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Artisan of the Month
Susan Giugliano

As a self-taught artist, Susan Giugliano immersed herself in sketching, portraits, clay and many other mediums. Not one to sit still she was always experimenting with finishes, seeking to create an old world, weathered or gilded finish to please the eye and add a touch of ambiance.

Susan’s move to Elgin, Illinois was where all the pieces fell perfectly into place. The historic buildings called to her soul and she felt compelled to preserve the splendor of an era long since past. She began by enrolling in a three day Beginning Faux Finishers class taught by Kathy Carroll. Looking at the historic buildings, Susan knew what she wanted to do and Kathy was the one to get her off to the right start. “Faux finishing is an ancient art. It’s a skill that was in high demand during the Victorian Period.”

“After one of Kathy’s classes, I drove to Elgin to see the house I bought and it all came together. I’ve always been into antiques as if I was born in the wrong era.” Susan comments that taking Kathy’s class was the perfect start, “I took a class at Kathy’s and made a number of finishes that were instrumental in helping me with the basics. I had artistic talent but it helped me apply that to a wall finish. Kathy is a great teacher. I can’t say how many times I have called on her expertise; she has such vast knowledge on so many products. Take crackle for example, for a specific type of crackle effect I don’t want to have to buy fifteen brands to find the right one, I’m going to Kathy; she has the knowledge, products and experience. I explain to her the effect I’m after and she’ll know exactly what I need. She has never steered me wrong and is very helpful.”

Susan’s business, Gilded-Lily Historical Finishes, is located in Elgin with a large portion of her clients in the surrounding Northwest suburbs. She is also willing to travel out of state if the right project comes along to tempt her. Susan focuses on ensuring every job is done to the customer’s satisfaction, working to perfectly blend their personality and décor.

Custom blends of glazes and finishes are not unusual for Susan, as she likes to create her own. Her clients bask in the uniqueness that Susan provides while she crafts their home to their individual needs and design specifications. “I like to mix my own because I have a lot more control to get the effect I want and I love to create a one of a kind finish. If the client has me do a finish, I can guarantee no one else will have that one. I like experimenting, that way I learn what products work with what. I do a number of sample boards for myself as well as the client and I know that finish will be very durable.”

Restoring a room or a piece of furniture to its former glory is exhilarating to Susan, and the end result: stunning. “My most recent job was restoring an Arts and Crafts Bungalow along with a faux grained china cabinet for a gentleman. An Arts & Crafts period room contains a lot of woodwork, Oak being most typical, but this cabinet interior was Pine. I had to match the graining on the inside with the woodwork of the doorways. He was very happy with the results and I was asked to return to help restore the living room. We did a custom stencil border over glazed walls and a custom-coordinating stencil in each beamed ceiling panel. The ceiling was interesting. I love doing ceilings and this one was different because it had textured wallpaper on it. For this stencil, Susan’s client fell in love with a particular one but needed a custom design created, as it still needed some adaptations. “I drew up what he wanted and Bobko Dzign, Inc. did a great job sizing and cutting it for me. It was a very intricate pattern, four layers for each repeat. I really enjoy doing detail work and this job has sparked my interest in designing stencils for period renovation and historical work. Stencils of this type are difficult to find. It’s something I’m definitely going to do more of down the road.”

Susan works both with interior designers and directly with her clients. Not only does she delve into historic, she will also dabbles in current colors and trends. “I have worked with a couple different interior designers on projects, mostly calling for a more modern finish.” Continuing with her stencil art, Susan is able to tie the intricacy of the design in with the era as well. “The Arts & Crafts Stencil, for instance, also reflects a Celtic design with a bit of Gothic. It works fabulously in the room with the clients period furnishing and the homes architecture.”

Creating a wonderful ambiance for a commercial client, Susan mixed in metallic to give a glaze an added effect. “A client of mine who owned a skin care salon moved her business into the Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows and hired me to help design the interior. We settled on a glaze with a textured roller pattern on top of it with metallic mixed in. She wanted a formal finish that gave a relaxing ambiance. The metallics in the glaze give the walls a warm glow with the crystal lighting in the space, giving it the effect she was looking for.”

Recognizing what is important to her clients and incorporating wood graining, stencils, textures and the perfect theme of colors, Susan fondly reminisces about a client with a fanciful palette throughout her home. “I did an extremely whimsical stencil on a living room in Elgin that is different and fits my clients personality perfectly. It works with everything she has.” Susan helped to tone down some of the bright colors while still keeping to the nature of the theme her client favors. “My client had three Easter yellow walls and a third very pink wall. For the ceiling she wanted me to paint it duck egg blue. I toned down the pink by using a base color beige with a green hue in the glazes; it’s green in a jar, but not on the wall. To bring it together, I stenciled in the bright pink. She has a lot of bright pink knick-knacks along with blue china. For the ceiling I used a very pale soft blue that gives a slight hint of color the client wanted, yet it doesn’t make the ceiling feel lower. Her décor looks like it belongs, everything works together.”

Word of mouth spreads quickly when Susan is at a client’s home or business. As Susan says, “A number of my jobs are repeat customers like the skin care salon. I have done three other rooms, a panel for her fireplace, stripes for her powder room and the front entry for her home. That’s also true for the gentleman with the china cabinet. I realize not everyone wants an older type finish, which is fine, but this specialized niche is what I want to be known for. With a period structure, you have a room with unique details and that gives me the opportunity to really get creative. It’s a very satisfying feeling to be an integral part of a restoration project.”

Susan prefers to use oils whenever it is possible. She explains why, “It gives a better old world feel to the finish and it’s what was originally used. It also allows me to take my time with the process. Some things shouldn’t be rushed.”

Going forward, Susan plans to continue along the niche she has created for herself. In addition to wood graining and faux finishes, Susan is going to start working with designing ornate plaster ceiling molds and she plans on furthering her stencil designs. Susan explains in greater detail, “I am currently working on a wainscot for the front entry of the 1913 bungalow. And there is an all over wall stencil for a historical pattern with griffins and cartouches along with different elements. They are all in the works. Down the road, I’m hoping to find the time to do more of what I love doing.”

Susan Giugliano can be reached at 847.791.5102 or view more of her work at www.Gildedlily.Shutterfly.com

 

 

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