Fall Intern Miller Marcus

2015-04-02 11.29.41My name is Miller Marcus, and I started my internship with Casart Coverings last week. I am currently enrolled as a freshman at American University in Washington D.C, majoring in finance with a minor in marketing. I am originally from California, but went to high school in Switzerland. I love traveling, volunteering, sports, and photography.

At Casart Coverings, I am a marketing intern, responsible for, research, designing a new catalogue, creating advertisements, social media, and any tasks that suddenly arise. Even though I have just started, I have already gained new experiences and knowledge through this internship. The CEO, Ashley Spencer, is a extremely nice person and great boss. I knew I wanted to work for Casart Coverings after 10 minutes into the interview.

The picture to the left was taken on a two week long volunteer trip during the end of last March in Zambia and Botswana. This trip was sponsored through my school, The American School in Switzerland, and was completely paid for by donations from alumni. As I mentioned earlier, I love photography, and I wanted to show a few of my favorite pictures from the trip.

The Classic Rainbow

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             A Family of Baboons                                                                                             The Baby Elephant



The trip to Zambia and Botswana was 2 weeks of volunteer work with a 3 day break for a safari in Botswana. In Zambia we arrived in Livingstone, which is the capital, and worked with a few schools and orphanages. We just played around with the children, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. My group would walk down the street and at least 30 children would run up to us saying “Mzungu”, meaning white people. Zambia has 78 different tribes who all speak different languages, which was a cultural shock coming from an American. Volunteering with children who treated you like a celebrity was an amazing experience. I had so much fun and the kids showed a great amount of appreciation. After Livingstone, we went to a small village a couple hours away called Mawandi. In Mawandi, we built houses out of mud, which is a strange concept but it was extremely creative. The locals would take materials from termite mounds, mix it with dirt, and then add water. Termites scat is very similar to concrete, so by taking materials from the termite mound, and mixing it with water, the locals created a very basic version of concrete. We constructed a house in only a week, simply using those materials and a lot of hard labor. This part of the trip was full of mud fights, arguments over exhaustion, a ton of hard work, and very dirty clothes. But in the end, it was a memorable trip that I will never forget.

Now that I am done showing off a few photos, and my volunteering experience, I look forward to sharing more blog stores!

Hope you enjoy. — Miller

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Unplugging for Contemplative Art

We all can feel the effects of being attached to too much technology for extended periods of time in this age of informational overload. This is why Casart coverings is unplugging for contemplative art and a little cloud meditation.

We think it wise to break away and be in the moment every now and then, especially when we read articles that confirm how bad it is for our brains to be connected continuously.

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Haven’t you caught yourself saying you are going to “unplug” while on vacation and get some down time. Well, maybe a little daily dose of down time is a good thing. It actually helps us refresh and maintain focus when we need to. We like to think our Cloud Collection is helping reset the “mind-wandering mode” that leads to increasing creativity and focus.

Dr. Levitin’s book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” describes what happens when there is too much social media time: “Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things…” Since the continuous information overload from these platforms taps “your attentional filter,… we find ourselves not sustaining attention on any one thing for very long — the curse of the information age.”

Brain Charge-via DailyReckoning on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

To have constant stimuli is actually what your brain craves, however, due to the dopamine effect it brings. Consequently, it can be addicting to be “on” all the time. We have to make the difficult and conscious effort to detach from technology and so we don’t detach from others. Actually detaching from the social media counterintuitively forces us to truly engage with others. You see this occurring when people put down their smart phones at the dinner table. Sometimes, folks just don’t know what to do with themselves when they do unplug. How many times have you pulled out your phone when you’re waiting in line or feel like you could be doing something else rather than “wasting” valuable time?

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Guilty! In fact, the article referenced states, with constant stimuli, “it’s harder to engage in deep thought, critical thought, and creativity.” Oh no, Casart coverings is all about creativity, even our name meaning “art for your home” implies the creativity it takes to produce such wallcovering artwork. Equally important to us is the fact that our wallcoverings are not mass-produced. Every order gets custom-printed with attention to detail.

