Margo Carr moved from Massachusetts to San Diego CA in 1980 where she apprenticed as a Yacht re-finisher, restoring & decorating multimillion dollar yachts for two years before going out on her own.

In 1992 Margo and her husband Jim moved to Amador County, she obtained her license as a painting contractor and launched her business as ‘A Lady Painter’. Margo’s focus has always been on helping the client make the right choices to obtain the look they want.

In 1996 she attended her first class in decorative cabinet and furniture finishes, at Faux Masters in Yorba Linda CA. She returned to them again the following year to study Lusterstone wall finishes. She joined the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL) in 1996 and attended her first IDAL convention in San Francisco in 2007.

Margo has attended classes at Surfaces Fine Finishes in Kansas for further wall designs, studied wood graining and marbling with Mike MacNeil in Calgary, Canada. She also studied with Shauna Gallagher and was a member of the Studio Club at Artistic Living Studio in Sacramento.

Margo lead ‘Painting Basics & Faux Finishing’ clinics at the Jackson True Value store from 2002 to 2007.

Margo was voted Best House painter by the readers of the Ledger Dispatch in 2007 with an honorable mention in 2008.

Margo's main focus now is color and design consultations for decorative finishes.

Other than residential clients she has done decorative work for:

  • “Strings” restaurant in Jackson, CA
  • “Nine Gables B&B” in Shenandoah Valley in Amador County
  • “The Foxes B&B” in Sutter Creek, CA
  • Color Consulted for ‘The Antique Gardner” in Sutter Creek, CA
  • Painted the mural at the entrance to the “Antique Emporium” in Jackson, CA
  • Refinished furnishings for the new “Amador Tourist Council” office in Martell, CA
  • Repainted the interior of “Valley View Interiors” in Sutter Creek, CA



For Consultation

Please Call Margo at


Visit Us !


A Lady Painter - Color & Design Consultation for Painted Finishes


© 2018 - A Lady Painter - Color & Design Consultations Website redesigned & maintained by FishCharmer.com Web Design