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Floored in Florence: SkimStone and Stenciled Floor

So, yeah, Italy was amazing! We were really lucky to be accompanied by a fabulous group of 30 people. Now, that may seem like a lot-it sure did to me-and we were working in a smallish space but I’ve never seen a group of diverse people work so well together. We were able to get an incredible amount of work done in a week and there were smiles all around all the time. Maybe it had something to do with the many bottles of red wine on our lunch tables. Hmmm?


This is my favorite shot. Do you think that they are engaging in some girl talk? Naw, probably discussing trowelling techniques. Speaking of that, we did quite a bit of it on this 250 sq. ft. floor area.


Racing to the finish line.


Me posing (just a little)


Susan and Todd (who really never did stop smiling)


A pattern picking party. I think many were looking for the opportunity to sit down at this point!


Ta da! The floor turned out to be seriously gorgeous. We were all wishing we could take it home but happy to leave our mark in lovely Florence. A very special Thank You to Modern Masters for their generous donation of SkimStone for this major Modello project that uses one of our Ornamental Allover patterns, OrnAll 107.


  1. Just gorgeous!!! Oh I dream of a floor that amazing…and to think more than one set of hands worked together to make it happen and it turned out so well! Very inspiring.

  2. Melanie and crew:

    This is absolutely outstanding! Looks as though you had an incredibly good time through the process, although I would bet organizing and coordinating the layout was a task! Very impressive.

  3. Thanks! Yes, organizing and planning this type of thing is definitely a lot of work but I was amazed at how quickly and easily it went together on the floor with the great crew that we had.

  4. Gorgeous!!! You all are amazing!

  5. Melanie,
    This floor is amazing and it does look like everyone is having a blast… but then again how can you not have a blast in Florence!!!

  6. That floor is AMAZING! I have drool all over my laptop now.

  7. Gee Melanie,
    I can”t remember what we were laughing about.
    It was wonderful working with you and all of the team. Incredible that so many that are normally in charge, worked extremely well as a group.

    Thank you for a lovely trip.


  8. Just unbelieveably gorgeous. Melanie is a master of design and color – adore her work!
    The classes I’ve taken from her have tripled my workload. Now I’ve become more of a faux finisher than a muralist but it’s putting food on the table and giving me my best years financially in the 22 years I’v been in the biz.

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