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Early Labor Day Break

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Hope y’all are enjoying the last weeks of summer.

Casart coverings is on vacation this week and taking an early Labor Day break that extends through the first week in September.

Gearing up for fall…

at_the_beach_sign1 via home stories A 2 Z, via Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

But we are always collecting treasures and ideas for new designs and concepts — stay tuned!

From Beach Fantasy, House Beautiful

From Beach Fantasy, House Beautiful



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

How Do You Want Your Home to Feel?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Going into 2015, you may want a change or to have a new direction for your personal space. How do you want your home to feel?

This is the question that Laura Gaskill, a contributing writer for Houzz, asked in one of her  ideabooks, “The Question that can Make You Love Your Home More.” As she said, asking ,”How do you want your home to feel,” is a surprisingly, yet “deceptively,” simple question to ask, because it gets to the heart of the matter about what makes the idea of  ‘home’ so important to us.

As Gaskill states, “Defining the feelings you want to cultivate in your home will give your home a purpose. It will help you zero in on the results you want and worry less about each little decision along the way.”

Here’s the short quiz, from her ideabook you can take that will lead you to the answers:

Ask the question. Ideally, ask the question of yourself, and have each person who shares your home also answer the question. Below I have phrased the question a few different ways — sometimes a slightly different angle can help unlock your answer:

  • How do you want your home to feel?
  • How do you want to feel when you walk through the front door?
  • What do you wish guests would think about your home when they come over?
  • What are the top three words you would use to describe how you want your home to feel?

Once you have your answers, continue to the ideabook’s tips for bringing out those feelings in your home.

Some of the tips include ways to achieve the following:

  • If you want your home to feel relaxed
  • If you want your home to feel creative
  • If you want your home to feel peaceful
  • If you want your home to feel welcoming
  • If you want your home to feel fun
  • If you want your home to feel authentic
  • If you want your home to feel safe
  • If you want your home to feel happy

There are resource articles for each one of these topics.

Finally, there are lots of comments and ways you can glean information and tips for achieving the look you want.

As she asks, “Your turn: How do you want your home to feel? Please share your answer in the Comments.”


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