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2014 Spring Color Trends

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Spring-2014-color-trendsIt’s officially spring, no matter what the weather decides to do.  In honor of the season, we posted this picture last week on Facebook, showing the current color trends.  The colors chosen for spring 2014 range from neutrals, pastels, and bold colors.  So how can you use these in your home design?

Neutral sand wall color bedroom designNeutrals are wonderful to use as wall colors because they really become timeless.  By choosing a color like Sand with Paloma trim, the warm walls will work with many color combinations.  Here you see it paired with fabrics featuring grays and deep blues (close to Dazzling Blue), but Sand could also work well with Violet Tulip,  Radiant Orchid or Cayenne.


Placid Blue Neutral BackdropSome interesting choices in the pastels can actually be treated as neutrals also.  Hemlock or Placid Blue are found in nature, so they both work seamlessly as backdrops for many color palettes.  For example, here is Placid Blue as the wall color in this bedroom, with pops of the more vibrant colors of the season.  Freesia, Celosia Orange, and Cayenne would be lovely and energetic in contrast to this calming shade.

Blue Accent Wall at Mary Sherwood Lake Living


Of course, here at Mary Sherwood Lake Living, we love pops of color!  These cheerful hues of spring are very inspiring for us.  Every year we select a color to feature on the accent wall in our front sun room.  This year we chose a deep, rich blue, close to Dazzling Blue.  Whether you have bright artwork and accessories or more light and neutral pieces, this deep tone creates dramatic contract and interest.





How else could you use these fun colors of spring?  How about your wardrobe and accessories!  We’ve teamed up with Soldsie – a unique shopping experience on Facebook where you have a limited time to purchase items before they hit the showroom floor!  “Tease-Me Tuesday Sales” will be on Tuesdays at 8:30 PM (eastern time) starting April 1st.  We’ll even have a give-away on Monday, March 31st for a coupon.  And it’s so easy to shop – once you’ve registered with Soldsie, all you have to do is write “Sold” in the comments of an item you want to purchase.  So check us out on Facebook for full details and register today!

Soldsie Tease Me Tuesday Sale at Mary Sherwood Lake Living


Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with You to Create Your Lifestyle on Lake Gaston, on Facebook, and Beyond!

With Valentine’s in the air, it is time to fall in love all over again with your home at Lake Gaston or beyond.  I read several other designers’ blogs that suggest working on organization, creating cozy spots and adding fresh paint as ways to rekindle that fire.  I am taking another approach.  Here I selected five things that make me smile and look forward to coming home.

This bulls-eye painted chest just makes me laugh.  How about placing this in the “catch all” space where we drop all our belonging as we come home.  Plenty of space to store the dog leash, keys, purse etc.  The chalk board painted door makes it easy to leave a message (or a little love note) on the way out the door.  Coming home to an organized entrance with storage and a new message would give you something to look forward to.

Bullseye! You just gotta laugh!  Chalk board painted door is perfect for leaving a little "love" message.

Bullseye! You just gotta laugh! Chalk board painted door is perfect for leaving a little “love” message.

What to do with all the gadgets?  With this chest you can have a way to store and charge all the gear – like phones, tablets and lap tops.  This small but functional piece can fit in just about any space. It is perfect for beside your favorite chair.  The doors conceal its incredible function.  The painted finish and nail head trim are a great cover up for all the “stuff”.

Love this new docking station furniture piece for all today gadgets! The  nail head trim and aqua color adds a great decorative touch!

Love this new docking station furniture piece for all today gadgets! The nail head trim and aqua color adds a great decorative touch!


Speaking of gadgets…is this a frog’s version of Google glasses? This frog art is so funny I just couldn’t resist including it as something that may brighten your day, make you happy and love your home.

This isn't Google glasses but could be for a frog! Just had to share this one!

This isn’t Google glasses but could be for a frog! Just had to share this one!


Looking outside on a winter day can make you feel as gloomy as it looks.  Place a colorful piece of yard art outside your favorite window to brighten your day and remind you spring is on its way.  This re-cycled metal heron sculpture would look great in your lake view garden.



Those of you who have four legged friends most often look forward to their greeting.  Don’t forget to take them along for the ride!  This dog art caught my eye because we all would like to hang our head out the window, ears (or hair) flapping in the breeze and being so free!

Brighten your wall ! Man or woman's best friend going a long for the ride!

Brighten your wall!  Man or woman’s best friend going a long for the ride!

Here is a final tip for loving your home.  Find your favorite, comfortable space and target fixing up that one spot with repurposing what you have or by adding one piece of whimsy to make you happy.

A happy home is a home you will love!

Love to all


Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with you to create your lifestyle at Lake Gaston and beyond!



From Rustic to Shiny…2013 Market Trends

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Once again, we ventured to High Point, North Carolina to get a taste of the newest trends in home decor. With sensible shoes in tow, we trekked through showroom after showroom eyeing innovative designs with fresh spins on tried and true styles.

We noticed quite a few trends became apparent throughout our three-day journey:

Details, Details, Details – Whether it was contrasting welts, decorative trims, tufting, or nailhead features, designers paid close attention to the details.

