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Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the Hampton Designer Showhouse, sponsored by Traditional Home. I have had a wonderful time planning and designing the master bedroom and the deck for the house, sponsored by Duralee, and I can’t wait for the big reveal tomorrow.

In fact, I’m going to give all of you a sneak peek right now! As you can see below, I used grays and bright orange to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of the room. And I continued the orange color scheme onto the deck, with help from Mecox and Ballard Design. Big thanks of course to my fabric and furnishings sponsor Duralee, and also to Lexington Home Brands for the stunning chest, Currey & Company for the lamps, Phillip Jeffries for the wallpaper, Merida Studio for the huge rug, Farrow & Ball for the Mole’s Breath paint color on the cabinetry and shelves, and Robin Rice Gallery for art.

Enjoy this early look and let me know what you think! I’m also going to share photos of the other STUNNING rooms that my friends and colleagues have designed for the showhouse on Instagram, so check those out!

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Living Room Before and After

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So by now you have probably seen the latest issue of Traditional Home that I happen to be really happy about. And you’ve probably even taken a peek inside the issue at the home I had the pleasure to redesign and decorate. But even with the beautiful “after” photos, what everyone always wants to see is the “before” and it is quite the transformation. There is a lot of house to see and I’ll be bringing it to you over the next few weeks but today let’s take a look at the living room.


The before was spacious, with a good sofa and stylish white end tables. The client wanted to update and soften the space. She was looking for an edited result and I wanted to tweak the scale of the chairs and the art.

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In the “after” I amped up the volume while toning down the noise with a larger but sleek coffee table, several chic upholstered chairs, new pillows, a custom-made rug to fit the chamfered corners of the room, and I opted out of the tchotchkes in the built-ins in favor of the stunning blue chinoiserie vases.


Often the formal living room of  a home isn’t used much, and in this case the before had chairs with pretty lines but that weren’t inviting. I wanted this room (that’s just off the entry and a first impression on guests) to be beautiful, comfortable and functional.

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I pulled a favorite piece from the client’s art collection, purchased because it reminded my clients’ of one of their boys, and used it as the jumping-off point for the new blue color palette. I also wanted it front and center to get the attention it deserved.


The other side of the room housed a pair of chairs that were glamorous in shape but with the high ceilings, I thought didn’t quite have the impact or scale they needed.


Here’s another look at the “before” chairs. I always love to have a lamp near seating to make it more functional, so adding one was on my agenda. Plus, this end of the room was just screaming for a punch of that rich but not-quite-cobalt blue that the artwork introduced.

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Here’s the after with the handsome new blue chairs. I designed the walls, rug, and drapery all in neutral, warm tones similar to the existing sofa we decided to reuse. I wanted the neutral pieces to be the backdrop so the blue elements could really SHINE in this space!


Topping the space off with two metal x-benches in one of my favorite Greek key fabrics by Highland Court was the perfect final touch. And don’t you just love that tone-on-tone rug custom made in cut and loop pile by my friends at New River Artisans?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I recreated this space to fit my clients’ wishes and needs. Look for more before-and-after’s of this great project here on my blog soon.


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By the way, I’m in San Francisco for my third course with creativeLIVE that’s all about function and it starts tomorrow. If you want to improve the function in your home like I did in the space above, join me for my FREE live workshop next Monday-Wednesday. You can register here.

A BIG Give-away and Learning My Tips for Getting Published at High Point Market!

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I know I said that we wouldn’t be able to have our popular Getting Published event this year, but Lexington Home Brands is going to wave their magic wand and host an event at High Point Market that will allow me present to the best of my content from that event!!

At 9am on April 5, at the stunning Lexington Home Brands showroom (just a super-short 10-min shuttle ride from downtown High Point), I will give interior designers tips and ideas for how to get their projects published, including photo styling pointers and how to effectively package projects for submission with key elements that will catch an editor’s eye.


And even better, my special guest for this presentation will be Krissa Rossbund, senior style editor for Traditional Home. We’ll have a straightforward conversation with her about the editorial perspective on publishing design projects, which is timely since we worked together on my project featured in this month’s issue of Traditional Home!

This event is open to ANY and ALL interior designers who are attending the trade-only High Point Market, so I really hope you’ll join me there! I’m so thrilled that Lexington Home Brands is providing this venue for us, and I’m honored to be part of their Destination Design program that brings information and ideas to interior designers to help build their businesses.

Lexington is even adding in a special treat or two for attending designers, including a drawing for a FREE trip (all expenses paid!) to any one of my events in Dallas this year. They are even including spa treatments (which makes me wish I could enter :)!

Mark your calendars for April 5  - and join us for breakfast at 8:30am and my presentation with Krissa Rossbund at 9am. If you have any questions about shuttles, the event, or the drawing, email See you there!


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p.s. If you’re interested in transforming your interior design BUSINESS while you are at the High Point Market, add on a day to attend my Think Tank on April 4! This one-day event at the O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., takes the best of my Designer MBA content and distills it down to the best of the information that will completely TRANSFORM how you do business, giving you the tools to make 2014 your BEST YEAR EVER! Just click through here for more information, and sign up today because seating is limited!

I’m a Cover Girl with Traditional Home!!

