Wednesday, August 6, 2008


The lovely and talented Sunny Goode

Porch floor by Sunny

Where were you born?
Atlanta, Georgia

What was your least favorite subject in school?

When do you remember first showing an interest/affinity for art and painting?
My art class in 3rd grade, we really had freedom to create rather than be told what to do…it was my favorite part of school. I also have been very visual my whole life- photographic memory of color has helped me a lot with clients and projects.

Are you married?
Yes, to Read, 15 years. Very fun, supportive, and creative too.

Any children? Yes, Presley (girl) 11 years-Whit (boy) 9 years and Beck (boy) 6 years, they are great and make life fun and funny.

How long have you lived in your current home and what is your favorite thing about it?
We have been here 5 years, and what I like most is how it feels… very comfortable, happy and colorful. There is not one room I would freak out if 10 kids were hanging out in it…I also love our neighborhood- it feels like the 1950’s .

Foyer of Katie Ukrop's home

What's is your greatest challenge?
To educate the world how to achieve GOOD decorative painting …once you have experienced the bad stuff it is hard to get the visual out of your mind!

What do you love most about having your own business?
Really the humor! I have seen a lot of really funny situations…
Seriously, I love creating and sharing ideas. I also love customers who have gained confidence by picking a project out and doing it, and feeling successful! That makes me happy.

Living room and foyer of Katie Ukrop's home before the furniture was moved in and Domino photographed it.

What/who would be your dream commission/client?
Free creative reign, for a customer who shares my enthusiasm for pretty things.
Preferably somewhere tropical with great architectural bones…

If you could only shop at 1 place, where would it be?
Right now it would be Trina Turk- I love her fabrics!

A beautiful large-scale stencil in Sunny's Richmond, Va store

Your favorite color?

Anything Fusion -I love when chefs mix and match cultural tastes - it is always so surprising to me what can be done!

I really like a lot of different music…no rap or heavy metal though… that drives me crazy!

Your dream travel destination?
Lake Como Italy with my family for a summer

This is the second part of my feature on Sunny Goode and her decorative painting company Sunny's Goodtime Paints. Sunny is an amazingly talented decorative painter based in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been featured in several decor magazines, including Traditional Home and, most recently, Domino. She loves color and pattern and is a pro at combining them to perfection. She has a store in Richmond, as well as online, where her uniquely tasteful stencil designs and gorgeous array of color washes are available for sale. I want to thank her for allowing us to get to know her a little better and see some more samples of her beautiul work. There is so much more to see on her website; tutorials, a gallery of her work and a selection of her products. Thanks, Sunny!


SimplyGrove said...

I loved this interview! thanks Anne

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J.Covington said...

Great interview...thanks. Wow, what a beautiful job the floors. the geometric was stunning...I recently tried something like this on a 200+ year old pine floor (I know, totally sinful & i'll burn - lol) but the client wanted it and it came out great. But hats off, Sunny, love your work!

FancyPants-design said...

Wow. Her work is absolutely amazing!! Looks so tedious!! Great interview :)

annechovie said...

Hello Kirsten, Alex and Fancy Pants!Thanks for your comments! Sunny is amazing. Alex, your floor project sounds great. Have a great Wednesday!

Kevin said...

Beautiful work.

annechovie said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Kevin!

cotedetexas said...

Thanks for introducing her to me ! I'm getting ready to paint my wood floors this fall (hopefully) and she's offered to help me with the procedure!!! She's a doll.
thanks - great interview.


annechovie said...

Oh, Joni, that's so cool! Can't wait to see what your painted floors will look like. Thanks and very happy to introduce you to Sunny - she's great!

The Devine Life said...

I love painted floors. I have done them in both my store and our garden bagatelle. It can be a fast fun project (as long someone else does the prep).

annechovie said...

Hello Michael!
Thanks for stopping by - your home and store are gorgeous. I admire your style!

katiedid said...

What a talent! Thanks for the introduction. I love her work!

annechovie said...

My pleasure, Katie! She is a super nice person as well being super talented!

TonicHome said...

I saw the article in Domino and thought it was so interesting, so was delighted to see your interview here. What a talented lady! Wonder how long one of these rooms takes her to complete? She has some really creative designs.

annechovie said...

Hi Wendy,
Thanks for your comment! Hope you are well. Yes, I am sure these jobs are very time-consuming for Sunny, she IS very talented for sure!!

Ana said...

Wow...great post. I'm in love with those green floors! Fantastic!

annechovie said...

Thanks, Ana! Yes, I am crazy about those green floors also - aren't they fantastic?

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