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Guest Post: Creative and Affordable Living Room Designs

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

We are happy to continue with our spring re-decorating theme with our guest post by Jane Blanchard, writer for the home remodeling, ideas and inspiration site, Modernize.

Creative and Affordable Living Room Designs

Since seasons change and styles evolve, wallcoverings are the perfect solution to update your space, especially if they are removable and reusable. Quick and easy, these chic decor pieces transform a living room into whatever style tickles your fancy. Here are just a few inspiring ways to accomplish your desired look.

Sofa Backdrop

Eureka! Design on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Contemporary Living Room by Lanoriae Eureka! Design

To spruce up your living room without overwhelming it, try stationing a Casart mural behind your main seating area.


Framed Casart Artichoke on Casart yellow faux padded Harlequin

In a color that complements the surrounding space, wallcovering provides an eye-catching feature with a high-end, designer appeal, like this Lively Lattice from the Libby Landon Collection.

Casart coverings_Libby Langdon_High Point_Lively Lattice

Libby Langdon Lively Lattice as a decorative accent

For added intrigue, arrange the wall art in vertical strips.

This can also be achieved with wallpaper stripes that act as temporary and interchangeable strips. You can create any pattern with these, use on the horizontal, or vertical and remove, reuse and change around.

Casart repositionable_removable_reusable_stripes, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart interchangeable Stripes

Karen Robertson Collection Lime Drk Sand Stripes_Casart, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Stripes


Coat Closet

Eclectic closet photo by Jason Snyder on casartblog

Eclectic closet photo by Jason Snyder

If your budget doesn’t include full-size wallfinishes, no worries. When it comes to design, sometimes little is much. Supposing that your living room houses a coat or storage closet, consider decorating the door panels. Instead of fading into the background, your closet can lend a hand in accomplishing an impressive design.


Casart Decor Decorative Pillow Slipcovers_casartblog

Casart Decor Decorative Pillow Slipcovers

Casart Artichaut Pillows with Peacock Damask wallcovering

Casart Artichaut Pillow Slipcovers with Peacock Damask wallcovering in background

Artichaut Pillow Slipcovers with Casart Artichaut Mural

Artichaut Pillow Slipcovers with Casart Artichaut Mural

For a cohesive look, tie everything together with coordinating throw pillows. Simple and budget-friendly, you can transform casual accents into statement pieces by using pillow slipcovers. Whether for your sofa, loveseat or chair, a decorative pillow instantly adds character to your living space.

Built-Ins or Bookshelves

Casart coverings_Libby Langdon Lively Lattice used as a Bookcase Backing

Libby Langdon Lively Lattice used as a Bookcase Backing

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

For an artistic flair, try using a Casart wallcovering to turn the back walls of your bookshelves or display cabinets into exquisite paintings. As pops of color peek through, this creative design method provides just the right amount of flavor to spice up your living room. If your shelves are too full, consider covering the outer side panels to achieve the same effect.


Casart Della Robbia Garland

Casart Della Robbia Garland over Yellow Faux Linen

A fireplace mantel presents an excellent opportunity to express your creativity. Often the focal point of a living room, updating this item can have a substantial impact on your home’s overall atmosphere. Depending on your tastes, chevron stripes, floral prints and geometric designs are options that would look breathtaking on a mantel.

By thinking outside the box, you can use wallcoverings in a variety of unexpected ways to produce the living room of your dreams.

For more design inspiration, please go to and

Rebirth of the Butterfly

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Have you noticed how many butterflies you see now in design?

Well they are fluttering in fashion too.

Cabi Butterfly wrap on casartblog Butterfly shorts on casartblog

Van Clef Arpel Butterflies on casartblog

Beautiful Van Clef Arpel Butterflies

And in home décor.

Butterfly Bows_Veranda on casartblog

A clever ad for Butterfly Bows via Veranda

butterfly-pink_Nadine Kalachnikoff

Nadine Kalachnikoff Gorgeous Butterfly Art

Casart Blue Butterfly Pillow_press-web_wm

Casart Décor Butterfly Slipcover

Casart Decor Butterfly Pillow slipcover

Casart Décor Reversible Butterfly pillow slipcover

Butterfly Table - Elle Decor_on casartblog

Casart coverings Butterfly wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls_casartblog

Casart Butterfly wallcovering

Casart butterflies can be found here:



Back to fashion.

butterfly print dress via Stylist, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Since the butterfly is the symbol for rebirth, we especially love it during this time of year.

Happy Easter!

Casart coverings shows a Hermes-Butterflyon Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

You can see previous posts on butterflies here.

A Delightful Day of Design & Inspiration at the new DC Design Center

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Open House at the new digs for the Washington, DC Design Center was spectacular! There were lots of opportunities for attendees to enjoy many facets of interior design and be inspired through discussion panels and the beautifully decorated showrooms.

One of the more inspirational discussions was on the topic, “Is Luxury a Bad Word?” The panel was moderated by Robin Gordon, VP of Marketing for Duralee and consisted of well-known hosts in the design world: Newell Turner, Editorial Director for the Hearst Design Group (publishers of such magazines as House Beautiful, Veranda and Elle Decor among others); interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd of Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interior Design and showroom; and Charles Hare, Director of UK-based luxury silk specialists James Hare. Eileen and James both have gorgeous design collections represented by Duralee.

