Friday, August 31, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - Blue and White Porcelain


Sarried #26012 Ming Dynasty porcelain jars

Maybe it's because I'm using them in a BIG way in the dining room I designed for the 
Bellarmine Show House which opens Sept 8.
But I'm also reminded of the timeless appeal and vesatility they offer.

I love them in pairs as I did here in the show house dining room.  
Twice the impact
Twice the drama

Wildwood #5294 Blue White Heralds lamp 

But I also adore the beauty of one on it's own.  
How striking would this be with a lavender sofa?


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Show House - Down to the wire

We're in the final stages of installing our dining room at the Bellarmine Show House 
and it's definitely crunch time!
It takes an army to make this happen.  
I'm so thankful for the skilled hands of our contractors.
That mirror weighs a ton!

Meanwhile, on the other side of our space...
You know how I love original artwork.

Details make...or break a room.
Visit the Show House to see what I've chosen for this gorgeous sideboard 
Designed with a family in mind, each piece is intended to make dining easy and fun.

This room is so approachable.  No pretense.
A modern take on the timeless idea of breaking bread together.

Come see me at the show house on Designer Nights 
each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5-7pm during the show.


"The Wilkinson House"
1701 Evergreen Road, Anchorage, KY 40223

SEPT 8-23, 2012


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Show House Installation Day - PART ONE

Like little soldiers lined up and ready to march in...
my furniture stands at attention in the foyer.
The fabulous blue hostess chair and bench are in the foreground
awaiting their place in the dining room at the end of the hall.
What a crazy day this is with designers and installers everywhere!

I always hold my breath when  window treatments are installed, especially in a show house. 
Accurate measurements are sooo important.  Looks like these are a winner!
I LOVE THE PATTERN... Just what I envisioned to frame the great french doors.

The rug and table have arrived!  But where is the chandelier?
The deliveries have to be synchronized like clockwork.  
Chandelier first, then we can roll out the rug and arrange table and chairs.

It's here!  
Gotta check that measurement one...more...time.
I promise we didn't plan the color coordinated attire to match the room 
but what a coincidence, don't you think?

More to come as we put the room together... so keep in touch.


Friday, August 17, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - The Future of Wallpaper

I see a lot of new products every day!  From reps who bring their lines to the studio to
 my searches on the internet.  
But it's rare when I discover something that stops me in my tracks!

When was the last time you thought about wallpaper?
It's coming back in a big way but not like you remember...

Trove Chroma wallpaper
Have you ever seen anything like this?  
You are looking at the future of wallpaper!

This line is the brainchild of a pair of Chicago Institute of Art graduates, Randall Buck and Jee Levin.
They are turning the industry on its head with their innovative designs.

The Chroma wallpaper above, with a 6' by 12' repeat, is based on photographs that have been
enlarged and manipulated to the point of abstraction.  
These are actually photos of people on a busy New York street.  
The images are configured in a helix pattern reminiscent of DNA.
What makes the paper so intriguing is that it captures real-time human activity in a totally new way.
 The more you look at it the more you become connected to the imagery.


Thursday, August 16, 2012


I get the question all the time,  "Do home design trends follow fashion?"
There is a strong link that is undeniable. 

New fashion directions are unveiled each season during Fashion Week.
In the home furnishings industry, our unveiling comes during High Point Market,
which happens twice a year in High Point, NC.
From color trends to fabrics and furniture designs, you can see the cross-over.

Ottavio Missoni
I can think of no better example of this close relationship 
between fashion and furnishings than Missoni.
This husband wife team created a fashion empire based on a colorful
zigzag patterned knit that is as fresh today as it was in 1958 when their first line was introduced.

Look familiar?  
Although this iconic pattern has been around for over 50 years,
it's seeing a resurgence like never before! 
Not only in the fashion world, but in the furnishing world as well.

Both industries are obsessed with Mid-Century design
and Missoni represents the very best of this genre.

Hickory Chair fabric #3819-93
New for Hickory Chair is this great interpretation in smoky shades.
Would be fabulous on the trestle bench from their Thomas O'Brien collection.

Hickory Chair Thomas O'Brien 2009-88 Trestle Bench

Global Views Jerry Pillow
Get a small dose of this trend with a zigzag pillow...or two.

Carlton House Mission Stripe - Fiesta
Or go all out with a bold statement!
I'm lovin' this colorful faux suede version.
Can't you see it on a drum shade?


