Calico Wallpaper

We at Green Painting have been busy working on a new project which launched earlier this year at the Architectural Digest Show and on showcase more recently at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) las month.

Full Wabi Motif

Calico Wallpaper/Patrick Weder Booth at ICFF 2013 Wabi (on left) Lunaris (on right)

Nick Cope founder and owner of Green Painting has collaborated with his partner Rachel Mosler, Fine Artist and Art Therapist to create an artisanal wallpaper from New York. The line consists of two collections, the first in a neutral pallet taking inspiration from Wabi Sabi (Wabi) evoking  ancient landscapes of the far east and the second in a darker pallet which was inspired by NASA images of the Moon (Lunaris) and lunar landscapes.

paper being dropped into bath of Metho cellulose that has been marbelized

The Calico method embodies years of research in the various disciplines in paper marbling, which have spanned the globe. The arts of Suminagashi and Ebru, emanating from Japan and Turkey respectively centuries ago are both evident in our collection. However, it is their expansion of these practices that makes Calico Wallpapers truly unique. By drawing from each of these forms the duo have created something entirely different.

The wallpaper is special in the fact that motif itself has no repeating pattern, its essentially a mural that is made to fit the desired wall. Be sure to checkout Calico, take a look at this wonderful video on Cool Hunting that gives a behind the scene look at the process.

Wabi is a stunning in any light.

DIY Project: Painted Glass Vessels

Recycling is great and all but sometimes it’s great to repurpose and grant things a second life. Glass bottles are items that come and go rather frequently but make for perfect bud vases, decanters, and prisms.

Rescue those glass vessels and give them new life!

For this DIY, start by collecting those glass bottles and jars that you have been meaning to recycle. The more they vary the better. Farrow&Ball‘s color palette is perfect for this project as you can get sample pots of any color in their wonderful range. Color selection could be based on your current interior scheme or something to contrast and accent.

We suggest selecting a bright fun color for this project

Root Beer Bottles painted on the exterior

There are two ways to go about the painting process – the first is simply brushing the outside, which will give more of a textured appearance. Alternatively, we suggest pouring paint in the vessel then swirling it around to coat the interior. This allows you the use a little paint as possible and also the ability to reuse the excess. The end result is a glossy bit of interest that resembles enameled glass. Have fun with this one, the uses for your fun assortment is endless! Please post your work to the Green Painting Facebook Page. The first do so wins a GP Painting Kit, which includes a GP brush, .

Painted glass almost looks like enameled glass

To order sample pots from Farrow&Ball checkout their website or pop into a showroom near you!

A New Look at Farrow&Ball

Farrow&Ball has recently released a new collection of wallpaper and we at Green Painting are so glad to be a part of this exciting time. We were put to task, both to re-paint the Los Angeles showroom and to reconfigure all of the New York leaning panel displays. Through this process we had the pleasure of attending the launch events in both New York and Los Angeles.

Farrow& Ball Dorset England

By now I am sure that you are familiar with Farrow & Ball and their wonderful range of products. Well the Dorset,England based brand recently launched a new collection of wall coverings that not only captures the essence of the brand but gives a true vision for the future.

Wallpaper Launch NYC SoHo

East Coast Meets West Coasts! (from left to right- Najee Wilson, Christine Haney and Jessica Younghans)

Packed house at the Los Angeles Showroom Opening and Wallpaper Launch

We recently returned to New York after spending the last month working on the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Los Angeles. The entire space got a complete makeover and we were called upon to apply the tasteful new pallet.  We especially loved the color selected for the exterior facade, Railings, which pops against LA’s bright blue skies. Be sure the check out the new wallpaper range at Farrow&Ball.

Finished Farrow&Ball LA Showroom

Interior Design Ideas: Houzz

If you use an iPhone to stay in touch with friends, family, business or otherwise. Odds are you have found at least one app that makes some aspect of your life easier. The itunes app store is a virtual treasure trove where Shazam, Ebay, Whatsapp, Temple Run, Craigslist, Fandango, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all clamor for your download.

checkout the Houzz app now available for free download

With such attention placed on Social Media its hard to remember that there are other apps that simply can be used as a reference source. Houzz Interior Design Ideas By Houzz Inc. is a welcomed source for those looking for ideas to translate into their own space.

