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THE ART OF DRESSING THE WALLS

Get inspired by these spectacular wallpapers & wall decals which will lighten up any wall and as a bonus they are super easy to install and remove without hassle.

Imagine if you could bring your wildest home decor dreams into a reality in a way that is just super easy, reasonably priced within your means and most importantly not a permanent solution to your too easy to get bored walls. Let it be a rent house or your own place, dressing a wall after few months because you are redecorating is a daunting task.  Instead imagine if you can get a solution that is not permanent and you don’t have to worry about changing your mind tomorrow. I have recently discovered the amazing and super creative Rocky mountain wall decals, their designs are something you don’t want to miss because they sustainable, easy to install with high quality wall fabrics and will not damage the walls or leave any mark or stain.

Shout out to the amazing super talented photographer @oh.eight.oh.nine for these amazing pictures.

In addition, they are environment friendly and non-toxic you can keep them as long as you want from one year to 100 years (isn’t that amazing). To be honest whenever one is thinking about choosing a wall dressing the thought that first comes to mind is about that it might leave lasting marks on the walls.

Well, fear no more, with Rocky mountain decals you can peel the decals easily without leaving marks and they are super easy to install no professional installation is needed.

Let it be a funky and bold colourful wall decal for your little one’s room or May be a pastel shade print for your working space. They a vast variety of designs to choose from and are an easy way to add style and an oomph factor to your bedroom, office, Kitchen or your child nursery and more. You can just peel them off when you need to change your walls next time. They are commitment free and a best alternative to the traditional wallpapers in market.

Let’s talk about the creative minds behind these amazing easy to peel wall decals, Rocky mountain wall decals is a family owned business. All their products including wall decals and wall papers are hand made in their studio. They are carefully crafted from an extremely high-quality wall fabric. They started off as a husband and wife and now they have a team of mighty talented 4 women who are making these amazing all decals and wall papers.

All the wallpapers and decals are all handmade in their studio and are printed to order for customers and they take pride in their commitment free, environmentally friendly solution for wall dressing. Which are perfect to create an accent wall in any room of your home. The designers specialize in creating fun, super funky and bold design for everyone choice.

As the Pantone colours of the seasons are cotton candy pink and mint green, do take a look at the gallery to get inspired by their beautiful collections of wall decals and wallpapers to choose from. They incorporate the hot trendy colours from the season so that you can stay allied with the newest trends in interior decor.

If you adored these amazing wall decals as much as we did, then get ready for a whole new world of options and a whole new look for your home. Thankfully Rocky Mountain wall decals are amazing and can jazz up any décor.

We’re definitely on board and if you are as excited as we are, do leave a comment below and let us know.

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10 Artists to Follow on Instagram to Beautify Your House

Whether you’re planning to splash some art in your home or simply want to brush up on your cultural knowledge when showing off art pieces at your house gathering.

Ready for some inspiration? Here are some incredible and insanely accomplished artists with their one of a kind art pieces you can adorn your home with.

As millennials with access to the internet, we all have been guilty of scrolling through endless pictures of beautiful homes on a lazy Sunday. As someone perpetually on the lookout for inspirations for interiors and home decor, aim is to find art pieces that not only makes your house or apartment aesthetically appealing, but warm and welcoming too.

Instagram is one of the go-to social media platforms for inspirational content. Besides beauty, travel, and fashion, users can get inspired by artists and design influencers and it’s a platform where you will get to know contemporary art and its creators. Thankfully, there are plenty of amazing designers and artists out there to provide some much-needed inspiration, and many of them have opted to use Instagram as a place to catalogue their portfolio of work. Decor ideas can come from anywhere — and if you’re someone who’s looking for more inspiration. I’ve curated a group of 10 super-talented artists specialising in a range of disciplines.

 

1 @DIANEHILLDESIGN

Hand painted interior art and wall coverings creator

Get ready to swoon over Diane Hill wall art murals. This artist is all about fresh takes on all things sleek, modern, and functional Far-Eastern art and ancient technique, yet she tastefully adapts classic designs to suit modern interiors.

Diane Hill is a highly skilled painter, creating unique designs for interior surfaces. Her art pieces make impressive plays with texture and shine. She has a wealth of expertise in mural painting, repairs and alterations, having travelled globally to paint in some of the world’s finest interiors. It’s safe to say, Diane Hill art murals are paving her way to the top.

Her art pieces and hand painted wall coverings are the perfect way to create a statement and talking point in your room, and if your aim is to create the ‘wow’ factor this artist is your answer.

2 @VILLANAART

A Mexican yarn, textile and street art creator

Bold, bright, and beautiful — that’s how one sees Victoria Villasana’s creations. Her use of colour and texture bring the spice of life right into your home.

Victoria Villasana is a Mexican yarn artist but her work is inspired from different cultures. Her art is often described as a “symbiosis of cultures.” Her trademark pieces, portraits embellished with yarn and pasted up on London streets, mix indigenous Mexican and western art and deliver a healthy dose of rebellious femininity.

The dynamism in her work also derives from the way the yarn is left uncut, bleeding over the ages of the pages, far below the frame giving a surreal aesthetic.

Her creation has taste full of charm, elegance, and whimsy with a dose of bold rebellion. This is part of what makes her special and the reason why I adore her art.

 

3 @SKAYNEDESIGNS

Paper collage artist

Sharlene Kayne, the dazzling artist behind Skynedesigns,  is one of the contemporary paper collage artists that turn paper to life.

