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A Successful Install- Charlotte Designer Show House

Our installation at the March of Dimes Designer Show House went as smoothly as we had hoped, thanks to our fantastic team!

And now it’s your turn… Come out and support this wonderful cause while viewing the work of Charlotte’s best of the best. If you’ve entertained the idea of hiring an interior designer, you need some inspiration, or you’re looking for the perfect piece to add to your home, this is a great venue to get your design fix. Here’s a little sneak peek at our bedroom in this beautiful Eastover home:

Want to see more?

516 Museum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
October 7, 8, 9 and October 14, 15, 16
Friday & Saturday: 10 – 6; Sunday 1-6
Admission: $15 at the door


A complete list of the designers supporting the March of Dimes Show House is as follows:

B.D. Jeffries
Aida Interiors
Rosa Dest Interior Designs
Lucy & Company
The English Room
Beverly Allen Interiors
Mrs. Howard
Barry Benson
Tim Bagwell
Luxe Home Couture
Circa Interiors & Antiques
 Max & Company

We’re thrilled to be in such great company. Just a reminder to come out to support this great cause- doors open tomorrow!

This weekend- Elizabeth Historic Home & Garden Tour

On the first weekend of October, our own Michel VanDevender’s home will be featured in the Home and Garden Tour of Charlotte’s historic Elizabeth neighborhood.

You may remember seeing her home here, or recall the post chronicaling the photo shoot for Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine, which will be on stands Oct. 10th. We’ll be sure to blog about that as soon as we get it.

 Here’s the living area with that iconic David Hicks upholstered sofa:

For more info on the tour, which features 8 homes and 3 spectacular & unique gardens, check out the Elizabeth Community’s website.

The voyeur in you wants to go, admit it! We’re no different, and we’re beyond curious to see what’s beyond these walls:

Tickets are on sale at Red Sky Gallery and in the Mercy Hospital Library on tour days, and available now at Red Sky & Royal Gardens

2011 Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour October 1st and 2nd

Want to be a part of it? Window display in New York

We took a quick trip up to NYC last week and brought back some window inspiration.

Take a look at some of our favorites- first up, Club Monaco:

We still love a gallery wall:

ABC Carpet & Home is seeing red:

And White:

And a little bit deconstructed?

They make old colors look new- next up? Mauve:

In SOHO, a perfectly parked scooter sets off Cole Haan:

More pattern:

Bergdorf is taking a page from us designers- floor plans as backdrop:

Crazy fun with doll clothes:

Need we say more than “just beautiful”?


And reptiles:

And taxidermy. Oh. My.

Friday’s Inspiring Room…

… is in this house!

The March of Dimes 2011 Designer Show House, in Charlotte, NC.

Of course we’re talking about our room, but our esteemed fellow designers will be sure to give us a run for our money. And we mean it. It’s going to be good, with Mrs. Howard, Aida Interiors & Luxe Home Couture, Max & Co, Isabella (will our friend Bryn be there?), and Barrie Benson of Domino fame in attendence, to name a few.

We’ve been working on this space non-stop this week, gearing up for the opening Oct.7th. Paint is done.

Ben Moore Chelsea Gray on the walls:

chevron in the dressing room:

..and that’s about it. But Monday, MONDAY starts the install.

We can only share a few images to give you an idea of where this is headed.

Indigo velvet (deeper color than pictured below) custom headboard a la:

this great “Halston-esque” chandelier & ochre accents:

And we’re crossing our fingers that our friends at Decade will loan this beautiful painting, which will sit opposite the black commodes that will flank the bed, and the rams head chair which will perch in the dressing area- all available for purchase through LSI when the Show House concludes:

There is so much more, we can’t wait to show you how it comes together. Watch for it on FB & Twitter, and make sure you come out to the show house when it opens! Tickets are $15 each and proceeds go to the March of Dimes. Get all of your design obsessed friends together and make a day of supporting this great cause!

516 Museum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
October 7, 8, 9 and October 14, 15, 16
Friday & Saturday: 10 – 6; Sunday 1-6

That’s a lotta yellow…

…and we lotta like it! Going bold in the bath is a great idea.

image via the site of Raymond Goins

This Week- Inspiring Rooms.

