Hi Everyone! I’m in pastel paradise over here, and I wanted to share some snapshots of my behind-the-scenes endeavors. Some are blog-related, and others are simply personal projects I’m working on…like finding the perfect Mai Tai recipe! I think I’ve narrowed it down to a “one part rum, two parts juice” combo, with the rum including both dark and light, and the juice consisting of pineapple, cranberry and orange. Orgeat is another definite possibility for liqueur. I’m entertaining in a couple of weeks and wanted something summery and retro. In other news, I’ve been painting and brainstorming some wall art possibilities:
I was going for a series of pastel canvases with a terrazzo pattern stenciled on (more on terrazzo style later in the post). I love the way the pastels look, but they were a bit too much for the room I had in mind. So now instead of wall art, I have four new “backdrops” for photo shoots. See the mint canvas behind the Mai Tai at the top of the post?
Since I’m in a tropical mood, I wanted to share this palm leaf wallpaper selection with you. And remind you that through September 3rd, you have a chance to win $200 worth of wallpaper from Graham & Brown. You can enter more than once–yay! To enter, visit this blog post.
And separate from the contest, Graham & Brown is offering Mirror80 readers a 15% discount on all wallpaper through August 28th (with the code mirror15). Above we see Honolulu Duck Egg, and below is my favorite (Cloud Nine) in a photo outtake from my last shoot. No adhesive was used in the balancing of that citrus fruit!
Back to the terrazzo trend, I’m very smitten with this Terrazzo Doona Cover from Arro Home. There’s something so simple and refreshing about the design.
It even inspired me to try a little terrazzo patterning of my own. I cut a stencil with the help of an X-Acto knife and used it to create the aqua design below. While I won’t be painting the design on my wall as originally planned, I know I’ll find a use for this “test run”. And for the wall…I’ve ordered these geometric decals from Etsy shop Eco Wall Decals in shades of aqua and mint. I’ll probably scatter them in a line across the middle of the wall–I’ll share the results once I’m done.
Hope your summer has been relaxing and soothing like the pastels in this post! XOXO, Kate