up and down with Greta. Amazing room so far (and it’s not even finished). Dying to see window trim color and carpet choice (loved your previous choice and I would totally order that).
    It looks like Greta has a talent for interior design. GREAT wallpaper choice!

  20. Katie says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to see a post about carpet! We are ready to replace our existing carpet and unfortunately replacing it with hardwood everywhere isn’t in the budget. I have been struggling SO much to find any inspiration pics anywhere because everything is wood with rugs! I can’t wait to see what you choose. Greta’s room is looking amazing! I love the wallpaper! ????

  21. Mariana Green says:

    I secretly love the old carpet! I thought it had a sort of Missoni vibe!

  22. Amanda says:

    Progress so far is gorgeous! I like all the Carney samples but the one in the middle (straight lines) is my fave. Can’t wait to see what you select!

  23. Cate says:

    We are considering new carpet for our upstairs and love what you picked for your last home’s basement. I cannot find the old post, so I hope you forgive the question-what should I consider in picking a pattern over a solid? Would love your advice since we love both.

  24. Renee says:

    That carpet makes me dizzy just to look at it on the screen, I can’t imagine it in real life!

  25. Ali Hendrickson says:

    Wow! This is so subtle and yet impactful. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see what carpet you choose. I’m just going to copy this room bit by bit. ???? Which means I would love to have the resource for that to die for adorable G pillow!

  26. SheLikesToTravel says:

    I love the set of middle carpet samples. I like the lines for texture. It’s exciting to watch this room come togther!

  27. Mandy Beachy says:

    You’re so right with the wall paper going on the slant part! It makes the entire room look bigger! The walls look higher there. Good call!

  28. B says:

    The beds would look great in a fun color!

  29. Angie RS says:

    Are there plans to incorporate color along with all the neutrals? (Maybe that’s the “punchy” part of the bedding, but neutrals can punch, too, but I don’t have to tell you all that). Love the beds and sounds like hiring out the wallpaper was a good call considering how much time it took the professionals. I’ve never done wallpaper (I’d love to someday) and part of that is the time commitment but also being terrified I’d mess up the paper with my inattention to detail/general clumsiness and lack of precision.

    • Jenna says:

      I am basically just a get it done person but i have done wallpaper, and find it so easy. I am always surprised when people think it will be complicated. I think it is easier than painting! Any way less mess!

  30. katerose says:

    I love, love the wood trim unpainted and think it would look so pretty paired with one of the more tan/taupe carpet options (like top right on the diamond cove swatches) rather than gray to keep the room from skewing too gray. But I’m a sucker for unpainted wood and wish I had it everywhere in my home! The painted trim downstairs looks SO gorge, no doubt whichever you choose will look lovely.

  31. Loren says:

    Do you have suggestions on painting pine trim that has knots showing through? I know the knots will wear through after time. We do want to paint our window trim.

  32. Sara says:

    Wow, that is so pretty! I agree, just rip that carpet up and call it good for now! :)

  33. Lu says:

    I am so happy that carpet is going to be removed, yay!!!!!

  34. Emily says:

    Good call on where to stop the wallpaper!

  35. Carrie says:

    I absolutely love the way this room is headed! So exciting! Do you have enough coordinating rugs from your old house to rip up the carpet and layer them on top of each other until you select new carpet for some plush underfoot? Like French attic bedroom.

  36. HMT says:

    Could I get links to all of Greta’s bedding?! So dang cute.

  37. Betsy says:

    Rip that carpet out!

    I literally just did the same thing i my guest bedroom. Couldn’t take it any more. I fortunately have hardwoods underneath. So i will have to live with them the way they are, until i get all of my hardwoods refinished. Hopefully, next summer. But it already looks a million times better. Should have done it years ago, since the hardwoods I think have always had carpet over them. They look pretty decent. I’m on the hunt for some cute rugs for the space in the meantime. But I rarely have guests, so i’m not too concerned about it!

  38. Abby says:

    It looks great! Do you prefer carpet or hardwoods in a master bedroom? We are about to move into a new house that has carpet in the master on main. It makes sense to keep carpet upstairs, but we are getting the hardwoods refinished and having hardwood added to certain rooms on the main level, and we are debating whether we should add hardwoods to the master or just get nice, new carpet. In our current house, we have hardwoods in the master, so I’m used to that, but part of me wonders if I would actually like carpet in the bedroom?

  39. I love that G pillow so much! You have the best finds! Can you share the source? Doesn’t seem to be Fieldcrest Home. Thank you so much!

  40. Greta says:

    The wallpaper looks so great! I actually love the wood trim as it is, but the carpet is just awful. I’m with Greta, take it down to the subfloor. Also, just love her name!!!!

  41. Natalie Loomis says:

    Hey Julia, regarding carpet – I love the texture and designs on those samples. The last time I had carpet installed the professional STRONGLY advised me against going that way because of wear over time, and I really regretted it. I’m guessing since those are the samples you grabbed, you either have good experience or feel confident that the carpet will wear well and not lose the imprinted textures or shapes? Thanks!

    • Julia says:

      We had the best experience in our last house with multi-thread colored patterns. They NEVER wear because the pattern is made with different threads rather than just a pattern itself.

  42. Chris says:

    Can you give a ballpark figure how much it would cost to hire a pro to do wallpaper? For some reason, nobody ever discloses this info.

