Wednesday, March 25, 2015

American Clay Over Concrete on a Thermal Mass Home


Featured Project of February (article taken from American Clay's Blog)

A Stunning Transformation Using Lomalina American Clay!

A thermal mass concrete home was given a beautiful transformation with the use of Lomalina.








Selina Hoit from Creative Juices Decor gives us insight into this healthy home.
Tell us a little about the project and clients?
This was a beautiful home of a retired couple nestled away on 20 acres up in the country.  They built their home out of concrete and only used building materials that were natural, non-toxic and green.  Their goal was to create a thermal mass home made without any questionable materials.  The decision to use American Clay fit right into that plan.  

Who were the applicators and dealers?
The application was done by my company, Old World Walls.  You can see more photos of the American Clay projects I have done by visiting www.creativejuicesdecor.com. Most of my product was purchased through the American Clay company and GTS Drywall in Rathrum, Idaho.
Why was American Clay chosen?
My clients did an insane amount of research before they chose American Clay for their home. Absolutely NOTHING was going to be put in their home that didn’t live up to their highest standard of clean living.   Once they met with me and discussed it more, they were confident in the choice they had made.  


What were the steps to applying American Clay over concrete and what tips would you give?
We had a few trials, the biggest one being we had to keep the integrity of an all natural green product and take in consideration the breathability of the concrete.  The bonder base coat that was first recommended to apply the clay over the concrete was a USG bonder.  This was not an option for my client as they wanted to keep the breathability of the concrete at it’s full potential and they also didn’t want to add anything that wasn’t green or questionable. The best advice I have for others that want to keep the product as natural as possible would be to double up their binder.  We used Plaster Plus in our clay along with Sanded Primer as a base coat over the concrete.  Of course, this was after each wall was washed with a water/vinegar mix to be sure it was free of any dust or oil that would be left from the concrete forms.  If you are able to power wash your concrete walls before a lot of construction starts that is a very safe way to go about providing a better “grip” or “tooth” to the concrete. Don’t forget to fill in any divits or holes that come from the nature of poured form concrete.  If the power wash had been done first, we might have gotten away with just the plaster plus in the clay.  You can always do a large test area on any given wall (you must do the TWO coats of clay!) to see how your choice of bonder is holding up against the concrete or any substrate.  When doing a large job, my motto is better safe than sorry, so if you could do all three of my recommendations – go for it!  



How do the clients feel about the overall project?
They were thrilled with the American Clay.  They knew that what they put into their home was safe and it gave life to the home they were retiring in.  It’s been a year since I did this home and I haven’t received any phone calls regarding touch ups.  Happily there has been no issues with the clay over the concrete. 


See More of Selina's American Clay Projects at Creative Juices Decor



Feel free to contact Selina for your next American Clay project.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

American Clay Bathroom Benefits

This bathroom was so inspiring!  Adding American Clay to the walls was just icing on the cake.  My client chose the American Clay product, Porcelina.

"Porcelina is often compared to the Venetian plasters of Italy.  It is truly closest to quality of "porcelain" ceramics for which it was named.  Satin smooth, easily blended for marble-like surfaces, Porcelina casts a spell of beauty…with an edge of contemporary, crisp lustre.which is the smoothest of all the clay products and closest to the look of Venetian plaster".  (from A.C. website)

For those that are thinking about doing American Clay in their bathroom GOOD CHOICE! The clay has so many amazing benefits like the fact that it naturally absorbs water vapor and it is mold resistant.

Click on the link below on how water/steam is absorbed into the clay instead of running down your walls!  You'll be blown away.  The American Clay Humidity Demonstration.

The color was one of my favorites: Amber Grain. 



Pardon the dust!  We did this home right in the middle of all the construction process, in fact we did this entire home in American Clay - top to bottom including the garage! The home overlooked Lake Coeurd'alene in Idaho.  I just LOVE this natural stone vessel sink paired up with a deep mahogany wood along with the depth of the textured, all natural clay walls. 

