Amy Fitzgeorge Balfour – Decorative Paint Work
The first in our exciting new series on the talented crafts people we work with, is a close personal friend of Studio 73, Amy Balfour.
Amy is known in the industry for her exquisite decorative painting and her stunning Instagram account. Inspired by the Bloomsbury group Amy applies decorative paint work to a range of interior accessories, furniture and directly to walls. Here at Studio 73 we particularly love using her mirrors and lamp bases to add beautiful colours and patterns as the finishing touches to a room.
Tell us about you education and how you got to where you are today?
I studied illustration at University and then went to London to pursue my passion for interior design. There I worked for three years at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler before leaving to have a baby. Whilst I was on maternity leave, I missed being creative and started painting and selling painted boxes. The business grew from there really and I now paint mirrors, lamps, furniture, door frames and decorative walls.
What inspires you?
A huge portion of my inspiration comes from the Bloomsbury Group. I grew up near their home Charleston in Sussex and I fell in love with their magical, hand painted interiors. I love their relaxed, imperfect style, their use of colour and their talent for cramming so much creativity successfully into one space. I also have a passion for antique textiles and folk art. The patterns and colours found in these have heavily influenced my work.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a collaboration with Wicklewood selling painted mirrors and I am also painting furniture and mirrors for Kit Kemp’s hotels.
I am also hoping to start running more painting workshops after a successful practice run earlier this year. I love teaching people and sharing my passion for painting. I enjoy encouraging people to find their own style and not being too precious but instead having confidence and creating something completely unique to them.
You have your own house project at the moment I believe?
Yes! We are about to start a big house renovation project in Fletching, East Sussex. The house is the oldest in the village and a grade II listed Wealden Hall House. It is very dilapidated inside and needs all new plumbing, electrics and plasterwork. We are very excited to start once planning permission has been granted. I am looking forward to incorporating my decorative painting throughout the house and have exciting plans to paint door frames, fireplaces and walls.
What is your Design philosophy?
I don’t like to use rulers or masking tape to create straight lines in my work. I like the softness of hand painting and the character this gives. I like to use strong colours but will always mix colours tonally to add depth. I think it is better to have a go, make a mistake and correct it than not start at all!