HOW I STARTED DESIGNING
I was looking at a stencil one day and thought, “I could do that.” So I tried it. Then I proceeded to burn the wood cornice that I had just stenciled on. It was awful! There had to be a way to make a stencil come to life. So, I practiced and practiced and practiced. Working with oils, I was able to blend colors. Then I used acrylics to enhance the stencils. I stenciled my floors, walls and anything that wasn’t moving. I didn’t realize that this might become a business until someone came to my home and asked what I would charge to stencil theirs. And that’s when Delicate Designs was founded.
Then the faux finishing phase began, and I was very interested in that. All the walls in my home were my canvass, and I practiced as much as I could, eager to learn different techniques. I also began working on murals. One day, my path crossed with a salesperson from the Valspar Company. After seeing my portfolio, he asked if I would work as a representative, demonstrating the Valspar faux finishing products throughout the Northeast region.
I developed a three-hour program which took me to various states and a myriad of companies in the Northeast. In the ten years that I worked for them, I developed amazing relationships and met some wonderful and creative folks.
My clients would ask advice not only about painting but about decorating as well. That’s when I began working with contractors with assisting in designing spaces and helping clients with staging, color consultation and decorating. Most folks know what they like; they just need confirmation and a different perspective. To watch the process of a house becoming a home is more rewarding for me than I think it is for my clients!