Bluette Meloney, IGMA Artisan in Faux Finishes
Working exclusively in 1:12 scale, my architectural designs are wide-ranging, diverse and reflect many time periods. Structures are eclectic and embrace Old World buildings and quaint country room boxes. Recent designs include an exquisite hand-painted children's Nursery and a theatrical modern day shop, the Kaleidoscope, inspired by MacKenzie-Childs furniture.
All of my work incorporates decorative faux (fake) finishes, trompe-l'oeil (fool the eye) painting techniques, fine details, and superb lighting.
For me, faux finishes are part of the magic of decorative painting. I use a variety of techniques such as aging, faux bois (false wood), faux verdigris (aged copper), marbling, creating patinas, gold leaf, and more. I use "Trompe l'oeil" painting techniques in a fun way to create decorative optical illusions.
In 2010, I launched a line of unique hand-painted collectible furniture. I specialize in custom upholstered sofas, settees and chairs with hand-painted fabrics and handmade pillows. I hand-paint and decorate armoires and chests, then add faux marble tops and tassel drawer pulls.
I like to embellish the woods with antique gold bas-relief, gold gilt or gold-silver gilt. Then I hand-paint the fabrics--often with a floral design. Furniture prices range from $50 to $350 depending on the detail and complexity of the painting.
A life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I hold a degree in Interior and Architectural Design. My talented husband Jack builds the majority of the structures I design. Each new structure offers the delight of the unexpected. There is always room for a new twist and creative play.