Monday, April 29, 2013

High Point Market Trends I Spotted April 2013

Some of my Style Spotter Picks from Above and Why I chose them!

1) Mix of wood with metal finishes/Hollywood Glam like this table and furry poufs from Emporium Home.  Love this new resource especially the lighting!
2) Blue and White Ceramics were everywhere but I especially liked this grouping from Stanley Show room! Jamie Rummerfield and Ron Woodson outdid themselves here!
3) Chevron and aqua still around.  This piece  from Article 24 in the J. Douglas Showroom
had a happy mix of both trends!  Love the clean lines!
4) Teal is moving onto the scene and geometrics fabrics are still around shown here on a chair from Lazy Boy Industries.  No longer just known for recliners.
5) Recyle was big at market, I liked this beautiful lamp from Dira. More on them later!
6) Mirrored furniture is still around and lacquer is bigger than ever, shown here in this beautiful piece from The Moore Council Showroom  called the "Lisa Console"
7) Upcycling was a player in the trend world too.  I like this beautiful blue velvet sofa in the 
Stanley Showroom by Parker Kennedy.
8) CR Lane vignette with bright over scale pattern on sofa and over scale botanical art with coral,green and blue as the all trendy color scheme now!  
9) Brushed Gold finishes are big like shown on this gracefully glam chair from Caracole,
gold was everywhere and brass is back for sure!!!!

If you haven't gone over to the Style Spotter page, make sure to go over there now and see all the things that were spotted as trends!  While there make sure you "pin" and "like" items, I can't win because I won last year but the other people on the panel are in a contest to win their next market trip for free!  Here is the link!
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

What Where The Trends Spotted At High Point Market 2013?

One of the best ways to find out what the trends are for 2013 is to check out the Pinterest  boards for the  High Point Market Style Spotters April 13   Marketing Guru, someone I admire, and VP for High Point Market, Cheminne Taylor-Smith  each market curates a group of well known designers, bloggers and stylist who are named  to the "Style Spotters" panel. This years panel was a star studded cast of characters.  Make sure to go the the Pinterest board and see all the goodies they found.  While there please pin and repin your favorites.  These stylish folks are in a contest and the one with the most "repins" and "likes" will win a free trip to High Point Market in October.  So please help out your favs! 
Meet me back here tomorrow where we will discuss the trends and my favs!

Also, if you haven't visited the Junior League of Greensboro/Traditional Homes Show House make plans to attend this week.  It closed on Sat. May 5 so this is it!!  The house will be featured in the October Traditional Homes Issue, so go today so you can pick the issue up in Oct and say "I was there!"  As well, as see how differently things look in person and photographed for magazines!  

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips & Lori Dennis On Joss & Main

My dear friend and fab designer, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of "The English Room" fame is a talented designer and curator of style! She has curated a sale on Joss & Main and today is the last day to scoop up these fab items she has chosen just for you!  If you wanted the latest and greatest in home decor items to freshen up your stale interiors pop over and give it a look!  I'm sure you will find some must haves at great prices!  Remember you only have until this evening to buy!  Don't miss out!  These sought after items won't be this low priced again!  Here are some of my favorites that are still available!

There's tons more to see! Pop over and find something to add to your decor for a fresh new look that's on trend!  While you are there check out my friend and talented designer, Lori Dennis' curated collection too!  She has some fab looks for outdoor living which can also be used indoors as well.  See for yourself...

