What a difference
a faux makes
WHEN ADRIENNE VAN DOOREN, a
Costco member in Alexandria, Virginia, went
to check out a model home a few years ago,
she noticed some extraordinary faux painting
throughout the house. But when she asked
the designer who had done the work, the
woman wouldn’t tell.
“It made me angry because I’m a faux
painter, and it didn’t seem fair that she would
not give the artist any credit,” explains van
Dooren, who decided the only way to liberate
faux artists was to showcase them. She also
wanted to prove that, for only a little money,
the average person could use faux techniques
(such as crackling and aging or sponging After
paint) to transform a home.
With the goal of creating a how-to book, Faux art
van Dooren purchased a dilapidated three- techniques
bedroom 1940s colonial in a modest Arlington, transformed this
Virginia, neighborhood in the fall of 2005. including the
Then she asked 100 of her favorite faux artists floor, fireplace
from across the country to create a masterpiece. and mantle, into
“If you know what you are doing, you can a work of art.
spend a fraction of what you would on an Before
expensive wood floor or granite countertop
and get the same effect with paint, plaster and some from house tours, book sales and other fund-raisers
useful tools,” van Dooren says. has been donated to Habitat for Humanity so far. A
Visual trickery? Perhaps, but consider the revised edition of her book about the project, The
results: Artist Tania Seabock transformed the House That Faux Built: Transform Your Home with
cement floor of the house’s side porch so it now Paint, Plasters and Creativity (East Cambridge
looks like inlaid marble and walnut. Press), will hit bookstores in April. For more infor-
The project has been successful. About $45,000 mation, see
www.fauxhouse.com. —Hope Katz Gibbs
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ALL SHE WANTED
was a caramel apple.
But because Brenda
Waterman was among
the more than 70 percent of U.S. teenagers
who wear braces, it
was a serious no-no.
undaunted and poured caramel
syrup on thinly sliced apples. Her
mom, Pam, a parenting and education author and cooking enthusiast, was impressed—and inspired.
In January 2006 the two
published The Braces Cookbook:
Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love, available at
featuring 50 comfort-food recipes
for tender teeth.
“We tried to make the book
appealing to adults as well as
teens, even for those without
braces,” says Pam, who’s partial to
the Marvelous Molasses Cookies.
To date, the book has sold
500 copies and won the Good
Parenting Award from Parental
Wisdom, a Web-based parenting
Armed with a list of forbidden
foods from the orthodontist, the
Watermans spent a year testing
everything from Crustless Quiche
to Rice Krispies Treats (their only
failure) to Beef Jerky on friends,
the school drama club and family—
including Janice Robinson, Pam’s
mom and Brenda’s grandma, a
braces wearer at age 68.
Also included in the cookbook
are resources, tips (including ideas
for packing lunches and fixing
quick meals) and orthodontic
“I love cooking and eating,
and now I appreciate my mom
more,” says Brenda, now 13 and
a Fudgy Cocoa Bites lover, of
Feedback has been so positive
that the Gilbert, Arizona, Costco
members plan a second cookbook
with additional trivia and recipes
solicited from celebrities who
wore braces.—Shana McNally