The value of putting American Clay in your home is non disputable.  I hope this post is what you needed to be inspired!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Step by Step - Pictures of a Dramatic American Clay Wall

American Clay is a wonderful way to add value and character to your home.  This post is a simple DIY American Clay Tutorial.



I am an interior designer by degree and an American Clay applicator.  I absolutely can't say enough wonderful things about this product.  


This project I'm showing you wasn't my typical clay wall.   This wall's purposes was to be used as a photography backdrop instead of having to put up canvases in this professional photographers family room.  I had to view this project as more of an art piece than "just doing a wall"  



Believe it or not the hardest part for me is the "getting ready" part.  Mixing up all the clay (80 lb bag of clay!) and getting all the pigments right with the binder is always time consuming.  This project consisted of 3 colors - Bryce Canyon, Palomino Valley, and Acacia.  This was the first time I used American Clay's newer product Enjarre and Up and EZ binder.  Enjarre is their only one coat system and for those on a tighter budget it makes doing clay on the walls a doable option. 

Here are the before shots! 



Get ready to see the transformation from country STENCILS to Tuscan BEAUTY!!!

I troweled on a rotation of Bryce Canyon and Palomino Valley to give added depth and texture to the wall.



I'm sorry, isn't this clay is the most mouth watering, luxurious thing you have ever seen?  Makes me want to eat it! (which by the way you CAN, this stuff is so natural.)

Enjarre one coat mixed pigments of Bryce Canyon, Palomino Valley, and Acacia.




After I covered the walls in the 2 darker tones (which was tricky since the clay color wet isn't the clay color dry, so it is kind of like you are painting blind!) I skip troweled on the Acacia color in spontaneous areas.  Once the lighter color dried for a while I used a clean plastic trowel to blend it into the darker colors.


Here is the wall finished with the first coat and still wet.  (Remember the clay always dries a LOT lighter.)


Here are the AFTER shots! It is so textured and rich!  Can you also see this is a powder room, or a wall in your kitchen?  Give me a call and I'd be happy to do it!

Previously they had to hang canvas as a backdrop on their plain wall.  (isn't it loverly.) (-:


And now the AFTER shot. Isn't that wedding picture they took GORGEOUS!

Time for a fresh new look!

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What are your thoughts? :-)

   Do you like the rich deep terra cotta color or do you prefer lighter more subtle colors? 

Feel free to Contact me for any information regarding the clay or other design questions. 



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

American Clay in Tuscan Style Northwest Home


I feel so blessed that people recognized my hard work and I once again won an American Clay Competition.

Here is the article:

Project Contest American  Clay Winner!

The winner is….Selina Hoit of OldWorldWalls (Creative Juices Decor)


"The project contest has come to close and the winner is Selina Hoit, an American Clay applicator of OldWorldWalls.

We were very excited and thrilled to see such beautiful projects being done throughout the World posted on our Facebook page. American Clay would not only like to congratulate the winner of the project contest, but all of you who participated and showcased your stunning works of art."


The Winner: Selina Hoit, Old World Walls, Idaho




The powder room. This powder room was done by Selina Hoit of OldWorldWalls. Selina Hoit talks about the project below:


“This was a very fun project in Idaho. The homeowner had seen American Clay at a home show and immediately knew it was the product she wanted for her entire 4,000 square foot home on the lake.
We covered every square inch of her home, even the garage and mechanical room. She just couldn’t get enough of it! Almost the entire home was a custom mix of equal parts Acacia and Nantucket sand. Her powder room, the one showcased, was the only room done in a richer pigment, Amber Grain. She wanted a look closer to Venetian plaster so she chose the Porcelina clay, which we compressed to achieve a beautiful satin finish.

Before I completed this project, the texture and look of Loma was my favorite, but now that I have had a chance to do an entire home in Porcelina I think I am a convert. I can’t tell you how AMAZING her house feels with every inch covered in a buttery smooth yet full-of-depth texture. I feel fortunate to have found American Clay and every job I do is an exciting one.”







Here is a photo of the grand prize winning wall I did previously.  The winner was chosen by a board of professionals in the Albuquerque area.



You can see even more of Selina's American Clay projects by clicking over to her other blog.


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