Painted coffer ceiling

Painted coffer ceiling

Painted coffer ceiling

Ouch…this ceiling gave me a neck ache; but the results were worth it!  I first saw this ceiling when the house was being built and everything was plain white…the corbels, the egg & dart molding, etc… All the detail was lost and for such of a detailed ceiling, it looked unbelievably plain.  It is a 30′ x25′ ceiling, each one of the vintage chandeliers, which were shipped from France, are 5 foot across, just to give you a feel for its size.  Anyway, I Immediately proposed painting it, to bring out all the elements and give it an even bigger WOW effect.  When I sat down to research ideas, I turned to The Masterworks of McKim, Mead & White, an architectural group formed in 1879 who designed some of the best architecture ever created in the United States, such as: Madison Square Garden, Columbia University, Rhode Island State House, and many more!  However, it was their  University Club of New York that caught my attention for this ceiling.  The Main Dining Room ceiling in the University Club is their largest space and has a similar ceiling layout…rectangle ceiling flats, very ornate molding including the egg & dart and extensive corbels around the perimeter.  Once I showed my client the idea, they loved it!  The source of inspiration was found, then it was modified it fit their needs.  First, I choose a similar color palette to the University Club, with the cream & amber, then introduced a green along the outer squares.  Using that same palette, the colors were alternated between the different layers of the molding to let each  be independent of the other, then a 24k liquid gold was brushed as a highlight on the molding detail versus the fully gold leaf gilded molding that is in the University Club.  Finally, the outer corbels were crackled for a more found or historical look.  The final look was WOW!  It further inspired the client to repeat it in the dining room and all the molding throughout the common areas in the home.  Now, the last thing you would ever think of when walking into this house is…”plain”!

Lemon tree fresco

Lemon tree fresco

Lemon tree fresco

I have a few clients who have an fond appreciation for traditional Frescoes. What the term Fresco means is essentially painting with wet plaster that has pigment mixed into it.  This technique was first introduced at the turn of the 16th century and has received most recognition from the city of Venice or the Venetian region in Italy, hence, Venetian Plaster.  Since it is not an oil or an acrylic, the plaster wants to dry quickly, therefore,  you work in small areas and create depth of color with multiple layers or wet blending.  With this comes a certain amount of build up or texture where you can really see the application of each color.   The Lemon tree was selected by my client to vine around the chandelier over her breakfast table for an intimate special setting based in tradition.

Silver leaf with stencil

Silver leaf with stencil

Silver leaf with stencil

A “Jewelry Box” was how I described this look to the client; she fell in love with the concept and we went with it.  This Master Bathroom was elevated into a statement piece with in the home!  2,000 square feet of Silver Leaf, brick set with a damask stencil, slightly aged and sealed.  Then a custom hand painted ornamental design was placed around the tub chandelier for even more of an impact.  The final result is rich with style, elegance and full of opulence.  They didn’t feel the need to place any additional artwork on the walls, as they themselves became the artwork.

Classic Disney Mickey Mouse Filmstrip Mural

Classic Disney filmstrip mural

Classic Disney filmstrip mural

The Mickey Mouse Filmstrip mural was created for a model home within Disney’s Golden Oak subdivision.  It is Disney’s exclusive private neighborhood on Disney World property.  Since Disney fans come in all ages, the idea was to appeal to an older, more classic fan of Mickey Mouse.  The images I selected for the individual stills were relevant the origins of Mickey and his tight group of friends.  I also include iconographic images such as Steamboat Willy, the introduction of Minnie and the introduction of Technicolor.  The filmstrip weaves its way across 3 walls and the 4th wall has a mirror that reflects the filmstrip leaving the viewer with an impression of it wrapping the room.  I also included several “Hidden Mickey’s” into the design so the guest will have an active participation and lots of fun perusing the stills.

Metallic Pearl Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster

This Venetian Plaster treatment done by the team at Artisan Inc. is gorgeous!  To this day we call it the Escalade bathroom, as I wanted the same soft pearl finish that is synonymous with an Escalade.  With a multiple layer application of cream color Venetian Plaster, followed by multiple layers of wax polish.  To achieve the pearl effect, I added a fine mica-pearl powder into the wax and buffed it on, then followed with a high buffing for the high polished reflection.  With the added feature of the round barrel vaults, and the chandelier, the light just flows across the finish…I never get tired of looking at this bathroom!  We also put a cream furniture finish with a very soft taupe glaze on the wood columns surrounding the center tub…this allows the flow of color and the viewer eye to easily move across the room.

Decorative Ceiling

Hand Painted Ceiling

Hand Painted Ceiling

This is one of my favorite hand-painted decorative custom designed ceilings that I did for a private residence in Orlando, Florida.  I drew my inspiration from Moorish architecture and design, yet kept the colors in line with earth tones of the home’s foundation.  By keeping a neutral color palette and simple larger design, it ensures that when the home is sold, this ceiling will be not only be a marketable feature for a higher sale price, but also a lasting feature that will remain a part of the home.  I have created a ceiling treatment that is now a part of the other foundations.