Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fearless Decorator Feature: Summer Thornton

Summer Thornton is a Chicago base interior designer known for her colourful and bold interiors. Below are some images of her projects where she mixes pattern, texture, art and vivid colours with skill. Summer firmly believes that you should have some old, vintage pieces in your home along with the new ones. I completely agree. If you only have new objects, there is no story to tell, your room will seem too sterile and impersonal. In an interview for Luxe & Concord she also cautions her clients to stay away from trends, and use colours and patterns that reflect their own personalities. 
Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Image from summerthorntondesign.com

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DIY: Creating a Pattern Overlay for Mock-ups using GIMP

I created some cool pattern overlays in GIMP to show my patterns on different products. If you're used to Photoshop, you will have to get used to doing simple things differently in GIMP, like when you zoom out, pressing ALT won't work, you'll have to select the Zoom tool and click "Zoom Out" or "Zoom In" from the options. Little things like that.... All these little things aside, although GIMP is missing some of Photoshop's tools, it's a powerful image editing tool, and it's free to download.

Seahorse Wallpaper in Starfish colour way, 27" wide, printed on untrimmed, unpasted clay coated pearlized paper, available at www.juditgueth.com

You will need a room setting with a white wall, or an object that is white. I usually look for images on Pixabay where you can find images with a CC0 Creative Commons status. 

I create a pattern in Illustrator, and fill a rectangle with it that would cover the area in my photo that I want to apply my pattern to, and save it as a JPG.

Open your photo and your pattern JPG in GIMP, copy your pattern and paste it into a new layer over your room setting. Make sure it's a new layer. If it says "Floating Layer" right click the layer for layer options and select "To a new Layer". You can reduce the opacity to see how your pattern looks against the image underneath and increase or reduce the size of the pattern image accordingly. 

Add a Layer Mask to your pattern layer by right clicking over the pattern layer and selecting "Add Layer Mask" in the layer options menu. Select "White (full opacity)" under Initialize Layer Mask and select "Invert Mask" at the bottom of the dialog box. Click "Add" at the bottom when you're done. Your pattern image will disappear at this point and you'll see your room setting in the underlying layer. 

Click on your room setting layer to make sure you're working on that layer, select the Pen tool and draw around the area that you want to cover. You will see your path in the path window if you open "Paths" from the Windows menu. Once you created your path, you can convert it into a Selection by selecting "From Path" under the Select menu or by right clicking your path in the Paths palette and selecting "Path to Selection". Your path will turn into a selection. This is a good time to increase brightness inside your selection if you find it a bit dark. When you look at your Paths palette, you see your selection outlined in a small window. When you click the eye icon, your path will disappear, and when you click it again it will show again. 

Fill your selection with white by selecting Fill from the Edit menu, and your pattern will appear again, but only inside your selection. Change the Blending Mode to Multiply in you Layers Palette, and lower the opacity of your pattern to blend with the background and to look more realistic. 

Peacock Wallpaper in Blue colour way, 27" wide, printed on untrimmed, unpasted clay coated pearlized paper, available at www.juditgueth.com

Japanese Garden Wallpaper in Grey colour way, 27" wide, printed on untrimmed, unpasted clay coated pearlized paper, available at www.juditgueth.com

Heron Wallpaper in Rose colour way, 27" wide, printed on untrimmed, unpasted clay coated pearlized paper, available at www.juditgueth.com

Victor Wallpaper in Blue and Lilac colour way, 27" wide, printed on untrimmed, unpasted clay coated pearlized paper, available at www.juditgueth.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fearless Decorator Feature: Vivian Reiss

I found this amazing lady while researching maximalist interior design online, and I was instantly drawn to her vibrant work and lively, colour filled interiors. Vivian Reiss is a New York born artist of Hungarian origins living in Toronto and New York. Reading her biography, I noticed, that we had a lot in common. I'm also Hungarian, and I also have a dance background, I also love gardening, and of course we both love color and pattern.

I live in a city, where the colour scheme of most interiors is restricted to various shades of gray and beige, so it was refreshing to read an article in the Globe and Mail about Vivian's exquisite home, inspired by her extensive travels, Art Nouveau, filled with bold colours, rich textiles and vivid and abundant artwork which she painted herself.

Vivian Reiss, Image from vreiss.com

Nursing Diva by Vivian Reiss, Image from vreiss.com

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe

Design by Vivian Reiss via the Globe and Mail, image by Alexander J. Rothe



Monday, January 8, 2018

Diligence & Elegance: My trip to the Textile Museum

A few weeks ago I visited the Textile Museum in Toronto to see an exhibition on Japanese textiles. The exhibition featured mostly kimonos demonstrating different embellishing, dyeing and weaving techniques.

As we entered the exhibition we were greeted by several breathtakingly luxurious kimonos with lavish designs, hand painted flowers, some accents embroidered with gold. These were formal kimonos, used for special occasions like weddings. The brightly coloured fabrics were decorated with chrysanthemums, pine branches, citrus flowers, cranes, paulownia and plum blossoms.

In a different room there were several examples of indigo bed spreads and fishermen's kimonos. Indigo dyeing has a long history in Japan. Before the introduction of Japanese indigo they rubbed the leaves of a perennial plant known as Mercurialis leiocarpa on the fabric to achieve the blue colour. The more known process of fermenting the indigo plants made the dying process easier and more accessible. Indigo dying makes the fabric stronger, therefore, the beautifully colored fabrics were used for work wear, and became associated with hard labour.

The exhibition is on till January 21st, so if you haven't seen it, it's well worth the trip!



















Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fearless Decorator Feature: Ann Lowengart

I love colour and pattern, and wanted to feature interior designers on my blog who fearlessly use both with style and passion. My first feature is Ann Lowengart, an interior designer from California, who started designing interiors in 2000. After working in the corporate world, she set out on a creative journey by first designing wedding gowns, and later interiors. She's a master of mixing bold colours and graphic patterns, creating spaces that relax and intrigue at the same time. All images are from Ann Lowengart.com

This Bohemian girls' room with a fun analogous colour scheme was part of the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
Living room with complementary colours, playful patterns and bold artwork



Bold and fresh family home.

This cool gray family room is far from boring! The straight lines of the geometric rug and the upholstery fabric are offset by the softness of the Trove wallpaper on the feature wall and the organic chandelier.

A beautiful powder room using Galbraith and Paul wallpaper

Bold accent colours and colourful patterns against the white of the kitchen

Chic girls' room with hot pink accents

I love the mix of textures and patterns in this family room. 

A touch of sunshine with a splash of colour in this entryway

Mixing of vibrant colours and lacquered surfaces