From the Birds to Butterflies – A New Sign of Life in the Design Industry?

As a former trends forecaster I am always looking for the next hot motif or symbol. In the past two years the home decor industry has seen every bird species emblazoned on pillows, prints, and porcelain. Plucked from our skies, the owl, peacock, dove, eagle have made their way into our homes whether you like it or not. I have never been a huge bird lover but this insidious trend has even made a nest in my heart.

Just as I was learning to accept the flock of birds that hit the home scene, I started to notice a small flutter emerge in hotels, showrooms and some design lines. Quietly, the butterfly seems to have emerged from its cocoon and is sitting on our sills waiting to replace the stale bird motif.  The master of change and adaptability, mystery, exotic beauty and understated elegance – a sign of renewal in the design industry after years of a long and lifeless journey to escape the cold  economic climate. 

Thank you butterfly, we are ready for you.           

Encore/Wynn Hotel Lobby                                    Showroom in Atlanta Mart

Randy Barker Art                                                            Bloom Wallpaper


Love It! Literally, for your Teen Room

Love was in the air at the Atlanta Gift Show or maybe I was feeling a little cold in the 3 austere office buidlings home to the myriad of giftable vendors. But, these kitschy items found in GA and elsewhere will take your room from PB Teen ordinary to extraordinary. Check out my finds:

         Elite Floor Pillows                                                         Attitudes Bunching Ottomans


        Three Hands Bling Love Sign                                Delia’s Denim Heart Pillow



Btween Browns – Choose the Yummiest Chocolate Winner

This post is an ironic one since my married last name is Brown. Luckily, any indecision I might have about the color does not apply to my husband or his family.

Recently I swatched my client’s wall with a series of Benjamin Moore Brown selections. A few choices were safety colors (softer and not too dark) and the rest, rich, bold statements. I have been working on this client’s living room for months. She was my first official customer and the original plan was to paint the room chocolate brown. In other words the entire room’s furnishings were planned with this idea in mind. Fast forward to the actual day of painting and of course panic sets in. (I think for us both).

She asks – Can I live with walls this dark? Is this too daring? What if I get sick of it? And I ask to myself,  “am I making a mistake?” But then, “Eureka”! From 6 similar selections of a sea of brown, the right one spoke the language of color. It has depth, body, neutrality, and richness. Can you guess which brownI think is the yummiest chocolate of all?

Back to Blogging, Bye to Home Goods & in the Mood for Mood Fabrics

Sorry all, I stopped blogging for awhile so I could build my client base. Happily, I am very busy but miss the cerebral and visual thrill of posting blogs. Usually I report on Home Goods and have been scouting at least 2-3 Home Goods a week in the hopes of keeping up with my Hooked on Home Goods post but I have to say that the merchandise has been very underwhelming as a whole and standardized. Each week, I keep thinking that I will find the diamond in the rough, the designer’s secret haven but I have been utterly disappointed. Maybe it’s time to move away from my favorite respite and find a home away from home. Isn’t that what vacation houses or life changes are for? One day maybe Home Goods will be my first home again.

In the interim I am on the hunt for my next fixation.  Checked out Mood Fabrics in NYC and was astounded by their unique luxury upholstery fabrics. Very strong selection of flocked damask velvets all under $40 per yard. Just love and left with:


Name that Price & Manufacturer – Monday’s

Decorating Diva’s – How Good Are You?

It’s the beginning of a new game. Forget about Name that Tune, and play “Name that Price and Manufacturer Monday’s”. This game is way more fun and the best is that the winner doesn’t just get to gloat, but actually receives a FREE prize for their decorating prowess. Every Monday, a new winner will be announced and a new entry posted. I think you will love this weeks prize – my favorite candle for burning the midnight hours blogging!

Some Hints:
1. Group of pillows (top right) is by one manufacturer and all the pillows in the group are about the same price each. Guess what you think the average price of each pillow is.
2. Pillows below are a group and are about the same price each. Guess the avg. price per pillow.
3. One set of pillows is “designer” the other “trend”. Which group  is which?
4. If you can guess the manufacturer’s that’s a bonus this week – this one is tough!

Game Rules: If there is more than one winner, the winner will be chosen randomly. Domestic, US entries only (you can play for fun, but unfortunately I can’t ship overseas.) Must be 21 or older to win. Post your best guess as a comment here.

Teen Karma – Do You Have it in Your Room?

Last week I was at the Vegas Furniture Market and I ran into my favorite teen soft goods manufacturer, Karma Living. I was reminded yet again how much I LOVE teen and tween room merchandise and especially Karma Living. As a designer in touch with their youthful spirit I decided to add an ongoing blog column which will feature artists and products that will make a teen’s room to die for. I can’t wait to keep the spotlight on emerging teen room trends, so check back often to see what’s next:

Here’s what I love about Karma Living:

– Unbelievable, bright and happy color combinations
– Sheer ready made burn-out drapery panels that not even PBTeen can compete with.
– Oversized Boho floor pillows like none other
– Embroidered bed coverlets that only Pine Cone Hill rivals but for double the price
– FRINGE, FRINGE and more FRINGE for the privacy that any teen must have for their room!

Now that your senses have been whet, the only problem is that Karma Living is not readily available online.  (Amazon had a few items). If you are interested in more information or in placing an order, please feel free to contact me at

Inspiration Boards

This post is actually an outpost from a class that I am taking and cherish, called “Blogging Your Way”. The assignment for the week was to create your very own, personal “Inspiration Board”.  I liken the idea to a visual brand of yourself on paper or in other words, “your blog”. Before I was blogging, and even now, I kept a board like this in my office. It is about 30×50″ and sits on my work desk, leaning back like a large painting. Whenever I see my board, I smile, as it contains all of the colors, textures, pictures and patterns that make me happy.

The key question that is being asked of us as blogging students in class is whether our board matches the brand image and direction that we want our blog to reflect. Interestingly, I think that my board is consistent with the photos I post and the overall feel of my blog. I guess what it comes down to is that personal style is innate and will come through even if you are trying to lead your style to another level or direction. Sometimes I look at my board and wistfully think that I wish I could be simpler, or less dramatic, less layered or textured. Sure, it’s possible, but what is the point? What I got from this assignment more than anything is to let your authentic self sing and those who like your music will listen.

Here are a few sections of my board – I think you will see that my style is defined by color, pattern, texture and a layered mix of old and new: