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"So many artists dictate to the client: the artist wants to do things "their way" regardless because they are "the artist".
My mission for The Artful Home is to work WITH you in a collaborative endeavor to fulfill your need to creatively claim your living spaces by surrounding yourself with furniture and accessories that are not mass-produced, but are hand-made, high-quality and uniquely you - your tastes, your colors, your ideas, whims, dreams, etc.  I will create one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and functional art that feels like it belongs to you, objects that are well-constructed, uniquely designed and hand painted to last for generations."   
"I want each piece that I create to truly reflect the personalities of the people I am creating them for."

My name is Laura and I am a native New Yorker.  For as long as I can remember I have had artistic abilities and a creative spirit.  As a child I loved to draw, write and act. I played lead roles in many school plays and I even wrote, produced, choreographed, and directed plays replete with a cast of two, my sister and I (lol).  When I was in third grade I started writing poems and actually had my first poem published at the age of 8. I was never a "student" I did not like school, it bored me. So I ventured into modeling and acting.

When I was a teenager I modeled, but the rejection was relentless and wore me out so I gave it up. I  continued acting doing mostly summer stock but I felt my interest in acting wane.  I wrote a lot: mostly poetry, it was a way for me to deal with all the feelings I had inside me.  Writing became a source of therapy for me and I wrote nearly everyday.

I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade I worked and for a long time I got away from drawing and painting, but I still wrote... I took on various jobs in the corporate world I did well, but I was never truly happy.  No matter how much money I earned I was left feeling unsatisfied with what I was doing.  I very often felt like something was missing in my life.

Years ago when my sister moved away from home and into her first apartment  I wanted to make something for her to mark the occasion.   I decided I would customize her bathroom by creating original hand-painted accessories.   I chose the colors and  I created a design which I hand-painted onto various items for her bathroom: window valance, sink skirt, towels, garbage can, tissue box, you name it, I painted it.  I loved what I had created and so did my sister.  A year later my sister moved into a larger apartment and again, I wanted to make one-of-a-kind accessories for her new home. I found a small side table at a flea market the paint job on it was awful, it had definitely seen better days.  Even still, I could see past its skin to the solid wood beneath.  I bought it for a song, cleaned it up, stripped it and then hand-painted it for my sister Stacey's Table. The before and after was truly amazing! The most satisfying thing for me was to take this otherwise ugly-duckling discard and transform it into a one-of-kind piece of functional art. I loved the feeling of accomplishment I had.   WOW!  What a high, I was hooked!

I continued to spend my weekends scouring flea markets and tag sales in search of ugly ducklings I could turn into Cinderella's .  I loved picking out the colors and creating original designs.   I continued making things for friends and family -giving things away (see the custom table setting I created for my sister,
Stacey's Table Setting.  I received so much positive feedback about my work, people really loved my work,  and encouraged me to sell my work.

I photographed my work and created a catalog.  I gave the catalog to my boyfriend (now my husband) who works on the set of the HBO show, The Sopranos.  I sold eight (8) pieces the very next day!
Including a commission from James Gandolfini to create a custom rocking chair for his son, Michael.

The moral of my story, if you feel something missing in your life, if you are not sure what you have been put on this earth to do... Think back to when you were a child.  What did you love to do?  It's a good place to start to find your answers.  It took me more than 20 years to come full circle, back to my first true love, art and being creative.  Today, I wake up everyday feeling happy and fulfilled.  I am doing what makes me passionate, I am doing what my heart and soul wants and needs: to create.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit The Artful Home, please bookmark my site.  I am always creating new pieces so check back with me often. If you want to contact me just click on the mailbox below and I will get back to you within twenty-four hours.  Please leave your telephone number if you would prefer me to contact you by phone.

Thank You.
Laura

 

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