Coincidentally, we didn’t intend on timing our new designs with the Pope’s visit to America. However, we find it uncanny that our clouds can get one gazing upward and thinking of the heavens. They help induce contemplation as real clouds would. They appear to move across your interior and create a sense of magical wonder and peace.

Casart coverings Customer Custom Ceiling Clouds 2 as temporary wallpaper

Coincidentally too, we are not the only ones in the interior design industry thinking this way. It’s our prediction that you’ll be seeing more types of designs that induce relaxation precisely to unwind from too much technology.

Just look what we found recently in various shelter magazines and catalogs. How uncanny. And remember our own post from the DC Design House?

Back Stair Hall designed by David Benton on casartblog

Back Stair Hall designed by David Benton

House Beautiful’s October issue states the following about this beautiful cloud artwork by Oly for $2,125, “Outstanding art is cropping up in the most unexpected places.”

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Traditional Home touts clouds in their spread on the Napa Valley Showhouse in their October issue.

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It takes about 6 months to produce and publish a story in a monthly magazine. This means editors were thinking about clouds and airy designs right about the same time we were. (Although, we’ve been wanting to introduce clouds a lot sooner, since they have always been a popular request.)

Not to say we’re on trend but we think we may have just been ahead of this one. As stated previously, we typically don’t follow trends and offer classic designs that outlast one-time current tastes. We just find it interesting that our Cloud Collection appears to be coinciding with what interior design, magazine editors think the public should like. We hope so and are happy to be in sync.

Living in the Cloud – Really!

Living in the Cloud just became a dreamy reality through Casart coverings with our new Cloud Collection!

Casart covering Customer Custom Ceiling Clouds as temporary wallpaper

Casart coverings Customer Custom Ceiling Clouds 2 as temporary wallpaper

Did you ever want to stop, linger, relax and reflect under soft wonderful, brilliant clouds but your day is too busy?

Now you can bring the outdoors inside with Casart’s Ceiling Cumulonimbus.

Enjoy these majestic clouds in various colorways that represent different times of the day.

In fact, ‘living in the cloud’ can be calming, stress-reducing and provide relaxation and reflection, as seen below in a custom project for one of Casart’s clients.

These clouds are not just on ceilings, where you might expect to see them but also on walls. You actually feel uplifted when you walk into the room.

Casart Client Example of Clouds on ceiling and walls

Consequently, we’ve also added Cumuloninbus wall clouds (in 8 colorways).

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You can mix and match and pair these with our ceiling clouds, or even customize the color or direction.

Here’s an example of the same design used as a mirror image for greater wall coverage.

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You can also pair, mix and match with our puffy Cumuloninbus wall clouds and more elongated Stratocumulus wallcovering.

Remember all those scientific cloud names that you were supposed to learn in grade school? Casart is putting them to good use with some visual representation.

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Both of these types of clouds come in the same ever-changing colors of the day — from sunrise to sunset and even a cloudy-gray version. This not only represents various day-into-evening hues but allows you to combine one cloud design with the another.

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What’s really atmospheric, is we also have the graduated or gradient cloud background offered in our new Ombré Gradient design in our Wallfinishes collection. This design has no clouds but you can still use in conjunction with the Cloud Collection.

Casart coverings Ombre Gradient Sample temporary wallpaper

We are very excited to let you know that this Ombré Gradient design is “directionless”!

You can use these wallcoverings in any direction you want. You can use multiple panels of this design horizontally and turn and flip so that the lighter side slowly morphs to the darkest hue in one direction or use in the reverse direction. They can also be used vertically with the same premise — the lightest hue can be on the top or the bottom. You get to create the mood.

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These are among some of the most versatile designs we offer with an infinite way to use.

Don’t stop there, because we have other designs that complement these, like our Fireflies, also in various day-like hues.

Fireflies in progression as seen on Slipcovers for your Walls blog

Casart Firefly Design, seen in progression


Play Table after Casart Fireflies, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Play Table after Casart Fireflies

You can read more here about our Casart customer’s Ceiling Cloud installation in the Customer Gallery.

You can read our previous post showing other examples of clouds used on walls.


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