Monday, August 13, 2012


J. Waddell Interiors - Pearson 485 Wing with 4591-73 Fabric
To me, a wing chair is the perfect blend of comfort and drama.
It gives you the back support you need to read that fabulous novel from cover to cover 
Or in pairs, wings wrap around you and create a cozy place to chat with your best friend.
And if your vision of a wing chair is one you remember from childhood, read on.
The two that I chose for my client in the photo above are a far cry from wings of the past.
Their shapes are exaggerate and whimsical and the colorful Ikat fabric gives them a happy vibe!

Pearson 527 Wing Chair and 527-5 Matching Ottoman
This is a favorite of mine.  The angular lines have a certain masculinity, 
especially with the simple exposed-wood base.  I see it in a home office, 
covered in butterscotch leather with chrome nailheads. 
Great for after hours, too. 
Definitely a go-to chair for relaxing with your favorite cocktail and newspaper. 

Pearson 41-60 Upholstered Bed and Room setting
Wings aren't just for chairs.  They make a big statement in the bedroom, as well.
I'm crazy about this upholstered bed with its modified wings.  Talk about comfort zone!
Paired with the great mix of fabrics, it's a show stopper.  Thanks for the inspiration, Pearson.
See you at market.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012!

I'm a huge advocate of original art.  Every home should have it.  Whether it's a highly valued piece or not is really not the point.  Fine art is a relative term and in my book, it's "fine" if it speaks to you!

There are so many sources for original art that it's not difficult to stay in budget.  I love to roam through local art galleries but roaming the stalls of an art fair like Saint James is just as much fun.  With the variety of art on display, it's a great way to fine tune your style.

J. Waddell Interiors
In this kitchen and den that I designed, the art takes center stage.  My clients love to hunt for pieces that inspire them.
From wall art to sculpture, each piece hold special meaning.  They talk to the artists, learn about the concept behind the art and make their decisions based on that connection.

I always enjoy visiting their home to see the new additions to a growing collection.  Note the hand-blown pendant light over the island that I found for them.  It has the same artistic vibe as the artwork!

J. Waddell Interiors
I am personally drawn to impressionist art, such as this wonderful piece in my client's dining room. When building the house,  we made sure there was a special place for it to hang.  The sconces were also selected to complement the art and provide soft illumination.

J. Waddell Interiors
A playful mix of media adds excitement to this
redesigned corner of my client's home office. The selection of each element in this small space was critical but until I found these three pieces of art, it wasn't energized.  Imagine no art on the walls....then you understand the impact!


Friday, August 3, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - The Perfect Picnic

Did you know that July was
That's enough of an excuse for me!  
But I have to put my stamp on it 
so for FRIDAYfinds! I am sharing my version of the perfect picnic.

It starts with a beautiful blanket.  The one above is fine but I've got a better idea...
Kravet Outdoor Fabric    Torboli - Surf #31700-13
What could be more festive than this cool fabric made into a custom-sized blanket?
And it's totally practical since it's acrylic and polyester yarn!

Kravet  Outdoor Fabric   A Poi  - Lime #31702-303
This is perfect for the reverse side finished with a neutral acrylic fringe.
After the picnic, just hose it down and let it dry.

My favorite picnic time is late afternoon into evening so a candle is essential

Avron Hurricane from The Natural Light
I love the simplicity of this hurricane.  It sets the mood without being too fussy.

What's missing?  My choice of food would be an assortment of wonderful French cheeses,
fresh fruit and a baguette from Blue Dog Bakery.

You didn't think I'd forget the wine, did you?  
I love a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked Chardonnay to keep it light.
Glass, rather than plastic, thank you.

Here's to a month of fun-filled picnics!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Magnificent Homes of America - SWAN HOUSE

A while ago, I told you about my personal quest to visit the 

This one is dear to my heart - a memory from my past when I lived in Atlanta years ago.
The Swan House
centrally located in the Buckhead area 
is a little oasis that I used to visit when I needed a breather from city life.

There's definitely not a shortage of secluded spots to renew your spirit 
on the grounds of this beautiful property!

But the shining star is actually the back side of the house, 
 with its double winding staircase and cascading fountain that leads to a grand lawn.
The Swan House was built for Edward and Emily Inman in 1928, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune.
It is considered one of the finest works of Atlanta architect, Phillip Trammell Schutze,
who adapted Italian and English classical styles to accommodate 20th century living.

The interior is just as breathtaking.  
I'm in love with this black and white floor with yellow accents 

The library is a lesson in how to bring a large space down to scale.  
Paneling is the key.

Beautiful in it's simplicity, the kitchen is loaded with classic design details that are on-trend today.  
Check out the cute little work bench and those great chrome hinges on the ice box! 
And the original minty green color is once again making a comeback.

It's all in the details.  This is why I love touring historic homes.
They offer a glimpse of the past but more importantly, they give me a blueprint for the future.

Until next time...