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Thankful for Thanksgiving Colors

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of all the things we are thankful for while usually gathering around an abundance of food to celebrate with family.

Here are some visual reasons to be thankful for Thanksgiving colors.

You can also use this list with links to recipes to cook your Thanksgiving Day meal.

The humble turkey is typically the foundation around which the Thanksgiving meal is planned.

Thanksgiving-turkey on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Thanksgiving turkey and tips via The Epicurator (

Here’s a side [dish] sampling of our brown and related orange-ish colored Wallfinishes wallcovering.

Casart coverings orange and brown temporary wallpaper on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

A selection of oranges and browns from Casart coverings

Colorful sides often include glazed (bourbon) maple carrots via Cooking and Beer.

Bourbon glazed maple carrots via Cooking and Beer on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

An accompaniment of Orange Faux Linen

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Orange Faux Linen with Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale

Sweet potatoes or yams are another orange alternative, as from If You Haven’t Already with their recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows.

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

In the South, we smother ours with marshmallows….yum, a vegetable dessert!

OK, gotta get a green in there. Often it’s green beans maybe with almonds or bacon (or both) — you decide.

Green Beans Almonds via Yummly on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

via Yummly


Greene Beans & Bacon via Food Network on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Food Stylist: Adrienne Anderson
Prop Stylist: Paige Hicks via Food Network

Here’s a sampling of Casart green wallcovering.

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But if you’re to add bacon, you might as well consider brussel sprouts. They taste much better than you might think, plus they have more nutrients and are considered a “super” food.



Of course corn pudding never disappoints, especially this down-home recipe from the Food Network. It has a golden-yellow goodness.

down-home-comfort-baked-corn-pudding on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

As does, our wallcovering.


Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Color for Casart coverings_Jefferson Yellow_Faux Linen

Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Color for Casart coverings Jefferson Yellow Faux Linen

Some folks like whipped mashed potatoes.

mashed potatoes on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Make perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes without adding more butter or milk from Food Hacks – Wonder How To.


Can’t forget dessert!

Well, we’re back to orange because what would Thanksgiving be without the anticipated pumpkin pie?

Easy Pumpkin Pie from Chowhound on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Easy Pumpkin Pie from Chowhound

Our orange Faux Padded Harlequin wallcovering fits this bill plus a cross-cut diamond relates to the pie shape.

 Casart covering Orange Faux Padded Harlequin Temporary Wallpaper

Bringing this cornucopia of colorful abundance together…

…we can gratefully be thankful for this delicious and colorful Feast!

Kristin Nicholas - Dining Rm for Thanksgiving Day Feast

Kristin Nicholas – Dining Rm for Thanksgiving Day Feast


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Kristin Nicholas Garden of Family Farm Life Mural (Pasture+Feast+Garden Birds Panels) as Casart reusable wallcovering

Casart coverings wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Mural Mural on the Wall

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Have you noticed all the murals lately featured not only in interior design magazines, but also in catalogs?

There is an ongoing trend we see to have the background focus be on murals.

One might be inclined to ask, “Mural mural on the wall…who’s the fairest of them all?” But we think they are all lovely!

We’re glad to see this coming back in fashion because it certainly personalizes a room, adds interest and in many respects opens up and enlarges the room by making the walls visually disappear.

As noted in quotes from this recent Telegraph article, the mural is coming back in style:

“The intricate artistry of classical stories painted on to walls is not only to be found in Italian villas, but is creeping back into modern interior design in luxury homes, replacing the slick, minimalist look….Luxury home owners are increasingly taking interior design to the next level by decorating the ceiling, says Charlie Bubear, head of Chelsea for Savills…Another emerging historical trend is a taste for silk Chinoiserie wallpapers. “They can take hundreds of hours to create, a painstaking and detailed process, but they leave a lasting impression,” says Bubear…These luxury tastes are starting to feed into the mainstream interiors…Companies are selling copies of hand-painted murals printed on to canvas or wallpaper.

This is right up our alley and what Casart coverings specializing in!

Here’s just one take with a modern-folk, Chinoiserie-like Garden of Family Farm Life Mural Panels, by one of our Casart collaborating artists, Kristin Nicholas.

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Kristin Nicolas’ Garden of Family Farm Life Mural


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

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

We counted three murals in the latest House Beautiful magazine and  featured on the cover!

Casart coverings features House Beautiful November cover on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

This lively and expressive room designed by Ashley Whittaker has a colorful pastoral theme. The color palette takes its clue from colors within the mural. The birdcage chandelier beautifully enhances the mural theme.

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Interior designer Lisa Fine uses another deGournay mural in one of her rooms that picks up on Indian, Persian and Turkish influence. This lends a romantic and exotic ambiance.

Casart coverings features Lisa Fine_deGournay on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

High-quality, hand painted murals have never really gone out of style but we’re witnessing a resurgence in this type of elaborate decoration with the focus on hand-painting, fine art and quality, as deGournay has always embodied.

