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new displays at greenovations, portsmouth nh

I recently did a demonstration of American Clay at a Greenovations.  It was great to introduce the product to some that had never seen it before.  Owner Christopher Ring, was left with some lovely panels to keep on site as a display.

Out autumn workshop schedule will be posted soon.

she's coming...

she's really coming!

Announcing the arrival of Andi Teague (yep, we're related!)

I'm thrilled to announce that my youngest daughter Andrea will be arriving in a couple of weeks to take on the position of marketing director for Lisa Teague Studios.  Andi graduated with a degree in art history from Gettysburg and has since had several successful positions in the bio-tech industry (huh?), and kept herself busy living and traveling in lovely, dynamic cities.  I have been begging for her for a long time and she has finally agreed to give me a chance.

Andrea will take on all of the marketing and promoting of American Clay and will also be working at launching our custom paint line.   Though Andi is an artist she knows how to work from both sides of her brain, she is detail oriented and uber organized--really, I am thrilled....

save the date!

courtesy of Greenovations
I am  happy to announce that I will be running a cost free workshop at Greenovations in Portsmouth, NH on Septemeber 10.   Owner Christopher Ring and I have agreed to collaborate on a demonstration featuring American Clay Earth Plaster.  Christopher's shop stocks many wonderful, smart living products including responsible paint products and surfaces. Organic earth plasters are a natural fit.

American Clay training and product in Portsmouth will continue to be available exclusively through Lisa Teague Studios.  The studio will supply samples and training to various home design resources over the next few months.

Our first workshop in this series will be on  Friday September 10 from 10 to 1.   The demonstration will be a condensed version of my one-day in studio workshops focusing on an introduction of clay surfaces, benefits and natural beauty, colors and application techniques.

plaster with lime wash

Look for our expanded autumn workshop schedule soon.  We will also be participating in the Building NH Trade Show and Conference in November.

Dunes and Duchess

Dunes and Duchess

 Dunes and Duchess
One of my very favorite stylists (and people), Stacy Kunstel, along with her partner--photographer Michael Partenio,  introduces a new venture.  Along with continuing very busy careers, they are launching a lovely new line of home accessories.  I didn't make it to the New York Gift Show this week, but sure wish I had, just to stop in and let Stacy know how much I love their beautiful candelabras.
Dunes and Duchess
Dunes and Duchess

Stacy was instrumental in getting my Hollis home published in the premiere issue of NH Home Magazine.  (If you click on the link, those that know the home will see that it is still used in the banner)  It was a great shoot and one that brought me many new clients.  Happily the relationship continues, NH Home will be here to shoot my Portsmouth home in a couple of weeks.   Stacy will also be with me to style my home for an upcoming issue of Country Living.  I'm lucky and I know it..  Stacy has an unerring eye for all things lovely.  She is an extraordinary talent and extraordinarily beautiful. 

It is with deep pleasure that I have been following their new blog, Dunes and Duchess which starts with a love story--love of a new partner (Michael), love of a new house, and love of life and beauty in general.  It is a hopeful story and I am a fan.  I will be following just to keep track of Michael's lovely images and to see what this talented couple continues to bring to the world of tasteful design.  Great job you two--and best of luck!

holding on to summer

The nights are lovely and cool now in New England.  Can summer really be closing down already?  I can hardly stand the thought.

sneak peek

The York Show House, in beautiful York Harbor, Maine opens on Saturday, July 17.  I chose to work on a lower landing, stairwell, and large upper landing leading to the guest suites.
The walls were done in American Clay Earth Plaster.  The plaster is comprised of natural mineral pigments, crushed sea shell, recycled marble dust and responsibly mined clay.  It is non toxic, 0 VOC. and all sorts of other stuff that is low impact and good for us--plus it is super beautiful--don't you think?

All furnishings are up-cycled.  The painted canvas rug is unbleached cotton canvas painted with 0 VOC paints.  Art is Daniel Thibeault of Peterborough, NH and Lisa Teague.

The show house will be open to the public from July 17 through mid August.  Please come and check out all of the amazing rooms done by a team or talented New England designers.

house of turquoise

I was so honored to be featured on the blog House of Turquoise today.  Erin has a great eye and it was a treat to be featured on a site that always seems to find fabulous, innovative, and yes--turquoise designs.  She also has a great website featuring wonderful designs and products sorted by color.  Please check out her site, you won't be sorry.  Thanks Erin!!

preview--boston brownstone

Here is a small sampling of a beautiful project we recently completed in Boston using American Clay Earth Plaster.  The glass "wallpaper" is by Beth Lipman.


pretty posts

added finials and paint to my stair posts last night....it feels good to be adding fun details...

angst over pansies

It's a rainy Sunday here on the seacoast.  I had wanted to take a long bike ride, but instead I am mucking about in the very wet earth and wondering if I really have to pull the pansies from my window boxes.  I am one of those people that hates doing something twice.  Every spring when I plant pansies I mentally steel myself for the day that the weather will be too warm and they will be leggy and exhausted looking.  Always in the spring I think--why bother?   But pansies are so hopeful, particularly here in New England where from February on, it is one long slog to the day one can actually get into the garden.

I planted boxwoods, hostas, tomatoes, peppers and impatiens.

But it is only the pansies that cause me angst.   All of the other plants have a nice long season.  By the time they wither there is a hint of autumn in the air and I am preparing myself for change.  But when the pansies wither,  I am just hitting my summer stride.   I think I feel sorry for these earnest little plants.  Each year I think--no more pansies...but I know myself--I am sure I will be one of the first in line next spring, jacket buttoned up to my neck, a flat of pansies in my arms and hope in my heart.

kitchen to die for...

I was delighted to receive these new photos from John Stanek, of John Stanek Custom Builders in Peterborough, NH.  John's company designed and completed an extensive renovation in the Monadnock region on which  I was privileged to be the interior designer.
These beautiful photos  are by photographer Nancy Belluscio.  She did a lovely job of capturing the rich colors in the kitchen which was crafted by Gabriel Parker of Dublin, NH.
My clients were an absolute delight to work with.  One can see they are not afraid of color, nor are they frightened by mixing some contemporary lines with more traditional pieces.  The chairs were designed in the studio and upholstered by Mavrikas Upholstery in Nashua.

This is just a preview for you.  I will do a post on the rest of the house once I have photos that do the project justice.  And speaking of photos...a sad note--my hard drive crashed the other day and I lost 4000 (yep--4000) photos from my archives.  Let that be a lesson to any of you that procrastinate like I do.  External hard drive--gotta' have one.....

evolution of a painting

I started this painting for a show house I am doing in York, Maine.
I knew I wasn't quite done here....
Time to walk away now.......


Just a little grass seed, a tool shed, some flag stone and some muscle and the livin' will be easy!