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Writing about experiences, news, projects, and life as it relates to the world of interior design and decorative painting.
Often I am asked to paint a piece of furniture for a client. Perhaps the piece has great lines but its finish is outdated. Or it belonged to grandma and so it has sentimental value. I ask clients what the reason is because painting furniture is an involved process and if not done correctly can create a world of headache down the road!
There are many ways to work with a Decorative Artist, and there are many things we can do to help you solve your design dilemmas; from customizing a treatment inspired by a wallpaper to creating a beautiful and original wall finish that acts as the perfect focal point, or backdrop, to set the rest of the room so that your client has a space completely tailored to their style. I’d say that’s much better than picking wallpaper out of a book that everyone else has.
They could all be found in Chamonix this past April! Since 2011, Salon has been something I have wanted to be a part of and for one reason or another I wasn’t able to participate. The stars came into alignment and I was able to travel to Chamonx which is located in the French Alps, at the base of Mont Blanc which the tallest peak in the Alps, and in Europe.
It occurred to me the other day when I was talking with an interior designer I just met that I perhaps I should explain a bit about what exactly we do as “decorative artists” and how one goes about working with us . Its clear as day for me, but when I describe my profession to new people I meet I either get blank stares or confused looks. I think I need to polish my elevator speech! So first and foremost, let me describe to the world what a decorative artist is and what we do.
Designing for the Designer (No Pressure!)
When Designer Brian Dermitt and his Husband Mark contacted me to create a piece of art for their master suite I was both delighted and terrified.
How a casual conversation between two friends over drinks turned into a really fun art show idea.
I was contacted by designer Heidi Dripps to create a finish that was inspired by a wallpaper that the client loved. The wallpaper was beautiful but there were certain things that didn't work for the client. One, the colorways weren't quite right. And two, the composition wasn't just so. The designer and client wanted me to recreate the feel of the contemporary imagery but create more of a mural.
I get such a kick out of man-made boundaries- imaginary lines that exist to delineate one space from the other. State lines, country borders, time zones, years…all exist to help us measure or delineate…