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I love, love, love COLOR–So when Peachy Magazine recently asked me to select my fave finds in home decor all focused in one color, of course my answer to was an immediate “YES!!!”

The only tough decision was just “What color to choose??” 

I went with one of my all-time faves….my birthstone and a tie to my Southwestern Arizona roots….Turquoise!

I knew right away some ah-mazing turquoise accessories to highlight from some of my best vendors that I showcase at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago.

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I was joined by some fabulous designer friends of mine who had some stand-out design picks of different hues!

The dynamic duo Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz of Cloth & Kind were inspired by all shade of pink–from blush to raspberry….

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And the talented Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room had some vibrant finds of my other fave color, orange!

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Thank you so much Peachy Mag for including me in this fab “Color Wheel” feature!!

Xx-Julia





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Happiness, longevity, good luck, success, strength, pride, and honor. Those are just a few of the symbolic meanings of elephants. In many cultures, the elephant is considered a sacred animal. In others, it is regarded as the most wondrous creature ever created and is greatly admired. Many have come to use elephants in their homes as a form of feng shui–depending on the placement in the home, it can symbolize different things. Placing a statue of an elephant at the front door brings good luck, protection and strength to the household. In a bedroom, it can symbolize love, faithfulness, and fertility. In a children’s room, it can serve as a symbol of promoting knowledge and success.

In my travels and antiquing, I have always been drawn to elephants. Above is one of my favorites that my daughter, Madi, actually spotted for herself in the antiquing fields of Brimfield (like mother, like daughter!) We had to pry it out of the hands of many a visitor to our Showroom until I sent it home with her. #NFS I guess :)

I recently found this fun lil’ brass elephant….After a very brief stint in my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom, one of my fabulous Design Assistants quickly snatched it up for herself!

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I just came across this elephant lamp that I may have to buy….I love it’s simplicity.  So darn cute!

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Elephants have found their way everywhere. I’m loving this wallpaper from Cole and Son–echoing the beautiful French scenic wallpapers of the eighteenth century, this wallpaper in fresh pink, chartreuse, and lime is just stunning!

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You can incorporate an elephant as a small accent piece to your room….

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In the form of art, a table, or a sculpture….

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Decorate your bathroom and even shower!

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Besides holding symbolic meaning and feng shui, elephants have certainly become a trend in home decor.

A door knocker, trinket or jewelry tray, rug, or candleholder, elephants come in all forms!

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Try one today in your design space! After all, if it’s a symbol of good luck and the grantor of wishes, why not??





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I love trend watching and enjoy it even more so when I see the trends trickle across various categories from interior design then into furniture and then trending into the world of fashion!  One hot thang that I love a whole lot is lucite. Lucite, or acrylic resin, brings an instant dose of glamour to any space….or outfit!

Lucite is great to use in small spaces where you need the function, but not the heavy visual weight. It’s clear quality just adds a touch of lightness and luminescence to any room. In some of my favorite past design projects, I have incorporated lucite in various ways.

As counterstools in this stunning kitchen of one of my favorite clients….

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 Seating in dining rooms….

I loved using lucite in contrast to the darker, industrial pieces in this project of ours on the Mag Mile

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Or even just a simple, small touch of lucite as a stand in an entry hall can make all the difference in how an artifact is displayed

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Currently at my Buckingham Interiors + Design showroom in Chicago, we’ve got quite a few cool vintage lucite finds including candlesticks and one of my faves that I can never ever  resist…lucite grapes!

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  Lucite can be used in so many different formats….in lighting, accessories (Love these amazing antlers shown below)…or even in cribs!

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Lucite also is everywhere in fashion, from jewelry….

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To shoes!

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Even Hollywood is jumping on the lucite bandwagon. Leave it to Miley C to make a major Lucite statement!! Hmmmmm…

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Just remember that a little goes a long way with lucite. Test it out in one of your rooms or your wardrobe- or maybe both!

 





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Currently at my Buckingham Interiors + Design Studio in Chicago, I am thrilled to be displaying the photographic work of my talented and dear friend Chicago-based photographer, Maggie Meiners. On display through mid-June are works from her series “i hear with my eyes”. You just have to see her pieces up close and personal in order to really capture their graphic, simple and yet captivating photographic message.

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In Maggie’s words:

“I felt isolated as a kid. I’ve always assumed that it was because of the profound hearing loss I developed as a result of continuous ear infections and subsequent surgeries. Not being able to hear made me feel left out—of the conversation, of the gossip, of the joke. To make sense of my silenced world, I tried to find ways to compensate while proving to myself that I belonged.  Visual cues provided that bridge.  Lip reading, body language, gestures, the clothes people wore and the objects with which they surrounded themselves were like pieces of a puzzle. I continue to rely on these cues to help make sense of the world from which I came and of which I am still a part.

