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Sharing is Caring: Social Insight for Interior Designers

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Casart coverings has continued to engage in discussions with other designers over many social networking platforms. Social media websites, especially Twitter, has allowed our company to connect with other interior designers easily and effectively, and has also allowed them to provide feedback on which types of designs they might use for their projects. We also provide helpful and positive feedback about their products and designs! This is mutually complimentary and socialized.

For example, Ronique Gibson, associate architect & lifestyle expert,  tweeted us about what she felt would look best with our Faux Glass Tile:

Casart-Faux Glass Mosaic Pink-tile in room, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Ronique Gibson commented that our design “would look great as an accent wall in a kitchen, bath or in an apartment.” The feedback we receive from others helps us understand what potential customers think will work best with our products.

Below is just one of the many examples of ways you can enjoy outdoor living on Ronique Gibson’s Stagetecture Blog.

We love this design sourced from Pinterest! We hope you’ll share as we will.

Ronique Gibson Outdoor Lounge

We expect that social media engagement will continue to grow, as it encourages a community to stay in touch and give and receive insights about interior design.

Another example of receiving social insight for interior designers includes using Pinterest to pin designs from one’s own business and learn which ones get the most interest. Recently, a “Cool Blue” Pinterest board was made in order to advertise some of the Casart blue designs for inspiring our summer sale. Below is an example of a cool blue design that we pinned, that others can then share, re-pin, and provide feedback. The pillow design is a Flower Power Botanical Accent that is paired with a Libby Langdon Groovy Gate design used on a screen and seen below.

The latter was one of the more popular pins on this board.

Casart Flower Power Botanical Accents Pillow

Libby Langdon Groovy Gate in Midnight Navy for Casart coverings

Other Cool Blue possibilities:  Lively Lattice in Icy Blue or mix it up with Aqua Teal as a complement to blue:

Libby Langdon Lively-lattice_icy blue for Casart coverings

Libby Langdon Lively Lattice in Aqua Mist

Facebook is also a great way to share designs, like, and comment on others people’s’ work! For example, a popular design that received a lot of shares and likes on our Facebook page was Mary Douglas’s Drysdale Signature Color Lipstick Plus:

Mary Douglas Drysdale Lipstick Plus Pink for Casart at Antiques in Alexandria on casartblog

Here is a challenge that can be a fun way to share others designs: For the first three comments to the following question that we receive from interior designers, we will mention them in a tweet and showcase their work:

Lively Lattice is one of how many memorable geometrics of the Libby Langdon collection

and how do you see this design being used in your work?

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day for you to participate in our 30% off sale! Act quickly to get these discounted wallcoverings for yourself or even for someone else!

When you purchase our wallcovering designs, you can take part in sharing by commenting and reviewing our products directly on the product pages. You can send pictures to us so that we can provide feedback too about your interior designs. Positive sharing is caring. We care about your feedback and satisfaction of the products that you receive! We like to share and showcase other’s work, especially when Casart coverings can be used in them.

Similarities? Wall-to-Casart Flor (ing)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised to see many similarities between the innovative, modular, carpet-tile company,

FLOR and Casart wallcoverings.

Here are just a few:

1) Unusual design and vibrant color.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slicovers for your walls_casartblog 1

Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Colors - Lipstick Plus Faux Linen - Casart coverings

(Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Colors  – Lipstick Plus in Faux Linen)

2) Beautiful patterns.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

MoRockAnSoul-HaHa for Casart in Rust and White

(MoRockAnSoul – XOXO for Casart in Rust and White)

3) Lush and plush. We can see sophisticated pairings.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart Artichaut on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

(Casart Artichaut Mural Element)

4) Eco-friendly & reusable. Casart is durable vinyl and can be repurposed and recycled.

Casart-coverings_Orange_Birds-and-Birch_casartblog on Slipcovers for your walls

(Casart Orange Birds & Birch Design)

Flor can be reused and can lend itself to new design looks just by changing the tile pattern.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart can be cut and repositioned to reuse however you want.

Libby Langdon Groovy Gate Midnight Navy for Casart coverings

(Libby Langdon Groovy Gate in Midnight Navy)

Screen after groovy gate_on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Screen after Libby Langdon Groovy Gate has been applied

5) Also comes in subtle, traditional, color palette and designs.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Some Casart neutrals on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Some of many Casart neutral color wallcoverings

 

6) Ways to punch up a palette and strike a pattern with stripes.

Casart coverings features Flor on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart combo stripe pattern_Stripe Collection

(Casart Stripe Patterns)

Casart removable and reusable stripes on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

(Casart Individual Stripes)

Libby Langdon Chic Chevron for Casart coverings

(Chic Chevron from the Libby Langdon Collection in Orange Fire)

Yes, we think there are a lot of similarities beyond just wall-to-wall carpeting.

What are the Top 10 Decorating Trends for 2014?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

There are many decorating fortune tellers out there but this foreshadowing for 2014 from JSonline Milwaukee Sentinel, has a nice assortment of ideas that you can pick and choose for your own decorating desires. As stated on this blog many times, we typically do not follow trends but we are interested in what people are interested in and what they are purchasing, as this is valuable information for any business owner for marketing reference. We pay attention but we don’t always follow suit.

