July 14th, 2011
Better Homes Stencil Blessing
Whoa! Wait!! It’s THURSDAY already?! Did anyone else just blink and find the week almost gone??? I was meaning to post this on Monday (well, longer than that actually) because this is something kind of BIG!
A few months ago, we received a request for a bunch of stencils from our Moroccan stencil collection from Better Homes and Gardens for a possible feature in their July issue. They had actually chosen stencils to use from another company already (not sure which one), but when they saw ours they decided to make a switcheroo. They “hinted” at a possible cover shot, but couldn’t say for sure, and we waiting
patiently with fingers drumming….
You can imagine how THRILLED we were to see our Small Chez Ali stencil used on multiple pillows on the cover, as well as some great interior shots! You can imagine that we are cutting a LOT of Endless Circle Lattice stencils these days with this beautiful blue wall stencil application to showcase it!
There is even more great stenciling shown on another page where they used our Moroccan Inlay stencil on even more stenciled pillows, and the darling Chicken Stitch stencil on some curtains. As you would expect from Better Homes and Gardens, they did a fabulous jot with the styling and photography, and we are so appreciative to see our stencils put to such gorgeous use!
More stencil excitement! Just yesterday, a friend turned my on to this “Decorating Rules You Can Break” feature on the Better Homes and Gardens website that shows our Japanese Kyoto stencil cleverly used as a feature panel between two curtains on a wall. How cool is this! A lot of times you don’t necessarily want to stencil an allover pattern “allover” and the coordinating curtains provide a nice frame. I could totally see this idea working on a bed wall, with the stencil pattern acting as a “headboard” that is softly framed by the fabric!
But wait! There’s even MORE to this stencil tale!! One of the bloggers featured in the July Better Homes and Gardens article is the talented designer, Lauren Liess of PureStyleHome. While I was enjoying perusing her delightful blog yesterday, I stumbled upon a great stencil project that she did for her nursery.
This clever canopy is actually a canvas dropcloth that she stenciled with our Small Indian Paisley stencil motif in a repeat pattern to create a damask effect. Notice how she repeated the same motif on the front drop of the canopy to create a stenciled border. Simply. Brilliant!
Lauren has some other smashing stenciling in her home, via a classic Ralph Lauren stencil pattern.
Isn’t this a great look?? I love the color and, even more, the fact that her sweet husband actually did the stenciling for her. Good man!!
Well, that’ s my big stencil news for this week. Pretty exciting, huh??
July 14th, 2011 at 10:18 am
I love the paisley canopy idea. I wonder if i could do something like this on silk organza or something translucent?
July 14th, 2011 at 10:43 am
Melanie, congratulations for these wonderful features!!! You really have earned it with your outstanding and so inspiring and inspirational work. You are on a roll!!!!
Warm greetings from Munich,
PS -I really regret that I am so far away from you – how I would love to see your work in reality!!!
July 14th, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Congratulations! Kudos to you and your staff!
July 14th, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Congrats! And definitely well deserved.
July 20th, 2011 at 8:08 am
Awesome! So happy for you that you got the cover. I’ll have to go run out and buy a copy now.
July 21st, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Bookmarked, I love your blog!
July 24th, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Kudos to you and Congratulations!!! Anyway,Loving the paisley canopy idea of yours.You’re definitely brilliant! thanks for sharing. Love your site too.
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July 25th, 2011 at 9:41 am
hello, fantastic article, and a really good understand! just one for my favorites.
July 25th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Love stenciling.. time consuming but totally worth it. I did little robots on my sons curtains
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