I’ve always been a big believer in the combination of ‘rough‘ and ‘fine‘ when it comes to decorating.
A room that has everything perfect and just-so feels stiff and stand-offish to me. A room that’s all industrial and hard-edged is just one note. The magic happens in the mix where each element brings out the best in the other. ’Rough’ adds a little edge and takes down the formality for ‘fine’ and in turn ‘fine’ smartens ‘rough’ up adding elegance and style.
So when it came to setting up Pineapple Street I did just this – mixed rough and fine.
You’ll see it throughout the store but here are a couple of examples. Since I had a long white plain old dry wall wall I thought painted white shelves would be ho hum. Why not go really rustic with rough hewn pine shelves from floor to ceiling?! This way the more elegant merchandise will stand out and there will be that push and pull I love.
Rough Hewn Shelving At Pineapple Street
That’s 11 feet of rustic shelving people!
But then it was time to add some elegance and refinement, not to mention colour! In came the wallpaper! These old walls I inherited are textured in a way that is just not suitable for wallpapering. So I opted to have two 4×8 sheets of MDF hung on the wall to create a dual panel installation. The surface is smooth and we primed it to accept the wallpaper.
I chose a fresh and exuberant pattern full of floral and fruit motifs. It speaks to our pineapple vibe without going too literal I think. It really makes a splash! Here’s the paper going up!
New Wallpaper at Pineapple Street
I just love it and all of the energy and happiness it brings to the space. I’m glad we went big too with such large panels and with such a grandly scaled paper.
Luckily we had Quality Control on site for the wallpaper installation and Ian (the wallpaper installer ) and I appreciated her discerning eye. She doesn’t miss a trick!
Violet keeping an eye on things at Pineapple Street