I recently helped a client decorate his condo. I had such a great time working with him. He’s so laid back and has fabulous taste– The best kind of client! We both love the industrial Restoration Hardware look, so we incorporated leather and iron in several places. Here is a preview of the living room that opens to the kitchen. We just finished the install, so I will post the pictures soon. The living room looks great and is perfect for my bachelor client!
Lighting: Halo Styles Gyro Chandelier
Rug: West Elm Jute Boucle Rug in Flax
Hide Rug: Vintage
Sofa with Chaise: Lee Industries — 3917 series in Patton Flax
Lamps: Pottery Barn
Stools: Pottery Barn Chase Sling Stool
Barstools: Halo Styles Grosvenor Barstool in Cigar
TV Cabinet: Go Home LTD Wembley Entertainment Center
Pillows: Kravet Artemesia Ranjani.635
Side Chair: Vintage and will be recovered in Duralee 32068– 177 Chesnut
1. Match Pewter Convivio Dinnerware Collection — I love white plates and these are sophisticated with the pewter border. The champagne and wine glasses with pewter stems are to-die-for too!
2. Dransfield & Ross Placemats — Makes me want to have a fun dinner party!
3. Hermes Quadrige Blanket — I have the orange throw in this pattern and love it!
4. Sferra Diamonte Sheets — I’ve tried many sheets (Matouk, Yves Delorme, Anichini, Peacock Alley) but these Sferra sheets are the absolute best. Make sure you starch and iron them for the best sleep ever!
5. Matouk Milagro Towels — The softest towels I’ve found! In my opinion better than Sferra, Yves Delorme, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Abyss & Habidecor.
6. Lacefield Designs Pillows — These are so fun, well made, and come in a variety of colors!
I’m so excited to share a big project I’ve been working on! I am overseeing the remodel of a home in Charlotte. It’s a traditional 6,000 sq. ft. 1950’s brick home that hadn’t been updated since the 70’s! The house sits on an acre on a fabulous wide street in Myers Park. It has a lot of potential, but needs some serious updates!
I’ll be blogging on the progress of the home, so I will start with the kitchen this week. I met with architect Sammy Greeson of Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson. He’s so talented and designed my mother’s fabulous NC mountain home. I told him the main things I wanted for the kitchen and we were able to come up with a plan.
Here is the new plan for the left side of the kitchen.
The refrigerator will be where the stoves were. I like the GE Profile 36″ Counter Depth Refrigerator. It has french doors and a pull-out freezer at the bottom (with NO icemaker– I don’t like them on the outside of refrigerators).
The sink and dishwasher will remain on the right side of the new refrigerator.
I prefer the stainless steel 24″ Recessed Handle Bosch Dishwasher 500 Series.
I like the Franke Stainless Steel Manor House sink.
A new Wolf Range will be on the side wall where the refrigerator was.
My favorite is the 48″ Wolf Gas Range. I like the idea of using a marble slab for the backsplash.
Wall of cabinets across from the sink
There will be 20″ deep left and right wing cabinets. The top cabinets have clear glass paneled doors. The center section of these cabinets will have 1/2″ glass shelves and the interior paint color will be Benjamin Moore Bronze Tone. For the backsplash I am using a full height stone slab to match the counter tops.
The island will have a microwave and wine refrigerator built-in.
I’m not a fan of microwaves in top cabinets. I prefer them “hidden away” in the island.
My favorite wine refrigerator is the U-line Wine Captain® Model — 2175WCC
I’m undecided on the counter tops. I might go with absolute black granite. My friend Will Merrill suggested having a concrete counter top for the island. I’m leaning toward white cabinets with black counter tops.
I’ve pinned the best organization ideas on my Pinterest kitchen board! I can’t wait to incorporate these into the new kitchen.
How great are these hidden outlets?
I’m trying to be patient for this long process, but I’ll be updating as the kitchen progresses!
I did some organizing today and was excited to find several advertisements from the 60’s and 70’s that I had purchased from eBay last year. The ads were for my ancestor’s Denim Manufacturing Company, Cone Mills. I was going to frame a collection of the ads to hang in my office.
