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Design Camp Las Vegas Giveaway!

Design Camp Las Vegas Giveaway!

We are thrilled to be offering a free ticket to Design Camp Las Vegas being held from July 29-31, 2014

What is Design Camp? – Think great seminars, incredibly talented designers, and tons of inspiration packed into two days of camp led by the amazing design camp founders:

Kelli Ellis & Lori Dennis



We have been HUGE fans of the Design Camp series since we attended the Atlanta camp in February 2013.


From left to right:  Joann Kandrac, Kelli Ellis, Linda Holt, Debbie Simmon Basnett, Lisa Mende, Kelly Kole, Liz Carroll, Lori Dennis and Tam Stone.

What could be better than a two-day camp in Las Vegas filled with trend alerts, tips on getting published, social media sessions, business practices, and SO much more, all while schmoozing with some of our industries best!


This camp will have speakers from across the country including the famous Roger Thomas from Wynn Design and Development, designer of the Wynn and the Encore Las Vegas.

Christopher Kennedy, nationally published interior designer and furniture designer.

Susanna Salk, who helped launch Elle Décor magazine and has authored several books.  I am particularly fond of  ”Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Confidence and Clues By The World’s Leading Designers”.   Susanna also appears regularly on NBC’s Today Show.

Brand strategist and social media maven Phil Pallen will be sharing the same tips he gives to his famous clientele.


AND Sheilah MacSporran, founder of Olioboard to name just a few!

Check out the schedule and line up HERE!

Add some super fun networking cocktail parties, amazing discussions, and being in fabulous Las Vegas and you’ve got yourself one awesome event!

This is definitely an opportunity you don’t want to miss!


1.  Leave a comment on our blog telling us why you would like to attend.

2.  Tweet to @kandrackole that you would like to win this giveaway.

3.  Post about this giveaway on Facebook.


A random winner will be chosen and announced on April 22nd!


April 16, 2014   5 Comments

Blogtour Milan – The Colors of Venice and Milan

We are back from our trip of a lifetime to Venice and Milan with Veronika Miller and the Modenus Blogtour team. We learned a lot and were inspired beyond measure so watch the blog for upcoming posts about our adventure. We will be sharing funny and informative interviews with our sponsors BLANCO, Clever Storage, NKBA, Gessi Company, Consentino and the Antiques Diva.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some colorful eye candy with you from our Blogtour Milan trip. The streets of Venice and Milan were postcard perfect – I felt like I’d been transported to another planet.

We started in Venice.  Need I say more?


We took a slow tour of Venice with our wonderful guide Cristina.  The colorful windows of murano glass and specialty papers kept distracting me!



One of my most favorite meals of the entire week was at the Acqua Pazza - an outdoor cafe in the center of Venice. We tasted many dishes including this zucchini but if I must admit my favorite was the caprese pizza (which doesn’t even begin to compare to any pizza I’ve had in the U.S.).


Keep in mind that there aren’t any roads in Venice so all travel (even the police and ambulance) are by water. This results in many beautiful vessels.


In Milan, the streets were busy and beautiful with color EVERYWHERE!





The smell of fresh oiled leather drew us into a small shop called Giosa di Giorgio Santamaria in the Brera Design District. Even the scraps were beautiful!



Our friend Toma Clark Haines (The Antiques Diva) and her local pal Susan Pennington took us on a tour of several of the top antiques dealers (including this vintage clothing shop) in the Brera Design District.


Cashmere from the 20′s anyone?


We made our way to Via Tortona for a pop up design show and were enamored by the DCASA event sponsored by Maliparmi.


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Since I’m still recuperating and detoxing from my newest love (Prosecco), that’s all the colorful eye candy you get for now.

Ciao bella!


April 14, 2014   4 Comments

Men of Highpoint 2013 and Men of Italy 2014

In honor of the fact that we will not in High Point this Spring, I decided to re-post my Men of High Point Blog from last fall and soon to come, my “Men of Italy” when I return!