    • Julia says:

      It’s going to vary from person to person, but count on $75-$100 an hour

      • Liz says:

        Looks amazing! Do you have any tips on painting trim after putting up the wallpaper or painting the walls? Currently painting all the rooms in our house and hoping to get to the trim someday! Thanks!

  43. Paula says:

    Love your daughter’s new wallpaper! We have carpet in our bedrooms very similar to Natural Essence and we love it! Anxious to see how you finish this room out. I also think the bed is darling!!!

  44. Catherine says:

    Looks amazing! Where could I find sources for the bedding?….looks so cozy.

  45. Kate S says:

    I have the carpet in the Natural Essence carpet in the samples closest to the bottom of the frame. It’s soft and plush and has held up beautifully in our media room, where we spend a lot of time with 5 large dogs. I feel like if it lasts through our dogs, it will last through anything kids can dish out.

  46. Natalie says:

    I’m with Greta.! Love the wallpaper!

  47. Jamie Smith says:

    It looks so cute! I saw At Home with Ashley give that tip about how to find a wallpaper installer. So smart! I’m glad it worked for you!

  48. Emily says:

    I love it so much! It looks so cozy and girly. Will the trim on the window be the same as downstairs, or will you do each room to coordinate individually? So excited to see where you go with this. Also, as a side note, I’m really loving the fresh photography from your sister. Noticing and loving new perspectives and moody edits.

    • Julia says:

      I am not committed to doing the same color trim everywhere, but I’m actually not sure what I want the trim color to be in here yet!

  49. Cici Haus says:

    I’ve been living on subfloors for four months (and counting! can’t do new flooring until walls move). SO WORTH IT!

    • Julia says:

      Hmm!!! Maybe I will!

      • Carol says:

        We walking on subfloors in our house as well! We can’t afford new flooring at the moment and our reno downstairs isn’t complete anyway and I was sick.and.tired of the nasty carpet!

      • Dawn says:

        Throwing my two cents in with Greta. We knew our master bedroom would be in phase three of a whole-house renovation (at least two years down the road) so ripped out the nasty carpet. Took it one step further, like YHL and maybe Jenny Komenda, and painted the subfloor. I knew this would probably be my only chance to paint a floor and I wanted to try it out. A big area rug with cushy rug pad and I love it! Love the texture it brings to the space and now don’t feel so bad about this space being last on the list. Do it, do it!! Plus, she’ll always have the memory of being listened to and taken seriously. She’ll be able to share the story forever, just like Karen below ripping out her blue carpet!

  50. Claudia says:

    Really beautiful <3 Now it's a completely different room!
    It's not easy to choose the perfect one from these carpet samples, because they're all interesting! Good luck :D

  51. Kati says:

    Okay, you know we have to ask! Where’s the white G pillow from?? LOVE! The wallpaper looks amazing – can’t wait to see what you do carpet wise! Perfect timing as we are considering new carpet as well!

  52. Kasey says:

    I adore this room! I love where it’s going. And so glad you wallpapered the slant and didn’t listen to those of us who voted no slant – I couldn’t visualize it, but now that it’s done it’s amazing.
    Now musing on if there is a place for wallpaper in our apartment…

  53. Carmil says:

    It’s beautiful!! Love it. Just curious– what choices do you allow Greta to make? Did she select the wallpaper? Do you narrow it to 2-3 choices that you love and allow her the final decision? So many things to consider when children have opinions!!

  54. Juliet says:

    Beautiful wallpaper! Loving in particular that Plantation Cove (the one with striated line pattern) carpet sample.

  55. Christina says:

    I’m sure it will be perfect when finished, but I think your inspiration photos showing the ceiling papered as well would have been jaw-dropping. I already love the paper, but that little bit more would just be a total wow. Again, you usually make magic, so I’m looking forward to the finished room!

  56. Sarah says:

    I love the pattern – so whimsical and sweet! What color do you plan on painting the wood trim?

    • Julia says:

      I actually don’t know yet! Could be just classic white or a warm neutral like downstairs or gray to match the beds. (Probably why I haven’t painted yet!) haha

  57. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Greta is a lucky girl! The carpet stands out more now that the rest of the room is coming together so i can see why she’s ready to get rid of it!

  58. Christina says:

    I mean, if it worked for Sherry and John all these years in their bathroom…! Ha!!!
    I love all the creative angles you got of this GORGEOUS wallpaper while omitting the carpet. What a sweet girl’s room this is shaping up to be!

  59. Lindsey Hammer says:

    That wallpaper is so sweet! We are actually in the market for new carpet and sad to hear your old carpet in stock anymore. When deciding on carpet do you pick something for each specific room or do you use the same carpet on the whole level of the house? We are specifically looking for our basement, family room and want something to withstand 2 boys and a big dog so I always look to you for recommendations!

  60. Karen says:

    My childhood bedroom had light blue carpet (helloooooo late 80s). One day, when I was probably 13 years old or so, I took it upon myself to rip it out, didn’t even discuss it with my parents. They came home after work (this was back in the day, when latch-key-kids were a thing), and my bedroom carpet was sitting in the hallway, roughly rolled up and blocking the walk area. I ended up with the hardwoods underneath (that needed refinishing) until I moved out for college. :)

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