"From starring in HGTV’s The Real Designing Women to authoring a best-selling book to co-founding the professional decorating summit Design Camp, celebrity interior designerLori Dennis celebrates West Coast style and eco-friendly living. Bring her laid-back aesthetic to your decor with summer-ready finds from her Camp collection—curated exclusively for Joss & Main. Featuring patio-perfect benches, on-the-go totes, chic cruiser bicycles, and more, these fresh selections burst with sunny flair."
 - Joss & Main

I dont' know about you but I'm definitely picking up a few of these items before the sales end then I am heading out the door to High Point Furniture Market.  I am late for my appoint with the fabulous Holly Blalock of CR Laine, who made our beautiful chair in our show house room!  Can't wait to share what Holly has been creating!  She is another very talented lady!  The show house gala was last night and was fabulous.  I regret I didn't take any photos.  I drove in the pouring rain and was exhausted when I got there.  The Greensboro Junior League hosted a lovely event.  I enjoyed meeting so many people.  I will share about that later.  I am sure someone was more together than I and got photos!  Today is going to be a busy day.  I speak on Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis' Design Camp panel at 3:30 so if you are market please come by to hear out Mini Design Camp Presentation!  It's going to be fun! It's located in Market Square Antique and Design Lecture Room MS G6 then from 7-9pm "Taste of Design Camp" in the Courtyard of Market Square, complete with cocktails, gourmet hotdogs, and s'more!  Industry leaders and the panel of Camp Counselors will be there which include Leslie Newsom Rascoe, Lisa Newsom, Ronda Carman, Bill Indursky, Kelli and Lori and many others!  It was be a market must not miss event!!!  If you haven't picked up Ronda Carman or Lisa Newsom's new books now is your chance.  If you aren't attending, make sure to go online and order both asap!  "Designers at Home" by Ronda Rice Carman and "The House of Veranda" by Lisa Newsom

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Adamsleigh Show House Inspiration

Here is a little sneak peek of elements in our Junior League of Greensboro/Traditional Homes Show House Room which is scheduled to open tomorrow April 20th.  The inspiration for our design was the original homeowner himself, Mr John Hampton Adams.  Mr. Adams retained noted architect, Luther Lashmit to design his 15,000 sq ft home in 1929.  When Traci and I saw the original drawings we knew we wanted to create custom wallpaper from them.  We toyed with using design elements, and finally decided we liked the elevations tightly overlapping creating a modern twist on a toile effect pattern.  Our custom wallpaper designers, Sarah and Ruby Studios from California, worked fabulously with us in creating this custom feature.  It was the first time Traci and I had created custom wallpaper.  Sarah and Ruby really made our job pleasant.  We are so happy with the final results.  We decided rather than go with the current trend of oversized designs, we would pay homage to the fact this house is steeped with history and keep the designs traditional in nature so it is timeless. Our room is a mere 9' x 10' so we feel the scale is perfect for a small room.  We chose instead to have oversized bold horizontal stripes on the floor and a larger window pane Thibault wallpaper for the ceilings.  We then trimmed out the entire space with emerald green grosgrain ribbon and 1" nailheads. (Can't wait to share how we did that, since there are no tutorials currently online!)

Here is a close up of the wallpaper.  We chose graphite designs with a white background to keep the space crisp and graphic.  The room only has one window, so by keeping the wall background white, this keeps the room from being so dark.  

When Hamp Adams first moved to Greensboro and went to work at Millis Hoisery Company he produced 200 black hosiery/socks a day, hence "Adamsleigh" has the casual monicker "The Mansion that socks built", so Traci and I thought it would be fun to have custom wallpaper created for the closet!  We love the end product Sarah and Ruby created for us!
In keeping with our ode to Hamp Adams our room will remind you of all the finer details of a gentleman's fine bespoke suit!  Noted items in our room include a 1930's Art Deco Pendant valued at $45,000 from Modernaire, original owner's black crocodile luggage in the closet, beautiful Century Malachite Chest, Circa lighting, Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, CR Laine Chair, Restoration Hardware sink, Leontine Linens custom monogrammed in John Hampton Adams personal monogram, Thibault wallpaper, Kathryn McCoy accessories, C2 paint, and NDI arrangement.  We also have many take away ideas you can use in our own home!

We hope you will come to see the house!  Every room is fab!

Show House runs from April 20th - May 5th!

The Gala is tonight so I am off to get my hair and nails done!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Adamsleigh" Opens April 20th!!

