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Wall Decals…that aren’t hideous.

I remember my beloved sister and co-conspirator of this blog, Sarah, used to adore the Garbage Pale Kids when she herself was a young one, which meant that the shared frame of our bunkbeds – the Gaza strip had nothing on this battleline – was covered in Garbage Pail Kids stickers.  I was, as I still am, a year younger than her and because I was taken by these charmingly gross dolls I didn’t bother running interference.

 Hole to Another Universe wall decal; $40 whatisblik.com or £46 at supernice.co.uk forEuropean delivery.

Suddenly, when she was about 10, she moved on to New Kids on the Block, and the bed frame became a grotesque rendering of strange nightmares; day and night images of Johnny Knight taking a slice of Cheesey Charlie’s face haunted me.

I didn’t like these weird boys as much as the GPK so one day I took a spoon (I wasn’t the brightest child) and removed each and every one. Only the ghostly white papery residue remained. To this day I consider it one of my better day’s work.

Garbage Pail Kids painting; $300, J Watkins

Now that I’m a big girl, I feel bad for tearing down her stickers. I really do….but I think I did her a favour, separating her objects of lust from those creepy kids (Garbage Pail). No little girl should hit puberty while Driftin’ Clifton – a young boy happily asphyxiating himself with the string of a party balloon – is within eyeshot.

But, by way of apology, I’d like to suggest some new stickers for Sarah. These days they’re called decals and while 99.99% of them are eye-rollingly hipster rubbish, I’ve found a Californian company that makes truly awesome walls stickers. Johnathan Knight, you’ve been officially usurped.

Blik, the company in question, have a weird sense of humour. I like that. And I like their “What the %$@? Goat” wall decal an awful lot.

What the %$@? Goat wall decal; $30 whatisblik.com or £18 supernice.co.uk

Blik are also quite clever. The possibilities for these patterned tiles have got me thinking about redoing my kitchen walls, if you know what I mean. They’ve got eco credentials that I don’t really understand (without PVC and phthalates – anyone?), they come as two tiles measuring 60cm X 121cm and, well, make your walls look like fish. What more could you want?

Fishwall Pattern Wall Tiles; $45 from whatisblik.com or £45 from supernice.co.uk

Like the wallpaper idea? Oh, well then maybe you would like the MOST AWESOME WALLPAPERY STUFF EVER?!

Pick your Poison Wallpaper; $44, whatisblik.com

Yep, like I said. The most awesome. Ever. I think there’s even a koala skull in there, the most adorable of all animal remains. The very sad new is that while this is on the Blik website ($45 for two 24” X 21” tiles), which does deliver to America but doesn’t deliver to Europe, it’s not on the Euro-delivering Super Nice website. My friends, my sister, my God; I’m on it.

P.S How could I resist?

Wee Gallery Birdie Banner; $38 Whatisblik.com or £30 supernice.co.uk.

 Awwwwwww. Shame it’s an anagram for “a rash”…

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  • Reply Sarah Lanagan November 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Ok, first of all I was thinking.. hmm, I’d love that fishy wall paper, then I was like – oh no, definitely want the skull paper and then… I saw the little Sarah banner. Love the website girls, congratulations 🙂

  • Reply Niamh November 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Aw, thanks Sarah. I’ll fight you for the skull wallpaper!

  • Reply Joanne November 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    This had me in stitches the whole way through, love it!

    • Reply Niamh November 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Joanne 🙂

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