Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dirty Words

Faux finish can be a dirty word. Well, make that two dirty words. When an alarming number of artist wannabes left their boring jobs in the ‘90s and high-tailed it to Home Depot to buy some sponges, faux finish took a nasty turn. Perfectly nice walls were turned into splotchy, globby messes. A bucket of paint and a sponge do not an artist make. It was an ugly lesson that played out in many homes. The lesson lingers in the mind of people who cringe when they hear “faux finish”. Walls, cabinets and countertops can become art in the hands of a gifted faux finish artist. It’s all about those hands. And the artist’s eye. And the belief that colors...
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Sometimes you just have to give yourself some kudos

Sometimes you just have to give yourself some kudos, but it’s much better when they come from someone else. The other day, Steve Canfield, a local developer, was visiting one of the houses I’m building. There wasn’t yet any insulation and drywall. Just bare bones. He said the framing was the best he had ever seen in more than 30 years in business and that it was so lovely it should be left uncovered. I thought that was a whole new approach to becoming one with nature and the elements but didn’t share it with the homeowners who are conservative wall people. Believe me, the idea will catch on in a big way, probably in California or Colorado or one...
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I Love My Clients…

I love my clients. When we start their job, I joke that we’re “getting married”. Working together on a new home or a remodel is like a temporary marriage. Except that there are usually three of us! Sometimes I see them more than they see each other. As work has neared completion, I have had clients complain that I’m seeing other people (new clients). They’re jealous. But by that time we have all become a family. Okay, maybe I’m considered the crazy sister, but they’re nuts about me....
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