Thursday, August 10, 2017

Shhhhh....Listen Up! I Have Insider Info About High Point Market Insider's Tour! Never Been? Want To Go?




Have You Ever Wanted to Attend High Point Market or Haven't Been to High Point in the Past four or more years due to Circumstances?  Listen Up...


If you have never been to High Point Market and want to come and experience a Design Bloggers Insider's Tour, concierge level reservations, and treatment while there I might be able to hook you up as an insider!  Don't register on the High Point Website but instead click the link below! 

 As a 20+ year veteran of High Point Market, I'm here to tell you this is the way to come to market!  Experienced market attendees like myself will be there to guide you around market!  
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Miles Redd For Ballard Designs



One of my favorite designers and AD100 constant, Miles Redd, has collaborated with Ballard Designs, to create a new line of furniture, accessories, and lighting which will launch in August!  If you are like me and can't wait til the official launch then pop over to the pre-launch sneak peek and take a gander here!

 I honestly like every piece in the line, but this post includes my favorites which I predict will be best sellers.   Miles Redd and Ballard Designs hit a major " home run" with this collection!  Make sure to tee up your purchases prior to the sale opening because I predict a quick sell out of the first inventory released.  You don't want to be on the back order list while watching others posting their Miles Redd/Ballard items in situ on instagram.  


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lisa Mende Design is Proud to Present The 'Linden House Outdoor Dining Porch" at The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017



Hamptons Designer Showhouse
78 and 82 Rosko Lane Southampton, New York
July 23, 2017 - Sept 4, 2017
Open Monday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
Benefits Southampton Hospital

I am so honored to have been asked by Woodard Furniture and Traditional Home Magazine to design an outdoor porch at the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Southampton, NY.   When I was asked to create a porch, I decided I wanted it to be a dining porch which would combine the casualness of the North Carolina coast with the chic high style of the Hamptons.  As with all my projects, the initial design consideration was function and flow.  Once I had my beautiful Woodard furniture chosen, the next step was to address the aesthetic design of the porch.  That is where I really have fun but before I talk about that, let's address the items I chose from Woodard Furniture.  Are you familiar with Woodard?

Woodard is so great because they offer custom options that we designers love. I chose the Bay shore wicker dining chairs with cushions in sea salt and the Glade Isle dining table but I chose to use a custom hammered top in Aztec Bronze.  To finish the space I added a pair of Van Dyke side chairs but opted to remove the large back cushion and replaced with a lumbar pillow from Woodard so the handsome mid-century back is revealed.  Last but certainly not least, I chose to include a Woodard tea cart in a white lacquer which I set up as a bar cart.   
The only hard surface in the space to consider was the fireplace which is a peach colored brick, so the jumping off point of the color scheme began with choosing colors that would work back with the brick.  Everything else was white which I chose to keep, so the porch felt light and fresh.  I honestly wanted to paint the ceiling aqua but then it would need to be repainted after the showhouse closed so I decided to keep it white but if I had been designing a porch that would remain I would definitely have painted the porch ceiling aqua or haint blue.  It is the southern thing to do, right?  Old wives tales maintain the porch ceilings in the south were painted blue for two conflicting reasons.  One tale is they were painted blue to ward off evil spirits but honestly people are as superstitious today so that doesn't hold credit.   The other tale was the blue paint was done to ward off mosquitos, which could be more likely since paint back then was made from lye and once lick resulted in death.  Today, it is more likely we paint our ceilings blue as homage to our southern past and also because blue feels like the sky and expands the ceiling to feel more expansive.  I paint ceilings blue because I like adding accent colors.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Windsor Smith for Century Furniture at High Point April Market 2017


Design icon, Windsor Smith introduced her new collection at Century Furniture during High Point Market April 2017.
The "Alchemy" Collection by Windsor Smith was well received and celebrated during April High Point MarketHigh Point Market in April!  The collection includes 70 easy-to-mix classics which are versatile enough to use in every room in the home.  The collection includes everything from upholstery, case goods to wall decor.  
The collection was named "Alchemy" - which she defined as "Seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination" 
 Windsor explained her approach as the following in her own words, “My goal is to provide effortless combinations of shapes and materials culled from sources far and wide to forge a new, tightly edited whole. Every detail feels bespoke, precisely chosen for modern living, and engaging over time for generations to come.”
Let's take a look at some of my favorites from the collection:


Point in case.  The lady is a pro.  She pays as much detail to the front of the chair as she does the back of the chair so I'm showing this chic chair from the back. Take note of the "jewelry" for the back of the chair with a nod to the equestrian world.


