Our Services

Personal attention, from design concept through installation, is a hallmark of Michele Dawn Designs. Michele Dawn will personally monitor every aspect of your project, from the initial design through project completion. A few extra steps often make a big difference, and Michele will assure that when your job is complete, it will exceed your expectations.

Michele will coordinate your faux finishes with your existing décor, and provide expert color guidance for other areas. She can design around themes, and coordinate complex projects. For murals and decorative artwork, she provides preliminary design sketches for your approval.

Faux Finishes

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

The way you decorate your home speaks volumes about you and your personal style. We can take your dreams and ideas to the highest level in decorative painting solutions. We use Fine Decorative Finishes in paint, Venetian Plasters, and exquisite Murals, all created with style, elegance and uniqueness.

Our designs are inspired by nature, fresh colors, intriguing textures, and handcrafted details. We specialize in transforming your home into the ideal environment for you and your family. We are proud to provide you with the highest quality of craftsmanship and creativity, where excellence and beauty are foremost and where we look into the past, while moving into the future. Let Michele Dawn Designs capture your dream.

Any artist can paint a wall. Michele Dawn will help you to create your dream home, with gorgeous wall techniques that inspire, evoke romanticism, enliven, calm, or take you an exotic world. Your home becomes an environment you can truly call your own, expressing who you are, and reflecting your unique personality and style.

Your home is an investment — why not make it better? Beauty and uniqueness increase the value of any home. We use the highest quality plasters, glazes and finishes. We offer several hundred combinations of wall styles and textures. Combine personal touches such as stenciling and ornamental wall sculptures for a home that is truly one-of-a kind.

Elegant Finishes

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes
  • Authentic Italian Fresco
  • Ceiling Designs
  • Faux Cherry Wood
  • Faux Lapis Lazuli
  • Faux Leather
  • Faux Malachite
  • Faux Reptile, Alligator (and more)
  • Faux Tortoise Shell
  • Fresco on Canvas
  • Gold or Silver Leaf
  • Hammered Metal
  • Harlequin
  • Italian Lime Plaster
  • Lime Paint
  • Marbling
  • Metallic Plasters
  • Molded Stone
  • Raised Damask Fabric
  • Raw Silk
  • Seashell or Fossil Texture
  • Suede
  • Wood Graining

Ceilings

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

Michele uses the combined techniques of Faux Finishes and Trompe L'oeil in her ceiling treatments. Painted ceilings are one of the most intriguing of canvases, dating back as far as the 17th century when they were widely seen adorning the palaces of Europe.

Now painted ceilings can adorn your palace. You'll be absolutely thrilled when the piece designed for your home or business enhances your new environment.

The way you decorate your home speaks volumes about you and your personal style. We can take your dreams and ideas to the highest level in decorative painting solutions. Using the finest hand finishes in paint and Italian Plasters created with style, elegance and uniqueness. Our designs are inspired by nature, fresh colors, intriguing textures, and handcrafted details. We specialize in transforming your home into the ideal environment for you and your family. We are proud to provide you with the highest quality of craftsmanship and creativity, where excellence and beauty are foremost and where we look into the past, while moving into the future. Let Michele Dawn Designs capture your dream.

Contact us today for more information.

Interior Design

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

Michele has worked with some of the finest designers in Los Angeles and Orange County, and is available to design and decorate your house – transforming it with her creative talent, unique color expertise, and eye for elegant design.

Design services can include:

  • Spatial design & architectural details
  • Furniture layouts
  • Kitchen & Bath design
  • Built-in design
  • Exquisite refined European faux finishes
  • Wall treatments
  • Flooring suggestions
  • Cabinet refinishing
  • Window coverings
  • Room makeovers
  • Fireplace remodeling – transform your old brick fireplace into a work of art!

We offer murals, fresco painting, wall hangings, accessories, artwork, furniture refinishing, gilding, mirror patina, and much much more. The appeal of our decorative art is that it is uniquely yours. It is built to your specifications, to blend with or stand out from your existing décor.

