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Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

In both photography and design school I was told "first you have to learn the rules in order to successfully break the rules". This image below taken at the Ralph Lauren High Point Showroom is definitely a rule breaker. A giant mirror is oversize for the console table...

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Trends from High PointMarket: Organics

Trends from High PointMarket: Organics

Time for trend number two of the six trends I spotted at Spring High Point Market. If you missed my first trend post on color you can read it here. The next trend is ORGANICS. It seems the manufactures and designers have a soft spot for science class and the natural...

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Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out...

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Color trends High Point Market Spring 2015

Color trends High Point Market Spring 2015

Last week was my second time attending High Point Market. If you are a designer and have never been, I can't recommend it enough. It is such an exciting and inspiration trip. I saw so many beautiful show rooms and new products. I have gone through all my photos and I...

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Friday’s Photo: Trending colors at High Point

Friday’s Photo: Trending colors at High Point

I am just back from Market at High Point, NC after spending 5 non-stop days touring dozens and dozens of show rooms. I have SO many things to share and I hope you followed me on Instagram because I posted lot's of photos. I will be writing a full follow up next week...

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Friday’s Photo: Off to High Point Market I go

Friday’s Photo: Off to High Point Market I go

Friday morning at 6am I leave for High Point NC to attend "Market". I am so excited but also somewhat stressed because if I get everything done I need to do before I leave I will have pulled off a small miracle. I am finishing up floor plans for two new clients,...

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Friday’s Photo: Glass balloon animals

Friday’s Photo: Glass balloon animals

Another gem I discovered at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show was this purple "Balloon Hippo" by glass artist Chris Ahalt. Chris explains his art as such, "Sculpted in meticulous detail and bright colors, my animal balloon series depicts visually strong...

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NYC Spring 2015 window displays

NYC Spring 2015 window displays

Every time I visit New York City I have the same thought, "Why don't I do this more often?" New York City is only a little more than three hours from Boston but the truth is, I rarely go. I can come up with lot's of excuses why; hotels are expensive, I don't know...

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Friday’s Photo: Sculptural desk top lighting

Friday’s Photo: Sculptural desk top lighting

Have you noticed all the amazing new lighting options showing up in home stores?  There are so many gorgeous choices available that it's almost impossible to choose just one. Desk lamps however have not really excited me as much as all the statement chandeliers and...

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Dining By Design Dining vignettes part 2

Dining By Design Dining vignettes part 2

One of the most notable things about seeing this year's vignettes at Dining By Design was the huge variation in each designers vision for their space. Since it's not like a show house where there are certain rules, dining by design is a blank slate for the designers...

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Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now is Vetro Vero and I was...

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Dining By Design 2015 room vignettes part 1

Dining By Design 2015 room vignettes part 1

Last week I was in New York City to join in the celebration of Modenus's (Veronika Miller) fifth anniversary as well as to attend the Architectural Digest Home Show. I saw so many new products and met some amazing new artisans and over the next few posts I will be...

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Friday’s Photo: creative upcycling

Friday’s Photo: creative upcycling

Next week I am very excited be to attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. It got me thinking about my last visit to NY when I attended the Wanted Design show in May. A fun find from that show was this colorful pouf by Studioavni called the...

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Head shot tips from a former head shot photographer

Head shot tips from a former head shot photographer

I know it is ironic but I spent 25 plus years working as a professional head shot photographer and I dread having my picture taken. I think it all stems back to picture day in elementary school. When the class photo was posted I was always a full head taller than the...

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Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

After my post earlier this week about trending brown/grays and taupes  I found it so timely that in my email today was this announcement from Blanco. "BLANCO CERANA™ reinvents versatility with the addition of its warm, neutral Biscuit color to the one-of-a-kind...

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Color trend: Is cool gray on it’s way out?

Color trend: Is cool gray on it’s way out?

While attending KBIS with BlogTourVegas I observed a color trend that really caught my attention. Neutral tones (especially in tiles and woods) are warming up and moving away from cool gray and shifting to more of a brown/gray or taupe. In fact, the presenter at our...

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Not your average travel photos

Not your average travel photos

Have you ever thought about what inspires you to take a photo?  What stirs your soul and causes you to stop in your tracks and reach for your camera? For some it's nature, for others it's travel, art or fashion. It might be a beautiful sunset or the way your cat...

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Friday’s Photo: Creative wine display

Friday’s Photo: Creative wine display

Another highlight from BlogTourVegas was visiting the New American Home, built by Blue Heron and designed by Blue Heron's interior design consultant Miquel Hutton.  The home was AMAZING and the two most interesting facts? 1. The home has a net zero electrical usage,...

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Look who was asked to share their thoughts on design

Look who was asked to share their thoughts on design

Recently, I was asked by Terrys Blinds to share my thoughts on design for their Designer Insight series.  Terrys Blinds are made to measure blinds based in the UK.  We connected on Twitter (ah the power of social media) and I was honored to be asked.  . Check out my...

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Poggenpohl and Blanco at Residences Mandarin Oriental

Poggenpohl and Blanco at Residences Mandarin Oriental

There were so many highlights of BlogTourVegas and one of them enjoying cocktails, food, and entertainment while touring the newly constructed luxury penthouse units at Residences Mandarin Oriental Vegas. The view from each of the units was spectacular, looking right...

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Friday’s Photo: Jonathan Adler for Formica

Friday’s Photo: Jonathan Adler for Formica

I never thought I would see it but laminate seems to be making a come back. While visiting KBIS I saw how Danny Seo has made laminate very on trend for Wilsonart (read that post here) and now Jonathan Adler is doing the same thing for Formica. Adler has created a...

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The toilet we all want to own

The toilet we all want to own

What if I told you there is a toilet that you never have to touch or clean. As you approach the lid gently raises.The seat is heated and lit (nice for late night visits) and when you walk away the seat automatically lowers and an ultra violet light sanitizes the seat....

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Top Knobs=Top style

Top Knobs=Top style

I'm sure you've heard the expression "the hardware is the jewelry of the room". At Top Knobs that is certainly true. Recently I had the chance to see their vast collection up close at KBIS as they were one of our BlogTour sponsors. I can confidently say that Top Knobs...

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What I most wanted to see at KBIS

What I most wanted to see at KBIS

Even before I headed out to KBIS with BlogTourVegas, my husband and I have been researching about switching over to an induction cook top when we update our kitchen. We currently have a small counter top version purchased off Amazon so that we could "try it out". You...

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