Thursday, May 31, 2012

Seahorse love...

With the arrival of sunny days and warm breezes, my thoughts are turning to the beach.
Where I live, the closest body of water is the Ohio River 
so the surf and sand of an ocean retreat sounds pretty appealing 

 Later this summer, I hope to make it happen.  
In the meantime,
what better way to anticipate than with some of my "watery"  favorites from Market! 

 Seahorses are showing up everywhere, 
but this incredible cocktail table from Chelsea House is,by far, the most unique I've seen.

These navy coral prints from Sochier Marin are a bold reinterpretation of a favorite theme.

Shell botanicals like this one from Duralee
 conjure up memories of great finds on the beach!

Currey Grotto Chandelier

Take me away...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Graduation in Hoosville

The celebration started on Friday evening with a fabulous party at a private home in Charlottesville.
I LOVE this Mom/Son photo with all the graduating Sigma Chi's!

 Lots to get in before the big day, like touring the grounds with family.
Couldn't resist another pose in front of the Rotunda.
It will be a very different scene tomorrow.

Lovely reception at the President's home.
I was SO excited when I saw this Zuber wallpaper in the dining room!

A taste of what's to come...

Dinner at Duner's with the family.  Awesome!

The traditional march down the lawn with a few other graduates....over 6,000 of them!


Congratulations, Emery.  We love you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Painted Doors Come Inside

With our new love of color, we're finding great new ways to apply it in our homes.
One of my favorites is to paint an interior door.

And this month, I had the opportunity to explain more on this popular trend in

Look for the Designer's Corner

As a featured designer, I answered a question from a reader 
on how to choose the best color for your interior door.

Doors offer a unique opportunity to visually impact a room, 
either as a focal point, as in the green entry 
as a transition from one space to another.  
Notice how the blue french doors not only pull you eye around to the blue chairs, 
but they also lead you into the foyer space, as well.

And never underestimate the drama of black. Imagine this neutral room without it.

Find out more of my tips on creating the perfect painted door in the May/June issue of
and send me photos of your own painted door!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Market Favs!

Spring Market at High Point, North Carolina just ended and it was full of fun and surprises. 
Here are my favorite trends that you can easily blend into your existing decor right now!


Pearson Furniture is always reinventing classics as seen in this Market vignette. 
Love the orange chair with aqua accessories.


With the huge return of color, Worlds Away white coffee table offers a welcomed way to cool things down.

Prefer something you can put your feet up on?  
This double-duty cocktail ottoman from Emerson et Cie is a swank way to dress up your sofa.  
I can't get enough of lucite!


Whether you want to recover a favorite chair or spring for a new one, consider an updated floral fabric like these from Sam Moore. The painted frames add a fresh dimension.

Florals are making a big comeback on window treatments, too... 
Charlotte Moss stays true to timeless style with this bird and vine print.


Hand-made goods, from your grandmother or a villager in India, 
have universal appeal that is hard to deny.  Find a piece that speaks to you and display it proudly.

60's, YES!
Look at this shape!  Flank your sofa or reserve one for a bedside table.  
Either way, this lamp from Wildwood is definitely not stuck in the 60's.

Who says you can't combine retro with glamour?  
Jonathan Adler's "Sputnik" chandelier from Robert Abbey 
is an instant update to your traditional dining table!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Not Your Typical Derby...

I love to entertain at Derby time. 
Inviting friends for a Derby morning brunch is the perfect prelude to an exciting day at the track.  

But this year was a little different....  
The first carload arrived on Thursday.
My son, the one in the middle, wanted his friends from UVa to experience the Oaks and Derby.

With full stomachs and sunglasses, they were ready to conquer the infield on Oaks Day.

We joined the fun for "PINK OUT" at the Oaks, honoring cancer survivors.

Later that evening, the second carload rolled up the driveway, bringing the number of boys sleeping at our house to seven

Derby Brunch consisted of "Guy" food.  Sausage casserole, hash brown casserole, grilled asparagus,
country ham biscuits with marmalade, spinach salad with strawberries and Derby pie.
Feed them and they will be happy...

Cheers to sunny weather and winning tickets!

Then the numbers grew again.  Another group from UVa came by to join the celebration 
before catching the van for the track.                                              

Tired and hungry again, they needed to refuel before a big night on the town.

Sunday came and it was over in the flash, just like it started.  What will next year bring?