Rosie's Vintage Wallpaper Collection of Sample Books

Imagine trying to purchase a roll of Rosie's Wallpaper 50 years or so ago. You would not be where you are right now: on a website, quickly scrolling through convenient categories and photos. You would be standing in the aisle of a hardware store, flipping through a wallpaper sample book that was organized by color or pattern.

Although today's method is faster and does not require you to leave your home, there is something appealing about actually turning the pages, touching the patterns, and seeing, in person, the vibrant colors of a wallpaper sample book. 

I have a good-sized hoard of vintage wallpaper sample books in my collection. My stockpile ranges from old, old catalogs from the early 1900's to more retro styles from the 1970's. They come in various sizes, big and small. I think they are a real goldmine, not only for the patterns themselves, but also because they help assign a date to some of the patterns of my own. 

When I have some free time, I love to take a book out of storage and ooh and aah over every pattern. So I thought if it's so enjoyable to me, maybe you would enjoy it, too! Today's featured sample catalog from the late 1940's is a little rough around the edges and some of the pages are torn from rough handling throughout the years, but ooh the gorgeous patterns!


Trimz Vintage Wallpaper Border - Pink Swan

I'm still adding more 1940's & 50's Trimz border patterns to my website. If you haven't taken a look lately, please stop by. This is one of my favs!


Hurry Up Spring!

Today, as I watch the last of the snow melt away from this winter that just won't end, I'm hoping that this is finally it... that spring and warmer weather are just around the corner! And I can't wait for spring flowers, to see the crocuses, daffodils and tulips popping up around the countryside-- a sure sign that the new season has finally arrived. Until then, here are some of my latest patterns to set the mood for spring.


Rosie's Vintage Wallpaper is Your Best Online Source for Trimz Borders

Do you need a little something to tie all your decorating ideas together? A blank wall that needs a little extra zing? Or the finishing touch in a retro room? Well, a Trimz wallpaper border is your answer! 

Trimz borders were manufactured in the 1940's and 1950's. These vintage treasures measure 12 feet in length, but vary in height, with an average size of 3 inches tall. With so many lovely designs and colors to choose from, we definitely have you covered! 


You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray

Today was an overcast and windy day here in Southern Illinois. I didn't mind at all, however, because I am greatly enjoying the warmer temperature that came with it! I like all the seasons of the year-- each one has their own highlights-- but the extreme cold temperatures we've experienced this year are just not my favorite part of winter.

So although today was warm, it was still dark and cloudy, and not a good day for a photo shoot of wallpaper (which, by the way, is how I spend a good portion of my mornings). Instead, I spent the day sorting through rolls of vintage wallpaper. It seems when I am lucky enough to find more vintage wallpaper it's always unsorted... but I am not complaining; it's a small price to pay for more wonderful patterns!

Here are just a few of our latest additions:


Beautiful Things Don't Ask for Attention

Have you been to the theater to check out the new movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet?? If not, I highly recommend doing so! I loved the film for a variety of reasons and thought it was well worth the fortune it costs to get into the theater.

My original reason for going was because Walter Mitty features an excellent shot of this Rosie's Vintage Wallpaper pattern: 

It's a brief view, but you can clearly see it on the kitchen wall of Walter's mother's apartment. I love this 1960s retro pattern and was very happy it was selected!

In addition to the wallpaper, I thought the scenery in Walter Mitty was absolutely stunning. It really made me want to visit both Greenland and Iceland someday! My favorite part of the movie, however, was toward the end when Sean Penn states, "Beautiful things don't ask for attention." I find this quote to be very true and definitely inspriring. The most beautiful things in this world are not big, loud and flashy, but rather quiet, original, and unique. And for me, I feel that the greatest compliment to beauty is simply genuine appreciation.


Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays...a celebration of food and a day to give thanks. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
1940's Vintage Wallpaper