When interior designer Brian Paquette was decorating his own Seattle home, he set a goal to only include details that he truly loved. A custom sofa, Chivari chairs, and a growing collection of souvenirs scooped up on trips abroad. What we found most striking, however, was the wallpaper in the dining room. The black & white pattern is a print you won’t see anywhere else… Brian custom made it using xeroxed copies of black & white seaweed studies. He describes it as “totally grandma, but a little bit punk rock, too.” We couldn’t agree more, and knew this was a decor trick we’d love to try someday soon.

With a little research, we discovered that creating your own wallpaper is really quite easy. Choose a pattern you love—pages from your favorite book, a floral design that complements the space, the options are endless—and measure the space to ensure you’ll have enough coverage. Then, brush the back of the paper with a wallpaper paste and adhere to the wall. Once you’ve got the look you’d like, seal the paper with a clear top coat… and voila! You’ve got a statement wall that is all your own.

Image originally appeared as part of our September 2013 issue here.