Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fearless Decorator Feature: Alex Papachristidis

I came across the work of Alex Papachristidis in an issue of Elle Decor, and immediately fell in love with his work. His elegant combinations of pattern and colour, his careful selection of modern and classical accents result in stylish, eclectic spaces. 

I love this analogous colour palette, and the patterns mix in so seamlessly!
Image: Alex Papachristidis

A perfect mix of patterns
Image: Alex Papachristidis

Another analogous colour palette (I really love those as you can tell)

The rich purple and gold gives this room such a regal feel. Even with the peace symbol!
Image: Alex Papachristidis

Beautiful split complementary color scheme, harmonious, yet interesting!
Image: Alex Papachristidis, wallpaper by Cole and Son
Image: Alex Papachristidis



Image: Alex Papachristidis

Image: Alex Papachristidis
ImageAlex Papachristidis
Image: Alex Papachristidis
The mix of patterns in this bedroom is simply amazing! There is so much going on, and yet, the different scale of patterns have similar colour palettes, and blend in seamlessly! Image: Alex Papachristidis



I'm always a sucker for cranes!! Image: Alex Papachristidis

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Spring Inspired Interiors


Spring is just around the corner and we are ready to enjoy some colour and sunshine not only outdoors, but in our homes as well. Beautiful spring inspired colour palettes include a pink-lilac-green palette, blue-green, and yellows and oranges. Below is some inspiration, and if you're not ready to redecorate, you can always upgrade your decorative pillows to bring a little bit of spring inside, or create a splash of fragrant colour by placing a  bouquet or pot of flowers on your table. 

Spring Color Scheme of pinks and greens, Tulip image via Pixabay

Flora image via Pixabay
Image via Interiors Online

Image via Interiors Online

Image via Elieen Kathryn Boyd
Image via Elieen Kathryn Boyd
Image via Lush Home

Image via Hometalk

Image via Celebrations

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fearless Decorator Feature: Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson

I absolutely love the glamorous interiors created by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson. Their analogous colour schemes create a rich harmony that is vibrant but well balanced at the same time,  and the complementary accents here and there add a bit of exciting contrast that's just enough to spice up the room without causing too much distraction. Perfection!!

Images from Drake/Anderson
Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson
Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

Images from Drake/Anderson

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