DIY: From Ugly Joint Compound Texture To Lustrous Venetian Plaster – Part 1 Prep

This post is sponsored by Modern Masters who provided me with Venetian Plaster products and tools. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own​. Are you a faux finisher, reluctant to tackle old textured walls for a client? Or, an adventurous DIYer who would love to go from Old World décor to a more contemporary style, using Venetian Plaster? Perfect! This project is for you! Modern Masters Venetian Plaster Ultra Deep Tint Base and Ve

Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead's newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine. I just received my copy, and couldn't wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word. And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emme...

Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

Last week I was blissfully working away in Valencia, California, at the offices of the fabulous Modern Masters team! Along with fellow faux finisher and decorative artist, Mary Childs from Orlando, we each created seasonal DIY projects, to be debuted prior to each holiday. What an honor and a treat to play with many of my favorite products while conjuring up projects I think you are going to swoon over. Watch for cool and creepy Halloween ideas, com...

Use All Three Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits To Create Drippy Abstract Canvas Art

Effortless artsy, rusty, crusty effects are all the rage right now, thanks to Modern Masters and their fabulous Metal Effects line. They’ve also recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. If you love crusty stuff, like old cars, metal accessories, and even artwork, we are kindred spirits. For years I have been scavenging in the local junkyard for years to grab gorgeous scraps of real co...