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Jason Grant for Murobond

Hello my dear, dear friends. I’m sorry I’ve been missing in action this week. I’m currently on deadline with my next book and teaching a workshop this weekend with Leslie Shewring on blogging, photography and styling so things have been crazy hectic. I’m hoping everything will be back to normal with daily blog posts from me very soon because I miss being regular here – it is really hard for me to step away and it always makes me feel sad to leave you for too long.

Jason Grant

In the past month, I’ve been working in the Netherlands, Paris, England and now New York City. I’m excited, tired, a little disoriented and energized all rolled into one. In each place I go, I make it a point to meet a few blogger friends or people who are creative colleagues in other ways. It keeps me going in many ways. For instance, in the Netherlands I had Stephanie Rammeloo and then Eline Pellinkhof to keep me company. In Paris, I met up with Nichole Robertson and had breakfast with Emilie Griottes. In London, I spent time with Sania Pell. Here in NYC I will meet up with many lovely ladies which I’m excited about.

I don’t really think my brain knows where I am, although last night as I looked out of my hotel window at the Empire State Building, I did feel a bit more grounded: I am in America in an amazing city – the big apple! I’m rushing about today putting final touches on our class for this weekend, which completely sold out for those still looking for seats (we’ll come back again one day), so I won’t be blogging much between now and Monday. But I did want to pop in to give you all a big virtual hug and to let you know that I’m alive and well.

Jason Grant

I thought I’d share the third collection for Murobond Paints called “Gray Scale Garden” from stylist and creative director Jason Grant today. He wrote in to give me an exclusive on this which I thought was way cool so I wanted to run it right away. I selected these photos below as they inspired me the most from his photo shoot for the collection. These photos were taken by Lauren Bamford in case you’re wondering – and they are just brilliant. The man shown in one of the photos is Jason himself.

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Lovely colors Jason and beautiful shots! See you again on Monday with highlights from New York and the class we’re teaching! Yay!

(images: lauren bamford)

Posted in walls on March 02, 2012

Catalina Estrada Introduces Bold, New Wallpaper

Over the top? Yes ma’am. Bold? Yuppity yuppers. Saturated with color? Oh, baby. Opposite of understated, this new wallpaper and wall mural collection from Catalina Estrada isn’t for the fraidycat decorator! I’ve noted my personal favorites below. I wonder which ones you’ll like…

Catalina Estrada

This pattern is nice… but HELLO – great floor alert! Ding, ding, ding! I want that gorgeous tile… I love it worn and dated.

Catalina Estrada

Catalina Estrada

Catalina Estrada

The red/white pattern on the right wall is really sweet and boho.

Catalina Estrada

Catalina Estrada

Very sweet pattern for a retro china cabinet to line the back or to cut out some of the flower patterns and stick them to a dress or bottom right corner of a white cabinet for a little color and pattern. Whenever I see really bold papers that I know I couldn’t live with on my walls, yet I like them, I immediately try to think of alternate ways to use them. Cutting out patterns and adhering them to furniture can look nice when done neatly and with attention to detail – you’ll want to use small scissors and cut the shapes out very, very nicely – avoid tearing or sloppy cutting as it can make all the difference in the world when you apply your cut out pattern to a smooth surface.

Catalina Estrada

This one is sweet because there is still some white space to hang art and things.

Catalina Estrada

I’m definitely not daring enough for this on my walls but I could rock out some of the patterns inside of china cabinets, closets, or even on the ceiling with painted walls in a complementary color kept simple and soft. Could be really pretty in a little girl’s room. Fun!

If you’d like to purchase this paper or stock it in your pretty shop, since it is in collaboration with Coordonné, you can contact them directly. If you are in Spain you can email: ventas [at] coordonne [dot] es and elsewhere in the world you may contact: export [at] coordonne [dot] es.

(images: cataline estrada)

Posted in walls on February 16, 2012

Foret Noire Wallpaper By Nathalie Lete

Do you remember this book that I reviewed? If not, see it here. It’s French and therefore, amazing.

MilK Deco No. 5 Book

wallpaper

Many asked where the wallpaper on the cover came from and decor8 reader Hosanna let us know. She said that it is called Forêt noire and was designed by French artist Nathalie Lété and is available in limited run at Domestic, Oikos and Lapin & Me. Beautiful, isn’t it?

(images: top – holly becker, all others – domestic.)

Posted in walls on December 21, 2011

Paintings + Portraits Love You

Vintage and reproduction landscape and portrait paintings can be found in so many spaces around the globe from grand castles to tiny city apartments. Thankfully they’ve been popping up more and more (especially portraits) and are being used in fresh ways (on pillows, bags, ceramics) though I still love them installed on a wall in interesting arrangements. Most recently, vintage portrait paintings have made their way to gift wrap… And seriously, this is awesome.