The "Daybreak sofa" was equally stunning and dramatic at 110" in length.
The perfect sofa to add drama and great seating to your room.  It reminded me
of something you would see in an old Hollywood movie.  


Again, details are part of what sets Windsor's design sensibilities apart from the part.  Notice the cuff detail on the leg of this side table.  



 This gorgeous bed was so inviting.  By the time I saw the collection, my initial response was to climb in bed and pull the covers over my head but honestly, the collection was so stunning it captivated my interest and intrigued me to move forward and see what was around the corner.  



Across from the bed was this Hollywood worthy viewing corner complete with the most comfy and plush swivel chairs, bar stools and table for the ultimate media room experience.
My friend, Robert Leleux of Southern Style Now and I enjoyed a break in these comfy chairs and dreamed about having a room like this in our own homes.


Yes, you are seeing correctly!  this is the most stunning mirrored top dining table 
I have ever seen!  The floor is also from a collection Windsor Smith designed featuring weathered wood and various finished woods in a geometric pattern.

 The Meridian settee is a four-sided sofa which answers the designer's question to what to do when you need a pair of sofas in a room but wants something more unique and interesting than just a pair of sofas!  It can be used in a foyer, large dressing room or larger living space.  Modern yet classic in design, this is the perfect neoclassical piece with carved wood and gold left detailing. 



The "Twilight sofa" is another piece with " Old Hollywood" appeal.  It perfectly sums up what I would describe as a "fainting couch".  It's flirty and fun with its curvaceous seat and button back.  Great to use in an angled corner of a bedroom, dressing room or flanking a fireplace to soften the geometry of a square room.  



Bam!  Another winner!  I don't know which I like more, the Shield, framless mirror or the handsome desk.  One is feminine the other is masculine which adds the perfect tension to
a master bedroom in mybook.


A new dining table and chairs were another wonderful part of the collection.  I also loved how Windsor styled the rooms.  The simplicity of the grass in the round trays was the perfect centerpiece for the table.  Proof that sometimes there are things better as centerpieces than flowers.  


Other people have done cloverleaf ottomans but never have I seen them with cute little brass legs and grouped in a pair.  


Doesn't this vignette feel like the set of a great movie?  The oversized shield mirror is the pefect focal point in this room. 


Cool, chic and simple.  Three words to describe the feel of this ever so sophisticated guy's room!  I won't say boy's room because I think my 19 year old would love it as much as anyone.



How chic is this barstool? I'll take a pair and while you are at it please throw in the table for good measure, right?



 The Clara tete a tete from her original collection with Century is a Windsor iconic piece in my book.  It is what I remember loving from one of the foyers that first caught my attention and took me down a rabbit hole admiring Windsor's portfolio years ago.


Windsor's kept to her signature grey color throughout the collection but kept things interesting with textures such as fur and leather. 


I'll admit I had to lie down and experience the chaise which I found to be very comfortable.  When I first saw it, I didn't think that it would be but I was proven wrong.  



What a sexy, strong and artful silhouette this chair adds to a room.  Again, this chair was as comfortable as it was great looking. 


Don't we all want a corner sofa?  Dont' we all want to put Windsor Smith's new collection for Century in our projects?  I know I am dying too!  

"So many pieces, so little time" is the cry from most designers!  Windsor Smith hit a homerun in my opinion with this collection!  I cannot wait to see these pieces in upcoming features in magazines by designers.  Her collection is worthy of the best!

Make sure you visit the Century Website to see more here!  


This post was sponsored by Esteem Media Design Blog Tour for High Point Market.

