May 30th, 2017
Creative Interior Decorator’s Design
When an interior decorator comes up with a design idea there are many aspects to be considered. A wonderful creative collusion came about recently when I was in Jaco visiting with an interior decorator, Stephen, introducing him to my hand painted custom canvas area rugs.
“I have a client for you…right now!” he exclaimed. “Bring your samples!” And … [Keep Reading]
A Custom Floor Cloth for an Artist’s Interior Home Design Project
One of my favorite aspects working in interior home design is creating the perfect floor cloth for artistic clients who have a clear vision. Case in point: Frances, a renowned ceramic artist who has traveled the world, desired a hand painted canvas rug for her living room.
This lovely Costa Rica … [Keep Reading]
Dog Urine, Muddy Tracks, Dog Hair + Dander: Canvas Rugs to the Rescue!
Dog urine in rugs is one of those smells that can be impossible to remove; Many of my clients purchase canvas rugs because they have dogs. Their issues cover a host of mishaps:
- Untrained or not house broken (dog urine!)
- Long nails (floor scratches)
- Long-hair (shedding)
- Dirty paws (muddy,
A Lifetime of Textiles and Painting
While writing a To Do list I had scribbled a note: “Put yourself on the map.” This last week was spent taking steps to do just that with my original, hand painted textiles.
The Contemporary Art and Design Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica, offers an open forum for selected designers and artists to display their … [Keep Reading]
Working with Gray for a Living Room Rug
With every canvas area rug, each new design and color scheme is a challenge and an adventure. After the initial client discussions on the details, I cannot wait to get started with the design layout and painting to seeing how the rug will develop. Per my newest project, a living room rug, the … [Keep Reading]
Kitchen Rug: Functionality & Design
Many of us certainly spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially in front of the sink. The place to wash fruits and vegetables and my not so favorite thing: cleaning up. A kitchen rug is often placed in front of the sink, to make more comfortable the place for weary feet as we go about … [Keep Reading]
Designing Large 8 x 10 Area Rugs
In preparation of making and painting 8×10 area rugs for a client’s beach home I was asked if it was possible to replicate a pattern given in a photograph. It was a simple damask pattern and using an enlarged photo I could make a stencil but my question was, … [Keep Reading]
Canvas & Design: Modern Art Wall Tapestries
Having just completed a large wall hanging for a client I recall that canvas floor cloths originated in France in the 1400’s as spin-offs from wall tapestries. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the British took this art form and put them on the floor. From there the idea traveled to … [Keep Reading]
A History of Giving: Helping Women in Business
When I first started making hand painted cotton dresses 30 years ago I enlisted the help of the women in my community. Cahuita is a very small rural community on the Costa Rica Caribbean coast. I was surprised to learn the husbands were against their wives leaving the … [Keep Reading]
Palm Fronds a Swayin’ …on a Canvas Rug
Palm fronds swaying in the ocean breeze is an image that invokes the true feeling of the tropics. No wonder it is such a popular design with interior designers in Costa Rica. Casa del Pacifico, a design company in Costa Rica approached me with an interior design request … [Keep Reading]