Contact us today for more information.

Murals

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

Murals and Trompe L'oeil projects are always fun and challenging to do. They combine research and skill, and each sketch allows us to improve our ability to meet your expectations.

Artists on all levels are available to work within your budget (see mural gallery examples by Michele Dawn). Our talented crew of artisans keeps the designs fresh and fluid.

Trompe l'oeil is a French term which means “trick the eye.” Sometimes called illusionism, this unique style of painting gives the appearance of three-dimensional or photographic realism. It has flourished since The Renaissance, and can be playful or intellectually serious.

We often combine faux and trompe l'oeil techniques to finish or refinish furniture and cabinetry. The advantage to this approach is being able to decide exactly how you want your piece to look. Whether it is a distressed finish (using colors from your décor), or a hand-painted design, you can be sure it will be a one-of-a-kind piece that will be admired for generations to come.

We will be happy to consult with you for any of your professional and artistic needs. Please contact us for additional information.

Venetian Plasters

Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

Michele Dawn Designs provides both Contemporary and Old World trowelled applications of Authentic Italian Lime Plasters, better known as Venetian Plasters. These plasters can be luxuriously highly polished, or rustic and aged.

Fine Ventian Plasters are from Italy, and they are eco-friendly natural products that are applied in traditional European ways, handed down over many generations. They present a stunning backdrop for Grandiose Foyers, Formal Dining Rooms, and Exquisite Living Rooms.

The inner beauty of Venetian Plasters is in their stone-like nature. A high pH prevents the build up of mold and mildew, their breathable embodied properties.

We work with private clients, builders, architects and designers throughout Southern California. We're always happy to consult with you for any of your professional needs, and we'll be happy to review whether Venetian Plasters are the right product for you.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment, or to request additional information.

Pricing


Michele Dawn :: Murals, Venetian Plasters, Fine Decorative Finishes

How do you determine your pricing?

This is usually the first question we get from potential clients. We completely understand that budget is usually the most pressing factor involved in your decision to purchase hand-made artwork such as murals and wall-finishes. Like all custom-made products, they are create to match your specifications and are thus all unique situations. There are many factors involved in determining the pricing for a commission. These factors include size, timeline, complexity of design and location.

When asked that question, our answer is usually...

Well, that depends. First, we'll need to ask you a few questions...

Thenn after we have a better understanding of your needs, wants and budget, we will put together a proposal. This usually includes up to three design sketches or sample boards, which will not only solve your decorating problems and address your concerns and questions, but will also fit within your budget. We normally come up with several options that you can choose from, and we take the time to explain the steps involved in each option.

Some general notes on pricing:

  • A 50% deposit and a signed estimate proposal are required to schedule work.
  • Pricing may be adjusted higher for complex and rush jobs.
  • Discounts are available for large and multiple orders.
  • Any changes to the original proposal will be reflected as a change order.

Our pricing reflects these additional factors:

  • What is the level of detail and complexity of the artwork or faux finish?
  • Is the artwork a large piece (over 100 square feet), or something smaller?
  • Are there portraits involved?
  • Does the design require extensive research, models, and/or travel time?
  • Does the client already have a design concept, and viable reference materials?
  • Is the project a wall space, or a custom canvas? Is it on furniture or cabinetry, which will need to be sanded or refinished?
  • What is the quality and stability of the surface to be finished? Does it need surface preparation, patching, priming, or a color base?
  • Where is the surface located? Is it a stairwell, or a ceiling? Is scaffolding is needed, must it be custom-built?
  • Will an option be to paint the mural work on canvas, and have it installed by a professional wallpaper hanger?
  • Where is the site of the project? Is travel and hotel stay required?

After the client approves the rendering or sample board, Michele Dawn Designs signs the contract, and schedules a starting time. All jobs are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are only scheduled after the deposit is received. If you are on a deadline, please let us know this in the planning stage. We are sometimes booked months in advance.

Please contact Michele with any questions about your project.