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Nov
01

I’m Back!

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I took a two week hiatus from publishing this blog because I was so busy back in NC.  I hope you missed seeing our weekly Wednesday post.  (If you didn’t, don’t tell me 🙂 )

A week was spent at our Lake Gaston home doing maintenance after a very busy summer rental season.  We were truly amazed at how well the house weathered 20 different groups of vacationers with a total of over 150 quests.  Whew!  Thank you VRBO/Homeaway guests for taking such good care of Blue Heron Getaway!

Here are a few pictures of our lake!misc

Next, it was off to visit with my BFF Patsy outside of High Point.  We always seem to pick up right where we left off.  That is what you do with best friends!  Each High Point market she provides me a wonderful private room, meals and best of all her love and friendship.  Thank you, Patsy!!!

Here are a few groups of things that attracted my eye at the High Point Market .

LIGHTING:highpoint_market_102016_lighting_edisonbulb_large_led_oversized_pendantLarge Edison bulb (9″H) fixtures shown at Emdee International.  Contemporary and sleek pendants from Lite Source that can be grouped together or used separately.  Oversized pendants, 34″ H in gold or silver finishes.

ART GLASS:
highpoint_market_fall_2016_glass_art_kristinedaniel-artistNew and different art glass by Kristine Daniel Designs of Canada.

NEW COLOR COMBO:
highpoint_market_fall_2016_globalviews_red_black_grey_goldGlobal Views has always been the leader in displaying an up and coming color scheme.  Here are several of their vignettes in red, black, gold and grey.  I love the contrast and visual impact!  What do you think?

OTTOMANS:
highpoint_market_ottoman_shaped_curvedLittle ottomans that can be grouped together or pulled up for extra seating have always attracted my interest. The pearl color ottomans by Norwalk Furniture can be used alone or in combination of two or four to create different shapes.  The chair and ottoman with a great curved apron are new introductions by Company C with Norwalk Furniture.  The small red ottomans in a classic style are by CR Laine.

I took about 900 pictures in a short 2 1/2 days.  So these are just the tip of the iceberg.  Can you see using any of these new products in your home?  Which piece is your favorite?

Missed hearing from you lately.  Send your comments!

All the best!

Mary

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As promised, here is the second in the series of  “Be the Designer” challenges. Today you will need to select the tile grout color for the kitchen backsplash at the Chalk house. This may seem an easy task but here are a few things to consider when selecting a grout color.

  1. Color of the tile.  Sometimes tile has a mingle of color so it may be more than one color.
  2. Color of the cabinetry.  Because the cabinets and backsplash have a very intimate relation you need to include both is selecting a color.
  3. Color of the countertop.  Once again the backsplash and the countertop are very symbiotic.  They often meet face to face.  Consider them both.

Let’s re-cap from past posts.  Here is the countertop, cabinetry and the backsplash tile.backsplash_tile_cabinetfinish_countertop

We fell in love with the geometric design of this tile call Louvre Marfel by Elysium. Here is a close up of the backsplash tile so you can see the color and detail.  This picture was taken with the tile installed but not grouted.tile-grout-color-designer-challenge-lourvemarfil-elysium_kitchen_backsplash

You have three choices of tile grout colors:

  1. Jade
  2. Light smoke
  3. Linen

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#3 Linen (top)—#2 Light Smoke (bottom)tile-grout-color-designer-challenge-lourvemarfil-elysium_kitchen_backsplash-001

#2 Light smoke (top)—#1 Jade (bottom)

Remember to consider all the above elements in your decision.

  • Will you be brave enough to select #1 Jade that brings out the beautiful color of the countertop?
  • Do you want to show off the pattern of the tile by selecting a slightly darker grout color for contrast, #2 Light Smoke?
  • Do you want the grout to virtually disappear by selecting #3 Linen?

Make your choice:  #1 Jade, #2 Light Smoke or #3 Linen and tell us why you would pick that color.  The owner has made her selection.  Let’s see if you agree!

For all of you who respond I will randomly select one name and send you a special gift for Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Good luck!

Have fun with it!

All the best!

Mary

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PS:  We recently ran a Facebook contest to get the Mary Sherwood Art Glass page shared with friends.  The winner of that contest is Aletha Hudson!  Congratulations!  Thank you Aletha for sharing our page.

Share the love and the new Christmas Art Glass collection with your friends and family.  Hint, hint it is not too early to add something to your wish list! 🙂

 

Last week I asked all our followers to don a designer hat and pick the best combination of rugs and and paints for the Chalk project.  From the many great responses I can see a “little” designer skills buried in all of you.  If you missed last week’s post check it out here.   Be the Designer

Here is the picture from last week.companyc_rugs_wool-paint-benjaminmoore-york-candiceolsen_wallcovering  There were no right or wrong selections. Many of you gave it a lot of thought and provided great reasons for your choices.  From the comments presented a random number was drawn and the winner of the art glass gift from

 Mary Sherwood Art Glass 

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CINDY VINSON

Congratulations, Cindy!

Here are Cindy’s choices and comments:

Rug A-love the flower (Gardener in me)
Rug D-love the plaid
Paint-Majestic Blue
Cindy’s says:  “Just used these colors in our condo in North Myrtle Beach and again at Lake Gaston. My favorite colors. Blue is calming, rich, never get tired of it. Rug C looks “childlike” from the sample, so it is my least favorite. I am more scared of color than Mary is, instead of a color that is bright and pops, I go for the calming, tranquil effect, good color next to water (maybe that says my life is chaotic, idk.)”

Loved your comments, Cindy!  Yes, you know me well.  I am never afraid of color!  Thanks for entering in on the fun of “Being a Designer”.  I will contact you about sending you this one of a kind fused glass Christmas ornament.christmas_ornament_2016_prize_colorful_fusedglass

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NOW-what did the client pick?  Here are her choices:

Rug C, Company C Art and Soul, will be the accent rug for a small sitting area adjacent to the DR.

Rug D, Company C Tweedy Lake, will be the larger area rug under the dining table.

Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon will be the accent wall Benjamin_moore_corlsbudcanyon_076_accentwall

The tile is being installed and the painting will start next week.  When all is done I will show you how all of this comes together.  Can hardly wait!

I am in the process of planning another designer challenge.  Hope you will join us again with your choices and comments!!!

Off to Napa Valley for the weekend.  I’m sure I’ll have some stories to tell next week.

Comments always welcome!!!  Let me hear from you!

Mary

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Don’t you love the colors in these Company C rugs!  It is hard to decide which one to use.  A & C will be the accent rugs to coordinate with B & D.

We have tentatively selected two accent paint colors to coordinate with the rugs.  All walls will be Benjamin Moore White Dove except for one accent wall in the great room.  Here are the choices:benjaminmoore_majesticblue_2051-40_paint_accent_wall

Benjamin Moore Majestic Blue

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Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon

The long narrow roll on the right (in the photo) is wallcovering to be used in a nearby office.  This is a great new onyx pattern by Candice Olsen for York Wallcovering!  I included this so you can see one element to consider when you are choosing the rugs and the paint colors.

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NOW-it is your turn to pick the rugs and paint.  Be the designer!

Select 1 rug on the left (A or C), one rug on the right (B or D) and 1 paint color from the above.  Let us know why you liked that combination.  Post your selections and comments below.  I will let you know if you and my client have the same good taste!

For all of you who respond I will randomly select one name and send you a special gift for Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Good luck!

Have fun with it!

All the best!

Mary

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Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Pallet Garden class at Green Things in Tucson.  The plants and the staff are amazing.  The class had its challenging moments.  Picking from all their beautiful plants was the hardest part.greenthings_garden_center_tropical_greenhouse 

So here is what you need:

  1. A pallet-salvaged or constructed.  For this class we used a 16″ x 16″ pallet that was very easy to manage.  Larger pallets will take a lot more materials and become pretty heavy.
  2. Plants-here is my collection 🙂succulents_supplies_greenthings_garden-center_tucson_azJPG
  3. Coco coir mat.  This is available by the roll and/or the foot.  You only need about a 2′ square piece for the small pallet.  The sheet goods will be shredded to fill the bottom of each level of the pallet.coirmatting_coir_shredded_pallet_garden_green-Things.2
  4. Green moss- the type that is often used in tops of pots (not sphagnum moss).  It comes in a plastic bag.  One medium bag was used for this pallet.  Soak it in a large bucket of water before use.  It is layered over the coir fiber and the plants are nestled into the moist moss.sheet_moss_potting_pallet_garden_2
  5. Here is Cathy, our very talented garden designer, demonstrating the packing of the pallet with the shredded coir.greenthings_ tucson_Cathy_instructor_2x2_pallet_coirmatting
  6. Here is Cathy and me working on my pallet.  I got off to a slow start but finally got the hang of it.  When you think you have enough coir matting packed in, add some more.  It is the supporting structure between the pallet levels.  Thanks Cathy for your help!Cathy_Mary_Greenthings_pallet_building_class

AND here is the final product…succulent_pallet_finished-greenthings-nurseryThat is the short and sweet of building a succulent pallet garden.  Hopefully these 3″small succulent babies will grow and fill in the spaces.  They need very little water and prefer a shady spot.  Grow babies, grow!

Here is a video posted on Facebook about the class.  It is long but you can get a feels for the technique of building a pallet garden.  Thanks to Catalina, a staff member at Green Things alias videographer, there is a nice recap of How to build a pallet garden.

I’m getting ready to hang my new pallet wall garden on my front porch.

Hope you give it a try.

Happy planting!

Mary

PS:  A new art glass collection is being introduced on the Mary Sherwood Art Glass page later this week.  The holiday collection is right behind it.  Take a look.  Comments more than welcome!

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Aug
09

Mary’s Version of Santa’s Workshop

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This has been an exciting week with the launch our new website and online store, Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Thanks for so many wonderful comments.  If you missed the announcement you can see it here.

In the launch announcement I promised a 2016 Holiday Art Glass collection.  So today I opened Mary’s version of “Santa’s Workshop” to work on the collection.  It always amazes me how many pieces of glass are combined into the creation of each ornament.  On average there are about 30-35 small pieces of glass on each 3.5″ tree ornament.  Many different shapes and sizes are used for each ornament.  Here is the glass assortment for today’s project.

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Here are two prototypes of possible tree designs mocked up last week as possibilities.

