High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour! Saturday, Sep 15 2018 

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected for the Design Bloggers Tour!

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There are some amazing companies that we will see on this tour. It will be a great time to see the newest designs that will be released and a great insight into the what the hottest trends will be.

We will be seeing so great showrooms. Here is some background on the companies that we will be seeing.

Aidan Gray Home, this is a company I have used for great accessories and farmhouse style pieces. I believe they will be releasing the Diane Keaton line at Market.

Check out more from them at http://www.aidangrayhome.com

Bernhardt, this is a furniture company that has a very large range. I have used them for commercial projects as they have a great commercial line. I will be excited to see their residential line.

To see more of their current line check them out at http://www.bernhardt.com

Cisco Brothers, this company will be a new one for me. They are a handmade furniture company out of Los Angeles.

 

Check them out at http://www.ciscobrothers.com

Crypton, these are great fabrics made for durability. These fabrics have been one of my go to lines for commercial spaces for the past 15 years.

Check out more about these amazing fabrics at http://www.crypton.com

Dorel Home, this is another new company for me. They seems to have lines for all stages, including kids and college dorms.

You can find out more about them at http://www.dhpfurniture.com

E J Victor, this is a company that I am super excited to see. They have connections with great designers and produce line for Ralph Lauren, Kelly Wearstler and Kate Spade to name a few.

Four Hands, this showroom is always amazing and the curated looks that are created are the latest trends and designs. They have furniture for every room.

Find out more about them at http://www.fourhands.com

Hudson Valley Lighting, I love this company for great lighting in new construction and remodel projects. They have a contemporary feel that works beautifully in a traditional home adding an updated feel.

Check out their website at http://www.hudsonvalleylighting.com

Lloyd Flanders, this has been a go to line for wicker and rattan pieces for years for me. They have added so many new additions to their product line I can’t wait to see what they will do next.

Check them out at http://www.lloydflanders.com

Modern History, this is another new company for me to check out. They have a great line of casegoods that range in design styles.

Have a look at more of their pieces at http://www.modernhistoryhome.com

Stickley, this company is one that I would consider as the grandfather of all current furniture companies. They were one of the innovators of the mission oak style. That style still flows through modern designs to this day.

Check out all of the history at http://www.stickley.com

Surya, has been on of my vendors for years. They have great rugs, indoor and outdoor, accessories and lighting.

Every market they release so many new things, see what has already been released at http://www.surya.com

Thibaut, this is what I think of as classic New England look. Thibaut makes fabrics, wallpaper, and furniture. Think quality and design.

Check out the whole collection at http://www.thibautdesign.com

Universal, although I have only used them for a few projects they have a wide variety of pieces. Everything from casegoods to upholstery. I am excited to see their showroom.

Check out there pieces at http://www.universalfurniture.com

The last company on the tour is Norwalk furniture. I have a long history to this company as I started my design career with them. They make upholstery in Norwalk Ohio, hundreds of styles with thousands of fabric and leather options.

You can see all of their pieces at http://www.norwalkfuniture.com

As you can see there are some amazing companies that we will be visiting at High Point Market. I am excited and ready to show you the newest pieces that they are working on creating the newest trends in home furnishings and design.

All About the Hex Friday, Jul 6 2018 

I have been working on designing custom homes like crazy recently and I have found that I am in love with one specific shape, the hexagon. There are so many ways to incorporate the shape into design that it would amaze you. You can find it in everything from tile to lighting, fabrics, furniture and wallpaper. It can be traditional or contemporary all depends on how you use it. So I thought I would show you all some of the amazing hex shaped pieces that you may see in some of our upcoming designs.

Are you falling in love with the hexagon as well? Don’t be afraid of it, use the unique shape to bring a special touch to your space.

Wallpaper – Not Your Grandma’s Wednesday, Jul 26 2017 

In a continuation of the segments that I did on ABC here is the segment on wallpaper. It is so important that we get the old idea of wallpaper out of our heads. These wallpapers are nothing like the ones we grew up with. I am so in love with what we can do to change the entire feel of a space with these amazing products.

Love what you see? Let us help you to incorporate these great products into your home.

Wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper Saturday, Jul 8 2017 

Wallpaper has grown and changed over the years. The materials used are different, textures are gallore and they are like pieces of art. So I thought I would show you some of my favorites.

