Monday, April 12, 2010

caroline lizarraga

caroline lizarraga is a woman after my own heart; a lover of the before and after. the famed san franciscan decorative painter got her start in furniture restoration, fixing up pieces she scooped at garage sales and fleas. she then went on to study the european techniques of painting and restoration in florence italy. upon returning to california caroline worked as an apprentice with gail and michele laurence and eventually broke out on her own.
her most recent jaw dropping before and after is a collaboration with the one and only interior designer, ken fulk. lizarraga and fulk created a 'jewel box' dining room for their jeweler client. by silver leafing the ceiling and painting the walls in a light robin's egg blue with metallic blue gray cross hatch, caroline created the look of linen. the greenish metallic molding and sea glass chandelier also help to make the room feel mermaid meets jeweler. what's best is that when emailing with caroline about the redesign, she wrote, "my job is my passion and i feel so lucky that this is what i get to do everyday".

i would especially like to thank caroline lizarraga of caroline lizarraga decorative painting for submitting this stunning restoration. the after photos shot by the brilliant victoria smith.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful space and the ceiling and windows are AMAZING!

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  2. That ceiling is BEYOND amazing. It just glows, what fantastic atmosphere for your dining room!

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  3. jewels......for a jeweler no less!!!!! and the chandelier is amazing too! You can see that her job is her passion.......Thanks for sharing raenovate!!!!

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  4. As a longtime client of Caroline Lizarraga (she has done 2 fantastic homes for me) I can attest to her professionalism, sense of humor, efficiency and ability to "see" potential amazing possibilities where others my only see a wall that cold use color. She will come up with some gorgeous alternative that will make your wall (or ceiling or any surface for that matter!)one-of-a-kind. She is a true artist and is worth every penny. (And she's reasonable, too.) If you want a truly unique, one of a kind, home then turn to Caroline - I just love, love, love her and recommend her to all my friends! K.H. Tiburon, CA

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  5. CAROLINE DID MY PLACE AND I JUST LOVE HOW SHE TURNED IT INTO A PLACE OF HAVEN. I JUST LOVE HER WORK. SHE IS A TRUE ARTIST.
    MARIE OF ROSSMORE

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