A house in Kensington London – With Hip Hut Deco

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A house in Kensington, London
– features one of our favourite clients. A New York lady with the most extraordinary style, a journalist turned interior designer, speculating in antiques and a wife and mother. Hip Hut has been involved here in developing and co-ordinating for some 15 years now.  

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8 hall29 halli10 hall311 hall412 hall613 butterfly:dress14 pink sofablog cover photo15 check sofa
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31 tv cabinet19 book:fabric21urn:column

22croc23glass dome24hand25rad26 dragonfly27 crowns28 crowns 229 crowns 130 crowns 432 kitchen33 kitchen34 kitchen35 dining room36 freize38 cupboards 237 cupboards 139 diner details40 drinks cupboard41 drinks cabinet42 cupboard upstairsUntitled-3A house in Kensington London – With Hip Hut Deco

Hip Hut Deco is a partnership – Artist Chris McClure with Daphne Dunn, photos: Kate Butner. Working with interior designers, architects, property developers, art directors and construction companies or directly for private clients. We operate either as individual artist/painters, or in teams of the best craftspeople, to whatever size needed to execute our client’s brief.

From houses, hotels, restaurants, shops and châteaux, to film-sets, music videos and events, we use our knowledge and experience of all the materials available and find imaginative ways to create the most exciting solutions for our clients.

Using trompe-l’oeil, varnishes, modern paint systems, sprayed finishes or straight decoration. For textures, we use stucco, plaster, polystyrene, polished concrete as well as brushes.

Alongside established painting methods, we continue to find and develop new ways of using both traditional and modern products that will be most suitable for a project, such as the surrounding conditions, extremes of temperature and time / budget constraints of the brief.

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The above image is taken from the book by Michel Nadai – Art and Techniques de la peinture decorative,  which offers beautiful examples to follow AND the recipes are in both english and french, invaluable vocab for hiphutdeco here in Provence.

Faux bois painted wood grain

Very difficult to stop when you start a conversation (well monologue really) about a faux bois painted wood grain, there are so many techniques, dating from the 1700’s art of faux bois, where the French used gouche fixed with gomme lacquer all in one process, to traditional oil glazes using flogging brush, metal combs and badger brushes to soften in 3 stages. Or more recently the rubber rockers and combs using modern acrylic scumble glazes and varnish again in 3 stages.

It would be wise to start small and if you find you enjoy it and have a knack for the fluid forms, then build up to using oil glazes, expensive badger blender brushes and metal combs. The rubber rockers and combs are easy to come by in larger paint stores, they won’t break the bank and you can buy small quantities of strong colours in matchpot size rather than 2.5L tins for your basecoat.

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Choose small surface areas to build up confidence and experiment with different woods and techniques, Boxes and side tables are good sized projects. Research the different grains such as oak, cherry, maple etc. and older faux bois examples found in books.

The yellow/tobacco colour (behind product information), indicates the basecoat colour used for alot of traditional woodgrains.

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Black Walnut

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Products to start with.

Products will vary depending on where you live. Or order directly from the manufacturerer on-line.

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Tools – Rockers and combs

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Combs are used in the same way – dragging down the wet scumble glaze. Sometimes its good to use of combination of the two. Especially in difficult areas where the rocker can not fit in a decent run, ie: moulding is too thin or also across larger panels where too much use with the rocker will result in an unconvincing repetition.

Examples of faux bois painted wood grain

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Faux Fireplace in Walnut Wood Grain makeover.

This is actually faux melamine! Imitating walnut. To achieve the glossy veneer a couple of coats of gloss varnish or marine varnish at the end will help.

Found this set of 50s/60s retro tall chest of drawers in a “Puce” (below) – that’s french for junk shop and loved the melamine walnut finish. Reminiscent of the restaurant bars and tables  in Paris, where this material flourishes in many different finishes such as faux wood and marble. This  era of furniture, fabrics, objects etc is increasingly popular.

These before and after makeover photos were for a column in a national home decoration magazine.  The furniture looks great and a quick skirt around the internet  proves that it was a small investment. OK, its mass produced, its not Chippendale, but  the fantasy wood grain has a theatrical allure.

Once in situ it became obvious that the distinctive fireplace needed a facelift to match the chest of drawers and give the room a stronger identity.

Using the traditional painting technique of Faux Bois to blend with this modern material seemed appropriate in this setting.

Faux bois made over

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 Step 1

Choose the paint colours you are going to use to copy the wood grain by holding a paint colour chart up against it. Tester pots of emulsion are ideal for this, as you don’t need much. Select a light brown to match the lightest colour on your item for the basecoat.

Choose 2 browns to mix with one third full plastic cups of the scumble glaze. Add stainers by the drop and mix thoroughly. Test the strength of the wood grain stainer colors in scumble on a board or the object (wipe off after and repaint white if neccessary). If one is quiet dark make the other lighter and add some white and black to alter the tones. We made one of ours slightly red here and the other slightly more green. Its up to you how precise you want to be. It has been known to spend days with a hairdryer tweeking colour tints, but this part of the process should be a pleasure not a chore for you.

