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Bold and Beautiful Banquettes

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I am a huge fan of a banquette – you know those built-in booth/bench/sofa things. Yes, those! And banquettes are multipurpose pieces that are definitely in vogue today, popping up in just about every room in the house. In some ways they make us nostalgic, reminding us of our grandmother’s kitchen, or maybe a favorite meal in a diner.


There are so many great functional reasons to use a banquette, too! For example, they can add extra storage in the kitchen or dining area.

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They also provide a lot of extra seating, and give you a great way to repurpose space that might not otherwise be as functional.

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It isn’t just casual spaces that can use a gorgeous banquette! I loved creating the super-glam version above, with tufting that went right up to the ceiling.


Or how about this high-fashion version in stark white with nailhead trim on the base? I loved how it looks against the black-and-white floor and the rich blue on the doors and wallpaper!

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Banquettes are great in other living areas, too, like in the reading nook I created for a client above. It was a great way to take advantage of the space next to the fireplace instead of just using another boring old cabinet.

Do you love banquettes as much as I do? Which one of the banquettes I designed above is your favorite? Where would you use one in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!








Can “Traditional” Be a Trend?

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As I  gather more and more inspiration for my new home, I’m noticing what a major revival traditional style is experiencing in interiors right now! But it’s not the old stodgy traditional style, but rather a fresh take on it like this gorgeous design by Nick Olsen.


And here’s a view of the adjoining bedroom with a new take on a 4-poster traditional bed and a very classic floral wallpaper and Chinoiserie influences as seen on the pages of Veranda Magazine. But this isn’t your grandmother’s old floral…it’s so refreshing and I am crazy about it.

This trend back to traditional is still emerging, but it’s turning up in lots of places, from fabrics to architecture! That’s what I talked about on my latest segment for Good Morning Arkansas just before the new year.

Have a look:

Is Traditional a trend you would incorporate in your own home?

If you’re still not sure what it means for a design to be “Traditional” or “Modern” or “Eclectic,” and you’re not sure how to infuse your home with your personal style, consider joining me on creativeLIVE–in partnership with House Beautiful–for a free, three-day training called “What’s Your Design Personality?”  The course is live January 23-25th, and you can participate from anywhere there’s internet! To learn more or to enroll now, CLICK HERE!


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p.s. If you are looking for great antiques to spruce up your Traditional Look and you live in the Atlanta area, don’t forget about 1st Find at the Farm tomorrow ( Tuesday, January 7th). It may be cold, but we will still be there having a fabulous time in the heated tents shopping for fabulous finds. You can even buy a ticket to hear my talk on Mixing antiques into your interiors, have dinner with me, and go on a guided tour of the vendors to see what my fabulous things I spotted and may be bringing back to my new house!  To read more about it go here. I hope you’ll come out and join me!

Know Your Own Design Style! Another FREE creativeLIVE Course for YOU

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Hi Friends. I hope you had the Merriest of Holiday Celebrations this week. And today, I have another gift for you that is TOTALLY FREE!

It’s almost time for #2 of my three online courses and I wanted you to know in plenty of time for you to enroll! This exciting collaboration with creativeLIVE and House Beautiful magazine gives you a chance to attend a training for FREE, on a topic that will change the way you think about your interiors!

On January 23-25, I’m talking about Design Style! This is a very fun topic, because personal design styles are so individual and unique. Getting in touch with your personal style can give you a whole new outlet for creative self-expression. And imagine living in a space that really reflects your values, goals, and personality!

Have you ever tried to verbalize your design style but end up using blanket statements like “my style is eclectic” because you didn’t know how to describe what you’re drawn to visually?

Knowing what your interior design style is — and being able to explain it — is as important as knowing what does and doesn’t go together in home decor. I’ll teach you the top design styles, including today’s latest trends as well as what styles are on their way out.  You’ll learn how to define your personal style, how to shop smart when buying a new piece of furniture or art, and how to blend two different styles to create a cohesive look. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have all the skills you need to create a stylish personal space that reflects exactly who you are.

Just like the last course–Using Color in Home Decor–this training is 100% free when you watch the live workshop.

So join me in January for this free workshop on creativeLIVE.  I’ll see you on the air soon!

AND! If you’re interested in joining me in the creativeLIVE studio audience during the taping, learn more about it HERE.


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Talking Antiques at 1st Find at the Farm

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So: You love great design. But. Have you really explored the wonderful world of antiques? Antiques are such an amazing way to add texture and depth to your designs.

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If you’ve been to the Antique & Design Center of High Point during your treks to High Point Market in the past few years, then you already know it is the number one place to go for forward-focused design, gorgeous antique furnishings and fabulous art.


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And, now, the Antique & Design Center is launching an exciting new event to kick off their debut at the Atlanta Market this January 7-8th! It’s called 1st Find at the Farm, and I am truly honored to be the featured presenter at such a highly-anticipated event!

If you love design–and you love antiques–but aren’t quite sure how to bring all that love together, please join me at 1st Find at the Farm on January 7th. That afternoon, I’m going to be speaking on a topic that I hope will really reinvigorate your designs and give you a fresh perspective on mixing pieces of different ages–and with different histories–in your work. My presentation is called “Finding Inspiration in the Mix: Layering Antiques Into Your Design for a Fresh Look.”

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Following the lecture, you’ll also get a chance to walk through the show with me, and afterward we will get to rave about our favorite finds over a private dinner. This part of the show (my presentation, tour and dinner) is RSVP-only, so grab a ticket before it sells out!

And the setting for this show is going to be truly spectacular! Imagine: Many of the top antique dealers in the U.S. showcasing their most stunning pieces out on the rolling hills of the Broder Family farm, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. Talk about “Finding Inspiration in the Mix,” try this country/city combo to break you out of your rut! Good music + good food + gorgeous setting + great design = perfect combination!

The whole thing promises to be 100% AMAZING, and you definitely don’t want to miss it! To purchase your ticket in advance–and to get all of the event details–visit the event website.


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Shop My One Kings Lane Sale, Today Through Saturday!

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I’m so excited that today is the launch of my fourth Tastemaker Tag Sale with One King’s Lane! Not sure what that means? Imagine being able to shop my personal collection of furnishings and accessories for just 72 hours. You’ll find items that I’ve handpicked and ordered custom for staging, photo shoots, and MORE. Let me give you a sneak peek of what you’ll find on my sale this week.

By now you’re probably pretty familiar with my formal living room. But now you can purchase some key pieces that will give your own space the same mood of feminine power and grace:


Remember this bold guest bedroom? Now you can get the look!



And on the sale you’ll find some dramatic pieces that will help you recreate this warm and playful design, from my former family room:


famrmoklThere are also some gorgeous and functional furniture pieces that will serve your family beautifully, like this hydraulic table that can be coffee or cocktail height, depending on what you need at the time. Perfect for families who do a lot of entertaining!



And check out some of the hot black and white items and then pair them with a color punch!



I just know that everyone will find something to LOVE! So go shop NOW, before the goodies are all gone!


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