Take a second to sit back, relax and feast your eyes on the fine art of faux finishing. Faux finishing has come a long way over the years. It not longer requires plastic bags and sea sponges, but a whole new realm of tools and techniques that not just anyone can master. If you are among the few who have mastered the art of faux finishing, consider yourself lucky.

Speaking of the few, standing out amongst them are Jaime and Melissa, the talented owners and artists of Off the Wall. The other day, these (very) busy ladies took a second to answer a few questions we had about faux finishing, and we were definitely inspired by their answers!

To feel inspired and artistically uplifted yourselves, take a browse through Bella Vita's conversation with Jaime and Melissa, and take in the photographs of some of the glorious faux finishing this talented duo has done. To learn more about these wonderful ladies, take a second to view their biography on our website.

This funky floral design fills the walls of Stephanie's downstairs bathroom. The deep copper-like ceiling (also faux finished by Off the Wall) compliments the busy walls and beautiful copper sink (not pictured).

BV: How did you get started in faux finishing?
Jaime: Fifteen years ago, a designer friend was desperate for an artist to do some work in a Vesta Home Show. She called me knowing my love for and gift in fine arts. This immediately changed my direction and I began a very successful career in faux finishing.
Melissa: At 25, after being married only one year and working an office job, I realized I was not fulfilling my purpose. Having a love for art, I called upon a friend who was a faux finisher in the Memphis area. She referred me to her friend (who happened to be Jaime), knowing she needed extra help. Jaime began training me as her employee which soon after turned into a wonderful business partnership.

The shutters on your home are a great place to make a statement with faux finishing. The ladies at Off the Wall ensure the highest of quality when it comes to their projects, both indoors and out.

BV: What do you use or where do you go to gather inspiration for new colors, new techniques or new designs?
Jaime & Melissa: It still amazes us how the most unusual things and places can inspire a new idea. We can be together talking, or even just watching a movie and suddenly we have this crazy idea that turns into a funky design! We NEVER say "we can't do this" or try to follow "the rules". We always go by the belief  "why not? It's just paint". A lot of our designs are inspired by textiles and old, vintage prints. We especially love to draw from the bohemian and eclectic movements in designing our products.

BV: Do either of you have a favorite item or surface to faux finish? Is one piece more fun than another, or does is it dependent on the customer and how far they allow you to push the "artistic envelope"?
Jaime & Melissa: We have the most fun and thrive creatively when we are given the opportunity to take the clients vision and run with it. However, most of the time they have something particular in mind and a clear direction of how they want their project to look. We always find joy in exceeding their expectations.

BV: What is your favorite faux finishing technique?
Jamie and Melissa: When asked our favorite finish, we always find it difficult to pick just one. It is kind of like asking an artist "what is your favorite color"? Our plaster finishes are at the top of the list, along with the finishes that allow us to be artistically "out of the box".

BV: We've heard you are both avid bloggers. What are your favorite blogs to follow?
Jaime & Melissa: When we began our own blog two years ago, we created relationships with other bloggers in that community. Some of our first relationships that we continue to enjoy today are Tracy Porter, The Inspired Room as well as a host of others in the design world. Blogging has become an important tool in what we do because it has opened up many avenues for both the retailer as well as the artist.

Play up your mantle, or any other shelving structure in your home. The faux finishing instantly makes it an art piece on the wall.

We feel so blessed to be able to partner with Off the Wall both in the store and in our homes. Take a quick trip into Bella Vita and you will see just some of the fantastic work Jaime and Melissa can do. Frames, plaques, trays and furniture in all colors, sizes and finishes fill our store and make our lives more beautiful. If you are interested in some of Off the Wall's products, or if you would like to take advantage of their services in your own homes feel free to contact us. We'll get you in touch and on your way to achieving the home of your dreams.

- The Girls at Bella Vita