Australian House and Garden – October 2014 Issue

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Australian House and Garden – October 2014 Issue

Its not just the Master Painters Association awarding us plaudits, we were also featured in the October 2014 issue of “Better Homes and Gardens”.

That same article has also been put online on “Better Homes and Gardens” companion website as a compendium of stories on Australia’s best Tradies.

If you want to read what they had to say, here is an excerpt below;


South Australian master painter and paint effects specialist Jonathan Luby,62, admits he’s something of a perfectionist, often walking through a client’s home several times at various times of the day and under different light conditions before settling on the perfect colour scheme.  But his meticulous attention to detail has its rewards, having earned him a slew of Master Painters’ awards during his 40 career for his exquisite interior  and exterior painting.  His most recent is the 2013 Master Painter’s  Association of South Australia Award of Excellence for his update of the paint scheme in an Edwardian property in North Adelaide.

“I love  the transformative power of paint and the way it can bring a home to life,” he says. “Getting it right can be a time-consuming process that involves trial and error, but I never tire of seeing the look on a client’s face when they see the end result.”

Jonathan began his career in his native London in 1974, where he honed his skills in interior and exterior painting, restoration work and decorative finishes. This was followed by several years spent travelling the globe and stints in Los Angeles and Sydney before he settled in Adelaide in 1993 to set up his painting and decorative business.  “Travelling the world and seeing different architecture and cultures has been the best inspiration, “ he says “It has taught me that often it’s the most unusual and unexpected schemes that work the best, which has encouraged me to push the boundaries with colour.”

His interpretive skills are ones that he’s needed to call on more than once. “Often the client can’t pinpoint the look they’re after as it’s not something they’ve seen in the pages of a magazine- it might be a feeling they want to recreate or something they’ve  seen on their travels. It’s my job to decipher their wishes and bring their dreams to life.”

The most challenging part of the job, he says, is when a client can’t make up their mind. “They’ll sometimes wake up in the middle of the night having thought up a whole new colour scheme. When that happens, my advice is always to stick with their first idea, as it’s generally the right one”.