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Before and After: My Dining Room

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I love entertaining and hosting dinner parties for my friends and family. It gives me a chance to serve up some of my favorite meals, try new recipes, and show them my new dining room. And now that it’s Christmas season, this room has really gotten a lot of use.

But enough about entertaining, let’s talk about my dining room decor. I love creating unique color combinations for my clients and my own home. So when deciding on my new dining space, I went with a bit of an unconventional color scheme that I think really paid off.

So before I show you the finished product, let’s look at what this space started out as. The previous owner used this room as a study instead of a dining room, but its long, rectangular shape lends itself to my large oval dining table much better. And while I love the 90’s hunter green that is making a comeback in interior design, this shade didn’t hit the mark for my family and me! It made the room extremely dark and dreary.

I lightened the entire space with fresh pink and bright yellow floral wallpaper topped with a soft petal pink ceiling! I couldn’t resist the drama of that Clarke & Clarke wallpaper and pulling out those pops of yellow with the Jan Showers lamps and the silk drapery panels that are sort of yellow and sort of Chartreuse. There’s even a tiny splash of chartreuse bordering my gray “Logo Grand” rug from my line with New River Artisans!

This before shot towards the foyer shows the old french doors that I removed to make the dining room feel more inviting as guests entered our house. The doors seemed to say “keep out” to me and my dining room is one of the main spaces I want my guests to feel welcome and at home.

And as I said before, this room was super dark but not only because of the paint. There is only one window in this room, on the front of the house, but I had a solution for more natural light. See that dark corner below?

Well, it now is the home of a fabulous upholstered door with an oval window that allows natural light to flood in from the kitchen and the sunroom on the back of the house. Interestingly, when I opened up the wall to add the door, there was a header there already, indicating that there had been a door here previously and someone decided to close it up. 

Isn’t that pale blue upholstered door with polished nickel nails super chic? And here are a few more lovely views of this space from other angles…

For me, no detail is too small when setting the perfect tablescape, or when it comes to designing a home for you and your family! And I feel the same way about designing the perfect home full of gorgeous design and lots of love for my own family.

And I try equally hard when entertaining guests.

So I hope you love this decor and entertaining inspiration.  I’m off to get my tables ready for my Christmas guests. But stay tuned for the next blog post in my Before & After series coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Guide: Thanksgiving in my New Home

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As you all know, I love to host my family and friends for dinner parties, and Thanksgiving is no exception! I’m so excited that I am finally able to share my newly renovated home with all of you, especially my dining room and breakfast room with Thanksgiving being next week! I love my yellow and pink floral wallpaper and pink velvet chairs, and I can mix in my different china collections. If my new dining room has you inspired to take your Thanksgiving in a bolder and more colorful direction, here are a few pieces that I think will give you the same look!

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  1. Lizzie Table Runner in Mineral: You could say that I’ve been dreaming up this color scheme since I started designing my fabric line! My Lizzie fabric in mineral features the same bold yellow and pinks as my dining room wallpaper.
  2. Geo Placecard Holders: I love adding personal touches to each setting, like a hand written placecard in one of these beautiful geometric holders. They come in an assortment so there is some added interest to your table!
  3. Gold Bamboo Serving Spoon: I love the bamboo motif on the handle of this beautiful 24K gold-plated serving spoon for all of our side dishes in timeless style!
  4. “Bamboo” Serving Bowl: Taking another cue from the bamboo motif and the natural floral elements in my dining room, this white ceramic serving bowl will be a beautiful addition to the table to hold different side dishes!
  5. ‘La Cite’ Pitcher: Let’s bring back cocktail hour with a glamorous glass pitcher with a 24K gold design! Or fill it with water or iced-tea to relieve you from having to fill everyone’s glass and enjoy your meal!
  6. Cape Recycled Glassware: These lovely glasses are handcrafted in Africa from 100% recycled glass with the slightest tint of green to go with the floral designs! Being eco-friendly and chic make this glassware set a must!
  7. Bamboo Salt & Pepper Shakers: Beauty is in the details and these salt and pepper shakers with a bamboo motif are certainly no exception!
  8. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glassware Collection: These bubbly Old Fashioned glasses are the right mix of whimsy and classy with a gold rim!
  9. Tobi Fairley Tommye Napkins in Buttercup: If you can’t tell, I’ve been dreaming about this dining room color scheme long before it became a reality! My Tommye leopard print in bright Buttercup yellow pair perfectly with the fun floral table runner!
  10. Jadeite Pedestal Server: I love collecting vintage tableware, especially jadeite. I can’t wait to serve some of the amazing desserts my daughter and I will bake on these gorgeous pedestal servers!
  11. Gilt-Edge Shell Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are really like the jewelry for your dining table, so why shouldn’t they be fabulous? Adorned with rose quartz and brass these feminine rings will pop against the bright yellow napkins!
  12. Pink Brushstroke Dinnerware: This dinnerware set is pretty in pink and ready for dinner! Both dishwasher and microwave safe and large enough to hold the generous portions of Thanksgiving, your hubby won’t even notice the slightly feminine tone!
  13. Torta Gold-Plated Cake Server: This stunning crystal handle and 24K gold-plated stainless steel cake server may have my guests reaching for dessert first!
  14. kate spade new york Malmo Gold 5 Piece Place Setting: The essentials are key to a good tablescape, starting with your flatware! This set in a fashionable gold finish will add a dose of chic style to your place settings!

