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What’s New at French Heritage

At the last Highpoint Furniture Market, Joann and I were fortunate to receive an inside perspective on the small company offering BIG customization – French Heritage. I was so enamored by the Cordoba Parquetry Table at Highpoint, I immediately ordered one for my new house!  Now the factory has created a customized bench for me to match it so that I can have a mix of seating options at my table. 

The table has a stone inlay in a quatrefoil shape on the top and a  “W” trestle base. Yup – this was a must have for me.

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I thought I’d ask Gary Edge, VP of Sales and Marketing, what the company has been up to since we spoke at market.

Gary mentioned  that “the design business continues to strengthen. We are especially pleased with the fact that designers are using us even more for custom projects….. The fact that we are a heritage company that is small enough to provide the services of a 21st Century Atelier has increased our sales and partner base since the last Market.  There is no denying that the general buzz out there, as we all deal with a business that has seen significant changes in the last few years, is customization. We are seeing this not only in custom sizing or finishes, but also in the mix of styles.”

So I had to ask….what customized products have other designers been requesting??

The Payson Farm Table in a white wash finish (that will look so good!)


The Passy Wing Eastern Bed has been ordered not only with the gold leaf finish, but also upholstered in metallic gold leather. WOW!


The Bercy Library System which was introduced at Market has been a hit. It is free standing but has all the presence and quality of custom millwork. (Special side note: French Heritage takes full responsibility for the installation!)  One order came in recently for this system to be customized in limed oak with white lacquer (I would LOVE that).


The Chenonceau Bookcase has been ordered with interior lighting and the shelves in glass. I really believe that customization is what separates the good designers from the great designers.


I’m excited to hear that French Heritage is doing so well and working hand in hand with the design trade to create truly beautiful one of a kind pieces.

Look for photos of my gorgeous dining room in a few months!


July 15, 2015   No Comments

Portman White Party!

Last night we attended the Portman White Party at the AmericasMart. What a blast honoring our designer friends – Kerry Howard, Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulos and Brian Patrick Flynn! The party was set among the Portman White Vignette Gallery in celebration of AmericasMart’s Chairman and Founder, famed architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr.. Named in honor of the chairman’s signature Sherwin-Williams paint color, the gallery is a showcase for seven top designers, featuring products found throughout AmericasMart


Our good friend Kerry Howard knocked it out of the park as usual with his space inspired by the Alhambra, a palace and fortress located in Granada, Spain. (P.S. Those gorgeous apples are from Pottery Pots in Bldg. 2).



The love continues for our friend Michel Boyd who’s breath taking vignette was inspired by Bergdorf’s windows and Dior runway shows.



Niki Papadopoulos always impresses me. Her vignette was in honor of Mr. Portman whose architectural work has inspired her since the 1980’s. (P.S. Those gorgeous leather Bertha chairs are from NOIR and the gold Molecule table is from Worlds Away).


Brian Patrick Flynn used a backdrop of Portman White to celebrate a spectrum of intense colors.


And that’s an (all white) wrap!!  Thanks to our colleagues and friends for continuing to inspire us and to AmericasMart for being such a valuable resource.


NOTE: John C. Portman Jr.’s signature paint color, SW-PW240 (a hue often employed in his vast body of work), is available by request at all Sherwin-Williams stores.

July 11, 2015   1 Comment

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Lisa Mende announced that she had been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award (SOWBA) by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room a few days ago.  Lisa then tagged me and Kelly along with 8 other bloggers as her list of 10 nominees.

Sisterhood of the world bloggers

Thank you Lisa for nominating me!  Here is the list of questions Lisa asked me to answer!

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1.   If you could have any job besides the one you have right now, what would it be?  An interior design daytime talk show host – I would love to give viewers the real version of interior design (not the HGTV, so called “reality” version).  I would also interview designers from all over the country as well as so many I’ve come to call friends through industry events.

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2. If you had one day completely alone how would you fill your time? I would stay home all day in my favorite pajamas, read every shelter magazine I could get my hands on and eat Costco trail mix and drink iced green tea!




3.   What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? My first trip to Italy.  I went to Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome and Sicily with my Mom who was born and raised there.  I did not want to leave!


4. What is one vacation spot on your bucket list? More of Italy – including Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast.

5. What is your favorite little luxury? A manicure and pedicure

6. What is your favorite summertime drink? A Mojto


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7. If you could pick any designer, living or dead, to decorate your house, who would it be? Parker Kennedy Living – we have the same aesthetic and love of color. 


8. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? Love and relationships above all is where you find true happiness.

9. What is your favorite family tradition? Friday Spa Night Something I created with my granddaughter since she was 4 years old.  She is almost 6.


10.  What is your most prized possession besides your family? My engagement ring.  It is a 2-1/2 carat marquis cut diamond.  I am celebrating 30 years of marriage this year and have the most dedicated, loving and amazing husband.

Drew:Joann Kandrac

Thank you Lisa for nominating me.  I now nominate….

Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence Blog

Pamela Copeman Interior Design

Vicki Bolick of  The Ace of Space Blog

Kerrie Kelly – Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Erika Ward Interiors

Megan Pesce – MK Design

Chenault Van Winkle- Chenault James Interiors

Lisa Gabrielson Design

Tam Stone 

Liz Carroll Interiors

The questions I would like you ladies to answer are: (I borrowed)

1.  What is your favorite paint color?

2.  What is your favorite movie?

3.  What are some of the challenges you face in your work?

4.  If you weren’t an interior designer, what would be your dream job?

5.  If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

6.  Who have been your greatest mentors?

7.  What is your favorite design project?

8. How do you spoil yourself?

9.  What is the best gift you ever received?

10.  What are 3 things you can’t live without (besides God, family and friends)?



June 29, 2015   3 Comments

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2015

If you missed the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival at ADAC last weekend, have no fear – here’s the scoop!