The tagline in many of the ads is, “Improves Your Overall Appearance”. The people in the ads are wearing denim overalls. How clever (took me a minute to get that!! Haha)
1977 ad for “Mom Jeans” . Denim on denim. This whole ad just makes me laugh.
I also found a postcard on Wikipedia sent from my great-great aunt Etta Cone to Gertrude Stein in Florence, Italy in 1911. I might frame this and add to my new “family wall”. I did a post last year on Gertrude Stein’s relationship with my great-great aunts and how she introduced them to Matisse and Picasso.
I’m on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Council of Advisors, so I thought it would be nice to frame these posters of the Parkway.
I think it’s always nice to have a “collection” or grouping of art in your home. I’m not tired of framed botanicals or intaglios yet, but I think it is sometimes more interesting to have “meaningful” works of art to give your home a personal touch. I like to use old letters from family members, ink drawings, keys, magazine articles, postcards from travels, tickets, or maps.
There are many great ways to hang groupings of art. Picture rails are always very visually appealing, especially with a variety of frames.
I love framing black and white photos in old windows and doors.
It’s also interesting to use twine and clothespins to hang photographs in a reclaimed wood frame.
If you have old handwritten letters from family members you can enlarge them on a copier and have them framed.
Frame postcards sent to you, or ones collected while traveling.
Framing postcards in “floating” frames always looks great!
If you don’t have your own postcards, you can order a collection of vintage postcards online.
You can make a collage out of your favorite childhood Penguin Book covers.
They come in a box of 100 postcards for $16.50 on Amazon. The collection includes many iconic childhood Penguin books, like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
Amazon sells a postcard collection of 100 groundbreaking Vanity Fair Covers “representing more than twenty years of cosmopolitan Jazz Age design in one box”.
It would be fun to create a collage of ticket stubs from every concert you’ve attended.
Create fun shapes, like hearts, using meaningful items.
Make a “love map” using maps from the places you and your spouse met, married, and currently live. There’s a great tutorial here.
Cut a map of a meaningful place into fours and frame each section individually.
Have a collection of keys from former residences? You can always frame them!
Kids can be very artistic and create interesting works of art. It’s nice to have a framed collection of children’s art to hang on the wall in their bedroom. You can also frame pages from a child’s favorite book.
For girls, it’s fun to frame doll outfits in shadowboxes or ones from mom’s childhood (if she still has them. I know my mom doesn’t!).
Once you frame your “meaningful art,” you can use this great resource for inspiration on different ways to hang a wall gallery.
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Last year, I wrote a post showcasing the before and after of my home, and I received an anonymous comment asking, “Do you hate color?”.
My Guest Bedroom
I thought this was funny, because it depends on one’s definition of “color”. Bright colors? Dark colors? Neutral colors? To me, gray and beige are colors, and they just happen to be my favorite colors for interiors. However, this could change at any point.
My guest twin bedroom
I really do like the occasional use of a bright color. I recently added 2 orange Hermes “H” pillows in my gray guest bedroom. It gives the neutral room a “pop” of color.
Last year, I was bored with my gray TV room. I still loved the walls and sofa, but it was a little bland. I decided to add bold orange touches to brighten the room.
I added an orange and gray Hermes Throw, 2 pillows in Schumacher’s Betwixt, and many orange books.
I placed stacks of books in shades of orange on the console below the TV to add an extra “pop” of color.
I bought as many books with orange covers as I could find at the BD Jeffries store in Charlotte. They have an amazing collection of coffee table books. The rest I ordered from Amazon.
And what do ya know? “Tangerine Tango” is Pantone’s 2012 color of the year! According to the Pantone website, “Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring”.
It’s true. Sitting on the sofa in my orange and “tangerine tango” accessorized room makes me feel refreshed!
I recently added aqua accents to my living room by painting the back of the bookshelves, hanging aqua sconces, and placing aqua colored pillows on the linen sofa. The room is still very neutral, but the added “pop” of color makes it feel very fresh.
