Beyond the watercolor trend that has been seen throughout home furnishings this summer, new painting techniques are popping up in everything from tabletop decor to wallpaper. Wide brush strokes, mural paintings and finger painting are opening up new ways to incorporate vibrant flourishes of art in our everyday lives.
Designer Kevin O’Brien just launched a new pillow collection featuring finger paint. Who knew that a painting technique associated with small children could look so fun at home? These pillows would be perfect for a living room, kids room or any room in the house where art is appreciated.
West Elm has introduced some painterly pieces this summer. Wide brush strokes and dabs of color make a pretty statement in the Painters Melamine Collection.
Diane Von Furstenberg’s new home collection is filled with painterly pieces, as well. I really like this simple Brushstroke Creamer. Just a few short brush strokes and a slight splatter of golden paint transform it into a piece of art.
And Anthropologie’s Dreamscape Mural is a prime example of the new joy of painting theme. This wallpaper is made to look as if you woke up one morning and started your very own mural project. I’m sure if you felt inspired you could add your own bit of paint and imagination to this piece.
What do you think about the new art theme in home decor? Have you spotted any painterly decor that you’d like to bring into your interior?
Tell me in the comments below.
Years ago, I landed upon one of the most beautiful blogs, My Marrakesh, and developed an online friendship with author Maryam Montague. She introduced me to Moroccan wedding blankets (I bought a gorgeous one from her years ago) and to the beauty of the Moroccan riad. In fact, it is her very own Peacock Pavilions that I want to introduce you to today. An amazing boutique hotel and home built by Maryam and her husband, Peacock Pavilions has the perfect blend of traditional Moroccan style and modern touches that make it a true gem. I hope you enjoy this house tour and from it takeaway ideas for incorporating Moroccan design in your own spaces.
The Grand Salon in the Atlas Pavilion
In the salon, pierced lanterns hang above and traditional poufs sit next to glossy Ikea chairs for a modern twist.
The Grand Salon in the Medina Pavilion
The arched entryways and tiled fireplace are standouts among the beautiful features in this living space.
Two years ago, I bought my first house just a few months after re-designing my downtown loft. Kinda stupid, huh? Especially considering all the effort and money that goes into fully executing a design properly. Whatever…at least I avoided the shoemaker’s-kids-have-no shoes cliche, not to mention what it did to my confidence for pulling off high-end looks without high-end price tags.
Of all my design projects, my loft is probably at the top of the list; it was so personal, so outside-the-box and done on an extremely tight budget. It also landed a spread in the very last issue of O at Home. My objective was to mix up my favorite design styles: space age, pop and 1970’s masculine. One magazine editor labeled it “Loft in Space” which I kinda love.
To make a bold entrance, I had a $30 Craigslist credenza professionally sprayed with urethane paint in a color called “Red Gumball” by Pittsburgh Paints. The wall was hit with the ugly stick (as in awful faux painting) so I updated it with luan painted with flat “Bitter Chocolate” paint from Behr, then hid the seams with 1X3 MDF painted the same color but in a high-gloss finish.
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
My childhood bedroom was straight out of a movie, complete with pink bedding, a frilly canopy and curio cabinets full of not-to-be touched dolls and figurines. It was lovely but not the playful, whimsical space I longed for. Oh, to be a kid now. You wouldn’t be able to extract me from that uber-cute play area with drum set. And Brian Patrick Flynn’s photo wall mural project is awesome!
Fast Fix Kids’ Rooms features 12 fabulous, fun projects perfect for toddler to teen spaces that you can knock out in a weekend…easy. (I’m going to do a twist on the dresser for my bedroom.)
Here are my favorites:
Kayla’s Inner Child Likes…
Lisbon, Spain takes its graffiti very seriously.
But rather than being a scourge to be battled and covered, they’ve embraced the public artform in a project called Crono. Made with the assumption that we are all as ephemeral as time, the project commissioned artists to paint five-story tall murals each season of the year. Catch one quick before it’s gone.
The Boundary Hotel bathroom tiles provide a “view” not often experienced while showering.
British designer Dominic Crinson creates ceramics and wall coverings with a fresh and unexpected perspective. His collections include cityscapes like the one above, as well as other stunning graphics. Have you ever considered a permanent mural in your home?
You know how Letterman, Leno and Ellen sometimes surprise their celebrity guests by rolling in D-List footage from their pasts from local commercials to tiny parts in disastrous TV pilots? Most of the time the big shots laugh it off, jump in their limos, then chuckle all the way home as drivers deliver them to the front doors of their $25 million mansions. Why should they care, right?
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment
How does this blast-from-the-past situation work in regards to professional decorators and designers? Perhaps earlier, unpolished, shot-with-a-point-and-click images evoke a nostalgic, look-how-far-I’ve-come feeling. Or, on the flipside, maybe they cheapen the refined, respected brand that took years of hard work to create and tens of thousands of dollars to have professionally photographed.
I decided to put myself to the test by sorting through dozens of totally out-of-focus, um-that-angle-is-like-totally-wrong photos. From my first 323 sq ft city apartment to the first paid job, all the way to the first published project, here’s a visual evolution from strapped-for-cash assistant to freelance kids’ room decorator to outdoor living space dude. Are these representative of my work today? Not necessarily. Do I look back and thank my lucky stars I’m not still slurping up ramen noodles and sleeping on a scratchy, second-hand polyester sleeper sofa? Hell yes.
Sherry and John Petersik are full-time bloggers with a knack for all things DIY. Meet one of their babies, Young House Love, a blog dedicated to the adventures of their first home renovation project.
We’re down to the final four — Courtland, Emily, Casey and Michael — and Vern invites the contestants to brunch at Aarón Sanchez’s Centrico. He wants them to take the morning and relax. Everyone is exhausted and so happy to indulge after all the pressure leading up to this point. I mean, I’d need some rest after being subjected to all those wall murals, am I right?
First course is a tropical fruit salad, second is huevos rancheros, third is an elegant corn tamale and fourth is rice pudding empanadas with a mango chutney. They gulp it all down while patting each other on the back. Suddenly Vern walks in with the chef. Like I’ve said before, you never want to see Vern walk in. It’s almost always bad news.
Turns out chef Aarón Sanchez has one of the biggest hits on the Food Network, Chefs vs. City. The contestants are to choose one of the dishes they’ve just devoured as inspiration for this week’s challenge: to create a dining room space. Casey chooses the tamale, Courtland goes with the empanadas, Emily chooses huevos rancheros, which means Michael is left with the fruit salad. The twist is that they have to start with a very lived-in space and must repurpose furniture and materials to create their designs. As if deriving design inspiration from the taste of a meal isn’t hard enough.
Read the rest over at the Design Star Blog
We recently featured a tour of designer Bob Richter’s NY kitchen — a space that was more museum than kitchen. Bob is back to talk about his biggest design influences and why you can’t have enough stuff in your space.
1.What inspires your designs?
I’m an old movie buff. My other dream job is to be a host on Turner Classic Movies. What I love most are the sets. Old movies are full of inspiration — breakfast room with a lovely mural, a formal wood-paneled dining room, a sophisticated living room with a grand piano and an art deco fireplace with lots of built-ins. Watch The Philadelphia Story sometime. That house is fantastic — my dream home!
2. Who are some of your favorite designers?
See Bob’s Answer