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Don’t let new flooring derail your renovation budget

Last month we kicked off our big home renovation project. We started off with the basics. First came the list and next we set the budget. The two......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 24, 2018 | Rooms, Studio Secrets

Simple rules for painting a room

There is no shame in keeping things simple if you get the same result. A DIY project’s difficulty doesn’t make it better, it just makes it harder. I......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 4, 2018 | Rooms, Studio Secrets

Choosing the right floor… An eye-opening experience!

Isn’t this the easy part? You go to the local flooring store or shop online, see something you like that’s a great price and you buy it. What......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 20, 2018 | Rooms, Studio Secrets

Renovation ramp up time…

It’s time to get busy with our long list of home renovations. It’s renovation ramp up time! We never complete a project without carefully documenting it with steps......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 4, 2018 | Furniture, Home Decor, Rooms, Studio Secrets

Do your homework before DIY cabinet painting

A couple weeks ago we outlined our Spring project lineup. One of the biggest buckets of work is home renovations and DIY cabinet painting is for sure on......
By Jaime Pirozzi | March 28, 2018 | Rooms, Studio Secrets

Out of Office… The ‘Snowy Inspiration’ is calling

Hold the paint brushes… Hey everyone! Winter has finally arrived in Tahoe for our ‘Miracle March’, so we can’t resist going outside to enjoy it. It’s time to......
By Jaime Pirozzi | March 21, 2018 | Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets

Sharpen your artistic skills…

Last week, we finalized our list of upcoming Spring projects to help get the season organized. We have an interesting mixture of product line development, an online sales......
By Jaime Pirozzi | March 14, 2018 | Studio Secrets

Spring projects are in the air…

It feels like Winter just started here in Lake Tahoe as we’ve had a late start this year. Our typical weather phenomenon of a ‘Miracle March‘ is in......
By Jaime Pirozzi | March 7, 2018 | Furniture, Home Decor, Studio Secrets

Take a Walk in your Backyard…

Have you ever walked into your backyard or out the front door and stared at the scenery? Could you be surprised by what you find? OF COURSE you......
By Jaime Pirozzi | February 28, 2018 | Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets, The Backyard

Signs: Information or Inspiration?

Mission Inspiration (read Part 1 and Part 2 here) was a success and couldn’t have been more amazing! Our road trip across Idaho with Local Freshies® has come......

Pricing Strategy: How Much Do I Sell It For?

Pricing strategy is an important part of your business and will make or break you. You may have a special talent but if you can’t turn it into......
By Jaime Pirozzi | February 14, 2018 | Faux Finish Feature Art, Furniture, Home Decor, Studio Secrets

“Mission Inspiration” – Part 2.5: Let’s keep going…

Mission Inspiration Success… more road trip please! Our “Mission Inspiration” road trip has been a blast! It’s been so much fun that we extended it a few more......
By Jaime Pirozzi | February 7, 2018 | Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets

“Mission Inspiration” – Part 2: Road Trip Packing Time!

We are about to set off on MISSION INSPIRATION! Last week we focused on road trip preparation so now it’s time to get packing. By taking the time......
By Jaime Pirozzi | January 31, 2018 | Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets

“Mission Inspiration” – Part 1: Road Trip Preparation

MISSION INSPIRATION is a GO!!! Our focus at nluv Studio is spreading positivity, treasuring special moments & just trying to make the world a little better each day......
By Jaime Pirozzi | January 24, 2018 | Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets

Get Organized – Top 5 Tips to Building a Catalog

We all have something we collect, whether for a hobby or work. Sometimes though, your collection may seem more like a disaster than an asset if things get......

2018 Planning: Kicking Things Off Strong!

2017 was a great year for nluv Finish and Design Studio as we began our journey. And now… 2018 is here & we are ready to kick things......
By Jaime Pirozzi | January 10, 2018 | Furniture, Home Decor, Studio Secrets, The Finish Gallery, Wrapit nluv

The Simplistic Beauty of a Stained Wood Finish

Simplicity is the secret ingredient to a truly beautiful design. To create an amazing piece, it doesn’t mean you must have 15 layers, an intricate color palette, accents......

