Happy!

Chances are you’ve had this song stuck in your head sometime in the past few weeks. I have – more than once.

 

It is relevant to the latest canvas painting I did as a birthday present for my bff, Jill.

This is the two of us giving our best duck faces.

Bff's

Bff’s

She loves the beach. I think it is her happy place. So I painted a beach scene for her!

Happy place

Happy place

She seemed very happy with it. As soon as she opened it she exclaimed, “I can’t hang this in the bathroom!”.

I knew she was looking for a beach scene to hang in her bathroom. It made me happy to make her happy and that’s a lot of happy!

What is your happy place?

 

 

Mirror, Mirror

This old mirror has quite a history.

Damaged mirror frame

Damaged mirror frame

It survived several generations of my client’s family and a voyage across the Atlantic ocean from Germany. It amazes me that the mirror never broke while the frame suffered some extensive damage.

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Ouch!

I made a mold of a corner that was intact and used some cake decorating tools to rebuild this corner and some other missing pieces. Then I waved my magic paintbrush to give it a new finish and here is the end result.

Restored mirror frame

Restored mirror frame

This is the rebuilt corner.

Rebuilt corner

Rebuilt corner

And here it is back in its home getting ready to be hung in the dining room.

Restored mirror

Restored mirror

I love a challenge!

And a good story behind any piece that needs to be restored.

Workspace fun!

Work can be fun! Especially when one gets to decorate their own workspace! That’s what went down with these two well-used desks.

Well-used desks

Well-used desks

They look like they’ve been instrumental in the education of countless children.

They found their way to my clients who decided to let their occupants choose their new finish.

And what creative imaginations those occupants have!

Creative workspaces

Creative workspaces

Even doing taxes could be more fun when sitting at a desk like either of these!

I used a chalkboard spray paint for the desk surfaces to increase the fun quotient even further!

Brilliant portrait

Brilliant portrait

I feel honored to have had my portrait drawn. It looks just like me!

I consider painting a fun workspace more fun than work!

Workspace designers

Workspace designers

Even the guy who helped to deliver the desks got in on the fun!

More fun!

More fun!

Consider sprucing up your workspace. We are all affected by our surroundings and making changes can drastically affect productivity and creativity!

 

 

 

 

 

“No More Elephants” Bar Area

It was time to update this lovely little bar area and that was the first thing my client said as I started to cover up the wall paper, “no more elephants”.

Here is the bar before:

Bar before

Bar before

A wine rack had been incorporated into the cabinetry so a new finish would be needed for consistency.

Wine rack addition

Wine rack addition

Here are the lovely results. The walls now have a stunning dark brown plaster with some metallic peeking through.

Bar after

Bar after

And the cabinets are a cream base with a light “chocolate” glaze.

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And it ties in beautifully with the granite countertop! Updating just feels so good!

Exploring The Same Color Palette

Most of the time I like to explore different color combinations and moods in my paintings. Color is meant to be mixed in different combinations at the whim of the artist or as the scene dictates. However, I decided to keep the same palette as the last abstract piece I posted here and explore a different composition.

It makes me think of pasta; same ingredients different shapes.

Here is the outcome:

Bright color palette; different composition

Bright color palette; different composition

I may decide I like this one better.

What do you think?

More Commissioned Art

The only thing I love more than color is a client who loves color. This particular client wanted an abstract piece that would add some joie de vivre to her earth tone living space. I would say we more than accomplished that goal. This painting was so much fun to do!

River of Color

River of Color

Sometimes it’s like saying good bye to an old friend so we had our picture taken!

Tresa and her happy place (with Bob Marley)

Tresa and her happy place (with Bob Marley)

And here it is brightening up it’s new home!

Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre

Have I said lately how much I love my job?

Always grateful.

Counter tops and tables

Once again I am giddy with delight at the new (to me) and wonderful options available to change outdated decor. Granite seems to be where it is at as far as kitchen counter tops go. I think that faux granite may be able to give it some stiff competition!

The following are some samples of the AurastoneTM system.

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The benefits of this resurfacing technique are:

  • Eco friendly and USDA approved
  • Seamless application over existing surfaces
  • Limitless colors and designs
  • Heat and scratch resistant

Custom counter tops indeed! This system can also be used for tables, bars, walls, vanities and much more!

 

Many thanks to the very talented Igor Turovskiy for teaching me these beautiful and diverse finishes.

Contact Atmospheres to find out more about counter top options!

Master of all Baths

This grand master bathroom had it all! Double sinks, sunken tub, separate shower and beautiful tile. The only thing it was missing was a wall treatment.

The client choose to go with an old world crackle plaster over a multicolor dark green base to tie in with the existing tile. Great choice in my opinion!

Vanity before

Vanity before

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Vanity after

Shower before

Shower before

Shower after

Shower after

Bathtub before

Bathtub before

Bathtub after

Bathtub after

My apologies for the photographer (ahem) but this finish gives this room some depth and texture that made me never want to leave. And it was so much fun to do!

Major master bathroom win! Props to Ande Crenshaw at Mojo Faux for her excellent skills in teaching me this finish.

Contact Atmospheres for a lovely faux finish to complete any room.

Happy Earth Day!

I have not literally tended my garden yet this year. I do love to plant flowers. Who can resist all those colors?

In honor of Earth Day, I’m posting photos of the lovely things in my garden that have come back to visit me this year without any coaxing.

Petunias

Petunias

Petunias will forever remind me of my mother. These happen to be supertunias! Soon they will take over the whole bed!

 

I don’t remember what these are. Some kind of phlox? Anybody know?

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Phlox

Go dig in the dirt today, look for a four leaf clover or just stop to smell the roses.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Color Quiz

I have found a compelling combination of my fascination with color and my psychology degree in this fun little color quiz.

Both times that I have taken it, the results were eerily accurate. Have fun finding out what your color choices say about you. We won’t judge! Color quiz here