Modern Living: Putting On a Room

The cheapest, easiest way to furnish an apartment, it turns out, does not involve a single visit to the thrift shop or the Salvation Army. Now a savvy decorator can pick up a headboard, radio, picture frame, Tiffany lamp shade, stained-glass window and even a bubble-gum machine, all for less than $30—and carry them home in a shopping bag. That's because People Paper is instant make-believe furniture, designed to be pasted onto walls.

It started when Designers Eileen Pittler, 24, and George Brewer, 27, invented a "sticky fingers" peace sign for a Pittsburgh radio station. It was made of vinyl and could...

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