While my state-of-the-art hearing aids capture sound, I still rely heavily on the visual world for clarification and direction.  This body of work encompasses the various visual cues that, like totems, certify my sense of belonging.  Whether it is a father and son walking together or people playing cards, I feel connected by these components, using them as signposts to point me in the direction of self in concert with the world in which I find myself.”

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A few of my fave images…and titles….

“Cocktail Costumes”

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“Cut from the Same Cloth”

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and of course “Chanel”!!

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 We are taking some of Maggie’s pieces to a client installation today..more on that to be featured soon in the summer issue of Sheridan Road Magazine!





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It’s amazing to see that what used to be a dreaded growing out phase of hair color and roots is now the “IT” trend literally EVERYWHERE! From hair and nails,   to interior design and the home accessory craze, it is all about OMBRE.

If y’all watched the Academy Award season, you couldn’t miss actor Jared Leto and his long ombre locks. Or Hollywood reality star turned fashion designer Lauren Conrad who seems to have started the trend. Or Bachelor contestest, soon-to-be The Bachelorette, Andi, who famously said “See ya!” to Juan Pablo while rocking her brunette ombre tresses.

Nail polish too–whether it be gradual variations on each nail or on each hand, or given the ombre effect with glitter–have jumped onto this trend’s bandwagon.

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Design has seen its share of ombre too. It’s so fun to search and find a plethora of projects and everyone’s individual take on this look. Here are a few of my faves.

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Ombre walls…..

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Furniture….

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and bathroom tiles!

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We currently have some cool ombre pieces in our Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago too! On our dining table we feature these cool blue-green ombre tapered vases from Global Views

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and this fabulous Kelly Wearstler rug from The Rug Company, appropriately named…ummm.. “Ombre” d’accord!

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There are fabulous new introductions in fabric too that we are loving like this one from Beacon Hill….

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Lighting has not been spared from this trend at all.  This “Flamingo” chandelier from Currey and Company is amazing in all of it’s color washed glory!

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Even food has jumped on the ombre bandwagon. Ombre donuts? YES PLEASE!!

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Goes to show, pretty much anything can be given an ombre makeover. Looks like this trend is here to stay…at least till the next big craze- of which I have quite a few ideas!





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{The Adamsleigh Estate in Greensboro, NC}

 I had such a wonderful time being a Style Spotter at High Point Market last fall, and was honored when I was asked to host a “Suite Spot Tour” for this market (along with other MGs Emily, Lauren and Jill). It is always a majorly fun gig to mingle with my dear friends, favorite vendors-both old and new- and of course with the “Mama” to us all, Cheminne Taylor-Smith who brings this whole world alive for us twice a year in High Point, North Carolina.

Between running around market looking for the latest and greatest pieces for my clients and showroom and prepping for my tour, I made it to the Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse.  I was invited to attend a small, private tour of the home with Traditional Home who is the sponsor of this magnificent undertaking- which was an amazing, intimate way to be able to view the stunning home. The philanthropic endeavors that this ShowHouse is sponsoring with all of the proceeds are grand and noble-to say the least. It is truly a brilliant collaboration between Trad Home and the Junior League. We are a design obsessed group and what better timing to highlight the fabulous work of some of my treasured colleagues than our annual Spring trek to market! So good to see you Beth Brenner and your warm welcome into the Showhouse was the icing on the cake. I confess to a Krispy Kreme sampling as well :)

I am currently working on the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s Lake Forest Showhouse for the second consecutive time, so I have the utmost respect for these designers who put their blood, sweat and tears into their spaces.  It definitely all pays off  in the end!  The house looked absolutely gorgeous.

There were so many rooms I loved, I could not just pick one favorite.  Did I mention that this 15,00 square foot, 33 room historic mansion located on 13 acres is on the market and can be yours for around $4 million?  After seeing the photos below, you might want to give your realtor a call.

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing and historic home. A fun fact is that many of the family’s own photographs are exhibited within the Showhouse to add to that historic and personal feel of the family that once spent many years within. Right up my alley!

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LIVING ROOM – MILES REDD

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BREAKFAST ROOM – JOHN LOECKE & JASON OLIVER NIXON

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INDOOR PORCH - ERIC COHLER

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SUN ROOM – BRADSHAW ORRELL INTERIORS

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GUEST ROOM – MEGAN WINTERS

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MASTER BEDROOM & BATHROOM – ROBERT BROWN

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MASTER SLEEPING PORCH – WARREN KESSLER

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MASTER SITTING ROOM – LISA KAHN

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MASTER DRESSING ROOM – LISA MENDE and TRACI ZELLER

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Lisa and Traci had this wallpaper custom made to match the elevations of the house!

