Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Weekly Win It!!

Yay!! The Weekly Win It feature is back and what a way to start off!! This week's featured artist is none other than Off the Wall!!! This fabulous duo is made up of partners Jaime and Melissa, two talented and upbeat ladies who specialize in faux finishes for architectural elements, home accessories and pretty much everything in between. I first came across these two via their blog and quickly discovered their wonderful portfolio of work. Some of my favorite items are their frames featuring wonderful Bible passages and quotes. How great are these for framing your loved ones and remembering God's goodness every time you look at their picture?? I also really love their beautifully finished shutter and garage doors as well as kitchen cabinetry.

I've really gotten to know Melissa over the past few months through blogging and email, and I know that both of these ladies are quite talented and special, so I was super-excited when they offered to participate in the Weekly Win It!! I can't wait to introduce you to these wonderful gals (or help you to get to know them better) so sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Off the Wall!

Tell us a little bit about your studio and how the two of you came to be partners? We teamed up in 2004, not realizing the connection we would share. But we knew instantly that God had something strange and uncharted planned for us. I (Jaime) already had an established and busy career in the faux finish industry and was living out her calling, while Melissa was earning a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, Melissa began work as a human resources assistant… not so much her dream job. Knowing there was something more; Melissa quit her job to pursue her love for something more creative. That’s when a friend told her to call me. Melissa began working for me hourly as I trained her in the skills of the faux world. Beyond working incredibly well together, an immediate friendship was born and we became business partners soon after.

Our studio is in Olive Branch, Mississippi. We welcome clients to come by to customize their orders and shop our existing collection, provided they can appreciate the very fine aroma of paint thinner, the sound of saws and sanders singing, and two boys trying to torture each other in the background (that would be the Roberts boys of course!).

Where do you get the inspiration to create your beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for the home? We have so many different inspirations, but a love for anything old that we can transform into something that people actually love to buy and place in their homes is motivation to keep trying to come up with some new ideas. We love vintage architecture and salvaged pieces. We can’t miss a thrift store or side of the road where a discarded treasure can be found. We love the romance and the idea that a home is a reflection of who you are and where you want to be. You shouldn’t want to be any place else.

What is your most favorite project you’ve done for someone’s home and why? Our favorite project on the faux finish side of our business so far, has been an old world plaster finish with revealed brick in a beautiful East Memphis home. Our client commissioned us to manipulate plasters in a room that was once her porch. She trusted us to give her the feel of a European villa. The room felt lost in time, at least a couple hundred years old and it was a complete success.

From our product line, I don’t think we can pick just one. When we come up with a favorite, it will probably be time to quit. I hope we never have a favorite… that means we are still breathing!

Do you two have any painting or faux finishes in your own homes? You know the old saying, “ the cobbler’s children has no shoes.” We find with our faux finishes and with our products that we are the last to get them. As soon as we finish something new, someone comes along and ends up buying it. But we will have to change that soon, there are so many pieces that we both want.

What is the largest project you and Jamie have ever taken on and how long did it take you to finish it? I think kitchen jobs are the longest, especially when we come up with something cool in a finish, and the client keeps adding and adding. We have several clients that will never be finished, because they are constantly coming up with ways to keep us in their home. At least they don’t want to get rid of us.

Tell us a little bit about your creative process? How do you figure out what you are going to do when presented with a project? Ultimately, we go with what first comes to mind, and figure out a way to make it work. Instincts are your best indicator that a project will be successful. When you see a project for the first time you know instinctively what should be there and it is just a matter of trying to make it work. We rarely stick with a rigid way of doing things. Usually when we plan, that is when we end up tossing the project plan and starting over. It is when we embrace the unexpected that we come up with the coolest outcome.

Wow!! Thank you so much girls for taking time out of your BUSY lives to share a little more about yourselves and your are both fabulous!!

So now the moment you've all been waiting for...this week's fabulous give away is this lovely Zebra Stripe Table Top Frame (ummm...this would fit in perfectly in my home-too bad I'm not allowed to enter!). This fun and funky frame can be yours...just leave a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite product is from the Off The Wall store.

Please check here for contest rules and regulations!

Thanks again're the best for doing this give away and the best bloggin' buddies a girl could ask for!!


windycindy said...

I absolutely love their site! It is the vintage look that I decorate my home with! The frames, quote plaques, etc. I love the cream and yellow
"Pumpkin" Quote Plaque. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. I really appreciate it!

Jane said...

I like the oatmeal and brown quotation plaque withe Hebrews 11. The only thing is, it's huge!


Ashley L. said...

that fireplace is unbelievable! i love how sleek it looks painted black! wonderful post! so very inspiring! :)

************************************* said...

Love the frame! Can't wait to check out their site and get ideas.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love their blog, such talent! This was a great interview, I enjoyed getting to know more about them!

Thanks for featuring Off the Wall!


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Love everything! I have no talent in this area and am just floored by people who do! It would be a honor to have something from them. :-) Rosie

Julia said...

Ooohh! This is a fabulous interview :) I'm off to go explore their site!

Hurray, weekly win it is BACK!

Dianne said...

These girls are not only talented but also very sweet and humble about their work. I have been following them awhile now and consider Melissa a dear friend. Thanks for showing them to others! I especially love what they do to garage doors!!!!

Karen said...

I love reading their blog; they do such great work. The zebra frame is so cute!!

PattyAnn said...

I love everything they do, but I think today my favorite is the great painted tray they just did.

PattyAnn said...

I forgot to leave my contact info. email:

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I just love the striped frames with 3 inserts for pics. Those girls do fabulous work!


Meg --> Bode22 said...

oh wow. great find! i'm so excited to check it out! :)

la la Lovely said...

Great interview.. I love Melissa's site and have enjoyed getting to know her via blogging. Their work is amazing and I have to say their frames are on my wish list!
Trina xx

3CHEERS4MOM said...

I love their work! Way too cute. Please enter me in the give away or just stop bye and chat!-Amy

Faux Finish New York said...

I admire everything and most especially the fireplace it's stunning!