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An Artichoke Souffle

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Perfect for summer, an artichoke souffle.

artichoke spinach-souffle on Slipcovers for Your Walls, casartblog

You may ask why is this scrumptious souffle on our site? Well we love artichokes and occasionally like to mix it up in posting subjects beyond just interior design.

If you like artichokes like we do, here’s a great recipe adapted from the cookbook A Kitchen in France:

4 canned artichoke hearts.  Original recipe uses fresh artichokes

4 Tbs. unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins

¼ C flour, plus more for the ramekins

1 C whole milk

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

¼ C grated Gruyere or Comte cheese

4 large eggs, separated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Puree the artichoke hearts in a food processor 1 or 2 minutes until smooth

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk until smooth.  Gradually add milk, whisking.  Season with salt and pepper and simmer, still whisking, until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat, add the cheese and whisk until melted.  Transfer the béchamel sauce to a bowl and cool for 10 minutes.

Grease four 7-oz ramekins with butter and dust lightly with flour.  Tap out the excess flour.

Whisk egg yolks one by one into the béchamel sauce, then add the artichoke puree, mixing until smooth.

Whisk or beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy.  Add a pinch of salt and continue beating until stiff.  Fold gently into the artichoke mixture.  Fill the ramekins to ½ inch from the top and bake until risen and golden, 25-30 minutes.

Serve immediately

Here’s another one with spinach and artichoke from Spicy.Tasty.com, where the feature picture comes from — too beautiful not to post.

Both seem light and airy and perfect for a summer day.

If you want to extend your enjoyment of artichokes, try our Artichaut wallcovering in various colors and a souffle of different arrangements, easy to unpeel and stick, remove and reuse with no whipping or mess involved & lasts beyond a single meal or serving.

Casart Artichoke comes with or without wording and in a pattern

Casart Artichoke comes with or without wording and in a pattern

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Framed Casart Artichoke on Casart yellow faux padded Harlequin

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Teenager’s bedroom with Artichaut Element / Designs & Murals

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Casart Artichaut Mural Element

Casart Artichaut Pillows with Peacock Damask wallcovering

Casart Artichaut Pillow Slipcovers with Peacock Damask wallcovering in background

Casart Decor Artichaut pillow cover

Blue and White – Porcelain and Pattern

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Picking up on our toile theme, have you noticed that many toile patterns come in blue and white?

We can’t help notice and wonder if there is a correlation between blue and white porcelain and toile patterns?

When researching toile, which is simply “French” for “cloth or fabric”, Toile de Jouy is commonly used because it was the distinguishing type of patterned cloth from the House de Jouy, a fabric maker located in Jouy-en-Josas, a town in the south-west suburb of Paris.

Musée de Jouy -- official house of toile on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Official museum of the House of Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France

This type of fabric was quite sought after in the mid-18th century, after being originally produced in Ireland. Toile became popular in America during the Colonial period and have remained popular ever since, firmly rooted in traditional style interior decorating.

Antique Toile de jouy fabric via polyvore

Antique Toile de jouy fabric via polyvore

Meanwhile, blue and white porcelain was first produced in the Henan provence of China in the 9th century. Its popularity started to flourish in the 14th century as it began to replace traditional solid white chinaware. After briefly regarded as a displacement of Chinese tradition during the Ming Dynasty, it rebounded in the 17th century and expanded into the European market. Around the same time at the height of the blue and white porcelain craze, toile patterns started to pick up on the blue and white patterning seen in this Chinese porcelain. Both used a similar pastoral theme in their patterns.

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Chinese tea kettle via Dargate Auction

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19th c ginger jar via Nadeau’s Aution

And this 18th century popular French blue and white print that is reproduced today.

18th c toile print scene via Blue Monday on casartblog

18th c toile print scene via Blue Monday

 

17th c Rouen porcelain vase in style of Chinese porcelain via Wikipedia on casartblog

17th c Rouen porcelain vase in style of Chinese porcelain via Wikipedia

At the same time blue and white China was flooding the European market, Delftware in Holland, which had its own rich history with its classic blue and white patterning of unadorned pastoral themes, was becoming more sought after, particularly after the Dutch started imitating the Chinese style in the 1630s.

