I received a call from one of my clients last week, asking me if I could come and do some stenciling in her kitchen and two baths. Now, I had just finished stenciling her kitchen and one bath late in 2008, so I thought it was odd that she would want it redone so soon. Turns out... her house was struck by lightning in April. She explained to me that the utility pole, at the end of her driveway, was struck and the lightning traveled through the wires that connect to her house. You can see the shattered pole in the photo to the left. A fire started inside of the walls, causing extensive damage. Her family had to move out for three months while the walls were taken down to the studs to replace all of the wiring. Now the house is back to normal, with a kitchen upgrade, but other than that, it looks exactly the same as when I was last there! They were very lucky that someone was home, just as this happened and could call for help immediately.
Since the homeowners liked what I had done, less than a year ago, we are sticking with the same basic design, only changing out the flowers to coordinate with the new window treatments.
I started out by doing this classic Palazzo Scroll design from Royal Design Studios, in two shades of gold. Next, I am adding this Peony grouping to every other scroll. I had to reach in the "way back" section of my stencil collection for this one by DeeSigns,(which I could no longer find a website for) but it really went perfectly with this fabric. Years ago, I had done this sample on mylar, so I used it as my guide for placement, which is why you see the blue tape pieces. The colors will be deeper, to match the fabric.
I did manage to get all the flower groupings done, but still need to go back in and add some hand painting with high and low lights. I will show that tomorrow, along with one of the bathrooms I will do.