She is the epitome of eclectic yet all-time classic. Her paper collage work is a handy creative process of putting together her aesthetic brings us a cool mix of modern art with sleek and classic vintage styles. The art world is definitely taking notice of her creation of Frida Kahlo paintings. Sharlene is fast becoming a fixture in art and home décor. This collage artist has earned our love. I think you will also like her pieces that can lighten up any interior space by their originality and classic yet contemporary style.

4 @_JUJUJUST_

A textile, weaving and embroidery artist

Welcome to Judit’s dreamy weaves. Judit Just is a textile artist raised and born in Barcelona, Spain, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she develops her textile’s brand, known by Jujujust. She studied fashion design, sculpture and textile art, where she specialized in weaving and embroidery. Interestingly, her passion with weaving began in childhood watching her mom. Her involvement with it led her to immerse herself in the world of weaving and textiles. She takes some old weaving techniques and gives it a twist using vibrant colour combinations and a bunch of beautiful vintage threads.

Judit’s style is distinctly modern and minimal while maintaining a warm and intimate feel. Her art creates spaces look cozy and it gave a room a homey feeling, so cozy that you may just never want to leave. Get swept away with Judit and her divine art work at Jujujust.

5 @ALICIASCARDETTA

Weaving and wrapping artist

Alicia Scardetta is the decor enthusiast’s answer to minimalistic, Scandinavian inspired wild weft as she referred to her art. She is a Brooklyn-based, Texas born artist.

Alicia’s work is largely comprised of one-of-a-kind woven wall pieces that explore the structural variables of tapestry weaving. The vibrant colours, wrapped elements and unexpected compositions found in her work are largely drawn from objects associated with girlhood; including friendship bracelets, jump ropes and hair braids. She truly takes modern and practical design to heart. Her unique style have us hooked up. By weaving these elements associated with her personal memories and identity into her work, Alicia achieves a unique, playful quality with every piece.

Her design inspirations and at-home stylings make us glad for it. Check it out for your bit of Alicia Scardetta.

6 @FLOSSANDMISCHIEF

Award winning needlework designer

What do you get when you mix a stellar needle work designer and blogger in one — Genevieve Brading and her brainchild Floss & Mischief. Floss & Mischief is a home decorator and art aficionado’s paradise. It features everything from elegant stitches, colour inspirations to workshops about stitching experience tips and trends.

Floss & Mischief believe in the soothing power of stitch, and creating something colourful complex and elegant at the same time. Floss & Mischief put a modern twist on needlework. Their art pieces of beautifully stitched butterflies, beetles and other taxidermy elements.

Along with her blog, she also maintains a workshop where she sells self-designed print images.

Floss & Mischief offers a little something for everyone, featuring an assortment of cross stich wall art for every tastes and styles. With its broad appeal, it’s no surprise that Floss & Mischief is an award-winning designer. Can’t get enough of Floss & Mischief? Get more of a feel for Genevieve’s needlework with a twist at Floss & Mischief.

7 @FLORCHEDUFAU

Argentine wall mural artist

Main advantages of the murals are the attractive charm of going beyond the wall.

Flor Chedufau is the mind behind @florchedufau.  Her aesthetic wall mural centres on crisp neutrals with pops of muted colourful flowers and leafy greens in all shades.

Painted or on paper, the murals make reality the fantasy of being part of a scene that surrounds us, as if we were inside a movie.

Exotic jungles with mysteries to explore, surrealist compositions that make us daydream; that painting that fascinates us and that we can contemplate at any time or an exuberant foliage that defies the physical limits of an environment are some of the possibilities offered by these unique works of art that transform everyday life.

This wall mural trend also reaches the commercial premises, after rocking residential areas, which gain value and impact with exclusive works that overflow the walls and also the ceilings. They are perfect if you want to spruce things up in your house.

We can’t wait to see where the artist has stored for us next in her upcoming website.

8 @MARYANNEMOODIE

Creative weave artist

Weaver Fever as it says on her Instagram

Maryannemoodie brings new meaning to the phrase funky and rustic charm. Creator, Maryanne Young, focuses on bringing us “modern funky weave pieces” for our everyday dull interior spaces.

She does just that with her effortless use of weaves, perfectly aged yarn, and threads. All of her elements work together invoking a look that is distinctly past, present, and future all its own. According to her she always loved textiles and woven pieces, for her, have that extra something. The colour and the texture, the way they come out at you away from the wall and beg to be patted and touched. The endless possibilities. Each piece has its own personality.
In today’s millennial fast era, it is such a breath of life to be able to look at art pieces that are so beautifully crafted, that they simply must be filled with good vibrations.

Needless to say, we’re big fans. But don’t just take it from us, followers rave over Maryanne’s work too.

9 @KELLYKOZMA

Fibre & mixed media artist

If you want something funky, colourful fantasy yet elegant Kelly Kozma is your girl.

Her art work aesthetic is zippy, fresh, and unexpected. Her style seamlessly blends creamy neutrals and fun pops of color in a creative abstract way.

Her art work is brightly coloured, pattern driven imagery of abstracted worlds. The geometric and geographical forms being used are often reminiscent of this earth but seemingly exist elsewhere.

The techniques combined are hand embroidery, drawing and painting, which breathes a contemporary life into traditional craft. With each meticulous stitch an intimacy generates between the work and myself and an excitement builds as a flat sheet of paper transforms into a textile-based piece.

Truly Kelly Kozma’s artwork has taken us by storm, with her work on a number of high-profile commercial collaborations.

10 @MARYMAKERSTUDIO

Macramé rope & fibre artist

Mary Maker Studio is one of our favourite Macramé rope and fibre artist.

In true Scandinavian style, Mary Maker Studio makes use of organic materials for an interestingly juxtaposed aesthetically beautiful piece of art.

