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24 Dec

Happy Holidays!

Photographed by Janis Nicolay for House & Home

Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful holiday filled with laughter and love!

04 Apr

Mom it Forward

The Brocade Border stencil adds such panache to this bath!

Mom it Forward is a social media community and worldwide network dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and their families.  They cover a wide array of interests — from lifestyle to parenting to food, to name a few.  Peggy and I have been asked to join their design team and share our decorative and design experiences with their readership on a regular basis.  Our inaugural post  for Mom it Forward outlines our love for Royal Design Studio and shares a few ideas and images.  Do take a look at their great site to explore further — you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter, where they host weekly Girls Night Out parties. We’re so pleased to be writing DIY and Design posts for them and truly look forward to meeting their community!

06 Mar

Fauxology on Google+

We love social media here at Fauxology!  It gives us the ability to share our love for both Decorative Painting and Interior Design and also introduces us to more kindred spirits — whether they be fellow artists, bloggers, design enthusiasts or a beautiful mix of all.  Imagine not knowing all the incredible friends you’ve made because of social media…the world would seem less colorful and open, no?

Today, we wanted to let you know that we started a business page for Fauxology on Google+ and we hope to see you there!  Dana Tucker recently wrote a fantastic overview on Google+ for us.  I found another great series specifically for creatives put together by Colleen Jorgensen of Mural Maker & More. Colleen constructed it as a 5-Part series and the first part tackles What is Google+ Anyway?  — the links to the four remaining articles in the series are at the end of the article.  Mashable also shared Google+: The Complete Guide. All are great reads!

If you’re on Google+, let us know — and, of course, share your page with us as well.  Look forward to seeing you there!

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13 Feb

Welcome, Royal Design Studio!

Circling Allover Stencil

We’d like to say a warm Thank You! to sponsor Royal Design Studio.

Royal Design Studio is one of the industry leaders in designer quality decorative stencils, stenciling and decorative painting tools and techniques for professional decorative painters, interior designers and home decorators.  The company’s president and creative director, Melanie Royals , is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur who re-discovered and updated decorative arts stenciling beginning in 1984.  She has since led her company to product innovations such as “free-form” stenciling, Extraordinary Stenciled Effects (combining stenciling with decorative finishes) and Modello Designs, one-time use vinyl stencils which helped change the way patterns and designs were added to many surfaces.  She has also been written and been featured in books, magazines and catalogs such as Pier 1.


An added bonus for Fauxology readers?  Use the code FAUX10 when purchasing online and receive an additional 10% discount.



You can find Royal Design Studio engaging with their fans on Facebook, sharing cool links on Twitter and showcasing beautiful images on Pinterest.  Melanie also writes a fantastic blog, Design Amour — and House Beautiful certainly agrees, even asking for color advice.  Welcome, Royal Design Studio — we thank you for the support!

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01 Feb

Kitchen Week Announcement!

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
― Julia Child, My Life in France

I thought a quote by Julia Child would be a wonderful ice breaker into the next week-long series announcement: Kitchens.  It is also appropriate because in the time that we’ve had the week-long series events — an entire week dedicated to one area with five chosen studios to profile — so much has been learned.  What works, what doesn’t and which projects help ignite imaginations.

We continually strive to improve and have made a few changes to our submission and selection process — and one change which will make you really happy.

For the first time ever, each of the artists and/or designers in the series will receive a sponsored prize AND five lucky readers will win a prize as well.  Yay!  So, without further ado…

Are you ready for your close-up?


Cabinets with a rubbed finish of black over Chinese blue, lined in gold. Featured in Architectural Digest.


The heart of the home — and a place where memories become beloved stories.

We help create these rooms that provide an inspiring, fun and warm environment.

Fauxology is looking for these Kitchens — the ones that have something extraordinary. Something unique. Something completely artistic.

The submissions lines are now open — and here are the details:

  • Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2012
  • E-mail: with the subject line Kitchen Week Submission
  • Entries: One project per e-mail. Please send as many projects (and images per project) as you’d like.  E-mail must have your name, company and quick overview of project, including the year completed.
  • Surfaces: Any overall design is eligible as well as any surface in the kitchen, including but not limited to cabinetry, counter tops, walls, ceilings, canvas works and flooring.
  • Images: Can include before and during shots, but there must be images of the completed room.
  • Note: Please do advise us of the publications your project has been featured in. We are ideally looking to feature projects that were not the sole focus of a prior publication, the exception being websites, blogs and fan pages personal to the artist and/or designer.

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If chosen for one of the five slots during Kitchen Week, you will be sent follow-up info by Sunday, March 11th.  Those chosen will have their own one-day feature on Fauxology during Kitchen Week — and win a prize along with five lucky readers!