The Journal Sentinal article mentions that current home decorating trends all encompass the 3 “R’s — not necessarily the ones we use, repositionable, removable and reusable but the…

Number 1) Trend is “Renew, Rejuvenate, Reinvigorate,”  which are the key catch phrases. Well, “Reuse” that we tout is one of the “R’s” used in the similar sense that “Renew or Repurpose” is being tossed around as a trend to follow. It makes sense in precarious economic times to reuse what we have or repurpose it for another use. It also makes sense because it is practical. We love it because our wallcovering does just this and we are happy to comply. We’re also glad to try to get away from a “Throw Away” mentality, which can seem excessive and wasteful. Plus, it’s not so green and we try to be. Our print technology has changed too for our Casart Regular, to be more sensitive to a greener process. We are now using latex printing for our Casart Regular and continue to use eco-solvent inks for our Casart Light. Our materials are vinyl, not paper, which is extremely durable and long-wearing on your walls, as well as removable with their pressure-sensitive adhesive backings which adheres when pushed against a substrate but only sticks to the wallcovering when removed. As technology improves for better methods, so will our wallcovering.

Now let’s get to decorating.

Number 2)  ” Kaleidescope of Color” abounds. Rather than neutral grays, bold pops of color are being used. Look at these examples and you might agree that this is more interesting than the same old boring beige.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd (EKB) Interiors – Kips Bay Showhouse. It was only added to OVER 13,000 ideabooks on Houzz!

EKB Interiors_Kipps Bay on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

EKB Interiors was recently featured in Luxe Magazine with this gorgeous dining room setting. Loving the purple, which is Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s signature color. It’s difficult to use such a range of purples with balance, but beautifully executed here.

EKB_Luxe Mag 1 on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Notice the place setting uses unconventional materials: an agate jewelery cuff as a napkin ring and the placemat and napkin were made with interior fabrics. She often uses wallcovering as table runners and placemats. Why not? We love that “out of the box,” creative thinking and multi-re-purpose use of wallcovering!

EKB_Luxe Mag 2_place setting on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Another design example from InteriorDesign.net uses bold pattern and stripes to bring in bright color.

Example of Bold Flowers via Interior design.net as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Example of Bold Flowers via Interior design.net

Mary Douglas Drysdale uses monochromatic bold color with sophisticated flair. Mary has also used unconventional materials and ways to display in her own design for place settings and “plate settings.”

3_Drysdale-plates_TH-4-12_casartblog, slipcovers for your walls

Mary Douglas Drysdale – Traditional Home

Libby Langdon uses a bold Chic Chevron to catch your contemporary (Orange) Fire. Just that jolt of blue bringing up the floor color helps ground those zig-zags and sets the stage for a modern yet balanced composite.

Libby Langdon Chic Chevron Orange for Casart coverings

Libby Langdon Chic Chevron in Orange Fire reusable wallcovering

Number 3) Walls can tell your story — it is predicted via this article that murals will become even more popular as a way to personalize your space. We can see this happening in residential spaces as well as commercial, in order to interject a unique personality to one’s room, as seen in Kristin Nicholas’ Garden of Family Farm Life Mural.

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

Kristin Nicholas-Garden of Family Farm Life

Number 4) Keeping it Natural – Natural and organic elements, such as wood, geodes, and stone are being incorporated into modern interiors. Perhaps this is a way of recalling our “roots” and reminding us of Nature and the outdoors, keeping us grounded, not so insular by being inside at all time with our technology.  I would think, like number 3 suggests that this design concept could be incorporated with a photo mural, which also helps to personalize the space.

Wooden headboard / side tables via Wisteria, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

casart_Cherry-Blossoms_casartblog. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

Casart coverings-Winter Sunset  Photography by Jackson Spencer

Casart coverings-Winter Sunset Photography

Casart-coverings_Photo_cliffhanger_casartblogNumber 5) Lighten up with LED illumination. Alright, I don’t necessarily agree with this one, simply because LED lighting tends to make the room look cold — at least to me. But I do agree that lighting a room correctly, for function and ambient lighting can completely create or change the atmosphere of a room and set the mood.

chandelier-lighting-butterfly_via sage-Atelier, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Butterfly Chandelier via Sage Atelier

Number 6) Furniture Forecast is Acrylic, Velvet, and Sustainable Eco-Friendly, as noted by designers, Bea Pila, Darlene Molnar, and Clint Parker.

Liv Chic via decorpad.com on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Acrylic / Lucite furniture used in Liv Chic Interior Design via decorpad.com

Cococozy questions, “Would you Dare to be Different with a Blue Velvet Sofa?” with some great examples in their post.

Cococozy_blue sectional sofa via House Beautful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Perhaps a “literal” take on “green.”

Green_Elman-Chair_casartblog

Green Elman Chair

 

Number 7) Accessorizing can be Anything Goes. Again, making the space unique  from displaying a Native American Collection to pops of color with pillows.   Maintaining what makes the room appealing and using accessories to add personality is key. “Stone and stone veneers make for an interesting organic interior wall covering, says Debbie Wiener of My Designing Solutions.” I also like her Climbing Wall she designed. This definitely solves how to keep kids occupied.

Designing Solutions_Bethesda Gym, on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart_Contemporary_Organics_Zebrawood_casartblog

Casart Zebrawood in a contemporary setting

Number 8) Clear the Clutter. Living the simplified life helps clear the mind and focus on the fundamentals. I agree with designer, Pablo Solomon‘s philosophy, which is quoted here.  He “sees a continuation of uncluttered, simple, practical, multifunctional and renewable designs. He recommends adopting the mantra “less is more” to focus on quality, not quantity, when it comes to art, rugs and furnishings.” Very coincidentally, we were featured in the same book by Melissa Kay Bishop.

Pablo Soloman_melissa k bishop murals book on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

An uncluttered design that incorporates bringing Nature indoors by iMatch Designs

ld-2-MasterBath1_via iMatch Designers on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Number 9) What’s Old is New Again. This (re)cycles back to #1 and the beginning of this post from the JSOnline Article that states repurposing items for renewal and reusability is the wave of the future.

cardboard-furniture-yin-yang-shelf_via efergy.com on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

– Ashley

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