Sweet Slumber

Last month we dined with my client Lady E in her moody dining room.  Now we shall visit a more private space in her newly rejuvenated abode, the BEDROOM.  She had a fairly new bedroom suite that she wanted to keep. … Continue reading

My Foreign Lover

Oh Asia….. Me Love You Long Time!!

I have to admit something.  I am addicted to Chinese furnishings. It is my absolute favorite design genre.  The foo dogs, golden screens, delicate textiles and papers, and dynasty tables send chills down my spine.  I don’t exactly know what draws me to this style but I feel it brings such a warm spirit that contemporary pieces can’t always achieve.  The older and slightly distressed the better.  As I always say, every room needs a natural or cultural presence with a hint of history.  However, an overdose of Asian influence leans heavily on poor sanitation grade Chinese takeout more than it does chic.  So just mix this in with your regular style and you will have gotten it just right.

The best places to uncover these finds are not always the shiny storefronts but more often the back alley second-hand palaces.  Although more authentic and unique items can fetch values higher than your Sallie Mae student loan, anyone can find their own piece of the orient after a fun search.

Dynasty Art: Paul Feiton Design

Peep the chairs: La Dolce Vita

Foo dogs & malachite: Shelter Interior Design

Blossoming paper: Marcus Design

Pagoda detail: Splendid Sass

Lacquered Chest: House Beautiful

I die for Blue & White ceramics: Grant Gibson

Everybody loves Chinese Garden Stools: Pinterest

Moody Chinoiserrie paper: Elle Decor

Moody Chinoiserie paper: Elle Decor

#WhatIsaw at High Point Market

I just marked off one of my longest running bucket list items…. attending High Point Furniture Market.  In brief conversation with a good family friend/ designer extraordinaire that was planning to attend the fall market, I blurted out “OMG I have always wanted to go!”  To my surprise she invited me to tag along as a design enthusiest/ maven-in-training.

I have been to High Point many times on random shopping trips and it always had a kinda sleepy drabness to the place, but it surely livens up for market.  The streets buzzed with cars and buses, while busy buyers, dealers and designers scurried the sidewalks and showroom corridors in search of the next big thing.  We walked for miles visiting showrooms where I witnessed the most amazing colors, fabrics, designs and trends that you know I couldn’t wait to share.

Killer Lighting & Dramatic Groupings

October 2013 076

October 2013 080

Archaic yet new

October 2013 049

Chicly drink bubbly under these droplets

October 2013 068

Sexy Shagreen Finishes

October 2013 074

October 2013 069

Peep the metal and shagreen console

Bold Accessories

October 2013 075

October 2013 058

Everybody wave at the Malachite

October 2013 079

You know I love gold and bronze, it weighs on me

October 2013 081

Animated Woods

October 2013 077

October 2013 082

Perfect stacked wood for the library stacks

October 2013 061

This is just a taste of the many things I saw, loved, hated and was dazed by.  It was a great introduction and experience I look forward to returning to explore some more.  I guess the old adage really does hold some weight “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  And it paid off big time.