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MAN’S CLOSET – LISA MENDETRACI ZELLER

And this wallpaper was also custom made to pay homage to the original homeowner’s textile business of making black socks!

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BEDROOM – KARA COX

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 BEDROOM – JACK FHILLIPS

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I hope that all of you that are enjoying the markets of High Point this season will stop by for a “Bird’s Eye View” of this labor of design love. It was truly the highlight of my time spent here. Congrats to all of the talented and lovely designer’s that created this eye candy for us all to devour!

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How adorable is this water coloring rendering of the Hermes La Maison home line?

I discovered the new Hermes La Maison home line when our wonderful Dedar rep came to our showroom and offices at the end of last year, sharing with us the most amazing textiles and wall coverings from this iconic brand. Now, it is not enough to swoon over their fashionable bags, scarves, throws, clothing, boots, sandals, watches (of which I am a huge fan) and baubles-more delightful goodies to ponder!

It wasn’t long after that I decided to recover an antique French chair in the Fil de Argents print (yes, I have a slight thing for chains) in the orange color way (I also have a slight orange thing, too).  This chair made its way to a recently completed Arizona design project, but my obsession with the Hermes home line had only just begun.

Not only does the Hermes La Maison collection include textiles and wall coverings, it includes furniture and rugs as well (obviously of the ultra luxurious sort).  I do not know the exact prices of all the items, but knowing the price point of Hermes,  I can only imagine how many zeroes follow that leather sofa…

Take a look at some of my favorites from the collection!

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3-seater Bench from The Pippa Collection

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Square Table from The Pippa Collection

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Occasional Table from The Pippa Collection

A bit about The Pippa Collection…

“This line of foldable and easy-to-move-around furniture was imagined by Rena Dumas and Peter Coles, in the Hermès spirit of “moving with elegance”. It combines the warmth and softness of wood (pearwood, ebonized maple or teak) with the suppleness and resilience of leather (fontanella cowhide, natural cowhide, clemence bullcalf, skipper buffalo).”

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Armchair for Reading and Resting in Fabric and Leather, from The Matieres Collection

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Fabric and Leather Sofa from The Matieres Collection

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Storage Coffer from The Matieres Collection

A bit about The Matieres Collection…

“In the Matières collection, Antonio Citterio highlighted once more the functionality of furniture, and prioritized conviviality, comfort and harmony. This collection also emphasizes the sensory of the materials: leather, fabric, wood, metal.
During his visit to the Hermès Conservatory of Creations, the designer was particularly drawn to a saddle rack whose proportions and volume inspired him for the design of his armrests. The reading chair reclines into a relaxation position.”

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2-seater Sofa from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

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Club Armchair in Sheepskin from The Jean Michele Frank Collection…swooning…..

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Folding Screen from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

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Low Soleil Table from The Jean Michele Frank Collection

A bit about The Jean Michele Frank Collection…

“Jean-Michel Frank is an iconic designer from the Art Deco movement. He was the most influentialial designer and decorator of the 1920′s and 1930′s. The lines are rigorous and emphasized, shapes are simple yet refined. The materials used are versatile, from the rawest to the most sophisticated.
Sofas are compact, well-balanced and truly simple, iconic of Frank’s style.”

 

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 Antique French Gilt Armchair that I recovered in Hermes Fil de Argent fabric!

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One of my favorite wall coverings from the collection- Les Sangles

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A panel of this wall covering within picture frame molding- genius!

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Stunning scarf-like textile, Couvertures et Tenues de Jour

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How fabulous are these drapes?

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Circuit 24 Textile

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More gorgeous drapery!

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I love the Circuit 24 pattern in the wall covering, too!

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Finish Wall Covering in Nattier Blue

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Finish Wall Covering in Kaolin

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Herringbone Wall Covering in Orange

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Herringbone Wall Covering in Nattier Blue

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Gribouill’H Wall Covering in Sage

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Gribouill’H Wall Covering in Mandarin

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Feuillage Imprime Textile in Etoupe

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Feuillage Imprime Wall Covering in Mint

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Wrapping presents in Hermes paper?  Doesn’t get more luxe than that!

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Biblioteque Wall Covering in Nattier Blue- I used this in the bathroom of my Arizona design project!

