This ain’t your grandma’s floral wallpaper. Florist-turned-photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey has just rolled out a line of garden-inspired wallpapers that toe the line between antiquated and avant-garde. One look at her wallpaper shop will have you feeling all of the moody, soft feels. Finding the perfect high-impact wallpaper just got a whole lot easier.
Bailey’s new wallpapers take everything we once loved about wallpaper (the blend of colors, the use of pattern, the visual interest) and mixes in everything we love about modern design (high contrast, large-scale accents, pops of color) to deliver something with wide appeal. So how did Bailey learn to balance the traditional elements of floral wallpaper with modern shading and patterns that make it feel completely fresh?
From adversity, an artist’s awakening
Ashley Woodson Bailey didn’t plan on shaping home decor. She was a successful florist who loved her craft. Then, in an instant, everything changed. A major car accident in 2012 nearly took her life. It left her in a back brace for seven months, limiting her mobility and cutting her career as a florist short. While most of us think of a florist’s job as delicate, there is a significant amount of physical work involved. Florists are regularly required to lift heavy buckets of flowers and take on the manual labor of installing floral arches, backdrops and more at events. Bailey’s injury left her unable to work – or do much else.
Her community rallied around her, many of them bringing Bailey flowers. She used the empty hours of her healing process to capture those arrangements. She used her phone for her early floral photography but soon began experimenting with different editing software and photography techniques. Within a couple of years, she had an agent and an established website through which she sold her prints. And all of this was just the start.
Blanket your walls in moody florals
Floral wallpaper gets a kaleidoscopic twist in Bailey’s new line.
Today, Bailey’s work is displayed around the world. She has nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram. But perhaps her biggest artistic milestone – or, at least, the one on the biggest scale – comes with the release of her wallpaper line.
When people first asked Bailey if she would consider creating wallpaper, her immediate reaction was “no.” She couldn’t picture her images blown up to the scale where they could cover an entire wall. But after being contacted by an experienced wallpaper designer, the vision to bring Bailey’s moody florals to walls across America started to come to life.
Today, she has a full line of wallpaper available in her online shop. Some, like the Dewalt, hearken back to the floral wallpapers of old. Some, like the Storm or Xanadu, invite us to peek into the past through a kaleidoscope. Into the Garden looks almost hand-drawn in its sweetness, while Montgomery‘s hyper-realism brings the garden straight to you. In short, Bailey’s wallpaper line has something for everyone.