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01 Apr

Spring Inspiration!

Spring is here! I actually feel like humming the holiday song “It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year….” as soon as I wake up. Trees are growing leaves again, flowers are blooming, bees are visiting our garden, birds are singing and the sky is a sunny blue. (I understand it may not be this way everywhere, but it is the current experience in Florida. I don’t have the pleasure of seeing snow during the Winter and so I guess it all evens out, no?)  I thought I would share a few images with Spring in mind…

We kick off with a colorful and fanciful canvas by New Orleans artist Gretchen Weller Howard.  This particular image was feature in the book Big, Easy Style by Bryan Batt. Her earliest works included graphic design and decorative painting.

This striking mural in polystyrene is in an attic apartment and mimics the exterior foliage.  Just so amazing and I love it in black & white. Do you? It was was featured in Livingetc.

Wall & Deco is one of my favorite wallcovering lines. They have such inspiring and creative works! This one is called Poppy.

The shadow mural of the bird on the branches is just so sweet! I think this dresser is adorable — and perfect for a spring-inspired guest room!  It was finished by the studio of Gypsy Barn. They didn’t do a reverse technique while masking the design. Instead, they chipped the finish off to showcase the mahogany underneath. Very cool.

Aren’t these gorgeous? LOVE them! They gigantic graphic flower mural is the work of Metro Finishes in Orlando’s Suite B Lounge. Below is a closer look.

I spied the picture below a few years ago in House & Garden magazine and have always enjoyed it…

I love how elegant and simple this sgraffito finish is — especially when paired with its inspiration.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our welcome to Spring with birds, trees and flowers!  I look forward to sharing more ideas, inspiration, artists and information with you as well.  Have a beautiful day!

07 Aug

Bricks of Art

On my Pinterest account, a space with bricks of blue is one the most popular pinned images I have.  It was created by architect Coleman Coker for a ranch in Vegas.  Here’s another view.

Of course, you can also color the bricks in cool funky colors like the Green Avenue Bench Collection did…

The main thrust of this post, though, is to showcase bricks that have been enhanced with gorgeous typography or a mural — in some cases, both.  Starting with an image from Concept Blanc, here’s the rest of the eye candy!

(above) Cool painted bricks by decorative painter Kristen F. Davis and (below) a guest bath designed by the fab Beth Dotolo for her own home.

Love the restaurant design above!  The sign for “Cardui – A Woman’s Tonic” is original to the space and was kept as an overscale art element by designer by Jones Baker.  The space below is the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

SO beautiful, right?  Traditional brick colors are not the only option and I do hope these examples proved inspiring!  Do you have a favorite?

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19 Jul

Kitchen Week: Gina Garner

Kitchen Week: Culled from submitted entries, the week-long series focuses on five artists with extraordinary projects.  For the first time ever, each artist and five readers are receiving prizes for their beautiful artworks. Look to the end for today’s sponsor and your chance to win! Our Kitchen Week continues with another old friend of Fauxology, Gina Garner, who paints Italian-Renaissance inspired ceramic pieces.  We have profiled her fou our Faux-cus on the Pros series.  She created some for her own home as well as doing a few paint finishes and textures…but let’s let Gina tell her story.

A sampling of Gina Garner's ceramic artistry

We lived in the big city but spent weekends in the country in central Utah, in a small artist community.

After we retired we decided that we liked living in the country.  We have visited the Veneto region of Italy many times and especially liked the smaller country villas of that region.  Most often those that were designed by 16th century architect Andrea Palladio.  We found a beautiful piece of property and built our house right in the middle of a very large Alfalfa Field.  Our house, and for only minor details, was  finished in 5 months.

We designed the kitchen.  We laid floors and installed handpainted ceramic tiles.   I painted my kitchen cabinets a celadon green.  It actually has 4 layers of glaze applied, each different color adding to the whole.

These hand painted plates are not just for show…they get plenty of use.  Having everything handy and ready to use.

The Kohler artist line, Lavabo, serves as a second sink. I also painted the Delft-inspired ceramic wall.

I finished the walls with joint compound into which I added builder’s sand and straw.

Making preserves from fruit grown on our land is a yearly activity.


And in another corner of the kitchen is a table which most often is used as my “corner studio” where I paint my ceramics.

We built our house in this particular spot because a very deep spring feeds this pond year around.

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Hand-painted ceramic tiles, cabinet refinishing and uniquely textured walls — isn’t it wonderful to be able to incorporate your given artistic talents in your own home?  Gina’s ceramic works have been featured in museums, magazines such as House Beautiful and she travels the world to be inspired and learn more of her craft.  She also teaches classes in her lovely studio.  Gina maintains a wonderful blog, Art and Alfalfa, where she chronicles her beautiful country life, her travels and her ceramic artistry.  One thing!  Gina has advised that she would prefer if you not pin her images and thanks you for honoring her wishes.

