Pantone 2013 Color of the Year- Emerald Green

I was wrong!

Pantone Color of the Year IS (drumroll please…)

Emerald GREEN!

Well, I am not too disappointed since this is my absolute favorite color in the world. I have ALWAYS loved Green. It’s probably because I have green eyes..which made me the odd ball in my blue eyed family. Sometime it’s what makes you different that you love most about yourself.

Are you HAPPY we will see tons of Emerald Green in the next year? I am anticipating a huge push into fashion, interior design, etc.

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year - Emerald Green

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year – Emerald Green

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year – Emerald Green

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You could rock out with this sexy Emerald Green Guitar

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Or Go Visit Oz with Dorothy?

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This Malachite Fabric by Jim Thompson will probably go from Hot to Hotter!

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And out Emerald Mosaic Wallpaper Wall Mural will a great addition to your home if you want to take advantage of this color trend.

What do YOU think of Emerald Green?

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The Great Gatsby 2013 Remake and the Coming Art Deco Trend

The Great Gatsby Art Deco Revival

The Great Gatsby Book

I don’t know about you, but I have ALWAYS loved the book  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald since I first read it as required reading in high school . If you have never had the opportunity to read it, go out and get a copy and thank me later. You will be swept up in a tragic love story gone wrong set in the glittering world of 1920′s wealth, jazz, and bootlegger royalty. I wish I could go back now and read it with you for the first time.

Most people have seen the 1974 movie starring hunky Robert Redford and flawless Mia Farrow. The dreamy sets and gorgeous costumes brought to life this amazing work  of literature.

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Well, we are about to be flooded with remake commercials now starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan (what I think is a perfect cast to take on this story) coming out in May 2013. If the stills are anything to go by, I think we are in for a real visual treat!

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But how does this effect decor?

When a film or book is epic enough it infects our social subconscious and moves us to new design trends. For as long as there have been books and movies, they have been a big part in setting trends in fashion, interior design, and general “IN” Style. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the little black dress with quirky glam decor or Flash Dance and off the shoulder sweatshirts with industrial 80′s neon decor.

I see Art Deco and all its flowing romance and glittering opulence showing itself again as a trend in fashion and interior design in 2013.

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I have already added art decor wallpaper patterns to our catalog at www.customizedwalls.com.

My favorite is this beige and gray pattern that I fell in love with:

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What do you think of the Art Deco trend?

Will you run out and buy a sequins fringe dress or a gorgeous art deco vintage piece?

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year – Monaco Blue?

Last Year Was all about Tangerine Tango.

Pantone 2012 Colors

Pantone 2012 Colors

2012 Pantone Color of the Year was an instant internet sensation. As a Design gal, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Hot orange in just about anything you can think of? I’m on it! LOVE the colored jeans, flashy nail polishes, bright pumps and even more loved the sofas, rugs, dinnerware that all came out in this hot color. At Customized Walls, we even customized wallpaper to match the top colors and Tangerine was one of my all time faves.

The Hot brights mixed with some very cool neutrals had the world of design just BUZZING.
We are a few short days away from our beloved Pantone calling the 2013 color of the year. Oh, what will it be? My mind keeps racing with ideas and I keep coming back to:

Monaco Blue

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Monaco Blue Tech Accessories

Monaco Blue 2013 Color of the Year?

Monaco Blue 2013 Color of the Year?

Monaco Blue Interior Design

Monaco Blue Interior Design

I am all in!

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What do YOU think will be the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year?

New Blog to Talk about Interior Design and Decor and a little about Wallpaper and Wall Murals

Have we met?

In this NEW Blog I get to talk about all the Yummy Interior Design I see everyday without focusing soooo much on wall murals. From time to time you will see some killer wall decor BUT there will be a WHOLE LOT MORE. So get ready for a fun new blog!

My Bio Info about me and my business (www.customizedwalls.com):

Hi all!

My name is Laurie.

I grew up in a teeny town in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. You may remember it being mentioned in the movie “What About Bob?” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murrey. My family was not really all that much like the locals portrayed in the movie. I felt lucky to surround myself with the gorgeous scenery of the mountains and lake that most people only got to enjoy during their vacation. For me, summers were swimming and boating, fall was picking apples, baking and canning, winter was skiing and spring was plain-old mud season. My parents were into getting us out in nature, reading, travel, music, culture, strong debate about both local and national politics and instilling wholesome values that I have carried with me in life.

