September 22nd, 2017
A New Look at Dining Room Rugs
With renovating or new construction, many home owners and designers have stepped away from the traditional dining room, creating a more casual and open floor plan that combines the kitchen and the dining area. To help define the dining area of this larger area, traditional (fiber/woven) dining room rugs can cause consternation mostly because such … [Keep Reading]
Accent and Décor with Round Rugs
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to visit a newly home built in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. I marveled as my client drove her four-wheel drive vehicle through the jungle; upon reaching her home the 180˚ view of the ocean was spectacular! But, I digress. The purpose of … [Keep Reading]
Kiva Loans Helping Others in Business
Laurel is committed to donating 5% from the sale of all of her Laurel’s Originals products – canvas rugs, interior decor items and canvas totes and bags, to helping women (and men) in Costa Rica get the assistance they need to start, grow and/or maintain their business with small micro-lending (kiva) loans through the Kiva Organization… [Keep Reading]
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]