Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Market Recap

We survived another market (barely). We had a blast of course and got some work done, but had some major highlights.... For example, we ran into Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar. Yep, of course, we love their styling, but Eddie is an editor at one of our favorite mags - Better Homes and Gardens. They were delightful and a we were totally star struck. Ok, so now onto our clients...
We shopped until we dropped and found some amazing pieces. This rug was installed yesterday in a client's living room -- stay tuned.
 These beauties came home with us - gorgeous vintage lucite barstools -- any takers? They are for sale.
 We loved our visit to the CR Laine showroom. It was inspiring... tons of color, fun fabrics and great new pieces. 
 Modern History was another great stop. Who needs this coffee table? (me). 
We went to Mr. Brown to be lured in their shuttle over to their warehouse. We were in heaven. The warehouse was chocked full of killer finds... did I mention we filled up a trailer?
 It was a great trip... now it's time to recover. Stay tuned for more of the fab finds that made it home. We can't wait to show you where they end up! 

bye bye birdie...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To Market, To Market

It's that time of year again! This weekend, we are headed to the High Point Furniture Market and we can't wait! All week, I have been slammed with emails from vendors with "sneak peeks" of their new wares. We are planning where we want to stop and shop because there is so much to see! Here are just a few on our list... 
One of my favorite stops is CR Laine. This market, they are launching a new line by fellow Southern Living Designer Network member, Tobi Fairley and I can hardly wait to see it. I love her work and can't wait to see her beautiful designs come to life!
 Thibaut always has a beautiful showroom with lots of new introductions like this new collection called Imperial Dragon. Everyone needs a little dragon somewhere!
 Thibaut is always so bright, I love this neutral vignette with birdsofa feather wallpaper.
The Arteriors showroom is filled with eye candy and it never disappoints. This year, they are launching an art deco line. 
Stay tuned, we can't wait to show you what we find!
bye bye birdie...

photo credit via CRLaine, Thibaut and Arteriors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fab Farmhouse Reveal

I recently finished working on the living room and sunroom in a client's new fab farmhouse. I mixed old and new to give it that feeling that it could have been here for years. Check it out! 
 They have two young kids, so the slip covers were a must on the custom sofas -- oh, and just to be safe, it's a Sunbrella fabric. 

 The slipcovers in the living room are a little more tailored. I love the detailing of the tape on this custom sofa. 
 Fun accessories jazz up the great tabby fireplace and this cozy spot is flanked by a modern wingback. This piece was created for the clients, but it feels like it could have been a family heirloom. It reminds me of a chair my grandmother has and I love the lines of it...  Paired with a modern geometric fabric, it really makes a statement. 
 The jumping off point for the room was the Oriental rug that boasts some of my favorite hues. The rug's color palette adds a vibrant twist to a traditional style with pops of navy, hot pink turquoise and coral. 
 To stay within budget, we opted for a bone table from Pier 1. It adds texture and clean lines without breaking the bank! 
Hope you like it! 
bye bye birdie...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Next Stop on the Tour: My Living Room

I think you get to a place where you know what you like and if you pick good pieces along the way, new fabrics or simply rearranging can mix things up and give you a new look. People ask me all the time if I am constantly redecorating my own house. The truth is, I really don't. I have had the same chairs and sofa for the last several years and just recently recovered my club chairs. I love my Oriental rug because it has so many colors and it holds up to everything. It has made it through three kids, spilled wine (kids drive you to drink) and a three year old that wanted to paint her nails. 
 Mixing in patterns in unexpected places are always a fun way to ad texture. This upholstered table with railheads serves as the perfect console for keepsakes, art and lighting. 
 These chairs were our first dining chairs (14 years ago). I love the lines of them and recently had them recovered in a cream linen I added a band of fabric for interest right down the center.
 Fresh flowers are a must whenever you can...
 Our living room gets so much light and I love the airy feeling. In rooms with vaulted or high ceilings, it can be challenging to make it feel cozy. 

I love the use of a lucite table in a space because everything you add to it pops. 
My book collection is growing and gives me a daily dose of inspiration. 
In other news... 
It's Spring Break! We are headed to Bald Head with the family for the week and I can't wait! After a bad cold and tons of work and, I'm excited to relax, unwind and recharge. I'll see you when I get back!
bye bye birdie..

photos via: BJB Photography

Monday, March 23, 2015

My House Tour... Dining Room

My house evolves. I wouldn't really say it is a big work in progress because I really have settled into what I love. My living spaces, dining room and kitchen have remained the same for the last few years as far as fabrics and color/pattern, but I am always changing it up a little. 

When Spring approaches, I ditch some of the heavier throws for light weight ones, switch dark pillows out for linen and a lighter look and shift my art work around for a fresh palette. 
I clean the windows, fill my vases with evidence of Spring and brighten things up. 

After a long, cold winter. I am ready! We all are. 
Recently, Bonnie-Jeanne Berg of BJB Photography, took some beautiful photos of my home and I wanted to take you on a house tour (at least of the rooms that are clean). You saw my bedroom last week --- check out my dining room! 
Oh, and Bonnie-Jeanne, it's even prettier in pictures. Thank you!
 My chairs are Oscar de la Renta for Century and I have had them for almost ten years. I love them just as much today as I did when I bought them. Invest in pieces you love because they will stand the test of time. I have some scattered around my house for when we need to add the leaves to the table and host a larger group.  
 Mix in the affordable every chance you get. Can you spot it? The sunburst is Martha Stewart for Home Depot. Yes, I said, Home Depot. It was $30. Go. get. one.
 Ann convinced me to hang my very first Christmas gift from Read in our dining room. It is an original oil of Banks Channel. I love the pops of color against the muted wallpaper and now has become a new focal point where we can enjoy the view. 

Remember, I had a piece of glass cut to fit my grandparent's dining table to bounce light around the room and protect the surface of my favorite heirloom. 
 Never forget the ceiling. It's the 5th wall and painted in a pale hue of pink, peach, blue or even a metallic, it adds another dimension.
 I found this tureen at a junk shop in Southport. It never made it to the shop and showcases my favorite animal print.
My Mimi gave me a beautiful antique chest as a wedding gift. For the last 14 years, it was in my bedroom. Recently, I relocated it to my entry and it makes me smile and think of her every time I walk in the front door. I love how it adds warmth, storage and a drop zone for my keys and sunglasses. Don't be afraid to add big pieces to small spaces or a large rug. While they may be a tight fit, they can visually expand a space. 

Happy Monday, and stay tuned for more of my house tour compliments of BJB Photography. 
bye bye birdie....
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