Australian Oxidized Paint?

Last Friday I went to a mixer thrown by UCLA’s student ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) chapter at the Sydney Harbour Paint Company showroom in West Hollywood. It’s a part of the La Cienega Design Quarter, where the Legends event I went to a couple of weeks ago was held, so it was fun to be back there. (The more time I can spend in that part of town, the better!)968219_10100486264773535_1987732867_o

 The Sydney Harbour Paint Company showroom provided us a room to socialize and drink a little wine in, and then they gave us a run down of their paint products and a did a short demonstration on one that I thought was pretty cool!

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Everywhere else in the world the company is called Porter’s Original Paints, and originates in Australia and has family owned and operated since their inception. They make truly artisan paints (no mass production) and offer what sound to be incredibly durable paint in hundreds of colors and a huge variety of textures and finishes.

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The room we were in was small but had very high ceilings and a sky light, and was striped with examples of some of their more interesting colors, textures, and finishes.

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They also sell some wallpapers, which you can customize if you want to. So for example if you want this one patterned in a color other than blue, they can custom make it in the color you choose.

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I also loved this wallpaper, black with gold beetles. I feel like it belongs on one wall of a huge dining room somewhere!

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This was my favorite of their paint creations, and the one they demonstrated for us. This is Liquid Copper with Patina Green, and basically the way it works is that you paint the copper color on first, and then lightly coat it with a formula that oxidizes it, turning it green just like you see on old copper statues like the Statue of Liberty, or copper antiques. And just like those, the paint will even gradually change over time, looking different from one year to the next. I don’t know what I’m going to use it for yet, but I really want to try it out on something!

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The board in the picture is what it looks like right after the top coat before oxidation has had a lot of time to happen. The light is a cheap ikea light that has been painted with the copper and patina coat.963095_10100486260327445_2113120595_o

What can you think of that would be a fun project for this paint? Ideas are welcome!

A Beautiful Day at the Arboretum

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an unsuspecting entrance to the beautiful grounds at the LA County Arboretum

Last Friday a friend and I took advantage of a beautiful, warm and sunny day by spending it outside at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. What can I say about this place, except that it is a gorgeous reprieve from the sprawl that surrounds it! What a fantastic way to remind yourself of all the amazing vegetation in the world.

The Arboretum is sectioned off into different areas of vegetation, including Africa, Australia, and their Prehistoric Forest. They even have a pond, a lake, and a waterfall! They also have some smaller greenhouses to cultivate the more tropical plants, like orchids, that need a lot of humidity since we don’t have a whole lot of that here in Southern California.

Here are some of my favorite things about the Arboretum.

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an orchid trio (Tropical Greenhouse)

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orchids much like mine at home (Tropical Greenhouse)

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beautiful colors speckling the greenhouse (Tropical Greenhouse)

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looking up through the eucalyptus (Australia)

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glass inlays along Serpent Trail (Australia)

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a little taste of down under (Australia)

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Tule Pond

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I want to have story time under this tree!

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Canadian Geese remind me of being back in the Northeast

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another view through the trees

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The magnolias are blooming! (Meadowbrook)

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And so are the cherry blossoms! (Meadowbrook)

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My favorite part of the day was discovering the waterfall behind the magnolias and cherry blossoms!

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makes me feel like I might be in Hawaii

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a second baby waterfall next to the bigger one

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the view from above the waterfall (Tallac Knoll)

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This could be the best reading spot in the whole place! (Tallac Knoll)

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a big old Cypress tree

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Queen Anne Cottage (1885) – You can’t go inside, but you can peak into the windows to see the period accurate furnished interiors!

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lots of very big, very old cacti along the main walkway