I went to look at my pinterest boards, and I saw that I had already “pinned” many fabulous neutral rooms with “pops” of color.
Massucco Warner Miller
Jacqueline Derrey Segura in House Beautiful
Lorraine G Vale
WAYS TO ADD A “POP” OF COLOR TO YOUR HOME:
Frame art in different sized colorful frames
Add a few throw pillows to your sofa.
Add contrasting bold trim to pillows.
Cover a baking sheet with fabric to make a fun (and inexpensive!) tray.
Add contrasting trim to furniture.
Add bright pillows in contrasting colors to beds.
Caitlin Wilson Textiles
I’ve made some design mistakes in my homes in the past using color (i.e. bright yellow walls and red sofa in my old townhome in college… liked it for about a day).
My advice would be to keep big purchases in neutral, classic colors (sofas, rugs, bedding, etc). This way, you can add different colored accessories according to your moods, the seasons, or even pantone color trends. Believe me, it’s a lot cheaper this way!
So I guess my answer to anonymous’ question is NO, I don’t hate color, but i do prefer it in moderation and usually just a “pop” of one bold color.
I’m all about a good sale! Especially sales involving fabulous home décor. My favorite time is after Christmas and New Years when there are amazing finds at great prices on accessories, furniture, and décor.
I’m so excited that Alexander Scott, my favorite home furnishings store in Charlotte, is having a huge New Years Sale through January 14th. There are markdowns up to 70% off! Many of the store’s vendors have 15–25% off their entire vignettes.
Donna Norton of Tucker LTD. has a fabulous space at the front of the store. I usually can’t go in the store without buying something from her!
Right now Tucker LTD. has 20% off regular priced items! I love the framed intaglios, gilt mirror, panels, and ceramic lamps!
This chest is amazing! Can you believe it’s on sale?
Tucker LTD. has 20% off all jewelry as well! My mom and I have several of the shagreen bracelets and we love them!
I saw this collection of framed ink prints today in Tucker LTD’s space. I’d love to purchase these for my bathroom!
Botanica has a 15% off sale on all regularly priced items.
How great is the winter arrangement in the driftwood container? The antlers are such a fun added element!
Orpah Blanton, another one of my favorite vendors, has a 15% off sale on items over $50. She has such interesting antique finds.
I love the reclaimed wood table and the extra large dough bowl. How great would the antique valence be above a bed with drapery or above a window?
Orpah has a beautiful collection of gilt mirrors, iron pieces, glass lamps, ironstone, and silver at great prices.
There are many artists in Alexander Scott with great New Years sales. One of my favorites, Libby Smart, has a 15% off sale on all her artwork. I have one of her paintings in my dining room.
I love her bright paintings of trees and rural landscapes.
Not only does Libby paint coastal and mountain landscapes, trees, interiors, and figures, but she also has a collection of beautiful European landscapes (my personal favorite).
Swell Décor has a 25% off sale on all regularly priced items.
Plush Interiors has a 40% off sale on all bedding, including Dwell Studio!
This beautiful oak chest is even on sale!
While you’re in the store, be sure to check out Kristen Cone Interior’s newly stocked vignette!
Stop in Alexander Scott this week and check out all the great items on sale! If you are an out-of-town reader, and are interested in a piece in one of the photos, Alexander Scott can ship to you.
208 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203
Happy New Year!! I just returned from an amazing cruise with one of my best friends. We went to Colombia, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, and Panama. My friend and I, however, did not get the memo that it was a Spanish speaking cruise! All other passengers were from Colombia, Panama, or other Latin American countries. While we have both studied Spanish before, we were totally out of our element immersed in another language and culture. The whole trip was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to share my pictures!
We spent a night in Medellin, Colombia (pronounced Med-a-ian) before flying to the port of city Cartagena the next day. We stayed at the Charlee Hotel, an amazing and hip “lifestyle” hotel in Medellin, which aims to recreate the lifestyle of guests by offering luxury, a unique atmosphere, and sophistication.
