Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Beautiful Mural Artist

I was contacted recently by Allison Cosmos, an experienced mural artist whose portfolio is rich in beautiful residential work (her bio says she also works in commercial settings.) With 14 years of experience, Allison brings a wonderful sense of color, taste, and refinement to her projects. I love how she draws inspiration from playful fabric motifs and expands them by adding original animals, scenes, or other ornament where appropriate. Here are just a couple of my favorite images from her portfolio.

This toile-inspired imagery is based on the style of a Scalamandre pattern used elsewhere in the room. How wonderful for a child's room, or even a powder room or dining room!

This elegant scrollwork would look equally suitable in a dressing room or a dining room. (Click any of the photos for enlarged images.)

I absolutely love the stained pattern on this floor. This is something I've always wanted to do for a client but haven't found the right project yet. Now I know who can help when it comes up! I even love the variety of cross forms occupying the centers of the octagons.

Believe it or not, this is an entry door. Damask patterns seem to be everywhere these days, but this is actually one application I haven't come across until now. The contrast of the raspberry and white are so striking against the gray wall and the green daybed. Love!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shabby Chic - It' Still Here

The NY Times today posted this article about the return of Shabby Chic. After some ups and downs including bankruptcy, it has gotten a new life and is reopening three flagship stores (New York, Santa Monica, and London.)

The company is 20 years old and was born during the last recession, in 1989. It grew in popularity as people reacted against the strong, geometric design of the '80s and began to crave more comforting surroundings at home. I can see how that would be the case now as well, but I think the overscaled, purposefully sloppy slipcover look is a bit outdated.

Also, the article points out that Shabby Chic as a concept became so pervasive that the flea market look is now routinely mixed in throughout a whole host of retailers' lines, no longer being exclusive to this brand. By its very nature, this weathered, antique-y aesthetic doesn't lend itself to exclusive ownership by one retailer as it is supposed to approximate a collected, eclectic look. I hope Shabby Chic has some more design tricks up its sleeve. I look forward to seeing how they perform in this market.