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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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It’s funny – the new Global Views catalog arrived and I was actually excited.  Their catalog is a beautiful piece of work.  The vignettes are well done just like their showroom, which is always a stop for me at High Point Market.  My friend Karen loves specifying from catalogs; I more so from websites.  However, I’m beginning to use catalogs more.  There is still something wonderful about holding a book in my hands. This time going through the catalog, it was like skipping down memory lane.  Global Views is well known for their accessories.  I’ve used plenty of them. I’ve […]

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This song isn’t new but I felt it deserved a spot on my blog.  I love the message.  The rhythm gently moves my body.  The Script and will.i.am work seamlessly together.  I can’t wait to see The Script in June.  Wish will.i.am would make a guest appearance or bring Brittany – then we’d really have a party. Enjoy! Paula Grace ~

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Many of you know that I’m starting a furnishing line. If you have started one, you know the amount of work that goes into it. Today, I picked up metal pieces that will be incorporated into some of my furniture. I took them to my platers to be finished. Next stop for them is my furniture craftmens. Quite a journey…. for the metal and for me. Funny thing though – one of my new favorite songs played on the radio at the beginning of my journey today and while coming back to my studio. Coincidence? I think not. Plus my […]

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