DeHuelbes Designs was created to provide the highest quality decorative
finishes and murals in the industry while maintaining the most reasonable
and competitive rates available for its clients. There are two sharp
distinctions which separate DeHuelbes Designs from other decorative
artists; First, quality and professionalism, evident through the extensive
portfolio provided for review on every consultation. Our portfolio
contains hundreds of photographs of a multitude of decorative finishes
on countless projects. The quality and experience that we provide
is readily visible in our portfolio
as well as through our references, who will attest to the high level
of service as well as making projects available to view in many cases.
The second area of distinction is in the services we provide. All
too often one has to hire a decorator/designer to select colors and
finishes. Then you hire a contractor to prep, repair, and basecoat
walls. Then you bring in the third person, the faux-finisher, to complete
the project. You could easily eliminate the added expense and hassles
of hiring several companies by using the services of DeHuelbes Designs.
We begin by assisting you with color and design selection. Next our
staff of experienced craftsman will make any necessary repairs, prep,
and paint all areas of the project. Lastly, we will provide any of
hundreds of available decorative finishes from custom murals to venetian
plasters. Three services, one company.
DeHuelbes Designs is operated by artist/designer, Henri Menendez.
With over 20 years experience in fine and decorative arts, Henri personally
creates and paints all murals and commissioned artwork, and has a
hand in most of the decorative finishes available. Henri is a firm
believer in perfecting his craft through continued education and thus
attends seminars, workshops, and conventions year round in an effort
to stay on top of an ever-changing field that is decorative painting.
There are new techniques and products appearing continuously. Some
good and others worthless but, it is important to examine all of these
to weed out the few worthwhile ideas from the rest.
DeHuelbes Designs is a member of SALI (stencil artisans league) and
SDP (society of decorative painters). We accept commissions both nationally
as well as internationally. Our website provides just a glimpse into
the vast array of decorative finishes, murals, and artwork available
through DeHuelbes Designs. Listed below are a few frequently asked
questions by those seeking to hire a decorative artist.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT HIRING A DECORATIVE ARTIST?
As with all fields of home improvement you will want to get a
few estimates from different companies. To find a few companies, you
can turn to a variety of places; yellow pages, Internet, local paint
retailer, interior designers, magazine ads, etc. Once you begin interviewing
and receiving quotes, make sure to make notes as to who is who. You
don't want to compare apples-to-oranges so stick to a certain criteria.
The company should be insured (and be able to supply you with proof
of insurance; no photocopies). The company should be able to provide
you with references. A portfolio must be provided for your review
(do not accept sample boards as a portfolio). Any experienced and
established company will have clear, quality photos of their work.
Sample boards are fine to get a better feel for a texture or design
but they are no substitute for a portfolio and thus show a lack of
experience on the part of the artist/company. Stay away from part-timers
and novices fresh out of a do-it-yourself Home Depot course. When
in doubt, make your selection based on the quality you will receive
from the company/artists previous work.
WHAT IF THE DECORATIVE ARTIST REFUSES TO DO THE PREP WORK AND
This should be a red flag in your head. Anyone who is either too lazy,
inexperienced, or unwilling to provide prep and base coating for their
own mural or faux finish is making a terrible mistake. Murals
and faux finishes can be very costly
and time-consuming projects. They should be made to last. The only
way to ensure that is by carefully preparing the surface. Knowing
what you are painting on and that you personally prepared it allows
you to guarantee your work. Too often people pay hundreds and even
thousands for work to done over walls that were prepped and painted
by the builder's painter or some other low bidder.
IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FAUX FINISHER AND A DECORATIVE ARTIST?
Faux finisher is a general term given to those who provide a series
of wall or furniture finishes. Decorative artist on the other hand
refers to an artist who specializes in the field of decorative painting.
Knowing the use of multiple wall and furniture finishes but also having
the ability to create and duplicate artwork and murals. One having
a sense for color and design and its relationship to the area it is
Thank you, for visiting our site. We hope you enjoyed it and got to
learn a little bit about us. We would hope we may learn a little bit
about you by having you fill out our contact
form. Thank you again.
who works with his hands…
He who works with his hands and mind …
… is a craftsman, …
He who uses his hands, mind, and soul,
Exerting his inner being into every creation, …
… he is an artist".
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WELCOME TO DEHUELBES DESIGNS.