"Fall Trends: Runway to Room"

Last week I attended the Neiman Marcus Cusp Fall Fashion Show. 
The fashions were styled by local stylist, the fab Erica Hanks.  It was so cool to connect with some of my social media friends.   

 
Not to mention being surrounded by such lovely fashion goodness.

Erica broke down the top ten trends for fall and I thought it would be fun to see how a few of those trends translate into interior spaces.

First up, animal print. By far this was my favorite look of the evening.  I'm obsessed with this coat.  


I also love the idea of mixing prints.  It's such a fresh take on an old standby.

Typically, when you think animal print in terms of interior design you immediately imagine strong, bold prints. 


However, that doesn't have to be the case.  Animal print can be incorporated into some of the most soft and serene spaces.
It's super versatile.
Menswear is also a huge trend for Fall. 
 

This trend is all about mixing masculine details with feminine details, and it works exactly the same way in design.  This Glen Plaid sofa totally works especially juxtaposed against the floral throw pillows. 

Needless to say I love Tobi Fairley's yummy menswear goodness in this classic bedroom design.

 Adding pops of red is also a big trend right now. 
Of course, like Rachel Greathouse's exterior design below, I also have a red front door, but if that's too much, a touch of red in other places can go a long way. 


She even paired it with violet.


Can't say I actually like this color combo, but hey, to each her own
Have you already started working in the fall trends into your wardrobe?

"The Makings of a Portfolio"

Recently, while posting my latest project on Houzz, it dawned on me that I've managed to develop a pretty good looking portfolio.  Of course I still have so much to learn, but it's nice to see the progress I'm making.   
 
If you're not already on Houzz, I would definitely encourage you to check it out.  It's an AWESOME place for inspiration and ideas for Interior design, decorating, remodeling, etc.  You can check out my profile HERE.  Be sure to follow me while you're there. 
 
I've also updated my blog's portfolio page.  Some of the photos may be a little different and I've included projects on the blog that aren't on Houzz.  Check it out on the Portfolio tab above or simply click HERE.  
 
Have a great weekend!

"Autumn Updates: Ready for a Change"

Swooo! It's been a rough week. I apologize for the infrequent and less than in depth blog posts this week.  I've got a lot going on, to say the least.  Today, I'm just popping in to share with you the quick update I'm giving my master bedroom.

I've grown tired of the current space.  Not sure if it's the seasons changing or the fact that after six years, my style is beginning to change.  Whatever the case, I've decided to go with a warmer color scheme for fall and winter. 

As a decorator, you can accumulate a lot of things in your stash that come in handy when you decide to update your own home.  I actually picked up this Spring Sparrow Pottery Barn duvet cover at a warehouse sale for nearly nothing a few months ago.  I had no idea that it was Pottery Barn when I purchased it or what I would do with it, but the price was too insanely cheap to pass on.

Pottery Barn
I'd been stalking the matching pillow shams on the PB website and lo and behold, they went on sale today so I scooped them up.
Pottery Barn
I actually found bedside lamps similar to those pictured above at Goodwill a month or so ago and picked them up for $5 each.  I also had some medium sized square lamp shades that I ended up not using in a client project recently that worked perfectly with the wall mounted lamps.

Bed Bath and Beyond
I also scored a pair of these natural drapery panels at the same warehouse sale.  I really need four for my bedroom windows, but I've decided to cut them in half to create smaller panels since the windows are pretty narrow anyway.  I picked up a couple of cream twin sized flat sheets on clearance and I'm having the new "half" panels lined so that they are more opaque.

I stumbled upon these awesome framed fern shadow box art pieces for $4.99 each at Goodwill.


They've added just the natural look I'd hope to create and work really well with the bird duvet.

Now I just need to update a couple of accessories and I'll be all set.  Can't wait to share with you how it turns out.  More to come...

"My Go-To Source for Unique Finds"

Metrolina Expo Antiques and Collectibles Show has become one of my go-to sources for unique home decor items and accessories.  I've officially become a regular.  Earlier this month, my intern Anna and I headed out to pick up a few things for a client project and spotted so many unique items that I thought I'd pull them all together in a post. 
 
 
 
 
It certainly seemed that space-saving pieces were the theme of the day.  I'm a little sick over the fact that I passed on these awesome FOLDING cane chairs.  How cool are they?
 
 
The fact that they fold down for easy storage was just a bonus.  Can you believe they were going for $100 for the pair?
 
I also loved this triangular folding table.  Wasn't wild about the color, but I loved the drop leaf corners.

 
We spotted a number of quirky and unique items like this tree stump organizer.  I think it has an Anthropologie vibe about it.
 
 
And how about making your place look like a million bucks, with a million bucks literally.  Yep that's $1,000,000 in shredded bills. I think the thought of all that money just sitting around in an unusable state would really irritate me, so I'll pass, but I've got to admit its unique.

 
 
And how cool is this cabinet made completely from doors?

 
The front, the sides...

 
and even the back are all doors.
 
 

Like I said, it's become my go-to for great accessories and unique finds.  However, this month I was focused on client projects so I only ended up with this little fly for myself.
 
 
...and of course, you know where that ended up.   
 
 

"Client Project Reveal: Cool & Fresh Living/Dining!"

It's always a pleasure when I'm able to reveal a new project to you guys, and I'm particularly excited about this one.  I'll be honest and say that this project had me more nervous than any I've worked on so far.  I'm not sure why really, but I just wasn't quite sure that it would come together like I imagined.  Thankfully, my doubts were unfounded and the project turned out great! 
  
The client recently relocated to a new home in the Charlotte area and was looking to basically start from scratch utilizing some of her existing pieces.  Here's a glimpse at the true before pictures featured on the real estate listing...
 
Doesn't exactly scream modern does it?  So, we set out to update the space with a new color scheme including cool and fresh wall colors and modern textiles.  Here's where it all began....
With a plan in place, my team and I worked to pull together two modern, family-friendly yet formal spaces designed for piano and cello practices, visiting with friends and enjoying family dinners. 
 
And here it is...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The client had some fabulous art work, that we used as a jumping off point for the color scheme and decor.   It was actually the first time I've designed a project around fine art and I have to say, it really gives the space a more personalized feel. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As a courtesy to my clients, I don't typically share source information for their projects, but I was pretty excited to be able to incorporate two special pieces.

First, the Dunes and Duchess candelabra. While in LA at the 2013 Design Blogger's Conference, I meet the infamous stylist and writer, Stacy "Style" Kunstel. Stacy and her partner, photographer Michael Partenio, produce a fabulous line of hand-finished wood products for the home. It was REALLY special to be able to use one of their pieces.

Second, I stumbled upon this awesome and HUGE wall shelf by Cooper Classics. I really wanted something unique for the space above the built-in. I debated forever on whether this piece would work, and finally decided to go for it. I'm so glad I did. I think it totally works and adds a wonderful natural element to the space.  I learning to go with my gut; it's typically right.
 
 
 
I don't think I could be any happier with the way things turned out.  I learn more and more with each project and install and it's a sheer joy to get to do what I love to do.  The journey continues.....
 
Have a fabulous weekend y'all!
 
Special thanks to Cam Richards Photography
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