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Debbie Hayes

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The Artful Economist. Debbie is a woman of few words and a limited budget, but rich with artistic talent and endless creativity!

Debbie Dion Hayes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Fine Arts, concentrating in painting. Upon graduating she began her artistic career as an illustrator and then moved into graphic design and marketing. She is a nationally recognized and published faux finisher, a multi-continent traveler, and lover of all things related to style, design, paint and pattern. Debbie has been a contributor to the UnfoldedBlog.com and her newest blog is MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.

 

Debbie’s personal style and home decorating styles…

My personal style in life is easy-going. I am somewhat on the quiet side, but I am passionate about all things creative, and I am competitive.

My home is a 2,300 square foot custom ranch built in the 70s, an era I prefer to leave behind! However, with a contractor hubby, we have made lots of changes, including raising a ceiling and removing walls. He doesn’t care much for design, so happily, I get to do about anything I want around the house! We are not big spenders so creativity goes a long way. I have always craved for color in our home, and lots of it at that. Now, as I redo a room, grays and neutrals are being taken over with pops of color in fabrics and accessories. Being a frequent traveler, objects from many countries around the world abound in our house. My blog calls my style Blue Sky Style which is casual, with minimal window treatments, rustic and primitive accents and of course, lots of painted and stenciled walls, furniture and accents. Guests must feel like they can put their feet on the couch and snuggle under a blanket if they like. Weekend bonfires in the backyard are a favorite time with our grown girls.

In my dreams – my style would be a lot like what I have now on a bigger budget!

 

Debbie most identifies her design style with…

I fell in love with a fairly new book called Romantic Prairie Style by FiFi O’Neill, which I have also  reviewed for P+P back in January. If you take out the prairie specifically, I love the rustic nature of her designs that do not exude country style decorating. Only a few small items and pieces with character can do it for the entire room. Old doors propped against walls, fresh flowers, plus simple natural color upholstered pieces.

 

In another life Debbie would have been a…

Violinist. I grew up in Massachusetts, where orchestras had been just as popular as bands in schools. I started playing at 8. When I started college, I had to choose between being a music major or an art major. I chose art, and played violin for 30 years until one hand sort of gave in. I played backup in a recording studio for some bands right out of high school, and was chosen to play in a youth orchestra conducted by the famous Sarah Caldwell of the Boston Opera.

 

Debbie’s favorite color is…

Right now my home my living room has soft, warm grey walls with white slipcovered sofas along with bright green and soft blue accents. Our bedroom has similar but deeper colors. I sort of never tire of sea glass colors. I feel like several variations of these colors seem to be subconsciously creeping throughout my house. We have a u-shaped one-story home with a courtyard in the front which means lots of hallways. I have used a white plaster product in most of the hallways as backdrops for displaying collected artwork of many colors.

 

The ONE designer that Debbie would like to get her house decorated by…

My favorite designer ever is my dear friend Sandra Barron of Sandra Barron Interiors, again, who was featured on Paint + Pattern back in January. Her home is very elegant and welcoming. Soft natural colors, lots of texture, high ceilings, open rooms – so classy! Sandra converted me to loving greys because I love the feel of her home so much. She taught me how to feel the colors. She mixes expensive and inexpensive with a masterful touch and does not overdo the accessories.

 

A little about Debbie’s life as an artist…

Growing up in Massachusetts meant many days snowed in as a kid. I was too young to wander the neighborhood unattended since the snow was taller than I was. Mom had a book called “Things to Make and Do.” We made many things with little round scissors and white glue and Popsicle sticks and crayons over the years. My grandmother was a masterful seamstress who made wedding gowns for wealthy brides and my Dad was an inventor of things like the loom that makes seersucker fabric. I think I just absorbed from the artsy people around me and loved going to the art museum as a young girl. I started writing and making greeting cards in the second grade. I got competitive with a girl in the art class whose projects always got more praise from our teacher than me. That made me mad, and my goal was to improve and be better than her. Guess I never stopped after that and am wondering if she is an artist now…

 

Debbie’s dream home and home decor styles…

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The things Debbie is hoping to contribute to the lives of Paint + Pattern readers… 

I would love to offer new possibilities and bring some surprises for P + P readers. I look forward to sharing new ways to create, great resources, simple ideas, travels and more. Paint and pattern is everywhere in our lives, so the possibilities are boundless.

 

What makes Debbie unique…

I have had the opportunity to wear several hats through my various past jobs – on-camera reporter for a local cable show called HomeLife TV, book illustrator, creative director for the USAir inflight magazine, art director for in-house graphics staff/ ad agency at a daily newspaper for 18 years, ad agency production director, owner of Faux Design Studio for 15 years, Marketing Director for Annie Sloan Unfolded and so on…

I have been lucky to have traveled to several countries, including Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, England, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda. My craziest and the most dangerous adventure has been a gorilla trekking in the mountains of Uganda!

 

Debbie’s favorite quote is…

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

 

 

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