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Clear glass tree shape pieces are cut to use as the base.  Below, little blue star millefiori rounds were applied as the tree top stars.  Once decorated these overlapping trees shapes will be fused to white glass and slumped into a Christmas plate.

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This is the beginnings of the tree ornament collection.  The red glass noodles are laid as a “garland” foundation.  Glass beads and other details to be added.

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Stay in touch for the unveiling of the 2016 Holiday Collection at Mary Sherwood Art Glass!  Look for a special give-a-way when the holiday collection goes live.

Thanks!

Mary

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I hate to turn this blog into a travel log but when I travel art and design are always front and center.  Paul and I just returned from a short five days to Santa Fe and Taos, NM.  What a mecca of wonderful natural and man made art!  There was so much to see and so little time. In Santa Fe there is a gallery district called Canyon Road. It is seven blocks of residential properties converted to art galleries.  I took Paul in and out of more galleries than he ever cared to see. 🙁  Because of my new found fused glass interest I was thrilled to find so many incredible “kiln-formed” glass pieces.  (Kiln-formed is another term for fused glass fired in a kiln). Here is a sampling.Kiln_formed_glass_thelookout_suzannewallacemears_eightfoottall_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryLoved this 8′ tall sculpture by Suzanne Wallace Mears called “The Lookout”. Could be scary but so impressive.  To see more of her work go to the Pippin Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe NM.Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_face_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegallery Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryHere is another garden sculpture by Mears.  I had to share the close up of the expressive face.  Kiln_formed_glass_redlamp_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryOne more Mears’ piece called Red Lamp, a 16″D decorative disc.kiln_formed_glass_stainlesssteel_makeawish_craigmitchellsmith_garden_sculpture_santafe_An incredibly large kiln formed glass and stainless steel sculpture called “Make a Wish” by Craig Mitchell Smith at the Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery.  The dandelion seed spray is constructed of fused glass and steel.  Impressive!kiln_formed_glass_flower_birdofparadise_artistunknow_canyouroadcontemporary_santafeAnother work by Smith in this Bird of Paradise sculpture is called “Tropical Splendor”.kiln_formed_glass_artistunknown_americanartistgalleryhouse_santafe
This smaller piece was on display at the BnB where we stayed in Taos,  the American Artists Gallery House BnB.  It was a delightful place with lots of Taos character.  Our hosts, LeAn and Charles, where very gracious.  I would highly recommend this place if you like quaint travel accommodations.FullSizeRender 55Here is Paul relaxing in front of the BnB with his morning coffee.  They also had a peacock called George who just took up residence 17 years ago. Meet George-FullSizeRender 88

There is so much I would like to share about this trip such as the other accommodations, the food, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Pueblos.  Is there anyone interested in more?  Let me hear from you.  Tell me your favorite things to do in Santa Fe and Taos.  I’m sure this will not be our last trip.

Happy, happy!

Mary

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Jun
15

Lighting Story Board Telling a Mixed Tale

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I love this collection of lighting on order for a current project.  It was pulled together with some of my favorites from past projects and the addition of some great new fixtures.  The mix of finishes, glass textures and flowing lines tells an interesting story.  It certainly has a contemporary feel but many of the elements can be blended into various styles.  Below is a description of each fixture on this Lighting Story Board.

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#1  Large contemporary chandelier with LED lighting by Corbett Lighting.  Finish is silver leaf with stainless accents.  It measures 48″ long and 15″ wide.  We are using this fixture over a live-edge dining table in a space with a vaulted ceiling.    The space is very open and can carry the visual weight of the fixture.  It could also be used over a large island if the scale and size is proportionate.

#2  Ceiling fixture by Crystorama is called “Broche” with a close resemblance to a woman’s brooch.   The numerous silver leaves on this fixture will add a sparkle to the ceiling of the small guest bedroom.

#3  Master Bedroom ceiling fan is from the Kichler Link collection. Sleek and stylish with the two blade construction and walnut/brushed nickel finishes.

#4  Kichler Braelyn wall sconce in Olde Bronze finish will be used with a rustic pedestal sink in the guest bathroom.  To coordinate with the aqua tile accent I plan to embellish these glass globes with linear strips of art glass.

#5  Mossa-a classic mini-pendant from Uttermost will be placed over the large kitchen island.  The globe of heavily seeded art glass blends into any setting.

#6  Four slender vanity fixtures from Kovacs with excellent LED illumination will flank three mirrors over the master Bath vanity.

Once again you and I will both have to wait to see the installation of these fixtures.  This lighting will be used with the Spa-like Bath tiles project I shared last week.  The projected is scheduled for completion later this summer-so stay tuned.

Did you like the links to the light fixtures?  I thought it might be helpful.

Enjoy the summer!

Mary

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Jun
06

Spa-like Shower Tile

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I am so excited about these two spa-like shower plans!  If you have been following us, I previously mentioned finding an amazing tile source in Tucson call Fractured Earth.  Once I saw their extensive array of tile the concepts for these showers started to come together.

Here is the guest bath shower tile incorporating this beautiful glass, penny tile mosaic of iridescent blues, greens, gold and white.  To compliment this tile we are using the glass liner tile, color Aquatic, to frame the mosaic and the 1″ x 1″ tile for the shower floor.  Construction is just beginning so you will have to be patient to see the finish product.tile_plan_guest_bath_glass_penny_tile_irridescent_accent_deco_wall_waterandlight_boycebean-neoglass-white

The master bath plans all started with the Napolina limestone slab.  It is being used for the countertop and there be a large piece leftover.  The surplus slab piece will be used vertically on the shower wall and framed by a complimentary accent mosaic tile in stone chip/resin and glass.  The mosaic accent tile will add sparkle to the shower wall. The countertop will be illuminated underneath to create a stunning effect.  tile_plan_elevation_master_bath_slab_insert_napolina_limestone_liner_pelagus_white

I am really looking forward to sharing the progress of these two baths with you.  There are many more detail to follow.  What do think about the combos?

Join the conversation!

Until next time…

Mary

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Jun
01

Semi-Precious Stone of All Colors

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I recently visited an amazing stone company, Cactus Stone, in Scottsdale, AZ.  While I have visited many stone companies there has never been such a variety in one place. It is several football fields in size and the rows go on and on.  There are many common granite and quartz slabs but what caught my eye was the amazing range of color of the semi-precious stone slabs.

To produce semi-precious stone slabs the raw material goes through a long process.  Each semi-precious stone is individually cut and bound together with an epoxy resin to create not only stunning slabs, but true works of art.  These unique slabs are suitable for kitchen counters, bathrooms, decorative walls, and floors. Here are a few of the fabulous semi-precious stone slabs at Cactus Stone.

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ROSE QUARTZ

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OCEAN JASPER

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BLUE AGATE

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Now you can see why the selection at Cactus Stone would get a designer’s creative juices flowing.  Many of these illustrations of semi-precious slabs need very special placement to make them work.  Also, most of these stone can be back-lit for extra drama!  Here is a beautiful example from the Majestic Gemstone website.

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I photographed so many different type of stone products at this place.  Quartzite is another product I’ll discuss in a future post.

Dream big about where you could potentially use semi-precious stone.  Which one is your favorite?

Mary

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May
25

Cottage Style with Pops of Red

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Finally a small peek at the little cottage project we started last Fall!

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The most dramatic change in this little house was the removal of the wall separating the living space and the kitchen.  This house is only 1000 sf.  We needed to give it as much open space as possible.

We did several posts about this project while in process.  Here is a link for a look at the original kitchen (before)!  Here is the after:

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The kitchen renovation in such a small space turned out great!  Very functional and easy to clean with painted white cabinets, marble-like quartz countertops and porcelain wood-look tile throughout.  The red Viking range is really brighter than shown and sets this white kitchen apart from all the others.  (Sorry the photos in this post are not the best)

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“Touches of red” accents are used throughout the space to give it the pop.

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This red framed Monopoly board fit perfect on the dining nook wall.  It was created by the owner’s father who recently past away.  It was nice to incorporate this special, sentimental piece.

To see a few more back scene shots during construction go to the Cottage Re-do post.

The house is small but great for a couple or as a weekend get-a-way!  Comfy furnishings with deep sea blue and red accents complete the living space.

 

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I think I could live here!  How about you?

We are so busy here with work and play!  Stay tuned for more to come!

Mary

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May
18

An Anniversary and the New Chapter

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Today’s blog is not about design trends, gardening or travel.  It is about how wonderful it feels to celebrate the first year of our new personal journey.

On May 15, 2015 Charlotte Webb Smith purchased Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  That business was our heart and soul for 28 years.  It was difficult to let it go.  It was exciting at the same time to be given the opportunity to create a new chapter(s) in our lives.  Thank you Charlotte and all our loyal friends for such a wonderful experience at Lake Gaston. There is not another place I would have rather been.  Working and living at Lake Gaston was a gift!

In our new Tucson location there was a lot to write about in our first chapter.   Scroll back through the blogs on our web site to catch up with some interest reading of our new adventures and experiences.

Here is the beginning of Chapter 2.  Paul and I are becoming engaged with life outside of owning and operating a business.  He continues to explore the backroads of AZ and the surrounding areas on his motorcycle.  He is volunteering with the Aquaponics Project at the University of AZ’s Biosphere 2.   His computer skills has enabled him to help set up a new network system for our community computer club.biosphere2_aquaponics-gardening

I have found there is a life outside of MSLL.  For so many years my world revolved around that business.  Today I have a nice mix.  Number one, I am exercising more and enjoying every minute.  I am learning all about how to grow and nurture plants in the desert.  I have found a new artistic outlet creating fused glass art. I take on interior design projects that keep me professionally engaged and excited about design.  I enjoy blogging to keep connected with all my loyal followers and friends.  Reading your comments makes me feel the attachment with my NC family and our new found friends.design_kitchen_remodel_

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I think a big part of the up-coming chapter is an opportunity Paul and I have to help mentor a young female physician open a new practice in the Tucson area.  Pooling our skills of healthcare, small business and design along with a few other very smart business friends we hope to guide and enable this young woman to be all she can be in her profession.  She is enthusiastic about being a primary care physician and seeking a better way to have more interaction with her patients.  We applaud her efforts.  Here is a recent article about Direct Primary Care Medicine to give you more information about this type of health care practice.

