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Birdy’s first steps

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A couple of days ago, we were able to put to the test our new stencils, from the “Birdy” collection, during the “Everybody back to school” charity event organized by 513 Paint Shop.

Here are a few pictures of that wonderful afternoon!

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We’ve also tested them on fabrics, with felt pens or copper foil thanks to Elsa’s magic fingers!
As you can see, the options are endless ^^

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Now get to your brushes! I am sure you have all kinds of walls, furniture, boxes, bags, tee-shirts in your homes waiting to be customized.
The texture of the paint provided by the 513 Paint Shop was ideal for this type of activity. I highly recommend it. It also works with any type of liquid or spray paint.

The stencils will be available by tomorrow on our e-shop and as soon as next week at the 513 Paint Shop at the PMQ.
Stay tuned!

Photo sources: 513 Paint Shop – Marguerite&Gribouilli


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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TIPS:

- 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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An office in Chai Wan (4)

Hi Everyone!
Here is the 4th and final installment of my work for Newsprint Group. And this time, I want to share with you the murals.
In order to match with the industrial spirit of the space while bringing some touches of color, we decided to add large paint streaks on some strategic walls. So instead of working on detailed patterns, we privileged texture and color by creating monumental paintings.
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We selected three walls:
- the wall facing the elevators,
- the wall shared by the welcome desk and the finance department,
- and the wall of the meeting room.

Here are some picture of the final result.
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This last assignment puts an end to a year-long collaboration with the amazing Newsprint team. Many, many thanks for your trust throughout it all. It has been quite an exciting and challenging project.

If you’ve missed the previous installments:

- An office in Chai Wan 1,
- An office in Chai Wan 2,
- An office in Chai Wan 3,


The Minifab project

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I have been dying to talk to you about this particular project!
Minifab is the new distributor in Hong Kong of the Australian brands Seedling & Stuck-on-you. I was asked to develop an original design for their entrance hall and playroom/showroom/meeting room, adding fun and functional furniture and wall art.
Minifab is not just a toy store, it is also a creativity laboratory for children. A space where they will be inspired to let their imagination loose. And with that in mind, we decided to adopt the “collage” technique as a graphic base.

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Here is the before pictures:
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And here is the final result:
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The playroom will host different events, from birthdays to handicrafts workshops. We therefore created modular furniture, allowing a variety of configurations according to the number of participants and their ages.

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I would like to thank all the members of the Minifab team who have been amazing throughout this process and very welcoming during the setup. Special thanks go to Jenny & Ellen with whom I had worked last year on a few design projects. It was an absolute bliss to collaborate with both of you again.

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Tips: Half painted walls

Painting a wall half way up is sometimes the best way to bring a touch of color in a room, without jeopardizing the space. Especially in HK where the size of the rooms can be an issue…

Fully committing to a color on all four walls of a small room can definitely make it look…well….even smaller. Whereas, half painted walls will open up the space and give you more perspective while introducing the little touch of color that your room needs.  It will also highlight your furniture as it adds a great color contrast.

There are many ways to do it, but the golden rule is to avoid painting exactly down the middle of the wall! It just does not look really good. In fact, it is the height of your ceiling that will help you determine the separation line. The higher the ceiling, the larger the painted area could be. And why not having fun with stickers, frames or garlands. The choices are endless.

Below, a few options I really like:

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sources: hey yellow cat, plenty colour.com, cubic refugee tumblr, vtwonem, deco-cool, war by parker class trip pinterest.