Wednesday, December 28, 2011

While away from home...working in's the same story every morning...

My early morning drive south on Coast Highway from Malibu to downtown LA

Walking by Otis Fashion School on the ground floor on my way up to work...

on the 13th floor... our showroom, which is a complete mess right now!!!

It will (has) to be pulled together by the 17 of January for the LA Gift Show.

I'll be sure to post finished projects.

Enjoy the day!!!

Location:LA Morning routine

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Burl Wood Faux...

In between all the holiday creating...
I had to make some time to work!


Good for me I like what I do
Faux Finishes and Murals

Anyway...I broke away to do a faux finish in an already beautiful kitchen ( sorry, no photos of that) along with turning a white plaster fireplace into a rich addition to my clients very formal living room.



I started by painting out the white plaster with a base color that was in already existing wood pieces in the 
living room.

Then took advantage of a curved inset by painting a burl wood clients brilliant's just the detail that was needed.

The rest was done in a simple wood stria with subtle wood patterns throughout...and a fresh coat of high temp black paint on the firebox surround.

Not such a great photo...but you get the idea of how it transformed the room.  They needed to wait a few days to put their beautiful holiday decor back up on the mantle...therefor I have no completed finish shots...the story of my painting life...usually too busy to go back for those ever important and visual photographs.

Trust me is a beautiful room with things collected all through their travels in Europe and the was a pleasure painting and being in their home.

We are ordering a wood onlay to apply to the front of the fireplace after the holidays, much like the fireplace I did below for another client.  It's a wonderful addition of a 
hand carved detail.

I love doing fireplaces...just the right size to keep it interesting!

Enjoy your day...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One Kings Lane Vintage + Market Finds Sale

TeardropHankys Pillows are being featured...
in a Vintage and Market Finds sale on

 Thursday  December 15th
6:00 pm and ending on Sunday at 6:00 pm

OKL has amazing finds, most at 50% or more off.
Check it out and sign on to buy, buy, buy...or just look, look, look.
You can use my email as an invite to sign on...
One of my favorite Faith Austin hankies
 A Faith Austin Medallion print with a vintage Waverley fabric back

Front & back Pussy Willow pillow...could go either way of the most popular floral motifs in hankies

French dieting at its best hanky

Garden toile

My last sale with OKL sold all 24 pillows in 4 hours...hope these 14 go as quick!

Happy shopping (or viewing)
either way...


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspiration crush...

I found something...
(rather it was found by another and brought to my attention)
...and I just have to share again in return.

Most mornings I get my cup of coffee and head off to my computer to check emails, my Etsy shops, bank accounts and all that is busyness.  Once that's all out of the way... I settle in to browse through my favorite blogs ...looking to see what others are up to, what's inspiring them and be inspired myself along the way.

This morning I got a full dose 
inspiration • imagination • artistry 

Amy's blog Playing Sublimely shared this link of beautiful photographs this morning and I wanted to continue passing it along as it has so many wonderful images to share.  So if you have a minute (or two) & if your visual like I am...get your coffee or tea and enjoy the scenery. 

Colors I LOVE...

Great Vintage finds...

Nice RELAXED it !

Who can resist a cute photos of children ?

Add a dash of Holiday cheer...

(couldn't resist this great Christmas photo of James Taylor)

There you have it...a peek into my morning gets my day started off in the right direction and I'm ready to create!

I hope you too can find a few moments to seek out some visual pleasures of your own...and pass them on.

Enjoy your own it !