Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 – Marsala

So the new year is upon us and many of you are already turning your minds to re-decorating for spring or freshening up your home with a new colour scheme for 2015. Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2015 as Marsala 18-1438.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_Intelligence_BannerIt seems we are certainly seeing a shift towards warmer tones for interiors in 2015. In a similar fashion Akzo Nobel’s Colour Futures team otherwise known as Dulux have heralded a warm red tone too, naming their 2015 colour of the year as Copper Orange

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We thought we’d highlight how well both of these colours compliment our Parasol Parade wallpaper which features Victorian ladies and vintage perambulators on a beautiful pearlescent finish! The design features a palette of warm nude, ‘copper’, ‘marsala’ and sepia tones so all of our lucky customers can rest easy knowing that their nursery decor is bang on trend, phew – what a relief! (jokes!)

Parasol ParadeLowParasols FullYou can purchase this and our other lovely wallpapers here.

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Bespoke Wallpaper

We’ve just completed a bespoke wallpaper for a private client and couldn’t wait to show you all. The rolls arrived today  and we did a quick photo-shoot before it goes off to the client.

The brief was to create a floral design for a bedroom in off-white and grey hues, the client wanted the design to incorporate a random pink rose here and there for a splash of bold colour, so this made the pattern repeat a pretty huge 104cm!

We’ve named this design ‘Bloom’

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If you have an enquiry about bespoke wallpaper, we welcome all commercial and residential projects and prices start from £550, please contact Kate on 07446004449 for more info.

or email studio@kateusher.co.uk

 or kate.usher@live.co.uk

 

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Lovely Lisa Congdon Art!

Although her name is familiar to me, I’ve never actually taken a good look at this talented girl’s portfolio. The American artist and illustrator has such a huge array of bright and cheery drawings paintings collages and patterns to pour over. Her work is so uplifting, here are some of my favourites….

View more of Lisa’s beautiful work and products right here

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Macaroons Wallpaper (the result)

So you may remember I posted a few months ago about a project where I was creating a bespoke wallpaper for an artisan macaroon bakery in Berlin. Well here it is…..

Inspired by 1950s pattern, pastel colours and Parisian treats I hand drew, digitally finished and printed this unique design onto a lovely pearlescent ground paper to reflect the light and add a touch of luxury.

The bakery interior has a lovely relaxed and inviting appeal, and our wallpaper adds a little something unique and special, used as a backdrop for the counter.

Visit Makroenchen Manufaktur here for more info on their Macaroons.We are now looking for similar commercial projects to work on so if you have an idea you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call Kate on 07446004449 or email studio@kateusher.co.uk.

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In Love With Ruben!

I just had to share with you all my new found love, the work of an artist I’ve been following for some time, Ruben Ireland.
I first his discovered his surreal and somewhat disturbing paintings over at Society6 ( where you can find a wealth of original, affordable art in the form of handy household items) whilst in search of a more “interesting” ipad cover than what was on offer in Currys, and have been hooked ever since.

This is surrealism, digital collage and painting at its finest. I only hope I have the pleasure of owning one before the year is out (take heed husband!) and it would have to be a really BIG print, because the quality and detail of his work is so awe inspiring it needs to be noticed! (An iphone cover would not suffice, but I wouldn’t turn it down!) My bedroom walls are crying out for Ruben Ireland!

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Macaroons!

Apologies for the long silence, I’ve been busy doing nothing! Honestly, October was a painfully slow month for business and it really got me down! But you know what they say, you wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once! In other words I have plenty of projects to keep me busy in November! And I wanted to share the most exciting one with you, I am creating a custom wallpaper design for a boutique bakery which is opening soon in Berlin. Its called Makrönchen Manufaktur and they specialise in organic, handcrafted macaroons. With flavours like ‘Honey and Lavender’ and Pistachio on the menu I may even have to take a trip there myself (we’ll call it “research”!) MMmmmmm!

Image copyright of Makrönchen Manufaktur

Watch this space for a beautiful macaroon and sweet themed wallpaper in gorgeous pastel colours! For more info on my bespoke wallpaper design services please contact kate.usher@live.co.uk. Other projects I have in the pipeline at the moment include some community art work and a range of musical greeting cards for a record label. All exciting stuff!

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Dress Print Designs for Asos

Beta Fashion Projects have been running a competition to design a collection of four dress prints for A/W to be sold by asos.com. The brief was to take inspiration from traditional wallpaper design just as the likes of Jonathan Saunders have done for their Autumn Winter 11 collections.These are my favourite pieces from his collection.

So anyway I put together a last minute application for the project and am praying my work gets shortlisted. Watch this space…..!

Here are my four designs, 3 of them are allover repeats and one is a placement dress print. I took inspiration from William Morris style flora and fauna and did a lot of hand drawings of different flowers and leaves, I then used photoshop to inject some vibrant colour into the designs and add a contemporary twist.

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