handmade wallpaper.


well i should start by saying that i have been just dying to share this wallpaper with you. my friend and talented creative director suzanne shade designed and created it all on her own. crazily she was inspired by an instagram of mine — a shot i took of driftwood at fort funston, and she knew she wanted to create a geometric pattern with it, and include a traditional toile print but how this incredible design came about in her very creative and imaginative mind i just can’t quite fathom. the math alone hurts my head.


she pieced together this collage on her computer and then generated large format images printed at san francisco’s Blow Up Lab on their repositionable poly fabric used for commercial
display work, which she then used as wallpaper. voilá! isn’t is stunning? suzanne just remodeled her kitchen with gorgeous white ikea cabinetry installed and customized by michael woo woodworking, white marble counter tops and that stunning tom dixon copper pendant lamp. she kept things very sleek and simple with the wallpaper as the show-stopping Pièce de résistance. i seriously think someone needs to produce this wallpaper en masse so we can all enjoy it on our walls. flat vernacular, are you listening? suzanne can be reached here for inquiries.




• photos by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

40 Responses to “handmade wallpaper.”
  1. Lynne says:

    WOW!!!! I love it, I want it! And, thanks also for the link to Blow Up Lab, I’ve been searching for a place just like it!

  2. SO creative! i am absolutely amazed!!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  3. Pure genius! I will never get over that Tom Dixon copper pendant!

  4. Emily says:

    That’s a really beautiful take on a classic. I don’t think I could have pulled that off without it looking like a hokey collage.

  5. Uncle Beefy says:

    OMG!!! I LOVE it!!! Genius!

  6. Cori Magee says:

    Creativity at its best… That is awesome design work! I want it.

  7. Natasha says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. Imagine being able to tell people you designed it yourself when the complement your wallpaper.

  8. How creative! And eye-catching. Great idea.

    xo Denise

  9. debra says:

    vintage toile patterns with current day landscapes and that TD fixture…so right on!

  10. Melanie says:

    Holy cow, that’s AMAZING Suzanne! Great job.

  11. Becca says:

    This is one of the most inspiring and amazing pieces of design I’ve seen in awhile. Incredible! That Tom Dixon light ain’t bad either! ;)

  12. What a great project! The toile in the collage looks amazing.

  13. M.Woo says:

    What the hell did you do to my kitchen!? That is beautimetric!

  14. Hannah says:

    This is just the absolutely coolest. I love love love the wallpaper, and that lamp is to die for.

  15. Wow, color, pattern, just perfect!

  16. Wow – that wallpaper is gorgeous! Definitely going to bookmark this post to refer back to at a later date!

  17. Wowowowowowow! That’s seriously amazing… someone snap this woman up for design work, stat! (PS: I also love how it’s only on one part of the wall – just so restrained… amazing)

  18. Maral Rapp says:

    My mind is blown. So talented.

  19. Cora says:

    I saw this on fb yesterday when The Jealous Curator shared a post – this is just wonderful! I almost could not sleep thinking about it! More, more, more! Please x

  20. miranda says:

    She is the queen of all queens of DIY’s. And there’s quite a big team of DIY queens.
    Is it semi-removeable? I live in a rental place that doesn’t allow us to paint the walls but I’m itching to paint the space behind my bed as a headboard.

  21. jessica says:

    this wallpaper is fabulous + it’s absolutely amazing that she created it herself! wallpaper can add such great character – our designer at red has used it often in clients homes to add the final touch in a room. this space turned out great!

  22. Sarah says:

    Wow, very, very creative and unique – nothing like it on the market – ;-)

  23. Claire Leina says:

    Wow this is amazing!! I LOVE it, just perfect.
    thanks for posting such an amazing discovery ;)

  24. Rae says:

    i am really loving this use of geometric shapes and photography. This could have gone very wrong very easily but she did it just right!

    rae at lovefromberlin

  25. jen says:

    wow wow wow. simply impressed. would love to see a step by step tutorial of this!

  26. Rossana says:

    what program is used for the pattern?

  27. theroundbutton says:

    fabulous! one of the best wallpaper designs I have seen!

  28. Sidonie FBR says:

    Beautiful, such a creative display and matching of different styles paper!

  29. We are in love with this idea! What a great way to use wallpaper in a contemporary way.

  30. Nadia says:


    I want to get in touch with Suzanne as I love this so much – I’d really like to see if I could use the design myself somehow? I’ve tried her linkedin but it won’t let me send a message – are there any other options?

    So so beautiful!

    Thanks so much for posting!

  31. Chloé says:

    Oh God. This is pure genius.
    Btw, love your blog, this is truly an inspiration for my next apartment!


  32. Andreanne says:

    Sorry for my english! Im from the french part of Canada!

    I like your wallpaper! Very!

    How can i buy it? And how much does it cost?

    Thank you and have a good day!

  33. leslie says:

    sell it please, PLEASE!
    LOVE the restraint and careful and PERFECT wall placement.
    (thku so for sharing)

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