Victory with Vintage!

There is a way to preserve your vintage bathroom - even when you need to update the room and plumbing fixtures! Matching and re-creating vintage tiles that are no longer available is our specialty. We are your “Untapped Resource” for this unique, artistic color match. Call 763.542.1116 for more info. We even maintained the integrity of the existing  prestigious - “Batch Elder tiles”. Below are photos of some of the projects:

Personalized "Play Haven" We co-created with this proud grandma!

The lower level of this beautiful home on Summit Ave. was begging to be utilized, and what better way than an open play area for the grandchildren! The walls and fireplace area were not safe and needed repair, so we created a wonderful play wall, complete with chalk board and new shelving. Here are a few before and after photos-

Then it was time for creative FUN! Each of the grandchildren were asked to make a list of the things they love, and I painted the walls with their names surrounded by all the great things that make them smile. We even included the family dog - Orca, and a playhouse under the stairway! Additional things can be added as they grow, and we even left room for a new grandchild expected at the end of this year! What a wonderful open area to play and create!!

Loved this "Lemons to Lemonade" Story

Stephany Eaton’s July Newsletter featured our collaboration with a commercial tile project. I repainted an inferior tile to, now only perfectly coordinate with the company’s bold brand, but create a more durable product. The project was award winning! Check out Stephany’s video, website and newsletter - PureAlchemy Design | 612.386.5154 |
— Sheryl VanderPol, Untapped Resource
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The SeaChange Employee Lounge

In every story worth telling there is some challenge encountered and successfully conquered. With that, it's fair to say that most complex design projects have their fair share of stories and this is one colorful example. 

The SeaChange Employee Lounge was intended to be an industrially durable space that would still emote the company's bold brand. To keep the flooring durable, yet interesting, the space design included the installation of tile "rugs". A beautiful wood grain embossed tile was selected and ordered from Italy to create the inset statment. 

Our challenge came when the installer began to pull the long-awaited tile from the shipping box noticed that the finish of the tile (commercial graded floor tile) scratched off easily...our story's LEMONS!  

Just how did we make Lemonade from this scenario? 

With the help of a cooperative vendor we were credited for the purchase of the tile and as return shipping costs were prohibitive, could kept the tile. Fortuitously we connected with Artisan Sheryl VanderPol who skillfully hand-fired the tile to our brand specifications with a beautiful and durable finish. Ultimately, the result was an even better match to the company's brand and the floor has a great story to share. 

Check out  Sheryl' VanderPol's website to see more of her work.

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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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."