November 3rd, 2008
After watching and reading literally weeks of hours of political commentary, I have never heard anyone in the self absorbed American media discuss how the rest of the world views our choices this Tuesday. I found this article very interesting! One more day……
October 31st, 2008
From the gang at Royal Design Studio and Modello Designs.
Jerome (Ladie’s Man), Jim (Miss Jim), Theresa (Saucy Piratess), Maniac Maynard (Santa’s Bad Brother. Very Bad), Me (Just another bad hair day. OK, Bride of Frankenstein), Michelle (Wednesday), Eric (Nascar Mechanic), Natalie (Anonymous Ipod Dancer), and Tony (1970′s Vulcan DJ)
October 27th, 2008
Have you noticed? Shades of lavender popping up everywhere, from soft sweaters at Banana Republic (ask me how I know this!) to these recent pages of Elle Decor and House Beautiful.
Love it with the Moroccan door!
This photo below is my favorite. LOVE the wallpaper and touches of black.
How cool is this curved wall? A similar effect can easily be created with tape and metallic paint. Imagine the possibilities for all different types of geometric patterns?!
I’ve had this page tacked onto one of my studio walls for months now.
October 22nd, 2008
Some gorgeous examples of aged and patinated surfaces, both real and faux, from the October Veranda…
I’m noticing a LOT more photos in new books and current magazines lately that feature softly glazed walls. God gosh, it’s been 20 years since this became all “the rage” in the eighties. OF COURSE it’s time for a comeback. We’ll just call it “vintage”!
October 15th, 2008
Here’s an AMAZING before and after of a barreled ceiling hallway, done by Tammy Murray of Waldwick, NJ.
What a transformation from blah to beautiful. I love this pattern AchAll103, which was created by me playing around with repeating simple architectural border design. Adobe Illustrator can be SO much fun that way!
October 10th, 2008
Maybe a better title for this post would be “Putting it all in Perspective”. What a very scary week, what with the presidential campaign getting ugly and the stock market and financial outlook even uglier! And yet, we still have SOOOOO much when compared to most of the rest of the world. Oodles, really. Still plenty to give.
My dear friend Maryam wears many hats. She is a famous blogging girl, writer, boutique hotel owner, and Moroccan design specialist extraordinaire, but her most important and impactful hat (besides her mother hat), it that of traveling human rights advocate. Her latest trip to Rwanda is detailed on her mymarrakech blog, and you REALLY SHOULD read every post, starting down with the post from September 27, to get the full picture. But most of all you should read this one about Vestine (be forwarned, it’s disturbing)
After this life changing trip Maryam is actively seeking to raise funds for Vestine and 4 other Rwandan genocide survivors. To quote Maryam from her recent blog post
PS Eeek! Still $700 short for Team Vestine. Please, might you have $10 to spare? You can contribute via paypal to the following address: Tammy.Cody@gmail.com. 100% of the funds will go to helping Vestine and four other genocide survivors set up micro-businesses so they can support themselves with dignity into the future.
I’ve pledged $500, which is about what I spent on my last big shopping spree to buy clothes that I coveted by didn’t really “need”. This made me feel infinitely better than tearing off those price tags….Please consider donating ANY amount, even if it’s just a few Frappucinnos worth. You can be assured that the money will go to directly impacting the precious lives of a few deserving women.
Related sidenote: I’ve been able to change the dates for the next trip to Marrakech to work on Maryam’s Peacock Pavilions from December to January 16-27. We have just a couple of spots left. If you are interested in finding out more about this amazing painting adventure, go here!
October 3rd, 2008
I wrapped up my first ever Elegant Reflections class earlier this week. It may be illegal to have that much fun! Of course, not everyone gets their kicks by stripping the paint off the backs of mirrors and pouring stinky sulphury stuff over the them to create wild patination patterns…..but some of us do……
Like Julie Stonehouse…
and Georgia Morrow….
I’m SO sorry I didn’t get a picture of Regina Garay, who was here, and has posted about the class on her Fauxology blog. Regina! What bad bloggers we are to not even get a photo of us together!!! Next time….meantime, I think one of my favorite samples that came out of the class was this one above of Regina’s. But there are many more….
Julie’s 23K Gold Leaf Chrysanthemums and glass etching….
My Art Deco Palm Trees…
The dreaming girl with heavy patination…..
The woven linen look through the removed silver…..
Michelle’s heavy distressed and coppered pattern. Here, you are actually looking at the BACK of the mirror, which gets these crazy colors happening and can then be sealed and used as an art piece….
her WAY cool copper and silver number…
An allover pattern with paint, leaf and stain….
and my gilded delicate lattice over light patination. I’m STILL inspired and have some stinky samples “cooking” as I write. Gotta go!!!
Psssst! Next Elegant Reflections class is February 9-10, 2009.
September 24th, 2008
Marrakech is calling. Maryam and I have been emailing. A return trip to Marrakech is in my near future-and maybe yours?? I will be taking a small group on a painting trip this December to continue the creative work that was begun last May at Peacock Pavilions. I thought you’d like a peek into some of the inspiration for the featured project….
Maryam’s master bedroom ceiling will be aglow with a decorative treatment inspired by this pillow I snapped while visiting ABC Carpet&Home in NYC…
as well as the gorgeous, shimmery Moroccan Wedding blankets that Maryam sells.
Let’s just say that our project will involve imitation silver leaf and tiny round mirrors. Can you see it?!
Some mod chairs snatched from La Mamounia may get some interesting calligraphy…
A concrete bedroom floor will be painted with an intriguing labyrinth pattern from our forthcoming new collection…
and the project that has me drooling….a feature wall with a two color metallic graphic based on this amazing screen. The animals you see will be joined by some friends, including an artful peacock, of course!
There are still a few spots open for this upcoming trip. If you’re up for an adventure that includes adding your artistic skills to the forthcoming premier boutique hotel in Marrakech , soaking in the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of an exotic tourist destination, quading in the desert, enjoying the amazing hospitality of Maryam and the quaint Hotel du Tresor, AND doing your Christmas shopping in Marrakech’s famous souks, you might just want to click here…..
September 20th, 2008
Oh, how I love to show the lovely work of our talented artist/customers. When I created Modello Designs as a business it was with the purpose of helping to expand the art of decorative and architectural finishing by offering artists an easy tool for creating patterns and finishes that are completely custom and unique. Beyond the cutting edge! We get many requests from artists who are participating in local designer showhouses, and we offer them a healthy discount so that they can let their talents shine while promoting their work as well as ours. With pride-
The work of Lesley Kinney of Warwick, Rhode Island
Michele Kelling of Catonsville, Maryland
and Debbie Pearl of Sykesville, Maryland
Aren’t they lovely?
September 18th, 2008
As I am getting prepared this week for my upcoming Elegant Reflections class in two weeks, I think this is the perfect time to post some work from one of our friends and customers, Anna Sadler of Surface Refinements in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna came to the last mirror patination class that we held here with Tim Poe, the inventor of Antique Patina Mirror Solutions and patterned mirror finishes have become an important part of their portfolio.
How cool is this custom mirror shape?!?
I’m excited for the opportunity to play around again with this product and try out some new techniques. My head is beginning to hurt from all the ideas and options bouncing around in it! It’s time to set them free……