Less Words, More Pictures. Looking back at Elle Decor:

A Zuber wallpaper, “Views of North America” in the home of David Netto, from a 2005 Elle Decor still looks current. Dramatic yet cozy.

From 2007, a bedroom by Glickman & Henley is layered in a way that we love.

images via Elle Decor’s lookbook, eclectic bedrooms

House Beautiful & Some Food for Thought

The October House Beautiful hit the stands….

So. Newell going bold in this one. The article written by stylist Craig Schumacher in the Oct. issue is unlike any we’ve read in the interiors world. It’s unusual, and frankly we think it’s brilliantly brave to address the ideas of living beyond your means in a world where image is often everything.

No one relishes the idea of scaling back their living space due to necessity. What we love about this article is the idea that you can still live with what you love, sacrificing nothing, as the title suggests, and with great style to boot.

Craig’s style, as he admits, is majorly Anglophilian (possibly not an actual word, but you get the point). It’s not what we do usually, but we love that he loves it and he’s become a master of layering in his downscaled space. Even if this isn’t to your taste, the images paired with the article made a great piece. Seriously, you should all read it.

Layer layer layer. It’s what we always say to ourselves when we discuss designs for client’s spaces. It’s inspirational that Craig refuses to lose his “things” even though his home is now a smaller rental. The effect is so cozy.

Thank You, HB, for such an interesting, honest, and different kind of article. We enjoyed it.

Also, if someone can explain this whole digital watermarking thing… how DOES this work? Crazy!

What would it be like to shop with Peter Dunham?

One Kings Lane has an idea. Learn some tips on shopping flea markets with the chic shop owner.

We love him. Just. Love.

We missed Brimfield this time around so vicarious shopping will have to do!

This time, it’s personal!

Did you take a moment from your busy weekend schedule to flip through the latest Lonny Mag?

We did. We always do. And now we’ve done it again. LSI on page 134 !

This time Michelle and Patrick came to Lisa’s home, having scouted it months ago, it felt like the right time to shoot this pre-fall story. A total turnaround from the last time we were featured, Lisa’s house is more monochromatic. Here we showcase our strongest suit, our predilection for neutrals and tons of texture.

Inside scoop, you say? OK!

The morning of, Steph shot lots of pics pre-Patrick. The light was just right:

Completely gorgeous outside, if a little toasty. The grass in the courtyard was still green:

Kathryn was working hard in the sunroom:


And the table was set for a little pre-shoot nosh:

Patrick and Michelle arrived and got to work with the first shot in the dining room:

We moved the studio office into Lisa’s home office during the shoot so as to be on-hand, yet able to talk “work”.

…believe this was an in-depth discussion on bathroom tile for a Bald Head client, as captured by Steph:

Meanwhile in the living room…

It’s always interesting for us to see how “other businesses” work. Lonny is a power-team of two hands on-people, taking turns styling, moving, adjusting, and standing behind the camera.

A little break:

Henry got his close-up, which he was totally posing for:

…and so did Lisa…

And, then, just a few hours later- it was a wrap!

We thought it would be fun to contrast some of our pics of Lisa’s house with some of the shots that ended up in Lonny.

They made mention of, but didn’t detail our pencil art-“No Boredom”- although we have to admit there’s been so much going on around here lately that a little boredom might be nice…

Some more of our snaps the morning of:

Many thanks to Patrick, Michelle, and everyone on their team for featuring us again for their anniversary issue.

They revolutionized our business, and we’re proud to be a part of what they are doing!

Thinking in Stories

One of the things we like to do with any spare moment (there aren’t many) of free time at the studio is create vignettes and exercise our styling muscles. With a photographer in the space, and our own props/store merchandise, we have a lot to pull from and play with. Sometimes we photograph them for you all and post them on twitter.

While clicking through the web we re-acquainted ourselves with these little stories over at “French Essence“.

They just capture the imagination. This is one of the things that Lonny Magazine does so well. The little close-up bits that Patrick shoots seem to grab the reader’s eye- us included. The latest issue drops Sept. 10th, we believe…which is TOMORROW.  Stay tuned for a little LSI action…

images via Vicki Archer, photos by Carla Coulson