Posts by Katie of Love Paper Paint

Gimme More Chartreuse!

Gimme More Chartreuse!

I forgot how much I actually do like Cost Plus. Nine years ago, when my husband and I first moved into our house, it was our “go-to” place to find nice, but inexpensive furniture that had a little bit of the eclectic and ethnic style of decor we like. We already had a lot of Asian artwork and antiques (from a trip to Taiwan), as well as things my parents had given me. We fell in love with anything Italian during our honeymoon in Italy. And we found ourselves drawn to pieces, patterns, colors from various cultural/historical influences: Asian/Indian, European (Italian and Spanish), Gothic/Medieval, Moorish, Moroccan, and anything rustic-tropical-ornate. I guess it could be called a “Euro-Colonial” style…think French Colonial/Indochinese, British Colonial/India to West Indies, Italian/Venetian, Moorish/Moroccan. In any case, Cost Plus seemed to fit the bill. And then the benefit of being a decorative painter who has the opportunity to work with some fabulous interior designers started to come into play. We began buying pieces through my connections (those trade discounts are always a plus), and my friend Tiffany (Heon Design) found beautiful fabrics and helped me with draperies and bedding. I guess the last time I went to a Cost Plus was to find some stocking stuffers and snacks for my boys. Until today. I was looking for some items for a wedding I’m doing this weekend, and happened to pop in to check out their frame selection. My eye was instantly drawn to a lovely and bright chartreuse/mossy green, floral patterned placemat (pictured above). I know, it’s just a $3.99 placemat, but this pattern made me happy and I had to have it. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Chartreuse. Lately, I can’t get enough of it. Some people love it, some people compare it to pea soup or baby poop. But I beg to differ. I just love, love, love it! I think it’s such a clean, fresh, uplifting color. It goes well with so many colors: red, orange, aqua, grey, brown, black, purple, pink, yellow. And it’s not just a modern/contemporary color….Chartreuse adds that bit of “pop” and a refreshing update to anything vintage or traditional. Anjour Pear walls, Lettuce Leaf fauxheadboard, paint by Benjamin Moore~from Domino Magazine. My Chinese New Year’s cards this year were Chartreuse, a dark “Shadow” Grey, and an Aubergine Purple. All because of the Chartreuse feather comb from Anthropologie I found to wear in my hair for our photos (which were beyond fantastical because of my talented sis, Julie of Lot116 Photography). I loved this color scheme so much, I had to paint my boys’ bathroom Chartreuse and dark Grey (which I’ll post later in an upcoming blog series, so stay tuned). And I’m using some beautiful Chartreuse paper patterns for invitations and wedding color schemes. Placecard for Exquisite Weddings tableaux shoot by EITAK Design, photo by Terri Rippee So my new placemat has found a spot on my kitchen island….doesn’t it look so lovely with my treasured sugar bowl from Anthropologie? Best $3.99 I’ve spent in a while….I may have to find a way to use this pattern on an invite or a wall...

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Check Out What’s “Hatching”…

Check Out What’s “Hatching”…

Spring is in the air and there’s beautiful color everywhere! From the gorgeous tulips blooming in my neighbor’s courtyard, to the meadow grasses popping up everywhere to cover brown dirt with a sea of bright green…nature’s palette is in full effect! I love it! Besides the fact that I’ve been sneezing up a storm, springtime in Southern California is one of my favorite times of year! Spring is also my busiest time of year. Not only is it Wedding Season, but it’s time for Spring Cleaning – which means that cleaning up the house also inspires home improvement projects, remodeling and decorating. And that means new painting projects, murals, faux finishes and touch ups for EITAK! In the last couple of weeks, it’s been all of the above! I’ve been working on a bunch of cool projects in some amazing homes. But I’ll save that for another post. Like I always say, busy is good! So, back to COLOR…..yesterday I received the sample pack for the new Envelopments line of papers, patterns and products. All I can say is “WOW!” I’m so excited to start designing invitations, announcements and social communiques with these new colors and patterns! Did I mention that I LOVE PAPER?!!! Here’s a sneak peek: I’ll post more detailed shots of the new collection (especially my favorites) or include a link to Envelopments’ swatch pages soon. Here’s what’s coming….“113 new stocks, for a total of 247 colors. The new collection includes 13 new matte stocks, 16 metallic stocks, 6 textured metallic stocks, 4 new duplex stocks, and introducing 9 new letterpress stocks. In addition to all that and our current colors, we’re adding 65 new patterned stocks from 5 new Envelopments Original Patterns: Bloom, Brocade, Swiss, Sutra, and Mod. You’re going to love them all!” I’m in love already! I’m also really excited about a new pocket format and these FAVOR BOXES! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them all. I’m already thinking up ways to use the boxes for more than just favors! I can’t wait. Check back soon to see what’s “crackin'” at EITAK Design. Happy...

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