Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Tempaper

The belief of “change is a good thing” is what the sisterly duo that makes up Tempaper live by. Jennifer Matthews and Julia Au created Tempaper to introduce a product in the design industry that was the first of its kind; temporary wallpaper. The peel and stick application makes it easy for just about anyone to apply bold, sophisticated and high-quality accent walls in their space and interchange whenever they’re in need of rejuvenation. Since 2006, Tempaper has had countless collaborations with design leaders like Bobby Berk and Cynthia Rowley. They’ve been featured in major publications such as People Magazine, Essence and ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Tempaper.

This dark and floral wallcovering is aptly named “Moody Bloom.” The mural is rich in deep tones that would fit perfectly in any bedroom, dining room, or even nursery.

Andrew: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Julia Au: I would be Orangtini because I have always been drawn to the color orange! It’s light and airy yet always has an air of sophistication.

Andrew Joseph: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Jennifer Matthews: I love watching ‘80s and ‘90s movies. They are so entertaining and such a good reminder of how it used to be. We would never get away with half of the films these days.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Julia: Intense, fun, and satisfying.

Andrew: Are you the type to get fully dressed for a day of remote working, or the type to wear sweats?
Jennifer: I usually get fully dressed for a remote day at work. I can’t focus when I’m wearing pajamas!

This multi-colored pastel wallcovering goes by the name of “Smokey Abstract.” It was inspired by the paintings of Cy Twombly and carries layers of patina in the creation process. It is now a part of the Zoe Bios removable wall mural collection!

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Julia: My husband tells me I am a great sous-chef and that I make amazing salads and appetizers, but that’s as far as it goes.

Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Jennifer: Quaint, coastal, farmland.

Andrew: Do you get your eight hours a night? – what is your schedule like?
Julia: I have 2 children under the age of 3.. need I say more?

Andrew: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
Jennifer: I’m actually quite shy, but you wouldn’t be able to tell when you first meet me.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Jennifer: I love patterns and color. I’m not afraid of incorporating bold accent walls and various styles in one space. I’m drawn to modern interiors that are eclectic. I love bold pieces that guide the room.

Pictured above is the “Painted Palm” wallcovering. It combines multiple styles such as classic, 1980’s boldness, and modernism.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Julia: If I weren’t a designer, I’d be a yogi… Namaste.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Jennifer: My grandmother was my style icon. She had amazing taste in clothes, jewelry, and fragrances. She’s European, born and raised in Hungary. She passed quite the collection to me. Right before she passed, she gave me her favorite amethyst set. I’ll cherish it forever.

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Julia: I would tell my teenage self to take up more hobbies and stop stressing about what you are going to be when you grow up. I promise it will work out.

Andrew: What’s your current TV obsession?
Jennifer: The Queen’s Gambit is my current TV obsession! Her clothes are stunning and the sets have wallpaper everywhere! Overcoming adversity, Beth Harmon dominates with style, perseverance and her mind. She’s a complete inspiration all around.

“Canopy” implies the Chinoiserie technique. This style of wallcovering is completely customized to match your wall’s dimensions to ensure a perfect fit.

Andrew: What do you find yourself daydreaming about most these days?
Julia: I would love to go to a bar with a group of friends, laugh, drink, and enjoy the night together!

Andrew: Has your mindset changed in 2021? In what ways?
Jennifer: I am actually a lot calmer these days. I used to get worked up easily, but now I’m much better at dealing with stress and unexpected problems than I was before the pandemic.

About The Makers | In 2006, fueled by a need that didn’t exist in the design community, Jennifer and Julia sought to create Tempaper, the first removable wallpaper of its kind. Leveraging their artistic skills and business prowess, the sisters set out to transform an industry and to lead with a product that would become an essential form of expression that no design enthusiast could live without.

They say that creativity spawns more creativity, and that couldn’t be more true for us. Since Tempaper’s inception, our customers have taken an imaginative approach to our product – not only using Tempaper on walls, but in other various (and sometimes unexpected) places — bookcases, shelving, staircase risers, ceilings, desks, and more. Our product has also been used as backdrops on production sets, including film and television, commercial photography and staging, as well as within wedding venues, retail displays, and trade show booths — truly illustrating there’s no surface too small or too big for Tempaper.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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