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Mimi Gula
Decorative Painter
Coastal South Carolina
Grand Strand Area
custom-art@sccoast.net

Licensed & Insured

Even Santa has Elves…

Let A Professional Artist Decorate Your Home or Office This Holiday Season!

Holiday help by Mimi GulaThere’s no doubt about it. This is the season of joy and wonder—and absolutely incredible, often unrealistic, expectations.

Cleaning. Cooking. Shopping. Parties to attend. People to visit. Places to go.
Between what you want to do and what you’re obligated to do—at home and at the office—time and energy are in short supply.

You may not have the inclination or ability to transform your home to the winter wonderland of your dreams. But now you can celebrate the holidays in style, without the stress.

Let us do the decorating for you!

We create one-of a-kind holiday decorating for the discerning client, customized to your wants and needs. Our cohesive and current holiday décor will accentuate your existing space.

We offer a free or low-cost consultation (depending on your geographic location) to evaluate your space. We’ll give you a design proposal personalized to your style—whether you favor traditional, contemporary, rustic, elegant, vintage or a more eclectic look.

From design, installation and takedown, in both commercial and residential settings, your needs will be fulfilled in a professional and timely manner.

We can professionally decorate the interior of your home or business, including the front door. (Sorry, we do not offer exterior decorating services.) We’ll be happy to use the heirloom decorations you already own, purchase items toHoliday Help by Mimi Gula suit your style or combine both old and new for a look that’s uniquely yours.

If additional items are desired or necessary, you’ll be given the option to preview the selections and pay on approval. 

The holiday decorations will be installed with a fresh, artistic eye—customized to your needs (with or without a Christmas tree, with or without post-holiday take-down and pack-up service). We’ll provide several options, based on the number of rooms, and alternatives you select.

Prices vary, but our minimum charge for any decorating job is $150. If you live within a 35 mile radius of Murrells Inlet, we’ll be happy to provide a consultation free of charge. There is a $75 time and travel charge if you live beyond 35 miles.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: Pennsylvania native Mimi Gula opened Designed Impressions in 1994. The business specializes in commissioned art, murals, trompe l’oiel, faux finishes including plasters, and custom framing. In 2001, Mimi relocated to Murrells Inlet, where she continued her business in the Grand Strand area.

As a member of International Decorative Artisans League, Mimi attends an annual con-vention to update her skills and familiarize herself with the latest trends. She is also a member of the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild, and a former member of the Som-erset County Artists Association and the Laurel Arts/Dressler Center. A more re-cent tradition, which she also cherished, was the Hospice Tree Volunteer Project. In 2003, as a member of the Friends of Huntington Beach group, she decorated a live tree that was auctioned to benefit Tidelands Hospice for several years.

 (Mimi is a professional artist, but will be happy to refer clients with more extensive decorat-ing needs to her favorite interior designers, on request )

It’s so true that time goes by faster as we grow older! I can’t understand how anyone gets bored because there are so many things I’d love to do or “should do.” For example, I should probably update this blog more often, but I am not quite the techie I’d like to be.

I totally enjoyed working at Waccamaw Middle School last summer. I never realized there was so much activity at a school during the summer months. I met remarkable, dedicated people working in the education system–teachers, office personnel, custodians, and quite a few parents.

When the project was complete, I worked on back-to-back jobs in three amazing beachfront condos and one intracoastal waterway home. The jobs included many, many ceilings, a small mural, as well as color-wash glazes and a nine-layer Italian plaster on walls. These jobs kept me quite busy into the new year.

Of course, Thanksgiving week once again became the highlight of my year because my whole family was together.

Our Christmas tree project was jeopardized this past year because Tidelands Community Hospice decided to forego the charity auction in favor of a year-round resale shop. But my friends and I decided to put our service on a silent auction with the proceeds going to the hospice. Then we decorated a tree with more than 200 hand-made or embellished ornaments in the home of the winning bidder. It turned out beautiful!

I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2010. My goals for this year include learning new skills, decorating, organizing, and cleaning out areas in my own home and traveling… if and when I have the opportunity. I’ll be starting a glazing project on kitchen cabinets next week, and may have multiple projects in a very large newly constructed home.

Travertinus fireplace

Travertinus fireplace

Travertinus fireplace close-up

Travertinus fireplace close-up

Travertinus fireplace before

Travertinus fireplace before

Trompe Shell

Trompe Shell

Antique Mirror Monogram

Antique Mirror Monogram

Antique Mirror Monogram another view

Antique Mirror Monogram another view

Distressed shell mirror close up

Distressed shell mirror close up

 

Distressed shell mirror

Distressed shell mirror

 

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I’ve filled the website with samples of my work, including ceilings, murals, framed paintings and decorative furniture.  Here are some of the terms you’ll encounter and brief definitions to help you visualize the techniques.

  • Trompe l’Oeil (pronounced tromp loy) is a French term for “fool or trick the eye.”  For more than 3,000 years, the art form has been used create the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.  Accuracy with perspective, shadows and tightly rendered details are required for good trompe l’oeil images.  Both playful and intellectually serious, the artist toys with spectators’ seeing to raise the question, ‘Is it real or is it not?’  These are most effective when painted in an area viewed at a distance.
  • Faux Bois (foe bwa) is a French term for “false wood.” It refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media.
  • Grotessca is fine decorative art discovered in the remains of Roman bathhouses, the ruins of Pompeii and Nero’s palace. It was revived during the Renaissance.  The art consists of human figures, flora and fauna, and decorative flourishes in a classical symmetrical design.  It is ideal for tapestries as well as furniture.
  • Frescoes were originally works of art painted on a thin layer of wet, fresh, lime mortar or plaster.  Today, artists can mimic the look with a faux technique in which the wall or canvas is treated to appear aged, then typically painted with soft earth colors to create a worn appearance.  When I do a fresco on canvas, it can either be framed or applied as a mural directly to the wall, in a manner similar to wallpaper.
  • Tapestries are uniquely personalized panels, which can often be the solution to having a decorative piece for that odd-sized space.  They are custom-cut regarding size as well as theme then distinctively bordered, sometimes with the addition of jewels, usually Swarovski crystals or pearls. 
  • Grissaile (griz-i) is a painting technique by which an image is executed entirely in shades of gray or other color. It is usually modeled to produce the illusion of sculpture or relief.  It was popular among 15th-century Flemish painters as well as in the late 18th century when artists used it to imitate classical sculpture in wall and ceiling decoration.
  • Antique Distressed Mirrors are another personalized item. The mirror is chemically altered or distressed, masked and painted from the reverse side.  This decorative art form is making a big comeback in fine home furnishings today as an ornamental as opposed to a functional piece. It fits all modes of décor, including contemporary.  Please keep in mind that mirrors are a bit difficult to photograph.

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