Posts Tagged ‘Mary Douglas Drysdale’

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

Small Space Savvy

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Here’s a collection of some small space and space-saving savvy solutions to small space living. Try saying that 5 times quickly!

House Beautiful’s July/August issue is all about “the Magic of Small Spaces!” These 12 strategies are listed “for making the most of any small space:”

  1. Choose furniture that multitasks
  2. Use fewer but bigger pieces
  3. Maximize functionality
  4. Go dark or go light
  5. Visual continuity = calm
  6. Control your clutter
  7. Lift up, look up
  8. Create zones
  9. Manipulate sight lines
  10. Create a jewel box
  11. Trick your eye into seeing more space
  12. Customize every inch

Here are some of the highlights of the ones that caught my eye:

Go monochrome  – uses many elements from the above list. Interior design by Mary Douglas Drysdale. You can see some of her bolder Signature Colors here.

Interior design by Mary Douglas Drysdale on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Interior design by Mary Douglas Drysdale

Kelly Giesen creates a tiny monochromatic jewelery box with the use of exotic, yet soft colored textiles and hand-painted wallpaper panels.

Kelly Giesen interior design via House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Kelly Giesen interior design via House Beautiful

Philip Gorrivan bedazzles you with his jewelery box approach & rich shiny textures as well as something to literally look up to. This surprising color combination works like a charm.

Philip Gorrivan via House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Philip Gorrivan via House Beautiful

Philip Gorrivan via House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

His glass mosaics in the kitchen can’t help but remind me or our reusable faux glass mosaic tile wallcovering in nearly the same colors.

Casart-coverings_Teal Faux Glass Mosaic Tile_casartblog

Casart Teal Faux Mosaic Tile

 

Coincidentally, Traditional Home’s issue this month also puts into practice some of these 12 style elements as seen in the following.

Last year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse is profiled in this month’s issue. From the foyer by Lee W. Robinson with her large, bold playful stripes on the horizontal to Libby Langdon’s large scale schooner taking center stage, elements of using fewer but bigger, bolder pieces and patterns are at play. Luckily this year’s event is still going on until September 2nd. Be sure not to miss it! If you’re not in the area and you like patterns, check out more of Libby’s geometric designs here and you don’t have to leave your home.

Hampton Showhouse Foyer by Lee W. Robinson on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse – Foyer by Lee W. Robinson

Libby Langdon interior design at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse, via Trad Home, on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Libby Langdon Design via Traditional Home

Also, Melanie Turner uses aged mirrors  and I swear my parent’s high ball glasses in her highly reflective design for the Atlanta Symphony Designer Showhouse, where mirrors and metallics help deflect your eye around the room, creating a larger sense about the space than actually exists. Large scale artwork also helps to play up this Alice in polished-land. trompe l’oeil approach.

 

Melanie Turner's design at the Atlanta Symphony Designer Showhouse on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Melanie Turner’s design at the Atlanta Symphony Designer Showhouse

– Ashley

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