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Grey-0logy – By now, we’ve all heard of the fifty shades of grey, but market illustrated the many shades of grey mixed with pops of color!

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Flower Power – Although the weather didn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain, Spring had definitely sprung at market.  Their were florals to be seen on bedding, chairs, rugs, and in artwork.

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Lacquer is Back – The presence of lacquer was evident in numerous showrooms this year!  It’s amazing how a coat of high gloss paint can reinvent a piece of furniture.

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Old World Rustic – We saw color and shine in many corners of market, but it seemed one of the most predominant trends this Spring was Old World Rustic.  There were muted wood tones on traditional frames combined with neutral linens.

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So whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or even a tad eclectic, do not fear!  There is definitely something in the marketplace to appeal to you!  We can show you what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!


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To Market, To Market, To Buy…..

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So the nursery rhyme reads “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig, home again, home again, jiggety-jig”.  Well, we went to market and we’re home again, but there was no fat pig.  There were, however, a multitude of new products in every possible category.

We perused, navigated, and maneuvered as much of the four buildings and seven million square feet of Atlanta Gift Market as we were humanly able.  We were tired, but invigorated at the same time by the many new innovative gift lines, housewares, furniture, and apparel available.  Now we can’t show you everything new that we have coming because that would spoil the surprise,  but we thought a sneak peek would hopefully wet your appetites.


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Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.

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Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.


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Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.


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Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.


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Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.


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Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.


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Fun, whimsical, overscaled decorations helped us make our buying decisions for the holidays!

Since market, we are now renewed, refreshed, and reenergized after a busy holiday season.  We are looking forward to enjoying a successful 2013 with our valued and much loved customers.

Come see what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!  We’re waiting for you!


Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!

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Last night my husband said to me, “you have logged a lot of miles in the last few weeks”.  It made me stop and think about how much had happened in three short weeks.  Here is the timeline:

Dec 20 -28     Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Santa Monica, CA        5580 miles

Jan 4-6          Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Baltimore, MD                698 miles

Jan 9-13        Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Atlanta, GA                   902 miles

The first trip was our holiday trip to visit our son’s home in Santa Monica.  What a wonderful place to spend Christmas.  There is no worry of snow to interfere with travel (except occasionally at a connecting airport).  My daughter-in-law, Elif and I traveled with the top down in her Mini Cooper, named Coco, every outing for groceries and shopping!   I love the casual yet sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. Here is a picture of some of the highlights of our holiday.  Love, love, love California succulent gardens!



The next trip came oh so quickly after we returned from Cali.  Our good friends, Brenda and Quinn moved into a brand new house just north of Baltimore right before Christmas.  They are still trying to get settled. The workers are still in and out.  We traveled with our trailer full of furniture, accessories and window treatments to help give it the “moved-in” look.  Here are just a few pictures of the fun color pallet Brenda selected.  The colorful Company C furniture fits right in!

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We are still recovering from our annual January Atlanta market trip.  The above mileage does not include the miles and miles of market space we walked.  There are about 7 million square feet of showroom space!  It’s no wonder our feet hurt and everything aches after four-12 hour market days!  There are so many things we fell in love with that will be arriving in our store over the next four months.  Here is a picture of just a few of my favorites.

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We are off to a flying start in 2013.  Jump on board and join us on Facebook, follow our blog and stay tuned for the latest at MSLL!

What would be your favorite adventure of the above three?

Happy 2013!


Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!

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Company C Launch Party!

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Mary Sherwood Lake Living is excited about our upcoming Company C Furniture Launch Party on Saturday, September 29th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Started in a garage by Chris and Walter Chapin in 1994, Company C is now a premier design studio and leading producer of exceptional home furnishings.  Company C has established itself as a top manufacturer of distinctive rugs, bedding, furniture, decorative accessories and fabrics.

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Company C products are well-recognized by their bold color palettes and lyrical patterns and we are pleased to introduce their great new furniture line that coordinates with the colorful Company C rugs.  The line includes custom headboards, bedding, chairs, sofas, and ottomans.

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The launch party will include a visit from our area Company C sales representative, a raffle for a Company C 2’6″ x 8″ runner, and light refreshments.  In addition, we are offering a 15% discount on products from the furniture line through Oct 6.

Please come join the fun and experience the bright, colorful, and unique style of furnishings that Company C and Mary Sherwood Lake Living have to offer!


Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!

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Slipping and sliding into the New Year!

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Time flies when you are having such a good time!   Just a little over a week ago we were slipping and sliding into Atlanta to attend the January market.

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Slip, sliding away!

We started our first day at market with a “man on the street” interview with Susan Dickenson, retail editor for Home Accents Today magazine.

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Autumn, Lu, Traci and Mary at Atlanta market

She grabbed several retailers to get a sense of the retail climate and their market plans. Thanks Susan for including us in your daily market issue. Read our comments and those of other retailers:

At this market we plan our showroom strategy for the New Year.  Color is an important element in our showroom so we always reference the Pantone Color of the Year.  The color for 2011 is Honeysuckle, a bright, saturated pink.

