Artists in many forms are to be celebrated for their ability to take a blank canvas and turn it into a great work of art. Their dedication and talent to bring delight to our eyes is a wonderful thing.
That can be said of Billet Collins, a decorative painting studio outside Washington, D.C.
Custom murals like this one truly amaze me. It's so serene and beautiful. All the photos above are a sampling of custom finishes Billet Collins offers.
And the possibilities do not end with decorative walls.
Floorcloths are Billet Collins' specialty too. Urns are one of my favorite design features, so obviously I am drawn to the above floorcloth. Notice the "x" element too? A great representation of neoclassicism, at it's best.
While on the subject of floors, Billet Collins truly left me speechless over their wood-painted floors.
The Octagonal Key pattern won Billet Collins a grand prize in a competition hosted by ASID. It was a challenge trying to convince my husband that this is a painted floor. The Greek Key pattern around the perimeter is another reason for me to love this floor. It is lovely architecture for the floor.
Billet Collins painted this foyer, belonging to Skip Sroka, an Interior designer based in Washington, D.C. and published in Traditional Home in November 2004. They certainly know how to make a foyer look spectacular.
There is an article Billet Collins own Kellie Hodges contributed to and is featured on Southern Accents website, Steps to Beautifully Painted Floors. If you want to try this project on your own or to see what's involved, the article defines the process.
Wait, there's more.
The great work of talented artists does not end with decorative art & interior design. They are generous souls using their skills to offer decorative cards in support of Haiti.
Not just for Valentine's Day but for any day of the year, these cards, inspired by a traditional Haitian symbol for love, are sold as a set of 6 for $10. All proceeds go directly to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Has your curiosity piqued about Billet Collins? Along with their website and blog, they also post on their Fan page on Facebook. Stay tuned for more as their future endeavors include paint recycling and decorative painting school.
I am now headed to our foyer to dream of ideas to turn our hardwood floors into an architectural art piece.
Beware, the inspiration is contagious!