High Expectations

There is no debating that the most dramatic feature of this room is the beams. Unlike most beams, they follow the curves of the arched ceiling. Their graceful shape and interesting architecture are possible because they were constructed out of fiber board! Design Process: Creating beams with this amount of architectural detail would not only be […]

Mahogany Master

A master bathroom is usually considered as an extension of the master bedroom. But what happens when your bedroom furnishings are rich mahogany but the bathroom is white? Very simple . . . paint the cabinets with a faux wood grain technique to match!       The Design Process: This white cabinetry was painted to appear as a dramatic crotch […]

Raising the Bar

High ceilings and interesting architecture are just a few of the spectacular features of this master bath. Yet, many of these lovely details were unnoticed because of the monochromatic color scheme. The goal was to accentuate the beautiful details with the use of decorative artistry.         The Design Process: The most important element to this client was […]

Strictly Business

    This beautiful table desk was intended to be the main feature of this study. But, the harsh white cabinets overpowered the beauty of the wood and detail of the exotic wood grain.       It was not enough to make the cabinets similar in color tones. The desk needed to be surrounded by identical book-matched burl to give […]

Rags to Riches

The beauty of this home is the use of finely crafted organic materials . . . stone on the mantel, wood on the floor and wonderful textures in the fabrics. Even the book cases reflect attention to detail for the craftsmanship that has been incorporated. But the one element that doesn’t fit is the fact that they are […]

Midas Touch

The feature wall in the remodel of this great room represented the client’s love of very ornate details. The detailed carving on the bookcases was a perfect opportunity to add a faux finish that would be consistent with this style.     Although the cabinetry began as white, a change to rich colors was in order. Now, the bodies of […]


  Inspiration for cabinet finishes can come from unexpected places. After returning from a wonderful visit to the ocean, this color palette was inspired by the client’s favorite beach bag!     The design process:   The goal was to replicate the energetic feeling from their favorite vacation destination . . . the beach. A bright citrus green […]

French Bistro

Color. . . lots of color wakes up this sleepy kitchen as it honors the true French style. The original faux finish on the cabinets was intended to represent “antiquing.” But against the crisp white of the trim and appliances, this client thought they just looked dirty! Her vision was to remodel this kitchen to create a happy environment for family gatherings. […]

Time Will Tell

The true look of distressing or antiquing requires the application of numerous faux finish techniques that represent the process of aging in real life. For example, crack patterns follow the graining of the wood. Rubbing appears over the raised details represents wear. The glaze is allowed to settle in the crevices. The result is a […]

East Meets West

Faux finishes over plain white cabinets complete the design for this bathroom.  Traditional English toile fabric is complimented by an Old West style of cabinetry. Bold color of the refinished cabinetry is the unifying element. Tones of rustic red surround the center doors and draw the eye to the middle. The main feature is the […]

Pretty as a Picture

Faux finishes and decorative artistry on this ceiling add elegance to a lovely dining room.  The beautiful raised details of the exquisite trim are barely seen when they are stark white. Clever use of color enhances the appearance and accentuates the craftsmanship. This allows the trim to act as an embellished frame to the magnificent […]

Center of Attention

In most homes, the mantel is designed to be the main feature of a great room. This is especially true when the mantel soars to the full height of two stories. The beautiful stack stone craftsmanship was already a work of art but deserved a regal frame.     The Design Process: A dimensional bronze technique was carefully chosen […]