Our house and garden were recently featured in Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine. We had so much fun designing, building and decorating this home that weíve since sold. The project started as a humble, one-story ranch which we gradually transformed into a beautiful arts and crafts style home. It served as a canvas for our artistic experiments. We applied some innovative wall finishes, like chopped sea grass mixed with plaster for a rustic, medieval look in the great room, some unusual stenciling on a drop ceiling in the music studio, and even stenciled faux wood inlays on the kitchen island. Itís fun to play with different paint techniques and try new decorating ideas in your own home. If it works, great, and if it doesnít, just re-do it. After all itís only paint! Stencils were a big part of decorating our house (not surprisingly). We used stenciling in various forms in pretty much every room in the house from raised plaster stenciled hallways to a stunning gold chinoiserie stenciled ceiling above the dining room table. There was room for stencils everywhere.
After years of designing and decorating the house, we reached a point when there was nothing left to do. We stayed and enjoyed it for a while, and then decided to move on to a new design/decorating project. We put the house on the market and we sold it in just 2 weeks for above asking price! We truly think that our beautiful wall finishes and stenciling greatly contributed to the value of the house. It gave it a unique character and charm that attracted buyers almost instantly. It just goes to show what a little paint can do if youíre not afraid of trying! We are now onto our next house project. Another blank canvas. So many walls to stencil, so many design decisions to make, so many flowers to plant! So incredibly exciting.