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Artisan of the Month
Melissa Loutos

Innately artistic, Melissa Loutos’s stepmother asked her to liven up her dull soffits by painting lush, climbing ivy on them. While doing so, a passion to continue painting began to surface. Melissa made a decision to stop working in her father’s banquet business and embarked on her own career. That was the turning point for Melissa and Bella Muri Decorative Finishes was successfully launched.

Melissa began her business as an accomplished, self-taught artist. Six year ago, she took her first class to expand her faux finishing abilities. She says, “I was getting heavier into decorative and faux finishes and learning those mediums which elevated my career.” Melissa’s creativity continues to flourish and expand. As it does, she embraces the importance of continued learning in order to deliver current trends, techniques and products to her clients. Three years ago, when Melissa’s business was slow, she met Kathy Carroll and enrolled in an IDAL sponsored class at her studio. “Kathy has been great to me, at a time when I needed some inspiration the most, she brought me in and helped me freshen up my portfolio. With the finishes she showed me, I immediately landed two jobs and was back in action.”

Recently, Melissa finished Kathy’s three-day Semi-Private Class, consisting of six artisans. “This class was especially good for me. Kathy touched on so many different products from traditional ‘old world’ finishes to beautiful current products and designs that she came up with. My portfolio again got the boost it needed, now not because I’m slow, but because I’m busy. It can be difficult to find the time to sit down and create new and innovative finishes. Kathy’s class was very informative, from learning the different product lines, to helping us build our businesses.” Melissa works with so many different products that her orders through Kathy change based on her client’s needs. Although, there is one that she regularly goes back to: MIXOL - Silver Effect. “It’s so intense and gives such a sparkle you can add it to just about anything and create a fabulous finish.”

Consistent with how versatile her orders are Melissa loves the variety of working on any type of surface. “I’ve been enjoying painting a lot of murals and really have fun with the kids’ murals. Lately, I’ve been doing decorative concrete. I like change. It’s refreshing to go back and mix it up, change the pace.”

With a brand new baby boy, Melissa’s clients wanted a design that would grow with him through the years. “They wanted something that wasn’t too childish. We had gone through the whole gamut. What we came up with was a realistic jungle theme for the two-story baby room complete with a domed ceiling. It was great to be able to do a mural on that scale.” Melissa managed to create an atmosphere of being immersed in the wild with vibrant color and intensity, perfect for developing minds and growing imaginations.

While picking out an accompanying bottle of wine for a delicious dinner, one can’t help but notice a scenic mural Melissa created for her clients that adds just the right amount of ambiance. “I was excited to do something new. I had not done this particular style of mural before.” A picturesque scene was made even more special with personal touches. The clients have a special phrase they always use, ‘respect the grape,’ so they had Melissa paint that along with their name on the wine bottle. “I’m happy with how it turned out and love the feel of it.” Now, each time they go to select a bottle of wine it’s as if they are looking out the window to their own personal vineyard.

What does the future hold for Melissa and Bella Muri Decorative Finishes? “I’m in the beginning stages with my growth right now and am looking to expand. I’ve recently gotten into decorative concrete. I love all the creative possibilities that can be accomplished with concrete from staining to unique overlays. I’m very excited to expand on that end of my business.” As Bella Muri Decorative Finishes continues to grow, Melissa plans on opening a small studio/showroom space in the Barrington area, showcasing all of the unique finishes available to her clients that can turn any surface into a work of art. Melissa’s motto is: “Artistic Finishes for Every Surface.”

To learn more about Melissa Loutos or Bella Muri Decorative Finishes please call 630.390.9930 or visit www.bellamuri.com





 

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