Furniture artistry is a newly discovered creative outlet for me! After practicing as an architect for almost 30 years, the pandemic brought changes to my life's focus, my artistic direction, and as a result, a new passion was born! Function and Form can live in glorious harmony! Old pieces of better-made furniture can be restored, reborn and re-imagined into not simply painted furniture, but into unique works of art. Sometimes simply designed, sometimes more daringly executed, but always one of a kind!
I love classic design, something that will stand the test of time. Recently I have left a twenty-year career as a Florist and have had the privilege of designing for clients in many areas of the country. I loved creating beautiful arrangements it didn't matter if it was an extravagant wedding installation, or a single rose the client entrusted me with their occasion, so no detail was overlooked because I knew that even if you cannot quit figure, it out there was that tiny detail that puts your arrangement over the top! During the last couple of years of my floral career I discovered a new passion, painting furniture. So started to redo everything in my home and I have been slowly evolving with my finishes and realizing how much the details matter by creating something with depth and suddenly it becomes more than a piece of furniture it all of a sudden has a history that draws you in. It gives me great pleasure when I can do my part to keep unwanted furniture out of the landfill and give it a wonderful new life.
I love the traditional look of the dark woods of mahogany, walnut and cherry and along with that some gold or silver leaf and plenty of crystal drop embellishments on lamps and sconces, but sometimes furniture needs a little rescuing and restoring! This is where my love of creating furniture art has come to play and my favorite is Scandinavian finishes in neutral palettes of whites, beiges, blues and gray. You may see on my site a mix of antique wood and painted furniture and I love a room that balances both.
Heidi has been designer at heart from as early as she could remember. In fact, her very first memory is about a trip with her family to the local county fair to look at table place settings presented by 4H. Her fascination with design continued throughout her childhood. Heidi’s idea of fun was to tour model homes with her mom on the weekends. Although she didn’t choose a career in art or design for the first half of her life, thankfully she rediscovered her passion for art after being diagnosed with a devastating illness in 2013. “Art saved me and helped me find my purpose again”, Heidi says. To that end, Heidi began painting furniture and flipping apartments for a friend in Boston. Infused with a newfound sense of purpose, Heidi turned her passion into a business, and “Revive-Heart and Home” was born in 2013. As it relates to furniture, Heidi is self-taught and mentored by Amy Howard and is a certified Old World Finishing expert. Her speciality and passions lie in Gustavian and othe European finishes especially if it involves milk paint and gesso! You will find that Heidi loves to paint in light blues, turquoises (her favorite) and greens, although she does and can do pieces in any color palette you desire. Finally, Heidi go to great lengths to finish each piece with precise attention to detail both in her finish work and in the final presentation to the client. She wants your experience with her to be wonderfully memorable. In addition to furniture, Heidi is also a mixed media, canvas artist who specializes in abracts using Venetian plaster, milk paints and gesso. Her work can be found @heidimarshfineart. Heidi also has degrees in business and a 20-year corporate career in Philanthropy. Given this, Heidi donates 10% of her profits to non profits. Finally, when not creating, Heidi loves to travel (although she hates flying!!!), hike and listen to music. She lives in the Seattle area of WA with her husband, John; son, Caleb; and two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boomer and Snickers.
From a young age, I have had a love for textiles and old world furniture finishes with patinas that can set the tone for an entire space. I firmly believe that your home should be a sanctuary, but many years ago I found myself a single mom with two young children. Being able to create a beautiful space for myself and my family was a challenge when working with small budgets, so I turned to painting. Turning old, forgotten furniture into classic pieces with beautiful finishes quickly became a passion. It also became a motto for our household...see the good and the potential in all things. Although painted vintage/antique furniture in neutral shades makes my heart happy, I love mixing it with natural wood tones to add warmth and create balance. I don't necessarily have a favorite style, but rather I am drawn to pieces that have unique details: hidden drawers, fabulous hardware, wood escutcheons, ornate trim work, etc. I hope you enjoy the love that has been put into each of my pieces!
