Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART II

When decorating your home, you inevitably face the dilemma of what to put on your walls. Plain color? Wallpaper? How about doing some decorative painting that incorporates the use of a “stencil” or “chinoiserie”? The first installment of this post discussed the terms “faux finish, decorative painting, murals, gilding and trompe l’oeil”. Go back one… Continue reading Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART II

Pinterest…my latest internet obsession

I have a new obsession thanks to my new friend and internet officianado, Regina Garay. I saw some posts on her blog “fauxology” that included images from a site called The images were interesting and beautiful so I thought I would check it out. If you are like me and feel that you MUST… Continue reading Pinterest…my latest internet obsession

Decorative Hallloween Pumpkins

I was recently asked to paint and donate a pumpkin to Meadowbrook School in Northbrook to auction off at their upcoming “Pumpkinfest” celebration. I have had a ball coming up with ideas…now the hard part will be deciding which one to donate, which ones to sell and which ones to keep!! I thought I would… Continue reading Decorative Hallloween Pumpkins

Salon 2011 (continued…)

Well, Salon 2011 has come and gone and I am still smiling a week later. I had such a good time painting, laughing and dancing with all of my friends. For those of you who are unfamiliar with salon, you can check out their website at We are a group of decorative painters from… Continue reading Salon 2011 (continued…)

Check this out. Wyland…a very talented and inspirational artist.

You’ve seen his work. He’s on calendars, posters, and walls all over the world. He uses his art to make himself a very wealthy man, but he also uses it to promote the conservation and recognition of endangered marine life. He is extremely talented; he gives, he gets. And the beat goes on… Read his… Continue reading Check this out. Wyland…a very talented and inspirational artist.

Design Inspiration

When searching for design inspiration, my first place to look is the internet. There are so many sites, such as and, that are chock full of ideas. Books and magazines are usually my next stop. has many, many decorating books from which to choose. I also often visit my local library. Decorating… Continue reading Design Inspiration