Saint Helena


When Napoleon Bonaparte looked upon Saint Helena from his approaching ship, he knew this would be the first and only occasion he would see the island from the vantage of open sea. He was heading toward his final exile; not to America, as he had hoped, but to a remote isle 1200 miles off the coast of Western Africa. The rest of his days would be spent under arrest in Longwood House, a damp, creaking country residence that would keep him safe from escape, but not from the fierce winds, marauding rats, and—wallpaper?

Since his passing, rumors that Napoleon was poisoned have persisted. And while many believe he was murdered by the English, some are persuaded that his wallpaper—printed with arsenic-laden inks—was what eventually caused his passing. Deathly vapors could easily have exacerbated his already deteriorating health, but would they have been enough to kill?

There’s no conclusive answer, though a combination of lifelong exposure to dangerous chemicals and poisons such as arsenic (which were commonly found in medicines, cleaners, makeup, and dyes), as well as stomach cancer likely contributed to his passing.

Our Saint Helena pattern is inspired by the flora of Napoleon’s island exile, and the pigments used in his dangerously beautiful wallpaper.


  • Roll: 27″ wide x 15′ long
  • Sample: 9″ x 11″


  • Pattern Repeat: 9″
  • Pattern Match:  straight across
  • Screen Repeat: 36″
  • No. of Screens: 5


Grow House Grow is partnered with One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every roll of wallpaper produced.

Inspired by Stories, Made by Hand

Grow House Grow’s wallpaper is hand silk screened with care in beautiful New York. Rolls come untrimmed and unpasted, and are both gently wipeable and strippable.

There is a two roll minimum for all orders. Professional installation is highly recommended.

Lead time: We keep limited stock of all our wallpapers (several days to ship), and also print to order (6-8 weeks to ship).  For information on a specific lead time, contact us with your preferred pattern, colorway, and quantity.

Need help determining how much wallpaper to order?  Visit our FAQ for helpful hints and install pointers.

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