I just returned from 4 days in Los Angeles where I attended the Design Blogger’s Conference. It was an amazing time of learning, networking and dreaming of the possibilities. My brain is on overload from all the ideas skipping around. If I had to list my top three highlights from the event they would be in order:
- Meeting my social media friends Regina Garay and Melanie Royals in real life. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time.
- Learning lots of Search Engine Optimization tips from Scott Hanselman and Doug Cook. (I’m geeky like that)
- Meeting Suzanne Rhinestein and watching her presentation on Trends in Design.
The presentation by Suzanne is what really has all the wheels turning in my head. About forty out of fifty interiors in her presentation slide show had PAINTED FLOORS. I sat there with my mouth open as she clicked through slide, after slide, after slide that showcased an interior with painted floors. She even said several times, “Here’s another room with a gorgeous painted floor.” What a gift to the decorative painting community! As I sat in the conference room with 200 of the most influential interior design bloggers in the country I was hoping that they were hearing this loudly and clearly. My heart was pounding imagining that they would pick up the trend and cover it on their blogs. This could be the next BIG WAVE for decorative painting. Regina Garay and I waited for the crowd to disperse from around Suzanne and we slowly approached her. We thanked her for bringing attention to decorative painting artisans by using painted floors and murals in her interiors. She beamed, and told us how much she loved them and how incredibly talented her frequent collaborator, artist Bob Christian was. Bob’s work is featured in Suzanne’s Manhattan apartment in Elle Decor. Here are a few pictures of Suzanne’s rooms with Bob Christian’s artistry.
I also found this post on Bright Bold and Beautiful blog on painted floors with some gorgeous photos like this one.
Southern Accents has a great article on how to paint floors with tips from Bob Christian, Billet-Collins and others.
We have also done several painted floors in Nashville. Here are a few of ours.
And no painted floor roundup would be complete without a tip of the hat to Melanie Royals and her fabulous Modello, decorative masking stencils that make it possible to do very intricately patterned floors quickly and precisely. Melanie is teaching a class at the Concrete Decor Show in Nashville in a couple of weeks and I signed Brooks up as soon I saw the class listing. We will soon be creating beautiful designs with concrete overlays like these by Gracie Reed featured on Melanie’s blog Design Amour.
Just give us a few weeks.