Spooky or Spectacular? Seeing What you Want to See.

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you dressing up?

Rather than concentrating on the traditional scary costume and face mask for this holiday, we thought we’d let you decide if these are spooky or spectacular?

With our love for Venice, we think a Venetian mask would be appropriate for the occasion.

venetian_masks on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Venetian Masks via maluviam.deviantart.com

However, there are other masks, like the ones we sometimes wear everyday, as poetically described by Rose-tinted Rambles.

lace mask on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Lace mask via Rose-Tinted Rambles

And, even artistic ones that can be hand-painted, such as this one below from Design Juices.

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Hand-painted face mask via Design Juices

The one above reminds me of our Peacock Damask wallcovering.

Casart French Peacock Damask / Down-Anise

Casart French Peacock Damask / Down-Anise

If you look closely you may see several masks because the peacock feathers intrinsically have ‘eyes’ but you can also see the overall peacock pattern.

It’s a little trompe l’oeil trick to ‘fool the eye’ with this duality but we like that you can see what you want to see.

Our inspiration was to incorporate the fleur-de-lis from our New Orleans heritage and a Renaissance peacock pattern that also harkened to the wonderfully clever and grotesque portraits by Giuseppe Arcimoboldo, who used mostly fruits and vegetables to create portraits through their unique compositions.

As mentioned, we also enjoy the flamboyant masks from Venice, which is representative of one our our favorite places. I’ve purchased several, non-typical Venetian masks on few trips to Venice and appreciate the quality of their hand-craftmanship from true artisans. This Ca’ Macana shop in Venice offers classes in Venetian mask making.

Ca' Macana Venetian Mask Shop on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Ca’ Macana Venetian Mask Shop

We’ve paired our stylized wallcovering with decorative Pillow Slipcovers.

Casart Peacock Damask Pillow-wallcovering

Black Anise / White Peacock Damask pillow slipcover with Ginger/ Down wallcovering

The wallcovering also comes in multiple colorways. You can also customize the color so there is no limit to your decorative creativity.

Casart French Damask_sample1_web, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Some neutral Peacock Damask colorways

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Peacock Damask in multiple colorways

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Peacock Damask in multiple bold colorways

 

Want to see how easy this is to apply and remove? See our comparison video using our Peacock Damask in Casart Light reusable wallcovering.

 

Fall Intern 2014: Perspectives on Casart

Hannah Mattheis, Casart coverings’ new Fall 2014 intern, describes herself as creative and passionate,  with a love for travel, literature, interior design, and art. She joins us from UVA’s MS in Commerce program where she currently studies Marketing & Management. Here are some of her thoughts as she enters her second week with Casart coverings:

 Hannah Mattheis, Fall Marketing Intern

As soon as I interviewed for the Casart coverings internship, I became instantly passionate about removable wallcoverings. As silly as that sounds, I’m sure most of you can agree that there are sometimes companies and brands that you just immediately feel at home with. Perhaps more than anything, my gut instinct was driven by the passionate women who run, inspire, and breathe life into Casart.

My first interaction with Ashley and Deb, Casart’s Marketing Manager, was incredibly positive. As we found mutual interests in everything from interior design and art to Italy and traveling, I felt more and more excited to embark on my new marketing experience. My first personal interaction with Ashley was at her charming house in Alexandria, VA – where I delighted in seeing both Casart coverings and some of Ashley’s hand painted pieces up close. If a house is a reflection of the person (which I believe it can be) than Ashley’s home perfectly reflects the ease, comfort, style, and creativity that both she and Casart demonstrate. If anything, my goal for this internship is to help share and spread the warmth and creativity that Casart coverings represents.

So far, I’ve found myself getting wonderfully lost in the work as I spend hours researching companies and bloggers, adding Instagram photos, and finding inspiration. As I explained to Ashley early on (through a reference from my favorite novel, Alice in Wonderland) I have a penchant for “falling down the rabbit hole” when it comes to things I’m passionate about.

As a M.S. in Marketing and Management student at UVA’s McIntire, I can’t help but get excited to apply all that I learn in class to my new position with Casart. Nothing quite compares to the thrill and adrenaline rush of hands on experience. More than that, however, I am thrilled to have this opportunity because it allows me the ability to meld my business skills not only with my undergraduate English degree from William & Mary, but also with my innate creativity, artistic eye, and love for interior design. From as young as I can remember, I’ve always loved to draw, imagine, and create – to have the chance to meld work with play is invaluable.

Here are a few samples of photographs I took while abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy.  My time abroad helped me realize my true passion – for all things visual.  As I took classes on Italian gardens, Renaissance Art, and Viticulture & Enology (the study of the Winemaking process), I honed my skills in visual and sensory perceptions – which will hopefully aid me in my present and future marketing careers.

 

Flowers positioned above the doorway of a house in San Gimignano, Italy.

Flowers positioned above the doorway of a house in San Gimignano, Italy.

The canals of Venice, as seen from a gondola's perspective.

The canals of Venice, as seen from a gondola’s perspective.

Colored dishes

Italian painted dishes from a store in San Gimignano, Italy.

Going with Gourds

Getting pumpkins this weekend and noticing some similar colors.

Pumpkins on Casart coverings Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

It’s always so hard to choose one

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Orange Faux Linen with Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale

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A selection of oranges and browns from Casart

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Unusual, multicolored green gourds are a color inspiration

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Green faux linen from Casart coverings

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A collection of Casart coverings from our green palette

 

Odd Shaped Gourds on Casart coverings Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

These gourds have strange shapes but their colors fascinate

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Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Color – Jefferson Yellow in Faux Linen

The fall palette has so much to offer that it’s hard to choose just one colorway.

Can’t decide? Go with multicolored flowers with all these colors and what a benefit that they keep blooming.

Ann Alger Orange Lily_for Casart coverings

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