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Fall 2012 High Point Market – Juxtaposed & Intriguing

This is not your Grandmother’s Queen Anne coffee table! Bless her heart. Take a look at this cool one introduced by the Phillips Collection Showroom. Their “Split the Difference” coffee table caught my eye as “Best in Show” at the Fall 2012 High Point Furniture Market With its striking combination of unexpected materials, this coffee table is a conversation piece. Looking like a still reflecting pool the flat top is crafted with hand-cut stainless steel in a chrome finish. It […]

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Decorating with Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets, Part 1

(See part 2 of this 2-part series) I fell in love with this painting as a teenager. My curiosity was piqued by the beautiful carpets crumpled on the sidewalk waiting to be unfurled on the wall for auction. I imagined each one as a flower bud waiting to open in full bloom, a masterpiece of its own. Purchasing carpets is much easier today, nevertheless, there are a few things you should know before you invest: – Rugs are more affordable […]

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Decorating with Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets, Part 2

(See part 1 of this 2-part series) This Persian carpet sets the mood for this suburban New York living room. Its color palette brings balance to the mix of antiques and modern furniture. While the iron coffee table and the screen create fun and a certain edginess, the rug adds needed punch and warmth. If you’re thinking of buying a carpet you might find helpful these words of wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years: – If possible purchase your carpet […]

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Fashion Forward Interiors

The mix of styles, fabrics and flourishes flowing down the fashion runways are inspiring interior designs and home furnishings more than ever before. Watch the trends as they saunter straight down the catwalk and right into your home. Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence of Art Deco-inspired patterns: one example is shown above in black, white, and cream, both on the runway and in a residence. Geometric prints are popping up on bedding, wallpaper, and even the tile shown below. Metallic […]

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Detecting Outdated Decorating

Keeping your home up-to-date in today’s fast-paced world is a challenge. Your decorating might be outdated if you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions: – Is your room painted a color that’s no longer in the paint fan decks at the home improvement stores? – Is your room overwhelmed with patterned fabrics? – Is your room wallpapered with coordinating borders and matching curtains? – Does your room have oversized, undersized or all matching furniture pieces? – Is […]

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Country Home Anywhere

Everyone feels at home in casual, comfortable, country-style interiors. We want to calm down and linger because they are cozy and warm like long summer days. My daughter and son-in-law are pictured here celebrating their wedding in the relaxed atmosphere of Grandmother’s country home. The new and updated country interiors are filled with elements that work even in fast-paced urban environments. Here’s what you can do to create country contentment in your home. Wrap your front door with a porch […]

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Decorating with Paula Deen?

I met Paula Deen in High Point, NC when she introduced her new line of furniture. Yes, one of the best-known personalities in the world of cooking is now designing dining tables and more. She shared her story of overcoming poverty, self-doubt, and health challenges. To turn her life around Paula reached deep inside her soul and decided to do what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking. Her journey from kitchen to fame started with her first business, a home-based […]

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News & Observer: Coffee Table Concerns

Wondering how to create a charming coffee table that is comfortable for how you live and use the space? No need to sacrifice style for comfort. The new options for coffee tables available today give us both. I contributed to the article, Coffee Tables Enter a ‘Golden Age‘, published in the Raleigh News & Observer April 7th 2012. See my 3 Tablescaping Tips on the lower right side of the page. I added some humor and avoided cliche items. Learn how […]

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Feeling At Home in the Governor’s Mansion

I recently had the great honor of touring the North Carolina’s Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Completed in 1891, this historic house and home remain one of the state’s finest examples of the Queen Anne Cottage style of Victorian architecture. Its many attractive features include a steeply pitched gable, wrap porches, and richly colored textural surfaces. The mansion really begins to shine once inside. With 16 foot ceilings, columns and elaborate turned woodwork it would be easy to feel overwhelmed. I […]

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The Magic of Art Museums

Art museums are magical places because they inspire me. The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota did not disappoint when I visited recently. As Frank Gehry’s first American art museum, the Weisman became known as “Baby Bilbao” because it shows glimpses of the design features — molten Cubism, light-filled interiors, a faceted metal skin — that soon took spectacular shape in Gehry’s best-known building, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. As we entered the museum we were stopped […]

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