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Bring the Drama!

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So far, I’ve shown you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty and City Sophisticate color schemes. Now it’s time to bring the drama with my bold and bright Drama Queen group! I’m known for color, and these bold splashes of orange, magenta, and green were probably what most people envisioned my collection would be.


I also love to mix patterns, so this area showcased stripes, faux bois, and Greek key to put even more POW into the display! My Taylor sofa was actually low-key here (remember it as a sectional in tweed?), and the fabulous CR Laine swivel chair and ottoman highlighted the color story of orange and magenta. Love that stripe on the chair! And the simple circle of black on a white ground in the art is also mine – from my Soicher Marin collection.


I also love anything with function, so I designed the fully-upholstered Tobin table so an ottoman can tuck right up under it. Then you can pull it out when you need extra seating for guests. And there is that great starburst pattern in nailhead on the side of Tobin, like it was on those gorgeous Stella screens.


Can you believe that’s my Wells wing chair again? You saw it last week in the City Sophisticate group in that luscious mint velvet with an embroidered nonogram on the back. Here it takes on a whole new personality in a grey and orange Greek key patterned fabric with pale grey legs. It really pulls out the color in the Soicher Marin art I designed, too.


Speaking of drama, these Alexander chairs really make a grand entrance, don’t they? That magenta fabric was so fabulous against the Greek key pattern on the back of each chair. And in the background you can see one of the most popular pieces from my new Soicher Marin collection, the huge pink wash art that’s propped against the wall. The blue version of that art was a top seller, too!


My Marguerite armless sofa really is one of my favorites in the whole collection! The orange wool was a big hit, and was the perfect background for the starburst nailhead trim and those fantastic acrylic legs. The bolster is strapped and can be removed, or moved on the sofa so you have an armrest wherever you need it. Another fantastic thing about this piece is that it is sized for dining – so you can use it as a banquette, too! The orange inkblots on the wall are part of my Soicher Marin collection, and they are available in orange or black. I love the name: What Do You See?


Last, but certainly not least when it comes to the DRAMA quotient, is the Hampton chaise, which was a HUGE hit at market! It was also a great place to collapse after a long day in the showroom – especially on that soft snakeskin velvet in platinum, which I named Hissy Fit! These are built for snuggling and are incredibly comfortable. My favorite comment about these from the entire market was that someone thought they should be called the Binge Watching Chaise because you would be comfortable in them for a whole weekend of Netflix!


So did that group bring the drama, or what?! I have to say that working with CR Laine and Soicher Marin was far from a drama, though! They are dream partners and really did make a dream come true for me. And again, I’m so appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like Woodbridge, Tritter Feefer, Currey & Company, Barbara Cosgrove, Times Two Design, Colleen & Company, Mirror Image, Chelsea House, and Surya.

Did you see any that were favorites for you? If you are interested in anything you’ve seen here, just go to CR Laine’s website here, or Soicher Marin’s site here. And leave me a comment below to tell me what you think about my new collections! Can’t wait to show you even more in October! WHEW!







Big City, Big Sophistication

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Last week, I showed you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty color scheme. This week, we’re heading to a more metropolitan destination with my City Sophisticate group! For these designs, I was inspired by my collections of Jadeite – mint green glassware that I’ve been in love with for years. I also wanted to showcase how fashion-forward it can be when combined with navy and pale blue, with a few touches of lavender thrown in!

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The entry to the CR Laine showroom during High Point Market showed off my new Elle chair – named for my daughter – and the fantastic velvet Stella screens with starburst patterns in nailhead trim! We mixed in a white sofa and one of my favorite ottomans from CR Laine’s own lines to finish off the look, as well as a blue watercolor from my new collection with Soicher Marin.

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Here is that amazing Elle chair again, in leather with brass arms and nailhead trim across the back. CR Laine is known for their attention to every detail and for adding comfort, which took my designs to a whole new level! My daughter was so proud of this chair that she kept asking me what her cut of any sales would be! HA! You can see us trying out the chair here:

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I also introduced a daybed as part of my CR Laine collection – it’s something that I’m always searching for as a designer, and have a lot of trouble finding! I love the blue moire that covers this Sheridan daybed, it reminds me of the faux bois patterns. And this daybed provides a lot of function, too, since it does double duty as seating or as a bed! It’s even designed to take a fitted twin sheet right over the seat cushion.

