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Mosaic Masterpieces

Mosaic Masterpieces

Nothing makes me happier than having customers (decorative painters) who have customers (daring homeowners) who are willing and wanting to push the envelope, so to speak, with designs and patterns in their homes. Granted, these types of projects MAY require ...

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Sustainable Stenciling a la Alabama Chanin

Sustainable Stenciling a la Alabama Chanin

Alabama Chanin creates an amazing array of beautiful products through a focus on slow design and sustainability. As outlined on the Alabama Chanin website, ” Our philosophy centers on the celebration and preservation of uniquely American traditions while building a sustainable business ...

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Paper Art: Book Autopsies

Paper Art: Book Autopsies

My son recently sent me a link to the work of artist, Brian Dettmer. He takes a scalpel to old books to reveal their inner meaning and calls them “Book Autopsies”. Seriously! How do people think if this amazing stuff? ...

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West Coast Artisans Guild

West Coast Artisans Guild

A very special group of women (and my friends!) have recently banded together here in San Diego to form the West Coast Artisans Guild. Their goal is to network to the local design community, support each other on large projects, ...

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Patterns of Lovely Light: Metal Stencils

Patterns of Lovely Light: Metal Stencils

I have SO many favorite things about Marrakech, but one of my FAVORITE favorites is the amazing punched metal lanterns and the lacy patterns that they cast like metal stencils on the beautifully polished tadelakt walls. Aren’t these just to die for?! ...

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Henna Party: Stenciled Stair Risers

Henna Party: Stenciled Stair Risers

I never shared the stair riser project that our first group did at Peacock Pavilions last May. My bad! This first set of “themed” stenciled stair risers is what inspired the most recent round. Those, in turn, were inspired by this blog post, ...

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Moroccan Zellij Tile Patterns

Moroccan Zellij Tile Patterns

I’m obsessed with repetitive pattern. I am particularly fond of tile patterns. I have a MAJOR THING for order and symmetry. I am particularly captivated by the Zellij tile patterns that are literally everywhere in Morocco, with their underlying meaning of ...

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