Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Sunday

Wishing all of you a glorious celebration of spring, life and rebirth.

P.S  If you happen to have the chance listen to our 15 minute clip today on B101.5 at 8 am! (Northern Virginia- Fredericksburg and beyond!) You can check them out B101.5 on facebook or the web.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Morning, NoVA

Earlier this week, we taped a radio segment on B101.5, a local radio show, on decorating and sprucing up for spring! Pinch me!

Our host, Dee, was so welcoming and instantly made us feel at ease.  Although, we were total goobers -  rest assured.  I'm sure they were happy to see us go.  We had such a ball and giggled the whole way home.

If you are in the Northern Virginia area, you can tune in if you're in the car or have the radio on while cooking breakfast! Our segment airs on Easter Sunday at 8am (this Sunday)... but we will not be offended if you miss it, because who's up at 8am on Sundays (hint : not me).  We're so excited to hear our 15 minutes!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More places for inspiration

Have you looked at Zara Home for interior inspiration and decor lately? 

A few fun things on my list are this acrylic folding table,

precut linen napkins( reuseable, washable up to 5 times- great hostess gift!)

 and this fun stool.

Have a look! and Happy Spring ( although it was 96 degrees Monday and 28 last night! - yikes)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring design trends

Looking through my pictures from High Point Market, in an effort to not post a hundred + pictures of things I loved, I want to focus on the trends, in my humble opinion.  I have enjoyed seeing what others earmarked as highlights of their trips, dying that I couldn't see it all in four days!

One noticeable trend, that I have seen for the last two years, is  nailheads.  Nailheads in obvious and not so obvious places, like lamps, doors, dresser fronts, wallpaper - in all finishes, but the majority are antique bronze.

Hickory Chair
Gallery walls are still hugely popular as well as large scale art, but I saw alot of plexiglass frameless art treatments, no longer reserved for commercial applications.

at Wesley Hall
Chairs with gorgeous sexy lines, beautiful leathers and woods, but many more swivel chairs than I ever imagined. Now I'm thinking every home needs swivel chairs!

CR Laine with a new Traci Zellar pillow!
Hickory Chair
Neutrals are king and in every shade: blush, peaches, aquas, taupe, gray, but HOT pops of color and bold color-filled rooms were abundant.

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair
Thibaut walls, fabrics, furniture (note swivel chairs)
Thibauts furniture line is gorgeous. (note nailheads)
The lighting was over the top gorgeous, everywhere.  Statement lighting is paramount! But huge table lamps are really making headlines lately! (think vintage 70's-80's also)

Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios at CR Laine

The Tomlinson showroom had an impressive display of oversized lighting, with the creator on site, a wonderful older gentleman who is truly passionate about creating unique lighting for Tomlinson. 

These are just a few of the trends I noticed at market.  I feel rugs are moving away from bold, graphic designs, back to classic orientals, turkish, vintage and timeless designs.  Draperies are coming back in a big way, and of course the key points are

details and layers!!!

Hope you all have a great week! We are off to tape a radio show! We'll keep you posted.

Friday, April 11, 2014

High Point Market Recap

How to describe my impression of my first time at High Point Market? 


(It's like when I took my kids to Disneyworld and they walked into the M & M store and their jaws dropped, they giggled with glee and began running all around, touching everything!)  
High Point is Disneyland for Designers!

I drove 5 hours to High Point and met up with my roommates Kim Macumber and Linda Holt, from the Boston area.  They had been to Tobi Fairley's seminar that morning and were bubbling with excitement and information to share. We headed off to the showrooms and honestly never stopped except to take a shuttle back to the hotel and collapse in bed from exhaustion each night and do it all again the next day... x 4! I couldn't possibly see it all, but let me summarize the best of what I did see.

My favorite showrooms were:
  • Visual Comfort
  • Hickory Chair
  • Four Hands
  • Tomlinson
  • CR Laine
My favorite speakers were:
  • Lisa Ferguson and Jennifer Brouwer " Get and Close More Ideal Clients Faster"
  • Kimberly Selden "More Money, More Profits"
  • Lloyd Princeton " Evolving your Business"
There were unforgettable introductions like Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios, Aerin Lauder signing her book at Visual Comfort, Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita blog, 

and more eye candy than you can imagine; and did I mention unlimited cocktails and hors d'oeuvres? I can't believe I got sick of 'finger foods'! We finally sat down to a meal the third evening, after craving salad and a substantial meal.

Enough talk-I know you want to see the sights:

Hickory Chair
Hickory Chair (yes, those are 3 IKEA chandeliers in the Suzanne Kasler room)
Caracole chair
Robert Abbey lighting
cool art at Barloga Studios
a showroom tour by Christian May of  the blog Maison 21
a giant rug in process at Surya
unique finds from Acquisitions Ltd, UK
new collection from Aidan Gray home
I could go on and on but I will have to show you more another time.  The textiles, the rugs, all the sexy chairs you could imagine, beautiful lighting and accessories--just stimulus overload for 4 days. It was heaven! I hope you have experienced HP market or get to go in the future! It was a bucket list trip for me!