Sunday, January 4, 2015

Set Your New Year Intention

It's a brand new year. Although I'm not a big resolution maker, I do believe that a fresh new calendar laid out before us can have a liberating and inspiring effect. 
This year feels good to me. I feel hopeful and optimistic. I feel creativity flowing. As an artist and designer for many years now, I know that inspiration and creativity are not always something that can be forced. So with that in mind, let's put these creative ideas to work and strike while the iron is hot. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's the Most Crazy Time of the Year

This time of year is over the top for a designer. We want to get our clients' projects and homes ready for their guests and get togethers. In my own case, I even do holiday decorating for a few select clients. We love being able to weave our design aesthetic into interiors we have completed, always trying to keep things new and fresh. Here is one of the several trees we did this season. We wanted a bit of "Winter Wonderland" kind of feel, so we added blue and aqua and flocked greenery to the tree. It turned out very nicely.

This is one of two 12 foot trees we do each year as well. 
While all this holiday cheer was happening, we also have a nice master bath redesign/remodel project happening. We are taking it from brown and drab to clean and classic. 

This is a peek at the shower niches in herringbone marble set into white subway tile. It's a look that I love!
We are also adding paneled moldings on the walls and curved pediments at the sink and shower areas. We are also adding feet to the cabinets. We are doing this work in-house, which is a special thing that sets us apart. 

And excited is not the word about the Brizo polished nickel faucets and fixtures going in here. 

May I just say, I love this finish ridiculously much!

Meanwhile, with all this happening design-wise, I must admit I am a little challenged with my own holiday decorating at home. 

A look at one of my own trees, standing lit but bare of ornaments. As they say, the shoemaker's children have no shoes!

Oh well, I'll get it all done. I always do. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crush du Jour

Just wanted to share this scheme coming together at the studio today. Chinoiserie, animal print, luscious trims, all come together in a fabulous tone-on-tone combo.

Then I would add in this great charcoal grasscloth for the walls for drop dead drama.  Stay tuned, because I will be expanding on this design in the coming days.

Friday, July 12, 2013

In the Shop

These beautiful needlepoint pillows are available!   

They have gorgeous shades of coral, green, saffron, French blue. Needlepoint fronts, velvet backs. 16x20. 

$180 each. 
Have a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In the Shop

Original oil painting for sale. 34Wx46H
Beautiful landscape painting. I love the colors used. 
$800 plus shipping. 
E-mail for more info.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fabulous Finds Sale!

If you share my love of fabulous, gorgeous designer and vintage pieces, today is your Lucky Day!!

I have for sale today two very wonderful vintage side tables/nightstands from Eloquence.  They are so beautiful and feminine.  They were used in my French Nursery for Twins Designer Showhouse room a few years ago, shown above.
They have a wonderful pale pink finish, (almost like the color of ballet shoes) with gold-leaf accents. They are, of course, vintage, so there are signs of real life and being well-loved.  Those are my favorites!

I am not sure of the provenance, but I was told 30's or 40's, but I can't swear.  These are adorable for a little girls room, a ladies boudoir, or anywhere French fab is called for.  The price is $500 each. This does not include shipping, although if you are in the Knoxville, TN area, we will deliver for free.  These are vintage, so all sales are final.  I can e-mail more pics if needed.  The dimensions are: 19Wx14Dx28H.  One is more chippy then the other and each has its own unique finish, possibly from different light exposure, I'm not sure.  I used them in the same Showhouse room and they were beautiful.  Many visitors to the house wanted to buy them, but I could not part with them until now.


These are one-of-a-kind pieces, so when they are gone, they're gone. Sniff sniff.  (If I don't stop, I'm gonna talk myself out of selling them again!)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carol's Spicy Chipotle Chicken Chili


I realize this is not a food blog, but I have had several requests for my recipe for my chicken chili so I decided to put it here so that it would reach more people who might enjoy it.

Ingredient List:
3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
3 15oz. cans Northern white beans
1 can mild Ro-tel
2 15oz. Cans chicken broth
3 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
Garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste
1/2 small can chopped green chiles

Cooking Directions:
Place all ingredients in large pot and bring to gentle boil. Reduce heat to low or medium low and simmer at least 30 minutes. Serve with chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated sharp cheddar, chopped onions, or any garnish of your choice.

(This chili is fairly spicy. You could probably substitute regular diced tomatoes for the Ro-tel and cool it down some. A little less chipotle pepper would also bring less heat, but that is where the great flavor in this chili comes from.)