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The shape on the back of the daybed is one that I love, so I also used it on the back of my new Izzy dining chair! This chair has a deeply padded back that is SO comfortable!

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In the last City Sophisticate area, I went a little to the dark side. Don’t worry! I just mean darker blue – navy to be exact. The walls added great dimension and were the perfect background to the chinoiserie panels that are part of my art collection for Soicher Marin. The Taylor sectional is shown here in a tweed, mixed with animal print and solid pillows. That sectional (and it’s partner sofa) were big sellers during market! I think everyone loved the tufted seat and CR Laine’s comfort quotient. I also designed the velvet wing chairs you see to the left in the photo below. And the vignette was made perfect with the addition of CR Laine’s stunning ottoman and slipper chairs!

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Here is a closer look at the Wells wing chair, with the bigger barrels below the arm and a fabulous embroidered “nonogram,” on the back. That’s a monogram without any initials, in case you were wondering! I love a good wing chair and this is my new fave!

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This was such a fun group, too, and I’m so excited about how it was received! I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company and Barbara Cosgrove, accessories from Times Two Design, rugs from Surya, and tables from Woodbridge.

Next week, I’ll show you the Drama Queen group that will really make a statement! And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!

Meanwhile, have you seen a favorite piece of my new collections yet? Be sure to tell me which one you have to take home in the comments below! These groups will be arriving in retail stores near you in just a few weeks!








New House Diary: I’m Back!

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New House Diary

Ok, so I admit it. I hit a point a couple of months back that I had to put my own house project on the back burner to get my new CR Laine and Soicher Marin collections launched and dig into the last few stages of development of my Duralee fabric line that will be finished in the coming months.

Well if you’ve been watching my social media feeds the last few days you know that my 2 collections have had VERY successful launches at the High Point Market and hopefully you will be seeing them in your local retailers and design shops by summer.

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Working on the design of my area in the CR Laine showroom – now I’m ready to tackle my house!

And the Duralee fabric line is looking like a million bucks! We are in the stage of COLOR!! My favorite part. So I know pretty much what all the woven and print patterns look like and now is the time to add my magic touches of Bright and Bold color to make the collection come to life.

So…with all that progressing perfectly, I am now ready to really turn my attention to my house. And I am just a few weeks out from making MAJOR changes to the structure. We’re talking gutting the kitchen and the bath. So stay tuned – you just may see me wielding a hammer to demo some of my walls in just a few weeks, just like they do on your favorite DIY TV shows!

And while the construction gets into full swing, I’ll get us back on track with making decisions for the rooms we haven’t tackled here on New House Diary. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

So thanks for hanging with me as I work to balance all the parts and pieces of my life. I am so excited it is time for ME to be the client. I can tell you, getting this fabulous home camera-ready is a bit overdue but I know it will all be worth the wait.

I’ll be back next week with more of my decisions and selections and I am going to need a bit more of your help making some final choices. Join me for the process, won’t you?








I’m Blushing Over These Beauties!

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The High Point Market wrapped last week, and it was an amazing whirlwind! I was so happy to see how well my new CR Laine collection of upholstery was received – the showroom was packed and the orders were being written at lightning speed!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the market, I know I’ve teased you for weeks about the three color stories that we showcased – Blushing Beauty, City Sophisticate, and Drama Queen – so I thought I would show you each collection. This week, we’ll look at the Blushing Beauty group – featuring the fashion-forward blush color!


I loved mixing the sweet blush color with the tangy citron, which gave it a nice balance and kept it from going too feminine or “precious.” In the group above, you see the Julianne sofa, the Helen slipper chair, the Lena ottoman, and the Stella screen. I also designed the blush table with gold leaf with a fabulous company called Woodbridge Furniture. It was so much fun to work with them, that I might just have to do it again!