Mary Maker Studio was founded in Kiama NSW, Australia by Artist Brydie Stewart, born out of her love for home interiors, rich textural mediums and the belief that art can transform and enliven a space.

Each fibre creation is carefully crafted by hand and designed with the concept of bringing energy, warmth and conversation to your space. Brydie has spent decades sourcing exquisite and bespoke materials to weave into her works as she aims to give people a full sensory experience when experiencing them, the want to reach out, to feel and connect with her works is common, and a definite must.

Brydie Stewart’s point of view is both sophisticated and simple, luscious and bare, hard and soft. In many ways, her artwork is like the exquisite and bespoke world that will lighten up any space. You will find Brydie’s work captures a little bit of soul and a whole lot of life. Art and the ability to create and connect, means everything to her. Do let us know what you think of her collection.

 

We’d also like to hear your recommendations! Is there anyone you love and think we should be following? Let us know in the comments below! We are always on the hunt for our latest home decor obsession.

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How to Design your Workspace to Increase your Creativity

Admit it – whose work environment features boring, colourless walls, cheap furniture, a boring desk and lamp. If you’re raising your hand – you’re not alone. Workspaces should be inspirational and generate enthusiasm for creativity and new ideas yet most people ignore a space most of us spend up to 10 hours a day working in.

Whether your studio, office, workshop or atelier is big or small, it’s all about how you design and organise your space. To keep yourself motivated, you need to create the right environment, especially if you are an artist, maker, designer, freelancer or consultant who works from home.

Workspace design for creativity is not a luxury, it is essential. This is my guide to help redesign your workspace into an inspired, productive space.

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  1. Add more plants and give your workspace a living vibe

There is no easier nor better way to breathe life to your workspace. Flowers and plants have great psychological and physical benefits. Studies have proved that people who work in a natural breathing environment within their offices are more productive than those without. Being surrounded by nature can make people happier, kinder, and more creative.

You can add plants to your workshop in a creative way (hanging from ceiling or from the walls, on shelves, quirky DIY pots over your worktable, incorporating a living wall, placing them on a beautiful bench, etc.).

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  1. Bring more Zen into your work day

A cluttered space can result in haphazard workflows, for example misplaced documents and a lack of ability to focus because everything is fighting for your attention. Lack of organization can sometimes mean lack of efficiency. However, Imagine a workplace exemplified by peace, calm, tranquility and focus, embracing Zen principles.

How?

  • Keep your office desk setup organised
  • Use light colours for your furniture and walls.
  • Get inspired with Motivational Prints
  • Subtle changes in our environment can play a big role in shaping our focus levels. Get your brain at its peak productivity state with the right lighting, brain-wave stimulating sounds and fresh scents. Harness the power of aromatherapy by using scents to calm your mind and relieve stress.

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  1. Show creativity through artistic expressions

The more you love your workspace’s design, the more energised and inspired you will feel when you get to work each day. Art gives new ideas and can often be inspirational. Try to add paintings, pottery, drawing, photography, sculptures, mixed-media projects or macramé into your workspace. The more texture you use, the better the creative vibe.

Exhibit your own work or the materials you daily use as a piece of art. Display your art, products or DIY projects all over the room in a creative way. It will give you a sense of reward and achievement.

Design your space to trigger moments of joy, or surprise, or ritual.

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  1. Furniture can also boost your creativity

Furniture is the central piece of a workspace. From my point of view, I would use one of these two very different options: vintage wooden and industrial furniture or modern minimalist style.

Keep an antique natural wooden chair, desk, or table in your workspace as a celebration of craftsmanship.

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  1. Become creative with your walls

Some may think “who cares what the walls of the workshop look like?”. But walls are a great way to show off creativity. Scuffed, dingy walls appear dull and depressing. If your workspace area is wide, then you can play with different colours by using bright and dark shades. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Consider a beautiful collection of cool objects, blackboards or botanical wallpapers. If your working studio is narrow and congested, then paint the wall in bright white. Your working area will feel larger and airy. When natural light hits the glossy white paint, space will look brighter.

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  1. Add pieces from your Travel Adventures

We love travelling to different places around the world, and we came across different cultures and traditions which pass from generation to generation. And using cultural artifacts are a fantastic way to immediately brighten up your workspace with a bohemian vibe. During your travels, you may come across different kinds of exotic baskets or rugs, ideal for decorating your workspace. Vintage carpets can add so much character and texture. You can also use mirrors of different kinds, flower bases and other craft elements to give your workspace a boho touch.

 

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  1. Your floors can also go creative… Tiles are on trend

Just like home, tiles in the workspace are also on trend. Whether the tiles are of pattern or colour, they are a great way to represent your creativity. If an area of your workspace is likely to become messy or dirty, then add some tiles there as they are easy to clean. From ceramic, vinyl, stencil to porcelain, you can become creative with every variety of tiles. Be innovative: Cover some areas with tiles and others with wooden boards.

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  1. Natural Lighting brings more productivity than lamps

If your workspace is cold and dark, then there’s a high propensity you might not be working productively. Temperature and lighting have a significant influence on how our brains function. To tweak your working studio, consider natural light. It makes us feel better and when it comes to designing an optimal workspace, it should always be the first choice. However, if you don’t have enough natural light, think about using decorative lamps like these unique Polish-made Pajaki chandeliers, which are made of paper pom-poms. The extremely talented Karolina Merska runs workshops to create the lamps in London.

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I hope my tips will help inspire you with ideas to decorate your workspace artistically. Our guide is not about spending more money, rather how you can repurpose modern art with the classic.

Please let us know how you would like to decorate your workspace in the comments section below. We would love to hear your ideas.

