Thursday, July 29, 2010

Foyer Table

I have a new foyer table! I am so excited to have found a table that so perfectly fits this space. The space is limited by the depth of the molding on the doorway leading into the hall. The table is only 9" deep so it is less obtrusive to those passing into the hall. It anchors the wall and allows for vignettes. From time to time, I will post photos of these vignettes!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Staged Master

I staged a master bedroom where the furnishings were true 1970's style. I wanted to lighten the weight of the furniture, as well as, the heaviness of the green walls. The room was painted out in Egret white and the headboard and side tables were removed. I chose 2 vertical pictures for the wall over the bed in lieu of a headboard and used a table from another room for the bedside. Throw in a new lamp, nice crisp bedding and several decorative pillows and you have a lovely room!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Staging a bath

I recently staged a house that really needed work from top to bottom. It was so great to get in there, move things around, remove, replace, and shop with my client. I was in Heaven! We ended up purchasing many items that she has now taken with her to her new home. Above is a " before" picture of the guest bath.
Here is an image of the finished bath... simple but classic.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I love lamps. Lamps add a warmth and style to a room that overhead lighting often lacks. Of course there are beautiful chandeliers and other ceiling mounted fixtures. However, lamps can be very versatile in any space. I like to put them on timer so that walking into any room can be warm and inviting. I even have a lamp on timer on my front porch. The lamp pictured above is from The Virginia Gale Collection, by The Natural Light. I love the bamboo look.. elegant and casual.
This lamp is also from The Virginia Gale Collection, by Barbara Cosgrove. It is lovely and stands 36.5 inches tall.

Lighting... specifically lamps!

The lamp pictured above is from The Virginia Gale Collection, by Curry & Company. It is contemporary and beautiful. This is a very versatile lamp for any space... I would even use this in a room with many antiques.

The Virginia Gale Collection
home furnishing for the new south
201 Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Amanda's nest

I have a dear friend, Amanda, who found this nest in her yard. It was blown out of a tree and, amazingly, it remained in tact! It is a beauty.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Potted gardens

One of the first things that I try to create, whether if it is for staging or for decorating, is to "build" a nice potted arrangement. Lately, I have been using tall urns as I really like the height. However, it really depends on the style of the house and what you feel looks best. I tend to think it is better to go larger than small with potted plants.
I recommend getting some perennials (even small shrubs) and then filling in with your annuals in the Spring and Fall. I like to add a lot of texture and plants that have different shades of green in the foliage. It tends to make the arrangement "pop." The more plants that can fit... the better. It is better to have it looking full right away!
I think having a beautiful pot at the entrance dresses up the entrance and makes it more inviting.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I want my blog to be about the things that inspire me and things that I love. My little dog, Lulu, is one of the most precious things in my life. We got Lulu when we were traveling in Western North Carolina. We had left our older dog at home and wanted to pick up a little toy for him.... We came across this little place called "Fish and Pets" on the side of the highway in Hendersonville. In this little country pet store was a litter of tiny Jack Russell mix pups. I picked up Lulu and it was all over. She was about the size of a baby guinea pig! This is by far the best spontaneous action that I have ever taken. We proceeded home to Atlanta with our tiny prize and named her after one of my beloved Aunts. They are, both, very spunky and cool! Lulu will be 7 on August 28th, and, of course, we will be celebrating.
This picture is of Lulu dressed as Tinkerbell for Halloween.