Screenshot from the Houzz app

One of the many thousand inspiration pics available

Called the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design” by CNN, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 900,000 high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual ideabook — it’s the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save, and share. Experience as an iPad app and save your photos locally for offline access. Join the discussion and get the community to help with your design dilemmas. Find everything from products curated by our editorial team to top-rated local designers, architects, contractors and other home pros who can help you realize your ideas. The best part is, browsing your ideabook, they’ll get exactly what you’re trying to do.

Check out the Houzz Interior Design Ideas app for yourself it is available for free download here.

Matisse: In Search of True Painting

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the 20th century.  The critic Clement Greenberg, writing in The Nation in 1949, called him a “self-assured master who can no more help painting well than breathing.”  Unbeknownst to many, painting had rarely come easily to Matisse.  Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work.

Matisse: In Search of True Painting

He used his completed canvases as tools, repeating compositions in order to compare effects, gauge his progress, and, as he put it, “push further and deeper into true painting.”  While this manner of working with pairs, trios, and series is certainly not unique to Matisse, his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next is striking.  Matisse: In Search of True Painting will present this particular aspect of Matisse’s painting process by showcasing 49 vibrantly colored canvases.  For Matisse, the process of creation was not simply a means to an end but a dimension of his art that was as important as the finished canvas.

taking a tour of the exhibition

Farrow & Ball asked we at Green Painting to attend the Opening of this event which was of course invite only. It was a joy to the walk the galleries of The Met free of the tourist and patrons that generally  fill the massive landmark. Farrow & Ball was responsible for refinishing the gallery walls of the brand spanking new exhibition space on the first floor ,Lila Acheson Wallace Wing.

color by a true master painter

interior painting by Matisse with an amazing color palette

We really enjoyed the guided tour and the chance to view Matisse’s work up close and personal. His interior perspectives have such character and amazing use of color. Its easy to see why he is considered on of the great masters.

The best thing about The Met is the way they make the exhibitions available to those who my not make it to the NYC landmark to have a closer look in person checkout the guided tours that rival the real thing.

Be sure to visit The Met website regarding details on this wonderful exhibition on view December 4- March  17, 2013

Wrapper’s Delight- Holiday Gift Wrapping

Some tool that you will need for this project

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Well that is certainly the idea, calendars are jam packed with holiday related dinners, shindigs, soriees, get-togethers, and marathon shopping sessions. Just when you think your all set,because you managed to get everyone on your holiday list (including the barista who has committed your order to memory) all while avoiding total bankruptcy. The last possible thing to do before you say “HO HO HO” is spend several hours perfectly wrapping gifts that will rival those that some spend double the value of the gift inside to get the reaction. Oh its just so lovely I can’t imagine opening it. We at Green Painting feel like less is more when it comes to gift wrapping.

Try using both sides of your paper to add variation

We suggest you avoid spending major coins on fancy paper and use old news papers, butcher’s paper or leftover rolls of wallpaper. This year we just picked up some basic kraft package paper as well as printed kraft paper which you can find almost anywhere. Forget those silly plastic ribbons that fall off with a slight breeze and opt for some humble twine, rope, string and stickers. Most of these supplies you either have but if you do venture out to purchase them go to a Office Supplies store as they are generally priced affordably.

We love this black string with a bit of shine from Knot and Bow

Get creative with stacking your packages

Our gifts are ready to be received!!

Finally take your time,that is if you have any left. The best part about the holidays is taking the time out to consider those that have had a positive impact on you during the course of the year. Keep your schemes simple maybe 3 or 4 variations max. When those gifts are seen under the tree or stacked in a sea of glittery, stripped, lame boxes they will literally shine with elegant understatement. Check out Brooklyn based brand Knot and Bow for some cooler colors in the package store classics! Happy Holidays!!!

Plaster and Mirrors: Snarkitecture x Richard Chai

Snarkitecture is a Brooklyn, New York based collaborative practice founded by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen. Their work is focused on designing within existing spaces or collaboration with other artists and designers. They aim to reuse or misuse existing architecture to make architecture perform the unexpected. Arsham and Mustonen met while studying at the Cooper Union in NYC and established Snarkitecture as a formal practice in 2008. Brooklyn

Window display for Richard Chai x Snarkitecture x Palladium Boots

Stepping into infinity at Odin New York

Richard Chai is an american fashion designer who before starting his namesake label, designed for Marc By Marc Jacobs. Richard Chai collections are an exuberant expression in color,textiles and shape. For Fall/Winter 2012, Palladium announces the launch of the Richard Chai for Palladium capsule collection, created in collaboration with Chai.

