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Peachy The Magazine – Our Plum Picks!

We were honored to be selected by Blair Farris, founder of Peachy The Magazine, to curate items for the Color Wheel feature in the October/November 2014 Issue.

This monthly online magazine features topics on lifestyle, interior design, fashion, art, gardens, architecture, health and food.


I met Blair at The Southern C Summit in Charleston this past May while sipping drinks at High Wire Distilling Company .  Blair is a Charlotte, North Carolina based landscape designer for both commercial and residential properties.  Check out her website HERE!

Her passion for all things beautiful was inherited from her Grandmother for who the magazine is named.  I have to be honest in saying that I wasn’t sure I would be a fan of an online magazine, but clearly this one is so user friendly and very easy to read.   I love how it makes the page turning sounds  :) Click Peachy The Magazine to read the October/November issue.  Also included in the Color Wheel Feature are Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living on “Noble Navy” and Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design on “Enchanting Emerald”.


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Many people are intimidated by this purple hue but don’t let the color scare you, look at these beautiful rooms:





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Stay tuned for the installation of this room we recently designed using a subtle purple…

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Have a great weekend!


October 17, 2014   3 Comments

Jeffrey Alan Marks for Kravet

When Joann and I were at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center last week for Discover ADAC, another highlight of our time there was hearing the designer Jeffrey Alan Marks (you might know him as one of the designers on Bravo’s hit show Million Dollar Decorators) speak about his new fabric line, JAM Approved, for Kravet.

Not only is JAM extremely easy on the eyes, I love that he is laid back and humble despite being one of the top designers in the U.S.  (Side note: He runs his design firm with just 6 people and insists that the office close at 4pm every day so that he and his staff can enjoy their California lifestyle and take time to surf, paddle board, hike, etc.)


Any designer that markets his/her fabrics with their yellow lab is a friend of mine. Crack me up that his dog crosses his feet like my Macy does.

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I will admit that when we receive a new designer licensed collection from a fabric company I rarely love ALL the fabrics in the collection.  I can honestly say that every single pattern in JAM’s first collection for Kravet is one that I would put in a client’s home. They are fantastic.

His collection is inspired by his life growing up in California and the fondness for the water and being outdoors that comes with that life.

One of my favorite patterns is Waterpolo inspired by a water polo net laid out in the pool (JAM played the sport in college).

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Another of my favorites is an embroidered linen called Over Under Slate.

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Jeffrey said that many of his clients don’t like birds (huh??) so he created Branches with an elusion of birds (aka leaves) because he loves birds despite his clients tastes.

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This pattern called Cilia in the Cyan color is a heavier weave suitable for upholstery inspired by water bubbles.

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Cords in color grass is SO pretty in person. It is another embroidered linen that I will most definitely be using for window panels in a project soon.

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Here are more of JAM’s new fabrics on his surfboards and on his Converse sneakers. Gotta love it.

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If you’d like to see more of JAM’s collection for Kravet, click HERE. If you’d like to order any fabrics from this new collection, just give us a shout at info@kandrac-kole.com.


October 12, 2014   No Comments

Kandrac-Kole on HGTV

How did we end up on HGTV?   We were approached by Departure Films out of New York City last year to work on the interior design for a pilot production of an HGTV show being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.  Of course Kelly and I were up for the challenge and anxious to do something out of our comfort zone.


The show called “Move in or Cash Out” features a full kitchen renovation and complete home makeover.   It follows a young couple as they find a dated and undervalued home and, with the help of the hosts, brothers Michael and Charles Holmes, transform it into the home of their dreams. After completing the renovation, the couple must decide if they’d like to move into their newly renovated home or sell it and use the profit to move up the property ladder. 

We first started by replacing all the flooring on the main and lower floor with a gorgeous driftwood laminate from Lumber Liquidators and painting the walls Sherwin Williams SW7022 – Alpaca.

Check out the before and afters!

THE FAMILY ROOM:  Adding sheet rock to the paneling, a bright paint color, some light furniture and some pops of color totally gave this room a current look.

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THE LIVING ROOM:  This room needed some serious TLC.  Notice the dated parquet wood flooring  and the massive ceiling with no interest. Some beautiful bright furnishings and a new ceiling really gave this room the look it needed!

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THE KITCHEN:  This was an extensive renovation and, in my opinion, provided the biggest bang for the buck.  You hear it time and again that a kitchen renovation yields the best return on your investment.  In this particular case, there was no doubt.    Here are a few of the highlights:

1.  Updated cabinets to the ceiling

2.  Canned lighting

3.   Stainless steel appliances

4.  Hanging pendants over the sink

5.  Glass subway tile backsplash

6. Stainless range hood

6.  Brizo faucet

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To see the rest of the home and find out if the couple moves in or cashes out, you will have to watch or TIVO the show being aired on HGTV Saturday 10/11/14 at 2pm.

Needless to say it takes a village to make these transformations so we could not do this without the help of so many.  In no particular order, we would like to thank the following:

Departure Films - for giving us the opportunity to participate in this project

Charles and Michael Holmes of List-4-Less Realty for doing a stellar job as hosts!

