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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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The South Lawn of the White House

A Diverse Bouquet of Floral Design

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

It finally feels like spring! The flower buds are popping and so are flowers in design.

To celebrate the season, we’re getting ready to have a  Spring Flowers Sale!

You’re the first to get this news, so be sure to check our website in the next few days.

Veranda_Spring is here on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Veranda Spring March-April 2015 issue

Flowers in design may not be something new but there are so many diverse types and ways to use; especially now, one can’t help but notice, flowers are featured in almost every home decorating magazine, not to mention at the White House state dinner for the Prime Minister of Japan. Just look at that gorgeous floral backdrop!

Flower Bkdrop at White House State Dinner

Clinton Smith, the Editor in Chief for Veranda loves flowers. His editorial in the spring issue reflects on an age gone by when there was an element of taking time to smell the flowers. However with this age in technology, beautiful flower images can be shared in an instant and he remarks how he’d now like to personalize the postings rather than with just a quick hashtag. Hopefully this will be a trend (and not just for flowers) to help appreciate and sincerely feel in the moment that these beautiful flowers bring.

Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief, Veranda March/April 2015 Issue on Casart coverings, Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief, Veranda March/April 2015 Issue

We love when House Beautiful posts their “paint palette” for gorgeous photos. The spring tulip was their tribute in their April issue.

House Beautiful_tulip color on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

House Beautiful, April 2015

Loving this color, we have a faux Raw Silk wallcovering that can compare.

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Casart Rose Raw Silk self-adhesive wallcovering

The joy of floral bouquet can last all year round, especially if made with paper. These gorgeous floral arrangements by artist and author of Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, Levia Cetti, were also featured in House Beautiful’s spring issue.

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House Beautiful April Issue

House Beautiful, paper flowers, casartblog

House Beautiful April Issue

Huge ruche flowers were used in a recent family wedding and they made all the visual difference.

Carrie Holbo Photography on casartblog

Carrie Holbo Photography

Traditional Home also turns their focus to flowers for the present and from the past.

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A gorgeous garden featured in Traditional Home April 2015

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Flower feature in Traditional Home April 2013

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Traditional Home April 2013

Flowers in Traditional Home April 2013 on casartblog

Traditional Home April 2013

And back again with a similar but new take on floral design with a dark background.

Dark florals in Traditional Home May 2015 on casartblog

Dark Florals in Traditional Home May 2015

Wait, were we ahead of the petal push when we introduced our Flower Power multi on a black background wallcovering in 2011?

It also comes in 15 other colorways!

Casart coverings Flower Power, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Flower Power wallcovering – Multi with Black Background

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

Flower Power – reusable wallcovering

Elle Decor gets in on the flower action with bold popping blooms.

Flower design in Elle Decor May 2015 featured on casartblog

Elle Decor May 2015

Wait, it’s deja vue! Were we ahead of the curve when we introduced our Flower Power and our Peony back in 2011?

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Casart Colored Flower Power Variation

Casart-coverings-peony removable reusable wallcovering, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls

Casart coverings Largescale Peony Mural Element + also as a pattern

And, certainly the current flowers from the Ann Alger Collection Bloom Series are worth noting.

Beautiful painterly images in small to large sizes (48″ x 72″ wide) are worth picking.

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Ann Alger Peony in Pink

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Ann Alger Bloom Series for Casart coverings

Even the New York Times Design Issue in 2013 featured floral design in fashion stemming from artwork.

Floral design in New York Times Design Issue on casartblog

New York Times Design Issue April 2013

They also featured hand painted, stylized, floral panels in a botanical pattern.

hand painted floral patterns in New York Times Design Issue April 2013 featured on casartblog

New York Times Design Issue April 2013

This reminds us of Kristin Nicholas‘ modern, Matisse-inspired, garden-art panels.

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

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

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Kristin Nicholas Garden panels with a Peacock Damask Border are used to create a screen

We hope this diverse bouquet of floral design will inspire you.

Let us know how you’re using flowers in design.

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