Here’s my view on the antique market adventure – it really makes you think outside the box for design. What’s old is new again right? My brain starts to spin with ideas – what could I do with THAT?
A big table of interesting driftwood pieces greeted us at the entrance to the North Building of Scott’s Antique Market this month. My friend Amy purchased two pretty pieces to display on an antique sideboard in her living room.
Here’s another cool idea for driftwood from Creative Soul Spectrum.
I love this idea of putting mirrors inside vintage silver trays and plates and hanging them in a gallery. These are sold by Stephanie Williams of The Iron Maiden in Newnan, GA.
Thanks in part to the popular TV show Mad Men, the mid century look is back in style. If I had a place for this chair in my house, I would have purchased it! Restored by Andy Morris and Bryan Craig of Urban Artifacts in Atlanta, it was SO comfortable.
I just refreshed my office at home but if I hadn’t, I would have just put this entire vignette in my car (ok minus one lamp)- fresh, clean and cool! A/S Home Style out of Charlotte, NC has a great booth every month!
My friend Sherry Hart is a master at stylizing her design jobs. I love when she incorporates beads like this:
So I was thrilled to meet Barasa Gumaneh from Charlotte, NC who sells African trade beads and clay, glass and metal beads in all sizes.
Amy also purchased this great planter/party beverage stand for her kitchen from a talented welder named Derek Bixler from Eatonton, GA.
My mom always needs door stops in her house. I should have bought these for her.
But my pride and joy purchase of the day was this beautiful water blue jug (stamped 1916 on the bottom) that I purchased for my new screened porch from Brenda Jones of Building Impressions Ltd.
Remember to keep thinking outside the box and making old things new again!
February 12, 2014 No Comments
I was contacted by Charlotte of Rise Art a few weeks ago telling me that she loved our blog and thought our style fit perfectly with their company. They asked me to participate in an editorial called “Inside the House of our Top Favourite Bloggers”.
In the article, I talk about my personal style and explain how I came up with the color palette for my family room. You can read it HERE!
I also discuss an art piece from Rise Art that speaks to me and for those of you who know my love for Italy, it’s not surprising, what I selected.
Rise Art was started by two close friends. The company is driven by a passion for art, technology and helping artists support and expand their practice.
There were two things that really impressed me about them. One is that they launched Art for Care. This is a program where every piece of artwork purchased on Rise Art, the co-founders donate an art kit to children in hospitals. They are individually wrapped and each pack contains an array of pencils, a coloring book, and a blank journal for children to write in. Each year 1 in 15 children are admitted to a hospital, a scary experience for anyone of a young age. Access to visual art and the opportunity to draw and create has shown to greatly reduce anxiety in children. How awesome is that?
The other unique feature about Rise Art is that they allow you to “rent” art. This was launched to help people collect art without the risk. Buying art should be fun and exciting. Often, however, discovering the perfect piece can be a challenge. Something might look wonderful in an art gallery, a fair or online – but will you enjoy living with it for years and will it even fit on your wall? Learn more about this unique option HERE!
Selecting art is one of the most challenging aspects in our designs. I’m not selecting art merely for size and color, I want it to have significance and meaning.
Want to know your art personality? Take this free style quiz!
February 11, 2014 No Comments
I am so looking forward to Spring and the fun projects that warm weather brings. If there’s one project that is easy, fast, and gives your home a quick make-over, it’s painting your front door!
House Beautiful featured a few of their favorite front door color choices. Check these out!
Starting at the top:
A classic color with a classic name. Nothing says “come on in” like a bold shade of a warm red.
Bright and fresh, green is the flawless tone for a summery feeling all year long.
Looking for a pick-me-up for your traditional home? This lake-like blue is the quintessential shade of steel blue.
If you’re more of a fan of blending, this neutral is is a dreamy mix of gray and brown.
Cirton is a quickly growing favorite in the design world. It’s happy as sunshine and as cool as can be.
This shade packs a punch, it’s a combination of purple, blue, and a dash of smokey gray. It is reminiscent of a deep London Fog.
Who knew black and green could make a bold neutral? This deep dark green is great for a less-rigid black.
Want a color as moody as the winter weather? This shade can look gray, beige, or even a little green depending on the day and it’s surroundings.
This drama-filled brown has hues of purple, magenta, and red. Use it with gray tones to spice up your neutrals.
A blend of blue and green that is reminiscent of Charleston porches!
A combination of periwinkle and blue is always good for a pick-me-up. Try it in a high gloss to keeping it looking fresher longer.
Benjamin Moore Advance Electric Orange 2015-10
For a retro house with a modern feel, orange is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood!
Are you ready to paint? What are you dreaming of for your front door?
Image via Revealing Excellence
February 7, 2014 1 Comment
Last August we received an interesting phone call from a woman named Mary Ann. She said “I’m not sure if you do this, or would be interested, but do you think you can design the interior of a mobile boutique”? I was caught off guard and curious so I asked for more details. She responded that most importantly she wanted to fulfill a dream of bringing girls together in an entrepreneurial endeavor. Basically, she wanted to purchase an RV, have it gutted and turn it into a “store” with clothing, jewelry and sorority items. She wanted to take this RV on the road and travel to sorority houses throughout the southeast.
