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Here is the next installment of rugs from Signature Grace – Duet in Curves.  Here’s the inspiration story ~ I designed this rug for newlywed clients of mine – two highly successful, dynamic professionals full of life and looking forward to their new future together. They helped me find my stride designing custom pieces for clients. They trusted me, listened to me, and were great to work with (and still are). I helped them discover a style for their home that suited them perfectly. Over the months we worked together, we developed a very close, supportive relationship. One key: I […]

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If this table isn’t bold – I don’t know what is!  This table is the focal point of a portion of lower level lounge I created for lovely clients.  These are the Man of the Manor’s initials. Here’s the story behind the design… “I created this table as well as a buffet for wonderful clients of mine, who hired me to design their entire home. The Bravura Buffet I designed for the wife, while I created the Bold Crescendo Table for the husband. When it came time to begin work on the lower level of this couple’s home, I challenged […]

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These pieces are a true labor of love.  Fine tuning all the components took time and energy.  It’s all in the details… Here’s the story behind the design: “Stevie Nicks’ “Leather and Lace” – recorded as a duet with Don Henley – provided inspiration for this piece. Her song holds a special place in my heart, because it reminds me how it felt to fall in love with my husband.  I didn’t get married until later in life. I dated plenty but never met anyone who I felt completely accepted me – even with all my edges. When I met […]

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Today I’ll start introducing you to my rug collection.  This rug is called Moonlight Melody.  Here is the inspiration story ~ “I designed this rug for young clients of mine after they purchased their dream home.  The inspiration for the room was a wonderful night on their honeymoon – a night with a million stars in the sky.  In their living room I placed beautiful wallpaper on the ceiling that glistens with the chandelier and cove lighting.  The wallpaper emulates the night sky complete with shimmering subtle stars.  To echo the night sky, I designed this rug. The motif is […]

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This understated desk is one of my favorites.  I pair it with a simple Ivy Chair from the Kristin Drohan Collection in black leather. Here’s the story behind the piece… “I designed this desk for a friend and client who is a big fan of country music, and of one country music star in particular. I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with this artist before I began work on this project. So I listened to a lot of his music, and discovered he has an amazing voice. Pure and strong.  As I listened to his songs and watched his […]

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I told you a long time ago I would post on each piece I’ve designed so you can get to know my furnishing line, Signature Grace, and see where my head is at.  The first piece I’m telling you about is the Guitar Maestro Cabinet.  I LOVE this piece.  The detailing on it is wonderful (if I do say so myself).  First a few words about the line ~ most of the pieces are inspired by music… an artist… a song… a performance.  Music has been a saving grace for me.  The Guitar Maestro Cabinet is the epitome of this […]

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It’s been a long time coming for my furnishing line. I’ve been designing pieces for years. Some for clients, some for me. I was thinking about creating my own line but was hesitant to pull the trigger. During a peer group meeting with fellow designers, it was pointed out to me that I became animated and excited when speaking about my pieces. I had to listen to that – when others notice a powerful positive force within you, you pay attention. Designing furnishing makes me happy. When the creativity starts flowing, its amazing what comes of it. Creating is when […]

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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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