A Day in the Life in Pictures Saturday, Jan 5 2019 

Happy New Year everyone! Ok I know I am a little late but hey it’s still January! It has been a whirlwind the last half of this year with so much going on. Building has been booming so lots of new construction and remodels. But also lots of great new things like the High Point Market Insider’s Tour, Design Blogger’s Tour, the Tour of the Kravet Archives and Crypton tour of Duralee and Robert Allen in NYC. In between all of that it has been family, holidays, skiing vacation, new clients and prepping for this year! Are you exhausted yet!?!

But right before the holidays in a preparation for an article that will be coming out for the High Point Market Authority we had some fun doing a photo shoot with Theresa NeSmith Photography. We kinda broke down some of the design process and she got to see me in my element with some of my favorite things…..fabrics!

So check out some of these amazing pictures and stay tuned for lots of announcements that will be coming for 2019!

Drawn to Beauty and Jewels of the Imagination Sunday, Dec 16 2018 

I had one of the most amazing experiences this week. I was able to see the most spectacular collection of jewels ever! I am talking about the phenomenal exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. I was also able to preview the exhibit with the designer of the exhibit, the curators and executive staff of the museum.  Drawn to Beauty and Jewels of the Imagination are a  showcase of the art and works of Jean Schlumberger. Jean Schlumberger was born into a prominent textile family in Alsace France. Although he showed promise in his drawings at a young age his parents wanted him to be a banker and they sent him to Berlin to learn about banking. That did not work for him as it would not for most artists and he went to Paris to be an artist. Each and every piece that Schlumberger creates are a nod to nature and as he states he tries to make everything look as though it is growing, organic, natural. 

He starts each design with a sketch and painting. Here are some that they had on display to show how detailed he became with each piece.

This exhibit is the largest collection of Schlumberger’s work and is from both Tiffany’s archives and The Mellon Estate. Bunny Mellon was one of his biggest supporters and he created many of the pieces for her directly.

To see the flow of his amazing career and the range of his pieces was amazing. The letters that were shared during the creative process are so enchanting. 

As you turn from Drawn to Beauty into Jewels of the Imagination your breath is taken away by the amazing work that Rush Jenkins and his team did to put together the display. They used images from the Mellon estate and their gardens to create the feeling that you were there in the gardens yourself.

I am torn by how much to show you in pictures verse you experiencing it on your own as I feel this is an exhibit that everyone should go see. There are amazing pieces not only of jewelry but also table top decorations, the jewelry boxes that were used to give pieces as gifts have lapis tops. There are pieces that will take your breath away and ones that will make you smile from the whimsy. As a designer I had a hard time leaving as the natural elements that were used to display each piece were magnificent. Each display allowed the viewer to experience the open and the hidden elements. It was just as much about the finding of the elements and the impact that each section had on you as it was about the phenomenal artwork that Schlumberger created. 

 

Go see the best of Tiffany in these collections. Imagine what it would be to wear the most magnificent pieces of jewelry ever created and know that art is more than a painting or drawing. Art is the embodiment of all things beautiful and creating a space to truly display that beauty.

A Thanksgiving Surprise Saturday, Dec 1 2018 

Over the years I have found that there are some clients that we end up getting to know more than others. As we get to know them life happens and that sometimes means great things and sometimes difficult things. This year I met an amazing family that I had the pleasure of designing their new home. During that process they experienced news that no parent ever wants to hear. They learned that their son had brain cancer. And while I cannot imagine what they are experiencing nor can I share their journey you can check out the journey on their blog at http://www.calebthesuperhero.blog What I did get to do was give them the home of their dreams for when they are here in the Tampa area. So little to their knowledge we completed the house with all of the furnishings and everything they would need to move into their dream home! And by the way they have amazing parents to make this surprise happen. 

Here are some before and afters:

We also had the amazing experience to have the process of the final installation days filmed along with the surprise reveal. So to get the real details of how we pulled it all off check out this video.

I love being able to create the perfect space for my clients. Spaces that they can feel like it gives them a big hug every time they walk through the door. The layering of textures, designs and materials makes all the difference. I hope you enjoyed the reveal as much as I have!