A Custom Picket Fence… Reclaimed Pallet Wall Art that is!

We always have extra wood lying around the studio, especially old pallets. My mom loves birdhouses and family photos, so I decided to come up with a pallet......

A Box for a Present? Package things up in a Custom Wooden Box

Ever think of your holiday packaging as a gift? Probably not if you scored a $0.99 roll of wrapping paper & taped it all together. Last week we......
By Jaime Pirozzi | December 20, 2017 | Home Decor, Wrapit nluv

Rustic Wrapping for the Mountain Lifestyle

I love wrapping gifts, sometimes even more than the gifts themselves! Living in South Lake Tahoe, glitz and glamor aren’t a normal part of our mountain lifestyle, at......
By Jaime Pirozzi | December 13, 2017 | Mother Nature Inspired, Wrapit nluv

Delicate & Durable: An Antique Table and Chair Restoration

This past summer, we scoured our favorite hot spots to find a few special pieces to add to the project lineup. Last week we talked about where to......
By Jaime Pirozzi | December 6, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Rooms, The Finish Gallery, Uncategorized

Top 5 List: Where do you get all those crafty ideas?

Some people are so creative & crafty. It’s as if ideas just pop into their head all day long! Others of us… we have to work to find......

Wake-Up Wall: Inspirational Signs for a ‘Kick-in-the-Pants’ start to your day!

Kick off your day with a little inspiration & get things going right! Create a ‘Wake-Up Wall’ and remind yourself each morning to have the most amazing day......

Think ‘Handcrafted Gifts’ this coming Black Friday

The holidays are right around the corner and the shopping season is about to take off. Every retailer is running specials, open early, open late… doing whatever they......
By Jaime Pirozzi | November 15, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Rooms, Wrapit nluv

‘Tis the Season: How to Order Custom Chalkboards

Holiday season is upon us so it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas. I like to give unique & thoughtful gifts to those I care about but......

Top 5 Tips: Art Project Cleanup

Studio time can’t be all fun and no project cleanup, unless of course you have an unlimited bank account & use supplies and tools once and buy new......

Dimensional Stenciling: Get Creative with Texture

Just by themselves, stencils are so versatile, enhancing fabric, furniture, wall art, paper… you name it! But, what if your project is just missing that ‘special something’ and......

The How-To for Creative Cycle Success

We all have a creative side whether that translates to art, the corporate world or into our hobbies. Following recipes, instructions or templates make any process easier to......

7 Highly Effective Tips to Declutter your Space!

After the veil of winter is lifted, we all go into some form of ‘Spring Cleaning’ mode. A fresh start to a fresh season. But what about Fall?......
By Jaime Pirozzi | October 11, 2017 | Rooms, Studio Secrets

(Bin) Label It! Tag your way to organization.

Creating bin labels & custom tags will kick up your organization to the next level. Tagging isn’t just for social media! Use it in your designs for the......
By Jaime Pirozzi | October 4, 2017 | Faux Finish Feature Art, Home Decor, Rooms

Brush Care: Love your brushes for a lifetime!

Over the last month we’ve had a blast building our Snowboard Feature Wall & are now ready for winter fun. When working on an extended project with lots......

Organizational Design: A ‘Completed’ Snowboard Feature Wall for the Mountain Life

‘Organizational design’ may sound like an oxymoron but these two words should be best friends in your home! Our vision to organize our winter sporting-mess has finally come......
By Jaime Pirozzi | September 20, 2017 | Faux Finish Feature Art, Home Decor, Mother Nature Inspired, Rooms

Mount ‘n Metal: A Snowboard Feature Wall for the Mountain Life – Part 4

We’re into week 4 for the Snowboard Feature Wall!  While I LOVE to paint, seeing the design come to life by adorning the wall may squeak into 1st......