We hope to have her ready to launch her new practice in the next few months. Brainstorming about the location, the business management, the build-out of the office site and the marketing is exciting!  I will keep you updated as the plans progress.

So as you can see there is never a dull moment.  We are so grateful to each and everyone of you who helped us grow in our business and personal life.  Now hopefully we can do the same for this young professional woman.

New exotic granite finds or the medical office design or a whole house renovation are topics all rolling around in my head for next week’s blog.

Any preference of what you would like to hear about next?

In business and in life every day is a new adventure.  Don’t let it pass you by!

Love you all!

Mary

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Certain rooms don’t seem complete without a mirror!  The powder room, the master bath, the foyer, and the dressing room are a few that simply aren’t finished without a mirror.

I searched back in the photo files and found so many rooms we finished with mirrors.  Here are some recent installs as well as some pulled from the archives. If some seem dated they are here to illustrate a certain use.

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This dining room was a mix of old and new.  A beautiful mahogany sideboard (a family heirloom) was paired with crystal/silver buffet lamps and a gleaming silver tone mirror to add a contemporary flair.

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In this small foyer the owner’s small chest fit well in the limited wall space by the staircase but needed to be accessorized.  To lightened up the space we added a mixed finish round mirror with similar finishes to those in the chest.  A turquoise bird on pedestal complimented the owner’s oriental lamp.

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Every bathroom needs a mirror or two.  In this small master bath we packed in a lot of storage and used mirrors to enhance the cozy, comfortable feel.

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This square, beveled framed mirror pairs well with the geometric shapes of the sink, faucet and tiles.  The mirror completed this sleek, clean and contemporary style.

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In this master bedroom entry niche we added this mirror for interest and to reflect the long view of the living spaces.  Even though the metal ballerina sculpture, stone bowl and gold tone lamp are all different materials they all work well together.   Consider the impact of this mirror placement such as adding depth with the reflection of the adjacent spaces.

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Old mirrors can be recused, restored and revitalized to continue to work in some unlikely spaces.  This old oak mirror, salvaged from a turn of the century house in upstate NY (a home Paul grew up in), was given new life with a painted red frame and nickel hat hooks.  It now acts as a hat and glove rack above this garden table.

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This narrow master bath seemed to double in visual space with the use of plate-glass vanity mirrors and a mirrored glass vanity cabinet.  The LED lighting fixture, applied over the large mirror, dramatically increased the light.

Below are a few examples of mirrors in various sizes, shapes and finishes shown at the recent High Point Furniture Market.mirrors_Highpoint introductions_mixedfinishes_assorted shapes

Points to remember when using mirrors:

Mirrors are can be decorative and functional.  They can increase the available light in a space, add depth to a room and create a long view of adjacent areas.  Enjoy the use of mirrors that enable you to show your best and add some style to your space.

What is your favorite placement of a mirror?  Do you have a special one that added style as well as function?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Show your smiling face in your mirror!

Mary

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Apr
26

High Point “Style Spots”

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I am back after a very productive and enjoyable trip to North Carolina.  The final days of my trip were spent at the semi-annual High Point Furniture Market.  I have been going to this market since 1988 (too many times to count).  I am always amazed each season by the creative, new introductions.

Several years ago the market center starting selecting interior designer “style spotters” to pick their favorite market finds and trends.  I am not one of those “elite” but I pick my own recurrent trends I see as I travel by foot the unbelievable many miles of market.  (I rack up a lot of steps :).

There are so many things I want to share but will only include the following three categories for this post.

Licensed fabrics (category 1) by well known designers are products the designer and the furniture/fabric companies partner together to create a “designer line”.  It is really big right now!  Here are three market introductions.

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This is a display as you enter the Suites of Market Square building.  I love the juxtaposed chairs on top of the Kravet lettering introducing their partnered fabric by well know fashion designer Kate Spade.  The fabrics on these chairs represent just few of her new Kravet fabrics.

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The above picture shows a new fabric line for Duralee Fabrics and Fine Furnishings by designer John Robshaw.  After traveling and studying in the exotic countries of Indonesia he has created a real “Moroccan” feel to his new fabrics.  You may also find his name on many bedding and accessory lines.

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This is a furniture group at C.R. Laine, a North Carolina upholstery manufacturer.  This season they once again partnered with interior designer Tobi Fairley to introduce new seating using Duralee fabrics.  This is an exciting collaboration for the designer, furniture and fabric companies.  Each bring their reputation and name to help market this new line.

Lighter wood finishes (category 2) where shown in several showrooms.

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Stacked chest shown by Noir.

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Staggered chest by CFD.

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Live edge tables have been available for many markets but this is a lighter finish combined to incorporate the natural look with a light touch by Taracea.

Industrial hardware (category 3) was much more prominent this season. Many furniture lines incorporated barn door style hardware.high_point_barn_door_hardware_small_wine_chest_homeaccenys

Barn door adapted hardware on a small wine chest with a lighter finish.

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Barn door hardware with a moroccan twist on a rustic sideboard.

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Oversized industrial hardware on a server.

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Love the placement of this heavy hardware side by side on drawers creating the appearance of a large piece of hardware.

No matter what your personal style I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my market style spots!  More to come later!

It is good to be getting back to the blog posts and more of my daily routine.

BTW: Just had a visit by my friend, Brenda Blackburn Morrison from the Baltimore area.  She is an avid exerciser and just about killed me.  With walked, swam and did aerobics as well a some lounging in the sun!  Thanks, Brenda for a great visit!

Until next week…keep creating you lifestyle!

Mary

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Apr
12

Sorry – I’ve missed a few weeks!

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Hi from Lake Gaston!

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I am here prepping our lake house for summer rental.  We are so excited to have so many weeks booked for our first season. 🙂

I have been so busy prepping for coming here and now checking off my list of things “to do” while here the blog has had to take a hiatus.  Have no fear I will be back up by 4/26 with a great peek into the showrooms of the Spring High Point Furniture Market.  Looking forward to seeing what’s new.

Here is a little market trivia:

High Point Market Facts

The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

Current Demographics

  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

I must “keep on keeping on” so I can finish the lake house stuff and head to market and stay at my favorite B & B,  Patsy’s Walburg Inn.  Can’t wait to share some catch up time with Patsy C!

BTW-if you know anyone interested in a lake vacation rental please share this link.

Blue Heron Getaway at Lake Gaston

Until I’m back on schedule…don’t forget me!

Mary

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Mar
16

Art Glass Passion

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I am in love with all forms of art glass.  If there was anyway I could afford it I would collect Chihuly Glass.  Short of that I have gathered an assortment of small to large glass art for my own home.  Many of you may recall some of these pieces if you toured our Lake Gaston home.  Now that we have relocated to Tucson I have access to a small glass studio to try my hand at fused glass.  I started last November and am feeling more and more confident.  Here is my dabbling in this art form from the very first piece to my latest collection.fused-art-glass-4inch-trinket-plate-black-multi

My first 4″ trinket dish I made in the introductory glass.  I hope you will appreciate my evolving skills.

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Early on as I was trying to brighten up a small 3/4 bath.  I decided to make glass  pulls and knobs to add some pizazz.  While browsing in Target I located the perfect hand towels to complete the look.

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11″ clear, turquoise and blue lattice sushi plate.  I love the effect of lattice weave.  This plate helped me to improve my cutting skills.  I still have a lot more room to grown in cutting a straight line. 🙂

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I love to use scrape pieces to pull together a design.  Nothing goes to waste.  Most of the glass in this 9″ plate is from scrape.  I tried a new technique with this plate.  The squiggly pieces are made by melting thin glass stringers into all kinds of funky shapes.

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I have been admiring this bowl design in a fused glass book.  I finally got up the courage to cut 30 glass circles of assorted sizes and colors.  I adapted the design using my own take on the colors and shapes of all the pieces.  I absolutely love the finished 9″ bowl!

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I have been longing to make bigger art glass pieces.  The kiln in our community glass studio can only accommodate up to a twelve inch piece.  I ventured out to a local stained and fused glass art shop and took a 4 hours garden totem class. Here is the finished piece.  It is 27″ h x 6″ w.  I am so thrilled with it.  I have the clear glass bases cut for a 30″ and 36″, so there is more to come.  fused-art-glass-closeup-garden-totem-27inches-multi-color-dichoricglass-abstract-design

Here is a close up of the totem.  It is so pretty I am not sure I can put it in the garden!  It includes over 100 glass pieces and some metallic dichroic glass accents.  I didn’t really think I had it in me to finish this piece the day of the class.  We started with a blank canvas of clear glass and had to come up with a concept.  There were five students in the class and every totem is entirely different.  As the other finished pieces are photographed I will share them.  Creative minds are a wonderful thing.

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Here is a collage of a few art glass pieces I created to add to my collection.  I love being creative.  If you see something you like I will be happy to discuss commissioned pieces.  I can only display but so much of my own glass so help me out here!!!

I think you can see my passion for art glass!

I am thankful I have a local community workshop with wonderful cohorts that always spur me on.  I would not have the courage to keep trying new techniques and designs without them and their kind advise.  Thanks SCOV fused glass girls!

Enjoy!

Mary

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Feb
09

Gems, Beads and Rocks -Oh My!

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Once a year over 55,000 people descend on Tucson, AZ. for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.  I have been to many trade shows but none that is so vast in size and depth in the very small category of gems and minerals.  Because it was my first time and I was doing very limited purchasing I found the show can be really overwhelming. The extent of my purchasing was a few of these handpainted Karuzi beads.  How could I past by all this color without taking some home!karuzi-beads-t copy

Even though the show was full of every imaginable bead and precious gem, for me the show stopper was the minerals, geodes and rocks.  I was truly amazed at the incredible variety and the array of colors and configurations.  I cannot name all of these pieces but I wanted to share with you these stunning works of nature.

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I am so glad I explored this show and will be able to delve into it more deeply next year now that I’ve gotten my “feet wet.”  I see incredible possibilities for utilizing rocks and geodes in interior and garden design.  I set out to look for beads, jewelry findings and tools but found rocks, the natural gems that God creates.  So beautiful!

Hope you enjoy these natural beauties!