The Charlee is located in the lively and fashionable Parque Lleras district of Medellin. We were there the day after Christmas and were able to see the trees still lit with beautiful lights.
The Charlee’s lobby is an eclectic mix of modern elegance and rustic charm. There are reclaimed wood floors and walls mixed with unexpected red murano chandeliers and framed mirrors on the ceiling.
The lobby wall has over 50 stacked antique trunks from around the world. I saw so many cool international hotel labels from the early 1900’s on the trunks!
The second floor mezzanine has several sitting areas and a view of the lobby downstairs. The ceiling is covered in different sized framed mirrors, which was an interesting element.
The lobby opens up to a hotel restaurant. The mirrored ceilings are repeated here.
The Charlee’s 5 star avant–garde restaurant offers Peruvian and Asian Fusion.
The two story rooftop pool and bar have lounge seating with views of El Poblado.
The view from the pool area is beautiful at night.
The rooftop terrace has one of the best views of Medellin. I love the large coffee tables with the built-in drink chillers in the shape of a cross.
The suites at The Charlee have amazing views as well. The outside terraces off the suites are bigger than the bedrooms! Most of the rooms have their own personal large jacuzzi tubs on the balcony.
My balcony had a large sitting area with a fun glass bauble chandelier. Arteriors Duke Chandelier is similar. I love that the rooms have their own personal jacuzzis!
My room (Acqua Suite) was neutral with concrete floors, white upholstered headboard and bedding, and beige walls. They have the latest amenities like mp3 docking stations and flat panel TVs.
The bathrooms at The Charlee have natural elements with rock tiles, wood vanities, and stone sinks. The rainfall shower head with a LED light temperature sensor is the best!!!
The Spice Suite has a private chef and teppanyaki grill for Japanese dishes on the terrace!
What could be better than a jacuzzi or private Japanese chef on the terrace of your hotel room overlooking the city of Medellin?
I wish I had more time in Medellin. I know some people might have reservations about visiting Colombia (my mother), but I assure you, it, has recovered from it’s troubled past and now feels completely safe and beautiful!! I will definitely go back soon, and stay at The Charlee, of course!
I wish I was able to attend High Point Furniture Market this week, but I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding in Sydney, Australia! Unfortunately, I am going to miss seeing the new introductions in person, but I did get to have tea with my friend’s family and their decorator, who happened to design Nicole Kidman’s home in Sydney, so that made up for it!!
I’ve already been reading blogs on the latest trends from market and I’m impressed! I’ve been following High Point Market’s “Style Spotter” Board on Pinterest, with contributions from some of my favorite designers. A few of the Spring 2011 trends include: Color Comeback, Lacquered, 60’s vibe, Bold Blooms, & Indian Inspirations. I’m happy to see the Industrial Look & Greek Details are still trending.
I was looking forward to the Hickory Chair Showroom (my fave!) and sad I missed their 100 year anniversary party. I saw that Mary McDonald and daahhling Martyn Lawrence Bullard from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators were at the event. I would have died. Just like I did when MDD’s Nathan Turner tweeted me back.
Hickory Chair is my favorite furniture company, and it’s not just because my talented “mentor” and European antique buying associate, Will Merrill, was their Creative Director for years. I love that Hickory Chair has a broad made-to-order and customizable product range. In addition, the company includes collections by several respected designers. In fact, Will was the person who brought the late Mark Hampton to Hickory Chair to design a collection. It’s also nice to see a furniture company that still manufactures in the US.
I love the blog photos I’ve seen from this market’s Hickory Chair Showroom. I see lots of bold colors! The hot pink chevron upholstered Panel Screen is one of my favorites.
Books with hot pink watercolor patterns add a bold pop of color to the Marielle Upholstered Cabinet.
Another fabulous upholstered screen and a large version of the new made-to-measure Kent Sofa.
The new Kent Sofa looks cozy in a luxurious dark velvet fabric.