 

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How to Decorate Your Home Like a Turkish Palace

Just over two years ago, I received a late invitation from a friend asking if I wanted to accompany her to Turkey for a long weekend. Quicker than you can say Bosporus, I packed my bags and headed to the city which unites Europe and Asia, Istanbul, ready to explore its narrow souks for beguiling textiles from across the country.

That trip has since inspired a particular style of decoration which I want to share with you, combining both the ancient and the modern with fresh, travel-inspired ideas to bring Turkish flair to your home.

Istanbul has been the home to Ottoman sultans, artisans skilled in the art of Islamic miniature paintings as well as a thriving hub of design culture. The city is an endless source of inspiration for interior design lovers (as well as gourmet foodies – Turkish Delight….)

No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet ‘blue’ Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are must-see attractions and glorious monuments to Istanbul’s past. All of these locations are famous for their tiles, which brings me nicely to my first point…

1. If you want your home to stand out from the crowd and have a wow factor, consider adding the iconic floral Iznik tile decals.

Beautiful tiles are a perfect way to upgrade your home without major renovation as you can change the look of your home quickly and without too much work.

Original Turkish blue and turquoise tiles are hand painted and are suitable for bathrooms and kitchens as well as outside patios, stairs raisers and floors.

Timeless colours include electric blues, pure whites, vibrant reds, glorious turquoise and muted petrol blues.

You can find exciting tile designs that combines both the traditional and contemporary on various online shops and companies. They give your home an unusual mixture of delicate, ancient and bold graphic patterns that grab attention and provide a luxurious feel.

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I’m a huge, huge fan of colourful, bold tiles but I also know they can be pretty pricey. You don’t have to spend a fortune to completely transform a room as they also come in economical replicas in sticker form. This revolutionary method needs no time as Installation is as easy as peel and stick.

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2. Using copper accents is a great way to add instant warmth, elegance, and rustic glam to your interior. 

To get lost inside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is to immerse yourself in a sea of ​​stalls that offer all kinds of copper, brass, silver and other metal handwork. You will see ibrik sets (containers with a spout), coffee pots, ewer (vase-shaped pitchers), large decorative platters, tea sets, spa bowls, lamps and lanterns.  Copper has been on-trend for a long time and I believe it is here to stay. So let’s embrace it with Turkish character and make your interior fresh and sophisticated with a touch of exoticism.

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or just need some original accents around the house, Turkish copper pieces will add that perfect elegance.

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3. To personalise drawer and cupboard handles, add ceramic Turkish inspired knobs.

To make a house a home, finishing touches are needed.

These ceramic and porcelain flower door knobs in dark blues and beautiful whites will allow you to really express yourself as a person who likes to travel to exotic places around the world.

With their geometric designs and sophisticated blue-and-white florals they also have the power to transform a plain dresser into a stylish cabinet upgrading your bedroom furniture.

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4. Brighten a dark room, add zest to a cold apartment or divide an open-plan space with an exquisite Oushak carpet.

They are highly sophisticated and decorative rugs that come in gentle colours, great for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Oushak rugs, originally in the small town of Oushak (today south of Istanbul), have been greatly influenced by Persian designs.

Today, Oushak rugs are highly desirable and decorative for elegant room settings as they are soft and luxurious. Also a great option as tapestries on walls.

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5. Turkish Chandeliers – Ceiling and Table Lamps elaborate in mosaic are perfect for brightening any space with a bohemian touch.

Istanbul is the center of Turkish glass making, a tradition that has materialised into one of the most beautiful Ottoman arts.

These lamps are made by artisans who have inherited the technique of hand-cut coloured glass, a skill that is centuries old in Turkey.

If you are traveling to Istanbul,  one of the best places to buy them is at the Grand Bazaar as they have a large variety of designs and colours. But if you are ready for a new, enjoyable experience, I recommend asking at the tourist office for Turkish lamp workshops, where they teach you how to make one.

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Hope you had enjoyed these Istanbul-inspired Interior Décor and Design Ideas. With so many options to choose from, you can easily add a splash of Ottoman influence to your home without breaking the bank or completely changing your interiors. It has modular influences, which means you can keep adding touches over the years to ensure your home continues to evolve alongside your travels.

Please share your ideas and suggestions in the comments box below. I would love to hear from you.

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Add a Mexican flair to your home

As a Latino living in northern Europe, I long for the balmy, tropical nights of Central and South America, spending hours on the veranda with friends and family, soaking in an atmosphere full of laughter and good times. So whenever we experience a mini-heatwave in the UK, I reminisce about the good times, which also makes me think of the bright, vibrant and bold colours we love so much in Latin America.

Take Mexico – its buildings, paintings and decorations evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy usually associated with warm, summery temperatures and vast tropical coastlines.

Inspired by the biggest country in Central America, I’ve come up with six ideas to add Mexican touches to your interiors to fill your home with joy and alegría.

1- Be daring and paint a wall with bright colours such as yellow, fuchsia, orange or colder shades such as blue or green.

Bright colours add light and vitality to any room. It’s not necessary to paint an entire living room with a vivid colour, but a corner or a small wall.

Mexico unsurprisingly ranks second (after Costa Rica) on the 140-country Happy Planet Index, so the use of colours reflects their festive and playful nature.

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2- Give prominence and personality to your floors with hand-painted mosaic tiles from Talavera, Puebla.

During colonial times of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish brought their knowledge of pottery and tile making to Mexico. The country has since embraced this tradition thanks to the abundance of quality clay and its knack of producing quality earthenware.

Infuse the spirit of Mexico with highly detailed patterns and brightly coloured tiles if you want to add character to your home.

