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5 Ways to Gear Up for the School Groove

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

It’s hard to believe but it’s nearly that time of year again! Where did the summer go? Are you gearing up for the school groove? If so, here’s a list of some helpful items to take with you from a previous post and some ways below to personalize your space, if you or someone you know is going off to college.

1) Coordinate the Look with Linens:

This is a way to reach out to your roommate. Show your consideration by asking if they would like to coordinate some colors with linens and towels? This will give a unified look to the room but still allow each individual to personalize with other methods like below.

Toile duvet and window shades from Pottery Barn on Slipcovers for your walls, casarblog

Toile duvet and window shades from Pottery Barn.

Polyvore towels on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

2) Faux Padded Headboard:

Toile, Faux Linen or combination or Faux Padded and even Faux Panels that you can customize if you choose.

Casart coverings Alice in Wonderland Toile Headboard Sample

Casart gray faux padded headboard-Country Living

Casart gray Faux Padded Headboard featured in Country Living

 

Make a headboard using Casart coverings over the glass of a frame

Make a headboard using Casart over the glass of a frame

DIY casart headboard detail

Casart Faux Linen headboard detail

DIY Casart Faux Linen softens a real headboad on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

DIY Casart Faux Linen softens a real headboard

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

Casart Customer uses Casart Faux Panels for a headboard

3) Botanical Mural Elements:

Artichaut and a Pillow Slipcover to match & coordinate or a beautiful Floral Print.

casart_coverings_Artichoke_bedroom, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Artichaut Element / Designs & Murals

 

Ann Alger White Petal in room_casartblog

Ann Alger White Petal

Casart flower power pillow slipcover

Casart’s Flower Power Pillow

4) Wall and Door Decoration:

Crawfish Cotillion, Faux Linen, Faux Plaster Door Panels, to name a few. With 18 collections, over 120 different designs and over 6,000 variations, you have a lot from which to choose and you can customize almost anything to make it truly your own. Unprinted Casart Creative allows you to paint the wall color your choice.

Casart_Crawfish-Cotillion-Purple_Bedrm-casarblog

Casart Gulf Coast Recovery Purple Crawfish Cotillion in Bedroom

Casart coveringsFaux Linen & Faux Plaster Shells on Door on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Faux Linen & Faux Plaster Door Panels

Casart Faux Plaster Door Panels on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Faux Plaster Door Panels

5) Study Nook:

Peacock Damask + Casart Décor to match. Line your desk with bookcase backings from the Libby Langdon Collection or a Faux Tortoiseshell and create a custom screen for some privacy.

Casart coverings_French Peacock Damask, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart coverings’ French Peacock Damask

Casart Peacock Damask Pillow-wallcovering

Black Anise / White Peacock Damask pillow slipcover with Ginger/ Down wallcovering

Casart coverings_Libby Langdon Lively Lattice used as a Bookcase Backing

Libby Langdon Groovy Gate used as a Bookcase Backing

Casart coverings_Karen Robertson Collection_Tortoiseshell_green_casartblog

A Faux Tortoiseshell works as a Casart Bookcase Backing

Screen After Casart Natural Faux Tortoiseshell

Screen After Casart Faux Tortoiseshell wallcovering

All these decorating ideas help ease the transition in going off to college by personalizing your dorm room and enjoying making it your own space. Let’s see your ideas!

Can You Paint It?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

In some cases paint is the easiest way to do a makeover but let’s look at these examples.

The questions to ask are: Can you paint it? And, should you?

Give us your feedback.

Floors?

Porch Floor before painted harlequin on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Plain Porch Floor

Porch Floor After - with painted harlequin pattern on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

After – with painted harlequin pattern

Porch Floor After - with painted harlequin pattern on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Other view

Which looks larger, plain or painted with a diagonal check (harlequin) pattern?

The pattern creates the illusion of added width and length.

Answer: Although a lot of effort to measure, tape and paint, yes, most definitely! Painting makes a huge transformation that is more durable than any other effort. It can also be weather protected with extra coats of clear sealant.

Stair Risers?

stairs before Casart coverings on Slipcovers for your walls

stairs before

Getting ready to paint, you would have to measure, tape and then paint, remove tape and touch up. Factor in 1 – 3 days depending on how many stair risers and the complication of your design.

Stairwell makeover on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Stairwell Makeover via Country Living

You would also have to be fairly artistically inclined to get these types of designs, by measuring, taping and precisely painting all the angles of this Chic Chevron Libby Langdon Wallcovering Collection pattern or these other Casart Stair Riser temporary wallaper designs.

