Friday, March 6, 2015

New for Spring


Wisteria is killing it lately with gorgeous new products
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and so is Anthropologie.

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Love these striped dining chairs:
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How about this sweet settee from Ballard?
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Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe and warm!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The new DC Design Center


In need of hands-on versus online inspiration for upcoming projects, I headed to the DC Design Center in Washington last Friday. It opened recently in a new location and has it's own designated parking garage, which is A MUST in DC.  You can go as a Visitor if you can't get a Trade Pass, so check it out!

Here are some highlights:



There are amazing lighting and furnishings at J. Lambeth, beautiful wallpapers from Phillip Jeffries (like this high gloss rafia) at Holly Hunt, a fabulous showroom sample sale going on now at American Eye featuring one of my favorite Lee Industries leather chairs, and lots of gorgeous carpet and area rugs at Stark.  

Stay tuned for the WDC:



You can check out the events at the WDC and I hope you'll join me there on March 18th!
There are fabulous designers in attendance like Charlotte Moss, Amanda Nisbet, Vicente Wolf, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, with lovely luncheons, book signings and love of new lines unveiled. 
Will I see you there?



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Featured contributor for Domino


So excited to have our first article published in Domino!  I've been invited as a guest contributor to write about design and will be contributing on a regular basis.






   the real design rules you should follow
Too many rules to follow? We agree. Nancy Powell gives us the new rules to decorate by.

Thank you Domino, see you again soon!
Have a great week friends.

And a huge thanks to our wonderful photographer, Jen Dowell, whom they accidentally left off of the credits on the article.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Family time


We have had a wonderful few weeks with Bethany and family at our home while they were in between moves.  5 dogs, a cat and a pony...our kind of fun!  

Everyone got along famously and though the dogs face some adjusting ahead in their new home, they felt safe and happy at Gramma's and transitioned nicely. 





It was a motley crew, but they all loved being a part of a bigger 'pack'. Even Nicky, who is the last one to tolerate canine company, joined in the festivities.  He'll do anything to get closer to Bethany.

We said goodbye to her charming cottage in the woods, as her buyers were young, first time home owners just like they were 4 years ago.  The new owners wanted all the window treatments, paint colors and photos of decorated rooms and it was sad to let all of our decorating memories go.  But Bethany has her dream home for now, and a clean decorating slate to put all those ideas to a new test.

The house is much too quiet now, but adventures lie ahead and I'll be spending alot of time at Bethany's new house!  Nothing is more precious to me than family time and cooking for my kids and enjoying their company.  This cold, damp, frozen winter has lent itself to hibernating and we are so looking forward to spring and decorating her house!  

20 days til Spring, are you ready?



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A walk back in time


I recently ran across the listing for our darling cottage when we first bought it in 2010.  I can't believe how many small little changes have added up over the years.  Here's how it looked then.




And it evolved over time to this.




And today, it looks like this.



Sadly, we have outgrown this house with our 3 dogs.  It's been a whirlwind few months, but we have bought a new home and sold this darling cottage two weeks ago.  Last weekend we moved into the new place and are so ready for our new adventure. 

 We are all so excited to begin a new chapter!