I can’t wait to order Suzanne Kasler’s new Lille Bench. Two benches look great in front of the French Moderne inspired Montpelier Cocktail Table.
The Montpelier Collection also includes a Console and a Two-tier-Side Table with a clear glass top or a wood top with Anegre veneer panels.
The Asheworth Campaign Desk with a white lacquered finish makes me want to re-do my office! I’m excited that lacquered furniture is a Spring 2011 trend. The Greek Key trend is seen on Suzanne Kasler’s Auburn Ottoman.
I love the bold pattern on the new Bexley Cocktail Ottoman.
The Bexley Cocktail Ottoman also has a version that comes with a removable wooden tray.
The gray velvet fabric looks great on the Alexander Sofa. I love the Bistro, Athens, and Marrakech fabrics Hickory Chair is offering from Tobi Fairley’s Home Collection. The sofa is shown with the Rye Side Table and Sophia Mirror.
The upholstered Porter Divan looks like a comfy resting place!
It looks like yellow is going to be a big trend for Spring! I love the yellow and brown fabric on the Camp Chair.
The new Eliza Settee from the Thomas O’Brien Collection is configured for use with a round table and would look great in a breakfast room.
Other introductions include:
Samuel Wing Chair
LeeLee Side Chair
Can’t wait to return to the US and place a Hickory Chair order from the new collection!
- Martineau Vermillion
- Martineau Vermillion
- Martineau Vermillion
- Mimi + Meg
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- Hickory Chair
- Mimi + Meg
- Mimi + Meg
- Hickory Chair
- Martineau Vermillion
- Martineau Vermillion
- Martineau Vermillion
- Hickory Chair
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I have been neglecting my blog lately, mainly because I have been busy with design projects, took a nice trip to Aspen, and have worked on planning an engagement party for the past month. I love throwing backyard parties, and I’m always looking for an excuse for a good party! Luckily, my friends Brynn & Palmer got engaged recently. My talented friend Katrina (and one of Brynn’s bridesmaids) from Come + Together in Charlotte was nice enough to help with the party.
We asked Lynette from The Bloom Room to do the flowers. The idea for the garden gathering was to use lots of interesting flowers like lotus pods, hanging amaranthus, coxcomb, swamp lilies, succulents, scabies pods, poppy pods, millet, crocosmia pods, dianthus, and zinnias.
We also wanted to use galvanized containers, colored glass bottles, votives, and chalkboard signs. We used navy, light blue, white, and chartreuse striped and a coordinating kalediscope patterned linens from Party Reflections. Katrina saw a tent from a wedding shot by The Schultzes, and we thought it would be fun to have only a tent frame with lots of hanging lanterns (little did we know how many issues we would have doing this!!). We both pinned inspiration images on Pinterest.
Images via Pinterest
After a month of planning, the party started off with a few setbacks. It started to rain while Party Reflections was putting the tent up in my backyard. I didn’t really realize that it was going to become a monsoon overnight and my backyard would flood.
The day before the party.
On to Plan B… Oh wait, we never really had one. Katrina and I were on the phone calling rental companies for options. I had my handymen start pumping water out of the yard. We prayed for sun. Finally, we decided to put a floor in the tent and create a carpeted walkway.
It continued to rain on Saturday as they were putting in flooring and hanging lanterns. I had my 3 amazing handymen (Gayle, Linzey, and Shane) out hanging lanterns along with my electrician that was so nice to come help me on a Saturday! I’m really lucky to have such a good “team” from my interior design business. These guys say they will do anything for me. And I usually take them up on that.
I asked Gayle if they could build 8 benches for the tables and he did an amazing job! Katrina had looked at rental companies around Charlotte, and no one had benches we were looking for to rent.
I’m so lucky to have people to come help out! Lynette from The Bloom Room was hanging air plants from the chicken wire backdrop my guys built for me. Christina from North Carolina Charm came to help Katrina and me.
