Thursday, March 22, 2018

African Style

African design is rooted in warm tones and natural materials. Warm carved woods, basketry and woven fabrics with geometric patterns dominate. African inspired fabrics have now entered the mainstream. Thou cool colors are still trending, colors of the earth are timeless. 

Colors of the earth permeate this foyer.

Schumacher Fabric- Roman Shade by Erika Ward

Monochromatic Natural Fabrics with Antique African Drum Coffee Table

Mali mud cloth is rich and textural.

Geometric patterns are a characteristic of Mali mud cloth. It has been used by hunters for camouflage. while hunting.

I need this kente cloth chair in my living room. The woven cloth is made in many patterns and colors. It's royal, as worn by the chief in the picture.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Room Changers

These are my favorite things to incorporate into a design project from vendors that inspire me. I call these pieces, room changers. Email if you have questions about any of these products. :

Adding a large house plant instantly changes a room and freshens the air.

Diamon Home - Faux Horn Lamp - White or Brown

Brooks Chair: Four Hands Furniture

Diamond Lighting: Faux Horm Lamp - White

Large Cru Mirror - Four Hands

Blue and White Porcelain Jar - Oriental Danny

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Textiles and Pattern

In a design scheme, use textiles to pull a space together or add a pop of color. I always, go for custom drapes, a beautiful pattern area rug, and an upholstered piece in common areas or bedrooms. When using textiles to add color keep the walls neutral or white.

Various shades of blue and simplicity of pattern provide a calming effect in this space,

Always change out fabric seats when purchasing chairs online or from a furniture store. It brings a custom feel to a space.  

The color and pattern in this room could be for a boy or girl!

Add color to a neutral staircase by adding a stair runner.

Bold patterns and color in the area rug move this room to transitional.

Peter Dunham Textiles throw pillows and behind the bed.
All fabrics are Peter Dunham Textiles

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Lamps, accessories that pull a room together. This slim neck piece is a classic. The bright orange porcelain from Oriental Danny adds a pop of color. I call it Joy!  

From Oriental Danny: Email for Price

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Don't overlook lighting! It's the  jewelry of your home. Quality lighting is an easy fix in upgrading and updating a room. I absolutely love doing lighting consultations. I often change out inexpensive outdated builder fixtures to something wonderful that reflects the style of the homeowner. ELK Lighting is my newest lighting distributor. They offer a vast selection of quality fixtures. When you send us pictures of your space we'll create a lighting plan for you from our many vendors. We'll save you time and money! (

The Riley pendant has an updated restoration feel. Hang it over the dining table or kitchen island. It  also works well in a foyer with high ceilings. (available in satin nickel)

Hemispheres is an elegant 4 bulb chandelier that adds timeless elegance to this kitchen. Additionally it's available in an 8 bulb chandelier in polished nickel or bronze. 

Amherst Chandelier

The Amherst 6 bulb chandelier sets off this very traditional dining room. It's framed in antique bronze with hand blown glass. The collection includes a wall scone, semi flush ceiling fixture and pendants.