I’ve attended the High Point Furniture Market for the past 15 years.  There is so much to see in terms of furniture, trends, color, etc. but there’s a lot of  ”people watching” going on for me as well.


image via Jeff Mermelstein

From the fashionistas to the flamboyant, to even the rare woman in mom jeans and tennis shoes, what I noticed this time were the dapper men of Highpoint!  Here are some favorites who graciously agreed to be featured and answer some questions:

Barry Dixon

BARRY DIXON- Interior Designer – not only is he one of the most talented designers I know, he is such a nice person!! (barrydixon.com)

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? - 20 years!!

What is your role when attending?As an interior designer looking for new things for our clients, I’m always a buyer.  And as a designer for our collections with Arteriors and Tomlinson/Erwin Lambeth, we’re exhibiting our wares each Spring and Fall.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market? - An extra dose of energy!

What is something most people don’t know about you? - Strangely, I really don’t sleep…..much!

Here is the Michael Bench designed by Barry for Tomlinson.  I love the movable bolsters on either end!

Michael bench

Next up………

Neil Edwards

NEAL EDWARDS - Worlds Away - check out the socks!!

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  18 years (damn, I am old).

What is your role when attending?  VP of Sales, Marketing and Product Development for Worlds Away.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market?  A great attitude, my lucky socks and favorite boots!

What is something most people don’t know about you?  I am addicted to SEC football!!

Another “dapper” man…..

Gary Inman

GARY INMAN - Gary Inman Designs – Exhibitor at Moore Councill

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? This was my 20th year.

What is your role when attending? I have been an interior designer for 23 years so my primary role has been as a buyer.  This market was my first time as both a buyer and exhibitor.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market? A good rolling bag an and Iphone.  I have a great version of the Birkin bag that is a rolling bag – it holds everything I need and it is handsome as well.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I think most don’t know I started my career in fashion and later transitioned to interiors.  I also minored in dance which has given me a great appreciation for elegant lines in all things.

Here is a gorgeous man’s chest designed by Gary which includes partitions for glasses, change and even cufflinks.  The front panels are upholstered in a handsome fabric that looks like a pin striped suit!

mans chest

Continuing with…..


LARE McCREARYStuart Lawrence Pillows

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  4 years.

What is your role when attending?  Exhibitor and Designer.  While I’m promoting and selling my line of Stuart Lawrence pillows.  I’m also on the hunt for new lines for my design clients.  Plus, I’m looking at trends in design and color to inspire me in my pillow line.  I call it “being part of the conversation”.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market?  My laptop!

What is something most people don’t know about you? My background is in Church Ministry.

Here is a small sampling of Lare’s gorgeous pillows!

Adler pillow

orange pillow

Navy:Emerald Pillow

A very witty young man…..

Tyler Lynch


How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  With only a few years under my belt, I am fairly new to the wholesale side of the industry. I have been attending High Point market for 2 years.

What is your role when attending? I work on the exhibitor side of the industry at a showroom that represents multiple manufacturers: J Douglas.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market?  My Jack Spade Tote is essential when traveling in High Point. I am able to travel from meeting to meeting filling it up with new catalogs, sales materials and of course an iphone charger!

What is something most people don’t know about you?  I am very much an advocate of historic preservation and have volunteered at the Fox Theater as an usher for many years. The Fox Theater is one of the few landmarks in Atlanta saved by the wrecking ball.

Another long time High Point man is…..

Eddie Lawrence

EDDIE EDWARDS - E. Lawrence, Ltd.

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  25.  And yes, 50 markets.

What is your role when attending? Product Designer/Exhibitor.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market?  A great attitude.  This is the only thing over which I have control.

What is something most people don’t know about you?  I’m a singer/songwriter and front man for an electronic punk band.

Eddie is our “go to” source for books.




Here is a new friend I made……

Doug Self


How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 21 years, my 42nd market.

What is your role when attending? Principal of JDouglas, a manufacturers representative sales agency.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market? My compression socks that keep my feet from getting too sore and my pocket squares.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I just opened a week before High Point my first retail store, a lifestyle boutique (provisionoxford.com) in Oxford, MS where I went to college.