I had at least 10 girls at my house the week before hot gluing coffee filters to paper lanterns. My friend Christina was nice enough to help, and she blogged about how to make them. Even the guest of honor (on the right) came to help us! When we saw the inspiration on Pinterest, we had NO idea that it would take approximately 2 hours per lantern… and we did 25! In addition, I made over 50 different sized pom poms out of white tissue paper. It sounds easy, and it is, if you have lots of free time.
It was definitely worth all our time, because the lanterns and pom poms turned out fabulous!! The idea was to hang them sporadically from the tent frame.
Gayle and his guys did SUCH a good job building these benches. The navy, white, and kaleidoscope patterned pillows looked perfect on them. (However, now I’m stuck with 8 8ft long benches… if anyone wants them!!)
Poor Gayle. After building the benches I asked him to build 2 8 ft tall chicken wire backdrops to go behind the food and dessert tables. From the top, Lynette (Bloom Room) hung air plants and mason jars with tea lights from twine.
Gayle and Lynette did a fabulous job! Katrina found this cute “grown with love” banner off Etsy to hang above the dessert bar.
Dessert bar Preview!
I’ll blog about some of the foods and where I found the various containers in the next post!
There were galvanized watering cans from Pottery Barn with various flowers on the stairs.
Lynette replanted several of my very very dead plants.
I bought these garden stake torches from Gracious Nest, a vendor in Alexander Scott, where I sell my French antiques!
I bought a wood arrow at Michaels and stained it, and then used my new wood burning tool (also from Michaels) to draw the couple’s initials. Then I hung this from one of the garden stakes at the front of the path.
As you walk down the path toward the tent, you see the guest book table. I used a bistro table I bought in L’isle Sur la Sorgue, France. I found it at a market with no top, but my brother made a reclaimed top with wood from his barn, and then told me that was my birthday present. Very nice of him.
Katrina found this cool thumbprint guestbook and I ordered it from Love From the Thumb on Etsy. You leave your thumbprint and name on a tree with the couple’s names and party date. The stamp pads come in cute wood boxes with initials on the top and the date on the bottom.
I found this cute chicken wire basket for cards off Etsy.
The succulents in mini watering cans are from So Succulent Etsy.
The “B” and “P” brass branch letters are from Anthropologie.
I bought the recycled glass votive holders at West Elm.
I have to lay everything out before I can do anything with interior design, and this is clearly the case with events too! I brought out all my galvanized serving pieces from Pottery Barn. The idea was to use lots of bite size food and to put them on pots, trays, in little clear cups and tin buckets, etc.
I took over my dining room with containers. Before I set anything out, I like to make post-it notes for each one I’m using and see how much can fit in one container.
I made a spreadsheet with types of food I wanted and the kinds of containers I thought would work for them! Most of the food ideas came from Pinterest.
I bought these chalkboard stakes off Etsy from Mackensley Designs. My friend Christina (North Carolina Charm) wrote food names on all the chalkboard sticks. The container for the fruit skewers is a triple condiment galvanized container from Pottery Barn (no longer available), which I filled with styrofoam and moss to hold the melon skewers.
I also made caprese skewers with two different kinds of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil and put in an oval tin bucket with moss from Michaels. The chalkboard labels are from Braden’s Grace Wall Art on Etsy.
Starting to get everything together in my Dining Room a few hours before the party! My amazing friend Rachael is in the background making mini sandwiches.
I found these cool bark tree trunk rounds with moss at Alexander Scott. They already had holes for flowers, but I thought it would be fun to stick waffle cones with caramel popcorn inside! My mom’s friend was so nice to drive 2 hours to bring me my favorite popcorn from Kilwins. I put blueberry and vanilla yogurt pretzels on clay pots. On the rectangle tiered tray in the back are oreo brownies Christina made, and I’m sure she will post her recipe soon on her blog.
My friend Rachel is an amazing chef (and help in general) and she made little sandwiches. I bought “B” ‚“P” and heart cookie cutters at Sur La Table. She used a different cookie cutter for the different types of sandwiches– roasted veggies with goat cheese and mini croque Monsieurs. I put them on an oversized bread board from Pottery Barn.
