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!


“Donna definitely knows her craft. I had renovated my kitchen, painted the first floor of my home new colors, and refurnished the family room. Donna picked the colors, four to be exact, and each one flows perfectly from room to room. From window dressings, backsplash tile, furniture & rug purchases, and general decorating, she demonstrated confidence and patience to give me a finished project that I am in love with! Everyone who enters my home comments on how beautiful it looks!”​


—  Susan Coughlin

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