29 July 2013


Authentic Blue Willow Medallion Collectibles

My apologies for playing the quiet game these past couple weeks! As per usual it has been incredibly busy here at the studio. Hopefully you think the wait was worth it when I reveal a piece of exciting news: One Kings Lane (www.onekingslane.com) has asked me to be a September feature for their Tastemaker Tag Sale. Today is our scheduled photoshoot and after months of hunting for the perfect pieces, everything is finally coming together. Stay tuned for details!

It will be hard to say goodbye to Ricardo, who was recently dubbed the official studio mascot.

15 July 2013


My 'lately's' been quite the whirlwind: filled with travel, design happenings, renovation thrills (...and headaches)...and easy summer weekends well-spent with family and friends.

Here's a little glimpse:

 I made my way to Atlanta, where a new build project is in the throes of tile installs (as seen above). 

While there, we made some rug and furnishings selections, and established the overall direction of the interior aesthetic. It's going to be nothing short of chic and gorgeous! Clients are happy, which means designer is uber-happy.

And...lighting selections have begun to make themselves at home in Atlanta. 
This above gem is #1 of 2 making a gorgeous statement above the kitchen island.

And, Ricardo made his way home with me from Atlanta. He's quite the travel companion. And thank goodness he has good taste in fabrics. I have a feeling he won't be mine for long (sadly)...

And neither will this little number. Gold rope arm chair upholstered in an emerald (nearly black) mohair? Come September, she's likely to find a new home as well. 

So yes, goodies are being corralled for an exciting little venture...
Of which I don't think I can flat out tell you about yet? But I will drop hints, don't you worry...

So, back in Kentucky territory, I had a most unusual client meeting. Involving little missy. A bulldog. A horse. And a miniature horse named 'Baby Diamond.' 

But, custom upholstery is happening...
And I quite like it.

Lots of coffee accompanied a weekend of house happenings (umm..we FINALLY have a semi-functioning kitchen!), hours of Lost (yes, we are like eight years late in discovering, I know), and How To Make It In America

And we walked around the corner of our new hood to cheers Bastille Day at Le Deauville, with Mussels and amazing convo with newly met locals.

And we topped it all off with blackberry + banana soft serve with a brown sugar rum glaze...made in my blender with goat milk fresh from the Maple farmstead:

So there you have it.

My lately.

It's been busy. And amazing. 
And I hope the same holds true for yours.


01 July 2013


Want to see me get excited? Like, unreasonably so?
...Just tell me you need some lighting...and that you want it to make a statement.

I mean, there are things you should invest in, and things that aren't much worth it. I take the former stance when it comes to lighting and interior design. It's worth every single pretty penny you're willing to spend on it. Did you hear that? E-v-e-r-y one of those shiny coins. Because if you skimp, and have cheap / boring lighting...that doesn't shed the proper wattage and warmth...well...suddenly everything else in the room looks just as sub-par. Spend those pennies, people. Get you some good lighting, to highlight the good interior.

Speaking of lighting, here's what's been illuminating current projects of mine. I am living vicariously through these clients, you see....because these fixtures are all insanely gorgeous/unusual/perfectly perfect...and I pretty much want them all. See?

Notice a theme, here?
Yes, you are right--aged brass, it is.
And iron.
And just overall goodness.
Flush mounts don't have to be boring, my friends. Or ill-designed.
And over-mirror bath lighting doesn't have to be your standard contractor's special.
And can we talk about these pendants and chandys? Amazing, I know.

....So, take a hint from these clients' ceilings and walls...and go invest in statement-making lighting.