Design Start episode #2 just ended and I am shocked Joseph went home. Your thoughts? Mine are in the comments section below (to save space on the blog).
I think that creative types tend to look at everything through a different lens, don’t you? For instance, you may find beauty in what others think of as mundane. Maybe you are a little more interested in the box your toothpaste comes in than the next person. Perhaps you put thought into the pens you write with. Maybe you even care about what your stamps look like. I know I do. Unfortunately, the USPS hasn’t produced one stamp collection this year that interested me. At least until now.
Since we pay all of our bills online, I’m usually the one who actually uses a pen in this house to write and send a real live card. Plus, I’m female and you know we’re a little fanatic about paper products. Quality cards aren’t $.99 anymore, either. My thought is this: I’m not spending $5-8 on a card and not go the extra mile to add a pretty stamp. Presentation begins the moment a friend opens their mailbox. If think everyone notices a good stamp, don’t you?
That’s why I’m excited that the American Treasures stamp series will soon showcase beautiful works of American fine art and crafts, starting next month. First up are 10 gorgeous quilts created between 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee’s Bend, AL. They will be available online, and in your local post office, in August.
Tip: With graphics this vibrant, you may be able to incorporate them into art or simply arrange them in a grid pattern and place in a white frame.
(images from usps)
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PID (Personal Interior Design) of Stockholm boasts an amazing website loaded with product, some of which you may have never laid your eyes on before. They’ve added several new items that owner Karl Krantz was nice enough to share with me, so I thought I’d spread a little PID love to decor8 readers since I really enjoy their store online and I think you will, too.
For more information, please visit PID online.
Thanks for the tip, Karl!
(images from pid)
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Hot off of craigslist today comes this tip from Boston decor8 reader, Kerry.
Bravo Conducts National Casting Search: Are you ready to challenge your passion, vision, skills, and fellow interior designers and be the first to be named Bravo Top Designer: We are seeking trained professional interior designers, self-taught aspiring designers, and non-professional artists with a passion for interior design are invited to meet with TOP DESIGNER casting producers. In the end, the winning designer will receive a prize package including $100,000 to start their own firm and possibly an affiliation with a major magazine or company sponsor. Applicants must: Have dynamic personalities, be 21 years of age or older, be a legal U.S. resident, and not be affiliated with NBC or Bravo.
For application information and submission guidelines, please contact us at MysticArt Pictures at 818.563.4121 or email us at: topdesignercasting [at] yahoo [dot] com
Please visit us at: www.topdesignertv.com
Thanks Kerry for the tip!
Anyone going to go for it???
(images from top designer)
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I’m asked often how I layer patterns, since it’s something I love to do with pillows, bedding, and even in the kitchen with various textiles. Would you like to know?
It’s actually very easy, though difficult to put into words since most of it comes as second nature. I don’t mean this in a snotty way, because other things (like numbers) do not come as second nature. We all have our strengths. Anyway, what I’m saying is that I never really put much thought into it. For the benefit of decor8 readers who send emails asking about the art of layering, I’ll try to see if I can explain it. For readers who have an alternative way to explain the process, please comment below and share your knowledge. I’d love to learn about your technique.
There are several ways. If you’re new at it, I’m thinking it may be wise to use patterns that coordinate somehow, working off of the same color palette. For instance, you have a floral that you are dying to work with and it is in red, blue, white, and yellow. Always try to drag in a solid or a small print into the mix as a foundation. Then, blend in something geometric, maybe sqaures, a check or a stripe with all of the colors in your floral, or perhaps just one or two of those colors. Next, locate a floral with a print much smaller (at least 50%) than the other floral print you have. Perhaps tiny yellow tulips against white poplin. For a solid, maybe a deep cobalt blue. I like to start with my solids first, so the cobalt blue would be the fitted sheet. Next, either use the large or the small floral for the top sheet, then add the geometric pillows, and then add again, either the small or the large floral print for additional pillows (some people sleep with 4 pillows on their bed). That’s at least, how I do it. Are you following me?
For those looking to advance beyond that (i.e. you’d like to add prints to the mix that don’t contain any of the colors as the other prints you’re using), make sure you understand that this technique takes a little longer to master. If you understand color theory very well, and travel with your handy color wheel in tote, you’re on your way. Use caution as you begin to layer with too many color choices or patterns from different cultures or eras. Make sure that the colors you are working with harmonize, a color wheel can help you with color relationships. Don’t forget to consider your fabric – mixing textiles that are very expensive and well made with those that aren’t (like polyester) will only cheapen the look. Also, consider what time period they are from. It’s easiest to layer with patterns from the same period or culture, 20s, 30s, 40s, Danish, Early American, Japanese, etc. It’s also best that you try not to mix eras that are too far apart in years. 60s prints don’t always vibe with prints from the 30s, for instance. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but for beginners, it’s a good way to start training your eye so you can advance onwards from there.
Now you try it. Head over to Repro Depot, a fabric supplier online who sells fabrics according to several categories. I did these and came up with all of the examples below, sticking only with one category at a time. Open up Photoshop (or whatever graphics program you use) and visit each of theese categories. Pull the images off of their site and drop it into Photoshop, arranging your favorites. Since they don’t carry solids, try drawing boxes that show the colors you think would work nicely together.
I’d like to see your results, so when you finish a few, pick up to 3 combinations that you really love. I’ll feature them here on decor8 today and throughout the weekend with your name/website so others can see what combinations you’ve come up with.
Have fun… And don’t forget to shop Repro Depot when you’re finished!
Related posts: Color Theory, 6.27.06
(images from reprot depot)
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’tis the season for amazing deals. The summer bedding sale at Garnet Hill offers deep discounts, and with so many months left until Winter, you can still get lots of use out of them before you break out the flannel. Garnet Hill has many fresh prints, and at these prices, you can afford to purchase a few patterns and play around with layering them on your bed.
How do you layer patterns? Stick around for a how to guide coming up within the hour!
(image from garnet hill)