This building used to house a coffee roasters in the late 1800’s and mid 1900’s.
As I worked I kept bumping into ancient coffee beans in the rafters. The crew and I often wondered if they’d still make a good brew!
It had had all it’s beautiful exposed brickwork painted a shiny beige, the plaster walls too. It was quite a large job and here is the blurry photo of the approved sample I created. Hey it was all the way back in 2013 so forgive me!
“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)
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The revival of the the club’s back bar was overdue, the paneling outdated and the walls too conservative a hue for what was, in essence, a Barbary Coast Speak Easy.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.
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.
Static tile, reconfigured to replicate fluidity of nature and client’s desire for a feeling of nature unfurling.