Introducing Cobalt & Cloth by Marika Meyer

Marika Meyer & Sons

Hello! So glad you are joining me as I kick off my new blog, Cobalt & Cloth. You may be wondering — why start a blog, why now? Well, managing two businesses and raising two boys can often feel a bit like a rollercoaster, and you are certain to hit a few bumps along the way. But, each challenge brings the opportunity to learn some very valuable lessons! The goal of this blog is to share all that I can with you — whether that be the key to creating a room that you can live in, the pitfalls to avoid in a renovation, or maybe it’s just about how to get two boys off to school on time! Having launched Marika Meyer Interiors eleven years ago and an artisanal fabric line just two years ago, it has been an incredibly fun and exciting decade! One that also included becoming a mother to my two boys, Grayson & Colin. Plenty of highs, lows and sideways rolls!

The name Cobalt & Cloth is derived from the two areas that define and drive my passion for design. Did you know that original blueprints were printed in a deep “cobalt”? Hence, the name “blue” prints! We participate in tons of construction projects and it is one of my favorite parts of the business. Helping clients to design their homes from the ground up allows us to think about the floor plans, the flow of space and how their functional needs can be met in construction. It’s all about helping our clients to create harmony in their homes, and a completed project is one of the most rewarding parts of this job. Blue also happens to be one of the most popular color choices in our design projects and holds a special place in my own heart!

Cloth, or fabric, is the foundation of most projects and often serves as the jumping off point or inspiration for a design. Fabric provides so much information and influence; texture, color, pattern all serve to inform and develop a room. It’s so central to design that it led me to create my own textiles collection!

2017 DC Design Home

And, when you’re really ready to dig in, we’ll delve into why people respond positively to different patterns, colors and elements of design. It’s all based on a bit of history and an understanding of cultural anthropology. Ever wonder why traditional design consistently works and is constantly reinvented? The most primitive forms of art and ancient architecture used symbols and images that conveyed a sense of harmony through the use of balance and proportion. Fast forward hundreds of years and those same basic themes still work to create an innately understandable comfort and ease. The desire to live in a space that immediately puts you at ease never goes out of style. Traditional design draws on this history and does exactly that... but we’ll cover more on this down the road!

In the weeks and months ahead, we have a lot to cover, from basic design principles to my own personal renovation project — yikes! In the meantime, please enjoy these photos from some of my favorites projects!