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20 Dec

Holiday Sponsor Love: Robyn Story Designs!

Meeting Robyn Story of Robyn Story Designs is meeting a dynamo — plus, you feel like you can do anything after you’ve spent a few hours with her!  Her eponymous shop is 5,000 square feet packed with great design and beautiful finds. She is one of our beloved sponsors and we always love to catch up and see what is new and fabulous!  Shall we dig in?

NEW PRODUCTS

Robyn has quite a few delicious new offerings in her shop. Not only is she one of the top stockists of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, she is also carrying Annie’s new Workbook and fabric line!  The wire-bound Workbook is an interactive notebook for home design enthusiasts featuring hand-drawn illustrations, ruled and plain pages, expandable inner pockets and an elasticated tie-closure — it’s a personal book to keep your decor ideas, colors and inspirations right at hand.

The Annie Sloan fabric line (some featured below left) has eight different patterns in toiles and tickings that come direct from factories in Belgium and France and have been selected to complement the colors of Chalk Paint. Brilliant!

Bella Notte Linens (above right) is also a new collection series! They are the world’s first easy care, garment-dyed luxury linens. Irresistibly soft and gloriously colored, every order is custom dyed using low-impact, non-toxic dyes. Don’t they sound sumptuous?

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is a new paint product that is also available at Robyn’s boutique!  Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. It is interior and exterior rated for many surfaces and is naturally mold resistant. Very pretty!

SUPER SALE

Robyn Story Designs is having a store-wide Pre-Christmas sale — so they are the perfect stop to visit while doing your last minute shopping!  Here’s more information to have on hand while heading to the shop.

HOLIDAY DESIGN SERVICES

Robyn’s team is so well-known for their fabulous interior design services, that even Tampa’s International Airport had them do all their holiday decorations!  At this time of year, the design team is super-busy helping everyone prepare for the holidays and their decor is always fresh, inspired and oh-so-gorgeous.  It’s truly a joy to see the warm and festive results!

Holiday Works in Progress at Tampa International Airport

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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Robyn Story Designs — a visit to Tampa, FL means a must visit to her beautiful shop to see every charming nook and cranny. You’re sure to take home something perfect for your space, trust.  Do check in with their lively Facebook page and blog as they always have something new and wonderful to share!  Thank you so much, Robyn, for all your support of Fauxology!

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19 Dec

Holiday Sponsor Love: Royal Design Studio!

Royal Design Studio has been a long-time supporter of Fauxology — and goodness knows I love their stencils, techniques and products! Their president, Melanie Royals, continues to dream up ever-so-wonderful ways to make decorative painting and finishing easier, not to mention the application of beautiful patterns to a myriad of surfaces.  They have so many good things to share and I thought I’d pay it forward!

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Imagine learning amazing finishes and techniques in the comfort of your own home, wearing your favorite pajamas with a nice cup of hot chocolate at your side — all at your own pace, without travel and lodging costs. That’s the beauty of Virtual Workshops.  There are four classes available: SkimStone & Modello® Stencils, Antique Mirror & Glass, Metallic Foils and Stencil Impressions. Each class comes with video lessons and a complete, illustrated manual. If you see each of the class descriptions, they come with informative videos and module lessons.  As the classes are ongoing, you can start a class as soon as you register!

Special Pricing on Virtual Workshops through December 31st!

NEW STENCIL CREME COLORS & STENCILS

Stencil Cremes are a fantastic stencil paint with opaque coverage and creamy, dreamy application. Eight new colors were introduced just last week and they have special pricing through the end of the year!  In addition, a few new stencil patterns were added to the Royal Design Studio collection — you can always see the latest additions in the New Stencil Designs area of their website.

 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

For ten days until Christmas Eve, Royal Design Studio will feature one selected stencil per day at 50% off!  They are on Day 6 and have a few stencils to go — will your favorite be among them?  Be sure to use the code given for your half off savings!

