On a Whim


“On a Whim” is a beautiful little store in a converted barn in Lucketts, Virginia right before you get to the Old Lucketts Store & Lucketts Design House. You can’t miss the polkadotted siloh!! The owner, Donna, and her daughter are as sweet as can be when you go in there & they have handpicked […]

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February 7, 2009

The Search for ‘Home’


Yesterday we went out house-hunting. Well, it was more of a trip to see what’s available in our price range. And it wasn’t pretty. (I’m being kind.) I tried searching for a picture to insert here as an example & didn’t want to hurt any feelings by using actual listings, so I googled “dilapidated house…” […]

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February 6, 2009

Synesthesia- do you have it?


Synesthesia – from the Ancient Greek σύν (syn), “together,” and αἴσθησις (aisthēsis), “sensation” — is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (definition taken from Wikipedia) (Image from yale.edu) Studies show that anywhere between 1 on 20 […]

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February 3, 2009

"Real" vs. "Kitsch"


As you know, I’m constantly trying to define my style, hone my skills & figure out what works & what doesn’t work in spaces. Well, a concept I often think about is real or authentic design, art & accessories. vs. what make something kitsch or scripted or forced or “decorated.”     I used to […]

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January 31, 2009

Pure Style: Dressing Room


A dressing room: one of the ultimate luxuries. A client of mine came to me with the idea to change a spare room of hers into her very own dressing room and that’s what we did. She loves to shop & attends all kinds of parties & galas and has the most beautiful collection of […]

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January 27, 2009

Design Exercise: What’s Your Personal Style?


I’ve been doing a lot of design-soul-searching lately, trying to really get a handle on my personal style.   (Image from Carlton Varney’s Wisconsin lakehouse featured in House Beautiful) While always evolving, I think it’s really important to hone your personal style or design philosophy into something you can wrap your head around & define. […]

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January 23, 2009

Florida Flea Market


This antique Chinese console at the 2007 San Francisco showhouse was dressed up by Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks. If you’ll remember, it’s from that same “Neautrals” issue of House Beautiful that we all loved so much. Of course this vignette totally jumped out at me because I loved all the white, the mix […]

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January 21, 2009

Lucketts Design House


So I wanted to take you on a little virtual tour of one of my favorite places to shop, the Lucketts Design House: It’s this old house with some outbuildings full of an ever-changing array of awesome furnishings & home accents. They change it seasonally & it’s only open on weekends so it’s always a […]

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December 31, 2008

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