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Sea Oats and Sandcastles

I’ve put a little time and space between me and this blogging thing and I feel at peace and refreshed. For the last couple of weeks I concentrated solely on what makes me feel really, really good. Somehow I got caught up with the crowd in blogging and lost sight of the thing that makes me tick and makes us lots of money! With this fresh insight I am ready to share again.

The Brindley’s valance boards are all installed around the ceiling of the store and I’ve made all the tweaks and additions to pull everything together. Today Bob and I are working on signs to be fastened to the shelving to rise above the different types of wines. Open house is next weekend so we are under the gun to get them done. Nothing like pressure to keep those creative juices flowing!

Last week I spent several days disconnected from Brindley’s and worked in a condo up on Orchid Beach. This job was very relaxing for me.  I had the pleasure of painting where my heart lies without any constraints. The clients are away and the decorator pretty much let me do my thing.  In the foyer I painted a mural of  sea oats, beach signs, a sandcastle and seashells. The interior designer, Catherine Kerr is having a cream colored rug custom made to go with the beach theme. The rug company will carve waves and a couple of footprints into the rug for the finishing touch….how cool is that?!  The next area I painted was the guest bathroom.  The walls were so nice and smooth, unlike the textured walls I am used to here in Florida. This room is beachy also with a driftwood mirror and a mural of sea turtles and driftwood.  I took photos of the work as I always do and looking at them at home I know I need to go back to tweak the mural a little bit before I show it to the world..LOL  After that I have five canvases to do for this job. They are simple and straight forward so shouldn’t take much time to execute. Lots of fun and lots of great things happening.

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Building an Art Wall: It’s Done!

Today is a great day!  The staining and finishing has come to an end.  I’ve always felt uncomfortable about staining something on site and something that’s already built in, but this job was fun.  I could rely on the client’s input for color and sheen and it made the job much easier.  Lighting is such an important factor in any kind of decorating, whether it’s furniture, wall color, accessories, flooring and so on.  You have to consider outdoor light coming into the room and the ambient light in the home.  I could see the different lighting effects from trying to get a great photo of the finished work of art Art Wall.  Thank goodness for Photoshop!  I’ve tried to find a study on photographing indoor room settings but haven’t yet been successful.  If anyone out there in the photography world knows of a great blog, website or book or have tips of their own, let me know.

Back to the Art Wall…the clients had a party over the weekend and all of their guests were highly impressed.  The dimensionality of the unit and the color balance in the room are impressive and completed the family room/kitchen/breakfast nook area.  They are thrilled and so are we!

My next project is a commercial job at Brindley’s on the Island in downtown Venice, Florida.  I am starting it today and what fun this will be.  Bob cut valance boards to go around the entire front of the store.  Today I am going to give them the color base coats of the store’s logo and then the fun begins.  As it develops I will post on this project.

Building an Art Wall: Part 2

Dodging afternoon raindrops and sharing the lanai with the pool resurfacing crew that started their job today, we almost finished the art wall/entertainment center and we’re all loving it!  It’s so sleek and contemporary and the cherry wood is so beautiful that I can hardly wait to get started staining and finishing it. Tomorrow, here at home, Bob will make the doors and the shelves for the TV portion of  the entertainment center.  The doors need to be perfect and his stationary saws provide more perfect cuts.  While he does that I will tweak the stain and finish samples so our clients can choose the perfect finish of their choice. Later in the day we’ll take the doors and shelves out and install them. Bob will wire in the lights and then we both will fill nail holes, small cracks and imperfections and prepare the unit for the stain. Hopefully I will get one coat of stain on tomorrow….I’ll keep you posted.

Building an Art Wall: Part One

Today Bob and I are sunburned and bone tired. We’ve been working on a large art wall/entertainment center for a client for the past five days. The piece is being created on site so with Bob’s saws and equipment outside we’ve battled the Florida elements of rain, steam (when the hot sun burns off the dampness), wasps and dragonflies. In spite of it all, the project is turning out so well and the clients are so pleased that it makes it all worthwhile.

This project first began with the design work.  The clients gave us their idea of what they would like to see.  They had specific pieces of sculpture they wanted to showcase in this wall as well as house the TV and the components.  I took photos of the empty wall and then computer generated our design with their specifications for the art wall onto their wall photo with Photoshop. We made a few tweaks here and there, then it was Bob’s turn. He drew the unit to scale which took some adjustment to my work…it always does.  Once that was done, the building began.

First he took 2×4’s and framed in all of the little cubby holes. That was a feat in itself as the design is complex with different depths and heights of the six sections.  (Two are hidden behind the TV in the photo.) For the last three days he and I have man-handled nine 4’x8′ sheets of cherry plywood cutting each piece to size, edge banding each one and are working on building the art boxes. I will post another picture of our progress tomorrow … for tomorrow is another day!