Our Background and our Future

I really enjoy working with my hands. When I discovered the process of making wallpaper I knew instantly that I had found what I wanted to do with my life. People thought I was a little crazy. But I was confident that by combining creativity, determination and a lot of hard work that something good would come from that.

Determination, passion, and creativity are the common threads of our company. Highly skilled, collaborative artists perform all of Vahallan’s roles. You can feel inspiration when you enter our studio, from the offices to the shipping room to the painting floor.

We focus on great designs. We love fearless experimentation. We take pride in our work. Our collective goal is getting Vahallan’s outstanding products into the hands of great designers and onto walls to make beautiful rooms. Vahallan has come a long way. We keep growing and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. Wallpaper is back to stay.

Dan Nelson, Owner

Name: Dan Nelson
Position: Owner Vahallan Hand-painted Wall Coverings
Hometown: Alliance, Nebraska
Education: Graduated from Kearney State College
Marital status: Married to a wonderful woman who has great listening skills and the patience to put up with me.
Hobby: Pickleball
Instagram handle: Vahallan
Favorite collections of Vahallan: Waves, Moffat, and Tarrant.

Jared, Lead Studio Artist

Do you have a hobby: Yes.
Place you most want to visit: 911 Memorials in NYC.
Favorite 80’x band: VanHalen (David Lee Roth era none of that Sammy stuff)
Favorite Vahallan pattern: Sidon with a Black backing
Where did you grow up? Hordville, NE Population 144
If you were on a deserted island and you could only have one thing, what would it be? A boat, duh.

Harvey, Artist

Do you have a hobby? I write a blog about music. You can view Harvey’s blog at M is for Music
Funniest clean joke: A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, what’s with the long face?
Favorite 80’s band: I was inspired by The Smith’s in the 80’s.
Favorite snack: I love dried dates and almonds.
If you were on a deserted island and you could only have one thing, what would it be? A well-stocked Yacht.

Dustin, Artist

Do you have a hobby? I am also a basket weaver.
Favorite 80s band? The Talking Heads
What were you doing before this? I was and currently am the co-founder/executive director of a local, professional, non-profit performing arts company; Omniarts Nebraska. I also sing, act and dance.
Favorite Vahallan pattern: Burluxe/Erosion
Favorite movie of all time? Cool Hand Luke

Trenton, Artist

Do you have a hobby? Disc Golf
Place you most want to visit. New Zealand
What time frame would you visit in a time travel machine? The year 3030
Do you have a phobia? Spiders (Arachnophobia)
Favorite 80’s band? Beastie Boys

Jen, Shipping Manager

Do you have a hobby? Fishing and crafting.
Do you have a phobia? Small black birds. Thanks Alfred Hitchcock.
Favorite Vahallan pattern? Vine
Where did you grow up? Batavia, Illinois. Basically Chicago.
If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? Somewhere flat enough for a large garden, a pond to fish in and mountains in the background. Where ever that is.

Annie, Project Manager

Do you have a hobby? Several, my favorite being that every year I travel deep into the desert, climb into caves and abandoned mines, and excavate all sorts of gems and crystals. It’s a dirty job, and no one really needs to do it. But the thrill.
If you were a soap opera, what would your title be? Dogs Before Humans
If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? On a mountain surrounded by forest
If you were on a deserted island and you could only have one thing, what would it be? Les Stroud
Favorite type of food? Meat

Stacy, Sample Room Assistant

Favorite invention of all time – The mirror
Do you have a phobia? All of the above
Where did you grow up? Iowa
What is cool that someone wouldn’t know about you? I’ve climbed thousands of roofs
Favorite type of food? SUGAR. SUGAR. SUGAR.

Lisa, Account Manager

Courtney, Artist

Justina, Artist

Vilis, Artist

Kris, Artist