Fill and sand the item for smooth surface, paint with white emulsion to begin with for an authentic colour match. Mask off any areas you don’t want to paint and the edges around the floor if need be.

Step 2

To create the basecoat, mix together quantites of your basecoat colour and water until the mixture is fairly translucent – 50%, with a damp cloth wipe the base colour over the surface, building up the colour in layers. Using the 3 ways skinny brushes, add strokes of white emulsion here and there, then add a little water to blend the paint. Stand back from time to time to check the complete look – if its getting too dark, you may need to add a white wash or, if its too light, apply more sandy yellow base. soften with a bushy brush, here we’re using a badger but they’re expensive so we only recommend if you intend to practise faux bois and other techniques such as marbelling more.

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Softening with a badger brush, use lightly over the surface to loose hard edges.

 Step 3

To creat the woodgrain effect, carefully examine the movement of the grain you are copying, pick one ot the key markings and practise on a piece of paper. Using a selection of skinny brushes, the fan brush, 3 ways brush or a 1.5 flat artist brush with a point of strong scumble on one side of the tip  and some water on the other, create the grain.

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Step 4

Use a brushy brush to blend and soften the grain (whilst its still wet). Apply more base colour or white in swathes if needed to achieve the desired effect. With a little practise, a fan brush or 1.5 flat artist brush can be used to draw several lines at once.

Step 5

To finish off, tidy up any rogue brushmarks. Apply 1-2 coats of gloss or marine varnish. As a furnishing touch polish with furniture wax to give an attractive sheen.

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Another contemporary item using melamine veneer.

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Ray Rex designs

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Ray Rex Designs

Table by Rex Ray design, a walnut veneer similar to our chest of drawers. www.rexray.com

Above image by Rex Ray Designs for B+N Industries, nycculturestyle.blogspot.fr showing Innovative use of different veneers/melamine,  Ray is known for popularizing the use of high-gloss resin panels – encasing his colorful, graphic collage designs in a gorgeous glossy layer of resin.

Modern melamine finishes have developed greatly since the 1930s,  so that digital printing now allows designers to intergrate all manner of surfaces such as wall panels and furniture, with the same veneer such as wood for a more complete look.

Here are some of the future possibilities for your kitchen cabinets and furniture.

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Digital visions allows designers to choose from a collection of digital images, or to have custom images created, for laminate applications. The concept was formally introduced to the design community at Euroshop 2011. www.surfaceandpanel.com

 

 

 

 

 

Place Des Vosges, Faux Paint Effects, Paris.

Faux paint effects.

This post is based around an apartment we decorated in Paris for a great client and the  interior designer, who kindly gave us permission to photograph.

A diary of how much we could cram into a 24hr flying visit.

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Steeped in history this stylish area – The Marais district,  a quartier of Paris is a feast for French history and architecture lovers, as well as shoppers and general tourists. Les Place des Vosges was the first royal square commissioned by the later executed Henry IV 1605 – 1612, and a prototype on which all European cities subsequently built similar squares. A statue of Louis XIII, replaced in 1825 and Henry’s successor stands in the centre of the garden. This was a target during the french revolution and the original was melted down for pigments. In 1800 Napoleon changed its name from Place Royale to Place Des Vosges in honour of the vosges department, the first to pay taxes towards the revolutionary forces.

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The house fronts were all built to the same design, probably by Baptiste du Cerceau, of red brick with strips of stone quoins ((thumbnail above top), over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars, though on closer inspection if you look at the flags themselves, you’ll notice that most of them are not real brick, but  paint simulating this stone. The steeply-pitched blue slate roofs are pierced with small-paned dormers above the pedimented dormers that stand upon the cornices. Only the north range was built with the vaulted ceiling gallery (thumbnail above middle).

On one side two pavilions rise higher than the unified roof line of the square’s other  faces and offer access to the square through triple arches. Though they are designated the Pavilion of the King and of the Queen,  many of the aristocracy and notabvle french figures such as Victor Hugo lived here, but not royalty. By the 18th century much of the society had moved onto other trendy districts such as St Germain/saint-Honoré.  This is a rare view (thumbnail above) from the apartment showing the Hotel de Sully and gardens on the right.                                               

Hotel de Sully.

Another building of historical significance of the same period. The building was designed by the architect Jean Androut de Cerceau. Later the Duc of Sully, Henry VI’s director of finances bought and finished the decoration in 1634. Statues depicting the seasons decorate this impressive facade, (below).

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No.3  Place Des Vosges.

The square within the square.

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On leaving the street traffic and outer world noise through the heavy wooden arched doorways, you are met by the inner sanctuary of the internal courtyard in distinctive red brick, which were difficult to obtain in the white stone city of Paris.