3301 Alamance Road Greensboro,NC

Art by Patricia Van Essche

 This is an event you don't want to miss!  The collage below is a tiny piece of the design ideas being shared by the talented designers involved in the show house!  The architecture alone is worthy of note but add the beautifully crafted details added by the designers in each room and you have a visual feast!  The designers brought their "A Game" to the project! There are so many ideas you can steal for your own house.  I have shown some of them below such as ceiling treatments, drapery trims, original art, ways to accessorize, hand painted fabrics, unique floral arrangements, outdoor living ideas, couture details on upholstery and more!  

Traci Zeller and I have had so much fun with our Gentleman's Dressing Area and Bath. Our inspiration was a gentleman's fine bespoke suit!  Think Savile Row quality.  Hamp Adams was a man who enjoyed the finest in life, so we decided our modern day ode to "Mr Adams" must do the same.  Our color palette is anthracite, emerald and bright cadet blue. We were so fortunate to have Sarah and Ruby Studios create our custom wallpaper to tell our story. As you know a show house takes the effort of so many, not just the designers. We will be posting about each person and company who made our vision a reality.  

Sharon Coppede and her fabulous workroom Custom Window Treatments, made our beautiful pillows and window treatment.  I want to get a better picture of the window treatment before I post about it.  Look how perfectly she mitered our pillow!  The window treatment is equally as impressive!  Thank You Sharon and your team for a job well done!  Sharon also did the drapery for Circa and Baker in the show house.  If you go, make sure to notice the beautiful drapery and attention to detail that Sharon prides herself in creating.  I adore her work and always enjoy working with Sharon!

Sharon Coppede owner of Custom Window Treatments, Charlotte, NC

I hope you will make plans to visit Adamsleigh! 
Click Here to purchase tickets and learn more about the event!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Heartfelt Wishes

Via Lucius Art
My heart was saddened by the tragedy in Boston this week.  I can't grasp how anyone can  harm others especially innocent children.   Prayers are being lifted up constantly for the families of those who were killed and injured.  There are no words....
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ronda Rice Carmen "Designers at Home"

 If you are a regular reader you know that I am a part of Tobi Fairley's Mastermind program, and travel down to Little Rock periodically for Tobi's camps and Mastermind sessions.  Each time I go to Tobi's events, I think "this has to be the best one yet" and of course I left feeling the same way again!  It was an action packed three days.  First we had the opportunity to hear from Krissa Rossbund, Senior Editor at Traditional Homes Magazine, next we heard from  Nancy Nolan, photographer extraordinaire, who photographs all Tobi's work and if it wasn't enough that we had the secrets and tips to what the magazines look for and how to photograph your work, we then heard from Sandra Gilbert-Freidus, Editor of Rizzoli Books on how to pitch a book to a major book publisher.  Many thanks to Olioboard and  Joss & Main who was a sponsors of the camp. Alexandra Pagar Wolf was on hand to share how Joss & Main  works with designers and ways we can work to build our brand through Joss & Main.  New author and friend, Ronda Carmen Rice shared her journey to getting published with her book "Designers at Home".  We were privileged to be present at Ronda's inaugural US book signing in Little Rock on Wednesday night as Tobi's guest!  

Ronda's book is my new favorite design book!  It is simply a must have for anyone who loves interior design and reading about designers.  If you want to know inside tips from the some of the best in the industry, this is your book.  It is so well written.  I couldn't put it down once I started reading it on the plane ride home.  As we landed in Charlotte, I realized I had devoured the entire book which made for a really short journey. 

Rizzoli Books

Ronda writes the award winning blog "All The Best", if you don't currently read it, pop over and visit!  You will be hooked!  If you are going to High Point Market, make sure you drop by Currey & Company to meet Ronda!  

I'm looking forward to hearing Ronda speak again at High Point Market.