An eye-catching accent in kitchens and baths, decorative ceramic tiles are also perfect for covering the risers on a staircase or the walls of a patio. Leftover tiles can also make excellent coasters and trivets.

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3- Incorporate objects made of colourful ceramic to create a more original and fun decoration.

Ceramics are an important part of Mexican culture, its intricate hand-painted designs with striking patterns most often associated with flowers are a great addition to any home decoration.

The plants look more appealing if you use pots of vivid colours.

Bowls, plates and kitchen utensils can double up as decorative elements as well as practical crockery – they all have a place in the kitchen.

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4- Generate a warm feeling with the colourful embroidered textiles and Aztec rugs.

There are many indigenous communities that have maintained their textile traditions, from cultivating plants to produce yarns and textiles to the most delicate and intricate embroidery which come from the dense vegetation of certain parts of Mexico.  They often incorporate large flowers and animals as a central part of the embroidery. Again the colour is very important, bright and cheerful tones make family life even more cozy and homely.

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5- Decorate your walls with many small pieces and ornamented frames.

The textures within the Mexican style also incorporate ornaments with nationalist and religious motifs. Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion in Mexico, which has the second-largest Catholic population in the world.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away, and help support their spiritual journey. A common symbol of the holiday is the skull which is often represented through masks.

To reflect the folk style, use boxes housed with Virgin Marys (hand-hammered tin art), decorative crosses, sacred heart nichos with wings, a painting of Frida and other shiny and glittery ornaments on the wall.

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6- Decorate your table or corners with colourful plants and beautiful cactus.

Mexico is famously described as a land of deserts and cacti.

Found almost everywhere throughout the country, from Sonora in the north to inland Oaxaca in the south, the cactus has become an enduring symbol of the country’s reputation abroad.

The cactus comes in many hundreds of varieties, but common to all are their resilience to the intolerable desert sun and torrential rain, their gorgeous orange, red, fuchsia and yellow blooms. The agave cactus is also the foundation of that most famous Mexican drink, Tequila.

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Keen to use some of these vibrant ideas into your home?

Please share ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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PRINT & PATTERN TREND – Autumn Winter 2019

Usually, at this time of year, a flush of crocuses and daffodils poke through, adding splashes of violet and sunblush all through London’s greenspaces. This year, it’s a blanket of white as late snows bring chaos to the capital. But that’s not going to stop me thinking about spring – my favourite time of the year when everyone’s thoughts turn to the colours and trends which will make headlines over the coming months.

If you flick through images of unique, hand-made items from artisans on my Instagram account (@design.junkie), you’ll see I’m passionate and attracted to experiences, colours, shapes, silhouettes, patterns, lines, dots, textures on textiles, wallpaper, tiles… you name it, all sort of crafts and art! The love comes from my never-ending curiosity for all things new – I’m always seeking fresh and vibrant styles that inspire me every day, and I hope they will inspire you too!

Talking of inspiration, this new season brings a splash of retro creativity and trends back into fashion and I’m so excited to share three out of five print and pattern trends for Autumn Winter 2019 that my good friend Patternbank has shared with me:Kabuki’s Kingdom, American Prairie and Bright blooms – Here we can see homespun looks, prairie landscapes, Japanese theatre, gold and black, vibrant ditsy florals, liberty florals, retro blooms. YES, tones of flowers; many of you have already started to see these flowery influences on the High Street.

These three are probably my favourites print and pattern trends for Autumn Winter 2019 at the moment but I promise, I’ll talk about the other two in a future article, so stay tuned!

1- Kabuki’s Kingdom Trend

The Kabuki’s Kingdom trend is dramatic. Inspired by Japanese theatrical collections, we still see flowers but with soft colours. The Kabuki’s Kingdom trend brings together Theatrical Compilations/Decorative Pattern/Japanese Theatre/Pictorial Imagery/Stand Out Prints/Gold and Black/Embroidered Detail/Abstract Shapes. This makes me think of oriental water garden and geisha with soft eastern harp music.

Images: Patternbank

 

Images: Patternbank

2- American Prairie Trend

This trend is fresh and brings me to the calm countryside, to massive open spaces and incredible golden light of the American Mid-West but combined with the delicacy of the precious flowers and detailed stitching. Patternbank describes it as: American Prairie, mood and direction as Little House on the Prairie/Homespun Looks/America Mid-West Styling/Vintage – Patchworks/Prairie Landscapes & Florals/Autumnal Hues/American Heritage Looks Neutral Art.

Images: Patternbank

3- Bright Blooms Trend

With Bright Blooms trend, we keep the going with the floral theme but with vivid intensity! This, instantly, gives me joy with the daring contrast of a dark background mixed with this gorgeous bright summer garden touch. We can see Retro Blooms/Bright Clashes/Simple Shapes/Vintage Finds/Liberty Florals/Bold Colour Schemes/Crowded Layouts/Vibrant Ditsy Floral/Dark Ground Prints/Intense Pattern as described by @Patternbak

Images: Patternbank

 

 

It is great to see this explosion of vibrant colours and nature; but, will flowers make it to the end of 2020? Would you like to know more about rapidly evolving trends? Please share ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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The must-have indian textile to decorate your bohemian home

Access to cheap labour, materials and ready-made factories ensures India is one of the world’s mass-produced, ready-to-wear powerhouses, producing millions of pieces per day. However, it also boasts a rich crafts and textiles heritage. Artisanal fabric traditions can be traced back centuries and each region has its own unique style. The slow fashion hand made by the skilled craftsmen and ladies still thrives – you just need time to discover it. Small-scale independent craftspeople promote the traditional way of creating beautiful pieces using specialised skills passed down from generations.

