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

#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

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Archaic yet new

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Chicly drink bubbly under these droplets

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Sexy Shagreen Finishes

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Peep the metal and shagreen console

Bold Accessories

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Everybody wave at the Malachite

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

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Animated Woods

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Perfect stacked wood for the library stacks

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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.

2013 Forecast: Bold and Beautiful Hues

Wow that’s some life: The Atlantic

Remember the complicated storylines, big hair and bling, debonair beaus and steamy love scenes of the soap operas of old?  Oh how exciting the drama and lushness of these imaginary eventful lives appeared.  Just as “The Bold and the Beautiful” used to put our grandmothers into a trance, bold color is popping up over all design channels.

Walls, upholstered pieces and accessories are proudly displaying their peacock feathers in vibrant shades of yellow, green and pumped up cool colors.  The days of “All Neutral Everything” are over. However these shining stars shine brightest when they are given the leading role and not made to compete with too many other divas.  They perform best in an ensemble cast including rich woods, stark whites, glossy blacks or natural textures.  Allow these bold shades to do all the work, while more subdued colors paint the backdrop warm and easy.

This year, pick out the drama queen shade of your cinematic dreams and have a little design battle….Dynasty style.

Golden Delight

Envious Greens

Crazy, Sexy, Cool