Mary

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Jan
27

Tiny House Living on Wheels

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We recently had a visit from Paul’s sister, Mary Lindner, her husband Kyle, and their teenage daughter Kathryn.  They have spent the last five years (full time) traveling the country in their 34′ Airstream Classic trailer. They have been living in a “Tiny House” on wheels long before it became “hip”.  Kyle works remotely anywhere he has an internet connection.  Mary home schools Kathryn who plans to complete high school two years early.

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34′ Airstream Classic

I was truly amazed at the strategic planning and creative design that goes into outfitting a tiny house.  The home is 256 sf and every square inch is utilized.  As many of us may be thinking of down-sizing or just re-organizing here are some interesting elements Kyle (the design master) included in their Airstream.

Dual monitors for Kyle's mobile office - workstation by day and dining table by night.

Dual monitors for Kyle’s mobile office – workstation by day and dining table by night

Dining table designed by Kyle for multipurpose use-desk and dining.

Dining table designed by Kyle for multipurpose use-desk and dining.

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Compact but very functional kitchen! Covered cooktop provides extra counter space.

Covered cooktop adds extra countertop space.Blog 01 26 2016 Airstream1Clever space saving kitchen utensils. The top shows how all the pieces nest to conserve storage. The bottom shows all the pieces laid out. Never thought you could get so many pieces to fit so compactly!airstream-sofa-storage-convertible-southwest

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The two table open provide extra dining and school work space.

Sofa extra storage in the arms and below.

The sofa’s extra storage is in the arms and below.

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Folding chairs that stow easily.Blog 01 26 2016 AirstreamSchool supply storage in the ottoman.

Kathryn's bunk on top of built-in dresser storage.

Kathryn’s bunk on top of built-in clothing storage.

Even a cubby for Raven, the poodle. She likes her cozy niche in the trailer.

Even a cubby for Raven, the poodle. She likes her cozy niche in the trailer.

There is still room for a tiny Christmas tree in this tiny house.

There is still room for a tiny Christmas tree in this tiny house.

This house was certainly not too tiny for seven to dine. The Sherwoods, Webers and Linders enjoying a great Italian dinner in the Airstream.

This house was certainly not too tiny for seven to dine. Here are the Sherwoods, Webers and Lindners enjoying a great Italian dinner in the Airstream.

Mary L. says some of the highlights of their journey have been seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, the many state parks along the coast of Oregon, and the never-ending beautiful sunrises and sunsets of the Southwest.  

Thank you, Mary, Kyle and Kathryn for sharing your home.  You are making a once in a lifetime journey many of us will never experience. Everyday for you is a new adventure!

This home really makes you think that we could all probably do with less.

What is your favorite space saving feature?

Happy trails in tiny houses!

Mary

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In preparing this article I researched the history of the Airstream and found this interesting article.  Airstream History

Here are a couple of other articles if you would like to explore Tiny Houses and Radical Revamps of Airstreams.

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Jan
12

Eye Candy for Your Home

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While visiting Santa Monica I took a walk to the downtown mall and promenade.  I asked Paul to join me and we ended up on a very long walk with shopping mixed in, much to his dismay. (Sorry, Paul) 🙂  I took a quick look in the Jonathan Adler showroom and couldn’t help but smile.  His mix of color and somewhat “quirky” pop-art accessories are dynamic.  I do not usually follow designers and their backgrounds but after my visit to his Santa Monica store I did a little research. Jonathan Adler has been making pottery since his teen years and has gone on to develop his own style of trendy accessories, furnishings and design.  I love his mission statement:  “We are a design company. Our philosophy:  Build a timelessly chic foundation, then accessorize with abandon.”  Here is a link to find out more about Jonathan Adler.

The Jonathan Adler storefront in downtown Santa Monica stands out in the crowd with the brass, navy and orange color scheme.

The Jonathan Adler storefront in downtown Santa Monica stands out in the crowd with the brass, navy and orange color scheme.

My favorite things:

Malachite wallpaper sets the stage for the white console and gold accents.

Malachite wallpaper sets the stage for the white console and gold accents.

White, gold and black are stunning in the table setting with 1948* Dinnerware

White, gold and black are stunning in the table setting with 1948* Dinnerware

 

Very chic sofa with clean lines and tufted seat and back. Always love the turquoise!

Very chic mid-century style sofa with clean lines and tufted seat and back. Always love the turquoise!

 

Love the c Jere' Raindrop Large Mirror

Love the C Jere’ Raindrop Large Mirror! I am always attracted to large round mirrors!

 

Bedding group with lots of mixed textures. My favorite accessories are the Mr & Mrs needlepoint pillows.

Bedding group with lots of mixed textures. My favorite accessories are the Mr & Mrs needlepoint pillows.

 

Neutral black and grey palette with a pop of purple in the giant Lucite Foot!

Neutral black and grey palette with a pop of purple in the giant Lucite Foot!

I hope this very limited peek into Jonathan Adler’s world has put a smile on your face, even if this is not your personal style.  There are are thirty store in many major cities where you can take a closer look.

Remember his philosophy:  “Accessorize with abandon!”

I totally agree-love your style and love your surroundings.  Whatever makes you smile!

Is there anything here in these pictures that make you smile?  Let me hear from you!

Regards!

Mary

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Dec
15

Party Food Etiquette

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As you were growing up your parents taught you to be polite and courteous.  Those same rules today can be applied to planning a party menu for those with food allergies or food preferences. Last weekend we hosted our first party in our new home.  It was great to share our new place with neighbors and friends.  We had a great turn out and are excited about getting the “social” ball rolling.  But, of course, it is not all about the food (for some).  The table with flowers ifs always a must have for me.  Here is a very quick “do” for the centerpiece.  Missing the evergreens of the NC garden!

Table centerpiece using large liquor bottles for vases.

Table centerpiece using large liquor bottles for vases. By using the bottles you achieve various “heights” and it takes very few flowers. One bunch of white Hydrangeas and a few greens is all it took!

This leads me to party food planning and Party Food Etiquette.  I have been following a gluten-free dietary plan for about five years.  It is not just a fad but something that makes me feel better and my body function better.  I do not have a severe allergic reaction as some with Celiac disease but I now understand how important diet can be.

We had several guests following a gluten-free diet and/or a vegan diet.  With that in mind I started researching recipes that could suit both.  My best word of advise is to read every label.  For example, I wanted dairy/animal free cheese. I found “Veggie” cheese by the tofu and thought that would do.  Reading the label revealed that the cheese had milk solids.  So, always check labels if you are looking for some particular allergens such as dairy, nuts or wheat.  Food labeling has really improved but buyer be smart!

Enough about the why’s, here are the how’s.  I went way overboard with the food selection but learned a lot in the process. Here is three ways to build an antipasto skewers for several diets:

  1. The recipe called for tortellini, salami, mozzarella cheese balls, artichokes, olives, and cherry tomatoes.
  2. Gluten-free version leave off the tortellini.
  3. Vegan version, leave off the tortellini, salami, mozzarella and add more veggies.

    Antipasto skewers with food labels on cute little candy cane easels.

    Antipasto skewers with food labels on cute little candy cane easels.

By adjusting this one recipe I meet most of the dietary needs of my guests. Other items on the menu were more specific to just one, maybe two dietary categories.  All in all, the food was a success and everyone seemed to enjoy the options and variety.  Our diet conscientious guests were most appreciative!

The food array for our holiday party with amazing bright sunshine filtering through our windows.

The food array for our holiday party with amazing bright sunshine filtering through our windows.

Food labels are a must when making such a wide variety of foods in different dietary categories.  Your guests do not have to “guess” what’s in the food.  I found this festive holiday template and candy cane easel ideas on Pinterest.  Common initials for various diets are shown in bold on the bottom of the label.  You can be more specific for various other ingredients, if needed, such as peanut or nut allergies.

Printed food labels with bold diet initials at bottom.

Printed food labels from www.foreveryourprints.com with bold diet initials at bottom.

Party on!  Keep your guests happy and coming back for more!  If you want more details about the menu list or recipes please reply in the comment section of the blog.

I have missed seeing all our LKG fans this holiday season!  I hope you all have a very happy and joyous holiday.

Merry Christmas to all!

Love to all!

Mary

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Dec
01

What a difference paint can make!

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Two weeks ago, as the Thanksgiving holiday was approaching, I wanted to quickly refresh an old table that was originally in my grandmother’s house.  It had been through many moves and various uses.  Nails and screws were used to hold it together over the years.  This quick re-do really only took about 3 hours and made such a difference.

This is the pieces before sanding.

Grandmother's table needing a loving touch!

Grandmother’s table needing a loving touch!

With a few supplies picked up at the local big box store the project cost under $10.00 (not including the stone remnant top).

Painting supplies. I love how the shortcut brush works in my small hand!

Painting supplies. I love how the shortcut brush works in my small hand!

Originally I planned to have a rustic rub-through look, so I did not apply a primer.  I sanded the piece and thoroughly cleaned off any of the dust. After painting three coats I liked the grey painted finish so much I decided not to sand down the edges for a rustic effect.  Thinking I would refurbish this piece before we left NC, I had our favorite NC stone fabricator Granitops cut a granite remnant top to fit.  Thanks Alex!

Here is the finished piece with left-over “sample” ceramic drawer pulls.

Painted table with granite remnant top and handmade ceramic knobs!

Painted table with granite remnant top and handmade ceramic knobs!

 

It looks mighty fine in its new spot.

Seating area with refreshed table accented by large wall art by Jake Sherwood.

Seating area with refreshed table accented by large wall art by Jake Sherwood.

When doing a project like this it can be a hard or as easy as you make it.  There or no rights or wrongs EXCEPT not prepping the surface thoroughly by sanding and/or priming!

Play with a discarded or an older piece you may have around and see what you can create.  Smaller refreshed pieces make great Christmas gifts!  Spray paints can also be a quick fix!

Show me your re-styled pieces!

All the best this week!

Mary

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Nov
11

Tale of the Tubac Table

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Another very busy week! WHEW!  As we continue to get grounded in our new location the days are full and the skies are most often clear blue.  This past week I tried my hand at fused glass art.  Some practice pieces are out of the kiln but nothing to brag about yet.  We made our final furniture delivery to the Dove Mountain project.  The photography is scheduled for next week. On Saturday I found the ONLY wholesale florist in Tucson so I could throw together two flower arrangements for a friend’s 90th birthday. The true highlight of the week was the arrival of our custom-made dining table.  So here is the tale…

While visiting last July, prior to our relocation to Tucson, Paul and I decided to take a ride to a much talked about small village 50 miles south, Tubac Village.  (Go here for more information on Tubac Village)

Art and history are the backbones of the small village in southern Arizona. Truly a place to visit and stroll through the streets, visit the shops and eat at a side walk cafe.