Delft Chinese-style tiles via delfttiles.com on casartblog

Delft Chinese-style tiles via DelftTiles.com

Coincidentally, the English started their own version known as Willow Ware.

Burleigh Ware Vintage Old Willow Tea Plate via Collectible China Co. UK on casartblog

Burleigh Ware Vintage Old Willow Tea Plate via Collectible China Co. UK

The English started mimicking the Delftware Chinese-style and the Chinese saw their own craze influencing other cultures, so they reproduced Dutch and English style blue and white china themselves.

Pseudo Delft Chinese-style Tile made by English Minton China Works via antiques.com on casartblog

Pseudo Delft Chinese-style Tile made by English Minton China Works via antiques.com

What an economic circle but it brings us back to present day.

The latest issue of House Beautiful celebrates blue and white ginger jars on their cover and provides a truly informational visual history of how they’ve been used in interior design and are still popular and timeless today.

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Ginger Jar Images via House Beautiful June 2015

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Bridging the correlation between blue and white and porcelain and pattern, you can view contemporary styles in:

• our previous post, Not Your Mama’s Toile

• Houzz describes 8 Easy ways to Bring Toile de Jouy into your Home

Pinterest

You can enjoy blue and white or any color toile in large and small doses. A little goes a long way.

Blue and white toile via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist on Houzz on casartblog

via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist on Houzz

Blue and white porcelain sink via French Country Pine & Design on Houzz on casartblog

via French Country Pine & Design on Houzz

Blue and white toile via Anthony Baratta LLC on Houzz on casartblog

via Anthony Baratta LLC on Houzz

The history is just as fascinating as the derivatives of toile designs, as seen in our Alice in Wonderland version.

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Casart’s Alice in Wonderland, blue and white toile wallcovering

Fashionable Flowers in Design

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Floral is all the rage this season! In homes to the runway, and even politics, flowers are transitioning us from the cold and bleak winter to a budding bright spring. It is the perfect time to add some blossoms to your home, so be sure to take full advantage of the final days of our

  May Day Flower Sale!

There are countless ways to use this timeless trend in design. With bold patterns and colors or light motifs, flowers are found in all different aspects of home decoration.

HGTV’s design director Nancy Fire, named watercolor floral one of the spring’s hottest trends. She included this beautiful room by Blue Bell Gray Designs.

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This bold theme is also seen is House and Garden Magazine’s feature of a vibrant John Lewis living room.

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On a lighter note, there is Christopher Norman’s Brunschwig & Fils Colette cotton shown in a trend report by Elle Décor from years ago, yet timeless for today.

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This delicate design on a white backing is similar to that of our Botanicals Collection, specifically the Peony Pattern, available in a variety of colors.

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Casart Peony Pattern in Freesia

Floral design is seen with other household items as well. Architectural Digest featured some really unique items such as this hanging, bell jar light shrouded with gorgeous tulips by Canopy Designs, along with this playful set of potholders by Paule Marrot. This stylish stroller by Andy Warhol + Bugaboo is comparable to our Flower Power wallcovering with its vivid color on a black background.

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

Flower Power – reusable wallcovering

One milestone in the world of design is this new line of three-dimensional wallpapers created by twenty2 and students of the Pratt Institute.

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Three-dimensional wallpaper pictured in Bloom

This real-life effect the flowers create is very similar to Ann Alger’s Collection Bloom Series, like her White Petal and Clover coverings.

This White Petal covering and more of Casart’s products were actually just featured in décor article by the Denver Post.

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Into the world of fashion floral dives… Flowers are seen numerous ways, from bright bold statements to light dainty details.

One of the world’s biggest fashions events of the year, Fashion Week 2015 flourished with flowers. Featured in Vogue were looks by designers Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera. Wang beautifully used a smaller print while Herrera made a bold statement with the single shape incorporating rose petals.

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The red carpet was also blooming at the Met Gala in April. Many stars wore beautiful gowns that incorporated flowers, but several also sported elegant accessories. Noted by People Magazine, these celebrities embellished their looks with gorgeous floral headpieces.

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Click here to see even more mesmerizing wallpaper/ fashionable wears.

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Lastly, even the White House got into the floral craze as it opened the public up to its beautiful gardens in April for the 2015 White House Garden Tours. Featured by Architectural Digest.

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The South Lawn of the White House

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