Friday, January 29, 2016

FRIDAYfinds! The Hex


The honeycomb is one of my favorite shapes in nature.
So perfectly constructed by the honey bee.
It's no wonder we are attracted to this hexagon shape.
It's such a pleasing geometric form and
it's just....well... 

I'm a big fan of the hexagon because it can take on so many forms.
Whenever I see a new take, I "beeline" for it (I couldn't resist...)
Kravet hexagon high low pedestals

Check this out!  I'm in LOVE!!!!
These scatter tables can be configured a million different ways
which makes them so versatile!

via  HOUZZ

I envision grouping eight orange ones together in front of this royal blue super long Chesterfield sofa.
This NEEDS to happen!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Color deprived? Enter Color of the Year 2016!

via YouTube
Are you like me in the winter?  
Wishing for the bright colors of the "other three seasons"?

Winter is like a gray scale -  full of stark contrasts and subtle tones
but void of vivid colors, for the most part.
Yes, I agree that there is a sophisticated beauty in this monochromatic palette
I yearn for more saturated color.
It's energizing and uplifting - sort of an instant mood changer.

So to me, this is the perfect time of year to announce the

via Pantone

Actually, for the first time EVER, Pantone chose TWO colors for 2016.


Pantone is describing it as, " a softer take on color for 2016,,,a blending of two shades"

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Dir, Pantone Color Institute, explains it this way:

"As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, 
welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security
are becoming more prominent.  Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate 
an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue,
reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace"

What do I think?  Well, I'm a little torn on this combo.  
At first glance, it seems a bit of an 80's throwback (the mauve thing...)

But I admit, the more I look at it, the more progressive it seems.
The idea of more fluid color - the melding of two opposing colors,
color movement, so to speak,
has lots of appeal.
It feels weightless, not static or heavy - poised to adjust to whatever the new year brings.

image via Kravet_Pantone

could this be a predictor of a whole new attitude for 2016?
I plan to make mine "breezy and carefree"!

I'd love to hear what you think of the new Pantone color(s)
Thumbs UP


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Restaurant Confidential - And the name is...

Last time I posted about my new restaurant project,
I promised to share the name with you 
how we're building the design concept around it.
So here's a hint...
The flame says it all!


which means "bonfire" in Spanish
is the perfect description
for this fun new restaurant!

The owners have years of experience 
playing with "fire" (or brick ovens, that is)
at their other restaurants in Chattanooga.

The owner experimenting with his brick oven chicken

They are known for creating mouth-watering dishes 
straight from their 800 degree ovens
that redefine the meaning of "Comfort Food"!

So this new restaurant concept is a natural extension
of their mastery of the flame.

With a nod to South American roots, this is not going to be
your typical Latin restaurant.  
I've peeked at the menu and it's more like a yummy mash up
of the best Latin flavors and Southern classics.
"Yes, I'm getting hungry too!"

Now that we have the great name, it's time for us to
conceptualize the setting.  The owners
describe their vision in this way,
"We want a neighborhood feel where guests come
to relax and enjoy really good food.  Nothing too formal."

I'm a firm believer in a collaborative approach to design and
we have a great team working on FOGATA  -
the owners, architect, restaurant manager, and myself.
Each of us brings a specific expertise to the project that will insure
a well functioning, beautiful space in the end.

credit unkonwn
I found this great exterior shot on line and it became
the inspiration for our team - inviting from the street
with a comfortable interior atmosphere.

After lots of discussion, throwing ideas around,
and general bantering,
we've zeroed in on the building concept that will make
THE neighborhood restaurant/bar destination in Chattanooga!

Special dinner at another success story for the owners, Canyon Grill

Cheers to that!

Check back next time for a glimpse of the fabulous finishes
I'm working on for the exterior and interior.





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Showhouse in the making!

I can't believe it's here again!
is right around the corner
and we are already installing...

But it didn't happen in a day...

This was the "BEFORE" of our guest room - 
a quiet palette that screamed to stand out!
Not that there was anything wrong with the space,
it just didn't have any visual punch.

So, we went to work to design a 
guest retreat that would lure you in
and wrap around you like a soft blanket.

 Enter the world of 
This palette combines lavender with chartruese, burgundy and gray
for a lively mix-up that's fun and inviting. 

The key to this bold approach was to balance 
the color with pieces that grounded the room -
like the cerused wood canopy bed with its linen insets,
 beautiful antique mahogany chest and leather wing chair.

And every guest room needs a crowning touch,
don't you think?  
This chandelier did it for me!  With it's combo of
weathered wood and chrome, it toned down the lavender beadboard
just enough to keep it from being too feminine.