Needless to say we were fairly naive about traveling further south into the desert in the middle of summer. Once we arrived at the village we realized the “error in our ways”.  Because of the extreme heat of the summer afternoons many of the shops close for the summer.  (Lesson learned)  None the less we found plenty to do with many interesting and unique shops and galleries open.  Here is where the story begins…

At the time we visited Tubac I was in the process of the final sorting of what to move from our Lake Gaston home.  We had a very contemporary Scandinavian dining table with a hidden leaf which I loved.  To bring or not to bring to Tucson was the question?  Many of the furnishings for the Southwest are heavy and dark and do not suit me at all.  Bridging the gap between my transitional/contemporary taste to a more regional look was a real challenge.  We browsed at many galleries and shops just exploring.  We found this console table in Tubac Territory Furniture and the concept of blending styles began to develop. Because both of us fell in love with the unique wood craftsmanship of the Dennis Kaufman furniture pieces we placed an order for a hand-made table like this console from Juniper wood, finished natural.  Rarely are we that impulsive but this seems to be all part of the new adventure.

Hand-crafted console Table at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

Hand-crafted console table by Dennis Kaufman at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

I was concerned after we placed the order that it was too far a departure from the furniture we were accustom to.  Would it be too bulky or look too heavy???  Because this piece is custom and the wood and finish need time to cure it took about 12 weeks to be completed.  I was a little impatient around the six weeks point but finally resolved myself to the wait.  Now I know how my clients feel when I inform them of a long lead time. 🙁

Last Friday the table was delivered and it far exceeded my expectation.  It fit the space perfectly!  The wood, the workmanship and style really work.   I had ordered the two china hutches and woven chairs last August at the Las Vegas market and they are perfect compliments.  I love it when a design plan comes together!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!

 

A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.

A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.

 

Live edge Juniper table top with book-matched joinery. I don’t ever want to cover it with placemats!

With the arrival of the table we are just about finished up with the interior design of our new home.  It is extremely different but certainly “all me” with lots of color, texture and eclecticism.  We used almost all the art from the lake house so it really is starting to feel like home.  I will give you a virtual tour when I finish a few more touches.

How do you feel about the table?  Do you think I went too overboard with this one?

More and more of you are sending comments about the blogs.  It is so exciting to read your comments.  Keep them coming!

Mary

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About six weeks ago I ask for help with selecting the paint color for our Master Bedroom.  The final decision was Benjamin Moore #647.   Read more about the color selections here:  Help me with my MBR design.

Benjamin Moore 647 Fun and Games looks amazing on the master bedroom wall! It brightens the room even in low light conditions.

Benjamin Moore 647 Fun and Games looks amazing on the master bedroom wall! It brightens the room even in low light conditions.

So now we are finally pulling it all together.  The wall is painted and the fabrics are selected.  Now what?

It is quite a long story how we acquired a very oversized mirror (slightly damaged in transit).  I fell in love with the rustic texture of the frame and the massive size. The mirror needed a large bare wall.

Rustic 64" diameter oversized mirror by LazySusan

Rustic 64″ diameter oversized mirror by LazySusan

I needed a headboard in the MBR and had a large bare wall.  This is the beginning of the plan.

Bland Master Bedroom Wall-way too white!

Bland Master Bedroom Wall-way too white!

So how do you create a headboard and incorporate the mirror?  I first made a template using the mirror to determine the shape of the headboard and tried it behind the bed.

Cut out headboard template taped to wall.

Cut out headboard template taped to wall.

Now the fun begins! 🙂  Paul and I constructed the headboard frame out of plywood and foam insulation board to decrease the weight and give it a thick side edge.  The frame was covered with a thin foam mattress pad and wrapped with quilt batting.  The fabric was then pulled tight over the frame and stapled in place. ( The fabric color did not photograph well.  It is actually a more muted shade of the wall color).  I had planned on adding large nailhead trim to accent the headboard shape. As it was coming together I decided to keep the headboard surface unembellishedTake note to highlight the texture of the mirror. (If you would like more information about the headboard construction please leave a commit and I will send you more information).

The biggest challenge of the whole project was hanging the mirror and the headboard.  So here it is!

Master bedroom headboard wall with mirror and accessories.

Master bedroom headboard wall with mirror and accessories.

As shown in the blog Help me with my MBR design we used the very pastel coverlet and shams accented by stronger, brighter colored pillows.  Also, we added the striped fabric element to the waterfall bench at the end of the bedheadboard-large-scale-mirror-pillow-texture-Rizzy-waterfall-bench-Robertallenfabric-project-tucson-smallabode

Take note that even this month’s editions of two popular home magazines used the colors of this bedroom.  The roses were just picked from my desert rose garden. 🙂

House Beautiful and Residential Lighting magazines used the bedroom colors in their latest editions!

House Beautiful and Residential Lighting magazines used the bedroom colors in their latest editions!

Still a few details to add.  Pillow shams are being made using the bench fabric to give the bed more definition.  Still not sure if the headboard needs nailhead or fabric trim???  What do you think?

I hope you don’t find this “huge” mirror headboard too “off the wall”.  I think it came together well and certainly filled the large bare wall!

Let me hear your comments-good or bad!  Suggestions always welcome.

Mary

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Oct
28

Cottage Guest Bath-Industrial Style

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Before I begin to share the latest elements of the small cottage project I have to say I had two wonderful weeks touring from Kingston NY, Blacksburg VA, High Point NC to beautiful Lake Gaston NC.  Each stop was filled with many different activities but the BEST was being so warmly embraced by all my family and friends.  THANK YOU!!!

Now it is back to work and the demolition is occurring at the small house project, now being know as the Cottage House.  If you missed the first segment you can catch it here:

Small House Cottage Project

Today the client and I visited the local Ferguson Supply showroom to look at an “industrial base” pedestal sink.  She had spotted it last week when I was away.  I was a little skeptical about it until I saw it today.  If you are looking for “industrial style” this piece really fits the bill.  It is manufactured by Stone Forest.  We are researching the vessel sink options.  It will most likely be a grey/black granite similar to the sink in the lower right of this picture.

Inspiration for the Industrial Look Concept from Stone Forest .

Inspiration for the Industrial Look Concept from Stone Forest .

We selected the Brizo Odin through-the-wall vessel sink faucet to compliment the base.

Brizo Odin Vessel Sink Faucet in Matte Black

Brizo Odin Vessel Sink Faucet in Matte Black

Tonight I did a little more research for various other elements to use.  Here are my suggestions:

Black Oval Mirror with Silver Accents to compliment Industrial Pedestal Sink

Black Oval Mirror with Silver Accents to compliment Industrial Pedestal Sink

Rustic Pendant in Black Iron with 100W Edison Bulb Vanity Pendant Option 8" D

Rustic Pendant in Black Iron with 100W Edison Bulb Vanity Pendant Option 8″ D

Black Wire Cage Vanity Pendant Option 10" D

Black Wire Cage Vanity Pendant Option 10″ D

This is going to be so COOL!  Loving this look.  This is the first time I’ve tried to pull something like this together in a very small space.  I think the small scale of the pedestal sink will really open up the small bathroom.

I found another light fixture that works well with this theme as an option for over the small breakfast table.

Metal Orb Wire Cage Large Pendant

Metal Orb Wire Cage Large Pendant

What do you think about this look?  It may not be for you but you must admit the rustic iron base of the pedestal sink is really unique!  I am looking forward to seeing the outcome.

Let’s hear your comments!

Mary

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Sep
23

Help me with my MBR design!

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This is approximately Week Seven of our new house makeover.  Slowly but surely each week there is progress (sometimes way too slowly).  This week I am trying to pull together all the elements for our MBR.  The storage platform bed finally arrived after a month of the mattress on floor :(.  Now what?  Here is the pitiful current state of our bedroom.  I am embarrassed to even show you (but I thought it might make you feel a little better about how things may look while your home is in design chaos). So here is the big BEFORE reveal!

Bland Master Bedroom Wall-way too white!

BEFORE: Bland Master Bedroom Wall-way too white!

The wall with the light chests is way too white.  As with any design project I always start with the “given(s)”.  Givens are any elements that steer you into a design direction.   The givens here are the bed, chests, lamps and a few accent pillows.  The decisions to be made:  the color to paint the wall and the accent fabrics.

The "Givens"-lamps, chests and pillows.

The “Givens”-lamps, chests and pillows.

This white wall is crying for color.  The room appears dark at times until the late afternoon.  I had thought a dark paint such as Benjamin Moore  Down Pour Blue would be a nice contrast to the light furniture but a dark blue can really absorb the light in a room.  I am leaning toward a gray or medium seafoam paint. The coverlet is also a pale seafoam color with nice quilted texture details.

Textured coverlet with quilted, raised details.

Textured coverlet with quilted, raised details.

Here are a few paint ideas:

Paint Options

Paint Options

Which paint color do you suggest?

The fabrics (shown in front) will be used to cover a bench at the end of the bed and other accents.  We have shutters at the windows so I am not planning any window treatments just yet.  The pillows (shown in back) are items I have on hand from other projects.  Here is the close up of the fabrics and pillows.

Close-up of a few fabric options.

Close-up of a few fabric options.

How would you use the stripe and the leaf patterned fabrics?

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.  Need to make some decisions!

Thanks for your help!

Mary

 

This week marks just over four weeks since we arrived in Tucson.  Soooo much has transpired since then.  For those of you who have seen our lake house you know how many wonderful built-ins and storage cabinets it has.  Moving to a smaller place with not much storage has been a challenge.  Two new glass display cabinets arrived last week. Yay!!!  Finally we can unbox the serving pieces and barware from the lake house.  Here is one of the cabinets.diningroom_reclaimed_oak_glass_cabinet_closed_Tucson

I found these display cabinets at the Las Vegas market made of reclaimed, antique oak by Home Trends and Design.  With these additions our new place is coming together as a VERY eclectic mix of contemporary and wood elements.  I am liking the look so far.  I cannot reveal the whole space just yet.  There are still several pieces missing including a custom-made live edge dining table with a gnarly wooden base.  You and I both will have to wait until October to see that piece.

