Posts made in September, 2014

Color scheme of the month…

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog

Color scheme of the month…

I Hate RED…you’re fired!!  This is actually the title of an interior design book that makes me laugh everytime I think about it… So I have loved the color RED, probably my whole life…and I don’t see that changing anytime soon….my favorite color scheme is red and brown, and I repeatedly return to it time and time again….for many years though I have not used the color red in any client projects…it is not a favorite for most people, and color, and the colors that surround our living spaces, is a very personal relationship for us all…Even in my own home, red is a main accent color, but it is used minimally among lots of neutrals, because it doesn’t take much…. But, I am here to report, with GLEE, that RED is on the comeback trail… It has been coming on strong in the fashion world, and there have been hints of it in the design industry…I am expecting to see it in full force at the upcoming Fall Furniture Market in High Point… my taste for reds evolves constantly, sometimes it is fire engine red, sometimes cherry, right now it is more in the tomato-orangey red family….red for me is the perfect balance to my love-affair with BROWN…and that can be anything from off-white to nearly black…check out my pinterest board devoted to RED So only about a month to go until Furniture Market , and I will be reporting back on any RED sightings! What do you think, can you handle some red in your...

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VIETRI…

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog

VIETRI…

Thrilled to share my latest contribution to the blog over on the VIETRI website…..a sneak peek onto one of my recently completed clients projects…. The space ‘BEFORE’…the client’s table and chair set-up just wasn’t cutting it anymore…..there was a sunny niche space that was employed as a ‘bump out’… It allowed just enough room for us to create a new and improved space for all…. The cozy space allows more seating which is a plus.  I had the fabrics for the cushion seats and the square stools ‘laminated’ so that stains and spills can simply be wiped off which keeps the space very functional, while looking great.  We were able to layer in more pattern with the accent pillows.  Probably the biggest feat was making sure that the custom designed table fit perfectly with the customized built-in space and seating…lots of measuring, and ‘sweating it out’ until the table was finally in place, and it worked out perfectly!  Love that we were able to top it off with a great looking chandelier… Is this inspiring you to try something different in your kitchen??? Wine anyone…. Don’t forget to check out the entire article “Dispatches from the World of Interior Design” on the VIETRI blog.. Happy...

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Fun Fridays…

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog

Fun Fridays…

So excited to talk about this upcoming awesome event that will happen next weekend in High Point, NC… This truly exciting event is being brought to town by the wonderful Julie Delgaudio, owner of J. Gallery…This inaugural event is already going to be the largest in the state of NC because of the number of artists, and the length of days….I spoke to Julie last week regarding the event details… Can you give us a quick summary of the event? Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9/18 – 9/20, 30 artists will scatter throughout High Point to paint “plein aire” style, which basically means ‘live’, not in a studio, and it will be rain or shine!  They will have fully completed their art works at the end of the 3 days, and then the pieces will be offered for sale, first on Saturday evening at the preview Gala, and then the following day at an event that will be open to the public at the JH Adams Inn on Main Street in High Point, NC. How did you become interested in organizing this event here?  These events are held in different towns all over the country, and I attended the QUICK PAINT event held in Richmond, VA.  There I became friendly with the artist Jim Carson who has participated in these type events all over the country.  We are excited to have Jim as one of the participants next week. How are the artists selected?  We advertised in PleinAir Magazine calling for artists to participate.  When the applications are received, they are “juried” in and invited to participate in the event.  Our judge this year is Scott Raynor, Chair of the Art Department and Art professor at High Point University. Tell us about the judging for the upcoming event?  We are so thrilled to have the artist Richard Oversmith from Asheville, NC to judge the art works that will be produced next weekend.  Richard will also be giving a presentation on the evening of the Preview Gala.  Richard has been incredibly kind and generous in assisting us with this event. Besides incredible artwork being produced next weekend, what other benefits are there to this type of event?  Glad you asked…the Boys & Girls Clubs of High Point will receive 25% of all donated proceeds.  Also in partnership with TAG, 20 children from the HP Boys & Girls Clubs will be selected to participate in an art workshop with all of the art supplies being donated by Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies.  Some of the participating artists will be letting High Point University Art Students shadow them over the weekend.  We are also excited to be partnering with the Bienenstock Furniture Library, which is a hidden gem in town.  So the benefits to the community go beyond just next weekend. Do you hope this will become an annual event?  ABSOLUTELY!!! So peruse some of the participating artist’s work, and be sure to check out the Piedmont Plein Aire event website for all of the details and information. Jim Carson Dan Graziano Susan Covert Jean Cauthen And that is just a small sampling of the talent that will be ‘Painting Out’ all over HP next weekend!  So don’t miss it, maybe that perfect piece of original art for your home will be...

