Friday, August 26, 2011

Marimekko Art On the Wall For Less!

Marimekko — means “Mary's dress”


maybe that is why I have always been drawn to these iconic patterns!

I think I may be a little "old" to wear a Marimekko dress.......

BUT:







If you look around my house or in my fabric stash you will see that I often pick patterns that are reminiscent of the designs from this Finnish company.
My research for this post took me to the MarimekkoWikipedia entry and I found the history of the company fascinating.
Read on to see the way my daughter found to have a piece of Marimekko art on her kitchen wall!


 Amanda purchased a set of 2 Unessa Tea Towels ($29.00) a while ago. She wanted to frame one for her kitchen.  
I thought- "What an original idea!" ( Bright woman my daughter!)
Research again and I discovered that she wasn't as original as I thought!  
Sorry Kiddo!
Here is an image from a post at Door 16...looks like we stole this idea without even knowing it....
Or as I would rather think-Great minds think alike!
Door 16 2007 Inspiration
 
Sweetwater Style Version
 Aren't the similarities almost spooky?

How I did it:
1 Frame From Goodwill
 Spray Mount/tape and a scrap of foam core to mount the towel
Black Mat Board cut with my trusty Mat Cutter

Put it all together and there you have it!
Cost: about $20 including frame and mat
Considering that Marimekko fabric runs about $44 a yard and you would have to cut and finish the edges...this makes way more sense.
Check out the tea towels at Amazon if you are interested in doing this!
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I took a little walk around my house this morning....Here is a tour of some of my uses of  Marmekko inspired fabrics:


The new cushions on the Malabar Chairs in the living room.
The chairs were a steal from Craig's list a couple of years ago...just waiting for this fab fabric!


A remnant of Marimekko inspired upholstery fabric wrapped around a canvas frame in the Dining Room. 


 





The Fabric on the $3 Goodwill stool at the kitchen desk....rare photo...my butt not on it!





A Table runner on the kitchen table....a remnant I just had to have!


 The shower curtain in the guest bathroom....lovin' the orange and brown!

Last....this little plate on the vanity....a $1 GW find!

 Now I am off to enjoy the last official vacation week day of my summer.....the sun shines, the garden awaits....I am not going to waste a minute and you shouldn't either!
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