Thank you — and I hope to see your project in there!

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03 Jan

Something New, Something Blue

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to join Regina here at Fauxology.

Regina and I met several years ago when I called on her to do some work for a client of mine. We had never met before, but I had seen her work and it was just what I was looking for, so I chose her for my project. Little did I know that that call would be the start of a wonderful life-long friendship.

One of the things (and there are many) that I’ve always admired about Regina is her passion for decorative  painting. I share that feeling towards all things interior design and decorating, not to mention DIY. This past fall at one of our marathon lunches (we just can’t stop talking!) we were discussing how both our passions could work together to offer something extraordinary for Fauxology’s readers. To make a long story short, a few long lunches and several amusing Skype meetings later, a new partnership was formed!

I am so looking forward to sharing my ideas with you and hearing yours. Plus, we have some wonderful things planned for you. It’s going to be a fabulous 2012!

So without further ado, let’s get this party started! And what better way than with the beautiful color blue.

Four examples of the successful use of the color blue in interior design

I have to admit that blue is one of my favorite colors to work with, so I had a lot of fun selecting pictures for this post. I narrowed it down to about a hundred, but only had room for 4 this time around. Therefore, I was very selective.

  • I chose the powder bath in the top left corner as designed by Windsor Smith because the deep blue walls bring such refinement to this small space and I love the sheen. The marble pedestal sink combined with the elegant light fixtures and mirror make this room seem as though it is all dressed up for a swanky party. And who doesn’t love a swanky party!
  • In the top right picture, just the opposite is happening. The distressed treatment used on the blue table and mirror frame keep the seating area from becoming to formal. This dichotomy of styles as featured in Canadian House and Home is also what makes the dining nook in the bottom left so successful. Both places look like excellent spots to curl up and read a book.
  • In the bottom right corner, the sconce at the end of the blue hallway is actually one large piece. When I first saw it in Traditional Home, I thought it was a stencil with a smaller sconce. When I realized what it was, I thought “Cool! I need to try that!” I really love the idea of doing the sconce with a stencil behind it. Has anyone tried something like this before? I’d love to see photos of it!

For many religions, blue is the color of the spirit and in several cultures it was used for protection against evil spirits. Hmmm…I wonder if that is the origin of the company name, Blue Cross and Blue Shield?

Ask someone what their favorite color is and most people will respond with “blue”. That is probably because it is one of the most comforting colors in the wheel and one of the least gender specific. The sky is blue and so is the ocean; we can always depend on that, so blue represents consistency and dependability. Most blues are relaxing, peaceful and calming; however, it can also be stimulating and exhilirating in brilliant or bright shades.

I hope you enjoyed my first official post. Have a wonderful day!

Cheers to you!

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02 Jan

Fauxology 2012

Hi, Everyone!

As a New Year begins, we always look back to see what we did well and what we could improve upon.  This feeling started with me on the Fauxology blog a few months ago and plans were put into motion for improvements.

I embarked on my blogging journey in 2007 to share my passion for this field with no thought of ever having an audience.  In 2008 and 2009, I began noticing that there were indeed kindred spirits out there, both bloggers and artists. In 2010, I suffered a critical loss and in order to fill my thoughts with something positive, I occupied my extra time with writing daily for Fauxology — the thought was to help showcase how savvy and forward-thinking our industry is.  In 2011, I believed that I could expand on the idea of decorative painting as it relates to other fields.  I noticed that a great many readers not only enjoyed the interior design posts but also responded tremendously to the How-To tutorials.  So, in 2012, I am bringing in designer and avid DIYer, Peggy Pardo, into the mix to help enhance and expand Fauxology.  (In fact, I spoke about her skills way back in 2009.)

Peggy will be writing a great many posts and adding beautiful new components: mood boards, design-savvy segments, video tutorials, DIY How-Tos and much more.  Please look for her to also add cool links and images on our FB Fauxology fan page.  We have a great deal of fun together and time usually runs away with us when we get together or speak on the phone.  (In fact, we say our conversations run on “football time” because 15 minutes ends up being much more than that.)  Fauxology will still be featuring guest bloggers, project profiles and interviews – as well as the segments and posts that have always been featured.  The focus will always be on decorative painting but we’ll expand even further on the different spokes of the wheel this industry inspires.

I’m sure all will blossom in its own time.  Peggy and I hope you do enjoy the “improved” Fauxology and look forward to your readership – and, of course, if there’s any comments or suggestions you’d like to make, by all means please do tell.  We love to hear from you!  Happy New Year!




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