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Archive for March, 2011

It’s Hump Day. Let’s drink.

God bless the internet. In my meanderings, I stumbled upon a tumblr that had a picture of this pretty-

a Strawberry Mint Spritzer!

Upon further investigation, I found that this is considered a “healthy cocktail”. Alrighty then! Let’s get to it! Recipe:

1 bottle of Sake- any kind

1 bottle of champagne

1 pint of strawberries

6 meyer lemons

3-4 sprigs of mint

Vanilla Stevia

During trips to San Francisco I discovered they joy that is mixed drinks with Sake. It’s been a little disappointing to find that sake hasn’t caught on yet in North Carolina. Now we’ll just make it for ourselves. Don’t go for alcohol? Substitute sparkling mineral water in their place. This is the perfect cocktail to whip up for a Spring evening impromptu porch-sit.

recipe & photos via here

Inspiration by osmosis

When we visited with one of our Charlotte clients, the vision of her son Oscar’s angelfish watercolor must have stuck with us. It wasn’t until after all the fabric and colors were chosen that we realized we were recreating his color palette throughout the first floor of the home. Crazy how things like this kind of seep into your brain. We are keeping the design specifics secret for now, but here are some images that speak to some of our choices:

This home has a lot of color and class coming to it, just perfect for the family that resides there. VERY excited to move forward on this project, and share progress with you all when we can. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more sneak peaks!

Have a (Get Lost) Weekend

Even if you don’t get to leave the country- it’s the perfect time of year, where we are at least, for a Sunday drive. In lieu of a proper vacation, just a little change of scenery will be nice. Every flowering tree is at it’s best right now (we won’t mention gas prices). A short break is due before the full on craziness of High Point Furniture Market- will we see you there?

image from Madison AU via Everything Fabulous

Crush of the Month- will the future Queen wear McQueen?

Sorry, we had to go cheesy with our post title. There’s been some buzz that Kate Middleton has chosen to wear Sarah Burton for McQueen on her wedding day. If this is the case, she will forever have our fashion props. Is there any role in the life of a woman that would be a more perfect occasion to wear a dress like these? Walking down the aisle to become Britain’s Princess? A McQueen dress makes it a fairytale worth wishing for:

Oh, to come in contact with a work of this magnitude. And by the way, these images are from the blog Pattern Observer. We love the way she tracks trends, presenting her runway favorites in a fresh way. Go, Michelle!

All the rage- we’re ready for more red.

As much as we love all of the pastels and jewel tones we’ve been posting lately, there’s a classic that’s made a comeback. With black and white, it always works. Throw a little red in the mix this Spring!

image sources- unknown, skona hem, sig bergamin via Elle Decor,  unknown, Veranda, kw, kwid’s- my vibe my life

Our latest event- a garden party under the stars

Images from our latest event- an early Spring garden party to honor photog Ron Royals. Some of you have seen a pic or two on twitter, but we wanted to share Ron’s view of the event, straight from the photographer’s lens. We were blessed with great weather which made styling a breeze- literally. Look at our handmade garland, swaying in the wind…

A custom made straw tet-a-tet, glass cylinders wrapped in colored paper, two “roaring” fire pits and every manner of candle and fairy light in the trees. Oh, and a taco truck. Just add margaritas for a party under the stars.

Need help with your own upcoming shindig? Email us for details.

Making it new- the wicker peacock chair.

On occasion I’ve been perusing a thrift store/flea market/consignment shop when I’ve happened upon a 70s flashback- the wicker peacock chair. And NEVER have I thought “I should lay out the $5 and take that thing home with me”. But things change. Feast your eyes:

For some reason, the idea of having a the porch lined with an army of these babies in every color is suddenly appealing. Via Kristy Lee, this image is the cover of Australian apparel designer Fleur Wood’s book. This image screams Spring, & we are so ready- we’re already there. Some looks from Fleur’s Summer10 (which was this winter for us) line- her clothes are as playful as her props:

Who is Nikki Tibbles, and why is her home so cool?

Sometimes you have to travel across the pond to find something that jumpstarts the design brain. Luckily in the world of blogs, London is just a mouse click away. Behold the crazy sexy boundary pushing home of Wild at Heart florist Nikki Tibbles. A cacophony of color and a landslide of layering, sherbet-hued accents have never looked so sophisticated. It’s just the thing to get us thinking…what’s next in interiors? Let the conversation begin…

Casual, cool, unexpected and personal- words to design by. Nikki’s place fits the bill.

Nikki’s home was featured previously in the book “A Girl’s Guide to Decorating”, by another Brit we need to get to know- Abigail Ahern. We’ve seen Abigail’s work in Living Etc, and are loving her blog lately. A trip to London may be in order to visit her shop, Atelier Abigail Ahern, where one can find her quirky custom lighting. Her shop, below:

Do we have to say it? London Calling!

Party like it’s 1961.

The garland is hung, the lights are in the trees, the candles are ready to glow…and the taco truck is on it’s way! All the makings for a big bash honoring our Ron Royals. A half century, and the world ain’t seen nothin’ yet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RON!

Color Coded- The new Red Egg showroom

We’re adding a little LSI oomph to Market this Spring, and we’re having a grand old time doing it. Last week we got together with our friends at Red Egg to plan out their showroom space for April. Based on all the new, fresh and colorful finishes they will be debuting, we figured it was fitting to go color coded. While we might not do this in a client’s home, it’s so great to be able to experiment in a showroom setting. So make sure you come visit Red Egg next month, where it’ll go a little something like this:

Finishes and fabrics in the front Living Room, and a yellow and green room we found that works:

The Red/Orange/Pink Living Room, and an orange and pink success story (with just a hint of lavender):

The Dining Room- Neutral, Black and White with a yellow pop, and a room from Veranda we like:

Red Egg has been popping up in the blogs, most recently where I Suwannee used some of the “Double Happiness” pieces in two nursery designs.

Our favorite piece? The Indochine Daybed, seen in the showroom last week, is a contender:

Another reason to stop by- most of the accessories and artwork will be Cash & Carry, courtesy of Mixology.

Red Egg Showroom

415 W High Ave, High Point NC