This spring I have been invited by Insight, an Interior design school in HK to talk about my work and animate a workshop about paint patinas.
It was a great experience, I really enjoyed sharing my experience with students, which aslo remind me of my years studying interior design in Paris…
I was really impressed by how quickly they picked up the technique and I loved their colour proposals.
Some of them had time to experiment with the copper leaves, thank you Insight School of Design for having me!
Insight is the only Hong Kong institution dedicated exclusively to Interior Design. This focused and specialized approach ensures a very thorough and focused curriculum. All tutors are working professionals from renowned firms so they know what real life requirements are all about.
I invite you to visite their website here
Insight 24/F, Federal Centre | 77 Sheung on street
Chai Wan – Hong Kong email@example.com | www.insightschoolhk.com Tel: 2114 2021
Michael and his children are sailors at heart! Weekends and school holidays are the opportunities to sail around the Hong Kong archipelago. The kids had gotten a virus when we talked about the theme of their room. But the theme was obvious.
Our idea for the room was one where fish would be flying and whales jumping out of the water.
The decor was mainly painted on, only the smaller elements were stickers. It was extremely fun for me to create this mural, and the kids’ enchanted and happy eyes immediately made me forget about the hard labor of the past two days that I had spent on the ladder ^^
I can’t finish this post without talking about my assistant Thomas, who tried to step into the fresh blue paint many times! What an adorable little creature! If only some of my family members weren’t allergic to cats…
Sometimes a move coincides with a new start in life or a new family reorganization. Separation, a new child; changes in family structures are often delicate and should be treated with the utmost attention.
Your interior design can help you feel better and it is with great interest that I saw this mural project being built.
The first aim of this project was to increase the emphasis on family values such as love and unity. It seemed obvious to me to work the theme of the tree. Through the symbols of strength, roots, solidity or support, the tree is placed in the living room of this family. We have accompanied it with a poem which has been treated with simplicity and copper leaf for a bright and luminous effect.
The installation of the copper leaf was a first for me, but it definitely wasn’t the last! If you’re interested I’ll post a small memo to explain the different steps for installing the metallic leaves.
Apart from the poem, which is a black sticker, this whole wall is made by hand, acrylic paint and copper leaf.
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:
For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards. We update them almost daily!
Our little ones are heading back to school and it might just be the perfect time to redecorate their room. Some of you might have already done just that but for those that are still contemplating different options, here are three rooms I designed this summer to help trigger your inspiration.
The first one is my son’s Aydan’s. He is five years old. The background was made with paint and masking tape. It is geometrical and so quite easy to draw and replicate. The stickers are from our dinosaures collection available in our e-shop right here.
The two following rooms were designed based on existing models. It is an ideal option for those wishing to do something special, yet tailor-made for their space and budget! It usually takes us no more than 7 to 10 days to come up with a design plan, which can later be followed by the installation (but not necessarily). We start by discussing the spirit of the room before deciding on the color of the background and selecting the theme of the room. So don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a house visit, designing kids’ rooms is one of my favorite parts of my job!
A background in light gray, pink and a touch of bronze for Alicia. A bold and original choice for this five years-old girl.
For her big brother Aaron, we went with a combination of grey, peacock blue and orange. We added a touch of fun and color to the gray wall using a 2.5 meters long sticker from the “Plain is boring” collection. Different lengths (up to 3 meters) are now available in our boutique to better fit your spaces and furniture.
You can find below the links to our products featured in these rooms:
Anita was looking for a special texture effect for her living room.
We started by making some samplings to define the desired effects and make sure the colors will match the furniture and fabrics.
The installation took us one and a half day for 12 square meters. I started by the grey base and added on the last layer some pink touches.
This kind of patines are very economical in paint and very green with “zero waste”!
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.
Adele is a lucky little 5 years old girl who has received for her birthday a bedroom make-over!
I’m always happy to work on girls’ room and I think that if I had a daughter her room would probably look just like this one ^^.
Adele was quite specific about what she likes. First, she asked for a little boy and girl kissing… hmmm mommy was not very ok with that and so we only kept the romantic spirit from that idea. Then she said that she likes rabbits and the moon. I love so much working from kids’ ideas, it’s so refreshing and spontaneous.
Once the concept approved, we started working on the elevations of the room and the drawing details.
This was my last project of 2014, but definitely not the least. Before ringing in the New Year, I tackled a wall decoration assignment for a new veterinary specialty hospital in Wanchai. I got really excited by my first “medical” project!
Alane asked me to spice up the space a little bit by working on a mural concept for the major wall of the clinic. She wanted to create a warm, inviting and relaxing atmosphere. So we decided to work on a vegetal and organic pattern with colours that match the neutral colour range of the clinic. We introduced touches of mint-blue-grey to create that relaxing vibe and mineral look and mixed with it yellow-ocre-earth colours to warm up the space.
I had two main constraints for this project: working on white laminated panels and using only washable and easy maintenance material. It became quickly obvious that wall stickers were our only option.
We wanted to develop some sort of tribal pattern. We found that traditional Japanese patterns were perfect for this project. We used them on a smaller scale to fill up our big shapes and bring texture to the murals.
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong 1/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Phone: +852 2408 2588 http://vsh.com.hk/en/
We have ended this third and final week of training in Paris with the same sense of excitement and wonder that we have been feeling since day one.
During this final week, we worked on metallic patinas and rust-like effects using this time acrylic glazing. What a treat! I had never used before metallic pigments. It’s so beautiful and delicate…
Here are other trials of aging patinas and oxidation. This time, we worked on plasters and moldings :
We have also been working on our stone wall. There is room for improvement, so I will definitely keep working on my technique. ^^
At the end of the week, we briefly touched on another chapter of wall decoration : creative coatings. Absolutely fascinating ! Although it was only an initiation with the tools and materials on small samples, I can’t wait to put it into practice on a larger scale in Hong Kong !
Many thanks to my professors Jean Pascal and Marie for their generosity and best wishes to my talented classmates. I hope our paths cross again very soon !
It’s time for me to finally be reunited with my little boy and sweet husband who have both been so patient and encouraging. One month is a long time to be far away from these guys !