celeste korthase studio

THANK YOU for taking a moment to check out the blog entries and looking over photos of our work.
We work primarily in southern California, but would be open and willing to travel to work on your project.
We are happy to look at any jobsite within 50 miles of 90041 at no charge.
phone/text 323 707 3815
handpainted furniture
stained concrete
decorative wall finishes
venetian plaster
site specific art
artistic interiors

Sunday, May 31, 2009

can twitter save Michigan?

It sounds like a preposterous claim or even question...but i have an odd idea. my heart has broken to see the giant companies in my home state collapse under the weight of the econami. Regardless of what you thinkof the cause, fault, or reasons' one must agree it's a complicated issue and many people are suffering and collapsing under the weight of forclousure, and joblessness in Michigan.
I say for a moment, lay blame aside and consider the solution and not the problem.
Michigan is beautiful.
Michigan is a photographers paradise.
Michigan has more freshwater coastline than any other state.
Michigan has breathtaking farm and country roads that will take you back in time.
Michigan has festivals and county fairs 4-H and ffa kids showing their work

I believe that if the good people from michigan begin to twitter about the virtues of their hometown.
 interesting landmarks,
 hometown restaurants, 
little inns,
 special fishing spots,
 boating opportunities, 
great sailing spots, 
beautiful roads, 
country settings, 
farm markets,
 fruit seasons, 
local history,
 and special quirky details
and what if michigan residents and former residents homesick for that special view or quirky restaurant started twittering AND sending killer fabulous twitpic s out AND making Michigan a trending topic on twitter
well what if???
I love my home state and the wonderful people. I think there could be a groundswell of enthusiasm.
what if
you could influence someone to travel around Michigan rather than a sterile regimented theme park ... what if you could influence someone to explore and have their own unique experience...in your hometown.
i'm inviting people to my hometown montague michigan home of the world's largest weather vane. it's on Lake Michigan and White lake and it's the most amazing hometown in America
what if...
Michigan residents gave it a try and attract tourists in record numbers. it could create more jobs and maybe some different outcomes in the lives of people.
mostly there is nothing to lose.
If you are from michigan,  and are on twitter... i urge you to give it a try.

Monday, May 11, 2009


these are some paintings i want to sell. big flashy colorful abstracts. great for a restaurant that needs a flash of color from the street.
250 each or all 5 for $1000.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

bracca at the beach

bracca got in some deep water and got a little scared but she made it
don't you love that face

bracca went to huntington beach today. her very first time. we were turned on to a dog beach and it was at the south end of bolsa chica beach just north of the huntington pier.
off leash just a perfect day

Saturday, May 2, 2009

does guerilla marketing work???

I have been working for the past 9 months to reestablish and update my interior designer, architect, developer, and contractor files. I've been reestablishing contact by email, mail and phone. my goal is to get a considered response with regard to the possibliity of us being a useful resource for them
2 for rent
When i'm out on a job or driving around i always have flyers or post cards to leave in a storefront, restaurant , actually any for retail space for rent. i see these as opportunity. these are the places where a new business will go in.
 when i see work actually going on i take my portfillio books inside as if I have an appointment already and see if i can speak with the job supervisor. sometimes the owner or designer are on site. they are always interested.
and linked in. I send out messages that relate to my business and leave my web address often. in twitter always change the message
i write this blog. I invent types of restaurants, new concepts, ideas...even what you can do with 400 empty circuit cities.
6 ask for referrals.
 if you have good customers go in and leave some card with them, say you've always gotten calls from their customers and wanted to make sure they had some cards so it would be convenient. get the name of the person you gave the cards to. just to thank them.

I've been doing this aggressively persistantly and consistantly for 6 months and the phone has started to ring.