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Midsummer Magic
A Recent Custom Mural Project
One of the completed panels in the dining room with detail to left.
We were commissioned to paint a dining room mural in a traditional Georgian Lake Forest home for a lovely family of seven. There was an existing wallpaper mural from the time the home was built in 1942. However, the wallpaper had extensive wear, water damage, patches and the panels needed to be re-glued. Together with the clients we decided it was beyond repair or touch ups and a new mural was in order.

The original mural had a green background and the client was looking to change the color palette to blues and soft whites, so we started with an indigo blue silk-like finish as our background. We wanted to respect some elements of the original design which we did by incorporating the bamboo motif. However, we grouped the foliage quite differently to customize it to the space. We gathered the taller plants in the corners keeping in mind the trim, furniture and sconce placement. In this way elements did not appear to be coming out of the trim randomly, as would be the case with wallpaper. We painted the ground cover in the same tones. The mural was outlined in soft charcoals and leaf green, as a small nod to the original palette.

Last we painted the birds and butterflies. We enjoy adding personal touches to each of our murals, and suggested to the client that we paint the initials of each family member in the filigree design of the butterfly wings. This is something not perceivable to most that enter the room, but a special detail for those living there now.
Detail of birds, butterflies and leaves while still in progress.
We are happy to have received several mural commissions this year, one of our favorite genres, and we look forward to sharing more on these in the future.

They are one of a kind, long-lasting and customized to the space and client’s preferences. Plus no seams!
Artists at work on the foliage and butterfly details.

Wishing you a Happy Summer!
Cindy and Jorge
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Simes Studios, Inc - 1809 West Webster Suite 200 - Chicago, IL 60614
T. 773.327.7101 - E. simes@simesstudios.com - F. 773.862.0778
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