Rustic Appeal

Bringing Cool Inspiration to Home Decor.


Inspired by some Barnwood accent features my brother Josh installed in his home…

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I wanted to create some of my own accent walls out of the same material and incorporate them into the homes of my clients.

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My brother’s creativity really sparked some interest and encouraged me to blend my favorite medium (paint) with this organic beauty.


Wrapping his beams and lining the inner frames of his skylights really gives his home character and charm. I just couldn’t get enough of this look.

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My brother and I took a trip to this Sawmill in Tiverton, Rhode Island where  I was able to  purchase some wood  for an upcoming project.

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This Eastern Pine once wrapped the exterior of an Old Connecticut Barn.  It will soon have a new home resting on an interior wall overlooking Long Pond in East Freetown, Massachusetts.

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I purchased 200 SF for $530 just enough to complete a headboard accent wall.  This wood is not budget friendly, but worth every penny.


My brothers Seth, Sam & Joel from DesRoches Bros. Inc. installed the Barnwood.

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They began by removing a piece of the baseboard working from the floor up, stacking the planks one by one.

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I had them place my favorite planks towards the top where they would be most visible.

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The planks were installed using finished nails and a wood adhesive.

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You can already see this room transforming…

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These rustic planks adds instant warmth and texture to the space.


Now it was time for me to select some colors and work my magic.


Starting with the ceiling, I  selected a sky blue which picks up the bluish-gray tones in the wood.


Utilizing that 5th wall helped open up the space bringing another element of the outdoors in.


This room has lots of natural light which filters throughout  so I knew it could handle a deeper color on the ceiling.


I opted for a Creamy White for the walls called Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore. This allows the Reclaimed Wood to take Center Stage.

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There was enough barnwood leftover to create a personalize accent to help balance the space.  I had the letter fabricated by my friend Adam Katz of In-House Custom.  I used a piece of cardboard as a template to ensure the letter was the font and dimension I needed.

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The vibrant pop of teal electrifies the space without being to overwhelming

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I was so pleased with the finished product. What do you think?

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Hope this post inspires you to tap into your own Inner Creativity. Thanks for stopping by the Artful Interior.

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The Black Whale

The Black Whale Project

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See our latest wall feature addition.

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The Black Whale in Downtown New Bedford, MA happens to be the biggest Blank Canvas of my career so far.

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Hard to believe a little over a year ago it was down to these bare bones.

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Collaborating and building relationships with these other small local businesses on this project was extremely gratifying.

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My obligations went further than just designing, I also took on the role of painting  the Restaurant. Most people don’t realize the majority of the work I do is actually basic painting. I stepped completely out of my comfort zone when I was asked to help design it. .

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I was given a lot of creative license by the Owner, Albert Santos and Manager, Luis DaSilva. We worked together and It was a pleasure working with them both.

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It started with a vision then just evolved over the length of the project. I really wanted to incorporate some of my signature style which is large scale wall murals.

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This wall that runs along side the train tracks was the perfect place.

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Custom painted wall art in this rich navy creates visual interest, depth and movement. The fish inspired mural took several attempts before getting it just right!

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Custom Canvas Art produced by a local downtown shop called Spinner Publications worked with me to achieve the large scale wallart. Click here for more Behind-the-Scenes footage of this project.

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Sorting through hundreds of historical prints, we searched for the perfect 3 photos to modify,  It was important to have this feature wall  reflect the history and diversity of the city with its many languages of the The Black Whale spelled out from Around the World.

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My love for rustic was introduced  wrapping  this weathered pine in a chevron pattern around the bar. The wood creates texture and warmth, a nice contrast with the blue and gray tones.

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I hand selected the pine from 2 local sawmills.  Robert Pires of Bob’s Building worked patiently with me, bringing my vision to life.


After much dispute, I decided to colorwash the weathered pine to soften and brighten the look and give it a more nautical feel.

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I used the floor as my jumping off point, selecting the Lager Vinyl Planks with a rustic quality and selecting my color scheme from colors that were in the flooring. It had pretty blue grays and orange tones that I wanted to bring out.

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One thing I’m known for is utilizing that 5th wall so these ceilings had to have COLOR! The tinted blue ceilings give the illusion of a larger and more open space and was perfectly suited for this seaside cafe.

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All the flooring and tiles were supplied and installed by New Bedford Tile and Carpet.  The Bathroom  was a  combination of Island Palms chevron glass in a pop of orange and porcelain plank tiles for 3/4 walls. The cast wave sinks were custom made by Sonoma Cast.


I used Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter for the walls and Sherwin Williams Medatative for the tinted blue ceiling. The neutral walls allow for the accent colors to really pop! The crown molding gives some nice architectural detail and helps break up the colors.

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The Orange accent ceiling over the bar was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Potters Clay casting a warm glow in contrast to the stainless bar racks.

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My Blank Canvas didn’t stop there. We had to fill this outdoor patio with some color. Lisa and Jackie from Fairhaven’s  Gotta Have It  was such a big help in helping me select the perfect  furniture in just the right pop of colors.


I went into this project not knowing much about Restaurant Design at all. I’m grateful I was given the opportunity but more importantly, I’m thankful to other seasoned professionals who were so generous and eager to help me along the way.

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This job has prepared me for the next 3 Restaurants I’m currently working on. If you haven’t made it by The Black Whale, be sure to stop in and let us know what you think.  The food is just as amazing as the atmosphere!  Thanks for stopping by the Artful interior.

Special thanks to Aly Morrissey of for your beautiful photography.

Beach House Makeover


DIY Decor with coastal colors

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Making BIG IMPACT in a small space!


I wanted to visually make the most of this  6 by 8 SF room in a tiny beach house on West Island, so here’s what I did…. 


Blue is a receding color that gives the illusion of open space. ( Notice how I painted right over the crown molding) and you know I’m a huge fan of Utilizing the Fifth Wall. For instructions on “How to Paint a Wall” refer to my video.


I measured out my accent wall from top to bottom


and divided it into 4 sections


A level ensures my lines are straight and helps to mark out my stripes using a white charcoal pencil.


Time To Tape Off

For best results use Scotch Blue. They make an easy release painters tape for delicate surfaces.


Tape off every other stripe beginning with the second one down from the top. We want to leave the top stripe the same color as the ceiling to make the room appear more open.


Begin by loading your brush with paint. I mixed my base color with white to lighten it up a few shades.


You can also use a roller to speed up the process. Here I’m using a 3” flat sash latex brush by Tacoma Corona.


Apply a second coat if needed and gently remove tape while paint is still wet.


“Wah-La”  ….. but this room isn’t finished YET….


There’s still lots more to do here….


We’re getting creative and re-purposing old furniture


to fit our beach house theme


We’ll show you the process step-by-step


using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.


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For more inspiring ideas with Painted Stripes see my video “Incorporating Photo Art with a Metallic Stripe”