Make sure to check out more of the Design Blog Tours participate's post here


The bloggers selected for this tour include:
 
– Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
– Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
– Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
– Lisa Mende, www.lisamendedesign.blogspot.com- Nora Murphy, www.noramurphycountryhouse.com
– Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
– Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
– Ruthie Staalsen, www.decrenew.com
– Laura Umansky, www.laurauinteriordesign.com/connect/blog
– Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com
Thank you to Our Sponsors participating in the tour include:
 
– Artefama Furniture, www.artefamafurniture.com
– Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com
– Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com
– Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com
– Eastern Accents/Pandora’s Manor, www.easternaccents.com, www.pandorasmanor.com
– IMC – Interhall, www.imchighpointmarket.com/interhall
– Nathan Anthony Furniture, www.nafurniture.com
– Rachel Ashwell, www.shabbychic.com
– The MT Company, www.themtcompany.com
– Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com
– Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com
- Emporuim Home www.emporiumhome.com
-Bunny Williams Home www.bunnywilliamshome.com
-Huntington House www.huntingtonhouse.com
-JoyBird www.joybird.com



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Interhall Shopping - Bunny Williams Home New Collection at Spring High Point Market 2017


I love to peruse the aisles of Interhall when I hit High Point Market.  It seems there are always so many exciting vendors down the halls of this venue in High Point.  This year did not disappoint!  So many to see and many new ones to add to my offerings to clients.  I was so excited to see new people and reacquaint with old friends who I have bought from for years. Bunny Williams Home was showing in Interhall this market and was one of the first showrooms I visited.  

Bunny Williams Home did not disappoint this High Point Market.  I was so happy to see her collection being shown again after a hiatus from High Point Market for a few years.  
Bunny is one of my favorite designers because her projects are always so beautiful yet livable so it is nice to have the option of incorporating some of the furniture she has designed into my own projects.  My favorite piece in the collection was this plaster bas relief garden art. It will be showing up in a project of mine very soon!  This piece was inspired by a bas relief mural originally hand-carved in a little village outside of Semarang which Bunny owned.  This piece is available in interior grade plaster or exterior grade plaster that can be used outdoors.  I also love the large scale coffee table with built-in tray which would be perfect for serving drinks, or as a resting place for interesting objects or books.  The tray is removable which allows for multi-functional use.  The ottoman shown here is in signature Bunny blue and features details like button tufted upholstery, hand-carved turned wooden feet and French nailhead trim.



This bed was another favorite from the new collection.  Bunny's beautiful craftsmanship is evident in this beautifully designed bed with Greek key ironwork.  I love the high quality of the materials and beautifully executed finishes she chooses for her products.   Bunny uses some of her own furniture as inspiration for her collection and rounds out the collection with original designs that she feels are needed in today's home but she can't find in the marketplace for her own clients.   Her designs are classic and timeless yet creative.


There were so many beautiful new pieces that don't look new like the Arabella mirror shown above.  Hand carved wood with a flowing whimsical feel which mimics draped fabric on a wall would be beautiful in a foyer, dining room, bedroom or basically any room in the house.  The gold gilt finish adds glamour.  I think it would be lovely in a powder room or above a vanity in a dressing room. 


The Parker Sofa shown here in deep blue velvet makes you feel like royalty when you sit on it and it should since it was originally designed for British Royalty!  It was inspired by an antique Knole-style sofa Bunny had in her apartment for many years.  Bunny updated the design with exposed wood finials at the top corners with a matching tie-back connecting the drop-down side arms and back.  My favorite detail about this sofa is the decorative nailhead trim which is designed in a geometric pattern around the base of the sofa. 

So those are a few of my favorites from the latest collection of Bunny Williams Home.
  Make sure to visit her website here to see more!


Exquisite designs and unparalleled high quality are what define Bunny Williams Home.


I will be posting more about what I found in Interhall this market so stay tuned for me!

This post was sponsored by Esteem Media.  I was a participate for the Esteem Media Design Bloggers Tour for High Point April 2017 market!

Make sure you check out the post from my fellow Design Bloggers Tour participates!


The bloggers selected for this tour include:
– Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
– Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
– Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
– Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
– Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
– Ruthie Staalsen, www.decrenew.com
– Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com

Here is a Hug Shout out to the Sponsors participating in the tour:


– Artefama Furniture, www.artefamafurniture.com
– Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com
– Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com
– Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com
– Eastern Accents/Pandora’s Manor, www.easternaccents.com, www.pandorasmanor.com
– IMC – Interhall, www.imchighpointmarket.com/interhall
– Nathan Anthony Furniture, www.nafurniture.com
– Rachel Ashwell, www.shabbychic.com
– The MT Company, www.themtcompany.com
– Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com
– Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com
--Bunny Williams Home www.bunnywilliamshome.com
--JoyBird www.joybird.com
--Huntington House www.huntingtonhouse.com

Thank you to Luba and Adam from Esteem Media who allowed me to participate this market.  It was a blast as always!  oxo lisa
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