Tuesday, September 29, 2009

faux finish reference photo...

below is a reference photo of an ivy covered terra cotta wall for muralists and faux finishers alike...click to enlarge...look for more ideas in future posts...

from Archictectural Digest Photography by Sonny Sandjaya/Arcaid

The beautiful block walls surrounding this West Java villa of Laksamana Sukardi and his wife, Rethy are red Agra terra-cotta blocks "and evoke the fa├žades of ancient Hindu temples and palaces that are scattered across the island of Java. The sunrise and sunset give a rosy glow to the Agra terra-cotta that is very beautiful." Read the rest of the story here.

Published October 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

for reference...painted cabinets...

painted cabinets from Veranda photo by PETER VITALE
Taking a cue from subtle natural colors, designer Shannon Bowers of Dallas, Texas, has transformed her once-dark, two-story Georgian house into a haven of pale European furnishings bathed in sunlight. "I'm a purist," she says. "For me, colors found in nature—like robin's egg blue, light sand and the lavender of hydrangeas—are soothing. Because this house feels so open, the indoors and outdoors are married."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

painted furniture and floors...


The nautical these floor was painted by Adam Lowenbein. Child's boat bed with storage and pier tables, all by DBD are part of this summerhouse on the Cape decorated by William Diamond and Anthony Baratta and featured in Veranda magazine.


A 19th-c. Swedish antique secretary with clock with anchor stencil...

photos from Veranda

Saturday, September 12, 2009

faux limestone block....

from Architectural Digest Online Photography by Marina Faust

In the foyer of French-born antiques dealer and interior designer Jean-Paul Beaujard secondary residence in Paris, Beaujard applied a faux-limestone finish to the walls. The trim is faux marbre. To see the article in full go to Architectural Digest.

This is an example of classical decorating at it's finest. The limestone is French limestone which is usually creamy beige in color with an occasional hint of ochre. Very uniform and clean in color, and smooth in texture.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

here's how it works...

Every other month we will feature a new decorative (faux finish) artist on artistically speaking.com. There will be an in-depth feature article plus they will appear on an episode of artistically speaking radio for a 15-30 minute conversation with Rebecca. Projects will range from very high end commercial and residential to smaller private spaces.

The artisans will also be varied...people I call 'big brushes' (the BIG names in the business) to people like you and me who work on smaller private spaces and projects but make an impact with their talent. Stay tuned to a list of featured artists...

If you are interested in having your work featured in an issue of artistically speaking please feel free to contact me... E-mail Rebecca.