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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!

Lisa Mende - Kandrac & Kole Blog

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.

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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.

Kandrac & Kole - McGinn Kitchen

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).

Kandrac & Kole Sellers kitchen

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

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

Kandrac & Kole has been selected to be featured designers at the 4th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s Rathbuns’ Watch List Event at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) on Saturday, May 30, 2015.


The event is the brainchild of celebrated Atlanta chef, Kevin Rathbun, and his brother Chef Kent Rathbun from Dallas to create a platform for emerging stars in the culinary industry.

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The event marks the synergy between the culinary and design industries by tying emerging culinary talent with design talent to create unique taking environments that will both highlight and compliment the works of the talent pairings.  Last years event was hosted at ADAC, drew a sell-out crowd, featured absolutely amazing design vignettes and the work of outstanding chefs.

The evening will be a reception-style event with guests exploring the food and beverage vignettes and tablescapes, crafted by the designer and featuring food tastings by the chef.

We are thrilled to be designing the Mixologist space.  Go figure, they thought we would be a good fit for the bar ;).


A huge thank you to the following ADAC showrooms for allowing us to use their furnishings:

Beau Studio

Ernest Gaspard

Logan Gardens

Moattar Ltd.

Southern Design Source


We are also including a custom piece of art from Jay Scott Studios.

Here is just a sneak peek of our color scheme:


The drinks the mixologists have planned include some Campari, Tito Vodka and roses!  We can’t tell you much more than that!

We would love to have you join us.  Tickets sell out FAST, so purchase as soon as you can if you are interested!


May 11, 2015   No Comments

High Point Style 2015

Over the many years of visiting High Point Market, I’ve become obsessed with the styles of the people who attend.   It all started with my first blog – “The Dashing Men of High Point” and then last year with “The High Heels of High Point“.  This past market within being there for 10 minutes, I immediately knew my next topic – “The Stylish Eyeglasses of High Point”.

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Bryan Patrick Flynn – Flynnside Out Productions, LLC

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  April, 2015 was my first High Point Market experience.

 What is your role when attending? My main objective in attending Market is sourcing new lighting, casegoods and upholstery. I use a mix of vintage, trade-only and custom to design and decorate my spaces and finding things I’ve never seen before keeps everything fresh.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The most important thing to bring to High Point Market is an iPhone charger and/or extra battery pack. The amount of photos taken and the texting back and forth with friends and colleagues to meet up and attend speaking gigs drains the phone quickly. And the last thing I wanna do is miss out on all the fun or get stuck at the wrong place once separated from the squad.

Where did you get your eyeglasses?  My eyeglasses are from OGI and they’re a marbleized army green, 1950s style.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? Most people probably don’t know that I’m a spelling bee champion and that I’m a total introvert. 


Deanne Bronikowski of Design Legacy

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  6 years

 What is your role when attending?  It depends if it is before market- then I am mover, schlepper, pillow stuffer.  During market it is Sales Manager for Design Legacy

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  My jean jacket, a great broche to wear on said jean jacket, and great shoes

Where did you get your eyeglasses? In Greensboro, NC at The View—best eyeglass shop and staff anywhere!  Ask for Becky.

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  I love throwing great dinner parties!


Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have been attending High Point market since I was 15 years old.  I grew up in a family that owned furniture stores so my aunt would always bring me because she knew how much I loved the industry.  I guess you could say it was in my blood to be surrounded by beautiful things.

 What is your role when attending?  I attend High Point Market as a buyer for  my interior design firm.  It also serves as a way to gain new product knowledge, and see the latest trends come down the pipe lines.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The one essential thing I bring to High Point market is comfortable shoes.  The furniture show is pretty spread all around the city of High Point, and it’s important that you prepare to do a lot of walking.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? I purchased my glasses from Americas Mart building 3 (International Optics).

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  Most people don’t know that if I had not  pursued my degree in design, my back up plan was to be a stand up comedian.  I was afraid I would starve to death, so I followed my first dream of becoming an Interior Designer and I  have not went without a meal as you can see. LOL.


Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  Since I was a baby!!! No really the first time I attended High Point Market was in the 70’s as a student, but didn’t return until the 80’s so I have been going for over 27 years.

 What is your role when attending?  I loved being a style spotter, but my favorite role is as a buyer, I love to shop the market for client’s projects.  I get so excited when I find the perfect piece for a project!  Sometimes my market finds become the inspiration for the design in a new project.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? Comfortable shoes and my rolling attache’.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? They are Corrinne McCormack and I bought them online.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? My middle name is Janelle.


Jeffrey Johnson – Jeffrey Design

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?   I attended the 2013 and 2015 Spring Markets.  I wanted to go to 2014 Market but not able to due to project timelines.  I highly recommend Designers to make an effort to attend least one market per year.  

 What is your role when attending?  My role covers several areas: it is a refresh interior design course on a yearly basis for my business, focuses strictly on many MFGs in a short period in the Market and provide a better service for clients.  I think it is a great opportunity to meet existing Designers who I consider friends and have such a high respect for them and new Designers on the block.  I am a big advocate in supporting and encouraging Designers to grow and enhance their unique talents in the Design world.  Secondly, I serve as an Inspiration Moderator for G+ Interior Design Community and my passion for taking pictures of furniture and accessories.  It is a great way to give back to Designers in the community that are not able to attend the market.  I share my inspiration with Designers on a global view with the intent to take risks in a new selection of furniture and accessories.   

