"Where Do We Go From Here?"

Week before last, we hosted a public launch party for the Belle by Cheryl Luckett furniture collection for Sylvester Alexander Furniture.  Back in October, we launched the product line to the trade at High Point Market and had a great time, not to mention received rave reviews.   The idea was that we'd give the public (essentially family, friends, clients and followers) the same opportunity to see the collection in-person and to celebrate the launch with us.  We were, after all, making it available on the website directly to them (www.dwellbycheryl.com/collection).  

I can't even begin to tell you what an awesome time we had.  There were laughs...

Lots of them, and even a few cries...

But overall a feeling of love that's hard to explain.  Honestly, I wasn't really expecting it, but it was completely different from the pride I felt at the October launch event.  Sure, being surrounded and supported by your colleagues and those you admire was certainly a proud moment but this was different.  These were my people.  

The ones who were there from the very beginning.  The ones who casually confirmed, "You should do this for a living!".  The ones who watched me juggle corporate life and travel, design school and projects on the side.  The ones who were the first to say, "Sure! Start with my home."  

I realized after everyone cleared out, that these were the people who rarely get to see me operating in the space they watched me work so hard to get to.  They don't attend the markets or conferences, they've never been to an event where I was a panelist, so to share with them (IN PERSON) what I've been able to achieve was so very special.  

I'm so very grateful to those who attended and who were able to share in the celebration with us.  2018 was an amazing year, full of new ventures, exciting opportunities and BIG wins.  I couldn't do it alone.  I'm often bolstered by the sideline cheers, prayers and support of so many.  

So what's in store for 2019 and where do we go from here?  Who knows! You never can tell, but I'm predicting UP!  

Thank you to you all!

Photos by: Amanda Schultz

Special thanks to Jenn Skultety, Betron Couch, Bonnie Moody and
Our Sponsors: Revolution Performance Fabrics, Sylvester Alexander and Windy O'Connor

"Leveled Up Living"

There comes a time when you realize it's time to level up and that include your home.  That was exactly the case with my clients.  They'd recently moved to a larger home and were looking to create a space that was more indicative of their style and frankly more...elevated. 

We'd actually worked together in the past on their bedroom and I was very familiar with their aesthetic.  They tend to be drawn to earthtones and while the wife likes a bit of a natural, global feel, the husband prefers a bit of a more polished look.  We set out to give them both.  Using oranges, teal and touches of warm neutrals, we created a plan for their formal dining, living room and eat-in kitchen area.  

The dining room had furnishings but otherwise was a blank slate.  We decided to go bold here with a York Wallcoverings dragon wallpaper.  I'm always amazed by what wallpaper can do.

We're actually going to be switching out the dining table soon, but it's still a pretty dramatic change.  In the living room, we needed to upgrade the furniture and give the entire space a more elevated feel while remaining family-friendly. 

The space is a bit awkward in that it's a long and narrow space.  We addressed this by creating a couple of seating areas and a walkway behind the sofa. 

So much warmer and cozier!  Revolution Performance fabrics were used on the pair of chairs and the sofa and I'm obsessed with these custom swivel chairs by Sylvester Alexander furniture, the manufacturer of the Belle by Cheryl Luckett collection. 

 We didn't want to overlook the entry. So we created a little landing in the small nook, which became the perfect place to drop keys, display photos and get a last look as you head out the door. 

The eat-in area off the kitchen was a bit small and awkward when we arrived.  The current scale of the furniture was tiny and it needed to be a continuation of the living space we'd created.  

The large scale art, appropriately scaled furniture (BTW, the table extends to accommodate additional guests) and patterned drapes completely transform this area.  

I'm so glad my clients recognized the value of creating a home you love.  They've already remarked about the number of times they've entertained family and friends in their new space.  Hearing that makes me so happy.  After all, that's what it's all about.  

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