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Happy Easter!

We hope you all find a special surprise in your Easter Basket this year.

Happy Easter from every bunny here!

Sincerely,
Janie's Signature
Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF,
Master Artisan
janie@anythingbutplain.com

Quatrefoil…Why Is It EVERYWHERE?

The Quatrefoil

I’m sure you’ve seen it on everything from bed sheets and rugs to high end wall finishes. This fancy little shape has made its way through history and into some of our favorite designs. Last week, we heard a great podcast about the history and timelessness of the quatrefoil on 99% Invisible. (If you have the time you should really take a listen…its great!)
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There’s an App for That!

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase over and over again. And it’s true…there is an app for just about anything you want to do on your smartphone or tablet. Even in our industry, where we are very hands-on, we still find handy apps that help make our day easier. Here are a few you might want to try out if you’re in the home or interior design industry, or if you’re just trying to spruce things up for your own home.

Our Favorite Apps for Designers


Apps for Designers: HouzzHouzz – It’s SO many things and so wonderful! First, it’s a great place for inspiration. You can make “ideabooks” which are like virtual scrapbooks of inspiring rooms or products. Second, you can find a professional to work with you on your house – from architects to designers to decorative painters like ourselves. And third, if you are in the home industry it’s a great place to showcase your work and get the word out about who you work with and what you do. The best part is, you can access it all from the phone in your pocket!
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BLUEorange Gallery

Hello, Art Lovers, Wherever You Are…

Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

There is a great new art gallery in Houston on West Gray called the BLUEorange Gallery. They are getting rave reviews for the artists they showcase.

In my business I am lucky enough to be immersed in the wonderful world of art every day. I decided early on that I would build my company with artists. Being an artist myself, I understand the mindset and being A.D.D. as well, so we seem to work really well together! That’s probably why we like Interior Designers so much too! Many people in my profession of decorative painting come from a house painter or construction background and add faux finishing and decorative painting to their list of home improvement talents. At Anything But Plain, we pride ourselves on being artists first with the emphasis in decorative painting, and plaster second. We feel this not only shows in the uncompromising quality of our work but also in the unique creativity we are able to bring to each new project. You get a bunch of creative people in a room, and we have more ideas than McDonald’s has hamburgers! Plus, we know how to make it work! It’s the best part of my job. Read more…

5 Myths About Decorative Painting

It seems that there are a number of common misconceptions about decorative painting and faux finishes. From “it isn’t modern” to “it’s too expensive”, people pick up some ideas that are difficult to get past. We’ve picked a few of our favorite decorative painting myths and are more than happy to give you the real scoop.


Myth #1: Decorative Painting and Faux Finishing is outdated.

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5 Refreshing Color Blogs to Follow

New Season, Spring Colors

In Houston, Spring has finally sprung! We are having Spring Break, and the Rodeo showed up in town, so that makes Spring official around here! Thank Goodness we didn’t suffer with snow but there have been tons of gray days. We all know how wearing gray days can be on our psyche. With the first bluebonnet sighting, I head to my closet to put away the winter woolens. I look at what I’ll be recycling from last year’s wardrobe. Then I peruse all the latest fashion magazines and blogs for Spring colors and trends before I head out the door to go shopping!
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Most Liked Photo

What people most like (and share) is a funny thing.

One choice is no better or worse than the next. It just “IS”, right? This week we took a look at our hottest photo of our work on social media. We were surprised to find it was a photo of a lovely guest bedroom we call the “country mansion”.

Most liked photo: Metallic plaster with Antiqued Detailing on Guest Bedroom.
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5 Signs Your Client is a Candidate for Decorative Painting

Blue Metallic Plaster with All-Over Large Stencil Design

Is your client a candidate for decorative painting?

One of the biggest hurdles for decorative painters and interior designers to overcome when dealing with the public is how to tell if your potential client is a good candidate for specialty decorative finishes. Somewhere in the interview process, the client might let you know directly or you may have to play detective.
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Anything But Plain Awarded Best of Houzz 2014!

Anything But Plain Awarded Best of houzz 2014

If you aren’t living under a rock you probably know about the website HOUZZ. If not let me tell you all the wonderful things it can do for you. If you are building, remodeling, or just changing up the pillows on your couch this is one of the most inspirational places to start! Boy, do they have great ideas for interior design, garden, product information, and more importantly how much a lot of those beautiful things will cost and where to get them! This is a sensational website! They have blogs on trends or even how to landscape for an outdoor oven. It’s pictures, pictures, pictures galore!
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Inspi”RED”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Red and Gold Asian Inspired Theater Room

I hope you get many Red Valentines, Red hot hugs, and huge Red kisses!

We need a little Red heat to perk up our cold February temperatures. Red is such a standout against a gray dreary sky. So let’s fire up our surrounding with Red and drink in the vibrancy of the color.
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