I really want to try removable wallpaper, but wasn’t going to commit… until I interviewed Rachael Yahne recently.

The now blogger of Her After, and former fashion journalist for the Seattle Times, loves a fresh coat of paint in her trendy New York City apartment.

“I deserve a life in which I feel happy and I feel inspired and I bring by best self for everybody else to enjoy every single day,” said Yahne. “And even just a simple painted wall can do that… can make that kind of impact on your life.”

Yahne nearly died from an advanced form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a teenager. She’s now 27-years-old and has traveled the world to find inspiration on living a peaceful existence.

After living through hell, it’s the little things like a colorful wall that she appreciates.

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Rachael loves the options on Houzz.com, but says be patient. There is a little bit of learning period.

“It’s kind of hard to apply in that it’s really hard to get into the corners. And I would definitely recommend having an exacto knife and doing a lot of measuring before you even start.”

Yahne goes for intricate patterns on her accent walls and says you need to be precise and deliberate.

AUDIO: Click HERE to listen to Rachael describe how to hang temporary wallpaper and what she does to create calming decor.

She’s used adhesive wallpaper several times on the walls of her condo. I wondered if it was a problem when it’s time to move.

“I haven’t had any problems with areas taking it off the walls so far. It’s a pretty good adhesive.”

She’s says make sure your walls aren’t a shiny finish. The wall paint needs a solid matte to stick to.

Still have questions? Here’s what the experts at Houzz have to say about questions posted on the website.

Houzz Pro: “We recommend applying Tempaper on a flat, clean, painted surface. Paneling would not be something we recommend as any texture will show through and any indents in the panels will not allow our paper to adhere completely to the surface.”

Houzz Pro: “Steam, heat and humidity have no affect on our product as we use a water based adhesive on the back of Tempaper.”

Houzz Pro: “Hello, not asking too much at all. It is meant to stay up as long as long as traditional wallpaper as long as you follow the proper application instructions. It is recommended that you apply this temporary wallpaper to surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Applications on matte or flat paints are not recommended.”

Houzz Pro: “Steam, heat and humidity have no affect on our product as we use a water based adhesive on the back of Tempaper.”

Houzz Pro: “Hi and thank you for your inquiry! We recommend applying Tempaper on a flat, clean, painted surface. Paneling would not be something we recommend as any texture will show through and any indents in the panels will not allow our paper to adhere completely to the surface.”

Houzz Pro: “Yes! Tempaper will easily stick to a mirror and remove with no residue.”

Oh, and Rachael says buy extra. The sticker-like decor can go up and come down easily if you make a mistake. However, you may ruin it in the process.

 

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