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Also love this pattern in the textile version (Biblioteque in Cognac)

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Biblioteque Textile in Indigo





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Lafco New York Candles at Buckingham I+D Showroom

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year…friends, family, and an occasion to eat as much food as you want without guilt?  Love it!  With Thanksgiving being last week, the official holiday shopping season has begun!  I am thrilled to announce that my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom is now carrying all sorts of goodies that will make just the perfect gift for your chic friends, coworkers, loved ones…whoever!

I am so excited to now be a vendor of Lafco New York Candles.  They are seriously some of the best candle fragrances that I have ever come across, and one of the best parts is that they are all named after rooms or types of houses!  Perfect for the design lover, don’t you think?  Not to mention, they have been listed as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” a number of times.  Gotta trust the O :)

We will also be carrying a variety of other gift-giving must haves!  Be sure to stop by our showroom at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago to say hello and check out our selection in person.  Don’t forget!  We’re now open on Saturdays from 10 AM- 6 PM.

Happy Festive Shopping Season to you all!

xx Julia and the B I+D Team (Colette, Brenna, Paulina, Leah, Marla, Nancy + Rebekah)

 

Vintage Fork Molds

Gold Urchin Object

 

Vintage Red Alabaster Grapes

Set of 5 Mini White Vases

Ombre Vase

Silver Nesting Bowls

Set of 3 Vintage Jacks

Turquoise Glass Vases

Green Glass Vases

Grey Glass Vases

Vintage Peruvian Mirror

Vintage Peruvian Candlesticks

Coral on Lucite Bookends

Vintage Van Briggle Pottery





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Holiday tablescape inspiration via Indulgy

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I woke up the other morning and there was snow dusting my home.. Welcome to Chicago!

I have to say it did put me in the mood to do a bit of holiday thinking.  My Chicago showroom recently expanded its hours to include Saturdays to showcase our holiday goodies for weekend shoppers (come say hi at 1820 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago!), I had a meeting with my team to discuss the all important office Christmas tree that will be on display shortly, and I have been ordering entertaining goods in prep for the holiday season for clients left and right.  Part of my business for many years was holiday decorating, so I have to say this sort of stuff gets me really excited.  Take a look at some of my favorite ways to create a festive tabletop for this holiday season!

 

Breadbasket, $189 from Annieglass

Chip and Dip Server, $200 from Annieglass

Holiday Platter, $67 from Annieglass

Oval Tray, $53 from Annieglass

Holiday Tray, $84 from Annieglass

Kaleidoscope Placemats, $75 from Neiman Marcus

Matouk Table Linens, $153-$487 from Neiman Marcus

Bianca Scalloped Cake Plate, $40 from Neiman Marcus

Six Marseilles Flutes, $70 from Neiman Marcus

 Kim Seybert Baroque Beaded Table Runner, $506 from Neiman Marcus





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I had SUCH a great time at High Point that I wanted to share my finds with all my MG’s! It was so great seeing and connecting with so many fabulous people within our national design community.  If you like any of the pieces which I “spotted”and selected to be the most interesting, on-trend and just plain fascinating, please click the photo to “like” and “repin” from my Pinterest board. Each “like” and “repin” counts as votes – and I had so much fun that I would LOVE to go back to the April 2013 High Point Market as a Style Spotter yet again- as the “spotter”with the highest number of total points will be invited back, all expenses paid. Hurry, voting ends on Friday! 

I had the pleasure of aligning with eight other talented and inspiring #hptmkt #stylespotters. Cheers to Gretchen Aubuch@fashionanddecorLisa Mende@designLHMTraci Zeller @tracizellerCassandra LaValle@casslavalleLori Dennis,
@loridennisincJason Oliver Nixon@JOliverNixonJanel Laban@AptTherapy and Stacy Naquin, @StacyNaquin!

Franciscan Armoire in savannah grey and creme finish by Peninsula Home Collection Co. I love the patina of this piece! Could work in either a traditional or mod space. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Helloooo Caracole!! Your “The Tastemaker” table was calling my name from the minute I stepped into the showroom. The exquisite “Wedding Dress White” finish with shagreen trim and curvy legs capped in silver would be divine in many spaces- regardless of style. Removing the center leaf would create the perfect “small spaces” table. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Crazy about the stunning bar cabinet with its “Best Seller” Status. In all of its Chelsey Gray Limed Finish- I confess that I am a sucker for gray finishes- with bifold doors, linen wrapped doors, mirrored back and all lit up with recessed cans. Perfect for any and all parties- it is a party in itself! Isn’t she gorgeous? Heart and repin it! 

Recycle and repurpose- that’s a big deal within my design business- so imagine my excitement upon finding exquisite COLORFUL glass sculptures at Julian Chichester! On a bookshelf, centerpiece of a cocktail table arranged with other antique + modern artifacts- perfection. Will look smashing on my DIFFA dining table! Add it to your Pinterest board by repining it now!