Portraits

Wow, right?!? So on trend, too. Above we have the clever and stylish design duo behind Something’s Hiding In Here to thank for this. I love their clever how-to on the Martha Stewart Craft blog – brilliant idea, “You can directly color copy an old portrait or bring a digital file to a copy center to be printed for you.” Oh yes, please!

Portraits

These photos show the home of stylist Emily Henderson who shared her California digs with super cool lady Victoria nearly a year ago and I noticed that nearly every room had a portrait or two. Hot!

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

Ever since Leslie Oschmann gave me one of her vintage painting bags when I visited her in Amsterdam in 2010, I’ve had vintage paintings on my brain!  We have tons of them at flea markets in Germany selling for nearly nothing. I’ve seen so many of these same paintings adorning walls in numerous homes featured in chic magazines and as props in catalogs throughout the years and I’ve noticed portraits quite often in the homes of stylists, bloggers and my online friends. Above you can see a photo of Leslie’s bags made from vintage landscape paintings that I took. You can lay your sweet little eyeballs on more work that she’s done on her inspiring super fab blog.

Portraits

Leslie also designed a series of portrait pillows for Anthropologie recently as well as numerous other things from quirky altered chairs to travel bags and you can view all of Leslie’s work here. The photo of her pillows on that pretty disheveled bed above was shot by Pia Jane Bijkerk.

Portraits

See that vase above? Oh yes, of course you do. It’s a beauty. I love the Adam Harvey ceramic collection, I picked up a vase and a bowl at Anthropologie when I was teaching a mood board workshop in their London store this past September. The moment I spotted Adam’s work with the pretty ladies on them I grabbed a vase and a tiny bowl and made a very spontaneous purchase! But I don’t regret it, I love looking at both of my Adam Harvey pieces each day. They sit on my IKEA cabinet – I think they cost more than the cabinet but that’s how I roll… High and low, old and new, I love a good contrast as I’m sure you do as well if you think of how you decorate. Anyhoodle, you can view more of his crazy intricate work on his website. Speaking of modern interpretations of portraits, I also really like this screen printed scarf on the wall as art from Dutch mag VTWonen and this more modern portrait on a kitchen door, also from VTWonen but the poster is from France I believe. It’s not vintage but I still love a good portrait and digital modern work suits me just fine.

Portraits

Here’s something else that is quite fresh and modern from Dutch design firm ixxi. I really like what they are doing with the old masters but you can also upload your own image or images to their site and create your own great work of art.

Portraits

This is a well composed display of portraits in this photo from Homelife. I’m a fan of this look.

Portraits

You can also try some landscape vintage paintings in case portraits creep you out. Seriously, some people don’t like eyes on the wall staring back at them! The above pic is from Better Homes & Gardens and looks sooooo cozy. I want to clear that table and lay out a massive handmade pizza with some red wine and play a little Frank, Dean and Sammy, baby!

Portraits

I really love this dining room, looks like something I’d see in Berlin for some reason. Maybe it’s the fact that nothing works but everything works. Berliners are good at that. :) This is from my new favorite Tumblr blog, Convoy. If you know the origin of this photo, please let me know. The downside with lots of Tumblr accounts is the near impossibility of ever finding the owners of the photographs. :( Drives me a bit bonkers.

Portraits

How about a little George Washington action from Lonny mag. It’s subtle but obvious at the same time. And yes this room was designed by design giant Jonathan Adler!

Portraits

If paintings aren’t your thing, maybe you can try sketched portraits or vintage photographs? I shared this photo before on decor8 but it’s one I keep going back to. You must have rooms that you keep going back to a million times. This one really resonates with me and funny thing is, there isn’t a drop of sweet or cute or girly in it. Telling, I think. Perhaps my taste is evolving as I am? One thing that it is though is quirky and I’ve always been quirky and abstract and quite spontaneous when it comes to decorating…

Portraits

Have you thought to add a portrait painting to a kid’s room? What do you think of this idea? Also from Lonny.

Portraits

This is quite a fancy writing desk set up, don’t you think? The portrait of the pretty blonde who seems to be gazing outside (certainly not concentrating on her work!) is nicely placed, it tells a bit of a story or it could just be my own imagination….

Are you a fan of vintage landscape paintings, portrait paintings or modern interpretations of them? Where do you display yours if you have them? Where would you like to display them if you currently do not? Do you think they work in a child’s room? Or?

(images linked to their sources above.)

 

Posted in Decorating Tips, walls on December 14, 2011

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