Entertainment wall: The clients had just had installed a real cantera stone mantle, and desired to have the complete wall to appear as stone all the way up, surrounding the media elements. New carved plaster blocks were made consistent with the mortar and dimensions of the real. The white surrounding walls were finished in a dappled doeskin, with the recessed display areas backed by antiqued bronze ‘leather’.

Stone display shelf: Eight-foot ceilings allowed for little conventional display, but this display shelf ran from wall to wall, making it less overbearing in the room and more of a welcome presentation. It was  constructed of wood, then wrapped in concrete board and covered in carved construction plaster to appear as large blocks and corbels of limestone to match the faux fireplace of the same construction on the opposite wall. Dimmable lighting was built-in directing upward for display and downward for art.







Country fireplace: Originally the wall was only a firebox on a chase. The structure of the mantle, upper box and crown, and ‘stone’ base and copper columns is all done in faux over custom carpentry. Originally we were just looking for a place to house the flat screen TV, and ended up inserting it into the chase (safely), and adding upper and lower lighting. The mantle box opens ‘tailgate’ fashion to house necessary electronics. The frame of the TV is removable for equipment installation, and is of styrene for clean sound transference.


Antique villa kitchen: A ‘shotgun’ long kitchen is subdued with annexing part into a separate needed room, and creating seating in the remainder in the form of a breakfast nook. Soffets over the counters are original, but were extended over the added breakfast area for an intended shift in the dimensions of the room, as well as for much needed storage. All was covered in a faux, ancient looking finish that mimics aged walls of a country villa that have seen many layers of paint and plaster, crumbling away.

Copper great room ceiling: A great room ceiling had shifting gypsum board at the apex, and a cavernous feel overall. Both were remedied by the application of offset antique copper panels, giving an artistic application to a needed sense of intimacy. The panels were also set with metallic purples and greens, consistent with the patina of real copper. Flanking the beams, a seeping verdigris ‘stain’ runs into the ceiling to meld the two presentations.

Bluffs dining room: This dining room opens to a twenty-foot high great room, who’s ‘bluffs’ diminish down to this room, which is completed with a copper powder-infused ‘eggplant’ deep color and glaze on the walls. Rooms may be made to feel wider or taller by the setting of the ‘crown’ line at the top of the wall (the crown area).  If the ‘line’ is at the top of the walls, the room feels wider; and if it is on the edge of the ceiling, the room feels higher. The cigar store Indian is real.

Deco master bedroom soffet: This bedroom had an angled ceiling that began at eight feet right here above the bed, and continued to sixteen feet on the opposite end of the room. This soffet (a minor ceiling-wall juxtaposition) was added to give a ‘wall’ point on this region for the deco carved crown molding to be applied to, as well as a bed headboard alcove and a lighting source for five lights. The ceiling of the soffet is a sweeping combed texture bas-relief, finished in copper.

French country kitchen: A twenty-five year old condo kitchen has a facelift, and is transformed with simple cabinetry additions and removals, moldings, and color antiquing.

Entry area: This column was an ‘in-your-face’ presence almost as soon as entering the front door.  There was no way to diminish it, so the reverse thinking was applied – making it the focal point of the area. Situated right between the stair access and the dining room the post is presented as vines shrouded in mist, art nouveau style.

Copper powder room: Most guest powder rooms can step outside the norm, giving personality and statement that is larger than their size. In this case, the entire room was made-over; all existing elements were removed and relocated. The water source formerly was deck mount, and made wall mount into a copper vessel. The lighting was four glaring make-up bulbs over a wall-to-wall mirror behind the sink. The lighting was moved to the sides, and the mirror reduced and given antique status. The tile counter was replaced with translucent stone, with dimmable under-lighting. 

Stone fireplace: This entire wall is founded on the original gypsum board, with carved construction plaster ‘stones’ applied on the upper and side areas, plus a box of stable concrete board built about the previous wooden mantle — and then also covered with the carved construction plaster ‘stones’ — to appear as a wall and mantle constructed of mortared hewn blocks and field stone. The walls were white, and now are a deep mushroom-colored leather.

Cantera negra fireplace: The clients had the real cantera negra stone columns, and desired to have a mantle to complete them. A new mantle was constructed of wood, with a concrete board base for fire-resistance; and molding and capitals were applied consistent with what would be carved in stone. All was finely detail textured and painted to match the existing stone. The white cabinets flanking the firebox were painted in faux walnut and the chase in a dry-rubbed paprika to complete the gothic look.

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