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Spooky or Spectacular? Seeing What you Want to See.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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.

FireMask6 on lLipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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.

 

Going with Gourds

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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

casart-orange-faux-Linen and Drysdale-room view_casartblog

Orange Faux Linen with Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale

Casart coverings Oranges browns on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

A selection of oranges and browns from Casart

Green Gourds on Casart coverings Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Unusual, multicolored green gourds are a color inspiration

casart_green_faux_linen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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

Ginger & Spice and Everything Nice

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Ahh the crisp, cool days of Autumn are finally here!

It’s one of our favorite times of the year with the brilliant fall colors: falling leaves littering the landscape with yellow, orange and red.

fall foliage on casartblog

Fall Foliage, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CAN

These gorgeous pictures from Purple Leaves give a glorious impression of Autumn.

Autumn via purple leaves 1 on casartblog Autumn via purple leaves 2 on casartblog Autumn via purple leaves 3 on casartblog Autumn via purple leaves 4 on casartblog

Cool blues, olives, greens and burnt umber also come out in fall vegetables and fruits like cabbage, Brussels sprouts and Asian pear, apples and butternut squash.

Fall Vegetable Gardening on casartblog

{via Fall Vegetable Gardening}

Even ginger has its heyday.

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Ginger – flavor of the month via ScienceandFood on tumblr

{via tumblr:  Science and Food}

We like ginger because of the strong, spicy-odor and opulent color.

We’ve used it in many delicious foods we make and having ginger tea is a pick-me-up as well as  healthy tasty treat, perfect for warming you up during the first-chilly Autumn days.

I’ve never had it Indian-style with milk but this looks like a recipe well worth trying on Veg Recipes of India.

ginger tea on casartblog

Ginger tea via Veg Recipes of India

For decorative purposes, we’ve paired it with hue related colors like black anise and tumeric and down, as it is used in our Peacock Damask.

Casart Damask-stool_casartblog, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Casart French Peacock Damask with vintage trunk and modern stool (tumeric / down colorway)

Casart Peacock Damask all weather PIllow slipcover

Tumeric / Down Peacock Damask pillow cover with Ginger/ Down wallcovering

Casart coverings_French Peacock Damask, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart coverings’ French Peacock Damask — ginger/ down colorway

Casart Peacock Damask Pillow-wallcovering

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

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

Some neutral Peacock Damask colorways

 

Want to get more spicy with cloves and all the rich spices of fall? Try these French Peacock Damask designs basking in Mediterranean flavorful colors.

We think ginger and spices of this kind make everything nice.

Casart Peacock Damask_sample2

 

French Damask_sCasart Peacock Damask_sample3ample3_web

 

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