House Fire Restoration – Walls/Ceilings/Picture Frame

(Quotes from owners)
“After a frightening house fire, our walls and ceilings were black with soot and looked beyond saving. Peta transformed smoked-stained walls to pure beauty, including preserving the porous texture and subtle color variations of unpainted plastered walls.” (Jay Helms)

“I endorse the “magician” comment. I live in a Grade 2 listed building about 400+ years old and Peta worked her magic on the stairway. Also gilded an ancient picture frame repairing the missing pieces. She is my idol.” (Jenny Keehan)

Villa Taverna San Francisco – Barbary Coast Speak Easy

One of my favorite projects of the year and a new creative connection with Alice Wiley Associates and Susan Marazza.

The revival of the the club’s back bar was overdue, the paneling outdated and the walls too conservative a hue for what was, in essence, a Barbary Coast Speak Easy.

Colour saturation was essential and the designers and I wanted the space to glow with a luminosity that harkened back to a time when its timbers were firstly a candlelit tall ship, then a sculpture garden and residence to Frida Karlo and Diego Riviera and today the prestigious private club of discerning locals.

The space is irregular, so needed the gravitas of the bullocks blood red wall wash/polish and black lacquered paneling to pull the exposed brick wall and the space itself together.

As I worked with brush and sponge I also, in my mind’s eye imbued too, endeavoring to rejuvenate the space, revitalizing her walls and leaving her feeling whole again.


Powder Room Textured Walls

A small powder room with a lot of atmosphere, this jewel of a space was designed by JoAnn Hartley Interiors with the DIY passion of the client’s husband.

The wall finish began with the love of the tile floor.

The tile itself is heavily striated, with shades of gray, silver and pearlescent, all slightly raised in relief.

It was decided to match the walls to the floor but in a much looser pattern – quite the challenge!

As I’m always up for a challenge I dove in, making sample after sample until satisfaction finally arrived in the form of a beautiful graining tool I have in my bag of tricks.

The tool is used to create the ‘ticking’ in wood grain and was perfect for embellishing the walls with a gossamer thatching, creating a richly textured surface.

The clients were wonderful to work with too and I hope we have many more fun projects to interpret together.


Atherton Front Entry – Modern Taste Rejuvenates Traditional Foyer

The entry whilst traditional, held its own stylistically but was not a robust enough commentary on the paintings, sculpture and modern taste of the client.

We worked with her East coast designer to create this stenciled/hand painted with exposed wood keystones, diamond patterned floor, rejuvenating a somewhat ‘flat’ space into a dynamic entry statement that reflects the personality and tastes of the owner.