Designing You Saturday, Jan 28 2017 

I am very excited to say that the book is done and now available through Amazon! It has been a project of love and an amazing experience. I had always thought about writing a book but never really thought it was something that I would do. It is done and I thought I would go into a bit more depth as to what the book is about and what is in the book.

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Designing You is about my philosophy on design, what it is like to work with me, and a self evaluation on your personal design style. To me interior design is all about the client. For many years and through much of my early training I heard all about how the client doesn’t know what they want. That is is the designers job to tell them what they should do. That it is the designer and only the designer that has the style and vision to see what should be done. I have always felt that this was not correct. Yes, we as designers much have a vision for what the space is going to be. But we much get that vision from somewhere. And it must come from the client.

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Throughout the book you will learn about how working from a client driven space creates designs that our clients love for many years, because they are all about them.

I also want all of my readers to be able to get to know themselves more. So in the book I have included a color/design quiz that will help each reader to better understand their own personal style. I have dropped the traditional hard to understand design terms and created it in everyday language. Good design is for everyone.

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I will take you on a journey of what it is like to work on clients designs, what Furniture Fashion Week is all about, and why I do what I do. Creating great design, is creating a place that you can soar from. The process includes every emotion out there. When I design I have to get into the heads of my clients. So when I am shopping for them I have to see everything as they would see it. Go through all the options and then present to them only what is best for them.

And of course there are some great pictures of completed spaces. I have included some of my favorite projects in the book to show what it is like when a space is completed. The styles range all over the place, from beach living to traditional to contemporary. And as I designer I feel that I should always be able to pop back and forth between styles because each client is different and deserves to have a design specific to them.

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So please enjoy, check it out. Pick up the paper copy so that you can write in it and mark things that you love. But most of all find out more about who you are and your personal style.

Beach Living Friday, Jul 11 2014 

It is full on summer and that means beach living. Maybe you live in a beach community or you vacation to a beach community either way it is all about sun and fun. The biggest request that comes out of everyone hanging out at the beach is the want for a beach living styled look at home. Here at Artful Conceptions we happen to be in a beach/boating community so everyday our clients love the beach look. And as of recently we have added some new lines that really show of that beach living. I am personally in love with these lines and the newest ones are Four Seasons, Gabby Home, Ibolili, Kenian, and Trade Winds. These lines take driftwood and create tables, bamboo and make chairs, slipcovered upholstery, and reclaimed wood into shelves and so much more. Since I have been infatuated with this style recently I thought I would post some pictures of room designs that show off that oh so popular beach look.

Elegant Coastal

Elegant Coastal

Casual and Beachy

Casual and Beachy

Traditional Coastal

Traditional Coastal

Accessories make the space

Accessories make the space

A splash of color really updates a kitchen.

A splash of color really updates a kitchen.

Nantucket Chic

Nantucket Chic

Casual and fun

Casual and fun

By the sea bedroom

By the sea bedroom

Colorful guest bedroom

Colorful guest bedroom

White slipcovers never go out of style on the beach.

White slipcovers never go out of style on the beach.

Woven textures add to the relaxed design.

Woven textures add to the relaxed design.

Dining beach style

Dining beach style

So as summer continues think, fun and sun by adding the beach into your everyday living.

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.

5 Rules for Your First Home Monday, Jun 9 2014 

One day it happens you are realizing a dream and owning your first home. This is the time that you get to really do things how you want them, you don’t need to follow a landlords rules about paint color, you can have built ins, you can make changes that work for you and your lifestyle. It also means that without thoughtful planning there can be many mistakes. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when you are designing your first home.

Rule number 1: do not rush things, just because something is a trend doesn’t mean you will still love it in 5 years. This also goes for how you spend your money. Just because you can buy an inexpensive piece now many times it is better to save your money and buy the right piece that will last. Good furniture should last as long as you want to keep it. Cheap furniture needs to be replaced regularly meaning over time it costs a great deal more. If you want to know more about how furniture should be constructed read threw this blog there is a detailed post about construction.

Rule number 2: Find unique pieces that fit your personality. When you have a space that is designed for you it will give you a hug every time you walk through the door. When a space is perfectly designed you won’t get tired of it you will simply feel comfortable. I love using natural organic pieces or antique pieces for those unique touches.

Antique painted chest, great for hallways entries, and bedrooms.

Antique painted chest, great for hallways entries, and bedrooms.

Antique truck, perfect for cocktail tables and end of bed benches.

Antique truck, perfect for cocktail tables and end of bed benches.

Driftwood cocktail table, adds uniqueness and texture to any design.

Driftwood cocktail table, adds uniqueness and texture to any design.

Driftwood console table, perfect for hallways, entries and behind sofas.

Driftwood console table, perfect for hallways, entries and behind sofas.

Rule number 3: Keep you big items neutral. When purchasing furniture think neutral for your large main pieces. This gives you the ability to change other smaller elements in the room for an updated look over time. When you do your largest pieces neutral you also make the room feel larger. This allows your eye to move around the room and not be stopped, which makes the room feel larger.

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Rule number 4: mix textures. When designing a space it is not just about different colors but also about the textures. The same color will look different on different material, so think about mixing cotton, linen, silk, natural grasses, metal, wood, and glass into the same space for depth and dimension.

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Rule number 5: Find places to add functional and unique elements. Have a funky nook space it could be perfect for a bench seat. Use every bit of space in your home, after all you paid for it. Don’t be afraid of built ins, when done properly they function well and give you much needed storage.

A great reading/entertaining corner to take advantage of the view.

A great reading/entertaining corner to take advantage of the view.

Breakfast nook with storage and design.

Breakfast nook with storage and design.