To lighten up the cabinets I decided to line the back walls.  I covered “Eucaboard” hardboard (made from eucalyptus) with a cotton geometric, aqua fabric (taking far too much care to match the pattern).  This board is only 1/8″ thick and there was enough room to place one large piece of covered board behind the (removable) shelves. diningroom_reclaimed_oak_glass_cabinet_interior_finishedwith fabric_fabric_interior-back

The fabric addition really did helped but the interior still needs lighting.  Of course, the LED light strips have already been ordered.

So now the fun begins…what to do with all this stuff???diningroom_stuff_storage-reclaimed_oak-glass_front-cabinet

When we got down to the last box I knew we were missing something.  Sadly to say one cabinet and one deep drawer were overlooked when the lake house was packed.  So, my favorite serving platters are still residing in NC. 🙁  We were beat by the end of the packing and loading days and forgot to check every single storage spot before we left the house. The saving grace is the house is still listed for sale.  The new owner may just inherit some great serveware if I can’t get there to retrieve it before then.diningroom_glass_displaycase_storage_serveware_platters_forgotten If you haven’t seen the drone/video of our Lake Gaston house, take a look.  Share it with anyone you think may like to buy or rent it.  We would appreciate any sharing!

Sherwood Lake House Drone Video

Videographer:  Harris Welles Photography

The end of this week we are off to Glacier National Park for a hiking excursion with our friends Quinn and Brenda (Blackburn) Morrison.  I hope to have some stunning photos of this magnificent park.  It looks like there might even be a little snow.  I am not sure I will be posting anything next week.  We will be deep in the park!

Your comments are so fun to read.  It keeps me connected with our lake family and friends.  Keep them coming!

Mary

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Several months ago I shared my blog about A Design Career that Was Meant to Be.  If you missed it here it is. http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/a-design-career-that-was-meant-to-be

Since then I have been searching for my childhood scrapbook that I mentioned in that blog.  I found it!!!  Boy was I surprised about the  origin of “my design career that was meant to be”.  The scrapbook was not dated but one of the pasted pictures was a 1956 Chevy.  That makes me about five years old.  Who would have ever guessed that was just the beginning of all the colors boards I would create in my design career.  Destiny certainly speaks through these pictures of contemporary styles, use of color, love of flowers (especially red tulips-my favorite) and design concepts (such as the use of three pillows). Enjoy the pictures of interior styles in the mid-1950’s which today is called mid-century design!

All of these pictures are pages of my childhood scrapbook!

Mary's Childhood Scrapbook of the 1950'S

Mary’s Childhood Scrapbook of the 1950’s

1956 Chevy

1956 Chevy

Potted plants on the patio.  Today I can't live without something potted and blooming on my deck!

Potted plants on the patio. Today I can’t live without something potted and blooming on my deck!

Red tulips of the 50's.  If you have ever seen my Spring tulips they are always red!!!

Red tulips of the 50’s. If you have ever seen my Spring tulips you know they are always red!!!

Pillows in groups of three!  I didn't need to learn this in design school!

Pillows in groups of three! I didn’t need to learn this in design school!

This 1950's contemporary kitchen design led to the contemporary kitchens of today.

This 1950’s contemporary kitchen design led to the contemporary kitchens designs of today.

Colorful 1950's bathrooms!

A Colorful 1950’s bathroom!

Contemporary house with people pursuing their lifestyle such as golfing.  That what Mary Sherwood Lifestyles Design is all about!

Contemporary house with people pursuing their lifestyle such as golfing. That’s what Mary Sherwood Lifestyles Design is all about!

After seeing how my early childhood lead me to this place I realize how important the early years of life must be.  I am so fortunate to have a successful design career and live the passion that has always been inside me.

Follow your heart, find your passion, create your lifestyle.

Thank you for traveling back into the future with me!

Mary

Jun
24

Master Bedroom Makeover-Before and After

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Today I felt like Libby Langdon and her NBC TV show Daykeover.  In about three hours we transformed this master bedroom from blah to beautiful!  Just like on TV, this does not completely happen in a day.  It takes several months of planning to pull this all together.

The client built this wonderful new lake house about a year ago.  All the walls were painted white.  She consulted us to pick all the interior paint colors.  It turned out to be an amazing color palette of blues, taupe and grey.

Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla, 2135-50 was selected for the master bedroom.  There was no need for custom bedding because the owner’s two black labs often share the bedroom.  With the paint color in hand we set out to find complimentary bedding, furnishings and accessories at the spring High Point market.  After several months it all was ready for the install!

Benjamin Moore Paint Soft Chinchilla 2135-50

Benjamin Moore Paint Soft Chinchilla 2135-50

Here is the before of the room with the walls painted.  The goal was to incorporate the white headboard.

MBR BEFORE

MBR BEFORE

Here is the MBR after the three hour makeover!

MBR Makeover in a Day

MBR Makeover in a Day

What do you think?  It seems the last bedroom I showed you was also done in a “blue” palette.  Even with trends constantly evolving our lake clients continue to enjoy the peaceful feeling of blues.

Sweet serenity!

Mary

 

Make your guests feel like they are visiting a resort spa at Lake Gaston with these easy tips:

  1. Keep the paint color cool and refreshing like Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky, 2040-60.  Bright colors provide too much energy. Benjamin-moore-2040-60-antiguan sky
  2. Keep the bedding simple.  A bright white matelasse coverlet, jumbo sham, crisp white sheets with aqua embroidery and a few aqua pillows worked well in this space.  The bedding is all washable for easy clean up after a visit from friends and their petsspalike-guestbedroom-peaceful-art-embrodiered-linens-companyc
  3. Use window coverings with “black out” lining for a welcome touch when guests are trying to rest and rejuvenate.
  4. Place lighting and a bedside table on each side of the bed for late night reading and a surface for essentials like a glass of water and glasses.
  5. Use minimal accessories so as not to add too much clutter.
  6. Add restful art to finish the space.
  7. Provide extra covers with a throw or blanket for comfort on chilly nights.
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    NEW SPA-LIKE GUEST BEDROOM

For this room we incorporated the owner’s four poster bed and original art over the bed.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Here is the BEFORE!  Although this room was bright and fun it needed to be toned down to create a spa-like experience.

Let us know if you like to New spa-like make over!

Wishing you and your guests sweet dreams!

Mary

Charlotte, Autumn, Michelle, and Peggy – Salted Rim Designs/Mary Sherwood Lake Living

May
06

Update Your Decor By Refinishing

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At market, we see so many amazing styles and trends.  I’m often attracted to classic lines and details of furniture, but with a funky finish or creative fabric choice.  It inspires me to think about how I can revamp an older piece into something brand new!

Refinished Turquoise Bamboo ChairRecently, I refinished a set of bamboo chairs for a client.  I’m sorry, I didn’t take a “before” picture, but it was a honey bamboo finish with a light peach plaid seat.

We obviously love color here, so they were refinished in turquoise and distressed to accentuate the shape.  The seats were recovered in bold lime green with a braided yellow and turquoise ribbon trim.  These chairs are going to a beach house, so the colors are going to work beautifully!

Refinished turquoise bamboo chair detail

Refinished turquoise bamboo chair finish and trim detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Point Market Jadeite Bamboo ChairWhen Mary and Michelle came back from the High Point Furniture Market a few weeks ago, we flipped through all their pictures and found this chair.  Look familiar?

This market find is the exact same frame as the refinished piece.  The finish is in keeping with the “Jadeite” trend that Mary posted about last week.

 

 

 

It is amazing to see how you can breath new life into an old piece and make it completely fit with the latest styles.

Do you have an item that has been well loved, but has seen better days?  Maybe refinishing is the answer!  Let us help revive that piece to reflect the new trends and the new you!

~Autumn

Just returned from our semi-annual trek to the High Point Furniture Market.  I was just trying to figure out how many times I have attended this market…twice annually for 28 years-you can do the math!  I am still inspired with each market trip and have seen so many changes over the years.  I think a future blog will have to be my favorite picks for the market trips that have been documented in digital photography dating back to 2003.  It will be interesting to see how much has changed. (Sorry for the short digress).

Here are my  FAVORITES from the High Point Market Spring 2015:

THIS "RETRO" DESIGN  LEATHER CHAIR SPORTING THE NEWEST COLOR INTRO AT MARKET, JADEITE BY CR LAINE.

THIS “RETRO” DESIGN LEATHER CHAIR SPORTING THE NEWEST COLOR INTRO AT MARKET, JADEITE BY CR LAINE.

"JADEITE" WALLS WITH THIS SEASON'S BLUE ACCENTS AT CR LAINE.

“JADEITE” SCREENS WITH NAILHEAD TRIM AND THIS SEASON’S BLUE ACCENTS AT CR LAINE.

"JADEITE" WALLS PAIRED WITH RICH ROSE COLORS AT CR LAINE.

“JADEITE” WALLS PAIRED WITH RICH ROSE COLORS AT CR LAINE.

TOBI FAIRLY'S NEW FURNITURE INTRODUCTION FOR CR LAINE IN ROSE AND ORANGE COMBO

TOBI FAIRLY’S NEW FURNITURE INTRODUCTION FOR CR LAINE IN ROSE AND ORANGE COMBO

A  PAIR OF COZY CHAISE AND A HALF'S BY TOBI FAIRLEY FOR CR LAINE.

A COZY CHAISE AND A HALF BY TOBI FAIRLEY FOR CR LAINE.

ORANGE AND INTERESTING APPLICATIONS OF NAILHEAD TRIM WERE HOT THIS SEASON.

ORANGE AND INTERESTING APPLICATIONS OF NAILHEAD TRIM WERE HOT THIS SEASON.

THE CONTEMPORARY LINES AND ZEBRA FABRIC MAKE THIS A STANDOUT AT FAIRFIELD CHAIR.

THE CONTEMPORARY LINES AND ZEBRA FABRIC MAKE THIS A STANDOUT AT FAIRFIELD CHAIR.

SAPPHIRE BLUE LACQUERED ACCENT CHEST BY HOOKER FURNITURE WITH 7" HARDWARE.

SAPPHIRE BLUE LACQUERED ACCENT CHEST BY HOOKER FURNITURE WITH 7″ HARDWARE.

