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My Mom, Bianca, has done volunteer work practically her whole life.Two weeks ago she was honored for her volunteer contributions.  At first Mom didn’t want to go to the ceremony but they asked and asked her to.  Finally she agreed and my sister took her.  My Mom has won several awards for her contributions but this one touched her heart a great deal.  She continues her work (even though her knees hurt considerably).  She always says, “you get back twice what you give in satisfaction that you made a difference.”  Here’s the thing… my Mom will be 90 this July.  […]

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I grew up with a mom that collected Waterford crystal.  She loved it and I grew to love it too.  I always seem to spot the crystal lighting when I’m at Market.  I visited some of my faves and found some gorgeous new ones.  Here are some from Visual Comfort…   Here’s one I found at The Natural Light…And a few beauties at John Richard… The last one – the floor lamp – is perfect for a current project.  I love it’s sophistication.

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I always have something I’m looking for at Market.  This time I was looking for lighting.  I came back with some wonderful ideas.  Here’s a few… For larger scale pendants / chandeliers, I found three great options at Robert Abbey, Visual Comfort, and Regina Andrews respectively… I have to say, I found Robert Abbey to have great new products and some old ones that fit nicely into projects I working on now.  First they had these lovely, simple, colorful drum pendants.. They also had coordinating sconces that would be fabulous by themselves…Some additional sconces, table, and floor lamps that caught […]

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What a way to start High Point Market April 2014! I went to a wonderful discussion with four of the best in our field.  It was no easy feat too!  It was first thing Saturday morning but there was no way I was going to miss it. Barry Dixon, Alexa Hampton, Charlotte Moss, and Mariette Himes Gomez did a round table discussion about their inspirations, their lines, and their thoughts on where the world of interior design was going. First I have to say I was surprised, shocked really, at the low attendance at this event.  I heard that the […]

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There were so many interesting vendors at the show.  I’m considering showing my line there next year.  The jury is still out on there.  I need to call some of the craftsmen that were there to hear about their ROI.  On Saturday, when I was there, as the day went on, it became more and more crowded.  That’s when I made my exit.  I’m not sure I have the personality to ‘work’ the show.  I prefer smaller, more intimate gatherings in general.  A home showing?!  Small parties by invitation to see the line up close and personal – that’s more […]

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I ventured out to the Architectural Digest Show on Saturday.  I took the train from DC to NYC – easy, easy.  I need to do that more – take the train from DC to NYC – very relaxing.  I’ll do a few posts on lovely pieces I found.  Up first – Daniel Levy’s handmade porcelain items – dishes, lamps… Simply gorgeous and so special.  I held several pieces.  So light and delicate yet sturdy to function with ease. If you read my blog – you know I love glass.  I love the way light gets to play with glass.  I […]

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I recently finished the inside of a Washington, DC penthouse. The homeowner has several homes – one of which is a ranch in West Virginia. He loves the outdoors. My mission was to bring his love of the outdoors together with the city scape outside his windows. The design concept… Rustic Chic. Here are a couple before and after shots.  He has an extensive collection of art I incorporated  – you see some on the shelves and next to the media cabinet.  A little secret – the media cabinet will be in my line that will launch later this year. […]

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I love this book by Thomas Pheasant – a book long in the making and worth every moment.  I love the way he takes the reader through his thought process on different topics and discusses how his inspirations.  He embraces the principles and elements and edits with a strict hand.  He also speaks about how he learns from his clients.  Embraces the principles and elements and learns from his clients – he’s after my heart now.  I felt on I was on a beautiful journey.  Even reading Simply Serene made me serene.This is a great book whether you’re an accomplished […]

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I love to read.  Lately I’ve been reading many wonderful books by other designers or about the design world in general.  I find it fun, interesting, and intriguing to see how other designers think, feel, and what their process it.  Of course I love perusing their work but more so I love understanding them… their thought process.  Maybe it comes from my last career in psychology but I find it fascinating to see how folks tick.  A few Sundays ago, I wrapped up on my comfy blanket and read Barry Dixon Interiors.I love the way the book tells the stories […]

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There is so much good music in the world, a huge source of inspiration for me. Once in a while a song comes along that stops you in your tracks.  Desperado by the Eagles is a good example.  No matter where you are or who you’re speaking with, if the song comes on, its hard not to listen.  Sometimes you can’t stop – like when you’re in the middle of a conversation – but I admit sometimes I tune out of the conversation and tune into the song.  Rude?  Yes.  In my control?  Partly.  I do try to stay with […]

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