Andrew Grein for being a great production manager and teaching us the “ropes”

Jonathon Pawlowksi,  production assistant, for doing the “grunt” work with a smile on his face

Caren Danneman of Danneman Designs, LLC  for the kitchen layout design

Stephen Weatherby of Weatherby Renovations and his team for doing an exceptional job on the renovations

Design Logistics for the receipt and delivery of all furniture and accessories

Ballard Designs for providing many of the furnishings and artwork

Floor and Decor for the glass tile backsplash

Granite from Global Granite

Lamps Plus for overhead fixtures, floor lamp and kitchen pendants

Lumber Liquidators for the flooring on the main and lower levels

ProSource of Marietta for the upstairs bath flooring

Insidesign for the handsome leather wing chairs in the living room

Stuart Lawrence for the living room decorative pillows

Chris Ray of Hangman Installations and Bruce Marko for the drapery installation, assembly of items and picture hanging

Sue Cruickshank of SJC Window Designs for custom draperies

Our loyal helpers, Amy Dempsey and Lauren Colson

Joan Borawski for her original art paintings in the family room

Teresa and Steve Penley for the original artwork in the living room, dining room and master bath

Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess for the unique and elegant orange candelabra

Brizo for the dazzling kitchen faucet

To say this was a truly fascinating experience would be an understatement.  We learned a lot about an industry we knew very little about and met some great people.  In the end, after viewing the show and not knowing how it would eventually turn out, we are pretty proud of the outcome.

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We hope you take the time to watch it this weekend or tape if for future viewing.  I think you’ll really like it!


October 9, 2014   10 Comments

Barry Dixon on Blending East & West in Design

Joann and I spent the last two days at  ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) for a portion of 2014 Discover ADAC’s week of keynote presentations by some of today’s top design experts. We made a point of attending Barry Dixon’s keynote yesterday called “The Mix: blending the history of Eastern & Western aesthetics into all-American design..”

We saw Barry speak last year at Design Camp Atlanta and all I can say is he is a wordsmith like none other. I wish I could have made a list of the vocabulary words he used during that one hour so that I could incorporate them into my vernacular.

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Both times we’ve heard Barry speak, I walk away with a heightened sense that inspiration is all around us. It’s a matter of slowing down long enough to open up all of our senses and notice these inspirations. (Ok, it also helps to travel the world as Barry has).

Barry made the point over and over that mixing influences from all over the globe – particularly Eastern and Western - is what makes his designs so special.

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Whether you are a designer, a writer, a chef or just somebody who wants to be inspired by beauty, listening to somebody like Barry Dixon is a lesson in what to look for.

When Barry was in Instanbul, Turkey he went to the market and fell in love with all the little shoes. They inspired his color line for C2 Paint as well as some of the hues and textures for is fabric line for Fabricut/Vervain.


On his farm in Virginia, he is inspired by the textures and colors of the eggs produced by his five different breeds of hens.


The texture and color of his puppy’s fur has inspired him.


Barry’s drafting table in his office becomes a collection of items that inspired his new fabric line for Fabricut/Vervain – bird eggs from his farm, a page from a children’s book he loved in his youth, a brass gift from an old friend …..


Dahlias cut from his garden provided endless inspiration for his collection for C2 Paint.


It’s amazing to witness colors and items from nature and travel transpire into the beginnings of a new fabric line….

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or a new paint line…..


I love the “no rules” approach that Barry Dixon has to design. If it’s beautiful, you love it and it has a travelled story, incorporate it into your living spaces no matter what. To me, that’s what  makes a house a home.

What inspires you?

Do you take TIME to be inspired? Fall is a beautiful season of colors, textures, shapes and smells that might just change the way you think about things ……


October 8, 2014   No Comments

Serenbe Designer Showhouse

Joann and I took advantage of a lovely fall day last Sunday and visited Serenbe for the last day of the Designer Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. What a treat it was!

If you live in Atlanta and haven’t visited Serenbe, put it on your calendar! Serenbe is pioneering a new community model that is connected to nature. It is a purposeful community where people live, work, learn and play in celebration of life’s beauty.  The gorgeous homes, restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, culinary workshops and festivals, music events, films, lectures, farmers market and more are set among acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails.

I have visited Serenbe many times including a family reunion three years ago. You can read about my visits HERE and HERE.

It was so refreshing to go to a show house and see designers that aren’t in all the usual Atlanta show houses. Each designer in this house did an incredible job. BRAVO!

Here are some of my personal highlights:

The footbridge to the home set the tone:


The living room designed by Melanie Millner was fantastic. I’m always taking note of furniture placement in a room. This space is jam packed with seating opportunities but never felt crowded.

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There were several outdoor areas as one should expect at a Serenbe home! This space was designed by Hope Vanzant.


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The Master Bedroom, designed by Yvonne McFadden was very tailored and sophisticated. I’m dying over the bedside lamps.

Note: bedside tables do NOT need to match. In this room, there was a desk on the left side. Perfect.

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The master bath was serene.

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The back hall designed by James Wheeler was expertly designed especially given the tight space. How great is that bench?


The foyer was designed by our good friend Kerry Howard. It was one of my favorite spaces in the house.  This was not an easy space to make spectacular but Kerry made it a show stopper.


The guest retreat designed by Karen Ferguson was another favorite. The grass cloth wallpaper enveloped the room and made it elegant and cozy. I loved the raw edges on the linen pillow cases. Notice how the upholstered headboard extends behind the bedside tables. Very cool.



The terrace level family room designed by Melanie Davis was a perfect reflection of the vibe of this home – urban, organic, stately and so handsome!

(This light fixture is to die for in my opinion.)

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I have to admit that my favorite room in the house is the artists retreat by Niki Papadopoulos. You might look at it and think it’s way too busy but when you were in the space it was very homey and perfectly done.

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I love the gallery with it’s eclectic mix of portraits and abstracts.

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The artwork throughout the house was fabulous.

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Afterwards, Joann and I strolled thru the little town of Serenbe and had a snack at the Blue Eyed Daisy.  We walked around to a back courtyard and found this!

Remember I wrote a blog on this concept of “Before I Die I Want To….”?? Anyway….

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Joann and I wrote down our goals. Mine was “to visit Thailand”.  Joann’s was “to make a difference”.

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It was the perfect end to a really fun, fall day.


P.S.  All photos taken on my new iPhone 6 Plus.  Gotta love it.

October 1, 2014   No Comments