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Adele’s dreamy bedroom

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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.

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Once the concept approved, we started working on the elevations of the room and the drawing details.

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And here is Adele’s new bedroom!

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Veterinary referral hospital in Wanchai

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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.

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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.

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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/

 

 


Paris, week 3 – Patinas workshop

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…
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Here are other trials of aging patinas and oxidation. This time, we worked on plasters and moldings :
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We have also been working on our stone wall. There is room for improvement, so I will definitely keep working on my technique. ^^

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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 !
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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 !

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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 !

 


Paris, week 2 – Patinas workshop

During the second week of the workshop, we focused on the water-based glazing : the dextrin glazing.
It’s a non polluant mixture of of vinegar, water and dextrin (starch). This glazing allows you to work on your surface as long as you need, even if the paint dries. You can erase and restart easily. To fix it and work again on it without altering your base layer, you will need to varnish it with an oil-based glazing first.

This kind of painting is perfect to do the stone patinas. It gives a lot of effects. Here are some samples that I made. There is no thickness or added material, it’s super flat!

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At the end of the week, we started working on a larger panel.  We were asked to achieve two kinds of stones and a sky to review the different techniques that we saw previously. We will finish it during the third week of the workshop, I can’t wait !!

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Paris, week 1 – Patinas workshop

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It’s been a week since I started the school training in Paris and it has already changed forever the way I see a stone, a wear or a patina.
During this first week, we learned how to use properly the basic material to create a patina with paint.

In the broadest sense, a patina is the worn-out look that appears on a surface or an object with time. In this training, the patinas represent the different paint treatments used to create a texture, an effect, a worn-out appearance or specific backgrounds to recreate a wood-like and stone-like effect or even a sky!

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The patinas are very very thin. You count it in micron and it can be done with a water or an oil based glazing. During this first week, we’ve only used the oil based one so far.

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The first two days were quite tough on me because of the travel, jet lag and the very aggressive smell of the oil glazing. I had headaches at the end of the day but it was worth it!
I could spend all day looking at the shelves of the workshop: so many samples, materials and little treasures.

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For me, it is very strange to finally be able to put a name on techniques and procedures I have been using in my work, albeit instinctively. Up until now, I had never taken a proper painting class and have been an autodidact when it comes to creating a mural decor. Most of the effects I have created and gestures I have acquired are the results of endless trials and fortuitous findings. So it’s just wonderful to be able to theorize all these things!

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Here are some pictures of my first trials. Still a long road to go when I see my instructor’s samples but I truly enjoy experimenting and practicing.


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For more information about the workshop: http://www.gppf-formation.fr/formations-ipedec.php


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


DIY – green wall

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Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is  great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!

What you will need for this project:
- wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
- Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
- Staple gun
- Silicone gun and white color silicone
- Double-sided tape
- Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
- Wire and wire cutters

STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
- Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
- Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
- Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).

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STEP 2, Arranging the plants
- For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
- I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
- Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
- Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all  the wire mesh.

And there you go!

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The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.

My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!

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Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :
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DIY – tone on tone frame wall

Here is a Do-It-Yourself wall project that I thought I would share with you guys. This tone on tone frame wall will have lots of impact on walls located in hallways, staircases and entrances. It is easy to achieve and personalize.

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I actually made it in my workshop because I wanted to create a display to showcase our latest products and inspirations. Because it was mounted on a wall located by a window, I did not hesitate to use a rich color, the well-named “flamingo” by Dulux.

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I like to mix and match frames of different sizes and shapes. Another fun trick is to integrate objects to add volume to the mural. And the secret to a lively composition is to overflow the frames and vary the media. In addition to or instead of using pictures, you could showcase drawings, papers, or pieces of fabric.
For more inspiration, visit our pinterest board “FRAMES”.