Nothing more exciting than seeing this bed 
on its way upstairs!

Close call getting that canopy through the doorway!

Speaking of a beautiful antique mahogany chest....
Just what the room needed!  I love the patina of this piece.


The room is taking shape and I'm itching to add the final touches...
but that will be another day.

Check out the complete transformation of our guest bedroom
during the show house.
September 12-27
9204 Norton Commons Blvd

I'll be there every Tuesday and Thursday evening  for
Come see me!


Friday, July 31, 2015

Sweet Dreams "Seaside Style"

One of my favorite Pinterest boards I've created is called 
Seaside cottage of my dreams

It's where I design my imaginary little getaway at the beach.  
I dream of being there, puttering around the cozy rooms,
listening to the ocean and,well...
just being totally content to do nothing.

But, for those who know me, that's nearly impossible!
I don't "do nothing" very well....
And that's OK if I'm wrapped up in the decorating of my little cottage.
It's still a diversion from the day-to-day routine.
After all, it's at the beach!  
So it's going to be relaxing no matter WHAT I'm doing. 

A lot of the design has already been done.
Check out my previous post to see some of the great pieces

Hooker Furniture Fretwork Bed

But there's still lots to do!
I picked this bed because it reminded me of ocean bubbles...
but it's really about what's ON the bed that is going to make the difference

Sleep is a BIG component of beach living,
so the bedding is crucial

"A bed is just a bed......
without cushy linens to lure you in."

My wish list for dive-in casual luxury?
*Super soft to touch*
*Easy to maintain (no time to be fussy at the beach)*
*Beautiful to look at*

Parachute Home Linen blend duvet in Sea 

Tough list, but this bedding meets the challenge!
It's made from a Linen/Cotton blend
so it's got great texture and breatheability
for hot, muggy nights by the sea.

The best part about natural fibers is that they are cool and lightweight
enough to keep you comfortable all summer
and yet weighty enough for the cooler months ahead.
What could be better than that?
Oh, did I mention they are machine washable too?

I'm in a slumber kind of mind
just thinking about it...


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Restaurant Confidential - The mess and the hunt

As we all know, 
with any renovation project...


you gotta put up with the mess
to get to the good part - the rebuilding.

But that's fine with us because it means progress!

As the old tiles come out, we're on the other side of town
hunting down quirky details for the interior, this vintage bar.
Yes, it has tacky velvet insets now, 
but oh, how it could be transformed!  
Maybe the host station?

I'm lovin' this mid-century lighting trio!
Just the right vibe we're going for - 
Classy casual with a sense of humor thrown in.

Great green glaze on this planter and the iron 
handles give it a nice aged look.  Hmmm....
patio or front entrance?

Onward to the salvage warehouse 
where you can find literally everything from a sofa
to a kitchen sink!
They even have this cool lighting section.
It's all there, from rustic industrial chic to 
ultra modern.  
I'm thinking about stirring it up with a mix of lighting styles
throughout the restaurant.
I envision pools of light that create a
cozy, relaxed atmosphere where you want to linger...

 You're not going to want to miss my next post!
I'll fill you in on the restaurant concept
the name! 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Restaurant Confidential - The BEFORE

How do you take an abandoned diner and
turn it into a waiting-room-only destination restaurant?

 I'm excited to say that I'm now part 
of the design team that is going to make this happen!

It's that kind of project designers dream of...
fantastic clients who give you the freedom to explore creative ideas
and a dining concept that is going to knock your socks off!

From the first day I walked the property on a cold January day
I knew I wanted to share it all with you...
from the scary "before" pics to 
the fabulous grand opening.

With the project in Chattanooga, TN, I've already made some road trips
to meet with my clients, the architect and others involved.
In between, we've relied on virtual Go-To-Meetings to keep in touch.

To set the stage for the transformation
here it is!

Look somehow familiar?  Originally a Huddle House,
it morphed into this icky fifties diner somewhere along the way. Ugh.  

This could be a challenge....

but never fear,
 there's always a design solution,
if you look in the right places!

Now this is better.
Continuing our discussion
at my client's riverside restaurant.
This kind of thinking requires brainfood!

Owners of multiple restaurants in Chattanooga,
my clients insisted that I sample lots of things on the menu
as part of my research.  I didn't argue :)

I hope you'll visit often to see this amazing transition, as it unfolds.

Even though we are still in the design phase,
I can already visualize the finished restaurant, full of happy diners,
kicking back and relaxing with good friends and even better food.