Warning: this is not your Grandmother’s wallpaper. Recently a few of these images have been floating around the web, so I followed them back to their source to find an incredible custom wallpaper design studio called Black Crow Studios. They specialize in creating modern, large-scale murals that differ from typical wallpaper in that you don’t see a real repeat. They have a diverse and impressive collection, but I’m especially smitten with their watercolor series. It’s not for every room [or every house], but it’s a refreshingly updated way to make an interior space more dynamic. And yet another example of how digital printing is taking over our world. Rejoice! Check out their site to see the rest of this series and more.
I love the internet for its global participation, the chance to laugh, discuss and share things with people all over the world. I also know the little gasp of recognition when seeing something representative of your own home town or identity. I fondly remember the little personalized name labels that were sewn onto school clothing and personalized greeting cards. Personalized bedroom door signs have been around for some time, too. More recently, large letters have adorned the walls and dressers of styled rooms. Coca-Cola Australia recently launched personalized bottles and cans via Facebook, using its researched 150 most popular names. Aaryn and I missed out! I’d be outraged if I actually drank the product.
A current interior design trend I’m loving is typography; fabric printed with names, geographical and personal. British Route Sign Designs uses British bus routes as its inspiration for fabrics (but the company is based in Oregon!). The fabric can be sold individually or already wonderfully applied to furniture and pillows. You can also have your own fabric personalized at Spoonflower. The site gives a welcome ‘how to’ guide on how to get your fabric produced from concept to preview to completion. And here is one blogger’s guide to how she created fabric with her baby daughter’s name using Spoonflower.
It’s evident that the fashion world has gone bonkers for prints lately, but it seems interior design isn’t far behind. Certain decorating techniques are more obvious and time-tested; wallpaper, throw pillows and fine china. Other examples are a little more unique, or perhaps labor intensive – such as custom wall decals or a d.i.y. fabric headboard. You can add print to your home in small touches or by the roomful, even mixing new elements with upcycled. For those who like their interiors affordable and not-so labor intensive, you may want to take note of the highly anticipated Missoni for Target collection hitting stores September 13th. With over 400 items offered in Missoni’s signature patterns it is now that much easier to bring a bit more pattern into your home.