The daily selected stencils will be showcase on their Facebook page, Twitter account and Pinterest boards.  Do be sure to follow and “like” them for plenty of inspiration, too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more the latest and greatest with Royal Design Studio!  They also have the Design Amour and Stencil Ideas blog with creative artists and fab projects showcased regularly — great reads!  A nice, big lush Thank You! goes out to Royal Design for the Fauxology support!

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18 Dec

Holiday Sponsor Love: Faux Design Studio!

We love, love, love our Sponsors and I just want to extend a HUGE thank you to them for helping make Fauxology possible!  I’m always super happy to learn of the of the new things they have going on and share them with you — and Sheri Zeman of Chicago’s Faux Design Studio has PLENTY!  Sheri is one of my fave teachers and I’ve learned some of my favorite — and most popular — finishes from her directly.  She has an incredible knack at producing contemporary finishes that are so in tune with design today.

NEW CLASSES & STENCILS

Looking ahead to 2013, Sheri will continue to teach finishes that look very complex and multi-layered but actually use minimal product and are done in 2-3 layers.  Gotta love that!  Her studio’s goal is that you produce incredible finishes for your clients, whether residential or commercial, all while ensuring your profitability and time.

The above are some of the samples from the Signature Series workshop and below is a peek at her stencil line and studio.  She’ll be adding new designs to the Loft stencil collection soon.  You can check out their full class schedule on their site.

NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS

Do note that the studio also sells the formula along with a sample piece and instruction sheet for some of their most popular Signature Series finishes for the low price of $85.

Sheri will also be introducing a fabulous new cabinet finishing product as well as two new glass colors.  Glass is an ideal embellishment for stencils and custom decorative finishes. Below is a sneak peek of new cabinet finishing samples.  Her Chicago studio will also have a few “free” product update classes in the new year for artists to learn more first-hand.


We’ll be sharing more very soon from Faux Design Studio!  In the meantime, do keep up with them on their Facebook fan page where they share their news, fab samples, amazing projects and even a free recipe or two!  Many thanks to Sheri and Faux Design Studio for their support!

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01 Aug

Kitchen Week Giveaway Winners!

Hi, Everyone!  I’m excited that it’s time to announce the Kitchen Week Giveaway Winners!  Please note that the Winners were generated according to the number of eligible comments at the end of the giveaway deadline.  Without further ado…

Faux Design Studio

Faux Design Studio is an incredible decorative arts school in Chicago whose head instructor, Sheri Zeman, is continually introducing new, cutting-edge techniques and products in the field of faux finishing and decorative painting.  Faux Design Studio is a Certified Training Center and retail distributor of the complete Faux Effects International Gold and Silver label product line and offer a full lne of professional faux finishing supplies and tools.

Twisted Roller Giveaway Winner:  Celia Block

Robyn Story Designs

Robyn Story Designs is a 5,000 square foot destination of style, a place where anyone looking to add panache to their home or wardrobe can visit for inspiration.  She has a fab online boutique, too!

$50 Shopping Spree Giveaway Winner: Dollie

Giani Granite

Giani Granite began manufacturing pigment dispersions and specialty additives for paint companies nationwide.  Today, they have award-winning unique kitchen coatings products, such as faux granite countertops, stainless steel and cabinet refinishing kits, that are changing the way America remodels its kitchens!

Faux Granite or Stainless Steel Kit Winner: Monica Arrache

Star Scenic

Star Scenic is an international supplier of faux finish, scenic and decorative painting products.  They have both an physical location in Orlando, FL, as well as an online store.  It was founded in 1990 to meet the unique requirements of scenic artists working in the film industry and theme park projects and have since expanded to include set painters, muralists, faux finish artists, decorative painters, gilders, sign painters and wood finishers as clients.

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit Winner: Karen Warren

Royal Design Studio

Melanie Royals, owner of Royal Design Studio, is a lover of rich colors and patterns both historic and contemporary.  Royal Design Studio design and manufacture modern wall stencils, furniture stencils, Modello Designs vinyl stencils, stenciling supplies, decorative painting tools and techniques for faux painting in addition to stenciling educational resources for professional decorative painters, interior designers and home decorators.

