August 15th, 2017
Finca Rosa Blanca
When visiting Costa Rica there are a myriad of experiences one has to choose from. The Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel Coffee Plantation and Resort, offers one of those experiences in and of itself.
A Letter Asking About a Canvas Floor Cloth
Hello, I am interested in a canvas floor cloth for our kitchen and I have a few questions.
We have a hardwood floor, with a pedestal table and rolling kitchen chairs. The house is a little crooked so the chairs roll away from the table if we don’t have something providing a little friction. We need … [Keep Reading]
A Canvas Floor Cloth’s Journey
People often ask “How long does it take you to paint a canvas floor cloth?”
The whole process of creating a canvas area rug, or canvas floor cloth, takes many days before the first brush stroke of applying the design.
It begins with a bolt of raw cotton canvas. We cut a length of 20 yards and soak both sides … [Keep Reading]
Lisa Curry Mair Introduces Me to Floor Cloths
Eight years ago I picked up a Mother Earth magazine and read an article about Lisa Curry Mair and her canvas floor cloths. Never having heard of this I discovered an incredible product that I believed to be a perfect product for Costa Rica’s tropical climate.
Lisa Curry Mair is my inspiration as an artist and as … [Keep Reading]
Painting classes are a wonderful venue for liberating an abundance of creativity, joy of color and free rein to play. Stretch the imagination and come away with a handmade creation. Laurel’s Originals has always focused on usable art, hand painted cotton knit dresses, canvas bags, canvas rugs and place mats.
After 30 years of painting on textiles Laurel’s Originals offers painting classes to … [Keep Reading]
Functional Interior Design
Interior Design combines both art and science of understanding people’s behavior and needs while creating a functional space within a building be it home, hotel or business.
Creative and technical solutions provided by interior designers are functional, attractive and beneficial to their client’s quality of life.
Often the occupant’s have certain needs that require special materials that can enhance the decor of … [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, wet, sandy tracks)
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, “How big do you want the pattern… [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 for a canvas rug on a project nearing … [Keep Reading]