Sneak Peek

We have been busy working on our Antiques at the Gardens lighting booth, and it is FILLED with some beautiful one of a kind pieces from many of our favorite sources!

If you reside in Birmingham or feel up for a weekend visit, come and see us. We are expecting a beautiful October weekend, and the show promises to be worth the trip!

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Antiques at The Gardens

As the whirlwind of summer comes to a close, I’m excited and energized for the projects we are working on this fall. I am happy to announce that we are one of the twelve “Tastemakers” featured at this year’s Antiques at The Gardens, hosted by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The event is set to take place the first weekend in October and kicks off with a black tie Gala on Thursday night.

The Tastemakers chosen show are some of Birmingham’s most talented architects, designers and landscapers, and I am honored to be included in such an outstanding group. Each of the Tastemakers have been asked to curate a themed area such as “Weekend Getaway,” “Secret Garden,” and “Beach House” with goods selected from local Birmingham vendors as well as from sources across the country. I was asked to curate a booth around the theme, “Let There Be Light,” which will feature some of my favorite lamps, lighting pendants and custom designed shades. It will also include some custom pillow designs and additional accessories.

One of a kind and custom lighting is something that is very important to my interiors. Since I try to limit the number of accessories I place in an interior, the lamps, pendants, sconces and their shades become a priority for me. I treat them like the icing on the project that can take it from good to great! The items in our booth will be hand selected and/or designed by me for this special event with a great cause. Best of all, everything is for sale!

Be sure to check out the wonderfully designed Antiques at The Gardens Catalogue for more information and details on participants. And, I will be sure and keep you updated on the project and share lots of pictures. I hope those of you who are in Birmingham or are up for a weekend trip will join us!

As a short addition to last week’s posts on the Hamptons Designer Showhouse, I wanted to acknowledge and thank the bloggers who recently featured our showhouse room on their blogs. It’s a validating feeling when other people appreciate the efforts that go into our design work. If they are not included already, please add these blogs to your daily reads and visit the links below for more pictures of our room.

Quintessence Blog

House of Turquoise

Nest Nest Nest

Habitually Chic

Wall Street Journal

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Hamptons Designer Showhouse: Part 2

Putting together a room for a Showhouse always takes a great deal of effort and energy, not to mention a lot of teamwork to make it all come together seamlessly. Serena & Lily was the primary partner for our room, but we also collaborated with several other wonderful  companies- Farrow & Ball, English Country Antiques and Keivan Woven Arts.

I have really enjoyed incorporating Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers into my projects over the years. Their quality is excellent and their color pallet is exquisite. I knew that when I began the designs for this room, I wanted to use a striped paper in alternating directions, and Farrow & Ball’s Closet Stripe paper was the perfect solution! I had the paper hung so that the stripes alternated on the walls from horizontal to vertical. The result: a relaxed interpretation of a more traditional stripe.

English Country Antiques and their fantastic antique shop in Southampton helped us find several antique pieces to place in the bedroom. The store has an extensive collection of English antiques that are carefully curated by the owner himself. While I have shopped their inventory on 1st Dibs, I had no idea how diverse their inventory actual is until I visited the shop in person. The Bobbin Corner Chair, Bamboo Occasional Table and Chest of Drawers, all from English Country, added a vintage layer to the room when coupled with the Serena & Lily pieces.

As a frequent client of Keivan Woven Arts in Atlanta, I called on them to find an antique rug that would be suitable for a home in the Hamptons. What we selected was an antique Kilim rug that was hand-woven in Turkey. I love this rug because it’s a flat weave rug which allows for it to become well-worn over time.

Check back soon for the last post on the Hamptons Showhouse! I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day!

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Hamptons Designer Showhouse: Part 1

As many of you know by now, I had the privilege of participating in this year’s Designer Showhouse in the Hamptons. Despite the planning and logistics it took to get everything to New York in a short amount of time, it was a fun and vastly rewarding project! I partnered with the West coast textile and home furnishings company Serena & Lily to outfit the bedroom which was specifically designed to be the guest bedroom. I was excited to hear that Serena & Lily was interested in partnering with me on this room, as I have become very familiar with their line while recently working on a new plan for my son’s bedroom. He is 2 years old now, and considering that his room still has flower curtains from its prior guest room designation, I think it is time! So, with the Serena & Lily brand in mind, and my desire to create an inviting, relaxing, not too serious Guest Room retreat, here is the result:

Working on the guest bedroom,  I knew that I wanted to create a space that was flexible when it came to use. And since it was one of the smaller rooms in the house, I wanted to maximize the space I had by using twin beds. So, the anchor of the room became a pair of Harbor Cane twin beds, which exude the sort of natural, “sandy-feet are welcome” feel I wanted for the room.

The linens I selected for the beds were a part of Serena & Lily’s Ventura bedding collection that debuted earlier this summer. I folded the duvets at the end of the beds and chose to top the Gobi Embroidered sheets with the Herringbone Bed Blanket instead of a coverlet, a lighter alternative for the warm summer nights.

One of the great things about Serena & Lily is that they sell their fabrics and textiles on their website for purchase by the yard. So I was able to use their Flax Linen Fabric to make the window treatments and vanity skirt in the bathroom.

We had a great time incorporating some of Serena & Lily’s fun accessories and decorative accents. I love the wicker South Seas Bar Cart for a coastal setting, not to mention touches of bone and marble from the Cyprus Bone Inlay Mirror and Jali Marble Bath Tray. And of course, a cozy Herringbone Throw for a finishing touch!

If you are searching for some reasonably priced but unusual pieces of furniture with an emphasis on natural materials, or beautiful linens in incredible colors, look no further than Serena & Lily. Here are some additional pieces from the S&L line that I think are great, and wanted to share:

When you visit the Serena & Lily website, don’t miss their “Make Your Bed” design tool. This handy application allows you to combine different products and patterns and make your bed virtually.

…..Hopefully my son’s beds will be made to look something like this one day soon!

More on my Hamptons Designer Showhouse room and inspirations to come. I would love to know if any of you made it to the showhouse and your thoughts on the rooms!

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From Tobi’s Blog

I hope you’re reading this blog post while sitting underneath an umbrella on a sandy beach or from the comfort of your air conditioned home. Regardless of where you are, I hope you are soaking up the last bits of summer!

As evidenced by my lack of blog posts, I have been traveling for work more than I anticipated this summer. Between The Hampton Designer Showhouse, a NYC installation, and my typical site meetings, I am ready for a Fall vacation! In the midst of traveling, I did take a little time to write a guest post on my friend Tobi Fairley’s blog, on patience as a part of the creative process. I appreciate Tobi giving me the opportunity to share some things I have learned with her many loyal readers. And since I spent most of my summer managing  large projects with deadlines, writing about patience served as a good reminder to me as well. I would love for you to take a minute to visit Tobi’s blog and to read my post. Perhaps it will give you just the encouragement you need!

Enjoy the remaining days of Summer!

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