About the Wallpaper Vault

The Wallpaper Vault has been around since the year 2000 – over a decade and a half! My site was first created to distribute the best free wallpapers on the internet. In recent years, the popularity of desktop wallpapers has slowly began to decline. I have shifted the focus from distributing the best free wallpapers to blogging about the coolest new trends in design!

I will still feature some cool wallpapers from time to time – only the best ones though!

If you have found any exciting new wallpapers (free use rights only, please) then make sure to fill out our contact form to let me know about them. I may even feature your submission in one of our next blog posts (if you’re lucky :))

I’m always getting inspired by new design trends, whether it be in desktop wallpapers, home design, product design, or  actual desktop wallpapers! My favorite design trend is the juxtaposition of clean contemporary with nature. There’s nothing better than having both nature and modern design working together to create a harmonious blend of the natural and engineered.

About the Author

My name is Armando Flores and I’ve always been interested in the world of design and fashion. My mother and two sisters are what sparked my interest in fashion. Some of my earliest memories as a child are of my older sisters playing dress up with my mothers colorful clothes. It has always amazed me how the look of someones clothes can totally change the way that you think about them.
Sometimes a fresh coat of paint of some new artwork will completely alter the look and feel of a room for the better (sometimes for the worse if you’re not careful.)

Growing up in Spain as a young man, I worked for several years on a very large orchard that was located about a mile form my home. The job was enjoyable at the time. I was able to labor with two of my best friends from school. We spent a many hours in the hot sun, picking figs, apples, pears, and sometimes nuts. I liked spending time with my friends, but I always dreamed of moving to America to design clothing that beautiful people would wear. Every time I would get upset my mother would tell me to keep working hard and to stay focused. She said that one day I would have an opportunity to work in the way that I wanted to.

My mother passed away unexpectedly one evening in November of 1988. At this time my sisters were already moved away and starting families of their own. With my mother being gone, there wasn’t much reason left for me to stay in the town that I grew up in. I made the decision to do whatever it took to get to America and start doing something that I believe in.

Today, it seems so long ago that I was that young man. Stuck dreaming of a better life – far away from where I am today. I’m happy to say that I found a way to make it to America, just like I had dreamed of. Finding a fashion job when I got to America wasn’t easy. In fact, I spent 5 years doing the same work that I did back when I lived at home in Spain. I picked and processed Oranges at a grove close to my first American home in El Cajon. I lived with several other workers that have emigrated from Spain. We had a good life there together, but I knew that I was meant for more than this.

Cracking the Code

I spent almost every night studying proper English writing and speaking. I was already one of my best English speakers from my hometown in Spain. But, when I got to America, I found that I still had much to learn about this language that can be very frustrating at times. I continued to improve my skills and eventually found a job at a small textile shop in Pasadena.

There I worked as an entry level employee for 6 years. During the summer of 1999 I finally found the courage to approach the owner of the shop. I showed her my sketch book that was full of designs. At first she wasn’t very interested in hearing about my drawings. Just as I was closing my book, there was one drawing of an orange slip dress that caught her eye. She took the book from my hands to get a closer look. “You designed this yourself?”, she asked me skeptically. Yes, I replied. I have many more slip dress designs that I would love to share with you. From that day forward, she allowed me to sit and observe the company’s weekly design meeting that was every Tuesday morning at 9am.

I worked hard to befriend as many members of the design team as I could. Most of them were very rude to me. They weren’t used to anyone from the shop floor being included in the design process. There was one man that really took a liking to me. Paul and I became good friends and he grew a strong admiration for my drawings. It was Paul that had helped convince the owner of the company to give me a job as a junior designer!

I have been working with the same company now for over three decades. My strong work ethic and endless love of design is what helped me get through all of the hard times and into a position that I can find myself being very happy with. I’m excited to spend as much of my free time as possible sharing good design with all of the visitors to the WallpaperVault.com. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I do!