Christina made veggie and ranch cups and put them on my galvanized metal 3-tiered serving stand from Pottery Barn.
We decided on Vodka Lemonade with Basil for the signature drink. I thought it would be fun to make ice cubes with blueberries (to go along with our navy theme.… but they taste great too!). Since it was a “garden” theme, I used a flower brioche molds from Sur La Table to make the ice cubes.
The signature vodka lemonade was served in these mason jar drink dispensers Pottery Barn just started carrying. I put it on top of a galvanized twig flower pot I already had to give it some height.
I found these wood wine troughs at Pottery Barn! The one in the back is sitting on a moss platform.
For the vodka lemonade I used disposable crystal cut glasses from Party at Lewis, added chalkboard labels and striped straws from The Party Fairy on Etsy.
I ordered the napkins from For Your Party. Katrina found the cute garden inspired quote online.
The pictures of the party don’t do it justice! The hours of hot gluing lanterns was definitely worth it!
The flowers from The Bloom Room were amazing! My favorites are the Lotus Pods, Catscomb, and Scabiosa Pods. We used flowers in reclaimed wood boxes for the tables, along with recycled glass bottles and vases from West Elm, which just happened to be the exact colors of the linens!
Can’t wait to show part 2 of the Garden Gathering!
Congrats to Brynn + Palmer!
I planned my buying trip to France in January around the biannual Maison & Object interior design trade show in Paris. The show is aimed toward the high-end of furnishings and next season’s trends. I hadn’t been before, but my associate, Will Merrill, had been many times and suggested we check out the latest design trends, along with 85,000 other designers, journalists, and retailers from around the globe! The show is overwhelming with over 3,000 exhibitors and 8 buildings of the latest home textiles, tableware, home accessories, and global designs.
In honor of the September 9–13 show in Nord Villepinte outside Paris, I thought I would post some of my pictures from January trip (even though photography is a big no-no!), since I forgot to blog about the show. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to Paris next week, but I can’t wait to read the blogs and see what the design trends are for next season!
Thank goodness for the Elle Decor Cafe. We were definitely in need of a pick-me-up!
The Cafe was decorated with a common trend: Black and White
The food was excellent, but the service was a little slow!
Black and White Vignette
A selection of black and white wallpaper
I saw the Black and White trend at Ralph Lauren Home
Modern Black and White
Diane von Furstenberg Home was a new exhibitor with colorful bedding and tabletop accessories in her signature prints. I love DVF’s home collection and her latest endeavor as interior designer with her recent re-design of rooms at Claridge’s Hotel in London.
DVF’s fun bedding makes me want to branch out and redecorate my neutral bedroom.
I saw lots of colorful textiles.
Moroccan decor is always fun. I hope everyone saw the first season of Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo! Kathryn Ireland and Mary McDonald both made recent buying trips to Morocco.
African elements were a common trend.
I’m a fan of antler decor, especially for mountain homes.
Of course I loved all the painted furniture and neutral colors. I’m still using this trend, but I wonder if we will see a lot of it next week at the Maison & Object show?
If you follow my blog, you will see that I frequently use botanicals! I loved this Louis XVI reproduction commode, and saw a vendor the next day at the Paris Flea Market trying to pass a similar one from the same designer as an antique!
I love to decorate with antique maps. I’m working on a collection of European maps in different frames for a hallway in my home.
Grays and reclaimed wood. My fave!
Neutrals were big in January. I still love them!
One of my favorite companies, Halo Styles, was an exhibitor. I was able to meet and compliment Halo’s main designers on their latest collection. I love these slipcovered chairs! I just ordered them for my mom’s Florida breakfast room.
I saw lots of interesting shelves with parchment books and different objects on stands.
There is an added element of drama by painting the backs of bookshelves black.
Loved these outdoor chairs!
Lavender with crystal accents would be fun for an event!
A huge safe with tons of watch winders and jewelry drawers! One of my favorite finds!
Can’t wait to hear about Maison & Object next week!