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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Surfer Chic (and More Paper to Love)

When I think of surfer chic, Tim Clarke always comes to mind. He often designs rooms with a foundation of crisp neutrals livened up by earthier textiles. And a surf board looks right at home, almost like a piece of sculpture against his walls.

Seeking seasonal inspiration, I was glancing back at past magazine stories -- one photographed by Lisa Romerein for Coastal Living, March 2009, and another written by the wonderful Elizabeth Jenkins for InStyle, May 2008. Elizabeth reported that Tim favors rustic artisan notecards from Soolip.

Now I can't end the day without sharing a bit of the current Soolip-designed tree-free silkscreened paper made with recycled cotton rag. It costs about $12 per set of three sheets, and I see potential here for all sorts of summer crafts, handmade stationery, and gift wrap for small packages. (Check out Soolip's blog for more ideas. Looks like we are all loving the new "Love" stamp!) The envelopes shown here are waxed banana leaf paper. Some of the collection is obviously Indian-inspired, though I'm also feeling Gauguin in the tropics.

Image three via Coastal Living; image four via InStyle.


annechovie said...

Love the surfer style, as it is perfect for my location and cheery, too! That paper is gorgeous, too, Courtney.

Style Court said...

Anne, hope it inspires! Imagine a chair or wall "covered" with the paper prints here :)

Karen Orr said...

Crazy 'bout these papers and love the work of Tim Clarke.

See more surfer chic from Andrew Virtue, "the surfing decorator"

Mr. Virtue - what a name to live up to - does some seriously un-surfery rooms, too, as he did in the writing room at the Greystone show house in Los Angeles

beachbungalow8 said...

well, of course you know this is right up my alley.

Tim is working on two houses a few blocks away from me. One is on the beach, a new build over 12k sq feet. I cannot wait to see what he does with it.

robyn pope said...

Love this post Courtney~ hope you're well, I've missed
reading your posts! So busy with teenagers and work
: )

Style Court said...

Robyn -- so nice to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by.

Megan -- wish I could see too!