AGATE ACCENTS WERE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE.  LOVE THIS BLUE AGATE LAMP BY COUTURE.

AGATE ACCENTS WERE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE. LOVE THIS BLUE AGATE LAMP BY COUTURE.

"DREAMY" BLUES AND GREEN BEDDING BY THIBAUT.

“DREAMY” BLUES AND GREEN BEDDING BY THIBAUT.

HAND TUFTING AND VIBRANT COLORS MAKE THIS NEW COMPANY C INTRO A SHOW STOPPER.

HAND TUFTING AND VIBRANT COLORS MAKE THIS NEW COMPANY C INTRO “Art and Soul” A SHOW STOPPER.

This is only a few of the colorful new products and designs at the Spring 2015 High Point Market.  For this color lover it was truly “eye candy”

What is your favorite?  Let us know!

Live in color!

Mary

 

 

 

Apr
01

The En suite Luxury Master Bath

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Last month we shared the “closet to die for”.  Here is the floor plan of the entire “en suite” luxury master bath.CLOSET-MASTER-BATH-CLOSET-FLOOR-PLAN

Now let’s take a look at the rest of the master bath filled with special details and luxury elements.master-bath-suite-calming-grey-cabinet-granite-robertabbeylighting-pine-floor

The double vanity with rectangular sinks and lots of drawers is just the beginning.  Let’s look at the added touches which make this vanity several steps above the average. The wall is mirrored with LED sconces placed on the top of the mirror.  This is one of my favorite ways to add more reflective light back into the room.master-bath-suite-double-vanity-extra-storage-makeup-light-pull-out-shelves

As your eye moves down from the vanity light notice the detailed granite backsplash with a glass mosaic tile insert and the elegant curve of the Kohler faucet.master-bath-suite-tile-insert-granite-backsplash-kohler-faucet-rectangular-sink

Next take a look at the custom glass drawer pulls from Sietto that perfectly compliment the Sienna Bordeaux granite top.master-bath-suite-double-sinks-custom-glass-drawer-pulls

Attached to “her” side of the center wall cabinet that separates his and her spaces is a lighted, dual magnification make-up mirror.  What women could possibly get beautiful without one of these!master-bath-suite-lighted-makeup-mirror

One of the drawers in the vanity base is equipped with an electrical outlet for hair care appliances.  This drawer provides storage as well as concealing all the ugly wires. Under both vanity sinks are two pull-out shelves to keep the under sink space more organized and accessible.master-bath-suite-power-drawer-hairdryer

At the end of the vanity is a beautiful corner shower with glass/stone mosaics tile cascading down the corner across the shower bench.  Take note of the shower niches for bathing products.master-bath-suite-tile-shower-waterfall-mosaic-niche-handheld-rainhead-kohler-fixtures

The “piece de resistance” is the coffee/bar, the Victoria Albert soaking tub and the simply elegant Currey and Co. chandelier.  The bar area is equipped with a two drawer beverage refrigerator.master-bath-suite-wine-bar-two-drawer-refrigerator

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Who wouldn’t want to escape and relax in this space!!  Like the old jingle…”Calagon take me away”.

I could really use this En Suite.  How about you?

Mary

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Mar
25

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on Its Way

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There may still be a chill in the air, but springtime IS on its way….along with one of my favorite holidays…EASTER!

Easter Chalkboard Printable (Brights)

Easter is a time to rejoice, celebrate, and decorate!  Bright combinations of pink, green, blue, and yellow are used to banish the winter blues and brighten our homes both inside and out.  Decorations can be as simple as coloring Easter eggs to designing centerpieces to making your own Easter wreath for your front door!  So whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned professional, surround yourself with the colors of Spring!

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Another way to enjoy the holiday is through the delicious smells and tastes of festive Easter treats!  Jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and of course, whimsical Peeps adorn the Easter baskets of my two little ones, but I crave something a little different!  So this year, I’m trying this new recipe for Bunny Cookie Bark (courtesy of www.yourhomebasedmom.com).  Hope you enjoy it as well!

Bunny Cookie Bark

Ingredients

  • 14 whole Oreos, broken up
  • 1 1/2 C small pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1 lb. white chocolate, almond bark or chocolate melts
  • 1 C. pastel M & Ms
  • colored sprinkles

Instructions

  • Cover a large cookie sheet with wax paper.
  • Spread broken cookies, pretzels and about 3/4 C of the M & Ms onto the waxed paper.
  • Place white chocolate in a container and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Stir and then microwave for another 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookie mixture, spreading with a spatula to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle remaining M & Ms and colored sprinkles over the chocolate while it is still melted.
  • Place cookie tray into refrigerator until set.  Remove and gently break bark into small pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container.

bunny cookie bark

 

I hope the Easter bunny treats you well and please don’t forget the real reason for the Easter season!

~ Michelle

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Mar
11

Beach Dreaming for the Beach House

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After all the wintry weather followed by a few warm days we all start a little “beach dreaming”.

Working on a beach house project has certainly put us in the mood to think ahead to “warm sunny days, white sands and a cold drink in our hands” as the song says!

Once again a brand new Company C rug was our inspiration.

Inspiration came from this Company C "To-Bay-Go" area rug!

Inspiration came from this Company C “To-Bay-Go” area rug!

Fabrics and accessories were quick to follow.

Fabrics for slipcovered seating by Four Seasons make for easy care.

Fabrics for slipcovered seating by Four Seasons make for easy care.

Fun sea creature art to be hung on coral walls.

Fun sea creature art to be hung on coral walls.

Coral sculpture lamp works well with the fabrics and rug.

Coral sculpture lamp works well with the fabrics and rug.

Painted, distressed chests to use as night stands or end tables with storage.

Painted, distressed chests to use as night stands or end tables with storage.

20" x 24" woven lobster wall art makes a statement!

20″ x 24″ woven lobster wall art makes a statement!

And to sum it all up…

Wooden whale art expresses it all!

Wooden whale art expresses it all!

We hope to incorporate some of these dreamy beach house accessories as we get this house ready for summer fun.

Tell us which one of these beach dreaming items is your favorite!

Thinking of beach days to come!

Mary

Good morning from Tucson! Our visit to Tucson has been extended several times the last few days because of all the winter weather between here and there!  We drove out West in two days with wonderful weather and blue skies. Never in our planning did we figure on ice and snow getting in the way of our return home.  If you have ever driven across the plains of TX you know how desolate it can be.  With limited options for pulling off the road we have been waiting for it to clear.  We plan to leave as soon as we can make it safely.  With the beautiful warm weather here I sorta feel like a kid not wanting summer camp to end but we are coming back the LKG!

I mentioned in last week’s DWW, that our Tucson friends have purchased a beautiful new home on Dove mountain.  The house was built as the Ritz Carlton model when they were developing the area in 2007.  It is an amazing house with so much attention to detail.  We looked at it two weeks ago and they are closing this Friday!  WOW! This real estate transaction has moved so fast!Home-Dove-mountain-ritzcarlton-estate

So, of course, we jumped right into the interior design of this wonderful property. The owner wanted a brighter, more updated color pallet.  As I have always said find your “given”.  A “given” is a piece of art, area rug, fabric or what ever that will lead you into a design direction.  We selected Hayden, a Company C area rug, for the living space to get us started.  company-C-rug-inspiration-focal-point-living-roomWe found the perfect coordinating fabrics with colors that are inspired by the natural beauty of the mountain sunrise and sunset.  fabric-upholstery-desert-colors-nature-inspired-kravet

fabric-upholstery-desert-colors-blue-teal-pumpkin-green-nature-inspired-kravet.JPGAlso, I found inspiration in a piece of local art.art-mountains-collage-desert-color-nature-inspired

Here is the pallet and just the beginning of a beautiful, nature inspired, desert mountain interior.  I am so excited to have gotten this opportunity to work on this house.  I have accomplished so much in the last ten days and found many local design resources.  It has been so inspiring!!!

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Here’s to many more amazing sunrises and sunsets!

See you soon!

Mary

 

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Feb
18

Designing in Tucson

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Hello loyal MSLL Design Wednesday Wisdom followers!  I am writing this from super sunny Tucson, AZ.  Sorry to gloat but I am glad we are here instead of frigid NC.

I was not sure this was the place for me until this trip.  I am loving the climate and getting excited about our future relocation.

Life is different here because just about everything revolves around being outdoors.  Paul and I are enjoying the 3 mile round trip walk to the community Athletic Center.  I am fascinated by the succulents and cacti in their many various shapes and forms.  Many evenings we have shared time with our friends on their patio and enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace. I have been picking fresh grapefruit each morning from one of our four citrus trees.  We just missed the blood orange season for this year. 🙁  But I have it on the calendar for 2016! IMG_9748

The most exciting news is that our Tucson friends have purchased a beautiful new home on Dove mountain.  The house was built as the Ritz Carlton model when they were developing the area in 2007.  It is an amazing house with so much attention to detail.  The new owner wants to lighten up the interior and make it more transitional.  We are busy planning the interior paint, wallcovering, rug and fabric selections while we are still in town.  If you have to work on “vacation” this is an exciting way to do so.  I will post more about this project as it evolves.Lone-Dove-House-Tucson-AZ-moutain-living-.png

Sorry to say we are coming back to the cold but it is always good to be back at Lake Gaston.

So until we meet again…be safe, stay warm and know spring is on the way!

Warm wishes!

~ Mary

 

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Jan
07

The Perfect Bookcase Arrangement

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We recently completed a wonderful renovation of a Lake Gaston home.  It began with a kitchen update.  The project then expanded to include most of the first floor.  All the contents of this floor were stored while the pine floors were refinished.  Moving back-in required a lot of organization so we tackled the large expanse of bookcases first.  Here is the ‘’before’’ picture which we used as a reference to source out additional accessories and to incorporate with the owner’s objects.

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Before-The dark painted background, standard book placement and accessories needed updating and organizing.

First, we updated the pine cabinetry by lightening the back of the bookcases with a natural color grasscloth wallcovering. I love the added texture and interest of grasscloth.bookcase-grasscloth-stager-height-books-bookends

We began with the placement of the owner’s books.  We added appeal by placing the books vertically and horizontally and staggering the heights.  Books placed horizontally can also act as risers to vary the height in a collection of items. Interesting bookends completed the look.