These next couple of weeks are going to be really busy!  Traci Zeller and I are finishing up our Greensboro Junior League/Traditional Homes/HPMarket Show House Room,  High Point Market Starts on Saturday, The Show House Gala is on Friday night....follow us on twitter, instagram and Facebook to see what's happening!  It's sure to be entertaining...Today I am driving up to the show house where I will be fully entertained by Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage !  I'm sure there will be some instagram/vine/twitter noteworthy moments!

Don't forget to buy your tickets for Adamsleigh opening April 20th and running through May 5th located at 3301 Alamance Road, Greensboro, NC.  The house is looking fabulous!  All 15,000 sq feet have been transformed for this event!  The photographers are there shooting the rooms for Traditional Homes Magazine now!  You don't want to miss out, get your tickets here!

The five car garage at the estate will be transformed into a fabulous shop full of exciting offerings!  Come prepared to shop!!!  All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Greensboro's charitable events.

Meet the Designer On April 26th 6:00 - 9:00
Miles Redd, Suzanne Kasler, Eric Kohler and many local NC designers!!!

May 4th - Hats Off Derby Event 5:30 - 10:00
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Monday, April 8, 2013

A Little Monday Motivation

Via Lana Kole

 Time for a little inspiration as I roll out the door to work on
final installations for the show house.  It's down to the wire.
Today is officially D-Day for us! Our only day to work this
week until Friday!  Our rooms are to be completed on Friday
by 5:00, so the photographers for Traditional Homes can
begin shooting over the weekend.  Traci and I, have other
obligations, which will prevent us from being at the show
house again until Friday, so we will be working like busy
 little bees today!  I know we will get it done! I have total confidence!  
Actually the issue isn't us, we are waiting on others
 to deliver, but we have full confidence in them as well!
  Come on furniture! Please get there today!!!


 I have always been a stubborn sort.  Tell me I can't do something and I will prove you wrong or die trying.  I truly believe that when you set your mind to something, you can make it happen.  What is it you want to accomplish today?  The only thing holding you back is your belief that you can get it done.  Go for it!  Whether it is a simple task like getting your house straight after a weekend with kids at home, choosing new paint colors or winning that big deal, breathe deep, and take one moment at a time.  Make a plan and work your plan!
Call in the professionals if you need help!  You can get it done! Trust me, sometimes picking up the phone and hiring others is your best plan of action!  If you can't DIY(do it yourself), then HIY (hire it yourself)!
Remember the luggage I found last week in the attic at "Adamsleigh"? If not, you can find a refresher here After a few "yucks, that luggage looks awful", I have to admit I was in a quandary myself.  I put three coats of leather cleaner on it and it still turned  cloudy and gray.  I was beginning to wonder if I need to take it to a shoe shop and get a professional to work on it.  That's when I decided to do a little research (online of course) and change my products from cleaners to dying! Black shoe polish did the trick.   Look at it now! Just like new!   

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may have to readjust your expectations, but you will get done exactly what you make a priority today! 

Go conquer your Monday!!!  


Mark your calendar for April 20th- May 5th

to Visit  "Adamsleigh"

For more information visit the Junior League of Greensboro's

 Show House website here

or for updates and info visit their Facebook Page Here
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pre-Show Prep at "Adamsleigh" Show House

This is the view of the front yard at "Adamsleigh" when I arrived at the show house on Tuesday!  Currey and Co, is one of the industry partners in the house.  Their shipment  had arrived in full bounty and was waiting on the front lawn for sorting and delivery to the appropriate designer room.  Bethanne Matari, Head of PR for Currey & Co went out of her way to make sure everyone got what they needed.   

  There weren't many designers around, mostly just workers and boxes
 getting ready awaiting the "big" install next week. 

 I decided to take a couple of minutes and check on the progress of everyone's rooms.  It's so much fun to see the house in the stages of transforming from it's sleepy state to one of life and action.   I  took this picture of the stairwell to show you the iron gates which were installed for protection after the LIndbergh baby was kidnapped.  This prompted me to mosey up to the third floor to check out the walk in attic I've been hearing so much about.   It is the storage for anything removed from the rooms during the tour.  All items we removed must be   returned to their original spot once the show house is over.  The attic did not disappoint!  It was as huge as I had been hearing!  There were some interesting things up there which I will  share later in the post.

