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Recently at the High Point Furniture Market I selected a lot options for furnishings and accessories for a guest house project. I started with the upholstery pieces and fabrics. The rest of the accessories, rugs, and bedding followed suit. Here is where we started.
A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down to the samples above.
Here are the seating styles (not shown with the selected fabrics).
Many accents tables, lamps and accessories were selected to compliment the color scheme of the fabrics. I think the items in the two photos above are keepers! Can you see how the accent fabric in the first picture at the very top coordinates with the table and trays?
The guest bedroom is tied in with the first floor furnishings with grey and golden hues in the bedding and area rugs. (Note: the MBR rug is not in the guest house. A different palette was selected for that space.)
When complete the “HAPPY” sign will hang in this guest space to make you smile and be happy!
The wealth of products at the High Point market always amazes me. Can you see how shopping this market can really make a project come together?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about these project selections.
All the best!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles!
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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!
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:Large 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.
New and different art glass by Kristine Daniel Designs of Canada.
NEW COLOR COMBO:
Global 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?
Little 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 Sherwood Art Glass New glass pieces just added!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stacked chest shown by Noir.
Staggered chest by CFD.
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.
Barn door adapted hardware on a small wine chest with a lighter finish.
Barn door hardware with a moroccan twist on a rustic sideboard.
Oversized industrial hardware on a server.
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 Sherwood Life Styles
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.
My first 4″ trinket dish I made in the introductory glass. I hope you will appreciate my evolving skills.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles-working with you to create your lifestyle.
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.
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
Dining table designed by Kyle for multipurpose use-desk and dining.
Looking into the kitchen toward the sleeping quarters in the rear. Kyle’s table/desk is to the left.
Covered cooktop adds extra countertop space.Clever 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!
Two tables are hidden beside each end of the sofa.
The two table open provide extra dining and school work space.
The sofa’s extra storage is in the arms and below.
Folding chairs that stow easily.School supply storage in the ottoman.
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.
There is still room for a tiny Christmas tree in this tiny house.
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 Sherwood Lifestyles 252-308-2694
In preparing this article I researched the history of the Airstream and found this interesting article. Airstream History
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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.
My favorite things:
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!
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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.
With a few supplies picked up at the local big box store the project cost under $10.00 (not including the stone remnant top).
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.
It looks mighty fine in its new spot.
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 Sherwood Lifestyles
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
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)
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.
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!
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 Sherwood Lifestyles