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“Everyone deserves to have a home they love!”

Hi, I’m Stacey Van Gundy!  I’m a professional decorative artist, wife of 35 years, mom and grandma!   As we look back on our journey, we realize just how young we were when we had our last child at the age of 26. It’s unbelievable how we were babies having babies! But amidst the challenges of raising four little ones, I discovered my passion for creativity and painting. It’s incredible how life takes unexpected turns, and I never would have imagined being where I am today. Back then, as a stay-at-home mom, I found solace in decorating our home and experimenting with new finishes. I vividly remember researching and meticulously painting our cabinets on our pin!g pong table, or even transforming the concrete floor in my laundry room with a bespoke stencil. Watching DIY shows religiously, the mantra “You Can Do It” became ingrained in my mind. Living on a tight budget with four children, I learned the art of turning ordinary spaces into abodes we could be proud of, using exquisite furniture and unique wall finishes. It was during one of my first decorative painting courses that I left my husband with our four kiddos for the first time. When I returned, he had gained a newfound appreciation for all I did. Armed with newfound knowledge, I embarked on one of the largest decorative painting projects of my career.

Looking back, I fondly remember accompanying my grandma to auctions, where we would search for the finest pieces of furniture. Witnessing her transform these once-ordinary objects into magnificent works of art taught me the importance of how a piece “felt.” If I had to describe my design style in one phrase, it would be “Rustic Glam.” I adore the opulence of a classic, shiny furniture piece adorned with a glistening gold chandelier. And yet, I find pleasure in juxtaposing these luxurious elements with rustic touches, such as an old door or wooden beam, to keep everything grounded and classic.

Today, I am overjoyed and grateful for the journey my business has taken me on. As the owner of a successful decorative painting company, I have had the privilege of collaborating with talented designers and builders across Iowa. It brings me immense joy to create breathtaking finishes for my amazing clients, allowing them to finally love and cherish their spaces. Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure of transforming my most exquisite finishes into workshops, sharing the love and skills with other passionate artists. Furthermore, I have recently launched the Certified Decorative Artist Training Course, equipping aspiring creatives with the essential steps to embark on their own artistic journey. It’s about finding the perfect balance between pursuing your passion, making a living, and still cherishing precious moments with your family.

Thank you for joining me on this incredible adventure!