Loving these multi-colored hide pillows I spotted at Design Accents Suite at High Point! One of each, please! Love it as much as I do? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this.

Oh boy! Color, color, color! Spotted these Palacek Design stackable mod and mid-century reminiscent gems “Mazatlan” chairs in pink, green, orange, white + black too. Best of both worlds for indoor or outdoor use. Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this!

Loving this coral lacquered New Traditional “Dressing Chest”- Hot + new! Show your friends you like hot + new, repin this to your Pinterest board!

STUNNING bedding vignette- I just love it all at Thibault Design. Stacy and her team welcomed us with open arms. Canopy, headboard, drapery panels, coverlet, pillows-oh my!!! All fabrics, furnishings (launched this year) + wallpaper (over 125 years in the biz) in this Historic Market Square showroom. This is one that definitely needs bookmarking on your Pinterest board.

Guess what this is called??? The “Face Desk” of course! Amazing sculpted + architecturally interesting- I can just see this in many of my client projects. But, I think one may be headed to my BI+D Showroom in Chi as well ;)  Tell me what you think by clicking on the image to “heart” or re-pin this!

Like marble? Like carved marble? Well, your perfect coffee table has been found! The “Marble Fret Cocktail Table” at Globalviews is one hunky chunk. Although it is made all of marble, in white it feels light and happy. The “Fret” is perfectly comfortable within traditional, classic and elegant settings as well as the centerpiece of a modern loft. Love it? Click on the image and “heart” or re-pin this!

The “Paulina Side-By-Side” is such a unique piece. Actually a pair of chairs that fit together perfectly to create this stunner. It is priced as a piece- but the originality of the divided center makes it über special. The bubble carved legs in light wood are feminine + sassy. Add to that that my assistant, Paulina, who is traveling with me wanted it badly- before she even saw the name! Magical. Love it? Pin it! 

Jewel tones reign throughout High Point this season. I am in heaven! At Bungalow5 there is a mirror that embraces this theme- colorful glass in amethyst, blue and amber make up their Sunburst Wall Mirror. Mirror mirror on the wall- it’s the fairest of them all! Be sure to  “heart” or re-pin this on your Pinterest board!

What a fabulous dinner party conversation starter! Just think of the fun you could have with these chalkboard backed “Percy”(square back) and “Louis” (round back) Bernhardt chairs at your next bash. I couldn’t help but to add it to my Style Spotting :)  Love it? Re-pin this!

This carpet literally almost leapt out at me while in the Loloi Showroom! The “Madeline” is full of the most energetic + vibrant colors- talk about a “wow” factor in any environment! Reminds me of one of my daughters with same name ❤ Click on the image to “heart” or re-pin this.

HALO STYLES ROCKS! Think antique, think retro, think right up my alley. This “Kitchenalia” chandelier melds a classic antique French crystal chandelier with whimsical antique kitchen utensils + pewter mugs. Form + function combined! Pinterest chandelier boards are missing this. Be one of the first to pin it to yours! 

Currey & Co has been my go-to for lighting for ages. I still adore the pieces that were originally hung in my Showroom/Offices a few years ago. So it should come as no surprise that one of their latest case pieces – the “Garbo Settee” continues this Love Fest. Currey & Co. can be found surrounded by BI+D love. Speaking of love, be sure to “heart” this on your Pinterest board to show your support!

Ooh-la-la! I would like to introduce you to “Moo-la-la the savvy + modern wing chair that I fell for hard at CR Laine today. The frame is fabu but the fabric is Eco-chic. Faux, faux, faux is the way to go here with the “vegan” fabric that is completely animal friendly. On the outside looking in it seems like a hide but after closer inspection and Holly’s blessing I learned that it was a perfect impostor. This belongs your vegan innovation  Pinterest board!

I also had the great opportunity to speak on two panels during the market. During the first I shared my expertise on trends and accessories, alongside Beth Webb, a superstar designer from Atlanta, and Dan Weiss President and CEO of Lillian August, and our fantastic moderator, Lee Hershberg, VP of Home Decor at the International Home Furnishings Center.

Above you’ll see Gretchen Aubuchon, Cassandra LaValle, Stacy Naquin and our charming moderator, Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing at High Point Market discussing our favorite High Point moments. All in all, High Point Market was brilliant! Again, I am so honored to have been chosen as a Style Spotter. What were your favorite pieces that I “Style Spotted” from High Point? Did you have any favorites that I missed?

Check out my Pinterest board for all the goods! Thanks again lovelies!

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