Monday, March 26, 2012

Grass is Green - Skies are Blue.

I'm lovin' these fresh new patterns in the colors of Spring!  They're perfect for my breakfast room project!  Geometric at the windows and that rich aqua for seat cushions.  Thank you Duralee!

But I might be wearing them as well!  Can't decide whether it's green or blue.....

Or both!

I"m so ready for warm weather and these bright colors totally set the mood.
Spring is the time to refresh your outlook and there's no better way than with color.
Have fun!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It Started On a Fold-Out Table...

I recently pulled this out of Oprah's O Magazine because it says so much about my own journey since opening my design business 18 years ago.  To me, the message here is to pursue your passion because passion ignites and sustains all the energies inside of you and allows you think in new and creative ways.  The path becomes more effortless as a result, giving you the freedom to expand and stretch beyond what you ever dreamed was possible.

I've been "passionately" growing my interior design business for a while now.  But, I can say that the path has not always been as predictable as I would have hoped.  Luckily, my love of design has been a strong force in helping me find new ways to develop and improve my creative work.  I enjoy coming to the studio every day because I know that there will be plenty of surprises and delights, from finding the perfect fabric or chair for a project, to meeting with a new client and learning more about their lives and how I can help them.

My first "office", a fold-out table in my bedroom, was where I designed the living room for the Bellarmine Show House in 1994.  The stars must have been aligned because it was the first and only time that a major shelter publication had ever visited a show house in Louisville. Traditional Home Magazine chose to photograph my space for a feature article in their May issue, which started the ball rolling for me.

Here it is. The photo of my room for Traditional Home Magazine in 1995.

I'm sure many of you have experienced a special event or circumstance that allowed you to pursue
your passion.  I'd love to hear YOUR story!  Write and tell me how it all came together for you.

Embrace the joys of good design!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Perches Aren't Just for the Birds...

Large or small, having extra seating really picks up the party!  And the beauty of these little poufs is that they are small enough to stow away when not needed.  But who would want to?

Classic styling combined with the durability of leather make this ottoman the 
perfect fireside companion.

Design by J. Waddell Interiors
Sometimes things are better in pairs.  I tucked these curvaceous ottomans under a console in a living room passageway.  Available when needed but not in the way.

 Table or perch?  You decide!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

I've Been Nominated!

I am asking my fellow bloggers to cast your vote.
Today's Woman Magazine has nominated me for "One of Louisville's Most Admired Women".
It is a great honor to be recognized and I would appreciate your help in spreading the word, as every vote is important!
To vote, go to the following link:

(scroll to the Home and Style category)
Deadline is March 22 at noon

Thank  you!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

 I'm seeing it everywhere these days!  Animal prints are HOT this spring and I'm a big fan.

I love using them in everything from pillows to flooring.

This fabric would look fabulous on an upholstered ottoman, or two!

Design by J. Waddell Interiors

I used an animal print on foyer stairs in an historic home to create a fun yet sophisticated look. It's a great way to update a serious space. 

 Teal zebra drapes make this bedroom sing!

Design by J. Waddell Interiors
Don't stop there.  Bring the spots to your dinner table too, as I did in this table design for the Humane Society event at Calumet Farm. From table cloth to the party favor leopard figurine, the animal theme reigned supreme. 

"Embrace the joys of good design!"