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Business cards are critical for Designers when meeting with manufacturers.  Always bring back up chargers for your phone.  Be your authentic self is an important value of your brand.  Take the opportunity to share with your peers what you like at the Market and listen with an open heart from your peers.  Don’t’ be afraid to ask anything.  We don’t know everything as the Market is always changing in how we create the lifestyle for our clients.  We Designers at the Market are here to share, support, and be a cheerleader for others. 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My eyeglasses are from the Zen Barcelona line sold at the Fashion Optical Dallas.  They no longer carry the line.  :-) People asked what I will do when this one breaks; I already bought two more pairs just in case.  :-)  

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  

 Interior Design is my second career now going on ten years and seven years as a business owner this month.  I spent the first 17 years in Telecom and lived abroad.  Now I design for interior design projects and act as a licensed Real Estate agent to represent clients to buy/sell homes. 
I grew up in Deep South Mississippi of all places in the US.  I was very blessed to have a Mother to see her child as a gift from God. My Mother was exposed German Measles during her trimester pregnancy.   The German measles exposed me hearing loss and no speech.  Mother worked with me for seventeen years to get the right education to learn how to talk and read lips.   Her inspiration is where I got my inspiration today.  The dedication and hardworking engrained in me to how dedicated and hardworking I am personally and professionally.  I can do anything I set my mind to do!  I was born with a gift and very blessed with an incredible and heightened gift of sight – I have the ability to read lips and see things that others don’t see.  

 Holly Phillips of The English Room

How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  16 years but really has evolved in the past 4-5 years as an event I want to stay for a few days vs. a day trip.  It is such fun seeing my design friends. 

 What is your role when attending?  I am always looking for product for clients, new sources and often as a sponsored blogger for vendors. 

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!! I swear design is not for wimps.  You need strong feet and often a strong liver to attend all the events. 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My glasses are SUPER Ciccio.  They are from online but had my prescription put in locally.  I have them in red too.  I love how big and nerdy they are. 

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I want to be a cowgirl.  Really, I want to have a ranch and live with all the animals. I want horses, donkeys, Scottish highland cattle, alpacas and zebras for my short list in addition to my dozen dogs. 


Delia Postell – OMG Orange Marketing Group

 How many years have you attended the High Point Market?  This market was my 1 year anniversary.

 What is your role when attending?  Sales

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? Comfortable shoes…you know you’re getting old when that’s your answer!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Eyeglass World.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I lived in S. Korea for a year.


Lance Jackson – Parker Kennedy Living

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 14 years.

 What is your role when attending?  Buyer, exhibitor and Design on High Point Takeover.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Good shoes and business cards.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Ralph Lauren

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I collect vintage design books.


Mitzi Beach 

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 15 + years.

 What is your role when attending?  1st 10 or so were spent on buying for clients and finding new sources for my design business. The past 5 years have continually been for educational and social events and of course networking plus buying for clients and finding new sources…whew…

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  The expected answer is equipment & etc but truthfully is sexy shoes that are indeed still very comfortable.No Ruth Buzzi shoes for this grandmother!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Howard Eye Boutique in Wichita, Kansas

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  My twins were a delivery room surprise..no kidding!


Heather Eidenmiller – Director of Brand Development – Bernhardt

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 15 years.

 What is your role when attending?  As the Director of Brand Development for Bernhardt, I get the pleasure of showing our new introductions to members of the press including bloggers, magazines, newspapers, etc.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Besides my glasses? Foot care essentials….Epsom salt, Band-aids, footpad inserts.  Nothing glamorous, but oh so necessary with a 75,000 square foot showroom! 

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Lenscrafters…they actually have some great brands, like these Prada glasses. Plus, we don’t have a lot of optical options in Hickory, NC!

 What is something most people don’t know about you?  I was born in London, England and am a dual-citizen. 


Julia Buckingham – Buckingham Interiors Design

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have attended every Spring and Fall Market for the past 5 yrs!  It is so cool to see how it has evolved with each market. 

 What is your role when attending?   I have been fortunate over the years to be involved in many different ways–from Stylespotters, Instagram Takeovers, and leading tours. I love sharing with others my favorite hotspots and finds at Market! I have participated in various speaking panels with my talented designer cohorts from around the country and as a speaker at the Antiques & Design Center. Between these wonderful opportunities while attending High Point Market, I also play my role as shopper and always have my eyes peeled for the latest and greatest in design that I can bring back to share with my team and my clients. 

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market? A portable phone charger! And of course fabulous heel :) I vote fashion over comfort.  That’s what the HP shuttles are for!

Where did you get your eyeglasses? My glasses were an amazing vintage find!  When I saw them I knew I had to have them.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I met my husband in Kindergarten and have been happily married for 28 years!  We have the Kindergarten class photo framed :)


Henessy Wayser – French Heritage

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? I have been coming to High Point for 26 years.

 What is your role when attending?  I have been both a buyer for my retail/design store in Los Angeles Richelieu Collection as well as an exhibitor for our  French Heritage products.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  Comfortable shoes!!!

Where did you get your eyeglasses?  I got my glasses at The View on Elm in Greensboro.  It is an amazing boutique with incredible jewelery, art and unique frames. 

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I love yoga and meditation.


Deb Barrett – Window Dressings Inc.

How many years have you attended the High Point Market? 10 + years with a break in between.

 What is your role when attending?  I originally attended as a retail buyer in my other life and then as a design journalist and most recently as a journalist and designer and décor guide.

 What is an ESSENTIAL you must bring to market?  (Like everyone else- comfy shoes, bandaids and business cards.) Now it’s my iPad it now replaces my camera, journal, sketchbook and Flip.

Where did you get your eyeglasses? Paris at my favorite optical boutique, Theo Abricot on rue Bonaparte.

 What is something most people don’t know about you? I ride a Harley Davidson.

I hope you enjoyed this post and a little bit of insight from some movers and shakers in our business!!


May 8, 2015   5 Comments