Summer Splash!

There are so many ways to appreciate a summer day.  I think it’s the bright clear colors in abundance everywhere you look from flower gardens, to patio cushions, to women’s fashion.  For this Canadian transplant, it also means searching for ways to beat the heat.  Certain colors instantly refresh the mind and spirit.  I know I felt that way the minute I opened Stacy Garcia’s Summer Splash color article this July and saw the fabulous blue hue “splash”.  Take a moment and close your eyes; think about the cool yet intense color of a swimming pool, and you’re instantly revived.

Whether you lean toward soft turquoise or aqua/aquamarine, this color that is precisely halfway between green and blue is worthy of notice.  Make a statement in your home that both revitalizes and soothes with this saturated color.  Make it glisten with glass beads, or shimmer with sand; slick it up with a gloss finish, or cool it down with frosty white accents; it’s always restful at its essence.

“Splash of summer” aqua has held a place on my color palette for a lifetime, and is a long time personal favorite.  Being of a curious nature I decided to see just how far back this color has been in use.  Aqua comes from Greek, meaning “blue” which points to the color’s longevity, but we all know it is a very special hue of blue that makes aquamarine distinctive.  My favorite reference is that it comes from the treasure chests of mermaids!  In jewelry the aquamarine stone is one of the most popular since it complements most skin and eye colors – so just think what it will do for your personal image on the walls behind your seating arrangement…  Go ahead, dip your toes in the pool, wear some sparkly aquamarine jewelry, and make a statement on your walls with one of these gorgeous aqua wallpapers and escape every day to that very special room in your home.

Check out these wallpaper examples in clear aquamarine:

Pattern FP2718:  This large stamped circle motif has plenty of drama to its transitional design and layers on the pizzazz from the softest version of aqua through intense turquoise, creating a sophisticated décor that remains essentially light-hearted.

 

 

Pattern FP2691:  This fresh pattern has a clear soft matt background behind a slick gloss ogee motif that emulates the flow of water; it’s both dynamic in style and harmonizing in color.

 

 

Pattern AC6018:  escape to the Caribbean within your own home with this pretty coral reef design.  Pearly aqua and frosty white find the perfect balance between sophistication and whimsy.

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From Concept to Completion: Introduction

We have an archive; a magical place full of revered images and textures. It’s the kind of place that feels like you’re holding time in your white-gloved hands. These lovingly collected pieces are the inspiration for many of our design studio’s fine works, some being surprisingly contemporary in feel and form.

I am inspired by the colors and ideas of these other times, particularly when they are just a bit off-key. Take this piece for example: ovals that looked like sliced onion, ducks with dots for legs, blue spoons and yellow beets all on a background of intense grey green I have yet to find in any paint deck.

This pattern dates from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s and I discovered it among the notes and images that inspired designer Judy Evanitis for a new York Wallcoverings Collection, as yet unnamed, now in story board form in our studio. I show you here what I have come to call “Vegas Dinette”. This little pattern has begun a new life , and I would like you to travel with me through her journey from past to present as we reinvent her for our new collection.

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Getting Creative

There’s a common misconception in today’s world: that wallpaper is just for walls.

Okay, I know it makes sense. It’s called wallpaper, after all. But when’s the last time you saw a toothpick in someone’s teeth, as opposed to sticking out of your burger with a little flag on top? People are great at finding new and unexpected uses for everyday things, from small to large, and wallpaper is no exception to that rule. Its original purpose was, and always will be, to dress up your walls… but even if you’re not an interior designer, you too can find clever ways to add the timeless elegance and style of wallpaper to a wide variety of areas, products, and surfaces.

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