Before and After: Beautiful B&B

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There’s an amazing new bed and breakfast in High Point, N.C.! It’s called Pandora’s Manor and it’s owned by one of my favorite companies, Eastern Accents. They asked me and 5 other interior designers to revamp the bedrooms in the historic home, and given my love of traditional homes, I couldn’t wait to redesign my space!

Before we got started, the rooms had some amazing details that you see in so many historic homes, like the wood floors and a marble fireplace – I love a fireplace in a bedroom! But, also like a lot of older homes, things also looked a bit dated as families moved in and out and as tastes and trends changed.

One thing I knew I wanted to add was a WOW factor, but I still wanted to keep the traditional elements that I love so much. So I added wainscoting to the bottom of the walls, but gave those walls a more modern look with a deep black paint on the upper half. Then I layered in a bright yellow fabric in the draperies and upholstery, all from fabrics that are in my own collection for Duralee.

The room before was a little cramped with older furniture and upholstery, and I wanted to add glamour and a more modern look with my design for this bedroom.

My new Tilly chair for CR Laine really has that vintage look with a modern twist that I was searching for, so it was the perfect fit. And I was lucky enough to also be able to use pieces from my collections of art for Soicher Marin and tables and a desk from Woodbridge Furniture.

There is an attached bathroom for each of the bedrooms, so I also pulled in some of the design elements and colors from the bedroom into the bath.

I love a bold graphic wallpaper, and this black-and-white pattern was a perfect complement to the bedroom’s decor. I also used the same drapery fabric and Greek key detailing that you can see on the bedroom windows.

The final result was a room that guests will love, featuring a big luxurious bed with fabulous Eastern Accents linens to lounge in! I was so honored to be given this project, and I even wrote a letter to the guests who will stay here in the coming years.

The designers who were involved in the home with me are Alexa Hampton, Barclay Butera, Celerie Kemble, Thom Filicia, and Madcap Cottage – here we all are on the steps of Pandora’s Manor in our special Eastern Accents PJs! To see their rooms and to learn more about the home, click here to read the feature on Traditional Home‘s website!

If you’re in High Point, N.C., for the upcoming High Point Market, be sure to stop in and tour this gorgeous B&B. It’s a great place to stay, with an amazing staff!

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Before and After: The Chancellor Suite

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I love to work on commercial projects almost as much as I enjoy residential design! One of my favorites – and a project close to my heart – was the Chancellor Hotel. It’s right in the historic downtown square in Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas, where I attended college not once, but twice.

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When asked by the new owners of the hotel to design two of the luxury suites, The Chancellor Suite and The Old Main Suite, of course I jumped at the chance. Back in the day, I had a design internship in Hospitality Design in Las Vegas for the firm Yates-Silverman, so getting back into the hospitality arena was an exciting return for me.

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Today we’ll look at The Chancellor Suite and in a few weeks I’ll show you The Old Main Suite! For The Chancellor Suite, several hotel rooms from the previous hotel establishment were combined into one luxury suite. The “before” was built several decades ago.

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My goal for this suite was to bring a level of sophistication to Arkansas reminiscent of some of my favorite classic hotels in the U.S., like the Carlyle in New York City, but infusing it with my signature colorful style.

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As you can see, there was a lot of space to work with since this suite had a central living area, and two bedrooms!

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Shades of rich turquoise, charcoal, and gold mixed with classic black-and-white formed my color palette.

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The bedrooms were really a blank slate, so I was able to add luxurious materials and a calming color palette that made them chic and restful, and complemented the nearby living space.

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So what do you think about this hotel renovation? There are so many ideas that would easily translate into your home, too, don’t you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo,

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Behind the Scenes at High Point Market

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I just wrapped up a whirlwind week at High Point Market, the largest trade show for home furnishings in the world! It’s so exciting to show everyone the new designs I’ve created with my partners – and today I’m going to give you a sneak peek at what we unveiled! Like my brand new outdoor furniture line that made its debut with my partner company Woodbridge Furniture, above.

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One of my favorite new designs was the channel-backed Tilley chair in a bright yellow velvet, from CR Laine. It is comfortable for everyone from tall people to petites! Tilley was also selected by Laura Umansky, a market Style Spotter, as one of her favorite products, which was such an honor!

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I was lucky enough to have three of my new products “Style Spotted” in High Point, including my Calhoun chair from CR Laine in bright yellow chinoiserie. It was selected by the amazing designer Scot Meacham Wood.

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And in Woodbridge, my new Nick table in brass and acrylic was chosen by Erika Ward as a top market product! Thanks to all the Style Spotters for the honors!

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Speaking of Woodbridge, what do you think of the coral and gray palette I used in this room? It really highlights my new Emery cocktail table, Thomas console, and the best-selling Sarah chest that’s custom painted in gray.screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-3-03-22-pm

Half the fun of going to market is seeing all of my fellow designers, retailers, and friends, like this group of my former Mastermind consulting group members! Billy Ceglia, Lisa Hough, and Shelly Lloyd are all piled up with me on my Bradley bed from CR Laine, with gorgeous bedding from Eastern Accents!

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And I was even more lucky to be able to show my hubby the crazy fun that is the High Point Market! It was his first time at the big show and I know he loved it!

Stay tuned in future posts as I show you more of the amazing products that made their debut this week! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below!

xo,

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