Thursday, 30 May 2013

Fade-away Rooms: Ombre and dip-dye craze

If our homes could be translucent, I think we should decorate rooms with ombre painting techniques. The gradual change inherent in the dip-dye trend could not just brighten our day but make life inside a whole lot more interesting. If only the skin of our families, friends and co-workers, could also graduate from dark to light, pink to olive, yellow to black, we would see racism fade away.

1. Dress the table with this dip-dyed cloth for a perfect summery lunch; via
2. Painted stairs create the ombre effect from dark to light; via
3. Is it furniture or art or both? via
4. The new colorway, Saraille, is part of Designers Guild’s collection of Castellani Wallpapers; via via
5. Berlin-based designer Werner Aisslinger unveiled brightly coloured Bikini Wood chairs for Italian brand Moroso at Milan Furniture Fair 2013; via
6. A frilly colour-graded shower curtain from Anthropologie; via
7. Raspberry walls, sweet; via

Left: Wedding cake from Olofson Design; via Centre: Green apple ombre cake from Miso of Miso Bakes; via Right: Lavender love cake; via

1. Lavender and gray create a serene bedroom featured on House to Home magazine; via 
2. The ombre craze from Designers Guild’s dip-dye collection of wallpapers and curtain fabrics; via
3. Pretty parties fadeaway; via 
4. Ombré curtains as seen on; and via 
5. Saraille ombre-shaded wallpaper from the Castellani collection; via

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Making Murals: Graffiti Design on the Homefront

If I were to draw all over the long white western wall of my living room, I would take inspiration from the great graffiti artists from Bristol to Bondi. With a thin black marker, drawing in one continuous line, I would illustrate the details of the tropical garden just outside my window. Then on top of the vegetation, I would paint giant green cicadas smoking cigars dancing with purple care bears wearing slogan T-shirts emblazoned with the words 'Hot diggity zappo, baby, can you dig it?'

1. Meow: graffiti apartment in Copenhagen; via
2. Artist Tilt has created Panic Room inside the Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France; via
3. Shannon Crees with the artwork she painted for interior designer Melissa Collison. Photo by Marco Del Grande; via
4. Contemporary credenza with urban graffiti by Californian designer Ilan Dei; via or
5. Jon Burgerman’s Artwork Neatorama; via

Decoration for kids rooms and indoor playgrounds; via

Black and white pipe bathroom mural; via