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A Traditional Trend Going On?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Can it be that there is a traditional trend in interior design going on? We’ve noticed a harking back to design motifs that give the impression of traditional decor but that are presented in a fresh new, modern way, with mixing, pairing, grouping and accent features.

This was apparent from many bloggers who attended the most recent High Point Market, the famous bi-annual trade show for interior designers and product vendors. Looking at interior designer Linda Holt’s post, it is evident some of the “trends” she mentions are actually timeless. The top three that cross over with others are: 1) Nature-inspired decor,  2) Chinoiserie / Eastern Accents, 3) Practical materials with stain resistance, wipeability for everyday living all in these colors: shades of red/pink/coral, blue, emerald green and metallics.

For example Chinoiserie never goes out of style. It’s just making a resurgence, as mentioned in previous posts.

As witnessed in the latest May issue of House Beautiful, interior designer Summer Thornton, commissioned Chinoiserie mural panels to make a visual statement in her client’s home entry. The theme is further enhanced by beautiful blue and white Chinese ginger jars.

Summer Thornton uses custom commissioned Chinoiserie panels to make a visual statement_casartblog

Summer Thornton uses custom commissioned Chinoiserie panels to make a visual statement

To carry the traditional, yet contemporary-styled theme to other rooms, multiple heron prints are used with another blue and white porcelain vase as an accessory along with a natural coral “specimen.” This interior styling visually harmonizes smooth transitions between rooms.

Summer Thornton uses heron prints to make a visual statement_casartblog

Other exotic displays of Moroccan tiles are used to make a big impact with a feature wall but gracefully paired with accessory pieces to consolidate a harmonious look. We love it! Blue and white always gives a fresh, crisp and clean impression. This combo is timeless.

Summer Thornton uses patterned tile feature wall to make a visual statement_casartblog

These “timeless trends,” although dichotomy in the description, does make us reflect on the appreciation taken for time and detail in products that are not mass-produced and that lend an artistic quality that permeates and personalizes any space. This recalls our last post as well as a few previous ones regarding Casart coverings.

Fromenthal Embroidered Chinoiserie Panel_casartblog

Fromenthal beautiful embroidered Chinoiserie panel is $1,345 / square yard – via House Beautiful

This type of interior design is beyond trend, it just comes back into fashion now and then as tastes are constantly changing. Using traditional concepts can always be the foundation from which new interior design and creations are formed. In this way, tradition becomes new again.


Animal Inspiration

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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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Jane Kim_Migrating Mural2_casartblog

Jane Kim_Migrating Mural1_casartblog

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.

Casart coverings Gulf Coast Mural temporary wallpaper Room View_casartblog

Casart Gulf Coast Mural Room View

Easy Wall Panel Glam

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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.

Casart coverings Architectural Faux Panel temporary wallpaper in assorted colors_casartblog

Casart Architectural Faux Panel in assorted colors

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

Casart Customer uses Faux Panels for a headboard on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Customer uses Casart Faux Panels for a headboard

Casart Screen2 with Faux Panels + Inserts_casartblog

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

Casart Scroll Pillow_ Faux Panel Screen_casartblog

Or panel an entire wall or room.

Casart coverings Archtectural Panels_temporary wallpaper with sofa_casartblog

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!

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