Friday, August 1, 2014

Nothing is forever- ART SALE

One thing I've learned friends is that if you love something (inanimate) so hard, there will be another thing down the road that you love even harder, so seriously 'nothing is forever'.  I used to be in the Fine Art business of selling limited edition fine art prints.  I'd get an offer and I would think, no, I love that and don't want to sell it.  Well, guess what, a few years later I'm TOTALLY OVER IT, and on to something else.  Here are a few pieces of art in my home that are for sale:

Item 1001: Sacre Coeur, Paris, 2010.  Acrylic painting by Nancy Powell, size 28 1/2" w x 
38 1/2" tall, with unstained maple handmade frame.  $400.

 Celebrating Change

  In the Current Moment

 Discovering Change

  Solitary Splendor

Item 1002:  Series of 4 prints, signed by the artist Sybil Shane.  
Framed in walnut wood 10.5" x 12.5" overall, with ivory mat.
Set of 4 $180 
Individually $45 each.

If you're interested please email me at  Look for more sales soon!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Are you on board?

It took me a while to get on board with Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year, but in small doses, I'm all over it.

Especially loving saturated magenta as an accent color with beige, taupe, gray--or just about any color scheme!

What do you think?


Monday, July 28, 2014

"How to Get Published"

I had the pleasure of attending an talk given by Sharon Jaffe Dan, Editor in Chief, Home & Design Magazine on "How to Get Published" at the open house of Best Tile in Lorton, VA.  A beautiful newly redesigned showroom and fabulous hors d'oeuvres and drinks were complimented by area designers, architects and contractors.  It was great to meet more designers in my area.
Home & Design is a gorgeous magazine on architecture and fine interiors for Washington, VA and MD. 
In a nutshell, these were Sharon's bullet points:

In a further conversation with Sharon, she emphasized that it is ok to put new work on your website or portfolio or a tiny peek of a project on a blog, and that magazines don't expect you to hold everything back necessarily. Their targeted readership is probably not going to find your website or blog most likely.  She did recommend using HOUZZ as a source for designers and prospective customers.  If you pitch a project to a magazine wait til you hear back from them before contacting another.   H&D takes about a month to decide if they can use your work in an upcoming issue and if they say no, then you can pitch it to another magazine. She said they are looking for whole house photos but sometimes can use images of one room when they do a specialty issue, i.e, like bathrooms or kitchens.  But do your homework and find the right person to send your work to; that is key.

Thank you Best Tile and Home & Design for a fun, informative meeting and great swag bags!
I hope this helps those of you who are contemplating the subject of getting published.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

E-design client process

We were contacted by a friend of Bethany's who built a custom home years ago. We went to visit her when she moved in, and this home, perched on a hill with mountainous views, huge windows, lots of light and beautiful custom touches, is one I never forgot. It is a home I would move into in a hot minute.

She just wanted some slipcovers for her existing sofas, and a new rug.  We told her about our Room Design Plan, not just focusing on the sofa or rug, but pulling the whole room together, and she signed up.  Here is a before picture of her living room.

The existing multi colored clock on her mantle was her inspiration and our interview with her lead us down a color path of turquoises, blues, rusts, saddle browns.  We came up with these three looks, and honestly Bethany ran with this one in a big way, so I thank her for her vision and hard work.

Along with the plans, we offered her a roadmap on how to execute the look she chose, and it began with:

and adding pops of color:

We presented these boards to her and created the vision in her room with several props that we brought along, like vases, a fiber rug, and turquoise garden stool.  She fell hard for the scheme with the turquoise over-dyed rug mixed with a saddle brown leather sofa, and turquoise accents.  

This is a client that wants to try to pull it together on her own, now that she has the plan. Although we gave her detailed instructions, we will be at-the-ready if she needs help executing any of it.  It was so fun nailing a look she was happy with. It wasn't hard convincing her that reupholstering old furniture wasn't cost effective so we were happy to enlighten her with several better options!

The best design advice we can give is always start with a plan!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Project

One of our current projects is a master bedroom for a current client whose living room we completed in February.  We call her our #bestclientever since she makes up her mind quickly, gives us artistic license to do what we think looks best and loves whatever we do! Did we mention how much we LOVE our job?

We repurposed an old dresser of hers and turned it into a media center.  You can see the dresser makeover here.  It is her favorite piece in the room!

She is starting from scratch in her master bedroom.  We offered her two looks:

She chose Natural Glam but with the upholstered bed from the 2nd plan.  Can't wait to pull it altogether and make their Master Bedroom their dream room!

Have a great week friends!