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Artistic Map of India Shows the Embroidery Techniques of Its Different Regions

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Add some spark to your home with the Banjara textiles from India

The Banjara community (meaning “the wanderers of the jungle” in Sanskrit) lived originally between Afghanistan and the Indian state of Rajasthan. Nowadays they have spread all across India.

The women specialise in Lepo embroidery, which involves stitching little pieces of mirror and decorative beads onto clothes. As the result the fabrics turn into the “sea of tiny mirrors” which are very responsive to bright sunlight.

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Use Banjara fabric in your interiors for cushions.

These pillows would be especially suitable on the veranda, where direct sunlight plays with the tiny embroidered mirrors of the fabric.

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The best place to purchase these is in a busy market in Rajasthan.

Have you visited INDIA?

Where have you discovered your favourite textile finds? Please share your experiences, ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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6 Destinations in Central and South America For Traditional Textiles To Decorate Your Bohemian Home

The world is full of beautiful colours, textures and patterns; each hemisphere, continent, archipelago and country boasts an array of cultural riches which are just waiting to be discovered.

Hunting for exotic textiles in far-flung, hidden corners of the world is one of my favourite – and most rewarding – experiences; so many of my discoveries have incredible histories just waiting to be told. I feel it’s Design Junkie’s duty to amplify these stories to eager audiences.

But before I tell you a little more about how and where to find some of these treasures, let me tell you a little more about my philosophy. Design Junkie embraces unique cultures, preserving traditional methods passed on from generation to generation and creating a sustainable production environment to ensure time-honoured rituals continue to thrive in modern times. This is central to everything we do; without local support, these amazing textiles which enliven our homes would become a relic of a previous era.

So let’s explore! Let’s go to Latin America, a place which is close to my heart – I was born and brought up in Patagonia, Argentina. But before we head to the deep south, there’s treasures to discover in Central America…

1- PANAMA
Cover the nursery pillows with cheerful Molas from Panama

The ornamental Molas designs originate from body paintings of Kuna women, indigenous people who live on small coral islands in the San Blas Archipelago along the Atlantic coast of Panama.

After the Spanish colonisation, the Kuna women began to transfer their traditional geometric designs on fabric, first by painting and later by using the technique of reverse appliqué. Originally, only the geometrical designs were used but realistic and abstract images of flowers, birds and animals were also added to the selection of images.

The fabric (Mola originally meant bird plummage) can work as an eye-catching cushion cover, offering something different to nursery interiors.

Best place to buy a Mola? If you are visiting Panama City there are two very good places in Balboa. One is the old YMCA building on Calle Balboa. It looks more like a warehouse, and inside you’ll find lots of booths selling molas, taguas, cocobola carvings. The other place is also on Calle Balboa, but it’s a little closer toward Panama. It’s a barn-like structure called Centro Nacional de Artesanías. Inside are a number of stalls where a number of Kuna Indians have good molas.

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2- PERU

Cover your floors and sofas with Frazadas from Peru

If you are heading to Peru, look out for their unique blankets. “Frazada” means blanket in Spanish, originally made for the freezing weather in the snow-capped Andes mountains. Every blanket is woven from hand-spun alpaca and sheep wool using a traditional back-strap loom in isolated rural communities. Two pieces of cloth are made to the width of the loom and then sewn together. It takes around six weeks to finish one. They are thick and each is one-of-a-kind in colour and design.

Normally the wool is dyed using natural colours such as plants, fruits, roots and insects. It’s a great way to add bright colours to your interiors! They can be used as rugs, throws, table cloth, bed coverings or wall hangings. The possibilities are endless!

If you are going to Cusco please visit the following markets: Pisac, Chinchero and Baratillo … the last one only if you really want to make the effort and get up at 5am.

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3- BOLIVIA

Use the Aguayo from Bolivia as a sofa throw

Bolivia is famous for its Aguayo – a traditional woven blanket used to carry babies and small children, as well as all kinds of items, wrapped on their backs. The native aguayo is a big square, handmade from wool of llama, alpaca or sheep and would be knotted at the front. These blankets typically feature colourful stripes intercalated with rhombuses and other figures with symbolic values. The aguayo is mostly associated with Aymara and Quechua culture. Today you can find multi-coloured aguayos made with synthetic materials and their production is semi-industrial, making them amazingly affordable.

Arrange your Aguayo on the table, as a picnic blanket or use it as a throw on the sofa.

La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, is a beautiful destination and home to markets which are great for picking up bargains: Witches’ Market, Mercado 16 de Julio, Ayni and Comart Tukuypaj.

 

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4- GUATEMALA
Add some patterns to your home with the Huipil Textile from Guatemala

Huipil is the most common traditional garment worn by indigenous women from Central America. It is a hand-embroidered fabric originally used for making blouses (a loose-fitting tunic) made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are sewn, openings for the arms.

Originally, the huipil fabric was woven on a back-strap loom, using a hand-picked brocade technique, and could take up to a couple of months to weave.

Embrace the spirit of Guatemala by upcycling vintage textiles for amazing projects like bags, folk wallet, bohemian table runner, cushions, or reupholstering an old chair.

Where to go:

  1. Chichicastenango’s markets are reputed to be the largest in Central America. They isn’t far from Antigua or Guatemala City, but it still takes a couple of hours to get there along windy and patchy mountain roads.
  2. Santiago Atitlan Market
  3. Solola Market.
  4. Markets in Antigua: Eplore the maze like stalls of El Mercado and don’t miss Nim P’ot.

