Friday, February 25, 2011

This is one of three bathrooms I am working on in a nearby adult c0mmunity. The client loves her gold mirror, and wanted a finish that would "reflect" that.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Raised Plaster Stencils; Photography Class

Victoria Larsen's Decorating with Class: New Raised Plaster Tree Stencil Design

Aren't these beautiful?

I LOVE the look of raised stencils, and have used them several times in my clients' homes. What I don't love is the amount of time it takes to do them! No matter how hard I try, I always underestimate how long they'll take. Translation: I never charge enough. But the end result is worth it, and my clients are always thrilled with the results. To me, that makes it all worthwhile.

I am SO happy that I discovered a three-hour photography class not too far from my house. I will be going there tomorrow, in the hopes that I will be able to take pictures besides in the "Auto" mode on my Pentax K-X DSLR camera. What's the point of a fancy camera, right?!!

Golden Washboard

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I just LOVE this finish. As you can see, it adds SUCH impact in a small space. The specialty material was hand-applied with a trowel. While still wet, I ran the trowel through it to create the horizontal ridges. A level comes in handy when you want to check your lines!

After it was dry, I painted it and then overglazed it with different shades of gold and champagne metallics.

Drab to Dressy, wouldn't you say?!

In case you're wondering how this holds up, I had the occasion to revisit the client a few weeks ago. As you can see, despite the heavy traffic of three little girls using this bathroom day in and day out, the finish has remained as pristine and new looking as the day it was done. The only maintenance required is to wipe it down with a damp cloth. No chemicals necessary!

Being so pleased with the outcome of the first vanity, I also redid the white formica vanity in the master bathroom that same year. As you can see, it also looks good as new.

Repurposing Formica Vanity

Six years ago a client called me out of frustration. Her formica vanity was dated looking, and there didn't seem to be many options. To replace it would mean having a plumber come in and disturb the granite countertop, then remove the sink. The old vanity would have to be taken out of the bathroom, dragged down the steps of her lovely home, and out into the trash. She did not want to endure the mess, or the expense. She asked me for any solution I might have. I showed her pictures and samples of other formica surfaces I had repurposed. She was hooked. So I created this "burl" finish by manipulating different shades of brown glaze over a medium yellow base. The client already had her carpenter install decorative braid molding on the doors and drawers. I "gold leafed" these moldings for added pizzaz.

So remember, if it ain't breathing, it can be painted!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Drab to Dynamic

This powder room was beautiful, until you looked up. Not many people think of doing something on the ceiling. But this client loves color and has a great sense of style throughout her home. She wanted me to come up with something that would play up the cinnamony, bronzy tones of her tiles, granite and walls. I previously faux finished several rooms in her home, so she decided to keep the walls plain, but focus on the ceiling. After several layers of plasters and metallic colors like Chocolate, Espresso, Copper, Bronze later, the ceiling became the focal point.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Here is the finished result. The clients wanted square-ish type stones, as opposed to random shapes. You can see from the close-up that it looks and feels like textured stone. I hope you will agree that this adds a degree of warmth and interest, as well as a focal point, to the large family room.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

My Other Love .... Cake!!

I am so excited! My husband and I went to a psychic medicum last week at our favorite bakery, A Taste of Home Bakery, 1992 North Jerusalem Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710-1110
(516) 486-1670.

All the attendees were entered into a raffle. Last night we got a call telling us that my husband had won the prize -- this gorgeous fondant Valentine cake. We just had some, and it was so delicious; white cake, with vanilla buttercream.

Thank you, A Taste of Home. No wonder why you were voted "Best of Long Island" in soooo many categories.

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