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by habituallychic

07 . 05 . 09

It was a gloriously beautiful weekend in New York! The sun actually shone so I spent most of it out of doors and away from my computer. I also got to see my friend and designer Grant K. Gibson who was in town for a wedding. But now it’s back to work.

Usually, I am the one answering design questions but today I have a question for you. One of my clients loves the look of the wall covering in the above photo and wants to use it in their entry. It’s a metallic tea paper that was available at the Roger Arlington showroom which unfortunately has gone out of business. I’ve been to many places and have found papers that look similar but so far nothing exactly the same. Someone suggested Donghia which I plan to check out on Monday but if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know. Merci!

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who left suggestions and advice today! I found out that although the Roger Arlington showroom has closed at the D&D building, the company is still in business. They also have a website, www.rogerarlington.com which doesn’t come up on Google searches for some reason. You can call them in New York at 718-273-4500. What I like about their paper compared to the others I checked out today is the asymmetrical squares and multi-tonal quality. You can see the brochure on it here which shows all the sizes. Once I receive my sample, I can show you the difference of all the papers. Thanks again!

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  1. the NEO-traditionalist July 6, 2009 | 12:05 am

    Hi Heather,
    I tried to track down a Roger Arlington wall covering for a client a month or two ago (after the NY showroom had closed) and was able to locate a rep in the tri-state area. I don’t have their contact information anymore, but I found it by calling the Sloan Miyasato showroom in San Francisco. They rep Roger Arlington and were able to give the east coast contact. Sloan’s number is (415) 431-1465. Hope this helps!

  2. Habitually Chic July 6, 2009 | 12:07 am

    Kate – THANK YOU! I appreciate your help and I will be calling Sloan first thing Monday morning!

  3. Alexis July 6, 2009 | 12:55 am

    Donghia for sure. They carry paper from a French line whose name escapes me that have something similar. Good luck!

  4. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 1:57 am

    It could be one of the Philip Jeffries metallic papers. Holly Hunt carries them in NYC.

  5. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 3:19 am

    Elizabeth Dow, Ayna Larkin, Old World Weavers – lots here, Gracie, etc…

  6. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 3:21 am

    it is only natural and humbling to not know all of the answers – bet the old guard decorators know, you should call them – bet they don’t blog!!

  7. Jacqueline July 6, 2009 | 3:26 am

    I can’t help you with that as I’m from the U.K. but I am sure that you will find the answer somewhere.Good Luck with your search. XXXX

  8. Ron July 6, 2009 | 10:15 am

    From my days being a full time interior designer I remember Brunschwig had an asymetrical or random paterned metalic wall paper.
    ( not a tea paper, which is always a very symetrical patern)

    Hope they still have it….

    Ron ( empel collections)

  9. Billy July 6, 2009 | 11:19 am

    good morning,

    Brunschwig and fils has a similar version in three colorways (gold, copper and silver) called Erte I believe. it used to be on the ceiling in the elevator lobby of their floor in the D&D building. Cowtan & tout also has a lovely tea paper called silver sponge (comes in gold also)

    I hate it when a client loves something and it can be found!

    Good Luck!


  10. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Maya Romanoff- Precious Metals series. Good luck!

  11. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 12:53 pm

    Schumacher has a really great new silver and gold leaf paper. Matthew Patrick Smyth used the silver leaf paper in Kips Bay Showhouse.

  12. Ivy Lane July 6, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    Good luck! Hope you find it and then reveal the design project when you are done! 🙂

  13. Jason July 6, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    Heather – Try SILK DYNASTY, we use their silver leaf all the time in dining rooms and it is BEAUTIFUL. It just glows, I’m sure they have other paterns and finishes. My favorite is “Vermeil” in color “Bronzite” (#4V-1) its a warm silver.

    Hope this helps!


  14. davidmandesigns July 6, 2009 | 1:39 pm

    ahhhh, that was my project a few years back! Glad you found a source, it’s a great look. Jess

  15. mary July 6, 2009 | 2:07 pm

    I love those chairs! No help with the paper. Have a great week!

  16. Design Junkie July 6, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    If you can’t find the paper, or the substitutes aren’t quite the right color, that would be an easy finish for a decorative painter to duplicate.

  17. sketch42 July 6, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    I’ve seen a very similar one on the ceilings of a friend. Believe it was Phillip Jeffries.

  18. Chic Coles (Cole Design) July 6, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    I hope you had fun with Grant. What fun to see him in New York! I know someone said it previously, but Philip Jeffries has some similar designs.

  19. Anonymous July 6, 2009 | 4:40 pm

    hi its Stark Wallcovering! thats Andrea and John Starks apt from the house and garden shoot

  20. Yansy July 6, 2009 | 5:57 pm

    I am also going to suggest that if you don’t find the paper to your clients liking have a painter replicate the look. Come by my page and see what I just did. Is related to your dilema.

  21. Tiina of LiviaConcept July 6, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    beautiful image! i love a wallpaper that look like shiny mosaik, but don’t remember the company.

  22. avant garde July 6, 2009 | 6:19 pm

    on my blog there is a link under my blogs i love list called purdy wallcovering, she might be able to help, that paper seems metallic in spots? she has featured many similar beautiful metallic papers. worth a try!? in any event, i too love it 🙂

  23. g t July 6, 2009 | 8:28 pm

    I used a gorgeous paper that was quite similar for an Art Deco apt in Miami. The paper came from Bergamo. Good luck!

  24. Jennifer July 6, 2009 | 10:29 pm


  25. Lisa Hunter July 6, 2009 | 10:54 pm

    Does anyone know how durable this finish is? It’s gorgeous!

  26. davidmandesigns July 6, 2009 | 11:04 pm

    Not very durable – finger prints everywhere!

  27. Mélanie July 10, 2009 | 8:25 am

    I adore this wall coverings , looks gorgeous

  28. maison21 July 11, 2009 | 9:40 pm

    love that paper, and i too think roger arlington paper has a distinctly beautiful look. glad you found it, and i can’t WAIT to see the finished project.