Latest cottage treasure revealed

Okay, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  This is the latest in my posts about the little treasures my cottage revealed.
As I mentioned before, when we purchased our cottage six years ago it came with some furnishings and a completely packed bunkie!
After many trailer loads to the dump there were a few things that I’ve kept because I thought they were interesting and that they may have some value.
Well this is one of the treasures we found –
A wallpaper sample book from Empire Wallpapers Limited (a Sunworthy company) called Studio Masterpieces.  As you can see the cover has some mildew damage as it has been stored in that unheated bunkie for who knows how long.  And I have to admit it is a little smelly.  There have been a few protests about it’s odour since I brought it home….
The previous owner’s used the book as a place to press leaves and flowers and there were tons of them still in the book when I found it.  Luckily that didn’t seem to do much damage to the pages inside.
As there was no date anywhere on the book I did some digging and found out that this book is from the 1940’s (twenty years older than what I originally thought).
Here’s some of the beautiful designs:

This one is called Dinner Date here’s the description of it that they included below.
Some more floral patterns.
And some leaves in different colourwaves…..
IMG_1168    IMG_1166 This one is called the Canadian Sportsman – the description follows below.

IMG_1119 IMG_1114This one is called Pillement Chinese.
This one is called Williamsburg.
There’s even some ones called Moderne.
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This whimsical one is called Old MacDonald.
IMG_1202    IMG_1200 And this one – Scarlet Pimpernel – of course!
These wallpaper samples are all painted and I was thinking of framing some of the images or perhaps framing them inside wall mouldings as a feature.  Though, I have to admit I feel a little apprehensive about actually cutting them out of the book.
What do you think I should do with them?
I hope you are all enjoying your summer I certainly have been and I’ll be taking some time off so this will be my last post for a little while.  Have a great weekend!  Cheers!


  1. Wow, what a great find!! The papers seem to have retained their colours really well. I really like Moderne and Canadian Sportsman.

    Think of it this way — will you be able to enjoy the papers more if they’re closed away in the book or on display on your walls?? 🙂


  2. Now this is a true treasure! The wallpapers are so lively and absolutely stunning! Sad to leave something that pretty in a book shelf, and pretty sad to ruin the book.. I have no idea what I would do?!

    Hope you’ll have a great vacation!

  3. Oohh, what a treasure! These look amazing, I think I would be inclined to frame my favorites and enjoy them. But I totally understand being afraid to cut up the book after all this time!! What ever you choose to do, you have to let us know! I think my favorites are the chinoserie inspired looks, I was actually going to do a post on this next week…amazing how so many of these papers have come back around isn’t it?

  4. I’m sure you can fix the musty problem and save the book. I think I read that you can put things with mildew out in the sun. I also saw these ideas at and

    Good luck!