Who Said You Can’t Color on the Walls?

Did you know that there is a coloring movement afoot?

Coloring in coloring books is a big stress reliever for adults. It’s also become a big business:

“The popularity of coloring books right now is part of that larger movement to break away from the hustle and bustle of life and sort of the internet you know this urge to constantly look at our phone or our computer or check our email,” said Lisa Congdon, who has created three different “Just Add Color” coloring book versions, and has three in the works.

There are among 5 different adult coloring books on Amazon’s Best Seller list at the time of this posting.

NBC News_Coloring books on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Art therapy has long been recommended by health groups as ways to manage stress.

However, this activity can be just for fun. It returns us to our youth when coloring was an everyday pastime.

 Secret Garden_Johanna Basford on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart coverings has a creative solution in keeping with this colorful concept.

Our black and white Flower Power is comprised of outlines, which make the flowers very easy to color.

Since Casart wallcoverings can be painted, colored with marker or crayon, you add your own artistic touch.

Instead of a paper version, it can be a stress reducing color wall that can be removed and reused whenever you want. Or keep it up to “work” on it everyday as a relaxation technique.

Casart_FlowerPower_outlines, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Flower Power outlines

Casart Flower Power - Black & White Outlines detail on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Flower Power – Black & White Outlines detail

You can even make a coloring party of it. Yours can be as colorful as this or monochromatic, however you wish.

Casart coverings Flower Power, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Best yet, Flower Power and other Botanical wallcoverings are on sale!

Stats for Grads & Congrats!

Two things are happening simultaneously this time of year.

It’s nearly the end of the school year for most universities across the country. Many of these grads will be venturing into the world of independence, the work force and their first non-campus/ school-related apartment or living situation as most likely (and hopefully for their parents), first-time-renters.

It’s also that time of year that many homeowners start refreshing their space with Spring’s renewal season by updating or redoing areas of their home or apartment.

Houzz conducted a survey last year that still seems to be current. Here are some interesting excerpted stats that pertain to all age groups based on nearly 200,000 respondents.

• Remodeling trumps moving, except for Millennials:

Homeowners undertaking remodeling projects (66 percent) plan to stay in their home
for the long term, and are motivated by a desire to improve the aesthetics
and functionality of their home to meet their needs. Millennials (36 percent), however,
are more likely than other age groups to renovate with an eye on moving
and increasing the resale value of their current home.

•  Motivations
Consistent with prior years, the vast majority of homeowners (78 percent) remodeled to
improve the look and feel of their space. Secondary factors include making the space more
functional (54 percent), increasing home value (52 percent) and upgrading features/appliances
(47 percent).

Houzz survey results 1 on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

via Houzz House & Home Survey 2014

• Hiring professionals is not just limited to homeowners, as 40 percent of U.S. renters on Houzz plan to hire an architect and 32 percent plan to hire an interior designer for some home job in the next two years.

• Hiring Criteria
When selecting a professional [or making any major purchase or that matter], homeowners most value Houzz recommendations and reviews for Casart (83 percent of homeowners rated this as very important (a five on a five-point scale). Also important is that the professional is an expert in their field (70 percent), has a personality the homeowner can work with (60 percent) and has completed similar projects (53 percent). Among Houzz homeowners, of least importance is finding a professional who offers the lowest
bid (just seven percent make this a top priority – down from eight percent last year). Price
matters most for Millennials, for whom this number jumps to 13 percent.

Houzz survey 2 on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

via Houzz House & Home Survey 2014

• Decor
Homeowners and renters on Houzz are just as likely to decorate and nearly three quarters of
those in the U.S. are planning a decor project in the next two years (73 percent). Surprisingly,
renters are more likely than homeowners to hire a professional for their interior (21 percent
versus 17 percent, respectively).

• A Significant Personal Investment
While caution about the economy remains, significantly more homeowners on Houzz are able
to fund their remodeling projects this year compared with last year, and they are investing to
create a home that meets their needs now and for the long-term. With the exception of
Millennials, the majority of homeowners who are remodeling to increase the resale value of their
homes have no plans to move in the near future. The American home is also evolving, as
homeowners incorporate new technologies, recycled materials and make their homes more
energy efficient. The investment in home renovation is as much a personal investment as a
financial one.

[It is interesting to note a previous post, as it could pertain here, that Millennials and the younger generation on the whole value vintage but do not want their parents’ “old, brown, antique” furniture.]

Luckily, Casart coverings offers a decorating solution that satisfies all criteria being, removable, reusable, sustainable and an artistic investment you can showcase permanently or take with you.

Casart Peacock Damask_2

Casart Peacock Damask in multiple colorways

 With this information in mind, we say to grads, congratulations! Spread your wings & find your personal style that enhances quality in the pursuit of the life you want to live.

