Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse Revealed

  Patti and I recently wrapped up another fabulous design project at the Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse. For weeks, we worked tirelessly to design a patio and yard that captured the true essence and style of the Junior League of High Point. We took a journey to the historic halls of the […]

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High Point Market Trends Abound

For six days in April, our little town becomes the Mecca for design professionals from around the world who seek to attend the definitive affair in staying current with trends in décor and design. For six splendid days, the showrooms simply buzz with anticipation about the latest and greatest trends that seek to inspire and […]

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Marsala: Color of the Year

Pantone’s Color of the Year, wine inspired Marsala is a confident shade that just begs to be used in a way that emphasizes its richness. While its history may be hundreds of years old, dating back hundreds of years to the wines of Sicily, Pantone’s selection of this hue for 2015 justifies its relevance as […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Hollyhock House

As an icon of architecture and design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs are distinctive and marvelous. Recently, in Los Angeles, a major renovation of a Frank Lloyd Wright project was completed. Nearly $4.4 million was spent returning the Hollyhock House to its former glory. The first house Wright designed in the Los Angeles area, Hollyhock House, […]

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Smart Homes from Smartphones

Beautiful home design is one aspect of modern living. Another is connectivity and control. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, options for remote control of our homes were abundant. From security cameras to thermostats, appliances to lighting, our homes are more connected than ever. Inspirational to be sure! Check out the future […]

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2015 Coastal Living Design Awards

Coastal Living Magazine recently announced their picks of products that exemplify luxurious and stylish coastal life. The winners in furniture and home design: Ralph Lauren’s indigo denim paint faux paint finish brings the comfort of one’s favorite pair of jeans to the walls. A stunning modern new recliner by Norwegian furniture designer Ekornes the Stressless […]

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Optimism on the Upswing

Trend spotters have made note of late that optimism seems to be on the upswing. As a result, the colors we are bringing into our homes reflect that movement. New, fresh, sophisticated color palates are shifting toward hues that simply exude happiness. This year, look for richly saturated blues, fresh berry tones (evocative of the […]

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Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: Las Vegas 2015

Recently, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show was held in Las Vegas highlighting the best and brightest ideas for modern kitchen and bath designs. Trends this year include seamless design, personalization and integrated technology. In both kitchens and baths, contemporary design continues to dominate, drawing in new materials and unique designs with a modern flair. […]

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Inspiration is Everywhere

Sometimes a blank canvas can be a gift. Other times, it overwhelms. Starting from scratch means that there are quite literally millions of colors, textures, patterns and styles to choose from. Without direction, it can be creatively paralyzing. We love to draw inspiration from things that we simply adore: a piece of art purchased from […]

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Big Four Fashion Week Summary

Fashion trends and home design go hand in hand. This year as fashion weeks began in New York City, and then worked through London, Milan and finally Paris, we kept our eye on the offerings from top designers around the world. Trends from the runways that will likely influence home design in the coming months: […]

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No Black is the New Black

Monling Lee, Washington D.C. based architectural and urban designer, inspires us with color blocking techniques. Inspired by the fun of color combinations and the philosophy of anything-but-black is the new black, Lee started experimenting with color combinations for her daily wardrobe using “recipes” from Color Index, a reference book on color for designers by Jim […]

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Markthal: Mixed Use Marvel

Recently, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a new concept in mixed-use development opened its doors: the Markthal, an upside-down horseshoe shaped construct designed by architecture firm MVRDV, wraps residences around a bustling indoor market corridor. The residences include 102 apartments for rent, as well as 126 condos, including 24 penthouses across the top of the structure, each […]

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