Art do your walls

Moroccan style

Watercolor design

Seagrass

Printed seagrass

Wall art

Seagrass with metallics

Elegant design

Style and texture

Wallpaper can be scary because there has been so much bad press about installation and removal. But here is the thing, what you can do with wallpaper you simply can’t do with paint, for a reasonable price. Look how these spaces just dazzle with wallpaper.

Old world meets new world

Tile mosaic wallpaper

Details details

Works of art

What amazing depth and style that these papers add! So when you want to transform your space think wallpaper. Want to see more? Check us out on ABC’s Morning Blend Tampa Bay Monday at 10am. And remember it’s not your Grandma’s wallpaper!

Behind the scenes of Taping the Design Tourist Spot for NBC Monday, Sep 28 2015 

I have recently had the pleasure to be filmed for national TV for NBC’s Daytime TV Show. It was quite and experience. It always seems like it is such an easy simple thing but the reality is there is a Greta deal that goes into filming a spot for TV. First to achieve what looks natural on camera actually takes hours and a Tom more makeup and styling than you ever do for everyday. So I thought I would share some of the process for you to see the hours of prep and filming that goes into a three minute spot.

First here are some great shot that Sweet Rose Photography took of the hair and makeup prep before filming.

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The team from Tangle Me Knot did a great job. The process started at 8am to be ready for taping to start at 10am.

There was the outfit checks and getting all mic’d up for the taping.

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Then there was making sure that everything was perfect in the showroom for filming.

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We then needed to walk through the showroom and go over the angles and areas to be filmed along with what we were going to talk about.

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Then comes the actual filming and having fun!

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So after a day of it all the tape goes to editing. Intros and exited are filmed and it turns into a three minute segment. Want to see the final version? Check it out on the website http://www.artfulconceptions.net

What Style is that? Thursday, Oct 23 2014 

I am asked on a regular basis to define a certain interior design style. I believe that this happens so much because many styles of design blend together and of course because us designers love to combine styles. So when I think about interior design styles there is of course the main ones that most people think of which are modern, contemporary, traditional, and country. But inside each of those styles there are many other styles that take bits of each style and blend it together to create a new look. For instance if you are into a beach look you may take bits from country, traditional and modern to achieve that comfy, airy and relaxing beach look. If you love a West Indies look you are mostly using traditional pieces mixed with some modern and lots of texture. How about the ever present Tuscan look that people are still talking about? Well that is traditional pieces with warm color choices and lots of stone and wood accents and touches of country. Creating the right feeling and design in a room, home or office is about knowing the client but also knowing how to mix and match to achieve a great look. So how about some pictures of different styles and you tell me whether you can if you can see where the items cross over and how simple changes take a piece from one style into the other.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

French garden country.

French garden country.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

So have you found the elements that have repeated throughout the different styles? Do you know which ones draw your eye? Can you see how the same piece can look traditional in one setting, contemporary in another and country in even another? So before you decide that a certain style in completely set but certain specific pieces see how you can adjust them to work within many different styles.

Quick Tips to Freshen Your Home Monday, Jun 23 2014 

There are many times in which your home needs a quick updating. This can be because you are looking to sell your home, you are having company or you are just plain tired of things. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to freshen up your home without major changes.

1) Change up your pillows. Find some great pattern pillows for your sofas and chairs. The change will make the room feel like a whole new space.

2) Change the area rug. Ok this can be expensive if you are the hand-knotted type so in that case change rooms with the rug. If you are not the hand-knotted type look at changing your rugs to a natural fiber rug to bring in texture.

3) Refinish an accent piece. I love the look of painted pieces. These can be a chest, accent table or a kitchen table. You can completely change the feeling of a place by refinishing a piece or two.

4) De-clutter your space. The number one reason people feel tired with a space is the lack of storage. This usually occurs because there is too much clutter. Add closet storage and multifunctional tables and chests for additional storage to keep the clutter out of eye sight. Also impose a system to get rid of paper clutter.

5) Use a few great large accessories instead of a bunch of small nic-nacks.

6) Incorporate season flowers and greenery to your home. Changing greenery with the season will give you a new feeling many times through out the year.

7) Paint an accent wall. Tired of everything being the same color. Create and accent wall with either paint or wallpaper to give the space a new feeling.

8) Rearrange the furniture. Changing up the way that you use a room can really change the feel to the space. Think outside of the box on this one, it is ok to place sofas on an angle. They do not have to be up against a wall.

9) Add a backsplash to your kitchen. This is a relatively easy update that will give your home much value and wow factor.

10) Change out plate glass bathroom mirrors for nicely framed ones. This will update the entire space and add value to the home.

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