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Love the Pantone Color of the Year for 2011

As we purchase for spring and summer we select items that coordinate with this year’s new color.  This really helps us focus on accessories and gifts that are color forward.  If you are interested in learning more about Pantone’s2011 color forecast check out this link:

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Festival of table top color!

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Ah, Spring!

Another big purchase category on our list is Holiday.  The January market introduces the new looks for 2011.  We develop a plan for how many trees, what themes and what colors we will use.  Purchasing in January guarantees we will be able to receive our selections by late summer and avoid sold out items. The use of large ornaments and objects on trees with a focus on one prominent color is one new emerging trend.

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Color forward thinking for Holiday 2011!

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Whimsical elves and large ornaments are big for Holiday 2011

This market also is our source for our summer fashion accessories, apparel and shoes.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the new looks!

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Rose wristlet clutch in bright colors. The "new" accessories for spring 2011.

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Outfits for fun in the sun!

To cap off our shopping frenzy we taste and select new gourmet food items.  This is good and bad.  Great to find new product but hard to go through the many food displays and be selective with what you sample.

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Yummy, colorful, healthy and pretty...could these veggies be good for you too?

Market is an exhilarating experience!  New products, new colors, new styles always start the design juices flowing.  Tired bodies, tired minds and achy feet must be worth it because we keep going back.

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Glad we didn't have to push this load through market. Four women just don't know how to travel "light"!

You can experience a little of our market experience through our blogs and Facebook posts without the physical and mental strain.

Did you see the “Honeysuckle” color keep poping up in these pictures?

Tell us your favorites of our new products to arrive over the next few months!

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Hot ‘lanta…7 Categories-Oh My!

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As of today I think I am back up to normal speed after a whirlwind trip to the summer Atlanta Gift and Accessory Market.  Four days of non-stop shopping for “the next best thing” to bring to you in Lake Gaston.

I have been to this market too many times to count (twice a year equals almost 50 times…yikes!) At the end of this excursion I realized why it has become so much more difficult. (I have aged but I would never admit that is to blame!)

Many years ago we were attending markets to spot new trends, stock a small retail boutique and make purchases for clients.  With our expansions and growth over the years we now shop seven categories at the Atlanta Market Center.  No wonder our list is so long, our feet are worn out and our brains are fried!

These pictures show a few tidbits of the items we purchased in just three of the seven categories.  Let us hear about your favorite piece.



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Festive Holiday Glass Platter

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Cute little penquin salt and pepper shakers to hang out with the snowman dinnerware!

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New contemporary snowmen holiday dinnerware which easily pairs with white dishes

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Assymetrical whimsy adorns this washable floor mat


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Bangles and baubles for holiday attire!

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Wallets with embossed, shiny finishes are hot for fall!


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"Garden trowel" cake server and "saw" cake knife make a great his and her gift!

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Sun and moon solar chimes powered by the sun!

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Whimsical picture frames for your favorite child or pet!

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Funky frog clock catching the dragon fly will make anyone smile!

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Color, color everywhere!  That’s what we saw at the High Point Spring Market.  Here are a few colorful products and display pieces.

Rowe Furniture "Eye Candy" Chair

Painted Glass Vessel from Couleur by Mathews & Co.

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Colorful "Talking Heads" from Kalalou

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Bright Floral Quadtych from Paragon

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Procelain shell motif accessory from Global Views

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Contemporary Woven Outdoor Chair

As you know our style is all about color.  Let’s work together to find the perfect color for your lifestyle!

What is your favorite color and style?  Let’s start a conversation by replying below.

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Sponge Bob is Wild about W.I.N.O.S.

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Sponge Bob is Wild about W.I.N.O.S.

Sponge Bob enjoys relaxing on the new outdoor collection of W.I.N.O.S. furniture.  He can’t wait to tell all his Nickelodeon friends about this fabulous new furniture he found at Mary Sherwood Lake Living.

This furniture line was designed by North Carolina’s own Bonnie Jesseph and manufactured by Acacia Home and Garden.   The mission of W.I.N.O.S.™ (Women In Need of Sanity) is to inspire women to get together for laughter, friendship, a little wine, great food, storytelling and whatever it takes to bring some “SANITY” to their lives.

Bonnie’s company began as a way for her to find sanity in her own life.  Collaborating with a talented graphic artist she began creating a collection of cookbooks, apparel and accessories to support her company’s mission.  With the use of bright colors and fun sayings she launched a very successful brand.  Her enthusiasm for life, zest for entertaining and incredible creativity has lead to the new W.I.N.O.S. furniture collection.

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W.I.N.O.S. Mobile Bar, Dining Chair and End Table

Take the opportunity to meet Bonnie during Memorial Day weekend in our showroom at Lake Gaston.  The date and details of the event will be announced in the next few weeks.

Just like Sponge Bob, we are wild about W.I.N.O.S. furniture.  The vibrant colors, classic lines and fabulous fabrics are something to rave about.  Come see a selection of both indoor and outdoor pieces at Mary Sherwood Lake Living.

Let us know if you too are wild about W.I.N.O.S.!