Modern Chinoiserie

A few months ago 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. IMG_1652

In keeping with the printed look I created stencils and masked out each branch so that I could stencil them also.


The final look is traditional and contemporary at the same time.



An example of traditional chinoiserie:(‘Badminton’ design in standard design colours on Mocha Williamsburg. Photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg.Interior design by Bunny Williams.)



Definition of Chinoiserie (pronounced shin-wa-sur-ee) courtesy of wikipedia: a French term, signifying "Chinese-esque", refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration.

Old Line State

So in response to all the Union Jack dressers I've seen lately, I've decided to fly my state's colors (well, sorta.) I found this dresser on craigslist a few months ago. Image

So on my week off from real painting I transformed it with some custom mixed Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.  I decided to keep it tonal so that it would fit in more subtly with its surrounding decor.


Feel free to contact me with any orders you may require! (Mikey won't let me sell this one cause "we never keep any cool stuff!")

(linked to Miss Mustard Seed and Elizabeth and Co.)

Busy Bee

Its always a pleasure to have great clients.  Case in point with my latest completed project.  I was brought in by Jessica Barwick of Barwick Interiors to add some finishing touched to this recently completed home in Clarksville Maryland. Ceiling beams in the family room were woodgrained to match the entertainment center. Notice how I "mitered" the intersections. This added some architectural interest while allowing me to work in smaller sections.

Along with the ceiling, I woodgrained the fireplace. It was white before:

Next was the "adult" powder bathroom (the kids are supposed to use the one in the mudroom ;) ) Here I created a dimensional background with metallic and regular paints then added a stencil by Royal Designs over top.  The stencil did not have registration marks so I created a template for even spacing to create the look of wallpaper. This is a great way to get the EXACT colors and pattern that you want.

The dining room got a Modello stencil and a silvery blue finish was custom mixed to go with the walls. (My work was published in their book!) I also painted the dining room chairs that go with the set that she inherited from her mother. Ill post completed pictures once the room is finished.

Upstairs I created a focal wall in the Master Suite with silver leaf and the same stencil as the powder room. (She loved it that much!) I used metallic plaster custom tinted to match the wall color and a grey/taupe.

without the flash:

And finally, the kids each got a little something in their rooms. A pearly white and grey chandelier stencil for the girl's room:

And a tonal blue stripe and newly painted desk:

THANK YOU! To my awesome clients and to Jessica for bringing me in.

Up next:

I just started a project for another awesome client whom I've worked for previously.  I am doing several paintings throughout the home and this first one will be in the foyer. It will end up looking like stone.

Stay tuned!