I would have posted this last night, but I got sucked in by the mens’ figure skating! At any rate, I was invited to a breakfast yesterday for women entrepreneurs, and what a wonderful group of inspiring ladies. It was held at the beautiful Old Town, Alexandria row house of Ashley Spencer, the artistic talent behind Casart Coverings. These wall coverings are brilliant — they are like stickers in that you can put them up and peel them off without any wallpaper paste or elbow grease.
The business started in 2008, when Ashley, who is a decorative artist by trade, teamed up with her sister, Lindsey Wood, who lives in Denver, and her mother, Lorre Lei Jackson, who lives in New Orleans. I love that the Internet allowed the family to come together this way.
Ashley demonstrated how the coverings work — you just peel them of a backing (just like you would a sticker), and stick them up on the wall. If it’s not in position perfectly, you just peel it off and put it back up again.
Designer Mary Douglas Drysdale liked the patterns so much that she used them in decorative vignettes for a recent lecture she gave in New York on green rugs. Here are two of her creations:
Perhaps my husband Jim was encouraged by all the nice comments he got on the nesting tables he made for us, which I posted about the other day, but now he’s tearing down all the old, ripped wallpaper in our dining room — the final vestige of the previous owners we bought from 11 years ago.
It’s a slow, painful process to get all that old paper and paste off the walls. How I wish (er, he wishes) that it were as simple as just peeling it all right off, like you can do with these coverings. Next time!