Blik Iron Vines


Steph’s House, Minneapolis, MN

For those of you wondering where this stencil came from that’s posted on my website… (I’ve had quite a few inquiries…)  Its actually not a stencil at all…Its a series of Decals from What is Blik. I suggest making your own stencil out of the decals  for continued use and more flexibility in color selection.You can purchase them at: http://www.whatisblik.com

bl-140for a bedroom?


blik3I love this clustered look!

If I remember correctly you get about 8 of them, They are pretty intricate so if your cutting your own stencil from the design it will take some time.




I have to head out the door to do demo’s at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes Open House today but, the ever so sweet Nancy Jansson from ‘Affirming Spirit’ http://www.affirmingspirit.com/ sent this over to me this morning and I just had to share it with all of you.

This girl rocks!!!!  Design student Sara Watson Decorative finished her car to DISAPPEAR!!!!  read more here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8030766.stm

sara-watsonHave a colorful day everyone!!!!  lulu

Elixir Part 1


This past week we were able to squeeze in a project over at a new Hip and Cozy Lounge downtown Minneapolis.  Its called Elixir and its located to the left of the Fineline Music Cafe.

I’m calling this Part 1 because I’m going to show you my dark and dusty photos from behind the scenes.  A sort of sneak preview to the venue before its all clean and fabulous.

The Grand Opening will be on May 15th, so we will hope to see you there to celebrate another great establishment by Jado Hark and his team.  I hear the menu is filled with scrumptious goodies and have a feeling I’ll soon be becoming a regular at the new place to eat downtown.

dsc03078Just getting started…

dsc03081Deco Palette Faux Effects

dsc03090Working on one of our signature finishes, “Blue Coral”

dsc03106Finishing up on a Deco Palette/Silkstone Custom finish made unique for Elixir

me-and-terworking on ‘Blue Coral’ Soffit

jadoHandsome Jado in front of Faux Marble beginning stages.

Stay tuned for more pictures…or just go see the real deal on the 15th like everybody else!!!

dsc03108the view on our back steps!

It was quite the weekend.  Last minute I backed out of the Walk for Animals with Janessa and Keisha because I was so over come with all the buzz in Bryn Mawr.  It was our very first year living in Bryn Mawr for the festivities and I gotta tell you, WE SCORED BIG!!!!!

Originally we intended to participate, and we did for about an hour in the am.  We are pretty laid back when it comes to yard sale pricing…I can’t tell you how many times I said “A dollar” or “fifty cents”.  Our big sellers were Jake’s XBOX, poor thing sat neglected in the closet for over a year.  I’d rather have it make some little boy ungodly happy then sitting in our closet collecting dust.

Isabella and Nathanial joined us in selling and helped to put stickers on everything.  Then after an hour we packed up our yard sale and spent the rest of the day strolling around the neighborhood checking out people’s junk and in some cases paying for it, and bringing it home.

Here are some of our photos from the day!!!

dsc03112Behind our house!!!

dsc03113People eating hot dogs at Church

dsc03115We went for the MINI Donuts vs the corn dogs.



we met this guy who was WICKED into it!  The Garge sale fairy!!!  Good times had by all!


We scored in total: 1 bench, 6 chairs, 1 book case, 1 small table, 1 super fury Jacket, 2 Sorrel winter Boots, and 1 buffet all for the heavy cost of $50.00 which we made at our sale, so we pretty much broke even.  We will be better prepared for next years garage sale and have a whole slew of goodies to sell!  I can’t get wait to get paint on all the new furniture!

Hurray for Yard Sale season!!!!


Interactive Wallpaper

Interactive Wallpaper

Love these darling decals…They make such a nice JOLT to some otherwise blank white walls. I’m just buzzing with ideas for them…. Wouldn’t they be lovely all bunched together as a headboard?

Perhaps I’ll have to try these on for size and see what other fun ways I can come up with to use them.

Tina Feys new digs

Hi there!   Do you love America’s quirky little sweetheart  Tina Fey like she’s loved in our house?    We can’t seem to get enough of all things Tina Fey.  Everything that gal touches turns to gold!  Well, you have officially entered a Tina Fey love only zone…  but I did have a brief moment earlier today when I saw pictures of her new apartment and thought to myself… ‘NO WAY, there is absolutely NO way that that is Tina Fey’s style?’

Please take a look for yourself and let me know what you think…


feyapt31feyapt11You can view more information about the new apartment here:


Looks like this is the previous owners style… Phew.  I know Tina Fey would have some yummy colors somewhere in her home.  Or at least I hope!

Related posts by lulu: https://lulupainting.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/electric-blue-envy/

“. . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . ”

-American Heritage Magazine, October 1993

I feel so blessed to be a part of a time that is taking into account our beautiful world.  This place has and never will stop amazing me.  Our environment is a precious and beautiful place filled with mystery and inspiration.  My partners and I are trying every single day to make Patina Designs and Lulu Painting full”green” painting companies.  Here are a few of things we have been doing to help our environment and the environment at our clients homes.

  1. USE THE INTERNET:We no longer print out paper recipe cards for classes and demo’s that we are instructing.  We put the recipes on-line for folks to look up at their discretion.
  2. VOC FREE PAINTS:We use low VOC or NO VOC paints.  These are paints that do not contain toxic amounts of cancer causing  volatile organic compounds.
  3. WASH WHAT YOU HAVE:We wash out all our brushes, rollers, naps, trays, and paint cans, so as to not over use products that end up in landfills.  Some of us have paint brushes that are 3 years old and still work like new.  It can be a pain at times but its worth it in the long haul and also helps with costs!
  4. RE-USABLE JARS: We use old glass pickle jars and plastic yogurt containers to mix our color samples or glazes in.
  5. RECYCLE:We recycle our clients paint cans for them.  How many of you have old paint just sitting in your basement unused and collecting dust.  By bringing these unusable paints to a recycling center folks who are thrifty can pick them up for next to nothing to be used.
  6. RE-NEW:We re-paint cabinetry.  This is our hottest selling service right now.  Folks seem to be using what they have and making it how they want rather than wasting money on NEW, and putting the old in a landfill.  We can take any dated, ugly kitchen, and make it gorgeous!
  7. RECYCLE WORK SITE TRASH:We recycle our old paint cans and water bottles from work sites.  We have a lot of trash that builds up on a work site but a lot of it can be recycles if you just take the time.
  8. WASH:We run our rags through the wash instead of throwing them away.
  9. SUPPORT “GREEN” BUSINESS, (or at least ones that are striving to be that ways)We support Sherwin Williams by purchasing their recycled brushes, trays, and rollers instead of purchasing ones that are not made from recycled materials.
  10. GET CREATIVE:We cut up our rags from old sheets and towels instead of purchasing a bag of them at the paint supply store.  All of us have old towels or cloths that could be used as rags.  Why on earth would you buy rags when it takes two seconds to make your own?

What are some ways that you help to make your business or life a little better for the environment?  Do you have any other suggestions for us?  We like to think that we are very crafty but there is always room for more!  What other ways do you think we could help make our painting company even “greener”?

To view one of my many green DIY projects please read: https://lulupainting.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/painting-and-stenciling-a-bench-for-steph/