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.

The Right Piece Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

There are many times that I am asked what piece must every room have. And yes there was a time in which it was true in design that there were specific layouts and pieces that were required in rooms to complete a style or design. Today, I don’t feel that this is really true. There are some guidelines that I tend to go by when designing a space. These include adding a touch of black to every space, mixing elements such as fabric, leather, wood, metals and glass, and having a natural element in each space. So I thought that I would post some pictures of items that I love to use. They are not all meant to be used together and they are meant for many different styles. I have found that over the years I have learned to appreciate and love many different styles so that I can truly create the space of my client’s dreams.

Here are some great light fixtures that bring drama and sophistication to just about any space. The right light, chandelier, pendant or ceiling mount will define the space and add an insight into the owner.

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Here are some of my favorite furniture elements at add to a space. Furnishings with the right curves and angles will add interest to a space while helping to define the use of the room.

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Accessories can make the room. Here are some accessories designed to create the perfect image and feel for a space. Use them and remember it Si better to have one big awesome piece than a bunch of small ones.

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Creating the perfectly designed space is about creating around the people that will be using it. The right piece can change everything just as a wasted piece can ruin it. I don’t use a piece just to use it. There has to be a reason to add an element to the room, and it is ok for the reason to be that you love the piece. Not sure how to make it work for you? Call us or check out the website to shop from our favorite things.

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.

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!

Surya – One of My Favorite Lines Wednesday, Jun 19 2013 

I thought that I would give everyone a little insight into some of the vendors that we carry at Artful Conceptions. Every line that we carry at Artful Conceptions I hand pick. When I go through the process of selecting lines to carry at Artful Conceptions my first requirement is that I am completely Wowed with the product. To wow me it has to be a product line that is not carried by everyone, it has to have the ability to customize, it needs to be a product that I can use in many different clients projects, and I need to love it.

One of my favorite lines that I have picked up in this past year is Surya. This company has a great product line. They supply us with area rugs, ottomans, pillows, artwork and throws. If you have been following this blog you know that I feel the area rug is one of the most important pieces in a room. There are many kinds of area rugs from hand knotted, to flat weaves, to hand tufted, and woven. Surya carries all of these types. Which is a huge benefit to our clients. This means within one company I have a range of rugs that go from traditional to contemporary and luxury priced to budget priced, all with a great look.

Here are some of Surya’s rugs.

Flat weave coral rug

Flat weave coral rug

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flat contemporary area rug

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traditional hand tufted

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traditional hand knotted

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Surya also does a fantastic job with pillows. Pillows are a great way to bring color and pattern into a space. Here are some of the pillows that Surya does.

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And one last glimpse into our vendor Surya is artwork. We have available to us artwork that ranges from traditional, to worldly inspired to abstract. When ordering we can select the size of the image and it is produced to order. Here are some of the images available.

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This has been a glimpse into one of the many vendors that we carry at Artful Conceptions. You now know why I selected them for my company to carry and what they can deliver for our clients. If you are interested in any of the pieces that you have seen please call us for more information.

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