Category Archives: Inspirations

All about wall paper

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Wallpaper was invented in China in the year 105 by Cai Lun. The invention of the first bamboo paper was in order to line wall screens and partitions with delicate drawings similar to those of porcelain.
Introduced in the 15th century in Europe by Dutch travellers, the wallpaper has won the acclaim in France and Great Britain throughout the 18th century.
The wallpaper has allowed the democratisation of wall ornamentation that was previously painted or woven. Its development is inseparable from the evolution of printing techniques, from etching wooden bits (dominoes) to current laser etching technologies.
In recent years, wallpaper has come back in style, many big fashion houses and designers have gotten on the wallpaper train. These designers and fashion houses have delivered us very modern and surprising versions of painted paper.

TOXICITY
I am often asked if it is toxic and adapted to child-friendly spaces. Future mums are sometimes reluctant to use it in the nursery because of the glue that is used beneath wallpaper.
Wallpaper like other products have different ranges and categories, each with their advantages and disadvantages …

- The adhesive used for wallpaper consists of starch and cellulose, it is not is not toxic but there may be chemical additives (for thickening, accelerated drying or preservatives).
Check the components of the products used, there are many of these products on the market. That said, the so-called ‘clean’ glues have a bad reputation of not sticking well …

- The wallpapers that are covered with a vinyl or plastic film are easy to clean and can prevent the proliferation of mites and the growth of mould. However this plastic film can emit dangerous chemical fumes for people who are at risk.
These papers are polluting during the production process and cannot be recycled.

- Non-coated wallpapers are less toxic but must be regularly brushed or vacuumed to prevent mould and house dust mites. You should avoid installing it in a room with humidity or without sunshine. These are recyclable and some are made from recycled paper (partially or completely). They are often more expensive and rarer to find.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Wallpaper doesn’t have any regulations to date, wallpaper eco-label.
Wallpaper is quite a polluting product, it contributes to deforestation, contains chlorine, heavy metals (inks) and rejects during its production, volatile organic compounds.
If you have the desire to preserve the planet and the environment, some manufacturers are now marketing wallpaper containing significant proportions of recycled paper, or made entirely of recycled paper.
These wallpapers can come from fairly managed forests, or made with low power consumption by using recycled paper: The inks are then integrated without solvent and are water based.

Personally, I prefer to use wallpaper in the living and dining room or other public spaces rather than bedrooms. For the latter, I recommend a decor painting and / or stickers (adhesive surface on stickers will always be lesser than the one for wallpaper).

Recently I had the opportunity to create a paper-like product paints for the Petit Bazaar stores. It wasn’t wallpaper, it was a large vinyl sticker poster.
The result is very satisfactory and was a lot cheaper than wallpaper for a small series production. Here is the matte finish but it is also available in glossy finish.

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Here is a selection of quite exceptional wallpaper, you will find more on our Pinterest board “wall paper”.

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Image sources: Brian Mc D | Rifle paper Co | Bien fait Paris | Mini Rodini Wall Paper | Hupty Dupty room


Dear Fall

Fall is really here and we are finally enjoying its cool weather. The air becomes dry and the night regains its silence with all the air conditioning units turned off. A great happiness and probably my favorite season.

Fall also coincides with that time of the year when we suddenly crave change. Change of colors and materials. This year,  I am particularly fond of carmine reds, grey and powder pink. The light pink, although already trendy this past summer, continues to claim the spotlight in fashion and interior design.

Here is a little selection of images that inspire me this year:

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For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards. We update them almost daily!

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Image sources: zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com | knitpicks.com | mechantdesign.blogspot.fr  | myscandinavianhome.blogspot.fr | asleyg on flickr.com | Marguerite & Gribouilli | anmutig.com | anika starmer | puredeco.com | E. gilman design on society6.com | pinterest


Color me pink! (free digital wallpapers)

New color obsession……. light pink! We love mixing it with cobalt blue, orange or simply match it with the softness of grey.

Here are 3 screen wallpapers for your computers, I hope you will like these little treats!

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For more pink inspiration, have a look at our new PINK pinboard:

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Important notes:
This template is free for personal use only, not for commercial use. You can download as many as you like for yourself or as a gift to someone, but you are not allowed to sell this artwork in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form.

If you’d like to share some images of this post, on Pinterest, social media, in a blog post…  Please feel free to use some images, but please credit and link back to this page. Please do not distribute it from your website and please do not link directly to the file- instead, please link back to this page.
Thank you very much!


3 days in Singapore

I just came back from Singapore where I went to visit the Asian edition of Maison & Objets.
It was a very nice trip in the relaxing city of Singapore, strolling aroung and breathing fresh air for 3 days.
I was really impressed by the greenery, even if I was warned, still.. trees make you silent and feel very small!
I didn’t enjoy the fair much, it was small and quite serious… I was hoping to meet more Asian based designers but I guess the booth prices were too high for emerging talents.
However, I truly enjoyed the city and its parks. It’s a very colorful, cosmopolitan and easy going city.

Here are a few pics that will probably inspire me in my futur projects.