For her winning submission for Kitchen Week, Gina will receive a Cabinet Refinishing Kit of her choice from Star Scenic.  Would you like to win this prize as well? Scroll right below or click here!


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16 Jul

Kitchen Week: Kaveri Singh

Welcome to Kitchen Week!  Culled from submitted entries, the week-long series focus on five artists with extraordinary projects.  For the first time ever, each artist and five readers are receiving prizes for their beautiful artworks. Look to the end for today’s sponsor and your chance to win! Our Kitchen Week starts with an old friend of Fauxology, Los Angeles-based Kaveri Singh, who has previously been featured in our Powder Room Week series.  She and her partner, TJ, starts us off with a strong, richly colored  and personal project.  She recounts the gorgeous commission.

Santa Ynez. Rolling yellow California meadows, nestled among the blue grey hills, the gentle fog a backdrop for lazy cows; time here seems to stand still. The neat rows of grape vines bear silent witness to the wonderful blue house on the hill, a little gem of indigo. I remember walking up with TJ and feeling happy, excited for this wonderful adventure that awaited us, an interior that spoke to our Indian roots, a client unafraid of color, pushing to break the barriers of beige.

The designer on the project, Joanna Poitier of JSP Interiors, has known the clients for many years and her one directive was that this house had to be filled with color.

The clients, Sam and her husband Eric, who own Coghlan Jewelry in nearby Los Olivos, are both jewelry designers and so the rich colors of gems were the order of the day.   The kitchen is the heart of the house and with two young boys and a love of cooking that they both share, the island took center stage. The island was a giant butcher block where the family could roll out pizzas that would be cooked in the built in pizza oven and they could spend time together cooking, sipping wine and entertaining friends…looking out at the rolling lines of grapevines that surround the house. TJ and I pored over books from India and decided that what was a must was to create a typical Indian arch detail that would go in the bookcase at the end of the island.

The walls were finished with a deep turquoise Venetian plaster, with aged turquoise blue baseboards. The rest of the kitchen was done in a multi-layered finish of cream with bits of a darker espresso base. On the other side of the pizza oven, Joanna and Sam wanted to incorporate a stand-alone cabinet so we mimicked the details of the bookcase along with the arches and columns that would again reflect the Indian arches.

Closeup of the multi-layer cream and espresso cabinets above (love the different knobs!) and the turquoise Venetian Plaster and decorative painting over the pizza oven below.

The inspiration for the designs on the island, around which the entire kitchen flowed, came from Sanganeri prints from Rajasthan. These detailed bootah prints, done in vibrant colors of emerald green and blue, were the main design elements on the doors. Reminiscent of inlaid designs from the Taj, it seemed appropriate, as gems are an integral part of Sam and Eric’s lives. The columns were more in the style of Gujarati furniture and the combination seemed appropriate since the Sanganeri designs are an amalgamation of elements from Gujarat and Malwa.

 Close-up below

Traditionally, Sanganeri prints are done on a white ground. However, it was an image of a craved block drenched in blue and green dye that was the inspiration for the palette. There is a certain rhythm to these traditional color combinations, and I discovered that with every use of a cool color there had to be one that was warm. Even colors that where analogous, one leaned a little warmer than the other. It was this balanced use of hot and cool vibrant colors, always reined in with a use of a cool white or cream that really established the balance in the room. Hence the use of a hot pink cabinet against a cool turquoise made it in some way to make sense.

To see more of the entire home, click on a recent feature by Seasons Santa Barbara. One could imagine this inventive kitchen, on the gentle slopes of a California landscape, on the dusty, exotic sands of Rajasthan.  In an unusual and happy way, it was a perfect fit for a creative young couple.

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Isn’t the kitchen spectacular? Kaveri is an incredible talent! Please do visit her site to see more of her projects and learn more about her Los Angeles studio at her website, Kaveri Singh Artworks.

For her winning submission for Kitchen Week, Kaveri will receive a Twisted Roller (value $65) from today’s sponsor Faux Design Studio.  Would you like to win this prize as well? Scroll right below or click here!

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15 Jun

The Color Next Door

I imagine that a love of color has caused some to look around their spaces and say “Hey…what about the door?” — and I applaud them.  I gathered up a few pics with pleasantly surprising colors and styles.


Not for everyone, I know — but I love the commitment to keeping a finish going throughout the room.  This is by Deuce Cities Henhouse.


Another space that continues the wall treatment up to and including the door, this time with horizontal stripes.  Love it!  Designed by Emily Elizabeth Interior Design.

“Make strong colors stand out by introducing them in small doses. Painting accents in one or two bold hues is an old island trick.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Coastal Living!

I’ve seen black and white stripes in a foyer but I admit, I’m really enjoying them on the door.  This door and that foyer I mentioned are both in this post by Apartment Therapy.


Here’s another striking variation of the black and white color scheme via Likainen Parketti.

This is a pocket door — what a fun surprise it would be to slide this one out!  This was done by designer Amanda Happé and featured in Design Sponge.

