Toning it Down

It has been a busy few weeks since my last post. I’ve been working with a couple great companies developing new products that will be on store shelves this spring. Among them will be a line of coffee mugs (40 different mugs in all!) as well as my first quilting fabric collection. I look forward to showing them off as soon as I get samples.

In the mean time, I wanted to share a different look. The last couple posts featured lots of bright colors, which I love, but sometimes a more subtle color palette is just what you need. Warm greys and muted tones add a level of sophistication to products like accessories. And table settings in subtle hues are so versatile and allow your meal to take center stage.

While this monotone look may not have the same punch as more colorful options,  I don’t think you’ll find it boring either.

(All products shown are mock-ups and the artwork is available for licensing.)

Beach Bags ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey Placesettings 2 ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey Messenger bags ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey placesettings 1 ©2013 Kris Ruff

Boys’ Bedding

I think boys are under served when it comes to their bedrooms. When decorating my son’s room, I found the available bedding choices mostly limited to basic stripes and plaids along with sports, dinosaur and transportation themes. So what do you choose for a brainy, creative kid who’s not interested in sports and has out-grown T. Rex and fire trucks? How about some playful patterns in boyish colors that would appeal to a boy’s creative side and last through his teen years. Below are some of my ideas. So if you know anyone in the bedding business, please send them my way!

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Counting Sheep

I think sheep are funny. I found myself drawing one a couple weeks ago and then a second one and a third and before I knew it there was a small flock of them on my screen. They stayed there happily until I could figure out what to do with them. Turns out they’re Counting Sheep, with a kid’s bedroom being their preferred habitat, where they can teach counting skills while helping a little one fall asleep. Paired with a colorful coordinating striped rug, they would create a bright cheerful room. Beware of Sheep #5 though, I think he might eat your socks if you leave them lying about.

These sheep would be equally happy on a set of notebooks for school. One for Math, two for English, three for geography… you get the idea.

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There’s a great little neighborhood bar and grill near my house called The Chatterbox Pub. One side of the restaurant is a lounge area with sofas and coffee tables where you can relax, enjoy a drink and play the vintage board games they have on hand. The whole place is decorated with vintage artifacts and I think these pillows would fit right in.

Hence, this new pattern is dubbed Chatterbox. Besides pillows, this pattern would look great on placemats, kitchen towels and bedding.

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Introducing Mezo. It’s a very intricate repeat pattern with hints of Mayan and Aztec carvings. It lends itself really well to upholstery and pillows. I can imagine it as upholstery in an upscale restaurant, especially one featuring Latin cuisine. It would look great in a silk or other fabric with a sheen.Image

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My newest pattern. I’m calling it Syncopation because it has a jazz music feel and some of the elements look like abstracted musical notes. It’d look great on purses, clothing, especially men’s shirts, as well as paper goods like notebooks, journal, etc.  syncopation-products-for-blogNote: All products shown are mock-ups. This artwork is available for licensing in all categories.