Final Thoughts on Fall High Point Market Wednesday, Nov 21 2018 

I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving which, means it has been more than a month since High Point Market. So I thought I would give one final post on the direction that I see design trends going and why as a designer High Point Market is a must.

An area that is growing in the design industry is the dorm room/starter apartment/first home segment. This area previously was always stuck with pieces that had very few options and not a whole lot of design to the options. DHP is changing that. They have partnered with Cosmo to create a trendy line as well as the Novogratz for style. The result is fun functional furniture at an amazing price. Their pieces are made for small living and the sofas are all actually futons. I have used this line for staging and they have a really great look!

 

Universal Furniture came out with the Coastal Living Collection which really hits home being based out of Florida. The collect is well curated with combinations that we would actually use in a coastal design. I fell in love with the textures and finishing touches that they added to the line. Check out this video to learn more about it.

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Aidan Gray introduced the Antiques Diva collection. This is a fantastic partnership that is redefining the look of antiques. I am in love with the uses of fabrics and lucite in this collection! It is pure opulence!

Stickley reminded us how absolutely beautiful wood can be. Sometimes I think we are swayed by the flashy and newest trend and forget that really amazing well thought out quality pieces will always be in style and last forever. Each piece is finished like glass a technique that will always amaze.

Bernhardt, Littman Brands, Modern History and EJ Victor brought us maximalism. Check out the previous post to get all the details. But just remember really big hardware and over the top finishes. Here are some pictures to remind you what I think is going to be the biggest trend that we will see in the coming months and years.

From my last post you read all about the California influence on many designers and styles. Here are some images that we saw from those looks from Norwalk, Four Hands, Surya and Cisco Brothers.

Thibaut reminded us about color and mixing of patterns while partnering with Crypton to make all those amazing fabrics functional in your home! They are one of the absolute bests at mixing patterns and bold colors and creating a style that is always recognized as truly Thibaut. Brings me back to my New England roots every time!

And last but not least you have outdoor furniture which will always have to give a nod to Lloyd Flanders as the originator of so many amazing designs and techniques. I personally fell in love with their swings! Check out their website for all of their amazing pieces and tons of options. Not to mention their fantastic history!

So at the end of the day, my final take away from fall High Point Market is that it really is all about the end user and what is best for them. There are so many options available, there is amazing history and there is a vibrancy that can only be experienced in person. I am so inspired to get back to designing new spaces for my clients and I hope that everyone got a little glimpse into what drives the design process.

California Influence on High Point Market Monday, Nov 12 2018 

One of the influences that I saw throughout High Point Market this year was the California Boho influence. We have been seeing this feeling and design style seep into so many lines over the past years but a few companies really pulled it off fantastically.

First is Norwalk having partners with Kim Salmela with the soft colors, the Crypton fabrics and the layering of natural fibers.

There is a softness with this style that brings to mind the style call hygge by the Danish. It is about comfort and texture.

Surya brought the style to mind with their Urban Traditionalist look. They mixed textures, materials and warm wood tones.

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Some of my favorite pieces that Surya came out with for this look are their tapestries, newly updated rugs and pillows.

Four Hands has been bringing this curated look to market for awhile and continued to impress this market with additional pieces that updated the California influenced style. They mixed materials, leather, stone, sheepskin, wool and wood to create a deep and inviting feeling.

The look at Four Hands is a bit more on the modern side and flows with an urban styling. I want to place every piece in either a loft or contemporary beach house.

Cisco Brothers was a huge influence on this style as well. It was my first time seeing their pieces and I could not get enough! The amazing fabrics many of which were Crypton were textural and natural. The down cushions and sink into style said comfort and design all at the same time. Even better they are a green company so I know when using their beautiful pieces they are thinking about the environment and future generations.

So if you aren’t into the over the top look that was popular this market this might be a more appealing look. Think hygge, texture, materials, layering and the California breeze.

Wow, Wow, Wow – Maximalism and High Point Market! Friday, Oct 19 2018 

It was amazing whirlwind of fantastic showrooms, great people and designs to inspire! Maximalist style was all over market this fall. This style included deep rich colors, inlays of metal, bone, shell, and marble along with big over-sized hardware. This is a response to the many seasons of minimalism that we have been seeing.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Bernhardt, who did an amazing job of details and balance in each of their pieces.

