The coolest wall treatment in our home can be found upstairs, in our uninsulated attic. Some day – hopefully before too long – the sagging old panels on our second floor will come down, R-values padded and dramatically improved, roof vents opened up, and some north-facing skylights installed. It will make a fantastic difference in the upstairs livability. That said, I will miss the wall paper.
When I first saw it, I laughed. It has since grown on me – quite a bit. Tulips are my favorite spring bulbs – especially the species varieties like T. clusiana. Their narrow foliage and elegantly fluted flowers are perfectly represented in this brown and turquoise paper rendition, as they poke their slender necks up through the daisies. The paper is a bit beat up in places – you can see a few cat scratch marks toward the bottom – a souvenir from dear, departed Manneman. Even so, when the day comes, and the upstairs finally gets its revamp, I’m tempted to salvage a piece of this wall for posterity. In its somewhat campy, pictorial way I find it almost frame-worthy.