This time of year one of the easiest flowers to find to buy and work with in home arrangements are Lilies. I personally love lilies, I love all the colors they come in, the beautiful colors from white to pink and some in-between and I enjoy the scent of Lilies. I know some people don’t enjoy the scent of Lilies and I have a couple of clients that really sneeze when Lilies are around. Lilies have a lot going for them, in addition to their color and scent, they also are a great flower to add height to any arrangement and drama and Lilies are one of those flowers that you can create smaller and more simple arrangements by using a couple of Lilies in a small vase, or mix them with other flowers in a shorter vase, like Hydrangeas, and you have a great centerpiece. Today, as we head into Easter weekend, we are going to take a look at Lilies in their natural environment as well as floral arrangements using Lilies. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 14, 2017
April 11, 2017
I love roses, I know some people aren’t crazy about roses and their scent but they’re one of my favorite flowers. Roses come in every color of the rainbow and add so much a bouquet or arrangement, I have to say I’m not crazy about arrangements made up of just roses but I do like them worked in with other flowers. For a better look at some great uses of Red and Pink Roses click here to see a post I did back in 2015. Enjoy!!!
April 7, 2017
Gerbera Daisies are one of those flowers that most everyone loves, they come in bright colors with either yellow, green or black center are work well with most other flowers. I love adding Gerberas to arrangements for a big punch of color and texture with their long beautiful petals. I did a more in-depth look at Gerberas in April 2015 which you can click and see here. Enjoy!!!
April 6, 2017
I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!
March 31, 2017
The new Majolica Collection from Designers Guild is GORGEOUS, the collection is inspired by the bright and intense colors found in Majolica pottery and is all digitally printed. Designers Guild has played with the scale of some of the prints, especially the florals, to give a traditional type fabric more of a contemporary look. The thing that caught my eye are the colors used, especially the blue in the Majolica Cornflower (above) and the Istoriato Cobalt. In addition to the blues Designers Guild uses some wonderful pinks, purples, greens, and even a few trendy grays. Here’s a taste of what’s available from Designers Guild, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 28, 2017
One thing I LOVE is when the brick is exposed and used as a wall treatment on the interior of homes and businesses, I think the brick adds a whole new look and feel to a room and really warms it up and gives it a definite masculine feel. One thing we have today that allows the exposed brick look to be accomplished without tearing down sheetrock or knocking down walls is thin brick. Thin brick is used much like tile and installed the same way. Some people refer to the thinner version of brick as thin brick veneer and many times it’s attained by using reclaimed brick from buildings that are being renovated or that have been torn down. Exposed brick can be used in any room, whether it’s in the kitchen with the cooktop or ovens, as an accent wall behind a bed or at one end of a room, exposed brick is a great way to add color, texture, and interest to rooms without breaking the bank. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 24, 2017
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Peonies, that beautiful Spring flower created by layer after layer of delicate petals that gives off a glorious scent and when opened fully looks like a magnificent ballgown. I was trying to decide on a post to do today to wind up the week and at the same time I’m working on a party that a client is throwing in their home this weekend, one of the requests of the hostess is that I use lots of peonies in the arrangements I’m doing around the house. Peonies have inspired people for centuries appearing in paintings and floral arrangements and of course today we can gather a more permanent version of peonies in wallpaper. Today I want to share some beautiful images of peonies with you as well as both some beautiful and whimsical images of peonies on wallpaper. I hope you get some inspiration and bring some peonies to your house this Spring, have a great weekend and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 23, 2017
I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 22, 2017
Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!
March 15, 2017
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering the life of former First Lady and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman known for bringing life back to the White House and leading the American nation through the dark days following the assassination of her husband. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.