Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Special Project on Ceiling




This was such a special project I did for a great client. Above her octagon-shaped dining room table, she created this octagon ceiling. She asked me to paint an outdoor scene with branches and leaves. She had asked me to paint a red robin somewhere on the side. Her dad, who had passed away, always told her that when he was gone, every time she saw a red robin, it would be him looking down upon her. She now feels her dad's presence every day in her home, looking down upon her.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Better Home & Gardens - 9 Designer Color Palettes

I just stumbled upon this wealth of colorful eye candy. If you go to this link, and then click on each of the nine color palettes, it will take you to that designer's website or blog. Trust me, you can spend sooooo much time on all of them. Enjoy!!

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/schemes/designer-color-palettes/#page=1

Monday, November 14, 2011

AFTER pictures of NYC exterior mural
















Well, I finally remembered to post some pictures of the exterior mural I did over the summer in Manhattan. We recently went to the city to see the 9/11 Memorial, and when I looked up, I was amazed to see this very terrace where I worked, 34 floors above ground. It was only then that I realized just how high up I really was!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


This is the BEFORE. My client had an old hutch cabinet, and wanted to give it a weathered look.

What normally would have taken several days with other lines of paint, I was able to accomplish in an afternoon. With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, there is NO NEED TO PRIME!!! That's right, you can paint right over furniture. It can be rolled on, or brushed on, depending on the look you're trying to achieve. The colors I used were Old White, and Graphite.











Needless to say, the clients loved the new look.

The ASCP "Stockist" where I ordered from is Patty Seaman of bestfurniturepaint.com.

Try it, you just might like it!!
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

I'm back!

I promised myself that I wouldn't start blogging until I could commit to it on a regular basis. Well, we all know how life just gets in the way sometimes.

Since my last post, here on Long Island we've survived Hurricane Irene and an earthquake in the same week! There was a lot of devastation from the storm around us; in some local neighborhoods, there were homes that had several feet of water in the house. And others on the same block were perfectly intact. It was just so random, and inexplicable. For us, the irony is that although we were spared from the storm, our washing machine hose broke and we wound up with a flood in the basement anyway!! We just finished checking in with all the neighbors to make sure everyone was OK, and then we had to come outside running and asking for ShopVacs! And the week before Irene, my daughter's basement flooded, and two months later, we are still helping her try to put it back together.

Needless to say, everything else had to be put on the back burner. But I am trying to get back into the habit of blogging, so here we go. One of these days I will take the time to learn how to design this better, so I can add more features, and sections to talk about things other than painting. But for now, I just want to stay in the habit of blogging!

New York City exterior mural







This was a fun and exhilirating sumer project. I was on the top floor of a 34 floor building in New York City, just blocks from Ground Zero. Blocking that thought out of my mind was the only way to get through the project. Here are some "BEFORE" pictures.



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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Home grown



We have a very small vegetable garden. We've always planted tomatoes, but this is the first year we thought to try lettuce. It's so exciting to see how much lettuce we've grown, and it's even more delicious than it looks. I wish I had more time to take care of a full garden of fruits and veggies. Maybe one day ...
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Handpainted sinks and other colorful things from Playa del Carmen

We just came back from a family vacation at The Grand Mayan in Riviera Maya just outside of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Say that three times fast!!! The resort was absolutely top notch, with a lush, tropical setting and delicious cuisine. We only chose to leave the premises one day, when we took a cab to the "Fifth Avenue" of Playa del Carmen. Not quite as luxurious as New York City, but it certainly made for a nice afternoon. There were so many different things to look at, I just thought I'd share a few of them here.


Aren't these handpainted sinks just beautiful?



This one would be perfect for a sunflower lover.




This colorful swing is the epitome of relaxation, don't you think?!




This handmade stained glass sitting atop a fountain was quite the focal point.




A pirate ship sticking out of a restaurant. Clever!




The most fashionable skeleton I've ever seen!



"Jelly fish" lanterns. Quite cute!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Color Trends for 2012


As a decorative artisan, I am always inspired by color.

The Color Association of the United States (CAUS) forecasts in four categories: Women's, Men's, Youth and Interiors/Environmental. They have determined that there are three trends, all of which emphasize a down-to-earth lifestyle.

The name of this one captured my senses -- Confection. Don't these colors look yummy??!!
The color chart and pictures are taken from their website. Enjoy!!

http://www.colorassociation.com/youth_ss_2012