Sunday, September 18, 2011


It's been a busy few weeks here at Robyn Story Designs.  Christmas is coming in a hurry and we have TONS to do.  One of our wonderful customers requested our designs again this Christmas.  So we spent an entire Sunday building their Christmas trees and installing all of their garlands and wreaths inside their home.  This is quite the house.  It's stunning and artful and owned by some incredibly special customer's and friends of the store.  (They aren't due back to their Florida residence until late November so we were able to get a jump start on the season!!) Here's just a little sneak peak into what 8 people spent 8 hours doing last Sunday.
This is only 1/10 of the boxes that housed all the decorations!!
Unwrapping and organizing the boxes of ornaments.  Two trees were dressed, a 15 foot and a 12 foot!!  Again, a small fraction of the amount of ornaments, ribbons and trim used!
I hope Santa is as lucky as I am.  I have the most amazing elves!!  Always a smile and such creative genius's!!

Three hours later it's FINISHED with beautiful trim, ribbons and ornaments!!!

A close up of the most beautiful gold ornaments, each one is over 1 foot tall
David working on the second story bannister garland overlooking the family room
Mr. Christmas!  Scott working on the ribbons and perfecting the tree
The Garland and wreath hanging down from the bannister
We even drafted Lori's husband to fluff the ribbons and garland-all hands on deck!!!
So, as you can see, there's never a dull moment.  Next time I want to share some of the gorgeous-ness at the store!! Garlands galore.  Trees that are just amazing.  I hope it inspires you.  I also need to define our contest.  I haven't forgotten.  None-the-less, I hope you're all channeling your inner artist!!!  I'm so excited to see your inspired decoration!


We did however, have a fabulous time today with a great group for a Chalk Paint Workshop!!  We had some terrific friends of the store, our NEW mini stockist and a couple decorative artists!  LOTS of great questions, wonderful stories and fun today!
Our TERRIFIC group of attendees today!!
Coddie has never painted before.  She took notes, listened intently and produced AMAZING results!

We were happy to have Michelle and Ken Hiley of Stiltskin Studios take our course as well!  They are fabulous artsists but refer SO many people to our workshops they figured they'd better take them as well!!

Ken and  Steve became fast friends and were sharing furniture finishing secrets
Sue, a decorative artist, was experimenting with colors at the end of the day

Time ran out before she could wax, however, she created a wonderful mosiac of color.
Steve (an amazingly talented decorative artist/artist) and me at the end of the day - fast friends!!
Every Chalk Paint Workshop is completely different.  We meet so many talented individuals.  A lot of you are already familiar with Michelle and Ken Hiley of Stiltskin Studios.  If not, take a minute to check out their website.

Also, I want to take a minute and talk about my friend, Steve (above) whose business is Creative Painting Specialists.  He is an incredibly talented artist and decorative painter.  We are thrilled to be sharing with you that Steve will be scheduling workshops here at Robyn Story Designs.  He will be teaching many different faux effects.  Take a peak below at just a few of his finishes.  Keep in mind that these are all done on wood planks.  Prepare to be amazed!!!

Are you blown away!!??  Seriously gorgeous finishes.  Steve is also a very talented artist and has been commissioned to do portraits, landscapes and art of all styles.  He will be here, in our studio, teaching YOU.  Keep an eye out for our announcement of dates....coming soon!!  I know I'm excited because I'm going to be sitting in that class with you, learning right along your side! 

Did you pick up on my little slip earlier??  We have an announcement that we are SOOOO proud to share with you.  Robyn Story Designs has a NEW mini stockist in VERO BEACH!!  


Jeff at the workshop, painting a relief with Old Violet and Paris Grey
Jeff is loving the dark wax!!
Lorna was busy shadowing us during the workshop and managed to escape the camera's lens.  She and Jeff own and operate a STUNNING antique store in Vero Beach called House of Charm Antiques.  Take a peak at their store and if you find yourself in their neighborhood, stop by and browse through their treasures!  They are both very excited to be ASCP mini stockist and will be hosting their own workshops in the very near future!  We'll announce those dates on our blog as well!

Didn't I tell you it's been crazy around here!!!  So many TERRIFIC things are in store for the future of Robyn Story Designs.  I am so thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.  Watch our website/blog for dates announcing the workshops with Steve from Creative Painting Specialists as well as a few other announcements AND the rules for our So you think you can Create contest!
and Robyn Story Designs "hearts" Stiltskin Studios!!  Thanks Michelle!!
 More very soon.....................


  1. Sounds like a lot is happening...Wonderful! The decorations at the top...and the home are stunning! But I have to say, I cannot imagine having Christmas decor up already. Photo shoot???

    I will share the AS stockist in Vero with my friends there...
    See you soon..
    Jane (artfully graced)

  2. Wow, that is so beautiful, Robyn, although I can't quite wrap my mind around Christmas decorating yet! I'll be in a new home this year, so it will be interesting to see how I'm going to set things up after having my seasonal decorating basically the same for the past 20 years.

  3. You did a beautiful job with the Christmas decorating! My tree will be going up the day after Halloween, lol. I can't wait! I really have to get in there to take one of your classes. I have a secretary that I want to paint. Soon!


  4. Wow...the trees in that home are beautiful...and I guess they get to enjoy them for a long time seeing as Christmas is still a few months away. Hoping to be able to get in on one of your near future workshops. Talk soon.

  5. Congratulations on several jobs well done, Robyn! I love the decorating you did for the family. I am assuming they are not living there at the moment...and use it as a vacation home...otherwise seems kinda early for Christmas? Your "elves" did a wonderful job!

    I am also glad to see that you are having workshops and finding some new stockists. I want you to know that I got my order and am off the first of next month and plan on painting!!!! I can't wait to try your products and, of course, will give a link back to you.

    Have a wonderful week- xo Diana

  6. Someone is sure well prepared for the holidays, the decorations are gorgeous. I wish I could think this far ahead.
    Steve is an amazing artist! I've never seen faux painting techniques this realistic.

  7. Wow! That is an amazing tree. But, I thought this was September. Can't quite imagine a tree in the house right now. Guess it should have plenty of cobwebs by Halloween :).
    Congrats on all of the exciting happenings...

  8. im sure your customers will be very happy when they walk into their home. looks like quite the place. snowbirds im guessin.....wish i was that snowbird. i used to live in fla. sure do miss it....ALOT....

  9. Wow, this looks so great. I love Christmas and love getting a jump on decorating. So many great things going on. Love all of the workshops.

  10. Now you've got me wanting my own "elves" for Christmas! Fabulous job! My chalk paint arrived last week, but with a houseful of company I did not get to start my first painting job. THIS week is THE week, and roll up my sleeves, and plunge in! :))