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Stagger the height of books and add interesting bookends!

Mixing metals, patterns, textures and colors are a must!  We kept the displays meaningful by including several of the owners’ black and white photographs, family photos, career memorabilia and awards.  One of my favorite items in the owners’ collection was the vintage children’s books of the States.

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In the lower right hand corner is the collection of vintage children’s books of the States.

Last but not least is lighting the bookcases. If your bookcases do not have built-in lighting, the addition of some type of lighting is a “must”.  Include small bookshelf lamps where a power source in available. Remote control battery operated candles make it easy to place candlesticks throughout the shelves.

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Fill that vacant space above a bookcase with large objects and art. Add lighting with bookshelf lamps and remote battery powered candles!

Here it is-the “after” bookcases!  Layering various elements, staggering heights, and keeping items in odd number groups creates a pleasing array. 

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After-Bookcase accessorized with assorted photos, candles and collectibles.

So stand back, a take a look at your bookcases.  Shake it up a bit by using the above tips to create you own perfect bookcase arrangement.

Show us your bookcase projects!

Happy arranging!

Mary

If you have recently changed your color scheme or updated your interior how do you incorporate the new color scheme into this year’s holiday décor? Look for inspiration where you least expect it.

This dining room had recently been updated using a wonderful blue accent wall (Benjamin Moore #798 Blue Suede Shoes). Could this be our inspiration?

Blue accent wall was the inspiration!

Blue accent wall was the inspiration!

 

How do you use the common holiday colors of red and green with this blue wall? With very little investment in new decorations the room began to come together with the addition of blue ornaments and a few other blue accents. The new items included inexpensive glass and plastic ornaments, multi-colored small gift bags (including blue), small little gift wrap bows and curly ribbon. Other found items from the owner’s collection were wine glasses, an antique tall pitcher with a blue rim, glass cylinders, glass vases and glass candlesticks.

Blue glass candlesticks, a vase and a pitcher were from the owner's collection.

Blue glass candlesticks, a vase and a pitcher were from the owner’s collection.

The centerpiece was the starting point which used an assortment of ornaments and objects. Heights were varied to create a pleasing arrangement. Hostess gifts were wrapped in the small foil gift bags to later be used as place cards for a holiday dinner. To give the arrangement more length on the 108” long table curly ribbon was casually placed at each end of the centerpiece.

Assorted small ornaments, glass candlesticks and containers are the components of this easy centerpiece.

Assorted small ornaments, glass candlesticks and containers are the components of this easy centerpiece.

When the table settings were placed the centerpiece was adjusted to allow more room on the table. A few of the pieces removed from the table were placed on the serving buffet to carry out the multi-color scheme.

Company is coming table setting-casual but festive!

Company is coming table setting-casual but festive!

The pièce de résistance was the valance, created with Christmas ornaments tied to staggered lengths of curly ribbon, which frames the entrance to the dining room.

Holiday valance made of assorted shapes and sizes of ornaments.

Holiday valance made of assorted shapes and sizes of ornaments.

Each area of the great space was decorated with multi-colors including a touch of the newly added blue. Think about how you can bring a little of your new interior color(s) into your holiday scheme without starting all over.

Happy holiday decorating!

Mary

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I have never been leery about touching up a gilded mirror or a chipped frame.  But this last project was a challenge.  Our client had a very large chandelier that was way oversized for the dining room (left by a previous owner).  She wanted to replace it but hated to “just get rid of it”.  I suggested we lightened up the finish and place it in the large volume of space of the two story foyer.  Open mouth and insert foot… “I said I can lighten this up, no problem”.  I totally lost all sense of how large this piece is and how much it weighed.  The owner had her electrician take the fixture down and she brought it to our door.  When it arrived and she said: “It will take two of us to get it out of the SUV”, I began to realize the error of my ways to be so willing to take on the re-do.

But I had a plan.  My “trade secret” for renewing a variety of products is Rub n’ Buff.  I have used it for years on furniture, metal items, walls and more.  It comes in many colors and is available in many different finishes.

For this chandelier project I used one tube of the Pewter Rub n’ Buff.  Here are the before and afters.  Although, it is not yet hung it shows what a wonderful way you can re-new a piece.

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Oversized chandelier for a compact dining space.

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Close-up of chandelier part before applying the pewter finish

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Finial with brushed on pewter finish

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Chandelier almost ready to hang with new pewter finish with hints of the original finish showing through. We also have new drum shades on order to complete the updated look.

 

I found a great blog site that shows a number of ways to use Buff n’ Rub. Because this product is so easy to use you probably still have time to spruce up something in your house for the holidays.

Happy rubbing and buffing with my favorite Trade Secret!

Mary

Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with you to create your lifestyle!

 

We had an amazing turn-out this past weekend for our annual Holiday Open House.  Great customers, delicious food, and a lot of gift wrap!  In case you missed it, not to fret.  We still have tons of Christmas wonders to share.  Here is just a sampling to get you excited.  We’ve also started putting these on our Pinterest page, so check that out too – it’s a great way to organize your shopping list.

2014 Mary Sherwood Lake Living holiday open house food

 

We can’t talk about any event at Mary Sherwood Lake Living without talking about the amazing menu.  Yvonne of Y Cook certainly outdid herself.  She prepared Raspberry Jalapeno Popper Dip, Salted Caramel Apple Tarts, and Sweet Potato Butter Cake topped with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, just to name a few.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Diehr Nana's Jams

 

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Carol Diehr of Nana’s Jams and CD Delicacies.  She presented many ideas for her delicious jams.  They are also a great gift idea!

 

 

 

Will Pedersen Love You Like A Rock

 

During our morning seminar, we presented many new ideas to add something unique to your holiday decor scheme.  Among them, we featured Will Pedersen of Love You Like a Rock.  His one of a kind creations make great gifts and can be completely customized for your needs.  He also donates all the proceeds to the MS Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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As always, our showroom was all a bustle with gifts and shoppers.  Here is just one of our many displays, which features a unique design technique Mary presented during the seminar.  Ornaments hung from ribbons at different lengths can frame a display, act as a room divider, or highlight a doorway.

 

 

We hope you enjoyed this small peek into Christmas here at Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  Come by and see it first hand for yourself!

HO HO HO and Merry Christmas from all of us at MSLL!!!

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The MSLL girls just got back from the Fall 2014 High Point Furniture Market – Here’s are some of the highlights!

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Market is a great place to find creative display ideas – how fun would it be to have a cool ride like this one as a conversation piece!  Plus, funny enough this showroom is for the company Go Home!

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More creative display ideas – think back to your childhood with this one. The art of balloon animals!  This display is by More Council.

Unique expandable table high point fall 2014

We also look for unique engineering in furniture design. Check out this stylish dining table by Creative Metal that folds out to expand.

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This unique chest by Uttermost features drawers that function more like doors by swinging out rather than pulling straight out. Just another example of the creative features we find.

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This Palu chest is available in all these finished, plus any custom color!

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What a great detail! Each drawer features a different lining for an unexpected design.  Chest by More Council.

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We are always on the hunt for ways to make furnishing even more unique. Here we have a wide selection of metallic finishes and hardware creations by Tritter Feefer Vintage to inspire our designs.

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All right, we’re excited about everything that was seen at market, but whew!  We’re wore out!

We hope you enjoyed seeing this small peek into the 2014 Fall High Point Furniture Market.  What was your favorite?

Mary Sherwood Lake Living -Working with you to create your lifestyle!

 

Oct
15

Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

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Fall is here! It’s that time of year again to stow away our favorite summer fashion and accessories and bring out our warm fuzzy Fall and winter attire for the transition from Summer to Fall. Why not do the same in your home? Welcome in the cool weather months by transforming your home with these simple interior decorating ideas.

Warm Up your Living Room with Plush Throws 

There’s nothing cozier than a warm blanket while hanging out on the couch watching TV with the family. It’s always a good idea to have more than one on hand to ensure guests have their own to keep them warm and comfortable during their stay. Cozy throws are also a great opportunity to bring color into the room, the more contrast the better!

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Ambiance with Candlelight

We all know the days get shorter in the cooler months and there is less daylight to enjoy after a long day’s work. However, try to embrace the early nightfall and light a few candles.  Candlelight brings an instant warmth to any room and the ambiance can help relieve stress and anxiety.

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There are some great battery powered options to ensure safety. Try a candle with a Fall scent.  I love the current candle I am using, sweet cinnamon pumpkin. Yum! 

 

Try an Area Rug

There’s nothing I hate more than my feet being cold, especially when my feet hit the cold bare floor in the mornings. Yikes! Try adding any area rug to your more traveled areas to ensure your toes are nice and cozy. Layering area rugs for an even more cozy look.

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Hang Heavier Draperies 

Another idea to warm up your living area is to switch out your lighter draperies and hang heavier drapes. This will help keep out drafts and add warmth to the room. Try using a heavier weight material or letting them pool an inch or so on the floor.

Switch out Bedding

Some of you may already have seasonal bedding, Bravo!  It’s a great idea to switch over your bedding to prepare for the cooler nights to come. Layer with warm throws and additional pillows with decorative patterns or seasonal colors. It’s an instant way to transform any bedroom without the full overhaul.

 Dress your Table

Don’t forget your dinning room! While bare tables are ideal in the summer months it’s not exactly the right look for Fall. Add heavy tablecloths, runners, or even a scarf will do the trick.  It’s a great time to bring out the formal wear. It’s fun to dress up your table with seasonal decor. Add a charger under the dinner plates, use more elaborate centerpieces and heavier napkins with festive napkin rings.

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 Cozy Up the Patio

Everyone’s favorite outdoor spot here at Lake Gaston is the patio! Let’s transition this space to be used on the cool evenings with warm blankets at each seat as well as comfy pillows.  Outdoors heaters are great for these spaces and a toasty fire pit if space is allowed.  Watching the sunset can be even more enjoyable under your warm fuzzy blanket taking in mother nature’s beauty.

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With layers of throws, heavy draperies in warm tones, candlelight, fuzzy rugs, and comfy pillows your home is on it’s way to being the coziest spot on Lake Gaston. We ARE interior designers so don’t forget to enjoy the indoors just as much as we enjoy the great outdoors! We hope you have a warm and cozy Fall! Enjoy!

-Dixie K

Mary Sherwood Lake Living

 

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