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Alyse and Amy Leventhal or DoubleTake Designs

Alyse and Amy Leventhal of DoubleTake Designs

After graduating college, twin sisters Alyse and Amy Leventhal indulged their desire for adventure and embarked on an international tour before putting their business degrees to use for their chosen careers. Through their travels, they soaked up the different cultures, architecture and design, and abundant artistry. Not yet ready to return home, they settled in Israel where the seeds of an idea began.

Upon their return to the states, that seed took root and their love of art blossomed into a business plan all of its own. “We trained with JoAnne Day in New York City and San Francisco. We then moved to NYC with the desire to work with a large decorative painting and mural studio. We ended up working for Silver Hill Atelier for several years, enabling us to learn from talented artists from all over the world,” said Alyse. “One notable project with Silver Hill was spending a year and a half working on a 25,000 square foot house in which we painted every surface with a decorative finish or mural.” From there they branched off on their own and launched their own company, DoubleTake Designs.

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For the past ten years, their company has been based out of Saratoga Springs, New York. Their work consists of both residential and commercial projects. What has kept them so enthralled is the freedom and uniqueness of their chosen field. “We feel lucky to be able to do this for a living, with every job being different and allowing for the utmost creativity,” said Amy. While doing their own projects, they are also subcontractors for a company that paints the Cheesecake Factory Restaurants throughout the country.

Long hours climbing scaffolding and ladders every day began to test their continued passion for decorative painting. “Along with the physical work, we felt like our portfolio and collection of samples was getting stagnant,” said Alyse. Searching for glass beads for a specific project, Amy found Kathy Carroll on the internet. “I saw she did these semi-private classes. Walking into her studio the first time I felt like a kid in a candy store, picking out samples to learn and using all the new products she offers. She is a great teacher, really organized and very inspiring,” said Amy.

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Throughout their decorative painting careers, Alyse and Amy have relied on their referrals and connections from their clients, who quickly become longtime friends. “We have been working for one family for eight years. We started with one room and ended up doing their entire house. We were there when their two youngest kids came home from the hospital, so you could say they are like family now,” said Alyse. The 10,000 square foot house is beautiful and filled to the brim with so many touches of elegance, from gold leaf to stenciling to Venetian plaster. There was one area in particular their client was not particularly fond of, but they transformed it into a haven he’s thrilled with. “All the walls in his office were cherry wood, while the ceiling was just flat white. We added a coffer ceiling and molding, which we wood grained and gilded. Once we did the ceiling it pulled it all together. He loves it,” said Amy. In everything they do, they do it to perfection, exacting detail, and with their clients’ needs and goals foremost in mind.

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One particular job that is a favorite of theirs is a Victorian home in upstate New York. The client bought the home site unseen from a magazine and restored it back to its former glory. “We helped pick out the colors used throughout the house and also did a lot of stenciling and glazing. The dining room had stenciling from the 1800s that were water damaged. We replaced the damaged ceiling panels with new ones, taking the original designs and incorporating them into the new stencils. It was great to be on such a project where the craftsmanship was of the utmost importance. No short cuts were taken from remaking over 100 spindles by hand to restoring the original plaster designs in the music room,” said Amy.

Just what does the future hold for Alyse and Amy? With their incredible clientele in New York, they would like to expand further in Ohio to be near family, continuing with the work they adore. “It’s hard to get re-established in Ohio as we currently have so many connections in New York,” said Alyse. Amy agrees, as she wants to continue “painting and working on exciting projects.” As they grow and expand their base, they keep their eyes on their clients’ needs with classes from The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes when they can, learning about new products, techniques, and maintaining their own inspiration. And with the exceptional work they do, their futures look bright.

To learn more about Alyse and Amy Leventhal or DoubleTake Designs call 518-879-3050 or visit them on their Facebook page

 

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Alyse and Amy Leventhal or DoubleTake Designs based in Saratoga Springs, New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish or mural

Alyse and Amy Leventhal or DoubleTake Designs based in Saratoga Springs, New York, decorative painting glass beads, mural studio, muralist, decorative finish or mural

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