Sunday, April 6, 2008

Who's that lady on the scaffolding?

If you saw Leah Strmiska at Northwest Hills Pharmacy working the register and helping customers, you'd never guess what she does in her off time. This petite, sweet woman climbs on ladders and scaffolding to paint murals, borders, and faux finishes on businesses and homes.

Her work can be seen in the entrance to the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, numerous homes on the homes tour, and, most recently, in the Symphony Showhouse Master Bedroom and Master Bath. She painted the beautiful faux finish in the bedroom and the vines on the ceiling; in the bath she used a gold leaf with amber wash..... and much of the time the work was done in near darkness.

With no electricity and many dark, rainy days, these fabulous free-hand works of art came to life with Leah's experienced hand rather than being able to see her work progress!

On a another note .....

Am I the only one who didn't know that the HEB/Central Market at 360 & Bee Caves had opened? I've been watching that spot for ages. Hurrah! An HEB/Central Market in Westlake.

It's an HEB but with a lot of things borrowed from Central Market, which means you can watch your sushi being rolled, but you can also find a full selection of toilet paper. There's a Cafe on the Run, fish market, deli, nice wine selection, and cooking demos. You can even find Rachal Ray serveware and the famous garbage bowl.

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