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Our goal is to design and decorate interiors that feel fresh and inviting and give you a real kick every time you enter your home.
We want your visitors to enter the rooms and do a 360 to see every detail. We want them to have an unstoppable urge to reach
out and feel the finishes on the walls. After the initial reaction we want them to lay back, relax and enjoy the environment we've

Murals should be the expression of your personality a portrait of your desires, your humor, and the things which bring you joy.
Wall art should delight your guests and have enough depth of detail to fuel an entire evenings conversation. You're not one
dimensional why should your living space be one Dimensional? Any friend of the family should walk into the room and smile with
instant recognition exclaiming "That's you!"

We pride ourselves on being problem solvers. In fact, we thrive on being problem solvers. The challenge is to create aesthetically
delicious within the confines of all those basic necessities like building codes, construction schedules, and budget. Don't worry,
that's our job.

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Aspen Colorado Home Office:

Ziska Childs Design LLC

The eighth generation of artists in her family and a skilled artisan she is a member of the Scenic Artists Union in New York in both the Design and Scenic Artist categories (USA 829, IATSE). A member of Women in Film, associate member of the Graphic Artists Guild, an MFA graduate of NYU's theater design program, recipient of the Paulette Goddard and Irving Goldman awards she has been an entertainment industry professional since 1978. With over 300 productions her credits range from Global 500 companies (AT&T, SAP, Monsanto, AOL/Time Warner) to Tony award winners (Phantom of the Opera, "M" Butterfly, Beauty and the Beast, The Constant Wife). Her art work is in private collections. Her murals, old master studies, and decorative sculpture are in private residences in Aspen, New York, and Paris. She pursues painting and print making in the family tradition in her studio located in the Colorado high country desert.


New York Offices:

Joyce Kubalak-Szuflita

Joyce was trained in painting, printmaking and portraiture at The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, The University of Denver, The Art Students League and The National Academy of Design, NY She is in the permanent collection of The National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC Her original murals and old master studies have graced the walls of the Russian Tea Room and Tavern on the Green, The NY Hospital and NYU Medical Center, and private residences in Paris, New York and Washington, DC She is a member of the United Scenic Artist Union in New York. She has painted Broadway, Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet productions from "Cats" to "Lion King" and Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" to Zeffirelli's "La Traviata". Her credits also include many feature films including Prizzi's Honor and Do the Right Thing.


San Francisco Offices:

Lynne Rutter

Lynne Rutter is a member of Artistic License, a San Francisco guild of artisans.With over 20 years of professional experience, San Francisco mural artist Lynne Rutter is widely recognized as an expert decorative painter and colorist as well as fine art muralist. Using traditional painting techniques for historic, period revival, and contemporary interiors, Lynne's work is both figurative and ornamental, and is strongly influenced by her world travels; the paintings of great artists such as Vermeer, Fra Angelico, Max Beckmann; and the patterns and textures of anything beautiful she encounters. Murals and detailed ornamentation may be painted on canvas and shipped for installation anywhere.

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UK Partners:

England: Brighton

Aurum Design

Emily Swift–Jones

After foundation studies in Art, Design, Pottery and Fashion, Emily attended Lincoln College of Art where she took her National Diploma in Restoration and Conservation. She then specialized in paint finishes and gilding under Mr Nigel Leaney, then head of gilding and the restoration of painted surfaces. This prepared Emily for her first venture , Swift & Connell. When her business partner moved to Ireland, Emily carried out specialist work for a variety of leading companies in London, including Davies Keeling & Trowbridge, Armourcoat and Clarke & Fenn. In 2000 Emily moved to Brighton and established Aurum Design. Special skills – gilding, design, paint finishes, polished
plaster, and mosaic.

Her work can be seen at Newark Town Hall Ballroom, the New Galleries at Buckingham Palace (designed by John Simpson),Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Donna Karan stores London ,Moscow, Hong Kong, and Berlin, private residences in London and Brighton.

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UK Partners:

Scotland: Perth

Carte Blanche Hand Painted Effects

Cait Whitson

Cait Whitson

has been involved in the decorative arts since 1986, her favoured field is graining and marbling. She learned her trade in London at Leonard Pardon's School for Specialist Decoration and then latterly at the late Bill Holgate's school.

Cait has carried out work throughout the UK and in Holland, France and Ireland. Her work was chosen for a major refurbishment of the flagship Hilton hotel, Dunkeld House Hotel.Sterling Furniture Group where Cait has worked extensively producing room sets and decorative accents are the largest furniture group in Europe. Cait Whitson worked in Holland for a year creating finishes for the home of Toine Hezeman, the famous dutch racing driver of the 1970's. A recent restoration project of hers was the Carling Glasgow Academy where she was asked to match Vitrolite panels in the foyer and stairwell.Now in partnership with her husband Gibson Donaldson, she returned to her
native Scotland and they relocated to Perthshire and have a studio in the historic village of Dunning.

The services that her consultancy Carte Blanche offers are graining and marbling; paint effects for walls and woodwork; stencilling; murals; hand painted furniture both fitted and freestanding. Carte Blanche is committed to the highest standards of distinctive and refined craftsmanship. Each project is designed individually. Dedicated to improving standards in the trade, raising expectations of the public and the promotion of women in construction she teaches at Scottish Lime Centre as well as turorials for private individuals at her own studio and painting and decorating apprentices at local colleges.

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Florence Art

Alison Woolley Bukhgalter

Alison is an accomplished decorative painter and owner of She lives and works in Florence. She is a member of the Salon group of international decorative painters, her decorative painting works have appeared in Architectural Digest Magazine (Italian edition) and been shown in the following exhibitions: Salone Internazionale del
Mobile, Milan, Abitare il Tempo, Verona, Macef, Milan, Highpoint, North Carolina.She has been commissioned by interior designers and private collectors in Europe and North America.

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