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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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22 Oct

Recipe for Rusted Pumpkins

Who wouldn’t love a recipe for Roasted Rusted Pumpkins?  Sounds delicious, right?  The Modern Masters Metal Effects® product collection is BY FAR my favorite line to create oxidized finishes such as Rust and Verdigris.  I was recently speaking with Monique Rogers of the Modern Masters line and she forwarded some images of her 6-year old son creating a rusted pumpkin for school, playfully called The Pumpkin in the Iron Mask.  Cute right?  I thought I’d share the images with you and give you a bit more info on the Rust finish effect.

It’s a 4-step system with a Metal Effects Primer, Iron Reactive Paint, a Rust Activator and the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat.  They work together as a system to create the wanted metal patina and oxidized effects. (The other metal effects do not always require a topcoat, but the Rust finish does.)

First, you prime with the Metal Effects Primer and then go over that with the Iron Reactive Paint.  Here, you can see that both small and large faux rivets were embedded into the pumpkin before the painting began. You could use thumbtacks for this effect and it definitely adds a nice layer of realism! Make sure you have great coverage of both products.

 Spraying the pumpkin with the Rust Activator.  Notice the safety goggles and floor drops!

Voila! The Rust Activator will then work its own magic and you can frequently see the process before your eyes.  Love that!  Note that it will activate where you spray and so a nice even coat may be best but it also depends on the look you are going for.  Do note that, in addition to spraying, you can also brush on the Rust Activator or use another applicator.  Some areas may take longer than others — I always wait overnight and then I topcoat.  If you should have any questions on the Metal Effects® line, Modern Masters has a fantastic FAQ area with helpful information.

I do have to say the results are not a “painted” effect — the finish is quite incredible!

Modern Masters has wonderful recipes to create stylish rust finish surfaces for Interior Design.  Here’s two sample images:

On the left is the unique Rusted Finish recipe and on the right is the Rusted Iron recipe.  You can find the even more inspiring images of the oxidized metal effects in action in their Photo Gallery.  You might think these finishes are limited to small accessories and/or pots but it’s truly incredible to see the amount of surfaces this line can work on — from hospitality exteriors to fountains to light fixtures to gates to sculptures and more.  This is in addition to walls and ceilings!

Please do be sure to check out their Facebook page and fun Pinterest account as well.  Of course, you could also see all their incredible products, available globally, on their Modern Masters website.  Do let me know if you’ve used their Metal Effects® line and if you’ve liked the results!

HALLOWEEN DAY UPDATE: Wanted to share a wonderful post and tutorial on Metal Effects pumpkins by Chicago artist Bonnie Lecat.  Beautiful step-by-step action — she rocked it!  Enjoy!

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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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19 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Star Scenic [Giveaway Closed]

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.

G  I  V  E  A  W  A  Y

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Gina Garner and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a small Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit (up to 100 square feet) in their choice of the available colors.

You can read more about the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations line here.  The kits come in either light or dark with a variety of colors to choose from.   To see the process, you can click here for the online instructions and click here to see the video.  There’s lots of great information to explore on those pages! Star Scenic carries the line and will also help answer any questions you may have.

For your chance to win a kit…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Star Scenic online and let us know which products or brands in their online store intrigue you the most!

Please note that comments left on Facebook and/or Twitter 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 Thursday, July 26, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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18 Jul

Kitchen Week Sponsor: Giani Granite [Giveaway Closed]

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!

Today’s Prize to Kitchen Week artist Zebo Ludvicek and Giveaway to one lucky reader is a choice of either:

  1. A Granite Countertop Kit in your preferred color; or
  2. A Liquid Stainless Steel Kit.

G  I  V  E  A  W  A  Y

Boston-based decorative painter Rima Bechara recently tried the Liquid Stainless Steel Kit with great success — click here to read the fantastic review.

For your chance to win either kit…

Leave a comment on this post after visiting Giani Granite and let us know your favorite product and/or color!

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

  1. Follow Giani Granite on Facebook
  2. Follow Giani Granite on Pinterest
  3. Follow Giani Granite 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 Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

All winners will be announced August 1, 2012.

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