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More green!

We need more green and the 2015 trends confirm this!
Shelves, trolleys, lighting fixtures, random objects or even bathtubs… To my delight, plants are everywhere.
Plants represent for me an endless source of inspiration and you may find them in my designs. They have the ability to immediately brighten up and bring life to any space.Use them, with excess! It’s never enough.

I have included below a selection of pictures that inspired me. More to be found on our Pinterest board “green”

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Image sources: loose leaf & Planthunter on designfiles.net, monroseechoes.tumblr.com, lapetitecabochonne.tumblr.com, ELLE Decoration, Happyinteriorblog.com, Palm by studiopepe on trendland.com


Gold therapy

During these bleak times, a little color therapy would do us good! Between the Ebola epidemic, the wars, the crashes, invasions, genocides and so on…living in the golden bubble that Hong Kong is , you realize day after day how lucky we are to be in such a safe and stable environment.

So just for a while, just in the time it takes to share with you these few lines, let’s indulge ourselves in the richness ans splendor of gold. In Asia, it is said to be a mineral light, sign of perfection. With its perfect light, gold will thenceforth be used to symbolize perfect beings. Buddha is therefore often covered in gold. Its sight warms the heart and the spirit. We feel secure in a golden environment because it reflects material abundance.

In design, we rarely use gold on its own because it can quickly become oppressive. Ideally, gold is used to add a glow, a sparkle to a space. It generally goes well with all the other colors: I find the association with coral, pink, blue-green or peacock blue very interesting because it gives it a modern twist. Black, brown and white colors will be used for a more classic look.

Here is a little selection from our Pinterest page.

Wishing you a beautiful week

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Photo sources: Gilded wallpaper, www.ruffledpaper.com , www.ohhellofriendblog.com , Astier de Villate – photo by Garance Dore, www.roxannestellmacher.com , www.ohsuzeq.tumblr.com, www.casasugar.com


Wall storage

Hello hello!

It has been a while since I have last published an article about my latest inspirations or any post for that matter! The past days have been rather hectic. I have been working on several projects and already making plans for September. It is going to be very special! I will tell you more about it very soon…

Before we dive into today’s inspiration board, a quick feedback on the sale we organized last week. Thank you so much to everybody who made it (or has tried to ^^). We have been able to raise enough funds to finance two large deliveries. I had not organized a sale in a long time and it was so much fun to move out of the e-shop format and get to meet people. You can check out pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

Well, today I want to talk to you about wall storage and how it can be creative and functional at the same time. From a simple shelf to an unusual object, the options are endless.

Here is a little selection that I hope will inspire you:

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Creative design is at its best when everyday objects serve other purposes. And that’s how milk crates, pipes and even wire baskets can be used as wall storage. When recycling meets creative design…
For even more inspiring pictures, take a moment to visit our “wall storage” board on Pinterest.
Have a great week end!

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Photo sources:101woonideen.nl, keltainentalorannalla.blogspot, homelife.com.au, mariemersier.com, fromscandinaviawithlove.tumblr.com, newzelanddesignblog.com, suitupordie.com, bleubirdblog.com


Save the date – “Lucky 5″ collection

I am very excited to announce the coming launch of a new line of “lucky 5″ mugs, stickers and posters by Marguerite&Gribouilli.

The idea came about at the end of last year, after I came back from a trip to Morocco, the country where I grew up. As I was enjoying the sunny weather, heart-warming cuisine and local crafts markets, I started thinking about the Moroccan graphics. Moroccan art has a lot to offer in terms of intricate and elaborate patterns. But I realized that the local craftsmanship had seen very few changes. As if these traditional patterns were almost sacred.

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Back in Hong Kong, I moved into my new office and was looking for a good luck charm to hang by the door. Since I moved to Hong Kong seven years ago, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of the good luck charms in the Chinese culture. And so in order to embrace the ways of my host country, I decided to revisit one of the oldest talismans in Moroccan culture, the khamsa (which literally means five, as in five fingers of the hand). This very ancient symbol is known to ward off bad fortune.
I had a lot of fun playing with different color combinations and mixing up the patterns. The resulting design has inspired a collection of posters, stickers and mugs which will be available on the online store on the 25th of March!

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A hint of black

Throughout all my projects, I have often noticed the parents’ reluctance to use black in their children’s room.

Black is usually associated with mourning, bad luck and other somber themes but it is also the color of profoundness, elegance, simplicity and eternal chic.

This color has the ability to instantly give a sense of order and a graphic aspect to any space.

Hints of black won’t disturb the cheerfulness of a child’s room. It will rather add a breath of fresh air to these rooms, often saturated with colors found in toys, drawings, etc.

Here is a selection of pictures that I found quite inspiring. I hope it will reconcile some of you with this color. Keep it in mind next time you decorate for your kids!

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More pictures on our pinterest board.

Photo sources: INdieMoon, ForeverLove.com, verycoolphotoblog.com, Deco Peques, Kotipalapeli, everything emily, pinterest, Marguerite&Gribouilli