Little Village Wallpaper Makeover

12/07/15

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Last week I did a little makeover on the entryway of my Portland home using my brand new Little Village Wallpaper from Chasing Paper & some blue paint, and I’m pretty happy with how it came out!

First thing to know is that this wallpaper (all wallpaper from Chasing Paper) is REMOVABLE and comes in sheets that you apply like contact paper. So applying it was a snap (so easy), and when I want to change the space again someday, it will be easy to remove as well. I also love wallpaper in small spaces as accents, and that’s exactly how I used it here — in this little space below my stairwell leading to the second floor of the house. We painted the opposite wall a rich blue, hung some art from our collection, and whoooooosh, a new entryway.

It can be intimidating to use wallpaper in an entire room, but it’s almost never necessary to paper an entire room (though I also think rooms covered in wallpaper are truly amazing also). I like to choose a wall or a small nook or the space behind built-in shelving. My patterns are great because they add a pop of color and whimsy, and because they are all only one color on white, they are not too visually complicated or distracting. They look great in bathrooms and kitchens too!

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You can purchase my Little Village paper in three different colorways here. You can also view & purchase my other two designs from Chasing Paper here. Later this month I’ll be papering one of my bathrooms in Poppy (the pattern below, far right) in red, so stay tuned for images of that! I can’t wait!

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Have you used any of my wallpaper patterns from Chasing Paper in your own home? Show me what you’ve done by sending me an email at hello@lisacongdon.com! I’d love to see it!

Have a great Monday, friends! And happy wallpapering.

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New Notebook from Denik!

11/16/15

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Friends, I am so happy to share with you the release of a new notebook from Denik.  What’s special about Denik is their mission and vision: For every product they sell, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to building schools.

This particular cover came from a design I drew in my own sketchbook earlier this year:

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You can purchase the notebook here and visit my artist page on Denik here.

Have a great week!

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Be You Tee is Back! In Kids Sizes Too!

11/16/15

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Friends, I’m so happy to let you know that my Be You design for Cotton Bureau is back! And this time we’ve got kids sizes, including onesies for babies! You can view all kids sizes & colors here to purchase.

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And you can view and purchase all the adult tees and sweatshirts here. This is the last time these guys will be on sale before the holidays so grab your gifts now!

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Have a great Monday, friends!

 

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Illustration for Joie De Vivre Hotels

10/08/15

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As an illustrator, sometimes I get to make art for really cool clients. Recently I did an illustration for the amazing Joie De Vivre Hotels! Let’s call them JDV for short. I love travel and rendering city icons, so this job was a treat for me.

My illustration was focused on four of the most popular JDV locations: California (they have hotels in both SF and LA), Chicago, Miami and Honolulu. The very first JDV hotel was the iconic, super funky Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, which opened waaaaay back in 1987 (where I actually spent some time sitting by the pool in my 20’s!). I also stayed in a JDV hotel on the final night of the AIDS Lifecycle (which I rode in 2012) and in another JDV hotel on my wedding night! I’m obviously a fan. Today JDV comprises the largest collection of boutique hotels in California, and they also have  locations in Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, Honolulu and Scottsdale, Arizona.

I loved working with Joie De Vivre on this illustration. They are not only a company with a very cool brand of hotels, they are also company who has their own super cool blog (with fantastic imagery) called Joyride (I also love the name!). You can also follow them on social media for all of their latest info:  Twitter (@JDVhotels) // Instagram  (@JDVhotels) // Facebook

Speaking of a joyride, I am off on Monday to Portugal and Spain for a few weeks. Tomorrow will be one of my last blog posts for awhile! But you can follow along on my adventures on Instagram!

Hope you are having a great Thursday!

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New Wallpaper with Chasing Paper

08/21/15

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Friends, I am so excited today to be released three new wallpaper patterns with Chasing Paper. Chasing Paper is different than traditional wallpaper: it’s well-designed removable wallpaper that will stick to nearly any surface! Genius! I hope you will be inspired by the patterns I’ve created and I am sure some of you will think of some very creative ways to use these! Oh, and I’ve also got a discount code for you today too (scroll to the bottom of the post for that).

First up: Little Village. Drawing old architecture in a stylized playful way has always been a beloved part of my repertoire, so creating this pattern was so much fun for me. For the pattern Little Village, I drew a montage of old medieval styled buildings stacked on and behind each other with clean lines and modern, stark colorways. I love the interplay between old and new & traditional and modern in this pattern!

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{Little Village in black}

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{Little Village in black and gold}

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{Little Village in grey}

Next up: Poppy! love drawing all-over floral motifs! This pattern is a hand drawn pattern of my favorite flower: the poppy. I grew up in California, so the poppy holds a special place in my heart. There are so many varieties of poppies, and the pattern includes poppies from all over the world. My favorite colorway is the vermillion red, which is the most ubiquitous poppy color.

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{Poppy in vermillion}

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{Poppy in black}

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{Poppy in grey}

Finally there is Folk, the boldest pattern of the bunch. For the past ten years I have been really interested in traditional folk pattern and folk art, and much of the imagery in my work reflects that passion. About a year ago, I began drawing patterns in my sketchbook that included traditional folk symbols, like the heart, the hand and fruit shapes. To create this wallpaper pattern, I used many traditional folk motifs and then added some of my own favorite imagery to the mix, like scissors, teacups, trees and a few animals to create this pattern. I love taking traditional imagery and making them modern. I think Folk is a great example of the perfect mix of traditional and modern. Best of all? It comes in four colorways!

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{Folk in blue}

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{Folk in black}

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{Folk in green}

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{Folk in grey}

 

For this weekend ONLY, Chasing Paper is offering a discount code just for you. Enter LOVELISA at checkout for 15% off your order. You can learn more about the wallpaper here in the FAQ and watch a how-to video here.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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