Distressing Wood: A Snowboard Feature Wall for the Mountain Life – Part 3

If you’ve stuck with us the last two weeks (Part 1 & Part 2), our Snowboard Feature Wall has come a long way. We finalized the design, gathered......

Gear Organization: A Snowboard Feature Wall for the Mountain Life – Part 2

Last week we kicked off our Snowboard Feature Wall project (read Part 1 here) to get our gear some organization! Every week, we get a little closer to......

Ode to the Snow: A Snowboard Feature Wall for the Mountain Life – Part 1

Living in Lake Tahoe or any mountain town comes with lots of extracurricular outdoor hobbies. Some people are quite serious, with garages filled to the roof like sporting......

An Unexpected Pair: Wood Molding as Carpet Transitions

Just because an item or supply is exactly named what you want doesn’t mean you have to use it! Get creative with your materials and unite unexpected ‘pairs’......
By Jaime Pirozzi | August 16, 2017 | Rooms

Creative Couch Repair – Claws & Couches don’t mix!

Many of us have fun fur-balls at home that we love and adore. But, that love doesn’t extend to all activities such as clawing up your couch! 99%......
By Jaime Pirozzi | August 9, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Rooms

Reclaim your weekend… Reclaimed wood that is!

Some people like shiny new things and others love antiques and rare finds. Reclaimed wood peaks the interest of the later and is a favorite of ours at......
By Jaime Pirozzi | August 2, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Mother Nature Inspired, Studio Secrets

Custom Mixing: An Artist’s Cheat Sheet

Plasters, paints, color wheels, stone, sand, mica, glitter, stains… And the list goes on and on! There are so many products and color choices in the artistic and......
By Jaime Pirozzi | July 26, 2017 | Studio Secrets, The Finish Gallery

I’m so ‘nluv’ with water-based Stains!

When you ask people about the process of staining wood, they seem to either love it or hate it & others are just plain afraid of it! No......
By Jaime Pirozzi | July 19, 2017 | Furniture, Mother Nature Inspired, Rooms

Hump Day Hoopla – The nluv Memos move to Wednesdays!

Happy Hump Day everyone! Don’t worry… our calendar isn’t broken. I know it’s Friday, so I should be saying TGIF but instead I’m talking about Wednesday. What is......

Gus’ Getaway: A Kitten Cardboard Cabin

Last weekend, we brought home a new member of our family. Meet Gus! He’s pretty adorable and settling in quite nicely. Play time is his favorite with eating......
By Jaime Pirozzi | July 11, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Mother Nature Inspired

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: 5 Tips for a Flawless Finish

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 12 The world of faux finishing allows for ultimate creativity but with that power comes many moments of frustration and impatience. A multi-layer finish......
By Jaime Pirozzi | July 6, 2017 | The Finish Gallery

Outdoorsy Design: An indoor office with an Aging Forest soul

At the end of spring, I introduced the finish called Aging Forest through the ‘Featured Finishes’ series. We promised to detail the finish so you can enjoy it......

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Patriotic Palette

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 11 Red, white & blue is our patriotic palette that will soon decorate our backyards and BBQs for the July 4th holiday. But, let’s......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 29, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, The Backyard, The Finish Gallery

wrapit nluv™ Custom Frames… Just Add Memories!

Pictures, pictures everywhere! With camera phones today, no one is lacking pictures of family, friends and fun. While most of our photo albums are digital, it’s nice to......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 27, 2017 | Home Decor, Wrapit nluv

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Personalized Chalkboards

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 10 Chalkboards used to be in every school classroom but overtime were slowly replaced by white erase boards and technology. In recent years though,......

