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Flamenco Dress Up at La Feria de Abril

Flamenco Dress Up at La Feria de Abril

Flamenco is a passionate dance with it’s roots and influences in Moorish, Gypsy, Jewish, African and even South American culture. The dancers ad-lib each performance from their heart and soul to beautiful voices, Spanish guitars, and percussive hand clapping. It gets ...

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The Colors and Designs of Portugal

The Colors and Designs of Portugal

When most Americans think of traveling to Southern Europe the countries that first come to mind seem to be France, Italy, and Spain. I had bought some guidebooks and done some web research, of course, but we were not really sure ...

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Faux Plus Design by Debbie Hayes

Faux Plus Design by Debbie Hayes

I’d like to welcome another friend and decorative finisher to the blogging world. Debbie Hayes is a very talented Greensboro, NC decorative artist who has been featured a few times before on this blog. Her new blog,  Faux Plus Design showcases her photography and ...

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Inspired by Italy: European Cabinet Finishes

Inspired by Italy: European Cabinet Finishes

You may have noticed that I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at accomplishing regular blog postings lately. Between a multitude of major new projects, trade show preparations, planning painting trips, and a honeymoon and a wedding (in that order), there seems to ...

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Azulejos: Portuguese Tiles

Azulejos: Portuguese Tiles

Azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles, are a highly recognizable expression of Portuguese culture and a great contribution to the world’s artistic heritage. The ceramic techniques and glazing methods were adapted during the centuries long ago when Christian and Islamic-Moorish cultures coexisted ...

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House Proud: Watercolor Interiors

House Proud: Watercolor Interiors

Can you imagine commissioning a watercolor painting of your living room-or should I say parlor?? I would for sure want to do some serious redecorating first!! In the 19th century in Europe particularly, it was highly fashionable to aristocratic and ...

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Off the Shelf Book Decor

Off the Shelf Book Decor

I have been on another MAJOR book buying bender lately. I have talked about my book collection here before…..well, in the last two years it’s grown considerably. As I write, I am literally surrounded by stacks of beautiful books that ...

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