“Paint and pattern are instant reinvention.”
DEBBIE HAYES DOESN’T JUST PUT PAINT to work to cover items in color. Her brush strokes are thoughtfully placed to add character and interest to a plethora of found objects. She knows how to recast almost any item with style and aplomb. A visit to her home is a real escape into the power of paint on country relics. There is almost nothing that Debbie’s paintbrush doesn’t touch, from stenciling on fabric to artfully reverse painting on glass. Her home is filled with her own creations and is definitely a reflection of her style.
Clever design abounds. Debbie has a way of recasting everything as art.
Add a layer of design to any item in minutes with a stencil.
Large pieces of coral mix well with old pottery—a collection that is personally Debbie.
COLOR AND PATTERN is where it’s at for Debbie. Intricate graphics, color coordination, texture and style all merge to create her own distinctive look. Her studio, website, and work with paint entrepreneurs is about expressing oneself—finding the thread to your own artistic sensibility and personal style. Her home and studio abound with projects, inspiration, and studies of pattern and color. 1. Brushes are the way to apply paint and pattern and personalize a piece. 2. A vintage door from a local yard sale speaks to Debbie’s love of graphics, design and color. 3. Reverse painting on glass shows how layering paint and color can create a unique and beautiful design. 4. Colorful fishing floats sparkle and inspire like Debbie’s work.
A folding room screen is simply three paneled window shutters hinged together. Debbie’s paint brush and artful eye make it a work of art.
Stencils, faux finishes and detailed patterns are all part of Debbie’s repertoire. A wall- mounted wood headboard is first washed in color and then intricately patterned. Debbie’s attention to detail and all the paint layers create a truly timeworn patina.
“Make it your own” is a definite mantra for Debbie, who also teaches classes and advises paint retailers on display and business strategy. An old wardrobe gets a Scandinavian flair with silvery white stencils of animals. The center of a storage cupboard is a focal point with a subtle medallion graphic. A vintage golden “H” is a celebrated trademark in the Hayes home.
Add a frame around any object to create instant art.
A wired light fixture is wrapped in jute twine to create contrast and add texture. Invert a wire egg basket and make your own light fixture. Need a valance? Debbie topped a window with a vintage sign to amp up interest beyond a regular fabric curtain.
A vintage cupboard in old green paint anchors a corner of Debbie’s living room in period style. It’s a curio of her favorite finds from the vintage world, nature and her love of cats.
Debbie’s “can do” attitude engages visitors to really want to replicate her style. A round library table is recast with an easy but intricate stencil border.