As our 2011 Venetian plaster training & restoration project wraps up, we're grateful for the warm hospitality of our hostess, Giulietta, our friends in Panzano in Chianti, and our students, who did a wonderful job! We look forward to sharing our before and after photos of Giulietta's dining room, plastered in a smooth Marmorino Sahara in a soft golden tone. Walls that were once simply finished in a rough, white plaster now glow with suffused color and a silky feel. A hint of interest and light variation in tone fits the rich history of Fagiolari, a restored 12th century farmhouse in Tuscany.
Stay tuned for our announcement of our 2012 Venetian Plaster class in Italy!
While much of our Venetian plastering takes place in clients' homes, Veneshe also provides commercial decorative plastering services to local businesses. Some of Veneshe's recent clients include a restaurant in Manyunk, Philadelphia, a catering hall in Northeast Philadelphia, and Photography Studio in the Lehigh Valley. We've also done work for kitchen and tile showrooms in Bucks County and Northern New Jersey, giving patrons of those businesses an opportunity to view our unique plaster finishes alongside custom cabinetry and tile. And we recently teamed up with our friends, Bella Pintura, to transform an inner courtyard wall for a Manhattan physicians' practice, with a trompe l'oeil mural and exterior wall treatment.
The inner courtyard of a NYC medical practice gets exactly 1 hour of sunlight each day, making it impossible to grow plants to screen an old brick wall. Using the illusion
For modern interiors, nothing beats polished Venetian plaster
As a wall finish that has withstood the test and tastes of time, polished Venetian plaster is as evocative of luxurious old world palazzos as it is of modern style. We find our clients about evenly split between a preference for textured, old world finishes and classic Grassello di Calce, the impeccably smooth, translucent finish that polished to a high luster and shine. There's something so amazing about the way the natural lime, or calce, having cured back to stone, feels to the touch, creating a beautiful, breathable, natural surface. The depths of color and movement created by the plaster application creates a surface veneer that one can look deeply into (as opposed to looking at a painted surface, which even when blended with multiple colors or faux techniques, is still flat).
The Artistry of Venetian Plaster - Creating Beauty, One Room at a Time
From design to decor, Veneshe creates unique spaces brimming with personality and Italian charm, like the wine room we created for the 2011 Bucks County Designer House, or several country farmhouse renovations that featured beautiful old world Italian plaster techniques in gorgeous venetian plaster colors. Some of our clients go a step further, and commission murals and trompe l'oeil painting on ceilings, floors and walls, or architectural decoration utilizing custom moldings and trims. We even create unique hand-crafted accessories utilizing mosaics, carpentry and decorative accents.
From humble beginnings as ShePaintsEtc, a woman owned painting and contracting business, to our focus as Veneshe Master Venetian Plastering on bringing authentic Venetian plaster finishes to life, we take delight in creating places of beauty and sharing our passion for old world artistry with our students and clients, like Ed Dille from Langhorne, who writes:
"ShePaints is perhaps the most understated business name in history! SheTransforms even falls short. These ladies transcend the reality that you think is possible and deliver finishes that defy discretion, and win awards! We've worked with them on multiple projects over a five year period and cannot imagine anyone else coming close to what they achieve! And no, we are not related..."