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It’s always nice to see a door given a little bit (or a lot) of attention.  Doors are usually what we use the most in a home so why wouldn’t we make them as engaging as possible? It would give new meaning to “Enter with a Happy Heart”.  Have a great weekend, Everyone!

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12 Jun

Marrakesh by Design

Sometimes — and I’m not proud here, gorgeous ones — I fully resemble the Andy Warhol quote, “I never read, I just look at pictures”.  I love design books but yet I’ve rarely read them through.  I thought Marrakesh by Design, written by Maryam Montague (she pens the My Marrakesh blog) would be the same: tons of gorgeous pics and information I would always mean to get to.  Wrong.  I also thought it would solely focus on Peacock Pavilions, the boutique hotel hideaway she runs with her husband.  Wrong again.

It’s actually my kind of book: organized within an inch of its life and then filled with creative goodness. Left brain creating a nice cocoon for the Right.  You appreciate that Ms. Montague wants to fully immerse you in Moroccan design, leaving no stone unturned.

She shares many, many Moroccan spaces and ensures every question you’ve ever had about Moroccan style is answered.

Is there such a thing as modern architecture in Morocco?  Covered.  What are all those amazing features and finishes?  Demystified.  And what about snake charmers, lamps and genies? Explained, too.  Plus, so much more.

Zellij-covered columns in La Mamounia Hotel.  (Zellij is Moroccan mosaic tile.) Below, a wonderful roof terrace. That apple, in all its patinated goodness, needs to be shipped to my home.

Patterns, from geometric to floral, are showcased.  You can see these patterns on everything from tile to textiles.  There is also an eye-opening list on understanding symbols in Moroccan wares.

An elaborate Moroccan fountain for washing your hands on the left and a black Tadelakt lime finish in a private shower on the right.  One ornate, one minimalist and both beating with a Moroccan heart.

That furniture piece thrills me!

Color palettes are featured beautifully and there’s even a few recipes, like an organic one for furniture polish.

Vintage Moroccan carpets with rich colors and patterns abound. The walls are done in a beige Tadelakt finish.

Hand-painted floral and geometric patterns on a ceiling in the Bahia Palace.

Both interior and exterior spaces are featured as well as a handy reference guide for sourcing Moroccan accessories, including metalware, pottery, mirrors and even tea glasses.  Specialists and experts are listed as well.

A gorgeous Uzbek Suzani stencil pattern is on the ceiling above. Notice how it’s paired with white walls and color balanced along the bottom of the room. Love it!  Below is a seating area at Peacock Pavilions looking out on the olive groves. Great design and and incredible flooring.

It took someone with a lot of knowledge and heart (not to mention a fabulous design source network) to share these incredible spaces and ideas for creating a Moroccan-inspired home.   Please do visit Ms. Montague’s blog, My Marrakesh, and Peacock Pavilions site.  You could go to Amazon, sure, but I know Royal Design Studio has has books signed by the author herself during her recent book tour stop in their San Diego, CA studio.  Plus, if you use the code BOOK, you are privy to free shipping.  Melanie Royals, who owns Royal Design Studio, is responsible for most of the gorgeous decorative painting and patterns showcased. Each year she takes a painting team (called the Peacock Painters) to Morocco for a full-sensory experience.  I hope to go next year as I believe it will be the last trip.  Have an inspired day, everyone!

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23 May

Carolyn Quartermaine, Artist & Designer

I’m always drawn to chairs…to flowers…to colour…to the sea… For me the script…but very much the splash, the mistake, the marks of paint… the history of a pieceCarolyn Quartermaine

Ethereal, Artistic, Diaphanous, Sublime. If you ask most designers and decorative painters about Carolyn Quartermaine, you might hear a happy sigh followed by rapturous words.  I’m sure she has a spot in “The Favorites” list for most of us.

Carolyn Quartermaine was born in England and lived in both Holland and France before settling back in England at the age of 17, when she began her art studies.  She is now based in London and among many talents, has an eponymous fabric line — her creations are airy, vivid and painterly.  She’s not afraid to mix patterns and styles and although they are strong designs, they have an almost gingerly touch. On top of her achievements, she has also designed for Baccarat, Escada, Hermés and Louis Vuitton.

Marie Claire Maison

She began using scripts in her collages and textiles in 1994 after discovering 17th century texts and loving their graphic feel.  The line is still in continuous production.

Some of the images are from Hotel Delos (a personal fave) and a few of her other projects.  If you’d like to see even more of her work (in oh, about 200 photos) and learn more about her designs, she has a book entitled Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed.

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Seriously. SO incredible. Love the "faux" canopy, too!

Another project, Glade: An Enchanted Forest, was recently covered by one of my fave bloggers, Ann Onusko of Plum Siena.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my indulgence in Carolyn’s work — isn’t it incredible?  Until next time, gorgeous ones!

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