And finally……

Grant Ford

GRANT FORD - Lexington Home Brands

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 23

What is your role when attending? Account Manager for Lexington Home Brands.

What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to Market? A great attitude and lots of energy.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I am a technology geek!

I really enjoyed speaking with these stylish and successful men, some whom I’ve known for years, and others I just met!

 High Point – It’s not just about the furniture!!


April 4, 2014   No Comments

Modenus Blog Tour Sponsors!

We are happy to announce Our Modenus Blog Tour Sponsors.  Our trip to Italy is only a few days away!!   We will see the sights and sounds and be exposed to European design through Modenus Blog Tour.   A huge thank you to our sponsors where we will be introduced to a host of  high end kitchen and bath products, including sinks, faucets, countertops, and unique storage ideas.  We have been fortunate to have several kitchen and bath projects over the last year.   We’re excited to come back to the states a little more educated and experienced in adding design forward products to our clients!



BLANCO - Family owned since 1925, they have produced more thank 40 million Blanco sinks and are recognized as a world leader in quality, innovation and unsurpassed service.


Cosentino is the  world’s leading producer of Silestone quartz surfaces for quality kitchen and bath countertops and sinks with advanced bacteristatic technology.  They manufacture Silestone and extensively quarry and process marble and granite along with operating in more than 70 Cosentino centers in over 60 countries.  We will be learning about their newest product Dekton.  Stay tuned…..




Gessi – Established in 1990, they are not your Momma’s faucet line.  Gessi is very design forward and quintessentially Italian. They have become a world famous name brand.  Due to outstanding growth rate on a yearly basis since 2001, they are reaching the top of the industry in Italy for revenues.

Clever Storage


Clever Storage by Kessebohmer stands for innovative solutions and a powerful blend of design, function and quality.   They have 2100 employees that work in 5 manufacturing locations in Germany.  They supply elegant, high quality solutions for brilliantly organized kitchen storage.



The National Kitchen and Bath Association established in 1963 is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry.   It was founded as a network of kitchen dealers and has since grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers and other professionals.



BlogTour is owned and managed by online design resource MODENUS.COM and launched the first tour in September 2011.  Veronika Miller,  the leader, loves to connect people throughout the design industry.    It is a growing community of like minded bloggers that travel the world to find new inspiration and design trends and report back to their audiences.  You can check out the Pinterest page for BlogTour Milan here!

“Grazie per seguirci in questo viaggio meraviglioso!”


Joann (Giovanna)


March 31, 2014   No Comments

Coastal Living Beach House Design

I have a confession to make.  I am yearning to do a coastal living beach house design.   For as long as we’ve been designing and creating beautiful and functional homes for our clients, the one thing we have not been asked to do is a beach house .  It doesn’t have to be a multi-million dollar mansion or anything quite like this: (or it could be)…..


This is a beautiful home in New Jersey that was used by Tory Burch for her fall photo shoot!

It could even be a charming little cottage like this….


I would use super fluffy cushions on a sofa….


Fun pillows and great looking textured rugs.

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I would add in some great lamps, artwork and accessories


Calamari lamp from The Natural Light


Incredible marine life art from Karen Robertson - If you have never seen her work, you will be amazed!

And what’s a beach house without some whimsical accessories?




Once I got the main living areas completed,  I would design a comfortable master bedroom (2013 HGTV dream home) to come to after a great day at the beach with family and friends.


Next up, a super cozy guest room like this one just featured in Coastal Living Magazine by our good friend Liz Carroll.

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Lastly, I would have to incorporate a swinging bed that could be used for morning coffee or an afternoon nap!

Jaime Hayes

To see some more coastal living inspiration check out House of Turquoise, Mermaid Cottages and my blogpost here featuring Charleston and the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse

So, I’m just praying there is a beach house out there somewhere just waiting for us to work our magic!!

After all….



March 24, 2014   3 Comments