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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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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

Who Said You Can’t Color on the Walls?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Did you know that there is a coloring movement afoot?

Coloring in coloring books is a big stress reliever for adults. It’s also become a big business:

“The popularity of coloring books right now is part of that larger movement to break away from the hustle and bustle of life and sort of the internet you know this urge to constantly look at our phone or our computer or check our email,” said Lisa Congdon, who has created three different “Just Add Color” coloring book versions, and has three in the works.

There are among 5 different adult coloring books on Amazon’s Best Seller list at the time of this posting.

NBC News_Coloring books on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Art therapy has long been recommended by health groups as ways to manage stress.

However, this activity can be just for fun. It returns us to our youth when coloring was an everyday pastime.

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Casart coverings has a creative solution in keeping with this colorful concept.

Our black and white Flower Power is comprised of outlines, which make the flowers very easy to color.

Since Casart wallcoverings can be painted, colored with marker or crayon, you add your own artistic touch.

Instead of a paper version, it can be a stress reducing color wall that can be removed and reused whenever you want. Or keep it up to “work” on it everyday as a relaxation technique.

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Casart Flower Power outlines

Casart Flower Power - Black & White Outlines detail on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Flower Power – Black & White Outlines detail

You can even make a coloring party of it. Yours can be as colorful as this or monochromatic, however you wish.

Casart coverings Flower Power, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Best yet, Flower Power and other Botanical wallcoverings are on sale!

Stats for Grads & Congrats!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Two things are happening simultaneously this time of year.

It’s nearly the end of the school year for most universities across the country. Many of these grads will be venturing into the world of independence, the work force and their first non-campus/ school-related apartment or living situation as most likely (and hopefully for their parents), first-time-renters.

It’s also that time of year that many homeowners start refreshing their space with Spring’s renewal season by updating or redoing areas of their home or apartment.

Houzz conducted a survey last year that still seems to be current. Here are some interesting excerpted stats that pertain to all age groups based on nearly 200,000 respondents.

• Remodeling trumps moving, except for Millennials:

Homeowners undertaking remodeling projects (66 percent) plan to stay in their home
for the long term, and are motivated by a desire to improve the aesthetics
and functionality of their home to meet their needs. Millennials (36 percent), however,
are more likely than other age groups to renovate with an eye on moving
and increasing the resale value of their current home.

•  Motivations
Consistent with prior years, the vast majority of homeowners (78 percent) remodeled to
improve the look and feel of their space. Secondary factors include making the space more
functional (54 percent), increasing home value (52 percent) and upgrading features/appliances
(47 percent).

Houzz survey results 1 on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

via Houzz House & Home Survey 2014

• Hiring professionals is not just limited to homeowners, as 40 percent of U.S. renters on Houzz plan to hire an architect and 32 percent plan to hire an interior designer for some home job in the next two years.

• Hiring Criteria
When selecting a professional [or making any major purchase or that matter], homeowners most value Houzz recommendations and reviews for Casart (83 percent of homeowners rated this as very important (a five on a five-point scale). Also important is that the professional is an expert in their field (70 percent), has a personality the homeowner can work with (60 percent) and has completed similar projects (53 percent). Among Houzz homeowners, of least importance is finding a professional who offers the lowest
bid (just seven percent make this a top priority – down from eight percent last year). Price
matters most for Millennials, for whom this number jumps to 13 percent.

Houzz survey 2 on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

via Houzz House & Home Survey 2014

• Decor
Homeowners and renters on Houzz are just as likely to decorate and nearly three quarters of
those in the U.S. are planning a decor project in the next two years (73 percent). Surprisingly,
renters are more likely than homeowners to hire a professional for their interior (21 percent
versus 17 percent, respectively).

• A Significant Personal Investment
While caution about the economy remains, significantly more homeowners on Houzz are able
to fund their remodeling projects this year compared with last year, and they are investing to
create a home that meets their needs now and for the long-term. With the exception of
Millennials, the majority of homeowners who are remodeling to increase the resale value of their
homes have no plans to move in the near future. The American home is also evolving, as
homeowners incorporate new technologies, recycled materials and make their homes more
energy efficient. The investment in home renovation is as much a personal investment as a
financial one.

[It is interesting to note a previous post, as it could pertain here, that Millennials and the younger generation on the whole value vintage but do not want their parents’ “old, brown, antique” furniture.]

Luckily, Casart coverings offers a decorating solution that satisfies all criteria being, removable, reusable, sustainable and an artistic investment you can showcase permanently or take with you.

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Casart Peacock Damask in multiple colorways

 With this information in mind, we say to grads, congratulations! Spread your wings & find your personal style that enhances quality in the pursuit of the life you want to live.

Peacock via Veranda on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Peacocks via Veranda

To current homeowners and renters, strut your stuff and don’t be afraid to try new things to express your personal style and bring even more enjoyment to the life you’re living.

Strutting Peacock via Veranda on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

You can read the full Houzz survey report here.

Also, bridging the gap between young and old, here’s a video of Ashton Kutcher’s Mother’s Day Surprise, as he remodels his mother’s home as a gift to her, sponsored by Houzz.

The series of videos does an excellent job of showing what makes a family house a more comfortable home.

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