Mid-Atlantic Maryland native and artistic designer, Chelsea Montero, is certified in European and Old World finishes. As an art and history major, whose passion ranges from yesterday's antiques to today's comics, she draws inspiration from anything and anywhere to offer handcrafted compositions to make a statement. Chelsea's pieces are carefully curated and restored, providing clients with an upscale experience featuring unique finishes and designs. Montero Manor by Chelsea is about a love for yesterday's furniture while connecting to a time past but not forgotten. Here timeworn antiques into forever treasures. 💜 In honor of Chelsea's Mom, 5% of ALL sales are donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 💜 Full details about our donations are on our website under the CHARITY tab 💜 #PanCan
Hi there! My name is Valerie Green and I am a decorative artist. Spend some time looking through my profile and you’ll see a rainbow of various finishes. Some are clean and sharp, others just chippy and grody, and some that are just plain dreamy. You also might notice that I don’t necessarily have many “trendy” pieces to offer. That’s pretty intentional. I firmly believe trends come and go. Yes, they do drive the market, but at the end of the day, I’m more interested in creating heirloom pieces that get passed on for generations and bring texture, conversation, and patina to any room. I want clients to walk past a piece and think “God, I love that buffet/table/headboard/etc.” every day. The more unique and heirloom, the more I love it! That's what sets me on fire. I hope you feel the same after looking at examples of finishes that I can offer you.
Living a life of design has always been my niche. I fell in love with combining the art of the story and personality to create the perfect look for characters. In fact, I worked on multiple Emmy award winning television shows during my 25 years as a Costume Designer. After retiring from the film industry, I was ready for a new challenge. Now I bring antiques back to life. The way I see it, each piece requires something specific, that perfect formula that will highlight the beauty within. I see that potential and work to resurface the splendor each piece once displayed. But this takes education. Being mentored by a renowned artist, I earned my Certification in Old World Finishes and European Finishes. I have studied art history, furniture restoration, furniture age, wood identification, and leaf gilding. I have applied my history and design background to many mediums, including Venetian plaster, fabric, Eglomise, handmade wallpaper and I have learned trompe l’oeil from a Disney artist. I continue to learn to make sure that I have all the skills to compliment every piece. My passion for this work is broad. My design and history background aides me in creating unique, one of a kind looks. My paints do not contain any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and they are safe for you, your children and pets. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three dogs and my rose gardens.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see'' - Edgar Degas... Palm Beach based furniture and interior finish artist, Lyonella Cook, has been honing her skills in painting for the past several years. She specializes in restoring, reinventing and breathing new life into European Furniture. Her favored medium, authentic French & Italian Milkpaints. Originally, a construction engineer with a BS in Construction, Lyonella has blended her education into her art form, bringing about the perfect marriage of creating! Her deep affection for antiques and vintage furnishings is evident in her work. Antiques bestow unpretentious charm, a sense of history, a connection to the past that no assembly line piece could make you feel...it is the grounding element that will make your house a home. Lyonella is of Spanish and Italian decent, born in the UK to U.S. airmen parents. She served in the U.S. Army and participated in a study abroad in college which afforded her opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and parts of world. These experiences changed how she viewed colors, pattens, textures and furnishings to create a unique style and perhaps a retreat... your own little part of Europe. She currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, four children and fur babies Tank (frenchie) and Jingles (Bichon/Havanese).
I discovered a love for painting on canvas nine years ago after attending an evening art class with a friend. I thought it would be good to push myself to try something new and get away from my daily grind in front of a computer. I loved it and realized I wasn’t half bad! Fast forward to Covid lock downs in 2020. Another decision to push myself to embrace learning something new while stuck at home. I took a series of classes offered remotely with live zooms that fed my desire for connection and community. In 2021, a new passion was born taking my love for painting to a new canvas - furniture! Plus, I gained the added satisfaction of restoring a once discarded vintage or antique piece and breathing new life into it. Each piece includes proper repairs, if needed, and a custom finish honoring it’s original style for you to cherish and enjoy for generations to come! You will see I love to retain any beautiful wood when I can. I gained an appreciation for beautiful wood as a little girl helping my father with various projects from building a wood frame for the hull of a speed boat he designed and built in our garage to refinishing an antique baby grand piano! I hope you enjoy the transformations and pieces shared here in my shop! Each one is given a name to suit their style and unique story. Enjoy!
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