Designers’ Notebook – Fall 2021

Unique wallpaper, northern Michigan fine art aerials, a new Boyne City shop, and a sweet kids’ book.
Painting by Kaye Krapohl

PLEASING PAPER: Brett Design now features a new collection of wallpapers that are both subtle and vibrant, and uniquely inspired by everyday objects — from the mark of a wet bottle on paper to paintings by Amy Silliman. Unusual repurpose-themed pat-terning is, for example, painted with gesso on Amazon boxes. Available through Cloth & Kind in Ann Arbor.

HE AIMS HIGH: Fine-art and travel photographer Gray Malin has released a collection of northern Michigan aerials. The series is close to Malin, as his family has spent the summers in Michigan since he was young and he now owns a home “up north.” Malin’s Michigan collection includes Mackinac Island, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs, all taken from a doorless helicopter.

GO NORTH: Whimsical Wit, based in Ferndale, recently opened a shop in Boyne City at 109 Water St. Stop in and browse a curated selection of home décor items.

PAGING READERS: Add this to your bookshelf. Author Lindsay McFarlane of Brighton and illustrator Svetlana Trayser of Mackinac Island teamed up to create the perfect storybook for early grade-school-age children. Called “Crimson,” its colorful, whimsically painted crayon characters teach littles about teamwork, diversity, and friendship.

— Compiled by Megan Swoyer

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