Casart customer Stairs Before & After Libby Langdon Chic Chevron Casart wallcovering

Casart customer Stairs Before & After Libby Langdon Chic Chevron wallcovering

Casart faux tile stair risers on casartblog

Casart Cabo and Creme Faux  tile stair risers

 

Casart custom faux tile stair risers, seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Diamonds in the Rough – MoRockAnSoul Collection Casart reusable wallcovering

 

Casart customer - Detail stair riser, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart customer Faux Glass Mosaic Tile wallcovering

 

Stair Risers before and after with Casart Peacock Damask wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Stairs Risers After Casart Woodland Stream Stair Mural on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Stairs Risers After Casart Woodland Stream Stair Mural

Answer: Not necessarily. Using Casart wallcoverings gives you a quick, convenient, peel-and-stick fix that you can easily reposition, remove and reuse. You can also upload your own designs or photos to create a mural as one of our artistic customer did. Simply factor in 1 – 2 hours, as opposed to days, for all of the above project.

After Casart customer Custom Artwork_ Casart coverings Stair Riser Installation on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Stairs_After Custom Artwork_ Casart St Riser Install

Furniture?

There are so many types of furniture to potentially paint and it all depends on the desired effect and the intricacy of the project.

Persimmon armoire and Unpainted table before on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Persimmon armoire and unpainted table before

Armoire after Seafoam Chalk Paint & Aged Glaze + Pickled Dining Room Table on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

Armoire After Seafoam Chalk Paint & Aged Glaze + Pickled Dining Room Table

Detail: glazed, aged painted finials on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Detail: glazed, aged painted finials

The homeowners wanted their furniture to be more in keeping with their vacation, shore-front decor.

The only way to get this subtle glazed finish on these pieces was with decorative painting.

However, if your furniture or door has panels and you want a mural type element or decorative painted technique, Casart temporary wallpaper could be inserted inside the panels for the instant look you want with very little effort and cost in comparison. Plus, the Faux Plaster Shells & Panels and Faux Tortoiseshell designs were originally painted prior to being printed so they have a custom painted look.

Casart Trompe l'Oeil Faux Plaster Shell Panel Elements on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Trompe l’Oeil, Faux Plaster Shell Panel Elements

Casart Faux Plaster Scallop Shell Panel, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Faux Plaster Scallop Shell Panel

Screen After Casart Natural Faux Tortoiseshell

Screen After Casart Faux Tortoiseshell wallcovering

 Even furniture with glass can get an update — but the glass should not be painted, as the paint can easily rub or scratch off.

 Glass-Table-Before & After LL Groovy Gate Casart wallcovering

Answer: Yes and No. Depends on the project and the look want. Painting glass, no — use wallcovering, yes. Casart can go over glass, metal and sealed wood.

Walls?

Do you have an over-blown bold design already that you want to get rid of?

A pretty bold design on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

A pretty bold design. Should you paint it?

Or, just a plain room where you want to add some interest?

dining-room-makeover-via www.thehappierhomemaker.com on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Plain dining room

Picture these options, would you paint them?

Casart Teal Faux Padded Harlequin on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Teal faux padded Harlequin

Sofa with Casart Stripes on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Sofa with Casart Stripes

Answer: If you want a solid color, paint may be the easiest upgrade. Although, if you rent and you cannot paint, you can still paint Casart wallcovering (see below) to give your walls the color you want. However if you want Stripes or Designs, don’t paint; go with wallcovering, hands down! Think how much time you’ll save, seriously!

Bookcase Backings?

Plain but pure simple Jane with white paint or pretty perfect with pattern?

Boockase_MyDomain via Pinterest on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Boockase_MyDomain via Pinterest

Libby Landon Groovy Gate for Casart coverings featured in House Beautiful magazine

Libby Langdon Daykeover- Groovy Gate bookcase backings from her collection for Casart coverings Photo-Francesco Lagnese

Answer: Yes and no, depending on the look you want — easier with paint but get more impact with designer walcovering. Plain white paint allows for many colorful shelf accessories and books to shine; whereas, more solid, minimal arrangements work best with highly patterned wallpaper.

Ceilings?

If you’ve ever painted a ceiling you know it can be a back breaker. So why would you want to paint when you can instantly cover and add interest with a mural or any subtle design?

Casart_Study-Before world ceiling map on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Study before Map

Study after custom Casart World ceiling Map Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Study after custom Casart World Ceiling Map

Actually, any subtle finish or pattern will do as well.

Subtle-Ceiling-wallpaper_Veranda_April2011, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Subtle-Ceiling-wallpaper via Veranda

But even bolder stripes (in repositionable wallpaper) would work and still be easier than painting.

nursey_yellow_striped_ceiling on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

Courtesy of Jordan Guide Design

Answer: Yes, but if you want easy and interest, go with wallpaper, just make sure it is self-adhesive and repositionable; otherwise, you could have a back-breaking mess on your hands with either traditional paste or pre-pasted wallpapers. Also, you need to make sure the wallpaper is lightweight enough that it can adhere without slowly falling down — a disaster. This is why we have Casart Light reusable wallcovering. It can go on ceilings and walls.

