SAMPLE PROJECTS A sampling of projects, done over the last few years, are described below. I have a portfolio of photos that illustrate these and other projects.
Mudroom Addition, Amherst, MA Wall colors are chosen to complement the room’s natural pine window and door trim as well as the adjacent living room colors. I designed and painted an unfinished wood floor (plywood sub-floor) with a contemporary three-color floor design of the wall colors plus a “loaves and fishes” motif out of brown paper bag decoupage elements. A sturdy polyurethane finish will stand up to the winter wear of a mudroom until the clients budget will allow finished flooring in five or more years.
Large Kitchen & Family Room Addition, Belchertown, MA As a service offered to their contracted clients, Integrity Builders, based in Amherst, MA offers a time-limited color and decorating consultation with me. In this project, the color palette I developed with my client informed the choice of rugs, furniture, granite counter and many accessories.
Summer Cottage, Lake Luzerne, NY This client wanted an detailed decorating plan that she could gradually accomplish over a two-year period – from re-arranging interior spaces by taking out non-bearing walls and adding French doors, to new furnishings, a color palette, and other details. After visiting the space and having the client do some homework with magazines and design books, I developed a notebook and “travel wallet” of fabric samples, paint samples, room sketches, shopping resources, and images of furnishings and fixtures to improve the cottage interior. She takes the wallet when she shops for new elements.
Medical Clinic, Roswell, NM This significant cosmetic makeover involved designing and decorating a medical clinic with several examination rooms, a reception/waiting area, video/instructional space, children’s play area, bathrooms, hallway, a spa area where skin treatments are handled, and the clinic’s administrative area. The project was completed in a month’s time. I did space planning and coordinated my client’s subcontractors (painters, carpenters, plumbers). I bought an antique reproduction examination chair, had it recovered to match the new décor and painted walls with faux finishes, including a mural of vines and crackled walls to suggest a South of France style/ theme. Other furniture, paintings, and fixtures were chosen in that motif.
Decorating & Specialty Painting for a New Home, BC These clients wished to transform their recently purchased ranch house into a Mexican hacienda. I designed and faux painted the living room, hallway, powder room, and office. The painting of faux tiles on the wall, fashioned after traditional Mexican tiles the client showed me were so well-executed, the clients’ family from Mexico City had to look closely to realize there were no tiles! A blanket design was done along the hallway walls. I selected curtain fabric and painted them to dress two large picture windows and to balance the breathtaking vista overlooking Oak Bay. The fabric coordinated with the border tile design and blanket design in the hallway. I hired a painter to help paint the walls. This project was completed in 3 weeks – a week off site and the rest on site.
Dentist Office, Victoria BC Mural-style painting of an atmospheric sky in a windowless office with a color palette that coordinated with the office furnishings and cabinetry.
Paprika Bistro Restaurant, Victoria BC As an example of a mural-style painting, I fashioned two 12-foot long paprika peppers on two dining room ceilings of this upscale, contemporary Hungarian restaurant.
Shoal Point Luxury Condo Development, Victoria, BC For this award-winning downtown waterfront luxury condominium development, I provided color consultations and painted several specialty finishes in three high-end condo showroom units, priced at $500,000 to $2.6 million. My painting commissions for these units included: faux tiles for one kitchen; several faux finish designs for fireplaces; painted gold pear mural in a kitchen; French-style faux finish around a ceiling chandelier; marble faux finish on several columns in an oversized entryway.
Fan Tan Gallery, Chinatown, Victoria BC In this popular shop of unique folk art furniture, collectibles, and art objects, I painted their cement floor to look like large Mexican saltillo-style tiles.
Dining Room Furniture, Victoria BC the client had a high-quality dining suite comprised of a large rectangular table, buffet and six chairs. The suite was brown oak which clashed with their new black, white, and gray decorating color palette. I refinished the collection with an antique recipe of oil and graphite which blackened without paint and allowed the lovely wood grain to show through the layers of oil and graphite.