After my (almost) ;) idyllic childhood, I lucked into a job working for a company selling wide format printing supplies. From the start, I focused on fine art and high quality printing. Over the years, I became a valued expert in the fine art printing, materials (canvas and watercolor papers) , archival ink and coatings industry. I have worked with some of the top and widely known artists in the world hand-in-hand with manufacturers to bring about an industry standard of vibrant prints with longevity to last in the home decor market. It was a very exciting time and I was very lucky to be there in the very beginning. You see, I loved what my customers could reproduce with these printers.  My love of creativity, art, technology and materials all were put to use. The industry has come a long way since then, but I still love it. All these years of hard work is what makes it possible to even offer something you can use in your home like Customized Walls.

Other things I love:

My Family:  I am happily married to a guy who makes me laugh every day. I have one daughter (Bean-10 ) and am also raising my brother’s three children due some unfortunate circumstances (Spaghetti-11, Sweet Boy-9 and Cookie-7). We also have a gorgeous yellow lab-mix dog, Gavi. We are a big, happy family with lots of hugs, laughs, and a few tears here and there….but mostly love.

My Friends: I have just about the best girl friends that anyone can ask for….some I have known my whole life and some more recently. All are supportive and kind but most of all crack me up…You will usually find us giggling over a bottle of wine while we ignore the above. ;)

My Hobbies: Still swimming, reading, driving around with the top down in my convertible listening to music, travel, good wines, and hanging will all the people I love.

My Business: Working in the printing industry for as many years as I did, I never really fell in love with a product. Things would change and new products would come and the old would go….it was all part of progressing…BUT, when I found this re-positionable wall mural material and worked to make it just what someone like me would use, I fell………..and HARD. You see, I had moved into an old (but uber charming) house in New England a few years before and it had some pretty horrific 1960s wallpaper. At the time, my daughter was heavy into her pink phase. So, as loving parents, we re-did her room. Talk about a NIGHTMARE. A solid week of steaming, scoring, and scraping this awful wallpaper from the walls. Then cleaning and washing over and over until we could finally prime and paint. All in all, it was probably two solid weeks to get it looking sparkling and fresh with a nice blush of pink on the walls. WELL, that didn’t last long- In about 6 months she decided she hated pink. I should have known it based on all the other times she had gone through phases, but it was frustrating none-the-less. So, when I saw this product, I thought: MAN! I could have used THAT! It was not the first time either. I have lived in dorms, rented apartments, my family even owned a wine shop for a time…all places that would have rocked with this material. So, the idea was born to bring Customized Walls to every frustrated parent re-doing a child’s room, every renter or leaser stuck with boring white walls, every business owner who wants to make their space custom and original quickly and painlessly, every family who changes out decor but wants to keep their home neutral in case they want to sell at some point, and the list could go on and on… I want to help people make their homes and spaces someplace they love and is original to them…So, I guess you could say I am sorta a super hero, right? ;)

I hope you enjoy reading my blog and getting to know me and my business.

xoxo,

Laurie

 I don’t want to bore you so I will leave you with that. I would LOVE to hear more about YOU. Feel free to comment below and tell me about why you love interior design!

Jungle Wall Murals from Customized Walls – Childrens and Kids Murals – Italian and European Wall Murals – Removable Wallpaper

Today we were printing a HUGE cheetah print mural and even though I am not a huge fan of most country music found myself singing this song:

And this is the mural that inspiring my morning song:

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This is print PERFECT for a bedroom or livingroom! So, here is to less cheaters and more cheetahs!

Enjoy your day!!!

We always connecting:

Today is grey and rainy and I have had just about enough of it! Which is why I made the video below of tropical places (that I am not). For a few years of my life I lived in Arizona and Florida. It was warm and sunny most days and I really liked that part. Alas, I moved back to NH (and I really do enjoy the seasons most of the time) and am now within minutes to my mum and friends….and they make it all worth it. Even on the most cloudy and dreary day!