Memories Live On… Estate Sale Refinishing

Her name is Ruth and she loves her church and to play music. I didn’t know her personally, but those at her estate sale told beautiful stories. She......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 20, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Mother Nature Inspired, Wrapit nluv

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Know Your Crackle Direction

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 9 No one likes to ask for directions and with today’s technology, who needs to anymore? When it comes to a crackle finish though,......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 15, 2017 | The Finish Gallery

It’s Art Science time… another round of experiments

Two weeks ago, I shared an artistic experiment where I tried different paints & techniques with Faux Effects® Creme Activator™. I always have fun bending the rules and......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 13, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Studio Secrets, The Finish Gallery

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Sensibly Stenciled Hindsight

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 8 ‘Tis the summer season for stencils! The hardest thing about stencils is picking the one you want! With thousands available as well as......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 8, 2017 | The Finish Gallery

A great day for an Artistic Experiment

When the sun’s shining and fresh air is blowing through the studio, for some reason this makes me want to experiment. Sitting on the shelf is a little......
By Jaime Pirozzi | June 6, 2017 | Furniture, Home Decor, Studio Secrets, The Finish Gallery

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Summertime Fun-time

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 7 It’s getting sunny out there! Everywhere I look there are hues of greens, yellows and blues filling the landscape. This week we’re bringing......

A Spray Paint Pick-Me-Up

With lots of projects in motion, do you ever feel like you just aren’t accomplishing anything? “That’s me, that’s me!” I admit… I love lists and crossing things......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 30, 2017 | Home Decor, Rooms

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Lured to an Aging Forest

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 6 Living in beautiful Lake Tahoe, it’s hard not to incorporate the outdoors in our designs. This week our attention is directed towards the......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 25, 2017 | Mother Nature Inspired, The Finish Gallery

An Antler Intervention

I must admit… my first thought when we stepped into our house was “Get RID of this thing!” What I was looking at was a dusty, blah-colored, hideous......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 23, 2017 | Home Decor, Rooms

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Amazingly Edible

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 5 I don’t know about you, but I love food! This week our attention is on amazingly edible creations that inspire design.  The talent......

The Finishing Touch: Carpet Transitions

Last weekend we installed our custom quilted carpet design in the master bedroom, and I’m still nluv! And, I will tell you  – every morning waking up to......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 16, 2017 | Rooms

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Al ‘Tahoe’ Natural

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 4 Al Natural is the only way to go! This week our focus is the explosion of growth and colors as Spring is in......

One Tile, Two Tile, Three Tiles, Four… Carpet tile craze!

After a long weekend, the master bedroom flooring project is done and we are ‘NLUV‘ with the results! Carpet tiles give you the opportunity to put a ‘soft’......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 9, 2017 | Rooms

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Wild n’ Dangerous

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 3 This week we’re bringing the wild inside with animal textures and prints. Nature may be beautiful, but she can also be dangerous with......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 4, 2017 | Mother Nature Inspired, The Finish Gallery

Carpet Tiles USA: Personalize your space one tile at a time!

In kicking things off for my new Studio, what better way to create a real-life portfolio than to renovate our whole house! Yup, you read that right. We’re......
By Jaime Pirozzi | May 2, 2017 | Rooms

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Woodsy Faux Real

‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Episode 2 This week we’re heading outdoors and getting ‘woodsy’. Living in the mountains and surrounded by nature, inspiration can be found at every turn.......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 27, 2017 | Mother Nature Inspired, The Backyard, The Finish Gallery

The Easel: A Studio Staple

Setting up a new studio is fun and exciting. You have full control on how to organize your inventory, the overall layout and your work space zones. In......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 25, 2017 | Furniture

The ‘Featured Finishes’ Series: Rugged yet Refined

Welcome to the ‘Featured Finishes’ Series. Each week we will showcase different faux finishes and share details behind their creation, where to use them and a few possibilities......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 20, 2017 | The Finish Gallery

Now introducing… nluv Finish and Design Studio

  Hi! I’m Jaime and this is my faux finishing studio! It’s so exciting to finally bring life to a dream I’ve had for so long. And now,......
By Jaime Pirozzi | April 18, 2017 | Faux Finish Feature Art, Studio Secrets, Wrapit nluv

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