The opulence that they were able to achieve is amazing. The Helios bed is radiating circles of Capiz that make it feel like a sunshine. The night stand is carved and wrapped in German silver! It truly is a “more is more” feeling and the detail says it all. Although the Orchid Chair that is pictured here is in their organic collection I find it also belongs in the maximalist style. It is cast metal with such detail and organic shape it just lends itself to the style. The Xandra entertainment credenza is just a true over the top delight. It is ribbons of German silver mixed with bone inlay, a true WOW!

EJ Victor brought the maximalism with the Bethan Gray line. These amazing pieces showcase such detail in the marquetry and metal overlays.

These pieces were inspired by travel and are made up of the highest craftsmanship. To create the marquetry Italian maple veneers are cut and dyed then inlaid while wet to create the pattern and design. They they overlay the metal, knock it back and brush finish it before applying the final protective coats on top.  Check out this video to see how these pieces are created.

The maximalist style was not only in furniture. Hudson Valley Lighting got into the game with the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection which featured detailed glass work and high contrast.

So if you are tired of the minimalist style and want something more there are some really great pieces that will soon be available. And these are just three of the fantastic companies that we saw at High Point Market. Check back and subscribe to see more from Furniture Fashion Week!

Let’s Talk Color! Thursday, Sep 6 2018 

So often recently we hear all about neutrals. And yes I love neutrals but they have a place, a whole home should not be neutrals from top to bottom. You can go with pops of color or go bold with some large pieces in color.

The right amount of color mixed with neutrals gives the space a huge impact. It’s not something to be afraid of. Go for color in a large piece then bring some of that color into pillows and rugs.

Add flowers for pops of color. Flowers remind us of the outdoors and make people smile. They also are a great place for you to change the feel of the space. Flowers can follows the seasons to change your home’s style as the seasons change.

Add color to rugs for a base for your design.

Give your fireplace some love. Pillows are great for additions of color.

Don’t forget artwork for you pops of color. Forget the traditional and go for a wow!

Go out there and add some color to your home!

New Introductions I love Thursday, Aug 16 2018 

As many of you know I shop High Point Market but that does not mean that there aren’t other markets that happen in other cities and states. What that also means is that there are new releases to product lines at times of the year other than October and April. While High Point is still the major release time for most furniture and accessory lines we love to see these in between introductions. So here are some of my favorite things that have recently been added to some of my vendors.

I am in love with these pieces as they can work in so many different styles. I love adding a touch of contemporary to a traditional home or adding just the right traditional piece into a contemporary home. Adding some contemporary touches to the traditional home keeps the design from feeling stale and out of touch. And when a touch of traditional is added to the contemporary style it adds a warmth that can be easily missing when everything is too modern.

Don’t forget to mix materials, textures and colors to create a beautiful living design. These pieces can flow and be your accent pieces or they can be the starting point for a great design. Each design should always be about the end user and it is our job to guide our clients with great design that is functional and current.

Seaside Crafts Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 

We have been on vacation this week which for us during the summer means fishing, shelling and water fun. And with that it means lots of shells that are beautiful but what do you do with them? Easy answer get a great bowl or container and display your finds.

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This can be great and pretty. And if you are all about coastal design this is perfect. But what if you want to do something a little more? How about a shadow box?

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I love these as they don’t have to be perfect and you can french mount them, put them on a console or hang them on the wall. They are perfect for all of the small shells you pick up, or in our case the ones the youngest kids pick up.

This time on vacation we got a bunch of conch shells so these are not good options for them. So here are some thoughts of what we will be doing with our conch shells.

I don’t get to do a lot of crafting because I am always working on clients projects, but I am so excited to take some time and create so pretty pieces. And the best part is that they will remind us of our fantastic vacation!

All About the Hex Friday, Jul 6 2018 

I have been working on designing custom homes like crazy recently and I have found that I am in love with one specific shape, the hexagon. There are so many ways to incorporate the shape into design that it would amaze you. You can find it in everything from tile to lighting, fabrics, furniture and wallpaper. It can be traditional or contemporary all depends on how you use it. So I thought I would show you all some of the amazing hex shaped pieces that you may see in some of our upcoming designs.

Are you falling in love with the hexagon as well? Don’t be afraid of it, use the unique shape to bring a special touch to your space.

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