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I am thrilled to share with you today some very exciting news. I am very grateful to be featured on the cover of the April issue of Traditional Home magazine that hits newsstands and mailboxes across America this week. It is a great honor and if the cover wasn’t enough, Traditional Home felt this beloved project of mine worthy of a whopping 11 pages featured in gorgeous color in their glossy magazine. I finally saw an official copy here at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta where I am speaking today with Traditional Home Editor-in-Chief Ann Maine on the importance of blogging.


So though you may not believe it, I am truly speechless (and that’s rare where I am concerned) and so very appreciative to Ann Maine, Krissa Rossbund, senior design editor, and the entire team at Traditional Home that brought this feature to life. And I also want to thank my photographer extraordinaire Nancy Nolan who has a gift for capturing my interiors like no one can. And finally a HUGE thank you to my clients who allowed me the chance to design such an outstanding project to support their active lifestyle and hopefully add beauty to their daily lives.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And to you my loyal readers, I can’t wait to hear what you think. I happen to think the photos and the copy capture my clients’ personalities and lifestyle perfectly. So by all means, rush out and grab your copy so you can join me in celebrating.


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p.s. If you love this project, stay tuned for before and after features and much more insight on this project and my design process for this home. I can’t wait to share it with you because I have had to keep this lovely home under wraps for quite some time and I am dying to show you all the tiny details. And Thank you again for all your support!

New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine

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Hi Friends,

Thanks so much for your patience with my lack of blogging of late. I have been so busy with travel during September and October, that I just can’t seem to get to everything.

But I didn’t want to wait another minute to tell you about the amazing Showhouse that I am participating in with Traditional Home Magazine. It is in New York City on the upper East side (63rd and 5th Avenue to be exact) and it’s called Holiday House. I am so honored to have designed Traditional Home’s sponsored room and to be in a showhouse with the likes of Design Greats Eric Cohler, Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Vincente Wolf and many more big names in the design industry.

The Opening Gala for Holiday House was last night and what a great party it was! Beginning today, the house is open for tours daily and believe me- it is one showhouse you won’t want to miss.

Holiday House is an interesting concept in which designers create rooms based on a holiday theme. Now not all the “holidays” are the traditional ones.  Mine, in fact, is called Spring Forward and it is in celebration of the time each Spring when we “Spring Forward”, but it is also a play on words as the room concept is built around being “Fashion Forward”.

In my space you will find all sorts of fashion references and couture detailing beginning with my classic color palette (for both fashion and interiors) of black and white inspired by the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering that graces my space and is magnified by these chic paintings by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Oh, and did you notice my black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection?

Other details like grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels, contrast welting on my channel-back banquettes, and the sexy curves of my Hickory Chair slipper chairs all bring to mind a feminine fashionista.

In fact all my gorgeous furniture is from Hickory Chair and what a pleasure it was to work with them once again on a successful show house!

And to top it all off, my delicate chandeliers from Canopy Designs and these TO DIE FOR vintage Murano Emerald lamps from Swank lighting are the “jewelry” of my design.

And for those of you who are a fan of Dunes and Duchess, you won’t want to miss how great their double sconces look flanking my fireplace. I think it is the best I have seen these beauties look yet (if I say so myself!) And don’t miss seeing my GORGEOUS black natural fiber Cortina rug from Merida Meridian. It’s Yummy!

I’d like to thank all these amazing vendors that worked with me including Holiday House sponsors’ Pratt and Lambert Paints and NDI.  And a big thank you to Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Michael Savoia, Personal Touch Movers, Freddy and Sandy from Creative Strategies, Traditional Home Magazine and the Holiday House staff and volunteers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all these great partners.

So if you are in the New York area or will be between now and  November 18th, you MUST go see the Holiday House. And the best news is that it benefits such a great cause, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a cause that is very close to my family because my husband’s mom died of breast cancer before I had the pleasure of knowing her. I also have a young friend (who is only 29 and a former member of my design team) who is currently fighting breast cancer. So PLEASE take the time to see this gorgeous designer showhouse and help this very important cause!

I look forward to hearing what you all think of my “Spring Forward” design. And I will be back soon with many more exciting blog posts because I have SO much to tell you that has been happening over the last few weeks and months.

Oh and speaking of exciting things…If you are in the New York area or will be there next week, please come have breakfast and hear me speak at Astra in the D & D building with Traditional Home and design celebs Philip Gorrivan, Patrik Lonn, Anne Foster Maxwell of Tilton Fenwick, Gideon Mendelson and blogger and author Ronda Carman of All the Best blog,along with the Scottish Textile Industry.

One of the things I haven’t had time to get you up to speed on is the FANTASTIC trip that I took with Traditional Home and these amazing designers to Scotland in June.  I will be bringing you an inside look at my trip to Scotland here on the blog very soon, but you won’t want to miss hearing all about our amazing experience touring Scottish Textile mills first hand on Tuesday, October 30th at 10am.

And as an added bonus, see the chairs each of us designed using Scottish Textiles and great frames from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. (Hint: Mine is both Scottish and perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! #thinkpinktartan)

So as you can see, New York is the place to be over the next week and I hope to see you there!!