Monday, August 18, 2014

Renovation:Creating a walk in shower from a tub/shower system...

Adding field tile in a warm tone mixed with mosaic stone and glass 1/2"x1/2" created interest as a shower pan surface and shower niches created in the new frame out! Nice Kohler fixtures including a shower head, hand held and grab bar... to update in a warm finish adds luster with a matching shower enclosure panel w/door by Style Bath Enclosure of Fountain Valley...adding a corner bench is great and a space saver to keep the footprint non evasive to the existing configuration!





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MY "BORDEAUX BOURGEOISIE VIGNETTE DESIGN" FEATURED AT B&C SELECT SHOWROOM @ LAGUNA DESIGN CENTER  ASID-OC WINE AND DESIGN PROGRESSIVE SHOWROOM TOUR IN JUNE, 2014....
MY THEME SHOWN IN MY VIGNETTE IS BASED ON THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCH!
I INSTALLED A FRENCH MADE BY THG 24 KARAT GOLD PLATED VANITY FAUCET AS MY 'PIECE DE RESISTANCE' ONTO A VANITY WALL HAND PAINTED WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT FOR THE DAMASK FABRIC DRAWING IN CHALK THAT MIMICS THE UPHOLSTERED PORTION OF THE WALL! 

HAND PAINTED CLOTH FLOORING SHOWS ENLARGED LETTERING AND WRITINGS FROM LE MONDE NEWSPAPERS...THE VANITY IS A CENTURY SHOWROOM CONSOLE CALLED LINLI...THE 1" BEVELED VANITY MIRROR WAS CUSTOM MADE BY STYLE BATH ENCLOSURES AND THE LIGHTING FIXTURE IS HAND MADE OF GUILDED PAPER AND STICKS EMANATING FROM A GOLD PAINTED STRYOFOAM ORB..."LET THEM EAT CAKE" IS FAMOUSLY REMEMBERED AS THE LAST WORDS SPOKEN BY MARIE ANTOINETTE...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Michele Prata available at 2013 Dwell on Design @ the Designer Is In exhibit!

I was one of 5 selected ASID Interior Designers from OC to be a part of the consultations exhibit at Dwell On Design at the LA Convention Center on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd! I am looking forward to giving wise design solutions to all that plan to add my free consultation to their visit during Dwell! 

  contact me for an inquiry via my email address:  michele-prata@hotmail.com

Michele Prata, Allied ASID



Naples Island, California Historical Preservation Renovation

Renovation on this 1920's quaint home has been wondrous to work on with alongside  my client. The flavor of the NAPLES community is reminiscent of the canals in Venice, Italy. I have been so lucky to be a part of this house renovation over the years since 2003. Newly updated paint colors are closer to original than the last few coats of color from previous years. 


This kitchen remains the original footprint which is raised floor construction.the only changes made are a new Rohl Country Collection wall mounted faucet and sprayer in chrome which are very similar to the original one. Replacing the back splash and counter
tops with Calcutta Gold white marble from Maison Stone and the back splash in glass bricks 1x3 from the same stone yard updates the original octagonal  field tiles.











California Dreamin Arts & Crafts Style in Laguna! A kitchen and great room areas -Rennovation Design!

My client is so happy in this beautifully transformed kitchen and great room that I designed for her over a couple of years...little by little the entry, fireplace, master bathroom and kitchen were renovated with English arts and crafts style with grey green cabinetry hand drawn and made custom with add beams and posts to align with the ceiling rafters....this home is a 1970's tri-level in Laguna Beach and the interior now resembles the exterior facade renovation done by an architect a few years before I got hired!
Lighting track in oil rubbed bronze with lighting in blown Italian glass shades and oil rubbed bronze cones....

Custom cabinetry was made in birch wood and hand painted and glazed with mahogony insets...total arts and crafts....the field tiles for the counter tops and back splashes are hand fired by an artist from Colorado offered by Ann Sacks...
Existing enamel tea pot knobs were re-purposed from the original kitchen and oil rubbed bronze pulls were added
Sown in the background here is the pullout pantry that rolls out to display condiments, canned storage and spices...
Hand repose copper hood with inlaid copper surrounding the ceramic tile splash behind the stove!
Copper repose farmhouse sink and living patina faucet...a remnant of the past recreated....
Stained glass corner window over the kitchen wall shows a crystal in the center of a rose...

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Hand Painted House & Studio

I work with my hands...if I don't have a pencil in my hand for a quick sketch on paper by my bed or drawing table, or a paintbrush for new inspirations on canvas, board, wine glasses or ceramics, floors, walls ceilings, or a chef"s knife chopping onion and garlic for a kitchen creation.... then I am not home! 
A work in progress since moving into my downsized single detached dwelling over 10 years ago...

A Master suite becomes a muted green and teal retreat with vibrant bronze adjacent bath room walls featuring plastered walls, hand painted and gilded furnishings, plein air paintings, hand painted bronzed bath room vanity cabinets, a restored Italian mural from a long time ago...or so it seems....

The Living areas feature my hand crafted concrete flooring, hand painted screens, paintings of birds and florals, Ikats....and some of my niece's own works of art!
Living and Dining areas, my kitchen and guest powder room feature hand painted floors on concrete and wood, plastered colored walls, painted moldings, cut paper and crystal mobiles, paintings of Ikat and Birds with florals, topiary screens, painted trays, ceramic biscotti jars and tables....

If you look above the floral paintings, you will see a cross hand made by my niece from twigs and twine in my garden....

The Guest bathroom shows a painting of Lost Souls in Love and some hand cut mobiles...also noted is a PRATA lettering art piece from friend and neighbor, Sheri!