February 17, 2017



        OCTOBER 2-9, 2017

Want to get away? Be inspired? Get behind Londons Design scene?

 Our journey to London dives into the world of  interiors & antiques, behind the scenes, with those in the know, meet the makers, and be inspired!
                       London Interior tour
“Apologies to Milan,  Paris, Stockholm and New York. Regrets to Berlin and Tokyo, London is the new Design Capital of the world!” 
 NY TIMES   September 2016


“My personal favorite is the Decorative Antique & Textile Fair…..
Here is a peek at a last years blog post on the fair

The Bermondsey Flea
A London Street market, set in the shadow of Tower Bridge, a virtual treasure hunt!

This designer/architect/shopkeeper, du jour, is a must stop for design enthusiasts, our Mecca!            

       What else?
        Sooooooo much more! 
 The venerable museum of design… with a private chat   
     Victoria & Albert      

 Petersham Nursery & Cafe “There is no better, anywhere”  Debra
Upmarket, wildly inventive, all you could dream of……..demonstration & lunch in the gourmet cafe

Geffrye Museum of the Home
 The history of home interiors spanning 400 years                         


Where iconic British manufacturers, etc. maintain their showrooms. We will have access to all showrooms. 

Within the Design Centre is this manufacturer of fine wallpapers since 1875. They will provide an introduction and share a portion of their archives with us
Abagail  Ahern!

As the "the high priestess of interiors", Abigail is the perfect guide to show you how to rip up the rulebook, push the boundaries and transform any room.

In her alternative Masterclass, Abigail shares her insider knowledge, decorating secrets, and tips and tricks of the trade that will enable you to create seductively stylish spaces overflowing with personality. Take away oodles of inspiration, pick Abigail's brains and discover all you need to know to create your dream home.

We meet Abagail in her HOME, for the masterclass + lunch + visit to her shop!

    Plus..... a day on your own 

Plus much more, the group decides 

Limited space…….this is a very small group

     Hope you can join us...Cheers!         

January 30, 2017

Design Notes from January Market, 2017

Hello All

I am recovering from my Atlanta buying trip, driving my van down,  pulling my 22' trailer, for an 11 day trip. Other than driving days, it was walking 10+ hours everyday at the gift show, and at Scotts antique market.
Self induced pity party? Not one bit, I love this trip, twice a year, it is major eye candy & inspiration!

Only one trailer incident this time....I forgot it was there, yes that happens....to me, as I pulled into a drive-thru, hitting a pole on the way out

So.......how was the show? Thrilling! While looking for trends, items for clients homes, and more for the shop, I noted repeated design elements, let's look.........

Everywhere..........gray is still wildly popular but this is a welcome addition. Navy lovers, rejoice!                                                                                                                                  

As in tactile, from the soaring popularity of short pile velvet, to wicker, to lacquer to stubby linen, both visually and via touch
Short piled velvet appears heavily in furniture from sofa's, ottoman's, chairs and pillows. As long as we stay away from velvet "art"

A tactile collection for a client

Very cool pouf & so textural

The act of liming heavily grained wood, such as oak
A backdrop of nude, to black and every color in-between. This is actually a very easy DIY, I'll do a separate post on this technique

Rugs as Art work

And yes, gray predominates

The natural stone used alone and propped on stands is often seen, but particularly in decor items, from tiles, wallpaper, lighting, mirror frames, and art

A tile


 Vintage resurgence and newly designed. Also love the layering technique here

Hardware, and is it ever gorgeous, jewelry for your furniture

Gold with grays is a warm look
 Shadow Boxes
Have fun with this, small objects, ephemera, collections, etc............. are elevated when encased and displayed

This and those below are linen backed shadow boxes, for the wall or tabletop. LOVE! So, what did I do? Ordered like a madwoman seeing the last shadow boxes on earth, ever! All different sizes, linen backed, and ready to hang
A twist on a shadow box; place an image, or flat object between the two decorative acrylic panels, attach with included bolts and hold pieces in place with magnets. Really charming with children art

Other details that caught my attention.......eye lash fringe on Lee Industries slipcovered chair
Maybe my ordering these were a bit aggressive......real look foliage for place holders
Marbleized..........These gorgeous trunks are headed to a client, yummy!

Have a great week
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