Our mission is to enliven living space through the marriage of pattern, narrative and a heavy dose of imagination.
Our wallpaper is hand silk screened with care on clay-coated paper.
Rolls come untrimmed and unpasted, and are both gently wipeable and strippable.
All of our papers are printed in beautiful New York.
Roll: 27 inches wide x 5 yards long Sheet: 27 inches wide x 36 inches long
Professional installation is recommended.
A note on color: Digital images of our wallpapers will give you an idea of each pattern’s colorway. Nothing, however, beats the true hue of a sample. We are always happy to mail you samples of the paper before you order. Samples can be ordered here.
It's hard to pinpoint why the history of Far Rockaway is so alluring. Perhaps because it was once such a popular and fashionable destination, yet little remains of its opulent architecture and frolicking Victorian crowds. The grand hotels and homes that once lit up the waterfront have all succumbed to fire, development or the sea. The coast has shifted and entire islands have disappeared.
Neighboring Coney Island (and its sister parks of yore: Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase) have also seen constant change since their respective Grand Openings. At their height, they boasted journeys to the moon, wild sideshows, romantic promenades, hanging gardens and trips through time to distant lands. As a rule, little expense was spared in cultivating amusements of the highest quality--from the one million lightbulbs that made Dreamland dreamy, to the fully functioning "Lilliputian Village" with over 300 dwarves. Though a handful of rides still dot the landscape, the sheer imagination and ingenuity of those long gone amusement parks is lost, remembered only distantly through stories and fading photographs.
Our Far Rockaway Collection is an homage to those fancy and fantastical summer days, when New Yorkers exchanged their cramped city streets for Queens' breezy coast.
Tackapousha, an arrow motif with graceful lines, aims to bridge the untamed peninsula of 17th century Far Rockaway with the glamor of its high society golden age.
That Highly Intelligent Clam, designed for a bout of comical (and somewhat absurd) turn-of-the-century bar banter, has the feel of scrimshaw-meets-wallpaper.
In the Bathhouse, based on a wayfaring Rockaway monkey found in a 1904 New York Times article, hosts playful simians slurping oysters, smoking pipes, and lounging on an afternoon at the shore.
About The Timeline Collection
Heraclitus of Ephesus once stated, "The only constant is change." How true that is. Time is a wild, foreign thing to truly wrap your head around. As a kid, it seems so simple: the clock tells you what hour is it, days are strung into endless cycles of light and dark, and it feels like you'll never grow up.
Some theorize that because of the abundance of novel experiences in our early years, we tend to remember more. These impressions, in turn, create the perception of longer and fuller days. Adults, on the other hand, have a tendency to slide into repetitive grinds with fewer new experiences from day to day. This can make us feel like time is flying by, each year faster than the last. Both stages are based wholly on perception; will our life be long or short? Is this based on the actual culmination of seconds, or on our memory of moments? Does it even matter?
Before we fly off into an existential abyss, let's take a moment to enjoy something new--Grow House Grow's Time Line Collection. Each pattern is inspired by an element of--you guessed it--time.
Hôtel Fantôme, based on an alleged time slip experience at a "vanishing" hotel in southern France. Undulating time lines separate and rejoin, marked by stylized Provencial lavender sprigs.
Chôchin, inspired by the Japanese folk spirit Chochinobake. After 100 years, it is believed that certain objects become animate. Lanterns are often depicted as such a spirit.
About The Naturalist Collection
From cave drawings to String Theory, man's desire to understand the world around him has been a constant influence on our species' progression. Universities have been built, experiments undertaken and theories refined, all in the hallowed name of "science."
And while discoveries by men such as Darwin and Newton have made them household names, there are countless others whose scholarly work has been lost, forgotten or even usurped by other intellectuals. Our Spring 2010 wallpaper line highlights three such individuals, all of whom are women, whose phenomenal academic stories have fallen between the cracks of history.
As female scientists in the nineteenth century, these women faced an oxymoronic distinction that their male counterparts eluded. Sexist barriers discouraged most young girls from the pursuit of an intellectual calling, yet our subjects persevered by challenging the status quo and developing their own route to recognized scholastic excellence. Each woman was largely self taught, and relied almost entirely on an innate passion for her respective field--something that makes their achievements all the more remarkable. Our bonnet is off to these unsung scientific heroines!
Ms. Treat, whose love of carnivorous botanicals influenced Darwin's work, has a luscious wall of Pitcher Plants and mischievous Venus Flytraps (and perhaps an ant or two).
Ms. Ward, who developed her passion for microscopy by magnifying and drawing bugs, blends late-Georgian silhouettes with a curious menagerie of over-sized insects.
Mme. Jeanne, a French dressmaker-cum-Sicilian naturalist (and who invented the world's first aquarium), has her love of the sea reflected in an elegant, ascending mollusk scallop.
About The Parlour Room Collection
Very few of us--especially New Yorkers-- have the good fortune to lay claim to our own parlour room. We tend to do our entertaining where space is available; kitchens, living rooms and closet-sized bedrooms. There was a time, however, when entertaining was a well-oiled ritual, rife with etiquette and attention to detail. The parlour room was home to a family’s more luxurious decor, and was the hub for social meetings, teas and general entertainment.
Grow House Grow’s Spring 2009 collection is inspired by this great room. We’ve chosen several individuals, all interesting and mysterious in their own right, and asked: what would their parlour room have looked like? The adventurous and curious lives of Cattle Kate, Aleister Crowley and Captain Smith are our subject. Their general backdrop--the Victorian and Edwardian eras--were filled with decorative elegance, opulent damasks and graceful lines. Combined, each individual and their place in time offer a rich muse.
Cattle Kate, the hardworking and wrongly accused homesteader, is decorated with nooses and lassos.
Aleister Crowley, the infamous occultist, gets a sumptuous, seance-invoking damask.
Captain Smith, the first and final captain of the RMS Titanic, has a fluid, jungenstil-inspired style straight from the Atlantic.
About The Nom de Plume Collection
One of the greatest things about being a kid is how open and limitless the imagination can be. With minimal effort, the books we read and stories we hear stoke the kind of creativity that make an imaginary friend real.
Our first wallpaper line, "Nom de Plume," is dedicated to this exciting time of possibilities, and is inspired by some of our favorite children’s books and childhood friends.
Christopher, who believed in a world so deeply that everything around him came to life.
Nellie, with curly hair and sharp wit, is pure mischief with a side of tea biscuits.
Cottontail, where a cotton sprig is transformed into the playful garden “where bunnies come from.” The neighboring alfalfa farm never saw it coming.