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5- MEXICO
Tell stories through Mexican Otomi fabrics

Otomi embroidery depicts colourful scenes from everyday life. Arranged in symmetrical form, every cloth tells its own story. This particular embroidery design came about after a drought in the 1960s devastated the agricultural economy of the Otomi communities in central Mexico. The women needed to find an additional source of income with a design that used threads resourcefully. A bold and distinctive embroidery style arose out of economic necessity due to the women’s innate sense of design and understanding of cloth and skills practised by Mexican women for centuries.

The most common elements include flora and fauna in vibrant colours including birds, chickens, dogs, deers, flowers and trees. Pieces are also often called Tenangos and they use 100% natural cotton as a base. These unique pieces celebrate ancestral techniques. This time-honoured textiles require a long process. A piece of 2 x 2 meter will take 6-9 months to finish.

Otomi textiles are generally used as a bed covers, table runners, placemats, poufs and cushions.

Insurgentes Market: This upscale market, based in Ciudad de México, on the Reforma side of the Zona Rosa is the best place for jewellery and the beautiful embroidered cloth by the Otomi Indians.

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6- ARGENTINA

Cover your floors with Ponchos de Gauchos from Argentina

If you prefer to keep the decor minimal and monochrome, as opposed to he colourful, have a look at Ponchos from Argentina.

Long before the Spanish conquest, the indigenous people of Argentina made refined textiles to dress. Made of wool from domesticated llamas, they used them to protect themselves from the cold and require months of work to finish.

The colours come from the vegetal or mineral tinctures of the region. The main colours range from a dark red with black stripes to brown, ochre and beige.

They are part of a rich Argentinian tradition of ancient skills. Every poncho is handmade using wool cradled and spun by hand.

 

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Hopefully these traditional textiles have inspired you to travel and explore further and support the local craftsmen and artisans while filling your nomadic treasure chest.

 

Have you visited any of these countries?

Where have you discovered your favourite textile finds? Please share your experiences, ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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How to “boho-up” your outdoor space

As summer settles in, you don’t want to waste an extra moment indoors – give me relaxing on your veranda or patio in the sunshine, spending time with friends and family during those warm summer nights every time.

To make your outdoor space more inviting, here are some ideas on how to “boho-up” your outdoor space.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to hang out (quite literally) and unwind. What better place to do so than in a hammock? The soft fabric envelopes your body, making it the most comfortable hanging out spot after a busy day or lazing on a Sunday afternoon.

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My favourite is the colorful woven hammock made by empowering the talent of local native artisans of Yucatan, Mexico for Warimba. This is where the hammock originates from – it has been a fundamental element of comfort and sleep for many centuries. The first hammocks were woven from the bark of a tree called “hamack”, sparking an innovation in rest and relaxation. Mayan hammocks are a beautiful artisanal expression and they are also the most comfortable place to relax, meditate, read a book and enjoy nature. Take a look at warimbapeople.com, I am sure you will love them.

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Of course, many tips from our last blog post apply to the patio as well. For example, why not turn your relaxing outdoor space into a mini jungle, with the help of your favourite plants?

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For furniture, this is where wood-crafted items are best suited – be it woven wooden or rattan furniture or hand-carved stools and ornamental coffee tables.

An outstanding peacock chair adds a good dose of boho-glamour to a place.

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Why not get creative and make your own furniture out of wooden pallets? Take a look at these incredible and innovative wooden pallet table and sofa designs. The timber pallets are very easy to find and may be used for any cause whether to make an ornament or to make furnishings from it.

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Don´t forget to complement the strength of wood with the softness of textile and numerous cushions to add the texture. Colourful cheerfulness can be added with vibrant furniture, materials and real flowers!

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Another great idea is to use a surfboard as decoration (when it’s not being used). Reminiscent of a tribal shield, your carefully chosen friend can add a nice touch to your patio.

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The evening does not necessarily mean you need to head indoors. Just add some cozy lighting on the patio and enjoy the warm summer nights with friends.

Candles are a great way to brighten up an evening, along with fairy lights – as if adding some light magic to the warm summer night.

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How would you decorate your patio or outdoor space? Please leave your ideas below.

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10 Ways to transform your home into a Bohemian Heaven

If you’re just a beginner at throwing together amazing boho interiors, you might be in awe looking at beautiful, colourful and stunning images of Bohemian Chic homes, daydreaming about decorating your place in a similar style. But where to start? Here are my 10 tips on “pimping up” your home.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Bohemian Chic is not a “rulebook” style, rather an organic development based on your own preferences, discoveries, memories and experiences.

  1.     Show off your travel adventures

Where do you usually place treasures collected on scavenger hunts around the world? A great idea is to use your memories to personalise your home and remind yourself of amazing times. This is also a great conversation starter. I would advise to go for something authentic – it could be ethnic pottery, paintings, hand-woven baskets, masks or a colourful fan on the wall or corner of your home. Sometimes an eye-catching decorative element can even be a piece of vintage tribal textile hanging on a chair.

Source: Hervé Goluza for Glamour France.

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  1. Lose yourself in the indoor jungle

Plants are wonderful helpers for “livening up” living rooms, bedrooms and even your bathroom.  Choose between the impression of a neatly arranged park or a small wild indoor jungle. The lushness of plants brings nature closer – even if based in a busy city flat. You can create an oasis of tranquillity with just a few plants placed lovingly in a room.

One of the trendiest plants of the moment is the jolly cactus. Its cartoon-like shape and angry prickles are popping up in interiors around the planet. As opposed to the leafy relatives, cacti and succulents do not need much watering.

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  1. Add some colours and textures using bright cushions and textiles

Mix up textures by adding colourful cushions and ethnic textiles. The cushions can be pillow-sized decorative ones or large floor poufs, bringing the seating area to the lower level. Ethnic fabrics work really well as pillow covers and blankets. Embrace your nomadic spirit with ethnic prints, intricate embroideries and textural details.