Casart?

What about painting Casart wallcovering itself?

Answer: Yes you can! This capability gives you limitless options, particularly if you are a renter or just want to have fun painting.

Using our unprinted Casart Creative, puts you in control to create any look you want. You can put it up and paint any color you choose, which makes your wall paintable if your landlord has said you cannot paint them. Or, you can use for special projects, like a children’s playroom-paintable wall or a party or artwork that you want to remove and use elsewhere.

Children painting uprinted Casart wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Children painting uprinted Casart wallcovering

Casart Creative on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Be creative. Let guests create their own design as a party keepsake

Here’s another idea, you can use some of our outlined designs, like this Flower Power (or have us create them for you) for Adult Coloring Parties. View this previous post.

Casart_FlowerPower_casartblog

Casart Flower Power Design

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

Casart Flower Power – Black & White Outlines detail

There’s a lot more to consider painting vs not, so let us know your thoughts. What would you paint, what would you not?

Shark Bite

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Coincidental timing that with so many taking their family beach vacations that there would be so many accounts of a shark bite. One even happened on Ocracoke Island where we take an annual vacation.

Swimmers are not the only ones being ‘attacked’ by sharks lately, interior designers have also been shark bitten. We saw several examples at the most recent DC Design Show house, like this set of nesting tables covered in shagreen (shark skin) used below by Samantha Friedman.

Lower Level Den designed by Samantha Friedman, shagreen table detail on casartblog

matte, shagreen nesting tables and a shiny shell bowl show opposites in the same sea world attract

Lynne Byrne of Decor Arts Now, states that shagreen as well as other rich, natural finishes have been used in interior design primarily since the 1930’s when Jean-Michel Frank’s influence was seen with his furniture designs. Iconic designer Mark Hampton picked up on this influence as seen in one of his interior design illustrations.

Jean-Michel Frank influence by Mark Hampton_ via Decor Arts Now on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Jean-Michel Frank influence by Mark Hampton_ via Decor Arts Now

Here’s a closeup of what shagreen looks like in its natural dark gray color.

shagreen_via cheryl hucks on Slipcovers for your walls casartblog

shagreen_via cheryl hucks

You can find shagreen used on mostly furniture as well as accessories, such as this exquisite tray by Aerin.

Aerin shagreen tray on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

You’ll also find it in many other colors but aqua and cream are particularly appealing and this multicolored table by Yannick Chastang is pretty exceptional.

Teal Shagreen tray via Arcadian Home on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Teal Shagreen tray via Arcadian Home

Custom table by Yannick Chastang via Mame Baker Studio on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Custom table by Yannick Chastang via Mame Baker Studio blog

Custom table by Yannick Chastang via Mame Baker Studio on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Drawer detail

A neutral palette also works well with shagreen, as seen in these examples from Andrea Maudlen’s Nest Interior Design.

Shagreen Bed example via Nest Interior Design on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Shagreen Bed example via Nest Interior Design

shagreen-boxes via Nest Interior Design on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

And, you’ll find it in fashion…

shagreen-cuff via Nest Interior Design on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Although, we don’t have a shagreen design for Casart wallcovering — yet, we do have a similar ocean relative, Faux Tortoiseshell.

Just like shagreen, it can be used to cover furniture, accessories and walls.

Casart coverings natural Tortoiseshell temporary wallpaper

Casart Natural Faux Tortoiseshell reusable wallcovering

Casart coverings Red Faux Tortoiseshell 2 reusable wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Red Faux Tortoiseshell 2 reusable wallcovering

Screen After Casart Faux Tortoiseshell

Casart Natural Faux Tortoiseshell is used to accent a folding screen

 

Interior designer Kathryn Ivey was asked by House Beautiful in one of their features about what makes an inviting glam room? She cited this tortoise patterned parsons cocktail table below as an example.

Any similar table for that matter can be easily covered in Casart Faux Tortoiseshell, temporary wallpaper, in natural, green or yellow or red or even with a customized color. It’s also great for bookcase backings, backplashes and even stair risers, as well as full wall coverage or just panels.

 

Kathryn Ivey Interiors via House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kathryn Ivey Interiors via House Beautiful

Using a tortoiseshell design on molding as Kevin Isbell cleverly does, makes a distinguishing difference. Just a little bit can play up all the rest of the decor’s colors and make a big impact!

Kevin Isbel Interior Design via House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kevin Isbell Interior Design via House Beautiful

After you eagerly sink your teeth into these designs swarming with shark and tortoiseshell, you can always sit back and take a safe and educational break with the Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week shows, even after the week of its annual airing.

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