Snag bargain-priced vintage wallpaper before everyone else does

Snag bargain-priced vintage wallpaper before everyone else does

These colourful rolls from the west end’s Smash will tickle budget-strapped decorators.

The wallpaper is not for the colour-shy (Photo by Dana Francis) 

We were pretty chuffed to spy these ridiculously low-priced rolls of vintage Italian wallpaper at Paul Mercer’s Junction shop Smash. Wallpaper has made a definite comeback, but the original 1970s graphic designs in this stock—there are about 20 to choose from—are a distinctive alternative to today’s ubiquitous damasks. Buyer beware: unlike modern wallpaper, these specimens need to have the glue applied before hanging—we’re told that it’s easy enough to do. Customers have already used them for wedding invitations, to cover a dining room accent wall and for an installation at a Toronto fashion week party. This is the store’s second batch (the first sold out quickly in February), and the wise will scoop them up pronto. At $10 a roll (each roll is 10 metres long), expect them to sell out quickly.

Smash, 2880 Dundas St. W., 416-762-3113, smash.to.