inside Snarkitecture X Richard Chai X Palladium Boot Installation

The renowned designer put his unique spin on two of Palladium’s men’s silhouettes which launched last night at Odin New York with a plaster and mirrored masterpiece. The installation which appears as a Black and White cube plopped in the flagship Odin shop at 199 Lafayette between Kenmare and Broome. Is not all that it appears to be from the outside. Inside the cube floor to waist height is white, a Snarkitecture signiture. From the waist up the walls and ceilings are mirrored. Front and center are plaster version of each boot reflecting actual boots Chai designed for the heritage brand. The mirrors create a sense of infinity which ensconces the shopper making it hard to resist leaving without making a purchase or two!

Najee checking out the installation

Be sure to check out the temporary installation on view at Odin New York thru December. For more info on Snarkitecture checkout their website

Grown in Brooklyn: GreenHouse

Checkout one of our favorite shops, Greenhouse in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

interior shot of Greenhouse

Greenhouse has many items to give your space some character

Downtown Brooklyn is fast becoming a shopping destination with popular chains like Steven Alan, Barney’s and even Jonathan Adler setting up shop. Atlantic Ave is the main drag where you can find these and a few of our favorite shops. Weather you on the hunt for the perfect antique or a unique set of tableware you can be sure to find it at Greenhouse.

wares new and old on display

handmade pottery with other odd an ends

Greenhouse is an eco-friendly home furnishings and accessories store in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Greenhouse offers a hand-picked collection of eco-friendly, high-style options in furniture, tableware, bedding, bath products, and home accessories. Greenhouse allows its customers to create an elegant, comfortable and inviting home environment while treading lightly on the earth. Greenhouse supports eco-friendly practices by strictly purchasing from companies that use sustainable, organic, renewable, recycled, locally manufactured, or non-toxic materials. They recently began stocking an eclectic mix of vintage an antique finds. We especially love the MUD Ceramics, and industrial shipping pallet which makes for the perfect coffee table and gives any space loads of character.

Detail shot of industrial shipping pallet

MUD Ceramics

So when your taking a stroll down Atlantic be sure to pop in to Greenhouse located at 387 Atlantic (BET. HOYT & BOND)

Tools For Working Wood

Festool products test drive workshop

A few weeks ago we took a visit to the Festool showroom to have a closer look and even test some of the best tools for working wood. In 1929, when Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll developed the first portable chainsaw, little did they know that, nearly 80 years later, the company they founded would be an industry leader, designing and developing superior portable power tools for the way tradesmen work.Festool has a reputation for developing products that eliminate or combine steps, tighten tolerances, improve accuracy, and help tradesmen deliver a superior finished product. Festool products are  produced in WendlingenGermany, basically the BMW of power tools. Festool was established as an independent company in 2000, after being spun off from its parent company Festo which was concentrating on automation technology.

The real innovation lies in how well their systems extract dust from the work area as well as stow away when the day is done. Their product range includes everything from the necessary drill to the innovative drywall sander. In Brooklyn, at Tools for Wood Working Emrys got to test out some of the products which even have special ergonomic considerations which make them not only easy to use but, comfortable. So with the Holidays rapidly approaching make the builder in your life smile as much as Emrys did when he gave the sander  a spin. We certainly have added a few things to our wish list!

Emrys takes the dust-free Sander for a spin

Festool is stocked by many specialty hardware dealers worldwide. Visit for more information and stockst in your area.

Merry Bunting

Bunting the perfect wallpaper D.I.Y.

Bunting was originally a specific type of lightweight worsted wool fabric generically known as tammy, manufactured from the turn of the 17th century, and used for making ribbons and flags including signal flasgs for the Royal Navy. Amongst other properties that made the fabric suitable for ribbons and flags was its high glaze, achieved by a process including hot-pressing.

Vary your selection for a fun mix of pattern!

Now this piece of nostalgia has found a home at festivals, carnivals and parties to signal fun is afoot. Farrow&Ball recently released 10 ways with wallpaper,perfect for your wekend or afternoon DIY project.

Bunting is second on their list of options which is perhaps the best because it actually creates an object that can be enjoyed year round or just occasionally.

It super easy and most of the materials needed you most likely have around the house. Check out the Farrow&Ball wall paper 10 ways for some fun D.I.Y. ideas, Merry Bunting!!

Bunting adds spice to any party!!