The girl behind the brush:
Hi! I’m Karoliina Vella the owner and founder of Vella Designs. I am a Finnish-American entrepreneur who loves everything DIY and making things stand out.
I have been painting homes and furniture pieces for over a decade, so I know how different types of paint react to different surfaces and types of materials and wood. Prep work is so important, and that’s the part a lot of painters don’t pay that much attention to – A lot of furniture painters swapped to chalk paint about 8-10 years ago, because “it’s a miracle paint and you can skip sanding”! Well – even though there is some truth to that, nothing lasts better than a well cleaned and prepped surface with the proper tools and paint used. I still use and love chalk paint, but it is not my “to go”- paint just to skip the prep work.
Growing up in Finland means I love Scandinavian and very minimalist designs. The artist and traveler in me loves bold colors and bohemian style. I think that’s what makes my job so fun – I get to combine different styles and show people you don’t have to stick with just one style.
I love to help my clients find a place for their unique pieces that have special meaning for them – maybe that means we will paint a piece of furniture that they got from their grandma but it is currently just sitting in their attic because it won’t reflect the current style and mood of the home.