A library with a view

A library with a view

A great seating space to read and take in the view, while working with a space that would normally be empty.

A great seating space to read and take in the view, while working with a space that would normally be empty.

So slow down, think about how you want to use your space and make the most of your budget by buying right!

High Point Spring Market 2014 Friday, Apr 11 2014 

First off I have to say that is was an insanely successful market. I found new brands that I love and was reminded way I love the lines that we carry. This market was definitely all about color. It was everywhere from traditional to contemporary, the neutral look is long gone! It was not only color but bright color. It was a feeling of rejoicing going on at market. A time of celebration not just because it was spring but because the industry seems to have gotten it’s feet back under itself. Gone was the elitist attitude that only large furniture stores were going to receive great deals and service. It was about highlighting what was going well in the industry and an acknowledgement that the designer was helping to change the image. There were concerts in the evening and an all around comradely with a focus on social media and how it was changing the independent showroom into a driving force. In fact I was even interviewed by the Winston-Salem Journal to talk about the how designers are influencing the furniture market. So with all of this in mind I thought I would share some of my favorites from the spring market.

Zuo Modern does a Moroccan outdoor wonderland.

Zuo Modern does a Moroccan outdoor wonderland.

A modern look from Younger.

A modern look from Younger.

Classic doesn't have to be boring.

Classic doesn’t have to be boring.

Beach meets fun in this colorful look from Wesley Hall.

Beach meets fun in this colorful look from Wesley Hall.

Great transitional look from Wesley Hall.

Great transitional look from Wesley Hall.

Wesley Hall reinventing traditional.

Wesley Hall reinventing traditional.

Bright yellow takes this traditional look up another step.

Bright yellow takes this traditional look up another step.

A classic Thibaut tearoom.

A classic Thibaut tearoom.

Glam, glam glam.

Glam, glam glam.

Who knew Magnussen could do entertainment.

Who knew Magnussen could do entertainment.

A great design oriented dining look from magnussen.

A great design oriented dining look from magnussen.

Magnussen stepping out with a more design oriented line.

Magnussen stepping out with a more design oriented line.

Lexington updated and adding color to the outdoor line.

Lexington updated and adding color to the outdoor line.

Traditional Lexington.

Traditional Lexington.

A touch of the old Tommy Bahama mixed with the new.

A touch of the old Tommy Bahama mixed with the new.

Lexington updated the beach look.

Lexington updated the beach look.

A great glam look.

A great glam look.

Feizy changed the outdoor rug arena with these great finds.

Feizy changed the outdoor rug arena with these great finds.

A bold new step in the machine made carpets.

A bold new step in the machine made carpets.

Feizy broke free of it's past and brought colors to the fore front.

Feizy broke free of it’s past and brought colors to the fore front.

Cyan design made a huge impact on the accessory market with it's bold showroom front window.

Cyan design made a huge impact on the accessory market with it’s bold showroom front window.

So what is your favorite? I love it all and can’t wait to show pictures of all the items that were purchased for the showroom!

Market Preview Take 2 Friday, Mar 21 2014 

How about a little more of a sneak peek of the upcoming market? One of the great things about market is that there is so much diversity. If it is made for the home furnishing industry it can be found at High Point. So here are a few more sneak peeks into the upcoming market.

An update to a canopy bed

An update to a canopy bed

Elegant with added fun in the lighting.

Elegant with added fun in the lighting.

Country dining with a colorful flair

Country dining with a colorful flair

Grown up color

Grown up color

A great beachy look

A great beachy look

Grey all over

Grey all over

Color the truly pops

Color the truly pops

It's all about finding the right piece.

It’s all about finding the right piece.

Is it making you want to redo your home? More to come……wait until you see the pictures from the market showrooms!

Spring Market Preview Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 

So it is getting to that time of year where all we think about in the design industry is the upcoming market. The one and only, the original furniture fashion week, High Point Market! So I thought I would give my readers a bit of a preview as to where my mind is and what I am thinking about for my showroom and my clients. This year with the expansion of the showroom I am working to highlight a bunch of different home goods areas and to have lots of product that people can purchase and take home with them. So that means the focus for the showroom is going to be on furniture, accessories, artwork, and lamps. When I shop for clients at market I shop based on their style. So this can mean finding the absolute right rug or the perfect chandelier. Or sometimes it is finding the right items that create the perfect feeling for the client. So here are the inspirations and the design trends that are starting to leak out of the upcoming market.

Fantastic accent chest

Fantastic accent chest

Light bright and classic office

Light bright and classic office

Fun and colorful

Fun and colorful

Elegant traditional

Elegant traditional

Classic traditional

Classic traditional

Cyan Design a must stop for every market trip!

Cyan Design a must stop for every market trip!

Color mixed with traditional styles

Color mixed with traditional styles

Feizy - to die for rugs!

Feizy – to die for rugs!

Global Views - great accents and accessories

Global Views – great accents and accessories

Gloster a must for outdoor furniture in Florida

Gloster a must for outdoor furniture in Florida

Rustic modern - perfect for downtown lofts and beach homes

Rustic modern – perfect for downtown lofts and beach homes

Woven outdoor furniture - a Florida must have

Woven outdoor furniture – a Florida must have

Surya an absolute must stop and fill up on accessories and rugs

Surya an absolute must stop and fill up on accessories and rugs

Great new modern glam look

Great new modern glam look

Bedroom bliss

Bedroom bliss

This is just a small window into what one day at market will be like. It will be going from one world to another multiple times a day. It is fantastic, exciting, energizing and exhausting all at the same time. I can’t wait!

Patterns Tuesday, Sep 25 2012 

Patterns

Here are some gorgeous multipurpose fabrics from CoCo Allure. They are exclusive fabrics designed to cater to the clients demand.

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