Thursday, October 30, 2014

Remodeling your kitchen? Ideas for creating the focal point

            One of the hottest kitchen design trends in the past few years has to be the popularity of the range hood, which serves as a dramatic focal point in any kitchen.  From elaborate and traditional to fun and contemporary, there are so many choices to make the perfect range hood for your design.  There are also tons of exciting materials to choose from, whether it’s stone, metal, or brick, a range hood brings height to the kitchen and instant drama. 

Kitchen Design by Bunny Williams

Kitchen Design by Mick de Giulio

Kitchen Design by Rebecca Bradley

Kitchen Design by Scott Laslie

Kitchen Design by Victoria Hagan

Kitchen Design by Francois and Company

            I designed this range hood for a client and I am still in love with just how striking it is in the kitchen.  The hood is a custom copper creation that added the right amount of excitement and pizzazz in this space. 

            The range hood seems to be a trend that is here to stay and I am thrilled about that.  Regardless if you’re hosting a dinner party or just having friends over for a casual night, you always end up in the kitchen, so why not have something beautiful and fun to entertain you!
Which one of these range hoods is your favorite?

Have a great day, 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Viewing the Latest Cowtan and Tout Line

            I had a blast the other day viewing the latest fabrics from the Cowtan and Tout line, including Jane Churchill, Villa Nova, and Romo with Suzanne.  The collections had so many pieces I liked with some versatile and exciting colorways and patterns.  I really enjoy the double width sizing of the Cowtan and Tout line, the width is excellent for railroading!  I noticed a trend of delicate sheers and beautiful crisp linens, but also quite a few velvets, which we noticed trending at High Point Market this year.  Romo has some fantastic stripes and reversible diamond prints that I would love to use in an upcoming residential project.  The Jane Churchill line had some intricate embroideries in fun, vibrant colors.  Here are a few of snaps I grabbed of the latest line!

            And a couple of fun wallpapers I enjoyed:

            It’s always so much fun to catch up with Suzanne and she has such a fantastic eye for what I’m looking for.  Did you see anything you liked in the collection?  It’s always fun to hear what your favorite choices are!

Have a great day,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Charlotte Interior Design Heads to El Salvador!

            I am so excited to announce that I will travel this weekend to El Salvador to assist in a Habitat for Humanity mission.  I will be traveling and building with my father with whom I am thrilled to share this experience with.  Habitat focuses on creating decent, durable living spaces for those in need locally and internationally.  This can include renovating and preserving existing structures or providing new construction at an affordable price in order to promote dignity and hope for those most needing of assistance.  One thing I have always respected and appreciated about Habitat is their commitment to sustainable construction that has long lasting benefits. 
            El Salvador in particular has been struck by a series of recent natural disasters, creating both an urban and rural need for affordable housing.  At this time, 51% of people living in El Salvador are in need of new housing due to disasters or the decay of existing structures.  Recently, the Habitat Charlotte location has assisted in providing land, electricity, water, septic systems, and green areas for 60 low-income families.  In addition to physically creating housing, Habitat also assists in educating families in El Salvador to build a budget, analyze and control their expenses, and follow a savings plan to move further than simply constructing a new residence, but constructing a new, brighter future.
Find out more information about Habitat for Humanity’s initiatives in El Salvador by clicking here. 
            As an interior designer, this is a mission very close to my heart and it will be a very special trip to share with my father.  I look forward to sharing pictures and stories from my experiences!  
Have a great day,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

High Point Market 2014: Interior Style Spotter

            Every year at High Point Market there is so much to see and do and this year was no exception.  Visiting some of my favorite showrooms and making new discoveries is one of my favorite things to do as an interior designer.  As I made my way through many of the showrooms, there were a few major trends that stuck out at me that I want to highlight today.  The major style trends interpreted uniquely by each showroom were geodes used in many different ways, velvet upholstery, and sheepskin and fur inspired textures! 

            Geodes have exploded onto the scene and at High Point, you can find about any manifestation of geodes from cocktail table and accent tables to light fixtures incorporating these colorful and multi-faceted pieces.  I really enjoyed seeing the many pieces that incorporated geodes that are so versatile and can bring a lot of excitement to any space!

            Around every corner at market, you were not far from a velvet upholstered sofa or dining chair.  This luxurious fabric is making its resurgence in the coming year with some modern interpretations.  I especially enjoyed this gorgeous Lucite dining chair upholstered with velvet that has such a luxurious look. 

            Animal hides that were so popular last year don’t show any sign of losing their following, however we have a new trend for the coming year in the form of sheepskin and fur inspired furniture, pillows, and poufs.  These pieces bring fabulous texture with them and are definitely pieces that will receive a lot of attention!

            Market was a blast and I feel so full of inspiration.  I will be heading back to see even more tomorrow.  What do you think of the latest Style Spotting at High Point Market?

Have a great day,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Detroit Interior Designs Come to North Carolina

            As we are gearing up for High Point Market this weekend, I’ve been getting excited to go to some of my favorite showrooms as well as many new vendors.  One of these is the Detroit Wallpaper Company, who are real movers and shakers in the wallpaper sector.  Co-owned by Andi Kubacki and Josh Young , their designs are clean and modern with incredible imagination.  Their website offers a customizable option for designers rather than a 10 day turnaround time to view your specified colorway.  Detroit Wallpaper gives a fresh, modern take on wallpaper and they have recently expanded into producing rugs and tables.  Here are some portfolio pictures of their designs found on their website:

I can’t wait to see their showroom this weekend at Market.  I’m interested to hear your thoughts on their modern prints!  Stay tuned for all my updates from High Point Market in next week’s post and in the meantime, we will be posting our favorite finds on Instagram!

Have a great day,