February 18th, 2009

Cherry Blossom Closet

This might be a good time to share with you the closet doors that go with Skylar’s lace floor. This project ALMOST didn’t happen, and I’m so glad that it did because it’s SO FREAKIN CUTE IMHO! Maryam had sent me this super inspiration photo as a starting point.

Modello Inspiration

I apologize for NOT KNOWING the source, but think it is just very cool. It looks like puffy fabric shapes that have been applied to the wall. The morning before I actually left for Morocco I had just actually determined that I had run completely out of time to get another project designed and cut and there was no way that this was going to happen. Then, I started feeling JUST HORRIBLY GUILTY that Skylar wouldn’t get her closet done and her brother WOULD. You can imagine the potential for heartbreak there, I’m sure.

Modello Door Design

So, that afternoon I quickly designed (as in about 10 minutes) this random cherry blossom pattern pulling the simpler flower shapes out of the lace pattern. With the help of Heidi and our great production department here we got it set up and cut in time to stuff in my suitcase.

Modello Cherry Blossom Pattern

The design stretches across two closet doors which open in the middle. (shown here in the hallway where they were expertly painted by Cynthia)

Modello Cherry Blossom Pattern

I had purchased some packages of little round mirrors and gave Maryam the assignment of placing a few here and there. Aren’t they sweet?

New Modello Patterns

We are adding many of the designs that we did in Marrakech both to the Modello Designs website as Decorative Masking Patterns (one-time-use, vinyl stencils) and also turning many into reusable mylar stencils for the Royal Design Studio website. Yes, we are busy little bees here……

10 Responses to “Cherry Blossom Closet”

  1. Rhonda Canales Says:

    This is so cute! I have been doing a lot of these types of additions to rooms as of late. Lots of peek-a-boo areas on accent walls. I am sure that this was a happy little girl. She looks very grown up amongst the ladies helping with her floor!

  2. Rhonda Canales Says:

    By the way… Heidi is amazing and has been so helpful on my last few projects. She always has a happy attitude and just “gets it” when I describe to her what I need. Not that you do not already know, but I thought I would share how much I admire Heidi!

  3. Yoli Says:

    I think they are stunning and you guys are amazing artists and craftpeople. I love what you did in Miryam’s place. I think you made one Momma and two little kids extremely happy.

  4. Tammie Says:

    It is wonderful what can happen with a time restraint. Absolutely charming and delightful, the outcome.

  5. Katrina Says:

    I love your site. I find the most beautiful work here. You are an inspiration! If I weren’t happy at home being a mommy right now, this is exactly the kind of work I’d hope to be doing too.

  6. Melanie Says:

    Thank you all! Rhonda-Heidi really appreciated hearing that and so nice of you to make the extra effort to say those things!

  7. Patricia Shea Says:

    Hi Melanie,
    I just found your blog at Delightful Blogs and I love it!! Your stencilling is exemplary and beautiful, I love your sense of rhythm and design. We seem to have a lot in common, I am a surface designer and I too love repeating motifs AND hazelnut flavour in my coffee!!…I literally just wrote to a company to wax poetic about their hazelnut syrup!!
    Thanks for the visual delight,

  8. grace wieber Says:

    Melanie, I love your rendition of the inspiration room even more. The simplicity is stunning.


  9. Sarkadan Says:

    You guys are just amazing. I’ve bever seen anyone able to take Moroccan stencil designs and advance them in this way….

    Always a pleasure to keep visiting your site.

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