Design Forward

Fire Features

Spring or Fall, an outdoor fire pit can transform an ordinary backyard into an inviting year around entertainment center. Today’s homeowners spend more money on outdoor spaces than they do on their interiors. Day or night, summer or winter most of us prefer to spend...

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Add Oomph to your Decor

Do you remember the painted furniture craze twenty years ago? Everywhere you looked furniture was painted and embellished with big floral designs, birds, chickens and roses. Unfinished furniture as well as vintage pieces all took on all new life with artistic flare....

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The Bench: Adaptable Design

Versatility is one of the most valuable features to look for when purchasing furniture. That’s why one of my favorites pieces has always been a “bench”. It is hard to find a more adaptable design. When incorporated into a hallway it makes the perfect drop zone for...

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It’s Cool to Go Preppy

Classics like navy and white, cream sofas, honey leather chairs and sisal rugs will always be basics in a designer’s world. But more and more professional designers and home artiste are embracing bright color combinations anchored in the classics but fresh to today’s...

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Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience

For about 4 million Americans, at least half of their work week is spent working from home. A 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 60 percent of U.S. companies offer employees some sort of telecommuting opportunities. “Working from home...

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Flashback to the 70’s

Flashback to the 70’s. What colors come to mind? For most it would be earth tones that embraced orange, brown, avocado and yes harvest gold. Those were the home décor colors we grew up with. Each year multiple sources come out with their expected color of the year....

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High Point Fall 2018 Market Trends

My friends and clients always ask, “What did you see at Market? What are the new trends?” I thrilled to report it was not a sea of gray. This was a cheery Market. Perhaps this new refreshing look is based on the up economy or perhaps we’re just tired of negativity....

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The Casual Market At-A-Glance

Each September, the manufacturers of outdoor lifestyle furnishings meet in Chicago to share new outdoor collections with retailers from across the country. Presented are the styles, colors and elements that will continue to support the escalating expansion of the...

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Chic Sheep

There are certain things you see in magazines or in museums that you just can’t forget. For me, it’s life size whimsical sheep. Not living sheep, although they’re adorable too, I’m referring to Lalannes’ sheep. “They are not furniture, they are not sculpture – call...

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Horns and Hides

Having grown up in Texas I’m thrilled with the major influence horns and hides are having on home décor. Whether the horns are real or resin, there is a natural, organic look and feel to this trend. I hesitate to make it sound like a fad because designers and artisans...

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High Point Market Report

Sunny skies and warmer temperatures were the perfect companion for this season’s High Point Furniture Market. The key word was “optimistic”. The colors, styles and everyone’s attitude were buoyant and enthusiastic. Let’s start with color. That’s always the first...

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Fresh New Design Styles for Outdoors

Designers deliver exciting, clean, tailored looks for outdoor living spaces. Styles have changed dramatically this season. The biggest change is “less is more”. Spaces have been decluttered, texture replaces color and even container plantings are low and compact....

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