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Posted by : schoolhouse | On : September 2, 2014

The Genevieve Model Blueprints - courtesy of JMG Custom Homes...our seed of inspiration for the 2014 CNY Parade of Homes tour

The Genevieve model blueprints created by builder JMG Custom Homes – our model home and seed of inspiration for the 2014 Central New York Parade of Homes tour at The Farmstead in Clay, New York

So thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with celebrated interior designer, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs and the Grosso Brothers of JMG Custom Homes for the 2014 Central New York Parade of Homes tour. I was commissioned to create custom decorative paint finishes for seven rooms and four ceilings in the beautiful, cleverly constructed “Genevieve” model.

One of the many meetings behind the scenes I had with celebrated Interior Designer, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs, to brainstorm colors, finishes, and overall game plan for approach for the interior accruements

One of the many meetings behind the scenes I had with celebrated Interior Designer, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs, to brainstorm colors, custom paint finishes, furnishings and our plan of approach for the model home interior decor

The Genevieve model home had a spacious floor plan with smooth elegant flow through all three floors of living space. Smartly situated dual stairwells flanking the east and west side of the home made for effortless access to every comfortably sized room. Heightened ceilings created loftiness, and large facets of windows balancing the facade flooded the home with light and softly glowing ambiance.  I loved the architectural bones of the home – it had a great mood and feel.
Second meeting on sight to review custom finish sample boards...progress being made early Spring 2014

Onsite meeting to walk through the Genevieve under construction – progress being made early Spring 2014

In addition to my muse, Rene Settineri, I grew to adore the newlywed couple who purchased the home to celebrate a happy start creating their family and life-long love.
Before shot of the Parade home master bedroom feature wall - with yours truly, Interior Designer Rene Settineri, and new home owners the lovely Lauren Marinelli and her fiancé, Ryan Geiger...a great team!

Before shot of the Parade home master bedroom feature wall…with yours truly, Interior Designer – Rene Settineri, and new home owners Lauren and Ryan Geiger.  A great team!

Ryan is as handsome as Lauren is beautiful. Rene worked closely with the dynamic duo every step of the way – winding thru the interior design process to reflect their tastes and personalities. Combining the Geiger’s input with Rene’s savvy and infinite resources, the interior evolved into a stylish design schematic with polished modern flare. A thoughtfully selected palette of neutral taupes, grays and warm whites with pops of color, like Tiffany Blue, resulted in a cohesive elegant feel.
Ahhh.....the Living Room (voted 'Best Living Room" via Post Standard's Peoples Choice award) after shot with my Muse, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs....Neutral color scheme with pops of Tiffany Blue...embracing ambient natural light

Ahhh…..the Living Room designed by Rene Settineri of Rene Designs – voted ‘Best Living Room” via Post Standard’s Peoples Choice award. Casual elegance enhanced by a neutral color scheme with pops of Tiffany Blue and softly glowing ambient natural light

All twelve homes in the 2014 Parade of Homes tour were beautiful and well appointed, but the Genevieve really stood out as a unique modern style statement with it’s sleek furnishings, fixtures, and floor plan.
The dining room featured hand-troweled Silver Taupe Lusterstone walls and Queen Anne's Lace Lusterstone ceiling finish, accentuated with an ornamental border on the tray ceiling

The dining room featured hand-troweled Silver Taupe Lusterstone walls and Queen Anne’s Lace Lusterstone ceiling finishes – accentuated with an ornamental border on the tray ceiling

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Par for the course with the Parade of Homes projects – it’s all hands on deck and a flurry of construction activity leading right up to the opening night. It was an intensely busy Spring preparing for the tour at The Farmstead in Clay. I put in long hours, worked evenings and weekends in synch with other trades to stay on track for completion.  It was all very exciting… The Central New York Parade of Homes tour highlights the latest and best in home design and construction. The annual event is always a great place to glean ideas and inspiration.
The study featured a coffered ceiling with custom Champagne metallic finish...

The study featured a coffered ceiling with custom Champagne metallic finish…

...a lovely complement to the custom stenciled wall medallions with pops of Tiffany Blue accent color

…a lovely complement to the stenciled wall medallions, which layered Champagne metallic paint with a pop of Tiffany Blue accent color

Lauren checks on my progress - creating a pewter bronze foil finish with silvery color-washed ceiling in the powder room. Many guests thought the hand-wrought finish was high-end wallpaper until we pointed out "There are no seams - one of the many perks of custom faux finishes!"

Lauren checking in on my progress – creating an antique pewter bronze dappled finish with color-washed ceiling in the powder room. Many guests thought the hand-wrought work might be a wallpaper application until we pointed out “There are no seams – one of the many perks of custom faux finishes!”

Adding gilded silver leaf accents to the master bedroom feature wall

Adding gilded silver leaf accents to the master bedroom feature wall

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Master bedroom hand-painted trellis feature wall with gilded silver leaf accents to catch the light, add depth and interest

Master bedroom painted trellis feature wall with gilded silver leaf accents to catch the light, add depth and interest

Coordinating master bath wall finish, a spin-off inspired by the master bedroom feature wall

Coordinating master bath wall finish, a spin-off design inspired by the master bedroom feature wall

Rene Designs, JMG Custom homes, their affiliated realtors and I helped host the home through the June 7nd – 22nd tour duration to meet and greet a flood of guests. The tremendous amount of time, planning and hard-work that went into the home was rewarded when the Genevieve was voted “Best Interior Design” by the Syracuse Post Standard, which covered the tour extensively. The longstanding partnership between Rene Designs and JMG Custom Homes has earned this accolade several times in the past – and it’s always a thrill…a huge complement considering the caliber of every home featured. I’m grateful to be part of this stellar team, and to have ‘a hand in the mix’ via my custom faux finishes and decorative painting techniques.

Stippling Mother of Pearl glaze base coat to create soft glowing opulence...

Stippling Mother of Pearl glaze base coat to create soft glowing opulence…

Pinstripes layered over Mother of Pearl stippled base coat in the girl's bedroom

over which to layer Playful Pink pinstripes for a whimsical girl’s bedroom wall finish

Fantasy sky ceiling painted especially for the children's bath

Fantasy sky ceiling painted especially for the children’s bath

It was a wonderful opportunity to present our professional skill-sets, hob-nob and meet new prospective clients.  Sure enough – I’ve been non-stop busy with back to back projects the past few months as a result of referrals from the Parade of Homes project. There’s something tremendously gratifying about answering a phone call that starts with “I saw your work…”
Interior Designer, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs, Joe Grosso of JMG Custom Homes & yours truly...celebrating the laurels of great teamwork

Interior Designer, Rene Settineri of Rene Designs, Joe Grosso of JMG Custom Homes & yours truly…celebrating the laurels of great teamwork

We look forward to seeing you next September – enjoying the 2015 Central New York Parade of Homes tour at the Crane Brook development in Manlius!
With great joy,
Heather
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.  There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” – Rumi