I recently had the opportunity to work on two wall projects quite similar to each other in terms of technique.
Both are in shades of grey but with bases of different colours (one has a grey base and the other has a white base) and both have a gradient effect.
The gradient is quite trendy at the moment, the return of the 70s in fashion and decoration in recent seasons is certainly responsible for the trend.
Gradients increase the impression of space by “stretching” the colour.
The effect obtained is light. The gradient brings colour without saturating the room.
I find the effect very interesting although technically more difficult to do than an ordinary texture effect.
I invite you to reread the article “Half painted walls” which explains the kind of effect.
My clients are still in the “moving in” phase, I hope to show you photos with the furniture and decoration very soon.
I recently worked for a family that has gone through one of those difficult challenges that life throws at you.
My job was to work on the main wall in the living room of the house in order to bring a new harmony and dynamic.
The space was too monochrome and masculine, so we chose to work with pink to rebalance the colour perception and the masculine / feminine balance of the room.
It is still surprising to me, despite years spent in this trade, to see how a simple wall in a specific colour can reenergise a space.
I wish this family a wonderful new start and I hope that my little intervention will have contributed to them feeling better in their new home.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.