November 10, 2009


a small bit, fragment, miscellaneous

From Chicago area news to Nashville. Today I would love to chat about a series of snippets.............

As I write tonight, I am sitting, taking a breath and looking at the clutter surrounding me....sigh..... Tomorrow is the tour of my home, better get up early..........over 100 coming!    yikes!!!

But I have good news, we are being honored by the participation of a special guest

Elaine Matsushita.
Having been the Editor of the Home and Garden section at the Chicago Tribune newspaper, Elaine and so many, were let go. Think shelter magazines..........the cuts at the Tribune were brutal and the newspaper today is a shadow of it's former self.

Her blog 'The Snoopster' is about design, primarily the Chicago scene, events, "snooping" into peoples lives and sharing her insights. As I get to know this woman on a personal level I find Elaine very warm, open and engaging. Our developing friendship makes my heart sing.

Join Elaine as she signs her new book co-written with Susan Fredman, 'The Power of the Powder Room'

Susan Fredman is a design powerhouse in Chicago and beyond. Susan and her eponymous firm was just featured in the current issue of 'Traditional Homes' magazine.


 Susan was one of several featured winners of the 'Classic Woman Awards' 2009.
'Designs for Dignity' is her pro-bono design service to area non-profits in order to create interiors that reflect dignity, hope and comfort. To date the firm has completed 75 projects......Congratulations Susan!

Mark your's coming...........THE 2009 GENEVA ILLINOIS CHRISTMAS WALK.
December 4th and 5th, this annual event sponsors a housewalk featuring homes decorated for the holidays, Christmas inspired shops, roasting chesnuts at curbside, horse drawn carriages and the crowning of  2009's 'St. Lucia'.........last year this event was featured on the ELLEN DEGENERES show.

We are one of five businesses awarded a home to decorate. This years home is a treasure! A very cozy and intimate 1860's era residence. Our theme is 'Nordic'. The owners, Sandy and Tom Lichtenstein's decor is Belgian/Swedish, with slipcovered linen furniture, antiques, neutrals and touches of turquoise. Stay tuned!

Join us on an excursion to Nashville, Tennessee!
I love this city, vibrant, fun........think music.........great antiquing, restaurants..............pure southern!
This February is the 20th annual  'ANTIQUE AND GARDEN SHOW OF NASHVILLE'. (look here). Have you ever been to this event? Personally this trumps all other garden and antique shows I have attended. You won't believe who this year's speakers are;
  • Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland
  • Michael Smith.........White House designer
  • Ryan Gainey, renowned and flamboyant landscape designer 
Amazing antique dealers in all price levels, exquisite display gardens and a major dose of inspiration in February.
DETAILS;   sketchy........for now...........but I can tell you this
  • February 10th thru 13th
  • Fly in and out. If you are in the Chicago area, we will trailer your treasures back, nice huh?
  • For others there are shippers available
  • Stay downtown Nashville, within walking distance to the convention center, MUSIC, great restaurants.
  • Together we will spend an afternoon in historic Franklin, Tn.
  • Cost?............that is one of the "minor" details, we are working on. Let us know if you are interested in joining us, space is very limited

Hope to see you,  I have work to do!

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