Saturday’s event, called Rathbun’s Watch List was a sold out event! Created by Chefs Kent Rathbun (from Texas) and his brother Kevin Rathbun (from Georgia), Rathbuns’ Watch List was created to introduce food and beverage lovers to Southern chefs and beverage professionals who are making their mark on the Southern culinary industry. Through a partnership with ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center), the Rathbun brothers expanded the event to also showcase Southern design professionals who designed the spaces for each chef and mixologist.

This is where we come in!! We were honored to be approached by the ADAC team to be one of 10 designers creating beautiful 10’x10′ vignettes that we would share with our chef or mixologist partner.

Our space was in the very front of the event. Oh boy the pressure!  I think we stepped up to the plate pretty darn well:)

The inspiration for our space was this Anna French hot pink flocked wallpaper by Thibaut.


In our event space, we were paired with mixologists Eric Bennett from Carrigan’s Public House in AL and Gui Jaroschy from The Broken Shaker in Miami, FL.  instead of a chef. Some matches are made in heaven as they say…

(P.S.  The incredible original art of the iconic King and Queen buildings in downtown Atlanta set off by hot pink fireworks was painted specifically for this event by our friend and artist Jay Scott.)


I mean don’t you usually have rosebuds in your cocktails?


Besides our Thibaut wallpaper and our Jay Scott original art, we were blessed to have another talented friend, Greg Fleming, create this orchid arrangement for us.


Every designer participating in this event, was asked to use sources available at ADAC to furnish their spaces. We owe a HUGE thanks to the following showrooms:

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Thanks to Amanda Hall, Communications Manager at ADAC and Kevin Rathbun for a great event!!


The food, drinks, designs and the music were a grand success!

I’m still thinking about the most perfect scallop on the planet……


Until our next adventure,



Photo courtesy of Ben Evans for Atlanta Magazine

June 5, 2015   No Comments

Kitchen Trends 2015

What are the latest kitchen trends this year?  By the very nature of remodeling and construction, trends don’t change as quickly as fashion or furniture.  The products are built to last a generation or more, yet every year, new products come into the marketplace.

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Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. photo credit Emily Followill

Kelly and I were recently invited to speak about design trends at The Cutting Edge 2015  a remodeling education expo in Atlanta sponsored by NARI (the National Association for the Remodeling Industry).  We were honored to be there and happy to share our research along with the NKBA’s (The National Kitchen and Bath Association) Trends for 2015.



1,  Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.

2.  European-styled cabinets.

3.  Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.

4.  The rise of steam ovens.

5.  Furniture-look pieces.

6.  Outdoor kitchens.

7.  Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables.

8.  TVs and docking stations.

9. Wine refrigerators.

10. Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets.

In terms of color schemes, whites and grays are by far the largest kitchen color being specified, along with beige, bone, black and blues.  What is showing as a large decline is bronze/terracottas, reds and browns.


Traditional kitchen by Tyrone Kitchen and Bath Designers Turan Designs, Inc.

Cabinet finishes growing in 2015 are a painted color, white painted and dark, natural stain.  Declining is distressed, light natural stain and stained and glazed.


Woodmode Pet Parlor

A huge trend for 2015 is storage.  Trash/recycling pullouts, rollout drawers, spice pullouts and storage for dog bowls/food within the cabinets.

Declining are appliance garages and wine racks (not refrigeration).

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Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. – photo credit Emily Followill

 Cosentino Eco Series Polar Cap Quartz.

Countertops – growing by a large margin is quartz.  We are also still seeing marble, granite, wood, butcher block, and solid surface.

Although, many are still using it, granite is declining in 2015, along with laminate and solid surface.

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Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc. – photo credit Emily Followill

Backsplash being specified and growing is glass, ceramic or porcelain tile and natural stone.  Declining is painted wall board and laminate.

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Hartman Baldwin Design/Build – photo credit Meghan-Bob Photography

Appliances growing in 2015 are microwave drawers, convection ovens, induction cooktops and steam ovens.  Declining are free standing microwaves.




Refrigerators being specified are french door refrigerators, built-in cabinet depth refrigerators and freezer-bottom refrigerators.  Declining are freezer-top refrigerators and side by side refrigerator/freezers.


Blanco Quatrus R15 Stainless Steel Sink

Sinks – stainless steel is by far the most popular kitchen sink.  Growing in 2015 is granite composite and declining is porcelain enamel and solid surface.


Brizo Venuto Smart Touch 

Pullout faucets continue to dominate the market, while touch-activated faucets and water-saving faucets are showing an increase.  Declining is the standard faucet.

Polished chrome and satin nickel are the most popular faucet finishes with stainless steel showing an increase.  Declining in 2015 is bronze/oil rubbed bronze and polished brass.

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Lighting – LEDs far and away lead in kitchen lighting.  Incandescent and halogen are distant second and third place choices.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association conducted an online survey of all of its designer members late in 2014. A total of 420 designer members responded.

Respondents were asked to report results for the full calendar year 2014 and also to report on which styles and products were increasing in popularity, decreasing in popularity or showing no change in their markets.

I found the research extremely helpful and not too surprising of what we are seeing here in Atlanta.  It’s  a big decision to make when investing in a large project such s a kitchen renovation.  You want to make smart decisions without overspending and keeping resale in mind, but also want to invest in quality products and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and  functional kitchen.

Feel free to contact us for any of your design and remodel needs!



May 26, 2015   No Comments