Watch for Donna's 2012 Signature Workshops!
We all know how design trends affect our businesses and our marketability. At the top of the 2012/2013 Trends are those of Bold and Metallic Color Combinations and Pattern. Recognizing these new trends, some say that wallpaper is growing in popularity and that faux finishes are on the way out. But your business does not have to reflect that opinion if you focus your attention on developing and marketing fashionable, patterned finishes for your designers and clients that have come to expect unique and custom style.
In a world where walls of "old world beige" dull the senses, Donna Phelps transforms her new world vision of faux finishing into artistic backdrops for modern day living. Using her trademark motifs of unique patterns, textures, and exciting new metallics that add sparkle, reflectivity, and depth, she designs finishes that enable you to create a unique sense of style perfect for the client that desires and appreciates one of a kind, handpainted wall decor.
A returning trend is the "feature" wall and it's a look that's here to stay. Feature walls offer "recession-proof" style, allowing clients the cost effective opportunity to have more dazzling, original and dramatic finishes than might not be appropriate or affordable when considering all walls of an area. Continuing this dramatic trend onto the fifth wall - the ceiling - is becoming more popular as well.
Donna's goal is to provide knowledge and inspiration that can be interpreted, adapted, and applied to suit your individual marketing and design requirements. Staying in tune with the most current and popular of those trends aids in keeping portfolios fresh and helps to create recession-proof style. Through her workshops, she share's a decor style that reflects the demand for ways off the beaten track offering a wide palette of possibilities for feature walls or ceilings. Color, Pattern, and glamorous Metallics are where it's at, and that is exactly where the focus will be in this years collections workshops. Students will learn finishes that are well conceived combinations of top finishing products, the latest in motif and pattern design, and exciting new and easy to use Metallic Transfer Foils.
Each year Donna creates a new design collection of faux and architectural finishes that perfectly fit the market trends! These collections have become the cornerstone of her Signature Class Series and include her favorite "design and style" finishes. Some of her past collections include The Cosmo Collection, The Ornamental Collection, and The World Tour Collection, and last years Mini-Collections: Glam Nouveau, Modern Safari, and Contempo Tropics!
In the World Tour Collection, Donna combined elegance and sophistication with progressive design concepts. The collection premiered at the 2007 Meeting of the Masters to many excited compliments from the attending faux finishers from around the world.
Here are a few comments from students about these exciting "Collection Classes"!
"A 10+, probably the best class I've ever taken. I would love to take more classes from Donna" Karen P., New York
"The Ornamental Collection was a great class! I felt challenged to think outside the box" Shelby H., Ohio
Many of you have asked Donna to repeat some of her earlier collections in her class schedule for 2012. She is working on fine tuning those collections for placement in our new winter schedule! Click on the link to Design Trends for the list of collections to see some of the photo's of past students favorites! Donna would love to hear from you on which finishes you would most like to learn to help her put together two classes representative of her past collections! Be sure to take a look at the photo gallery that we have included for each collection! We're waiting to hear from you!
Watch for Donna's all new one day collections on our schedule soon!