Duralee Discussion_casartblog

This was a well attended conference with a captive audience and very thoughtful discussions were asked afterwards. Here’s a brief synopsis with some exceptional quotes that were jotted down:

Duralee Panel_casartblog

Robin Gordon (RG) started out asking what the word ‘luxury’ meant to the panel members?

  • Newell Turner (NT): “Luxury is a state of mind.
  • Eileen Kathryn Boyd (EKB): Clients should have “permission, to be allowed to live with luxury.
  • James Hare (JH): “Luxury is in the eye of the beholder and creates a mutual ‘experience’ between producer and consumer, which can lead to an exclusive partnership with a customer.”

RG asked what is the role of the designer in regard to luxury?

  • NT: The role of the designer is to ‘teach’ about luxury. Wasteful luxury is shameful. Need to appreciate the reason something is luxurious. An educated consumer understands why something costs more with quality.
  • EKB: The designer’s ideas (and resources) are valuable and should be treated as such. Luxury needs to stand out to justify the cost. She budgets the whole project with at least one luxury piece because not everything needs to be so costly and less luxury is more.

RG: Prior to 2007, items were more about those that lasted. Now, there is a disposable mentality in society. Currently, there are many levels of luxury. What was once a concept perhaps afforded by a few is now available to more because everyone’s idea of luxury can be different and accepted as diversity. Luxury is definitely a personal experience.

Closing thoughts:

NT: “Luxury is not a bad word.” Think about how much disposable income people put toward fashion, buying cars or eating at restaurants. One does not live in their car and the experience in a restaurant is only temporary and yet some people’s homes are lacking the same attention. Getting people to experience a showhouse can lead to a profound change in their perception for how people can live. Similarly, design magazines can give access and exposure to those examples that get people to take care of their homes. In fact, simply appreciating the fact that having a ‘home’ is a luxury. It makes sense to treat it with care. {So well stated}

Gorgeous Duralee tassles_casartblog

Just look at these sumptuous Duralee tassels

EKB: “One should look [and feel] as good in your house as what you wear. Everyone has a personal color story. A luxury investment to a house ‘completes’ the look as long as it is curated.”

JH: There is certainly a dual role with fashion playing into trends that is later seen in interior design. His company bridges both worlds. {A previous blog post}

Questions and Observations from the audience:

Brenda Saget Darling, Associate Publisher House Beautiful: The younger generation should consider at least 2 – 3 ‘splurgeworthy‘ items that are a valued investment rather than all temporary or throw away, mass-produced pieces. {Be on the lookout — splurgeworthy will be the next-new coined catch phrase}

EKB: These will stand the test of time and can be reupholstered, reconfigured or even repurposed, handed-down or even sold. They increase in value over time, not depreciate.

RG: It seems like entertaining at home is a lost art, with the trend for things being disposable, getting the latest gadget or appliance but not necessarily sharing with others. {This is a future blog post}

EKB: It’s the mentality of instant gratification. Whereas, two well-made tables can change over the course of one’s different stages in life (e.g from small apartment renting to living room side tables to bedroom tables, etc.). {We have a video about this}

Paul Fogg: “A luxury purchase is a lifetime investment of enjoyment.” {good one Paul!}

Paul Fogg_casartblog

Paul Fogg gives insight

All agreed that luxury purchases can lead to ‘sustainability,’ if taken care of, not tossed, appreciated, reused and even handed down to another generation, so they will continue to be grateful of the quality, time and attention to detail in the making of something that can last a lifetime or more.

Newell_Eileen_with Duralee backdrop_casartblog


It was an honor to meet Eileen Kathryn Boyd

The day didn’t end here. With designer friends in tow, Randi Guthrie of Homes by Randi, Barbara Dieker of Restyle Your Space and Ann Principato, Casart coverings Sales Representative, we attended more lectures and showrooms. We were treated to tidbits of delicious food and mid-afternoon libations (if you chose). We even caught ourselves in the spotlight at the American Eye showroom.

Barbara Dieker_casartblog

Barbara Dieker


Randi & Ann enjoy the home-like settings

Gals at American Eye_slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Barbara, Ann & Ashley

One of my favorite visits was to the Holland & Sherry Showroom where Cory Barber and his design crew were demonstrating and allowing hands-on designing of hand-painted wallcoverings for the new Archetype line. This was truly inspirational. I loved the textures of the wallcoverings that were achieved from the thick painted glazes in a multitude of different finishes — a decorative painter’s dream job to be creating and painting all day long. Casart coverings has a different approach but starts with the hand-painting and digital manipulation of designs for patterns that are then printed for affordable but ‘luxurious’ and lasting wallcoverings that are also customizable and reusable.

One of the H&S designs_casartblog

Getting even more inspiration from the many fabric swatches at Pindler, not to mention the delicious, homemade, raspberry-cheesecake cookies that we sampled.

Some Pindler Fabric Swatch Inspiration_casartblog

For more information about the Washington DC Design Center, go to their website along with Jennifer Sergent’s early review of the new showrooms via DC By Design. and her most recent Overheard at the Washington Designer Center post, about the day’s earlier events.  Seeing one of the pictures from that post, I realized I know this popcorn. We love the shop being right around the corner and used it for my son’s welcome gifts for out-of-town attendees to his wedding. Kudos to Popped! They are going gangbusters, and I’m happy to spread the word and share the love of the new Design Center.

Popped pop corn on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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