Mary Ann toyed around with different names for the boutique and after a multitude of suggestions, thoughts and ideas, she settled on the names of her mother and Grandmother, Mimi and Emma’s. The inspiration came from the real Mimi and Emma themselves… mother and daughter, relaxed, smiling and holding hands. Lifelong best friends, looking at them reminds us that we’re each a Mimi or Emma to someone special, someone you shop with, laugh with, and share shoulders to cry on, or just hold a hand when you really need it. Mimi was the daughter of italian immigrants, right off the boat. Emma was a seamstress sewing and designing clothes for the wealthy on Jupiter Isle in Florida. Unfortunately both are now deceased. Mary Ann felt that it would be a great way to honor them.
Mimi and Emma’s Mobile Boutique is about a lot more than bringing great fashion to your doorstep. It’s having your favorite friends right there next to you when you ask…”How does this look on me”? - knowing they’ll tell you the truth.
I was so impressed by Mary Ann because she was very intent on making sure that we knew it wasn’t just about the “vehicle”. This endeavor was to enable her to mentor young women in business and encourage their entrepreneurial spirt.
Is this not the coolest idea? We were thrilled she called us and so we began helping her get the ball rolling and bring her dream to life.. One of the first things she told us regarding the interior was that she wanted you to walk into the boutique and feel “special”. She requested that the colors and furnishings be upscale, sophisticated and memorable.
She had to make sure she used every square inch of the RV efficiently and have the “wrap” on the outside of the RV portray her brand in the appropriate way!!
This is what the RV looked like “before”
We had a real challenge ahead of us in more ways than one!! Due to the fact that the clothing would be colorful and would also be geared toward the sorority house she would be visiting, the selections needed to be neutral, but with a lot of texture.
Here are the selections we made:
Wide plank laminate flooring in a driftwood finish
A “faux” tin ceiling
A Duralee fabric for the dressing rooms
Reclaimed wood dressing room mirrors custom painted by Rachelle Goering of Beyond The Mossy Tree.
The interior work was done by Joey DiMarzio, Mary Ann’s husband. He worked through the wee hours of the night to have it ready for it’s first “launch” which took place in Mid-December. It was done in the parking lot of the neighborhood Clubhouse where Mary Ann lived and served as the perfect “dress rehearsal”.
Here are the “after” photos……..
The launch was a huge success. Can you imagine this vehicle pulling into the parking lot of a sorority house? First stop is at the Kappa Alpha Theta House at The University of Georgia. Upcoming events to be announced.
We still have a few tweaks and will be adding additional furnishings to add outdoor selling space as well. A large awning is attached so we will include outdoor rugs, some seating and several garment racks for additional outdoor selling space such as this:
Just imagine your sorority having an event where a white dress may be required. Up rolls Mimi and Emma’s (who will know about the events ahead of time) with several styles and sizes to choose from!
Here are the girls (her Advisory Board) who have helped in this endeavor. They assisted with the Facebook page, website and, of course, the clothing and jewelry selection (which is awesome). It’s these girls that make Mimi and Emma’s what it is. As Mary Ann says “it’s all about the girls”!!
Black and white photo credit – Cindy Harter Photography
February 5, 2014 3 Comments
It’s always amazing to me how a chance meeting with a stranger can lead to something totally unexpected.
Last year while attending the Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, a sweet, vivacious woman named Mitzi Beach (whom I did not know) was sitting behind me. During the break, we got to chatting and of course became Facebook friends. Nearly a year later, Mitzi called me and asked if she could interview me for her new book Boomer Smarts Boomer Power. I said what I always say when opportunity comes knocking – of course!
Besides being one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, Mitzi is an award-winning Interior Designer, Author and Baby Boomer Marketing & Lifestyle Specialist.
The largest & wealthiest demographic in this country is aging. An estimated 12,500 Boomers turn 50 every day, which is causing interior designers like me to take a different approach to how we design for this generation of people. Mitzi firmly believes the Boomers can and must be the generation that changes the way we age in this country and her unique combination of education, expertise and experience—even the Aging in Place principles evidenced throughout her own “Living Lab” home, called Cypress—make her the ideal candidate to lead that charge.
Mitzi’s approach is really interesting. In her book she interviews several women in business as well as designers including myself (pages 45-60!), Cindy Carnahan, Geri Higgins, Leslie Carothers, Lynne Barton Bier, Cynthia Bogart, Barbara Barton, Mary Baldwin, Doreen Hanna, Leslie Wood and Karen Porter. These candid conversations are very easy to read.
Thank you Mitzi for including me in your movement to help the Boomers live life to the fullest!
You can purchase Mitzi’s book Boomer Smarts Boomer Power – Six Steps to Living Your Best for the Rest of Your Life on Amazon be clicking HERE.
February 2, 2014 1 Comment