This is the awesome view of the nautilus stairway looking down from the third floor to the first floor.  That is a fountain you see at the base of the stairs.  

My new buddy Jason Nixon Oliver and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage are designing the breakfast room.  I found their rug properly marked and waiting its turn for installation.  Their room looks amazing!!  It has killer Thibaut wallpaper!!!  They kept the original paint color for all the millwork which you will love!  (By the way, they have a new pillow line coming out at High Point Market, which is going to be fab!!!! Can't wait to share that with you very soon!!!)

Next on my stroll I wandered into the stately dining room.  The walls in this room are paneled and the ceiling is ornamental plaster.  Baker is doing this room so I know it will be fabulous.
Here is a glimpse of the intricate ceiling pattern.  

The fireplace in the room has beautiful inlay and carved wood.    

The library also has an ornamental plaster ceiling in a serpentine pattern and
beautiful millwork.

Take a gander at the beautiful mantle in the living room Miles Redd is designing with Century Furniture.  

This pretty much it for my tour around the house... I promised to share what I found when I was up in the attic so I will do that now!  Great's a real treasure!!!!  Traci and I have looked high and low, trying to find luggage for our show room closet.  Yep, you got it!  Major score!  Black crocodile luggage!  We don't know if it actually belonged to "Mr Hamp Adams" the original owner and the inspiration for our room, but it fits his closet shelf perfectly!  Of course it needs a lot of love before it will be ready to be placed in the closet, but what an awesome find!  The luggage looks custom made. The interior fabric of the luggage actually matches our room!  Can't wait to get it cleaned up to see what kind of shape the leather is in.  There is a tattered tag on one of the pieces that says Carolina and below that Pinehurst.  The end of the tag is torn off right after Carolina, but I'll bet if it were complete it would say 'Carolina Inn". If you come to the show house look for it in our gentleman's dressing room closet.  Also, if you have any tips on how to clean it, please pass them along!  I used leather cleaner but it keeps dulling!  I think I need some saddle soap. 

As for the progress in our room,  the arched doorway leading into the closet is now trimmed out with paint.  Originally all of the walls were lined with a wallpaper like liner which had to be removed.  Since our main paper has a pattern, we decided it was best not to wrap it around these rounded corners, so we came up with the idea to paint a 3" border around the door.  The wallpaper will meet the border and where the two come together, a decorative trim will be applied.   The wallpaper hangers finished hanging the wallpaper yesterday.  Thanks to Sarah and Ruby Studios in California who took our ideas and made them come to life.  If you want custom wallpaper or textiles, this team really knows their stuff.  Our wallpaper hanger said it was quality paper which makes hanging it a breeze.  

The final installation should be this Friday.  Fingers and toes crossed we get finished! As with all projects there have been a few glitches, but all in all, things have gone really well.  Thanks to the Junior League of Greensboro team who have gone out of their way to be helpful and supportive.  Special thanks to Lauren Tilley who answers our emails at warp speed, even though I am sure she receives a gazillion daily from all the people working on the house.  I'm off to meet Traci at the house to get our sink installed and lighting hung!

Mark your calendar and  make plans to attend!  

There is so much to see in this 15,000 square foot house built in 1930-1931.  The house is amazing empty, I can only imagine what it will be like once all the designers finish!  Only 17 days til the house opens.  Make sure to buy your tickets now, to avoid the rush.  The profit from the house goes to support the Junior League of Greensboro's charities. 

By the way, "Adamsleigh" will be featured in the July issue of Traditional Homes magazine.  Just think you have the opportunity to see in person now, what will be on the pages of the magazine in July!  

For more information visit the Junior League of Greensboro's Show House website here
or for updates and info visit their Facebook Page Here
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