Where Rustic Living Meets Refined Elegance

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What I do when I'm not working on the Barn

Since I did a post showing how crazy my kitchen aka "Studio" can get because of my line of work and it showed those crazy panels I was working on, I thought I would post the final product. 
First the arches where I installed the premade panels:
These were installed 3 separate arches. Then faux "iron" bands were applied to the outer edges and center "seam" with french nail heads hammered in.
Another arch going into the kitchen.
Here's a closeup of one of the panels.  This client, (an absolute dream client! Exquisite home, fabulous taste and and a joy to be around) loves very old, rustic and aged looking finishes. So these were done a little more cracked and chipped than normal.
The third arch going into the kitchen from the dining room.  At the same time we did the arches we (my daughter and I) did the Aged Tuscan Red Wainscoat around the dining room along with some areas of plaster relief to make it appear that the upper plaster had all fallen off over time.  Then we Glazed the entire upper half of the room to give it a more aged look and to soften the design done previously.  She had asked for the dining room to be done but I knew these arches would really compliment this room so she said "Let's do it!" 
 Here's a view of one of the dining room walls.
Is this home not Gorgeous?!!!  I have to admit I have used this home as a lot of inspiration for the Barn.

Anyway, that's what I'm doing when I'm not here, I'm doing finishes in other wonderful homes and constantly getting inspired to create beautiful things.


  1. Beautiful work!! I love the aged, chippiness of all your finishes! Don't you love when you get a client like this!!

  2. Tamra, those arches are very cool! Love what you have created!

    Art by Karena

  3. Tamra-WOW! What a place-Great job! Diana

  4. Beautiful! It was difficult to tell with them hanging while you were working on them, what they would look like. And yes, that home is gorgeous. Made even more so by your fabulous and I'm sure, exhausting work. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Tamra, you are so good at what you do, that arch is gorgeous!!!

  6. I am in awe of the beautiful work you do. Thanks for posting these pics!

  7. These arches are fabulous! They look like they have always been there. Gorgeous home.
    Hugs, Sherry

  8. Your work is beautiful! You could have fooled me and said this wonderful home was tucked into the Italian hillside just outside of Florence. Looks like a tremendous amount of work {and talent}, but it must have been a dream to work here.


  9. Tamra, oh Tamra. It's....GORGEOUS!!!!!! Seriously. Love all of it: the delicious border then anchored by that great expanse of red, the panels, the coloring...swoon...



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