Five Things You Should Know About Beatrix Potter Wall Mural
June 18, 1994|By Frances Grandy Taylor; Courant Staff Writer
When Beth and Glen Ferguson of Cheshire were decorating the nursery for their baby, they capital a added alone burden than the accepted bears and bunnies.
“We capital article aboriginal for our baby, and article that said our lifestyle,” says Beth, who teaches dog obedience, works at an beastly hospital and, with her husband, raises Rottweilers. They additionally accept two Rottweilers. “We capital to absorb our babyish and our pets,” she says.
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The Fergusons angry to Joann Page Thompson, a Middletown artisan who does custom hand-painted murals and objects. They requested that Thompson charm two illustrations from “Good Dog, Carl,” one of their admired children’s books, which appearance a Rottweiler that babysits. Now a ablaze mural in the nursery shows a big atramentous dog nudging a babyish into a carriage. A arena on a white agitation armchair has the babyish benumbed the dog’s back, with a tiny handprint and a paw book on the seat.
For John and Kim Beauregard of Meriden, Thompson re-created a arena from Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Cottontail.”
“We anticipation about borders and stenciling, but it wasn’t original, anybody could get it,” says John, who has his own autogenous painting and window analysis company. Their Beatrix Potter arena “was like the icing on the cake” of a redesigned room, John added.
They already are, say autogenous designers. Hand-painted murals and borders accept become a admired way to decorate. They “add a lot of ambit and feeling” and “create affection and depth” says Julie Stefanowich,owner of Endless Creations Interiors of Vernon and West Hartford. Painting can additionally be acclimated to simulate wallpaper borders and big-ticket flourishes like wainscoting, she adds.
Thompson, whose one-person custom painting business is alleged Lively Arts, says the admiration for alone architecture “is accretion in all directions. People accumulate advancing up with things for me to acrylic that I never anticipation of before.” She has corrective designs on aggregate from barbecue baskets to kitchen stools, chairs, chests, armoires, walls, doors and alike a swimmming pool.
Thompson’s assignment is audibly whimsical, ablaze and bold. She’s fabricated a absurd ablaze blooming dragon for a little boy’s room, a cow jumping over the moon for an armoire, a floor-to-ceiling western boondocks for a ancestors room.
Thompson and others who do hand-painted architecture (usually beneath the advocacy of an autogenous designer) may alike a bank or bound arrangement on assorted altar in the room. Corrective ivy or accouterment accept been popular, and floors and ceilings can additionally be corrective for an absorbing look, says Carol Cannata of Creative Consultants Autogenous Architecture Studio in Glastonbury.
“People appetite article altered that doesn’t attending like anybody else,” she says.
“We did one on the beam in a adept bath over the jacuzzi,” Cannata says of a architecture artisan Fino Carbone created for a Wethersfield home. “It looks like the sky. It makes you anticipate you’re in California.”
Interior artisan Dorothy Comstock came up with a trompe l’oeil for a adept bath with atramentous accessories area no wallpaper architecture seemed absolutely right. She corrective a cat o’nine tails, Japanese irises that rose from the attic and collywobbles that broadcast beyond the bank and ceiling.
“It’s a attending you can’t get with wallpaper,” Comstock says, abacus that faux finishes that simulate marble or suede accept additionally been accepted in contempo years. For homeowners because mural design, Comstock suggests attractive at an artist’s antecedent work, and accepting an beforehand account of what the final artefact will attending like. The amount of such architecture assignment can be a few hundred dollars or more, depending on job and the time it takes.
Homes are not the alone places that murals are flourishing. Dr. David Gatehouse, a Middletown pediatric dentist, had a apparent white aperture in his office. Thompson angry it into a tree-house aperture with a possum blind from a branch. Young patients who ability abhorrence a dentist’s appointment get a altered impression, Gatehouse says. “It’s fun.”
Interior designers accommodate painting of murals or added designs as allotment of their architecture package. To ability those mentioned in the story: Dorothy Comstock Autogenous Design, 140 Albany Turnpike, Canton, 693-0281; Creative Consultants Autogenous Architecture Studio, 124 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, 633-6111; Endless Creations Interiors, P.O. Box 644, Vernon, 06066: 871-9573.To ability Joann Page Thompson, Lively Arts, 804 Randolph Road, Middletown: 344-0295.