Sophie Donelson’s editorial quote gives a good summation as to why this may be occurring,”More than any other place, your home should help you feel your truest self. If you wake up surrounded by beauty, you’ll carry that feeling of joy and confidence all day long..If your own home can’t make you feel gorgeous, what place will?

A mural gives the most custom, personalized detail and attention to any room. It lends character and can express your style through imagery — more than blank, solid or even walls painted in a decorative finish can do on their own. A mural is like the icing on a wall cake and the Godiva of decoration. A mural can upgrade a room to an upscale level of sophistication

Casart coverings features Sophie Donelson HB editor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Harry Heissman also uses a mural in the entryway to make a visual impact with hand-painted faux agate, which is gorgeous!

Murals don’t always have to be scenic. Although this faux agate is a decorative finish, because it is used on one main focal wall gives it the attention and visual drama it deserves.

Casart coverings features Harry Heissman_faux agate_HB_ on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Loving the trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) nature of those felt rock cushions!

Of course, we can’t help but love the Paul Vlillinsky butterflies as well!

Casart coverings features Harry Heissman_Paul VIllinsky butterflies_HB_ on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

The use of murals doesn’t stop here; you’ll see them in ads, like this one from Horchow.

Casart coverings features Horchow mural_casartblog

And Frontgate recently used a wonderful monochromatic, sepia mural on their cover and inside layout. Love it!! The mural makes the furnishings pop and seem ultra lush.

Casart coverings features Frontgate mural cover_casartblog

Casart coverings features Frontgate mural_casartblog

Let’s Get Buggy with It!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Our eyes nearly “bugged-out” with excitement when we read a recent Washington Post article about Jennifer Angus, an Madison, Wisconsin based artist, whose exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in DC will adorn their walls with bugs, that’s right, bugs!!

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Jennifer Angus’ Wonder Bug Covered Wall at the Renwick Gallery, images via Dezeen Magazine

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Her work is truly fascinating. Right up our alley, she based her buggy design on wallpaper!! Her insect use was inspired by her ongoing use of arthropods in her artwork and Victorian pattern, inherent in her teaching at the University of Wisconsin. The insects she uses in this installation are all different colors, shapes, sizes with many iridescent, shimmering shapes. They come together carefully placed on a beautifully, pink-colorwashed wall to form an overall design scheme, which is viewed as one succinct visual to the onlooker. The impression is similar to what one might have when walking into someone’s home for the first time and being awe-struck by their room’s ambiance and décor. It’s only after one views more closely that the individual design objects are bugs. As she states, “Many people who visit my exhibitions were never aware that such unusual insects exist.” She describes the purpose and her ethical use of real insects in her work on her website.

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This effort is for the long-awaited re-opening of the Renwick, here in Washington, DC after two years of extensive renovation.

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Angus’ work is entitled The Midnight Garden and is just one gallery that is a part of the Renwick’s Wonder exhibition, which features 8 other artists who, “transform perception, and work on the border between art and craft,” as stated on Dezeen magazine, where you can also see other bug-related articles. (You can see related posts on Janet Echelman and Patrick Dougherty, just a few of the artists featured, whom we’ve been inspired by for quite some time, on Art Is Everywhere.)

While the nine artists featured in WONDER create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways. The works are expressions of process, labor, and materials that are grounded in our everyday world, but that combine to produce awe-inspiring results. (via Renwick Gallery)

Nicholas R. Bell, the curator for the show, so eloquently explains this exhibition’s significance in this statement on Dezeen magazine, “The concept of ‘wonder’ – that moment of awe in the face of something new and unknown that transports us out of the everyday – is deeply intertwined with how we experience art…These elements matter in the context of this museum, devoted for more than four decades to the skilled working of materials in extraordinary ways.

The exhibition will be on view for 3 months but I’m so excited to see it and hope to make the opening on November 13. It is truly going to be “wonderful!”

Casart coverings is so fortunate to be based in a city with so much appreciation for art and many museums in which to explore!

In the meantime, click these story links under each image to view these other posts where our awe-inspiring appreciation of the insect and utilization of the unexpected can also be noticed.

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Nadine Kalachnikoff – Gorgeous Butterfly Art


Christopher Marley Pheromone Bug Arrangements, on casartblog

Christopher Marley’s Jewel-like Pheromone Bug Arrangements



Casart coverings features Blue Morpho-White House/Black Market Catalog on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Blue Morpho-White House/Black Market Catalog
in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month


casart-coverings_Butterfly_Grid, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart coverings’ Butterflies- Butterflies are Free to Fly!

Click this link for a recent interview regarding the passion and artwork for Casart coverings and using the unexpected.

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Click this link for our Peacock Patterned wallpaper — it’s more to the eye than what you might see.

And what about our dancing Crawfish Cotillion creating a pattern that’s noticeable before the crawfish bugs.

Casart coverings purple white Crawfish Cotillion temporary wallpaper on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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Crawfish Cotillion close up – light outline

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