Surround Yourself in a World of Art

Looking for Real Faux May 16, 2008

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 These are some decorative painting inspirational finds from my recent trip to Savannah. 

Do you want walls that are interesting, rich with depth and texture? Do you desire something aged and time worn? Where do you begin?  Whether doing it yourself or hiring a decorative painter, identifying what you like is the best way to start. 

Look for real textures and colors that exist in the world around you.  Look at everything from sidewalks to ceilings.  Look in historic villages and towns.  Look at old and new structures.  Look at slate river bottoms and mossy green hillsides.

 Great inspirations are everywhere!  The mix of old world and new construction is my favorite combination. You don’t want everything worn and old, then it just looks worn and old.  The pairing of old and new, vintage and contemporary, are what make a timeless combination. 

Wouldn’t this aged crack and textured stone (shown below) add a fantastic richness to your decor?

Or a wall aged with an old graphic advertisement adjacent to your new cherry cabinets.

The cool colors of this garden frame the inviting warmth of these beautiful front entry doors. 







I’m not (usually) a fan of vinyl wall decals… May 3, 2008


(images from danielle thompson)Until I came across this incredibly cute application created by Danielle Thompson. It was featured on  Every aspect of this room was so well designed and the use of vinyls is perfectly clever and appropriate!

She has a full description on how she created this masterpiece with several more pictures on her blog:

Another great application of this design would be to have these frames adorn the walls of a staircase that lead to the toy room.  Or, put them in the toy room and create an ever changing gallery of your children’s art!

Love it!


The soffit that never was April 19, 2008

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I created this design for a client with a very french country kitchen. 

  She wanted a mural on a soffit above an opening between the kitchen and her living room, that tied in elements of her love for cooking and nature and her arts and crafts furniture collection.  She loved this design.  Unfortunately, she was not able to have it completed.  

I am truly disappointed because I was looking forward to painting this. 

 I want to give it a home somewhere… here seems a good place.


“Mommy, there are monsters in my room” April 15, 2008

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Yes, it’s true.  Wild Things are in the nursery… but don’t they look gentle?  I am hoping that when baby Augie arrives, he will love his new bedroom. His soon to be parents put together a great nursery with leopard pattern bedding, a beautiful round crib, jungle green walls and the Where the Wild Things Are inspired murals. 



They even requested that the hanging Wild Thing have leopard spots to match the fabric. A great idea that turned into my favorite part of the mural.  I loved painting this room!


Curtis Heuser’s home was inspirational April 6, 2008

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I thoroughly enjoyed touring Curtis Heuser’s home.  His attention to detail provides proof that there is room for design in every square inch of your home and that anything can be customized and embellished.  I really do recommend his book to everyone. Whether you enjoy viewing beautiful homes, you have an interest in learning how to try some of the techniques he used or you’re looking for inspiration for your own home when hiring a decorative painter, this book is a filled with beautiful photographs and inspiring ideas.