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Hi, I am Janna Makaeva, a professional decorative artist and stencil designer. I live and work in New Jersey with my husband, partner and the best friend Greg Swisher, who is also an artist, musician, decorative painter, inventor and a designer. My 25-year old son Alex is helping us with our stencil shop and really enjoys being a part of our "family business"!

We have been running our decorative painting company, Spec Fin Designs, for over 20 years and have lots of experience in faux finishing and stenciling. We painted, faux finished, plastered and stenciled in hundreds of upscale homes in the New York metropolitan area as well as other states around the country. We loved the challenges and creativity, and are proud to be working with leading New Jersey/New York interior designers.
(To see our online portfolio please visit www.specfindesigns.com)…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 10
  • Joined May 27, 2009

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paint, stencils, plaster, glaze, wood, copper, beads, threads, fabric, etc

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About

Hi, I am Janna Makaeva, a professional decorative artist and stencil designer. I live and work in New Jersey with my husband, partner and the best friend Greg Swisher, who is also an artist, musician, decorative painter, inventor and a designer. My 25-year old son Alex is helping us with our stencil shop and really enjoys being a part of our "family business"!

We have been running our decorative painting company, Spec Fin Designs, for over 20 years and have lots of experience in faux finishing and stenciling. We painted, faux finished, plastered and stenciled in hundreds of upscale homes in the New York metropolitan area as well as other states around the country. We loved the challenges and creativity, and are proud to be working with leading New Jersey/New York interior designers.
(To see our online portfolio please visit www.specfindesigns.com)

I've been drawing and painting for my whole life and then started designing stencils since 1996, mostly for textile applications. Since then I've dreamed of opening a stencil store one day. I have hundreds of original hand drawn designs that we used for years for our decorative painting business. Most of those and lots of new drawings I have made into wall stencils that are easy and fun to use for today's DIY-er.

I love crafts, handmade things, music, artistic expression and creativity in it's many forms. I love gardening and garden design. The garden and nature serves as a main inspiration for our stencil designs, with every season bringing new exciting floral shapes and colors, in it's endless variety. I have a large vegetable garden and a fruit orchard, and it is SO much fun! We harvest our own veggies, cook family meals together, make preserves, keep bees and koi, learn as we go, and love to make things with our own hands and decorate everything around us.

Both of us are passionate about Interior design. Our favorite style is Arts and Crafts, and I love the whole idea of incorporating nature inspired earthy elements into design and architecture. Our home was featured in Arts and Crafts Homes magazine and in New Jersey 201 Magazine. We created lots of beautiful faux finishes and used quite a few stencils to decorate our home.

Our stencils and our company have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Oprah magazine, DIY magazine, This Old House magazine, Design NJ Magazine, Rachel Ray TV show, Sabrina Soto HGTV show, Power Broker HGTV show, City Line TV in Canada and many other publications and places.

I hope you enjoy our stencil collection and will have lots of fun creating beautiful finishes for your home. I am sure that you'll find stenciling surprisingly easy and satisfying. It's really amazing what you can create so quickly and easily with just a stencil and some paint!

Please feel free to send your stencil design suggestions, comments, pictures - we love to hear from you! We are happy to answer all of your stenciling questions to make sure your stenciling project is a complete success.

Thanks,
and Happy stenciling!

Janna Makaeva and Greg Swisher
Cutting Edge Stencils

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