Once horse drawn carriages and trades people fetched and carried, but now a tranquil haven with an  air of nostalgic prestige. This is the view from the apartment’s entrance hall.

 

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Entrance and Stairwell.

Restoration to the 17th century faux marble paint effect panels which surround the central lift and stairwell leading to the appartments.

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18thcentury faux marble restoration, restauration en decoe du patrimoine

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hip hut deco faux paint effectsHere are some 19th century vintage samples of marble effects taken from the louvre, Galerie D’Etude Trompe L’oeil exhibition. February – November 2013. More of that later….

 

 The Apartment.

Faux paint effects throughout

Entrance.

Faux bois imitating bird’s eye maple wood grain using traditional oil glazes.

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Faux bois on MDF panelled hallway, place des vosges

Morning Room.

Daybed with screen and marble topped dresser. Coloured walls to match. The appartment displays the play of light on fabrics and textures with references to the quality of silk, velvet and and the flip in colours and tones that these fabrics produce.

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Dining Room.

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Salon.

Paint effects throughout the salon and the dining room –  Faux marble panels below the dado rail. Linen upholstered panels above the dado, using an exclusive design motif, the stencils were hand cut and applied with a spray gun turned down very low to avoid fallout.

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The following photos are with and without flash to illustrate the play of light in the detail of the stencil on the linen panels.

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Linen panels

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The Long Shot.

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Bedroom and Bathroom.

The ambiance here is one of luxurious quietitude with a riot of exquisite marbles, sumptuous damasks and silks, marketry and hand painted craftsmanship. Walls in traditional oil glaze washes with some broken colour.

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All the pieces of furniture are exceptionally unique.

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Lastly, here is an image c/o www.vingtparis.com of a bedroom in another apartment of the Place Des Voges showing similar style but in cool tones of grey rather than the yellows.

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Wandering back out onto the streets, head full of intent with a couple of hours to spare before the TGV/train home, a walk to the metro down the rue de Sévigné  takes you past another note worthy building. Restored last year the metamorphosis now allows you to admire the splendor of the Baroque exterior. Mission: “CULTURE” was in full flow by now.

Eglise Saint Paul – Saint Louis.

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The first stone was laid by Louis XIII in 1627. Inspired by the Gesu in Rome, yet retaining the traditional french influence of the église Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais de Paris by Salomon de Brosse, with Gothic elements of high proportions in “the Jesuit order”, (Andre Chastel), and Dutch ornamentation. Built on the principle of the french crucifix, the tall windows and short eastern apse allow large amounts of light to spill into the central dome under the crossing. 55metres high. It uses Corinthian columns on the two lower levels and composite order columns on the rest.

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Musée du Louvre. 

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With an interest in french heritage, this exhibition is a must see particularly as painters. Beautiful references for wallpaper and painted decoration in a Zuber style. The oyster plates’ use of glaze shows great sympathy with the realty,  very contemporary – a true trick of the eye. The camouflage, linoleum, pottery, fabric flower exhibit etc (let alone the furniture and electroplating techniques), all  display man’s appreciation for ornamentation and that imitation can prove very effective, witty and intelligent. I could go on forever…..

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Wallpaper, Manufacture Desfosse & Karth, France, 19th century.

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At the Louvre.  Etablissments Leroy, France, 1910-11. Vintage style.

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Contemporary/vintage style

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Inspirational

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Oyster plate

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Wood grain/card plate

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Hello world – this is Hip Hut Deco, the home of fine decorative painting.

Hello world

Hip Hut Deco the Home of Fine Decorative Painting

Based in Southern France, Hip Hut Deco is a specialist painting, decorating and effects partnership of 25 years, creating distinctive work for clients throughout Europe and beyond.

Our clients and projects vary greatly, from simple quality decorating, renovation and highly specialised painting for private individuals, interior designers and developers – through to large-scale projects including exclusive hotel developments, film-sets and creating full sized sculptures for films and events.

Discreet, professional and constantly evolving to incorporate new techniques, materials and trends. Trained in heritage restoration, fine art and TV and theatre design and crafts.

Bonjour tout le monde 

Hip Hut Déco de la Maison de la peinture décorative Beaux-
Basé dans le sud de la France, Hip Hut Deco est un spécialiste de la peinture, la décoration et le partenariat effets de 25 ans, la création de travail distinctif pour les clients à travers l’Europe et au-delà.

Nos clients et des projets varient considérablement, de la qualité de la décoration simple, de rénovation et de peinture hautement spécialisés pour les particuliers, architectes d’intérieur et les développeurs – par le biais de projets de grande envergure, y compris l’évolution hôtel exclusif, film-ensembles complets et en créant des sculptures de taille pour les films et les événements.

Discret, professionnel et évolue constamment pour intégrer de nouvelles techniques, les matériaux et les tendances. Formée à la restauration du patrimoine, d’art et de la télévision et de la scénographie et de l’artisanat.

Hip Hut Deco

Hip Hut Deco the Home of Fine Decorative Painting