The Julianne is a Sheraton-style sofa, but unlike the vintage design, this one is super-comfortable! And I love the details here, like the starburst pattern on the nailhead trim of the screen, and the Greek key carvings on the base of both the slipper chair and the ottoman. The art above the sofa is part of my new collection with Soicher Marin, another fabulous partner!


This bedroom area in the CR Laine showroom was a big hit! We had quite a few people who said they wanted to pick up this vignette and put the whole thing in their own bedrooms at home! The Lucy upholstered bed and the leather Beverly bench are both from my collection with CR Laine, and the art is from my Soicher Marin line. I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to borrow product to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company, the mirror from Mirror Image, rug from Surya, the bedding from Eastern Accents, and the bedside tables from Woodbridge.


The Lucy is fully upholstered all the way to the floor with no boxing wooden foot, which gives it such a luxurious look! And that blush leather on the Beverly bench was to-die-for!

I loved the Blushing Beauty group in my Tobi Fairley for CR Laine collection, and I am so happy that it was a success at market! I can’t wait to see it in stores in just a few weeks, and in people’s homes! I’m already planning to put these designs in some of my own new projects.

Next week, I’ll show you the City Sophisticate group. And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!








Dreams Do Come True – With Hard Work and Great Partners!

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Setting up my area of the CR Laine showroom at High Point Market!

I can hardly believe that by the time you are reading this post, I am realizing a dream! Well actually two of them – I am launching my two new collections with my fabulous partners CR Laine and Soicher Marin at the High Point Market today. In some ways, it seems as if it happened overnight, but of course it has taken months (and years if we’re being totally honest) of hard work!

When I was a child, I was always doing something creative. It’s in my blood. And even in design school I somehow knew that in the future I would have product lines. I saw visions of furniture collections and fabric lines instead of sugarplums dancing in my head. I didn’t know when, and I didn’t know how, and I didn’t know who I would work with, but I just knew that these launches were in my future. I never doubted that for a moment.


Still “playing” with design after all these years!

So how did I get to today? I talk a lot about how we can often know the “WHAT” that we want in our lives, but not necessarily the “HOW” to make it happen. So although I saw that product line (the “what”) in my future when I was in school, I had no idea at that time how I would get to this point…how I would get to the how.

You see, when you have a goal or dream, it’s a waste of time and energy to try to figure out every step before you take action. You only need to know the first step. And thankfully along the way of my design career, I figured that first step out!

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Love these Alexander dining chairs – part of my new collection with CR Laine!

So today is the big day. And the secret to making my collections happen really isn’t a secret at all. Just like with many things in life, getting to these fabulous product launches is all about building meaningful relationships with good people.  You don’t have to be an expert in everything, but you do need to find the people who have the knowledge you need. And if you are like me, those people have to be kind and collaborative and share a vision with you that you are both willing to work hard to execute.


Supervising picture hanging is very tedious and hard work (ha!).

Some of the people who have helped me get to this place have worked with me for years, and some of my partners and collaborators I’ve only known for months. So it doesn’t always take a long time to create something spectacular. But I think it’s best to remember that you can’t rush a dream. When you meet the right people, and the timing is right, it can all fall seamlessly into place.

This has all been a collaborative effort – my very favorite way to work. Yes, I am having dreams come true for me this week, but I couldn’t do this by myself, and I am so thankful to the people who helped me get here. I am so lucky to have fantastic partners in CR Laine and Soicher Marin. And I am so very proud of what we have created together.


Love my Soicher Marin collection of art – also debuting at High Point Market!

I hope you enjoyed a bit of sneak peek here of the new collections – and I can’t wait to tell you about a few more things we have in the works. Meanwhile, keep plugging away at YOUR dreams! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep your eye out for those people that can help you move to your goals! Remember, it’s about the WHAT, not the HOW.

Hooray for my big day. And if you’re a designer or retailer, I sure hope you will join me in High Point this week for a fabulous celebration with CR Laine and Soicher Marin, because celebrating is something that I definitely know “How” to do!