Thursday, December 12, 2013

Play with Pantone's Color of the Year

Last week Pantone announced that their 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid!  Pantone describes this color as a "captivating, magical, enigmatic purple".

The color can be incorporated into your home or office design as a feminine or modern pop of color!  

This vibrant color can add color and depth to your home or office during the cold winter months!  If you need help incorporating stylish colors into your design, contact for a consultation.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cook Quickly with Convection & Stem!

I recently attended a demonstration for the latest line of Sub-Zero Wolf kitchen appliances!  I was especially impressed with the new ovens!  The Sub-Zero Wolf representative did a cooking demonstration using the Convection Steam Oven.  It is compact in size and uses a combination of steam, dry heat, and convection air flow to create amazing results.  The use of steam preserves the natural nutrients of food, and combined with convection, can brown meats and sauté vegetables without using butter or oil!  The use of steam is also the secret to bakery style bread with that perfect crackling crust.

Sub-Zero Wolf Convection Steam Oven

This oven also features automatic modes and custom manual functions, eliminating the guesswork when preparing a meal.  These built-in cooking modes allow this oven to do the work of multiple appliances and pots and pans.  It can sauté, boil, and simmer as on a cooktop, and bake, roast, or even fry without oil.  The custom manual functions allow you to input the cook time and method for your own recipes, where they are stored for future with a press of a button.

This oven also cooks and preheats extremely fast.  The speed and smaller size make it the perfect appliance for empty nesters or smaller kitchens.  If you are downsizing, this oven can do it all without taking up the space of a conventionally sized oven.  For a large family, it is a great addition to a conventional oven to create a double stacked set!

Sub-Zero Wolf Convection Steam Oven with automatic modes

This innovative oven decreases cook time and improves the quality and taste of your meals.  The built-in features also eliminate guess work and stress during preparation.  If you need to update your kitchen, contact me at for a consultation.  I can help you choose appliances and incorporate them into a design that is both functional and beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Barefoot & Company

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to tour the Barefoot & Company facility here in Charlotte.  Barefoot & Company is a wonderful family-run business that has been supplying the greater Charlotte area building industry for over 40 years!  They are a trade-only supplier and installer of shower doors, mirrors, specialty glass, closet systems, windows, screens, exterior doors, bath accessories, door hardware, locks, blinds, shades, and shutters.

Barefoot & Company prides themselves on quality and customer service.  Their business practices are based in core values that have endured three generations and earned numerous awards.  Click here to learn more about their inspiring story.

Take a look at some of their great work:
Custom closet system by Barefoot & Co.
Custom glass windows by Barefoot & Co.
Custom exterior doors by Barefoot & Co.
Frameless glass shower by Barefoot & Co.
Custom cabinet system by Barefoot & Co.
 Screen doors by Barefoot & Co.
Custom wood shutters by Barefoot & Co.

If you are planning a remodel on your home or office, and would like to utilize the trade-only services of Barefoot & Company, contact me at for a consultation!  Together we can create a beautiful design for a quality remodel, all while focusing on serving your needs!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Make Magic with Mirrors!

A well placed mirror can maximize natural light and open up any space.  Mirrors can also add a touch of luxury to any room of the house, not just a bathroom, bedroom, or walk-in closet.  Here are a few unique ways to use mirrors in any room:

photos: Pinterest

If you need help making your home or office light, bright, and open, contact to make a consultation.  We can create a functional and stylish design plan that allows your space to reach its full potential.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Runway Ready!

Fashion and interior design has always been two arts that closely overlap and run together.  With New York fashion week occurring this past September, it is fun to see the fashion trends that have found their way into the home.  Here are a few runway ready looks that resonate with home design:

photos by StyleList

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lovely Lucite!

One of the biggest trends this year at High Point Market was lucite furniture!  This high quality acrylic furniture visually lightens and opens up a space.  The highest quality lucite is seamless, and almost crystal-like in appearance.  See how these beautiful acrylic pieces can add modern luxury to any space:

This coffee table opens up the small living space and allows the accents to pop.
Lucite ghost chair and console table
Lucite chairs add modern luxury to dining room tables.
Jonathan Adler "Jacques" Collection

To update your home or office with some modern luxury contact me at for a consultation!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Fashion at Home: Moody Florals!

Elle Decor has a great developing story on their website about incorporating fall fashion trends into the home!  Their feature on deep, romantic florals really caught my eye!
Elle Decor, Fall Fashion at Home: Moody Florals
Visit to see more interpretations of fall fashion trends in the home!

Don't forget, if you would like to refresh any upholstery or window coverings in your home with new fabrics, contact me A.S.A.P. to get your orders in before the holidays!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Style Spotting at Market!

As most of you may know, Tuesday I went to High Point Market to see all of the latest designs and styles in interior design!  It was so exciting to see the new collections from the all of the top brands.  Each year, certain items stand out to me, and this year it was lighting and lucite furniture.  I snapped a few pictures during my walk-throughs of the different showrooms, enjoy!

top: Festoni Home lamps
bottom: Scalamandre lamps

left: Festoni Home lamps
right: Scalamandre floor lamp with arrow style base and gorgeous red leather lampshade

left: Eloquence light fixture
right: Luna Bella light fixture

left: Amy Sims of AS Home Style lamp and lucite accent table
right: Tritter Feefer lucite chairs and accent tray
The beautiful lucite accent table and lamp pictured above left is from Charlotte designer, Amy Sims, of AS Home Style!  Amy specializes in making custom lucite and acrylic furniture.  As you can see, her designs are sleek, fresh, and clean.  The image below shows more of her great pieces!

Amy Sims of AS Home Style lucite furniture and lamps

bottom left: Gold Leaf color blocked vases
bottom right:  Luna Bella unique cow head wall accent

left: assorted Scalamandre lamps
right: Worlds Away mirrors
After attending Market I am always inspired and excited to start new projects!  If you would like to incorporate some stylish new lighting or lucite furniture into your design, contact me at!

Don't forget, if you would like to refresh your home with new window coverings or upholstery for the holidays, contact me A.S.A.P. so that your orders arrive in time!

Have a wonderful weekend!