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  1. Soften your steps with the help of rugs

Colourful rugs add texture to floors and help personalise almost every room, from bedroom to bathroom. Rugs, blankets and covers soften the overall image of the room and make it cosier, while adding interesting patterns to the overall image. I personally prefer colourful Moroccan Rugs, Turkish Kilims or Peruvian Frazadas.

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  1. Mix up the textures with trendy tiles

A different type of surface can be added with tiles. Looking so Moroccan, they are currently very much on trend. Have them colourful and patterned!

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  1. Light it up with lamps and lanterns

The variety of lamps, lampshades and lanterns is wide, ranging from hand-woven wicker lamp shades, rattan light covers, paper lanterns, bamboo mood lamps to the ones with an intricate metalwork or with addition of coloured glass. Soft lighting adds a lot of atmosphere to a room, especially in the evening.

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  1. Personalise your walls with decorations

Decorate your walls to achieve a colourful, happy feeling. A brightly painted wall or two adds so much personality to a room. Or, if you prefer, keep it minimal and white to balance out colourful rugs and cushions. Get crafty with beautiful macramé designs and cover your wall with tassels and ornaments.

  1. Dig out the vintage or antique wooden furniture

Old furniture has had time to develop personality. Interestingly shaped white or blonde wooden furnishing adds a lot of light to a room and balances colourful cushions. Add some extravagance with a gorgeous peacock chair or a hanging Rattan Egg chair.

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  1. Showcase your own DIY projects

If you are an arty type, express it in your home decor. Display your own craftsmanship and paintings on walls and shelves – no need to be shy about it. Try different crafts like macramé, crochet or sewing. A great way for your creative output is upcycling vintage furniture after scavenging flea markets.

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  1. Incorporate antique mirrors to your interior

Another wonderful way to extend a room and bring more light is mirrors. Old antique ones add grandeur to a space.

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Experiment boldly and find your own style. The main goal is to have fun and make it cosy for you, your friends and family.Go bold. Go bright. Go any which way you like.

Which of these tips would you use in your home? Please leave your comments below

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Luxury hand-painted Wallpapers

Always dreamt of living in a home surrounded by relaxing beauty?

Peacocks on branches, stunning flowers and mystical landscapes

created using our vivid imaginations.

De Gournay is the place where your dreams of a perfect interior come true.

The family firm is renowned for its beautiful, exotic, made-to-order products: hand-painted wallpapers.

At De Gournay, your mural is custom-tailored to your wishes and

room measurements.

For those who are looking for bespoke perfection, De Gournay specialises in creating exquisite craftsmanship. Their wallpapers are works of art.

Each artist leaves a part of his soul in their creations.

Since 1986 De Gournay has revived ancient traditions, continuing techniques that began in the 18th century by employing a team of highly skilled artists to paint traditional Chinoiserie, Japanese and Korean and 19th century French Papiers Peints Panoramiques wallpapers.

Ultimate serenity:

these stunning wallpaper designs have the power to make

your home a stress-free zone.

These peaceful murals will create a happy and harmonious family home.

De Gournay is one of the most well-loved wallpaper ateliers in the world,

with showrooms in 39 countries,

including New York, London, Paris, Shanghai, Melbourne and Moscow.

 

If you are thinking… they seem expensive… the answer is YES, they are very expensive but the high-quality designs are custom tailored to your room.

Their artists will work to ensure your specific brief.

These artisans are actual artists.

Below are some of my favourite de Gournay wallpaper patterns.

Hide yourself from the outside world with this vibrant tropical mural.

Surround yourself in a serene jungle without having to leave the comfort

of your own home with this dreamy mural.

Healing power of green:

Green is the colour of balance and having it in the home has been proven

to create a calming setting

which lets you concentrate more easily on whatever you’re doing.

 

What do you think about this iconic wallpaper?

The perfect spot for reading.

 

Blush pink will add a sense of warmth and comfort to any room.

 

 

Go for grey and yellow:

The use of neutral and grey tones creates a calm mood, but vibrant pops of yellow liven it up, adding a more modern feel.

Please let me know which ones are your favourites in a comment below.

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Print & Pattern Trend – Spring Summer 2018

Although Design Junkie’s roots celebrate traditional weaving techniques from cultures around the world, spotting new discoveries in the fast-moving design industry is also one of my favourite pastimes – what colours, motifs and patterns are on trend for the next year? It enables me to explore new directions as well as test new ideas on my audience.

Even though “no-one can predict the future”, creative experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern for years. Spotting and forecasting consumer trends helps all of us, as consumers or businesses, to forecast the next big thing.

There are many fashion trends agencies in the world which predict potential trends and what they think will make waves. These agencies normally create concept boards to explain their forecasts. My favourite agency is Patternbank, which is a London-based Textile Print Design Studio and highly respected trend forecaster.

Today I focused on my favourite “Print and Pattern trend for Spring Summer 2018”: AFRICAN SUMMER which I’ve seen in many trends reports.

Enjoy two Print Directions from this stunning trend.

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Bold 3D Graphic Patterns

Tribal Motifs

Abstract Geos

Graphic Animal Skins – Skin Mixing

Contemporary Pattern contradiction (Multiple Pattern Mixes)

Contrasting Stripes Pattern

Geometrical Diagonal Patterns

Black and white with colour. Flat bold colours

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Illustrative Foliage illustration

Multiple Pattern Mixes

Bright pastels

Naïve illustration

Contemporary Tribal pattern

Black Outlines, Pen & Ink Drawings

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What do you think? Would you like to know more aboutrapidly evolving Trends? Please share ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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