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Fun Fridays….

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog

Fun Fridays….

Factory Man… This is the story of a man, and an industry, and the US government….  At times John Bassett III is a man you want to hate, and then you want to hug….it is the history of  the American Furniture Industry, told through the history of a family….and it is the story of what happens to a uniquely American industry because of globalization….in a way it is about karma, they took away from the northern factories, then they lost out in the same manner….well, sort of….. In reading the book, I felt a variety of emotions…chuckling over things JBIII did and said…sadness over how his family had treated him…pride in how one man was going to try and go up against a super-power nation that plays by their own rules….exasperated with his behavior barking at employees, and the like…sweetness at Miss Pat saying she was crazy for him…sickness at what China did to this country, and we encouraged it with NAFTA…. This is Beth Macy’s ‘love letter’ to the American factory worker who has had no control over their fate….the book is written in such a straightforward simple manner, but that is what makes it so compelling. It does not get too bogged down in economics, and international trade laws – it is plain-spoken and truthful. If you don’t believe me, then maybe a NY Times review will peek your interest! We would love to hear back from you if you like “Factory Man” as much as we...

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Cycling & TAG

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog

Cycling & TAG

I am so excited to talk about 2 of my favorite things in High Point, NC ……Theater Art Galleries and the High Point Cycling Classic Event.…okay, I’ll fess up…..I am not a cycling enthusiast…..but let me explain… When it comes to bikes, these are my 2 most important questions……”What color is it?” and “Does it have a basket?” This coming weekend, 9/5 & 9/6, High Point will host the USA National Cycling Championships, which is called a Criterium, or a “Crit” for short… This will be the 5th year hosting the event, 2nd year hosting the National Championship, in downtown High Point in front of IHFC and the High Point Theater…. The great thing about the event, is there is so much more going on than just the races (which actually are great fun)….there is literally something for everyone…food, music, kids events….just link to the website for the High Point Cycling Classic Event to see it all… I would be remiss if I did not mention that these events have raised over $100,000.00 for area non-profits.  This event was brought to High Point by our dear friend Chip Duckett, who works tirelessly year-in and year-out with an incredible team of volunteers to make this event bigger and better every year. Theater Art Galleries/TAG will be hosting a wonderful mash-up of exhibits exploring what happens when the bike and art worlds collide…One of the exhibits is a juried art show featuring 46 works of artists from 40 artists as far away as Paris, England, Arizona and Maine, and of course many from NC and the local area….the exhibit includes 2D and 3D pieces in quite a variety of mediums…I got to have a sneak peek when I met with Jeff Horney, Executive director of TAG, last week… Detail of “City Cycles” by Matthew Scott Myers Isaac Payne won 1st place in the competition last year, and has created  “Pedestrian Pathfinder” for this year’s entry. In another gallery is the exhibit called “Five Leading Lights”.  These are 5 Master Bike Builders from all over the country whose work will be on display…I saw this exhibit last year, and it is truly stunning…the craftsmanship is amazing.. In addition, a 5-minute film titled “Just Freedom” will be playing throughout the evening..this film interviews individuals asking the question “Why do people ride bikes?” This is TAG’s opening reception for the fall.  The galleries will be open Friday, September 5, from 5:30 – 8:30, with the winners of the juried art show being announced around 7 pm.  There will be free beer and wine, and the fabulous Real Creations will be catering the event! After you stop by the art exhibit, head back outside for a wonderful evening of free...

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