Friday, October 30, 2009

More Market Finds

I found these wonderful frog feet tulipieres at Market and couldn't resist buying them in green and white for the booth. I'll have a few on hand at the Holiday Open House; just in time to decorate your table, mantle or buffet for Christmas! $98 each.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Factory Sale

If you're in the market for fine furnishings (admittedly a bit fancier than those found at AAI), you may want to make a trip to High Point next weekend for the Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman factory sale.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can find great deals (up to 80% off) on floor samples from this to-the-trade-only manufacturer of case goods and upholstery. To get a feel for their line, visit their website at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Okay, so maybe not quite yet.

But perhaps these lovely gift-holders will put you in the Holiday spirit a little early? They're soon to be shown at AAI at Hunt & Gather.

Velvet stockings with Greek key border; $65 each. Quantities will be limited, so contact me if you're interested in pre-ordering to ensure a festive mantle this Christmas!

Night Stand, Palm Beach Style

Bamboo-detailed cream nightstand/end table. Two working drawers with antique brass pulls. $165; shown at Hunt & Gather.

Monday, October 26, 2009

To Market, To Market

Last week I attended the High Point Furniture Market, searching for the best new products and trends to feature at AAI. I found lots of fabulous items, some of which will be appearing at Hunt & Gather soon. I'm especially excited about some seasonal items that will debut at the Hunt & Gather Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 21st; mark your calendar if you'll be in the Raleigh area that day!

I was thrilled by the amount of new rugs that I saw at Market this year. From living rooms to nurseries, I've been asked a lot lately for suggestions on beautiful- yet durable- rugs. While I usually gravitate towards the elegant simplicity of natural fiber rugs, they are not always the best option when children and pets abound. Yet it's sometimes hard to find alternatives that are pleasing to the eye, mind and wallet.

Solution: this incredible line of indoor/outdoor rugs, which can be sprayed down with a hose to clean and are chic enough for even the most refined of rooms yet so kid and pet-friendly.

This same company also makes an adorable line of kids' rugs that had me wishing for a nursery (or two, or three) to decorate. Made of cotton, they are easy to clean and soft on tiny knees and elbows.

For your more adult-focused rooms, I found the following lines which offer gorgeous options of floor coverings in hooked, needlepoint and reversible styles. Many can be made in custom colors; send them a fabric swatch and they'll match the colors of your rug to it.

There are more market finds to share, so stay tuned...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gothic Revival

Wooden Gothic mirror, antique gold. $175. Located at Hunt & Gather.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Front porch looking lonely?


Here's your solution:

Add some topiaries, flank your front door and viola! An elegant entrance.

Iron green urns, $275/pair. Located at Hunt & Gather.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Forever Summer


Yes, we're a month into Autumn, but this chair and ottoman bring back the joy of summer. Perfectly paired with a cold drink, a good book and sand on your feet.

Chair and ottoman with seashell fabric (navy & white) with navy linen piping. $375 for the set. Shown at Hunt & Gather.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New York Finds

1. 100% virgin wool Pendleton throw; houndstooth pattern in kelly green, torquoise, navy and cream. Approximately 5'2" x 5' 5"; mint condition. $145.

Classic with an edge; love it.

2. Vintage Lennox butterfly jewelry tray. 9 1/2" diagonally. $35

3. Original watercolor of London, framed and matted. 12" w x 14 1/2" h. $125. Perfect for the Anglophile in your life.

4. Small gold-leafed, carved mirror. 9 1/2" square. $45. It would be great in a collection on the wall or as an unexpected reflection in bookshelves.

And that's all. There could have been much more, but there's only so much room in the overhead compartments of commuter planes. The next trip to New York may require driving; or setting up a UPS account.

So many fabulous finds, so little space; sounds about right for New York!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How did I not know...

about this?

Ruthie is my favorite. True confession: when I went out to LA a few years ago, I wrote her a letter saying how much I'd love to come by her shop and meet her. I never got a response, but I like to think that it was lost in the mail. It's a long journey from the east coast to the west, no?

Potential rejection aside, I still think she's one of the best designers out there, and her new website is quite pretty, so check it out.

I am wondering what happened to her book, The LA House. It was supposed to come out in 2008, but never did. has a release date of December 31, 1975. Interesting.

If you have answers, do share. Style Court posted this teaser last year. One thing's for sure; when it finally does hit the shelves, it will be worth the wait.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Old + New= Chic"

Interesting article: "Mixing antiques and collectibles with new finds is a great design strategy."

I concur.

AP Photo by Sarah Dorio

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Big Apple

Ryan and I were in New York this weekend, visiting dear friends and enjoying the city in autumn; my favorite time to be there!

A few things to share:

1. It's fall! Pumpkins are everywhere, and I am loving this multi-colored display on Lexington Avenue. The metallic ones were spray painted by the shop owner, but look so elegant and natural. However, I'm still partial to the white pumpkins, which are my favorite. I can't wait to get some for our porch at home!

2. We visited the Chelsea Flea market on Saturday. It's a fabulous spot for unique finds, and I purchased a few goodies for the booth, which I'll share with you this week.

3. I visited the New York School of Interior Design during my visit. To say that I was impressed is an understatement! From the beautiful century-old campus on the upper East side to the tantalizing course descriptions (Modern Architecture & Design, Great Women Designers, Economics of Taste & Style and Mixed Media Rendering, to name a few) and stellar alumni roster (including two of my favorites, Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio), the school has so much to offer design lovers like myself. If you've thought about going to school for interior design and want to be in New York, I highly recommend looking into the NYSID programs. I'd love an opportunity to continue my studies here someday!

Stay tuned for information on my New York purchases for AAI. Many thanks to Zack & Tracy for hosting us this weekend; y'all are truly the best.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Restore Spaces

I just found out about a wonderful event here in Winston-Salem called Restore Spaces. Sponsored by the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, the event features local interior designers who create sample "rooms" using items from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The event is aimed toward showcasing the great pieces you can find at the ReStore (one of my favorites!) and all proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

The event takes place on Friday, October 23rd, from 6:30-10:00pm at the Habitat ReStore (341 Witt St., Winston-Salem, NC). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at In addition to touring the creatively resourceful rooms, you can enjoy food, libations, dancing and music.

I wish that I had found out about this in time to participate in designing a room, but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations and supporting this important organization as a spectator. Hope to see you there!