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6 Stylish Storage Solutions

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

It’s a new year and time to get organized. One way to start is to purge and store but what to do with what you keep?

Here are 6 stylish storage solutions to consider.

  1. Jewelry — Starting Small and maybe using what you have or try an elongated statue or a thrift-shop-find glass case can be the perfect ways to hold bangles and necklaces and earrings. These also allow you to see what you have rather than in jewelry cases, which are still useful solutions but can put your baubles out of sight, out of mind when you might actually like to wear them.

statue for bangles and jewelry storage_casartblog

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One way to make your jewelry storage or any space pop, is to make a strategic color statement as in this non-traditional sectioned-off paint treatment. Notice that not even the entire is wall painted. The painted paneling allows for this unusual sectioning. As you can also see the monochromatic nature of painting the dresser the same color as the wall, cleverly carries the color up the wall and blends the furniture with the wall as one. The placement of the mirror purposely separates the bold teal color from the contrasting cream. This asymmetrical arrangement works beautifully!

strategic color statement_casartblog

2.  Storage Containers — Along with jewelry cases mentioned above, storage boxes and containers can be clever ways to control visual clutter. Here are some not so run-of-the-mill containers that are both functional and offbeat, stylish and simply sophisticated.

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These Faux Agate Wooden boxes can store lots of little things including jewelry. Via Simplified Bee

The Telegraph in the UK lists five of the best stylish storage boxes and here are a couple.

Stylish Hat boxes_casartblog

If you have hat boxes already, you can cover with fabric or even wallpaper to get a similar effect.

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Actually, any durable shoe box can be used as is or even painted. Simply spraying an index card with chalk paint and taping on the front to write on and let you know what is inside the box can be a useful hack for this concept.

3. Tackling the Kitchen – can be a difficult task but as each one of these storage ideas leads into the other, you can use boxes as well as glass containers for stylish storage. Glass coverage in the kitchen can save you time because you can immediately see where things are that you want to use, however it can also create visual busyness. Depending on your kitchen style, you’ll have to asses what works best for your own needs.

Glass Storage containers_casartblog

4. Open Storage – is another solution, like open shelving where your storage is very visible but efficiently contained in organized groups. Even those open shelves can provide concealed solutions like this innovative shelf drawer within the shelf itself. This takes leaving no wasted space unused to a new level.

One of my favorite concealed kitchen storage solutions is the toe-kick drawer. This is an often overlooked space that can provide a lot of storage for flat and hard-to-store-sized items as well as those you might want to make hard to find like your silver or holiday linens that are not used all the time.

Toe-kick cabinets_via ZDouf on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

5. Small Spaces – pose their own problems. Living with this scenario nearly forces you to be organized and look at every potential opportunity as above for storage solutions. Even when all the solutions above are used there are other decorative ways to make a small space look larger.

Using stripes can visually trick the eye into thinking the space is larger than it is. This can work with vertical stripes, making the space appear taller and useful for low ceilings or horizontal stripes that make the space appear wider than in reality. Horizontal stripes can work well with open shelving by incorporating the lines within the stripes and blending them in visually.

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Another trick, much like the monochromatic color punch as in the dresser and wall earlier, is to extend the color and or pattern onto the ceiling. This tactic opens the frame of the room and your mind doesn’t immediately detect the boundary that the ceiling would normally form. This also adds visual interest.

design up to ceiling_popsugar home_casartblog

5. Books – Bookshelves would be your first and obvious storage solution but you may not want the visual clutter that this can sometimes bring. Using a curtain to cover up, also seen above, can provide a presto-chango type coverup. If you like to change up your decor this can be one of the more practical and brilliant solutions that may feel hidden in plain sight, making one think,”Hey, why didn’t I think of that before?!”

Bookcase curtain cover_casartblog

Let’s say you don’t have a lot of books but items you might want to showcase but that wall space behind the bookshelves seems vacuous. One solution that is easier than paint is peel and stick wallpaper, as seen with this Groovy Gate from the Libby Landon Collection.

Casart coverings_Libby Langdon Lively Lattice used as a Bookcase Backing

Libby Langdon Groovy Gate used as a Bookcase Backing via Libby Langdon Collection for Casart

House Beautiful - Libby Langdon - Groovy Gate temporary wallpaper for Casart coverings_casartblog

You may have too many books than storage or not have bookshelves to store them. But if you have stairs, you have storage with this type of display. This arrangement can even be used until you have time to put those books away. That’s another resolution for the new year — time to do it all in! 😉

Unique way to organize books on stairs_casartblog

Vital and Vibrant Living with ViVi Interiors

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

If you didn’t know, I attended The American School In Switzerland, a private Swiss boarding school. Over this past weekend I went to an all class reunion at the Hay Adams Hotel, for anyone who has ever graduated from my high school. It was an interesting experience being the youngest person there, but it was a great opportunity for networking within D.C. At this event, I was lucky enough to meet one of the top interior designers in Washington, Rachel Dougan. Rachel Dougan is the founder and principal designer of ViVi Interiors.

 Her firm is a full service interior design studio. Depending on the needs and scope of a clients project, they can help from start to finish, or anywhere in between. Rachel offers three services, color consultation, fluff and buff, and the kit and caboodle. She takes the art of color and turns it into a science with her color consultation, while her other services offer partial remodel and full design. She strives for a room to bring out the personality and lifestyle of each individual client she serves. Rachel personally describes her mission as:

“Bringing out the beauty, vitality and vibrance of each individual’s​ home–this is what I love to do.​ This is what ViVi is about.​”

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Rachel Dougan uses a full range of interior design techniques that has created a multitude of stunning views. We decided to highlight a few examples of her work that are similar to some Casart coverings designs.

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As you probably know, Casart coverings newest line is The Cloud Collection. This line features three types of clouds, with one as a ceiling covering. Rachel Dougan’s work on this waterfront bedroom mirrors our use of clouds in design.

Casart coverings Clouds temporary wallpaper on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Our next example comes from ViVi Interiors same project on the Waterfront house, in a similar color scheme but completely different design. This design features a string of elegant flower wallpaper, which gives the bathroom a beautiful and natural look.

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Dougan’s decoration reminds us of our Flower Power line, in 16 different colorways, almost every color imaginable. With all of these options, consumers can use The Flower Power design to fit any of their interior decoration needs.

 

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I had a lovely time talking to Rachel Dougan over this past weekend. She is an extremely nice and charismatic woman with great interior design skills. I really enjoy the work she has done so far, and am looking forward to what she comes up with next!

— Miller

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.

French peacock damask design_casartblog, slipcovers for your walls

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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