Animal Inspiration

We recently learned of a new video about one of our favorite artists, Jane Kim, of Ink Dwell Studios. The video not only depicts her creative process but explains how she paints with Nature always in mind, through animal inspiration.

Jane’s artistic talent is tremendous as is some of her projects.

We’ve posted about Jane and Ink Dwell previously regarding the project in which she used Casart wallcoverings as templates to paint the continents for her exceptional and huge mural at Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab.

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1_Many birds painted by Jane Kim on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Many birds painted by Jane Kim

Cassowary bird painted by Jane Kim on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Cassowary Bird

The mural is 70 feet wide by 40 feet high! Jane and her Ink Dwell team painted all the birds to show their origin and progression over time. It’s her testament piece, as is her upper and lower (collage scope) sea murals at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and her Migrating (Mountain Sheep) Mural in Sierra, Nevada, to making sure these gorgeous animals are preserved in Nature.

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We hope you’ll be inspired with her artwork and with Nature as we are.

As Jane says about Ink Dwell, “Inspiring people to love and protect the Earth one work of art at a time.”

We love Jane’s scientific style and approach.

We can’t claim the amount of talent she possesses but have attempted our own tribute to Nature with our Gulf Coast Collection, which was inspired after Hurricane Katrina with ongoing Gulf Coast preservation efforts.

All of our Gulf Coast Designs, including our Pelican and Gulf Coast Birds (Egret and Great Blue Heron), give charitable portion of proceeds to help the Gulf Coast region protect itself and wildlife from future natural disasters.

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You can even surround yourself with Gulf Coast natural wildlife with a mural for the full emersion experience.

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Casart Gulf Coast Mural Room View

Easy Wall Panel Glam

Seeing this image in Veranda magazine made us think how easy it is to get wall panel glam!

We had never thought of using empty frames hung symmetrically on a wall to give the impression of paneling.

Sure we’ve seen similar framed images or photos hung on a wall or even empty but ornate styled frames to give interest, but this idea is so simple and sophisticated and breaks the notion that you need to spend a lot of money, time or effort on construction to add architectural paneling to a wall that would be permanent. Just buy simple, elegant frames!

This adds the same three-dimensional interest as real paneling. The hardest part might be aligning the placement when hanging the frames.


Another easy solution would be using architecturally inspired wallcovering that is repositionable, temporary (if you want it to be) and reusable.

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Casart Architectural Faux Panel in assorted colors

These faux panel wallcoverings can be used for a small project like a headboard or a screen.

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Casart Customer uses Casart Faux Panels for a headboard

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They can even be coordinated with an accent pillow in the same grotesca scroll design.

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Or panel an entire wall or room.

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The real easy thing here is that there is no time involved to align the frames or even nails or holes in your wall to get an easy architectural look. Frames or temporary wallpaper gets glam without the cost of construction or professional wallpapering, since Casart wallcoverings can be easily installed by removing the backing/ liner sheet and pressing them to the surface. Voilá! Instant and easy wall glam!

Visuals That Make You Wander

Or is it wonder?…

Frontgate’s new Outdoor Book just came and the visuals are so great!!

They just make you want to wander with your thoughts and wish you were in every outdoor scene, sitting, relaxing, soaking in the warmth and enjoying the stress-free day!

Wouldn’t you want to be here?!

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Than here?!

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Although, it is a pretty winter wonderland scene, but….it’s no longer winter.

Here in the Northeast, as we just got blasted with one last winter spell of freeze warnings, frost and wind-chill-factors of 10 degrees (!), it is so nice to think of actual spring, and the warm weather that is hopefully upon us as this post publishes.

Frontgate has done such a tremendous job of setting the visual scene that coordinates with each of their collection names.

The scenes truly make your mind wander with thoughts of travel during warm months to these various locations, spanning across the US to the Caribbean to Europe: Pasadena, Palermo, Sedona, Charleston, Orleans, Hampton, Barcelona, Sorrento, Ravello, Provence, Hyde Park, Belize, Havana, St. Kitts, just to name a few of the 145 total. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but California Wine Country always appeals.

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Frontgate Palermo Bronze

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Frontgate Palermo White

This is modular furniture but if you like curvaceous circular, they’ve got that style covered too.

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Frontgate Ravello

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Frontgate Mira

And streamline too…

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Frontgate Newport

Let’s say pattern is your thing, well how appropriate with a collection with reference to Versace, we imagine.

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Frontgate Donatella

And color, here you go…perfect for a Caribbean retreat. This should have you thinking, “Where are my daiquiris?”

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Frontgate Ibis Isle

Of course, we’re drawn to anything that reminds us of our New Orleans hometown heritage.

This image has us saying, “Veranda, what veranda? Just let us live outdoors!”

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Frontgate Orleans Biscayne

In fact, we like to pay tribute to the outdoors too.

Our Gulf Coast Mural with individual panels that can be purchased separately pays tribute (literally) to Nature and New Orleans, with 10% proceeds donated to ongoing Gulf Coast Recovery efforts. This effort helps to build up and protect The Gulf Coast shoreline and Bywater areas that help prepare and prevent another Hurricane Katrina –“big storm” type disaster. Although hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1st, this recent “cold blob” can affect it.


This Casart mural can be created in other configurations with these separate panels

And that means anything coastal as well…This Hampton Collection covers the design sensibility of the North and Southern quadrant. Love those shell pillows!

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Frontgate Hampton Ivory

Adding any coastal designs to your space, will make you think that spring is definitely here and summer is right around the corner.

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Casart Starfish reusable wallpaper pattern from Designs & Murals Collection

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An Outdoor Pillow slipcover can instantly change your look.

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Or take your mental wandering to the tropics!

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Take a trip to the tropics! Drink umbrellas help bring on the warmth.

However you get your mental mind wandering to at least believe it is spring, we think the answer to the top question is that great visuals can set the stage to make your mind wander and wonder where you’d like to be.

Even if it is the beach in your mind or on your wall, we hope you’ll enjoy the trip that visuals can bring.

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“Quickie on the Beach” from Casart’s Katherine Collection

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