Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathalie Tierce.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Ten years ago, after a long history of working as an artist and designer in film, television, and the interiors private homes, leading crews in Europe and The States, my son, Joshua was born. Long days spent on scaffolding were going to have to change.
After much soul searching and reevaluating the things I loved to do, I came to some conclusions. One of the services my clients had come depend on me for outside the decorative painting, finishes and murals I was creating was coordinating the look and flow of all the other elements that came into play in an environment.
Understanding scale, color, architectural materials and detail, proportion, were all part of my training and professional experience. Color, especially, was something that people struggled to comprehend the power of on a large scale. After mixing paint as an artist, I felt I had a rapport with hue that was different to most interior designers.
What came to be was Color and Art. A service for people that need help with either repainting a room or an entire renovation. Unlike an interior designer, I was providing design consultation in a more modular form. Trouble shooting for color. As little or as much help as someone might need.
Repainting one or a few rooms. Great. Completely redoing the exterior of your home? Need help selecting that perfect tile, cement, outdoor fabric sample or color for the trim, stucco and front door, I do that.
The art comes in because I never stopped making as an artist. If a client needs a piece for a specific focal point I work with them to understand the mood and purpose of the room and create a work that fulfills that need.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been an easy path. I think refining a business that based on design and art is a unique endeavor. Each client that comes to me is at a different point in their renovation project. One client may be the careful planner who realizes they need help and has begun to prepare in advance, another may call me when they are at their wit’s end having tried 15 different paint samples on the wall. There are individuals who don’t realize that there will be so many design choices to be made until their building contractor tells them that they need them to decide quickly the color of the wood stain, finish on the hardware, profile of molding, type of door style, countertop material or the whole job will be off schedule.
What I’ve found, a lot of it has to do with listening to the client, hearing what they’d like things to look like and translating that into actual choices.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Color and Art – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I think many people would like help when they begin redecorating but when they start looking at the actual cost of materials and labor and add a design fee on top of the whole thing, it becomes financially daunting. I provide support and guidance as the individual needs it. The same applies to art, many people feel an unease at entering an art gallery and feeling relaxed enough discuss what they like and what they’re looking for without feeling intimidated. Browsing the web and sifting through hundreds of images is overwhelming. I fine tune the choices down into something that is tailored to a client’s needs and taste.
What makes me proud is to turn an otherwise stressful experience for someone such as choosing colors for interiors or commissioning a work of art into an enjoyable process.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Having been raised in New York City and lived for many years in big cities of Europe, the luxury of space here still beguiles me.
The vast expanse of Los Angeles is a double-edged sword. It’s been said many times before but it’s true, while you can get to the beach in 20 minutes (the right time of day) or up into the mountains in under an hour, you will spend a lot of time in your car, stuck in traffic, going nowhere.
At the same time, I’ve seen some wonderful improvements with residential and commercial mixed use development, that encourages people to get out of their cars and just be pedestrians. And enjoy it.
- Color and Design Consultation $250 per hour min. 2 hr for site visit
- Website: www.customcolorandart.com
- Phone: 8184827046
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org