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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.

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.


(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.

Fashionable Flowers in Design

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Floral is all the rage this season! In homes to the runway, and even politics, flowers are transitioning us from the cold and bleak winter to a budding bright spring. It is the perfect time to add some blossoms to your home, so be sure to take full advantage of the final days of our

  May Day Flower Sale!

There are countless ways to use this timeless trend in design. With bold patterns and colors or light motifs, flowers are found in all different aspects of home decoration.

HGTV’s design director Nancy Fire, named watercolor floral one of the spring’s hottest trends. She included this beautiful room by Blue Bell Gray Designs.


This bold theme is also seen is House and Garden Magazine’s feature of a vibrant John Lewis living room.


On a lighter note, there is Christopher Norman’s Brunschwig & Fils Colette cotton shown in a trend report by Elle Décor from years ago, yet timeless for today.


This delicate design on a white backing is similar to that of our Botanicals Collection, specifically the Peony Pattern, available in a variety of colors.


Casart Peony Pattern in Freesia

Floral design is seen with other household items as well. Architectural Digest featured some really unique items such as this hanging, bell jar light shrouded with gorgeous tulips by Canopy Designs, along with this playful set of potholders by Paule Marrot. This stylish stroller by Andy Warhol + Bugaboo is comparable to our Flower Power wallcovering with its vivid color on a black background.

Bell Jar_Canopy Designs_viacasartBlogPotholders_PauleMarrot_viacasarBlogStroller_AndyWarholBugaboo_viacasartBlog

Flower Power - reusable wallcovering on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Flower Power – reusable wallcovering

One milestone in the world of design is this new line of three-dimensional wallpapers created by twenty2 and students of the Pratt Institute.


Three-dimensional wallpaper pictured in Bloom

This real-life effect the flowers create is very similar to Ann Alger’s Collection Bloom Series, like her White Petal and Clover coverings.

This White Petal covering and more of Casart’s products were actually just featured in décor article by the Denver Post.


Into the world of fashion floral dives… Flowers are seen numerous ways, from bright bold statements to light dainty details.

One of the world’s biggest fashions events of the year, Fashion Week 2015 flourished with flowers. Featured in Vogue were looks by designers Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera. Wang beautifully used a smaller print while Herrera made a bold statement with the single shape incorporating rose petals.


The red carpet was also blooming at the Met Gala in April. Many stars wore beautiful gowns that incorporated flowers, but several also sported elegant accessories. Noted by People Magazine, these celebrities embellished their looks with gorgeous floral headpieces.



Click here to see even more mesmerizing wallpaper/ fashionable wears.

Designers Guild_via on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Lastly, even the White House got into the floral craze as it opened the public up to its beautiful gardens in April for the 2015 White House Garden Tours. Featured by Architectural Digest.


The South Lawn of the White House

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