Insight: Lenore Winters

Insight: Lenore Winters

Decorative painter Lenore Winters applies the same level of detail to faux wood grain as she does to a classically themed mural. It’s no surprise, then, that she’s a go-to artisan for top designers such as Darryl Carter, Frank Babb Randolph and Thomas Pheasant, not to mention architects and homeowners. “We work on anything that can receive paint,” Winters says, referring to her namesake Bethesda studio. “We paint walls, fl oors, ceilings, furniture and accessories.” Winters was a longtime artist when she became drawn to decorative painting 26 years ago, after the Smithsonian hired her to create camoufl aged mounts for objects in large exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History. She undertook further training on fi nishes in New York City, and soon took up the pursuit full-time. Since then, she’s seen the city’s artistic landscape change dramatically. “It used to be much more traditional,” Winters says, “but now I see a lot of mixed styles. It’s fun! I’m just as big a fan of painting midcentury modernist consoles with glossy saturated colors as I am of doing gilded antique Louis XIV chairs.”

LX: Work approach...
LW: I’m a little obsessive about perfect technique in our finishes, whether they are aged/distressed stucco or high-gloss Venetian plaster.

LX: Greatest influencers...
LW: Historic interiors and Greek Minoan paintings and murals.

LX: Describe your home...
LW: Our home is a classic midcentury flat roof built in 1966. My favorite room is the bedroom—I love the pale Farrow & Ball Green Ground mixed with bittersweet chocolate fabrics and carpet. My favorite part is a wall showcasing a collection of albumen-print photographs from the 1800s.

LX: Favorite decorating sources...
LW:Côté Jardin Antiques, Timothy Paul Bedding + Home, Tone on Tone, and the shops in Cady’s Alley and on 14th Street. I’m also always inspired by the shows at Hemphill Fine Arts, my husband George Hemphill’s gallery on 14th Street.

LX: A well-defined space...
LW: Should be full of quirky surprises, so it doesn’t end up looking like a hotel room. It needs an eclectic nature.;



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