Autographed Marrakesh by Design & Stencil Surprise Winner: Leigh

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Congratulations to all the Winners and a very special Thank You to all who entered!  Big fireworks of appreciation to our fab Kitchen Week sponsors — please do visit their sites as their products are wonderful.  Winners: In addition to this post, please note that I will be contacting you via the e-mail provided to notify you of your giveaway win and prize.  Please respond by Thursday, August 9, 2012 to claim your prize otherwise another winner will be chosen. You may also contact me at Regina@Fauxology.com ~  Thank You!

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20 Jul

Kitchen Week: Ashlie Bickford and Kindra Benge

Culled from submitted entries, Kitchen Week 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 concludes with yet another old friend of Fauxology, Texas-based Ashlie Bickford and Kindra Benge of Texas’ A Fabulous Finish.  They were previous featured during our Column Week series. Today, they showcase a beautiful traditional kitchen with cabinet refinishing, wonderful metallic faux finishes and stenciling.

This was a wonderful project in Houston, Texas. We did beautiful finishes in the entire home, but the kitchen was one of our favorites.  The walls were lightly textured and painted with a very soft cream tone and then glazed with color and cream.  The breakfast area had a round inset that was also created by layering Modern Masters metallics to coordinate with the groin ceiling.

Wall Glazing and a Layered Metallic Finish on round ceiling inset.

The cabinets were painted a few shades darker than the walls and glazed to create a deeper, richer effect.

Pitch-perfect cabinet refinishing that looks like it was created in a high-end factory!

(above) In addition to the cabinet refinishing, panels were stenciled with Modello Ornamental Panel (OrnPan118) vinyl stencils on the refrigerator to create dramatic interest. (below) The groin over the island was huge and layered with Modern Masters metallics. The bronze and gold tones were woven into each other to create a smooth, rich finish.  The four corner stencil designs were the Modello Ornamental Center pattern (OrnCen193) painted in with Champagne Lusterstone.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed Ashlie and Kindra’s work.  Please do see their company site, A Fabulous Finish, which is based in The Woodlands in Texas.  Do also keep up with them on their Facebook fan page. There’s some great talent in Texas!  I also do hope you’ve enjoyed Kitchen Week!

For their winning submission for Kitchen Week, Ashlie & Kindra will receive a signed copy of the book Marrakesh by Design and a special stencil surprise from Royal Design Studio.  Would you like to win this prize as well? Scroll right below or click here!

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20 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Royal Design Studio [Giveaway Closed]

Melanie Royals, owner of Royal Design Studio, is a lover of rich colors and patterns both historic and contemporary.  Royal Design Studio design and manufacture modern wall stencils, furniture stencils, Modello Designs vinyl stencils, stenciling supplies, decorative painting tools and techniques for faux painting in addition to stenciling educational resources for professional decorative painters, interior designers and home decorators.

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artists Ashlie Bickford & Kindra Benge and Giveaway to one lucky reader is:

  1. A Marrakesh by Design book signed by the author, Maryam Montague; and
  2. A special Stencil Surprise!

G  I  V  E  A  W  A  Y

Marrakesh by Design is an incredible, detailed book on achieving the look and feel of Morocco in your home.  We recently reviewed the book, which includes a look at both historic and contemporary Moroccan spaces and architecture as well.

For your chance to win the signed book and the stencil surprise…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Royal Design Studio and let us know your favorite stencil!

But that’s not all! You have FOUR MORE chances to win…

  1. Follow Royal Design Studio on Facebook
  2. Follow Royal Design Studio on Pinterest
  3. Follow Royal Design Studio on Twitter
  4. Follow Fauxology on Facebook

Each time you do one of these, leave us a comment on this blog post letting us know you did.  So, you can leave up to five individual comments on this blog post to enhance your chances of winning — please note that comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts or sites will not count towards this prize.

The Giveaway is open to everyone and one winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Friday, July 27, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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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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