Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Vision Fulfilled

Josie & Will Tattersall scoured Raleigh Neighborhoods for just the right home for their family of five.  "We really wanted to be nestled back in a private neighborhood where our kids could ride bikes and play with neighbors in the streets," Josie said. They found that perfect neighborhood, but the dream house was not within sight.  Their desire for open space, a large, life-friendly kitchen, and more bedrooms could not be met in the homes they saw.  So, they decided to build.  A dream home for their family to create memories for a lifetime.

To decorate the space and make the new structure the home of their dreams, they enlisted designer, Mary Beth Paulson with Landor Interior Design.

Here are the lovely results...  

Family Room with Arteriors Sputnik chandelier in gold.
The ottoman's are covered in a geometric fabric by Kravet.

The black coffee table found in our showroom was a perfect fit for this large space.

Velvet quilted fabric by Thibaut.

Mary Beth & Josie decided on this Stanton wool sisal due to its softness and ability to clean.

The three pendants are from Hudson Valley.
When asked which room is her favorite, Josie immediately replied, "The kitchen is a perfect place for family to gather and such a peaceful, beautiful room." I couldn't agree more.  The stark white decor against the dark floors is always a beautiful statement.


Pillows are custom, and the fabric is by Scalamandre (Bamboo Grove).

I adore this Cole & Son paper in the half bath above & below.
The chandelier is by Currey & Co.

Master Closet (above & below) has a vanity with lambskin stool.

There are several things I love about the study.   The color, for one.  The walls are painted a rich gray by Benjamin Moore (Kendall Charcoal).   Second, the unique torches on either side of the sofa.  Third, the blend of traditional and contemporary touches. I love family portraits. The one above the sofa is of Will's great grandfather, from England.
A red Currey & Co. lantern hangs in the center of the room and adds color

Visual Comfort library lamps are placed over the bookcases, adding character and light.
Geometric stair runner by Stanton.

Above and below is the kids playroom with a fun, patterned carpet by Milliken.
The Map Fixtures were a great find from Form & Function.
I love these adorable bunk beds off the playroom. What a fun place for a sleepover.

I am a huge believer that good art work can make a room. This makes my point.

The Designer, Mary Beth Paulson (left) with her client, Josie Tattersall.

Mary Beth Paulson also owns House Of Landor specializing in designer vintage clothing.
You can reach her online via Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or call (919-605-0982).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Doors - 2015

December days are special in so many ways.  There is an excitement in the air that is almost tangible.  Granted, as mothers, the excitement can swing slightly toward manic anxiety; but even with the mile-long list, there remains a joy to the busy-ness that is special to these December days.  An air of celebration seems to override the stress of the to-do's, and life itself sings a joyous song.  

As a member of the design world, I have a special adoration for these December days.  Every home shines a bit brighter, every table is set a bit grander, and, indeed, every door dons a splendor of its own.  Whether fancy enough for a palace or the simplest evergreen, holiday doors are amongst my very favorite things.  Each and every one touches my heart, as I see the inner designer of every homeowner decking her door.  It is as if everyone is celebrating the joy of design and decor, if only for a month.  But oh, what a sight!

And so, without further delay, I offer you these Holiday Doors.  Could one be yours?

Decor in double.  Simple green on evergreen.  Elegant.

This bow!  Even with the poor lighting in my photography, this bow is fabulous.

Handsome coordinating garland and wreath. 

The placement of this bow is dynamite.  

Another double.  The gold bows are perfection.

Oh joy!  The bows, the three elements, the symmetry.  Delicious design.

The original use of garland makes such a clever presentation here. 

A whimsical use of color that is so inviting.

A classic.  Evergreen and red bow.

Wreaths on lanterns are simply wonderful.

I applaud the way the wreaths are hung with the double bands on top which makes the colors pop.

Another double wreath beauty.

Simply lovely.

Another classic.


The way this pops against the white door -  I could not love anything more.

An inviting entrance.

Pretty in pink.

Magnolia speaks for itself.  

Green on green.  The imperfection of the boxwood makes this so alluring.

Monday, November 3, 2014

High Point Highlights

Twice a year we attend High Point Market to view all that is new in the design and home industry.  People always ask me what was 'the big thing' or what was 'HOT' this year? This year, there were definite answers to these questions.  

For starters, NAVY & GRAY were strong colors for fabrics, rugs and paintings.  GOLD is still a hot metal, but SILVER is making its way to the top.  I saw lovely and dramatic uses of shiny silver.  Geometrics and modern designs are still on trend, and I am seeing a rise of YELLOW in fabrics and rugs.

A pictures is worth a thousand words.  So, here is a run down of what we saw over a four day period and some of my personal High Lights from High Point.

Kelly Wearstler, the well known designer with an edge is now designing fixtures for Visual Comfort.  It did not disappoint.  Drama!

Although several other manufacturer's carry a sputnik version, Kelly's design is a true replica of the original and the finishes are spot on. She also designed a flush mount and pendant version.

A funky and simple Wearstler pendant.  Perfect for over a long kitchen island or in a stairwell.

Black and white marble cylinder lamp.
There she is - in the flesh.  A delight even after greeting hundreds of fans.
Geometric chandelier, available in several finishes and size.  Fabulous.

 Niermann Weeks also joined the VC team. Here is one of his creations below:

A Palm Beach inspired fixture.  Sure to be a hit.  Available in several sizes.

Visual Comfort lamps.  Note silver.

Good News! Wallpaper is here to stay.  Let's all rejoice.  Phillip Jeffries has always been my personal favorite, especially with regard to grasscloths and textures.  Below is one of his superior offerings:

The Tempaper brand of designer temporary wallpaper has been out for a few years. 
The patterns have gotten better and edgier.  These are great as you can apply them on your own and change them out when you tire of the design or are ready for a change.  A great way to add a strong punch in bathrooms, on ceilings or on an accent wall.  


I love RUGS! I love the textures, patterns, designs, colors and feel. Here are some of the new ones and my favorite finds. Sari Silk Rugs are still IN! Love the turquoise and purples in this one below:
Oriental hand-knotted in rich charcoal, navy and light gray accents.  The detail is exquisite.

Tibetan rug in gray, blue and yellowish gold.  A bold statement.

Moroccan-like designs shown in flat weaves in softer colors.  Coming to the showroom soon!

Note the color.  The original designs were in cream backgrounds, now available in gray ground.

Of course Van Collier is always on my list, and each year Beth & Chris deliver with perfection. 

vanCollier ginkgo 3 leaf table.

Etagere with Greek key design.  I want this in silver.

These Italian Glass lamps make my mouth water! They are coming soon to our store. 

Italian glass cylinder lamp with speckled gray/gold.  Gorgeous!

This painting says it all:  blue and modern.  That is a trend that seems destined to stay for a while.

Post-It Note Art.

Silver and lucite coffee table.  Also available in gold.  On the way to the store.  I adore!
Some fabric swatches from Cotton and Quill.  Coming to our store soon.