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The Artist is in All of Us

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

You may say you’re not artistic, but you are!

Whenever you make a conscious choice about what color to wear or decorate your room or any way to personalize your items or surroundings, you’re making a creative, artistic, design choice.

Yes, some people may be more creative than others and have artistic talent to draw and paint, but these are also skills that can be learned; even though, they may be more naturally inherent for some.

Some people feel the need to create, others do not.

For those who do, you’ll love knowing about Kristin Nicholas, just one of our 3 artist collaborators.

Kristin Nicholas Bio pic for Casart coverings on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Her home and artwork was originally featured in a Houzz ideabook in 2012. We wrote about it in this previous post.

Kristin home on Houzz on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

In fact, this is how we learned of Kristin’s work. We were immediately struck by its exuberance.

Casart coverings, Kristin Nicholas Garden Mural on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

We reached out and started working with her and now offer her designs on our reusable, temporary wallpaper.

Casart coverings_KN-GardenMural_Together_Slipcovers for your walls_casartblog

Her home has been featured on Houzz again, this time as a movie, where you can witness Kristin’s creative outlook and hear for yourself how she expresses her passion for color in her artwork, knitting, painting, writing and even home-good accessories.

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(Click here if you cannot see the movie.)

If you are looking for a way to express your own style, you can do so with Casart coverings!

Let us help you as we’ve enjoyed helping others.

Recently, one of our customers, Ginger Sluder, who is a talented artist, contacted us to print her lovely artwork as a custom mural that she could cut and use on her stair risers, as a stair mural.

Here’s the custom sample we provided so she could check the color prior to printing on Casart Regular, which is more durable and wipeable than our Casart Light material. Also, our materials print slightly differently so we wanted her to be sure prior to printing a larger version. This is part of our approval process for custom work.

Casart coverings Customer Custom Artwork Sample_w

Once the stair mural had been printed, she cut and installed and emailed us a photo, saying, “I did it! It looks great! Thank you!”

After Casart customer Custom Artwork_ Casart coverings Stair Riser Installation

Wonderful, we too are so happy that it came out so beautifully!! Thank you, Ginger, for sharing. We hope your vision will also inspire others. It certainly inspires us to see it installed!

We can only take minor credit however, because it came from our customer’s artistic vision, just as we all have but it’s up to each of us in how we want to express our own personal style. Click here to see other Casart customers’ stair murals and Casart creations.

There have been several recent business articles, one in the Washington Post, suggesting the next big thing is personalized style — not purchasing the mainstream but customizing items to make them unique and your own.

Business experts say a growing number of shoppers prefer to spend on “unique, hard-to-find pieces instead of highly recognizable” name brands.

We think standing out as being different, bucking the trend, trying something new has actually always been in style. It’s what makes America innovative. The newest thing, however, is the social media aspect, in sharing how you can have different because others want to see for themselves.

It’s the age of discovery where the artist is in all of us!

We encourage you to discover your inner artist.

Not Your Mama’s Toile

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

A typical toile pattern is a classic design pattern used in interior design. It’s also a bit outdated but can certainly be used in ways that complement contemporary design without being overwhelming.

Here are some examples of “not your mama’s toile” and what to look for when using. Incorporating some or all of these useful design tips will help to modernize the look.

1. Use a large-scale design.

toile_interiorstyledesign via tumblr on slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

2.  Use on an accent wall, or above wainscoting rather than overall room coverage, which can be nice but could also be overwhelming. Having breaks in the space helps balance the visual impact.

Toile_Homedecorinspiration_pinterest on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

toile via satori design for living on slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

3. Use unexpected colors (via WalkUpBlog.com).

tumblr_toile via walkupblog.com on casartblog

1-balleroy-image1_main via walkupblog.com on casartblog

4. Use on other surfaces besides walls. What about furniture, like cabinet fronts or a screen? Think “off the room walls”…

toile cabinet front on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

toile screen_via walkupblog on slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

5. Toile is classic for a child’s room but can also be used for adult decoration, as vintage style. Our new Alice in Wonderland Collection, featuring Toile, Toppers and Headboard can all be used in ways above. The pattern scale is larger than your typical toile, standard colors can be customized and the Headboard in conjunction with the Toppers, can all be used as accent pieces and the wallcoverings can go over each other without causing damage when removed and reused.

Casart coverings Alice in Wonderland_Toile Sample1_web Casart coverings Alice in Wonderland_Toile Sample2_web

Here’s a great run down about the history of toile from Design Sponge & what makes it timeless.

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.

 Secret Garden_Johanna Basford on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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.

Who said you can’t color on the walls?!

Casart_FlowerPower_outlines, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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!

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