Peacock via Veranda on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Peacocks via Veranda

To current homeowners and renters, strut your stuff and don’t be afraid to try new things to express your personal style and bring even more enjoyment to the life you’re living.

Strutting Peacock via Veranda on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

You can read the full Houzz survey report here.

Also, bridging the gap between young and old, here’s a video of Ashton Kutcher’s Mother’s Day Surprise, as he remodels his mother’s home as a gift to her, sponsored by Houzz.

The series of videos does an excellent job of showing what makes a family house a more comfortable home.

A Diverse Bouquet of Floral Design

It finally feels like spring! The flower buds are popping and so are flowers in design.

To celebrate the season, we’re getting ready to have a  Spring Flowers Sale!

You’re the first to get this news, so be sure to check our website in the next few days.

Veranda_Spring is here on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Veranda Spring March-April 2015 issue

Flowers in design may not be something new but there are so many diverse types and ways to use; especially now, one can’t help but notice, flowers are featured in almost every home decorating magazine, not to mention at the White House state dinner for the Prime Minister of Japan. Just look at that gorgeous floral backdrop!

Flower Bkdrop at White House State Dinner

Clinton Smith, the Editor in Chief for Veranda loves flowers. His editorial in the spring issue reflects on an age gone by when there was an element of taking time to smell the flowers. However with this age in technology, beautiful flower images can be shared in an instant and he remarks how he’d now like to personalize the postings rather than with just a quick hashtag. Hopefully this will be a trend (and not just for flowers) to help appreciate and sincerely feel in the moment that these beautiful flowers bring.

Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief, Veranda March/April 2015 Issue on Casart coverings, Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief, Veranda March/April 2015 Issue

We love when House Beautiful posts their “paint palette” for gorgeous photos. The spring tulip was their tribute in their April issue.

House Beautiful_tulip color on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

House Beautiful, April 2015

Loving this color, we have a faux Raw Silk wallcovering that can compare.

casart_rose-raw-silk temporary wallpaper_casartblog

Casart Rose Raw Silk self-adhesive wallcovering

The joy of floral bouquet can last all year round, especially if made with paper. These gorgeous floral arrangements by artist and author of Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, Levia Cetti, were also featured in House Beautiful’s spring issue.

House Beautiful, paper flowers, casartblog

House Beautiful April Issue

House Beautiful, paper flowers, casartblog

House Beautiful April Issue

Huge ruche flowers were used in a recent family wedding and they made all the visual difference.

Carrie Holbo Photography on casartblog

Carrie Holbo Photography

Traditional Home also turns their focus to flowers for the present and from the past.

Traditional Home April 2015, garden on casartblog

A gorgeous garden featured in Traditional Home April 2015

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Flower feature in Traditional Home April 2013

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Traditional Home April 2013

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Traditional Home April 2013

And back again with a similar but new take on floral design with a dark background.

Dark florals in Traditional Home May 2015 on casartblog

Dark Florals in Traditional Home May 2015

Wait, were we ahead of the petal push when we introduced our Flower Power multi on a black background wallcovering in 2011?

It also comes in 15 other colorways!

Casart coverings Flower Power, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Flower Power wallcovering – Multi with Black Background

Flower Power - reusable wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Flower Power – reusable wallcovering

Elle Decor gets in on the flower action with bold popping blooms.

Flower design in Elle Decor May 2015 featured on casartblog

Elle Decor May 2015

Wait, it’s deja vue! Were we ahead of the curve when we introduced our Flower Power and our Peony back in 2011?

Casart_ColoredFPVariation2_casartblog

Casart Colored Flower Power Variation

Casart-coverings-peony removable reusable wallcovering, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Casart coverings Largescale Peony Mural Element + also as a pattern

And, certainly the current flowers from the Ann Alger Collection Bloom Series are worth noting.

Beautiful painterly images in small to large sizes (48″ x 72″ wide) are worth picking.

Ann Alger White & Pink Peonies_for Casart coverings

Ann Alger Peony In Pink_for Casart coverings

Ann Alger Peony in Pink

Ann Ann Alger Bloom Series_for Casart coverings

Ann Alger Bloom Series for Casart coverings

Even the New York Times Design Issue in 2013 featured floral design in fashion stemming from artwork.

Floral design in New York Times Design Issue on casartblog

New York Times Design Issue April 2013

They also featured hand painted, stylized, floral panels in a botanical pattern.

hand painted floral patterns in New York Times Design Issue April 2013 featured on casartblog

New York Times Design Issue April 2013

This reminds us of Kristin Nicholas‘ modern, Matisse-inspired, garden-art panels.

Casart coverings, Kristin Nicholas Garden Mural on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

Kristin Nicholas + French Damask Screen_casartblog

Kristin Nicholas Garden panels with a Peacock Damask Border are used to create a screen

Let us know how you’re using flowers in design.

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