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Small Changes, Big Impact

November 20, 2013

Patina kitchen with oranges

The inspiration for this wall pattern came from the client’s existing artwork.

My collaboration with artisans is some of the most rewarding work I do: sharing my vision based on my client’s dreams, and seeing beautiful original artwork as a result! It’s a team approach to interior design that makes the final sum more beautiful than the individual parts. One of my favorite artisan-partners is Pauline Curtiss, of Patina Designs.

Pauline took a pattern from artwork the client loved, and created this striking design. I decided to use this wall art instead of a tile back splash in the kitchen. My goal was to update the apartment and make it more visually interesting; I find that Pauline’s unique pattern work often adds the final, zestful touch to otherwise serene and functional design.

This kitchen was a comparatively small job, but it has a big impact! The counter is made of Cambria natural stone, a pure quartz that is stronger than granite, and is nonporous for easy care. I repainted the existing cabinets and changed the hardware, counters and added the patterned wall.

Next: the Dining Room

Patina Dining room

In the dining room, we added more Patina-created patterns on the wall above the chair rail. You can see into the entryway beyond the door, and the patterned walls on the staircase.

 Girls’ Bathroom

Patina bath

One of my favorite projects is a girls’ bathroom we did for another client. The painted wall was inspired by the glass and ceramic tile on the floor, and the glass tile on the jacuzzi tub and backsplash.

Paint, pattern, texture and tile:  sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.

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