Community School of Excellence - St. Paul - Logo

This hand painted 10 ft. by 12 ft. logo has been installed in the Community School of Excellence  gymnasium -  just in time to celebrate their open house today.  Over 100 hrs of painting, and 12 kiln firings. We celebrate their mission of intercultural understanding and respect. -Sheryl VanderPol, Untapped Resource Inc.

Untapped Resource wins 2017 Best OF HOUZZ's Customer Service

PRESS RELEASE Untapped Resource Inc. of Minneapolis MN

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Minneapolis MN, 2017 – Sheryl VanderPol of Untapped Resource, inc. has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 25-year old commissioned artwork firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Untapped Resource, Inc. has been a resource for custom artwork for over 25 years.  "Using your commercial ceramic or porcelain as the canvas, we  create hand-painted tiles and porcelain sinks, fired to a beautiful permanency, along with hand-painted wall murals ad TrompeL’oeil." “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Sheryl VanderPol,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.” Sheryl VanderPol - is your Untapped Resource for custom art. “I truly create with the energy of our motto, “Who you are, inspires me, to create for you!  So, if you can dream it, we can do it.” 

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About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo.

Free-flowing, Fresh and Feminine

This nursery is like a breath of fresh air!  Perfectly coordinated for the room, furniture, and bedding. Plus, we thought ahead for when she grows, moves into her big-girl bed, and made room for unique additions when she is ready to tell us what she loves.   IMG_2971

The nursery comes alive with this trendy - tree mural.   We plan for the perfect size, positioning, and color coordination.IMG_2836IMG_2792


Co-Creating at it's Best

I love working with creative thinkers!    As I always say-"Everyone is a true Artist...when you follow your passion."

For client Janet Deming, one who has always followed her passion through travel, dance, friends and family, this co-creation project was incredible. Having recently moved to this great A Mill Artist Loft, creating a unique backsplash was a challenging endeavor. She wanted to visually honor the places she loves spending time, her St. Anthony Main neighborhood, and her second love-New Orleans, so we took artistic license to illustrate a whimsical version of streets, buildings and scores of symbols and characters with special hidden meaning to Janet.  Even with the abundance of work in the detail, I loved the outcome.  The mono-chromatic coloring made the stainless appliances and cabinetry look wonderful. Janet speaks of her experience with this creative process..."Having worked with Sheryl before, I knew what was possible. So, even though I could not envision it, I explained my desires, and we began the process of co-creating.  The result was a fantastic piece of art, and one of my favorite conversation pieces among my other treasures."

ASID - Showcase Home 2016


This year's Showcase home highlighted the best of the best.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 19th Showcase Home is the Anselmo residence in Edina MN.  Untapped Resource's contribution was a hand painted floor in the entrance of this "Classic with a Twist".


The design was drawn on the newly sanded and stained floor, and then a deeper stain was handpainted and the entire floor was sealed.


Custom floors are only one phase of Sheryl VanderPol's custom work.  Call us with your inspiring ideas...if you can dream it, we can do it! 763-542-1116


ASID Designers: Jennifer Austin-McGrath  Fine House Interiors + Design, LLC             Angela Parker - Interior Places and Spaces LLC                                                                 Builder: Bill Worms of BayCliff Homes.

Vintage Videos...

Blast from the Past…

Sharing clips from Vintage Videos in the next few weeks. This is an old "Passport to Design" Show featuring my artwork.

Thanks to Janet Deming - home owner, JoJo Liebler - the host of Passport to Design, and my Peruvian guides - Michel and Jorge Delgado, who introduced me to the beauty of Machu Picchu.  -Remembering the fun of this creative decade, (and a younger me:)

Can't find it -?- Create it!!

If you can Dream it ... We can do it!

New addition to the family + beautiful new baby + New look for the nursery! Our creative new mama wanted a special design in a special color that brings a special look to brighten this special room!

Elephant Family Canvas - for the nursery
Elephant Family Canvas - for the nursery

Thanks for letting me co-create with you!

Your Untapped Resource - for custom artwork!

Contact me - - 763-542-1116

We can discuss your vision, the specifics of the room (walls, canvas, furniture), and your special colors to coordinate with - walls, bedding, accessories, favorite books or characters. Check other posts and photos for inspiration.

Italian Inspired Bath

For inspiration, we started with photos taken of homeowner's experiences in Italy

We hand painted and fired the desired design on their choice of commercial tile, then installed between mosaic borders.

Custom hand-painted and kiln fired mural on commercial ceramic tile.

The vessel sink was painted and fired to model the back-lit onyx stone counter.  A perfect example of "Art imitating Nature"

 "Art immitates Nature" vessel sink

The room came together perfectly with custom cabinetry, vessel sink, and mural in shower.

Custom cabinetry, vessel sink, and mural in shower.

Kohler vessel sink, hand painted and fired to beautiful permanency.