Saturday, December 12, 2009

When Two Colors Meet Mid-Wall

This is the 2nd day of painting, cutting in brown, which client wanted on bottom of wall. It was up to me to determine height of brown, and how to create a "border" where the two colors meet. I started without knowing exactly how this room would turn out.

Client was trusting, gave me free reign (my favorite way to work!) and just wanted it too look good with the new quilts the sisters are getting for Christmas.
Before room: pinks, IKEA castle quilts, wall flower stickers...
After with turquoise (Sherwin Williams SPA and Regency Brown) and yes, that ceiling is painted the same color as upper wall. It expands the feel of the room, even with the dark bottom half. Painted ceilings erases corners, softens edges.

The meeting spot for the colors also had to work with the height of the bunk beds and the client did request that the brown show through the new shelving unit.
New mirror painted and incorporated into wall between windows (notice it had to be higher than the outlet, and somehow make sense with the height of the border=tricky, but this worked.)

Color changes everything in a room!

"I can't believe our room turned into THIS!" first comment from Amber.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Painting for Parents

This is AFTER: muted colors, a veil of sage-jade washed over the entire mural to mute it, on purpose.
BEFORE: brighter contrasts, purple shadows stand out against greens. Whites are really white. Client saw it at this point and wanted it more muted. Can do, as seen above.
Seagull picture I took out on the Great Salt Lake on screen saver, and now painted on wall! Print hanging on wall is an original David C. Babcock, also with birds. I love the theme repeated in many mediums.

Quote taken from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" painted with wall color and shadow and highlight.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I do backsplashes!

Painted "faux" tiles above counter in modern kitchen. Colors match paint in rest of house.

Photographer and Food Stylist: Joyce Lohr

Monday, October 5, 2009

African Water hole Giraffe

Client went to Africa, loved this poster of a cliff and watering hole, but wanted less orange...
Before, gray-sage wall.
After, with giraffe needing a bronze wash.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Silver Words

Before, blue.
After, RED!
This is painted at eye level, six feet wide words across from the foot of bed. Big and bold. The font is called "Terintino," painted in Ralph Lauren silver.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Snail Finished room

I love it when clients send me the "finished" room, with furniture moved back in, accessories, etc! Love this one!  
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tropical Fish

Bathrooms are the perfect place for a mural! I paint a clear matte layer of polyurethane over everything to keep it waterproof and washable.

First time I sub-contracted a teenager to help: Melissa painted in the turtle for me while I worked on the rest of the bathroom!




Faux-finished tray ceilings, vines, and damask pattern. I love painting ceilings--it becomes a 5th wall to decorate in the room. I heard once (Debbie Travis or Christopher Lowell quote?) that leaving the ceiling white is like a slip showing below a skirt. If white is part of your decorating scheme, that is different. But neglect is a choice, and forgetting about that wonderful ceiling surface is sad!


This angel/putti only lived on the soffet for a day. The client's husband came home, hated it, so I painted it out, added more swirls to match other side.

2 Castles






Rocket Ship


Surfer Room


Client wanted surfer room stuff...The tribal animals were fun to research, and I would do them again.