To us, nothing is more satisfying than stepping back to review our day's work - be it a painted finish emulating marble, or a gold leaf installation - and feeling the sense of pride that accompanies one's best work.

We are a group of highly-skilled artisans, led by Darren Franks, who are schooled in the traditional techniques and methodologies in the field of the decorative arts.

Although local work is frequent, diverse and rewarding, we go where the work is, which sometimes includes overseas.  In addition to a multitude of local residential and commercial projects in varying sizes, DF&A recently completed an extensive series of painted finishes, glazes and gilding throughout a 50,000 square foot private residence in Westlake Village, California, and a combed Venetian plaster finish in a contemporary townhouse in Tribeca, NYC.



We have recently completed collaborating with KELLY WEARSTLER on a line of artwork, presently on sale at BERGDORF GOODMAN and at Kelly's Flagship LA store, and are in the finish development stage for projects in Dubai, Austin, and New York City.  Additionally, our bespoke artwork is for sale at HARRODS.



Straight paint, interior and exterior;

Decorative painted finishes -- from glazes, strié, faux bois (false wood), and faux marble, to furniture and cabinet finishes, including lacquer and wood staining;

Lime plaster finishes --  All of the classic, timeless techniques, in addition to our own uniquely contemporary expressions in Venetian plaster, as well as French Stuc Pierre;

Artwork -- Commission an individual piece or series of artwork to be created exclusively for you in our studio.

Gilding -- Gold, silver and composite leaf for all surfaces including for furniture and sculptures.

Murals -- A broad range of techniques and styles, from traditional and landscape, to Pompeian frescos, grotesques, trompe-l'oeil, and contemporary.

Paper hanging.