In order to do this project, you will need:
- Paint (for a similar wall, count 1 liter)

– Brushes of different sizes and a paint roller
– Primer to hide any small imperfections
– Frames (here an Ikea frame Söndrum 26x35cm)
- Wooden board (here 40x50cm) and a drawing clip

– A compass for the round poster
– A silicone gun + silicone
– Nails, screws, drill
– A pack of white modeling clay  to make the flowers
– Primer paint to paint the frames and decor items

STEP 1, Prep work
- Protect your floors, baseboards and surrounding walls with a plastic tarp and masking tape.
- Apply primer to damaged areas of the wall if necessary.
- Trace the contour of the frames with a pencil on the wall to make sure your display works well in the space.
- Use a black marker to identify the spots where you will place your nails/screws.
- Shape the flowers (here we made peonies) with the modeling clay  and let them dry for a night.

TIPS: To arrange your display, you can set up all your different elements on the floor and play with different combinations until you find the one that you like best. Another way to do this is to cut out the contours of the frames on kraft paper. You can then tape the different pieces on the wall and switch them around easily!
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STEP 2, Painting
- Start by painting the 4 edges of the wall with a paint brush.
- Then you can use the paint roller to fill the inside of the wall (2-3 layers will be necessary).
- Don’t forget to keep marking the spots where you’ll place your nails in between layers of paint so they won’t disappear.
- Paint the frames and decor elements in the same color as the wall.

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TIPS: Apply a coat of primer on your frames and decor elements to ensure a better adherence of the paint and long-lasting results.

STEP 3, The assembly
- Create a finishing contrast by adding a glossy and transparent sticker to the background (available in our e-boutique). The contrast with the matte paint will bring light and volume to the wall while the use of tone on tone ensures the homogeneity of the overall look of this display of various shapes, media and finishing touches.
- Now it’s time to raise your hammers, drills and guns and place the different elements on the wall.

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- Add a piece of double-sided adhesive tape to the center of the flower and then surround it by a layer of silicone. The tape will maintain the flower on the wall while the silicone dries out, which typically takes a few hours.
– Wait 24 to 48 hours in-between the painting and the installation of the glossy sticker.

STEP 4, Final touches
- Add touches of paint around the nails, screws and the silicone for a cleaner look.
- And for those not afraid to try, make your drawings spill out of their frames by scribbling on the wall!
And there you go ^^
Over to you and don’t forget to send us pictures of your display!

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Photo sources: Marguerite & Gribouilli – centsationalgirl.com via pinterest


A piece of my home, the entrance

If you live in Hong Kong you will have, in the coming weeks, plenty of time to take care of your indoors. You know it! Rainy season has definitely started.

I took advantage of the bad weather this week-end to redecorate our entrance, a project that has been on the back burner for over two years. In this space, we have been using a set from Ikea’s BESTA collection, which is conveniently modular.  I like the pure lines and the glossy finish of the furniture, which gives it a very smooth look.

With that being said, I still wanted to add to it my own personal touch. And so all of a sudden this long overdue project became in the morning a matter of emergency that had to be finished before the end of the day!

And so a few brush strokes and hammer blows later, we were able to enjoy our new entrance.

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Redecorating the space meant adding a splash of color to the walls and the furniture. We first started by painting a large streak on the main wall, a quick and easy task my little assistant helped with.

Then, instead of using regular frames, I attached family photos to a rope and taped some directly to the wall using washi tape. I also hung a large world map canvas from the M&G collection (available here). I like the playfulness this canvas brings to the space.

To add a touch of color both to the walls and the furniture, I used the Gros pois stickers (girl palette). And I customized the furniture doors with stickers from the Plain is boring collection, which will be available soon in our e-shop,  so stay tuned!

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Lucky 5 collection


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We are beyond excited to be unveiling today the Lucky 5 collection.  It has been a lot of fun playing with the khamsa, the traditional North African lucky charm, mixing up conservative patterns with bold graphics on a palette of mineral colors.

The collection comes on wall stickers, posters but also on mugs!
It’s an ideal housewarming gift to indulge for yourself and for others without moderation!
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Shop here the collection