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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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Jul
12

The Sites of San Diego

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In San Diego…with limited wi-fi so here are a few pics from our fun filled tourista days.Paul and the Midway Air Craft Carrier

Paul waiting to board the Midway Aircraft Carrier-similar to the carrier he served on during Vietnam. So nostagic for him! imageGreat dinner in Little Italy!IMG_4093IMG_5597Margaritas before noon in Old TownIMG_8311Incredible Mariachi succulent displayIMG_2136Mom, teens and 4wk old baby-giraffes at the San Diego ZooIMG_7618Sunset at the Marina where we stayed in Chula Vista

Great time with great friends, Andy and Lori!

Mary

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Jun
29

Exploring Santa Monica

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Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings.

Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness.  The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes.  I always enjoy the small front gardens and plantings.  We stumbled across this amazing sidewalk garden. It is full of succulents, annuals and a comfortable spot to sit and reflect.  An unexpected thing like this is what makes me love California.  The plague on the tree is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence.  It can only be attained through understanding.”  How fitting for today’s turbulent times.SANTAMONICA_SIDEWALK_GARDEN-ENCHANTING_SUCCULENTS

The next day, we walked to the beach at the Santa Monica Pier where there is a sign that says this is the original location of Muscle Beach.  Love the broad wide beach, great bike path and fun people watching.IMG_7522

On Saturday we boarded the new Expo Light Rail in Santa Monica to travel into downtown LA.  What a wonderful transportation addition.  An upbeat train station, colorful train cars and easy travel to LA was a real pleasure.Blog 06 29 2016 Santa Monica1

Our train travel took us to the California Science Center to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle exhibit.  It is a very interesting and informative display about the space shuttle’s history.  The Endeavor completed 25 missions from 1992 – 2011.  It was originally constructed outside of LA and was brought back to its permanent location through a parade through the streets of LA in 2012.   This is an exhibit well worth a visit.

Jake and Elif have been raving about this new ice cream parlor in an eclectic Venice shopping district called Abbot Kinney.  We strategically scheduled our visit to make sure we had plenty of room to enjoy this wonderful creamery.  The Salt end Straw far exceeded our expectations. Out of many different combinations I chose the Slumptown Coffee with Comparte Lovenuts ice cream.  OMG!  Click here to learn more about the Salt and Straw. salt_straw_icecream_stumptowncoffee_comparte_lovenuts-abbotkinney

What a great weekend!  We visited so many of our favorite spots and explored many new ones.  We cooked several dinners from Green Chef (organic Food Delivery), watched movies and walked many steps.  Perfect long weekend with bright blue skies and 75 degree temps!  Thanks Jake and Elif for a great time!

I think this may have to be my new ride for our next beach visit.  What do you think?LINUS_BICYCLE_DUTCHI_COOLRIDE_ROADSTER

As many us of travel through the summer feel free to comment and share some of your favorite journeys.

Wishing everyone sunny blue skies!

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!

Blue Heron Getaway Painted in Waterlogue

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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Jan
19

Art for the Community

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From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays.  It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area.  Here is a brief description of the program which has placed such a high value on community art:

“In 1997, the town established a 1% Public Art Program which requires that commercial developers set aside one percent of a projects total budget for the creation of public art. By passing the public art mandate, Oro Valley signaled an ongoing commitment to create beautiful surroundings that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work and play in the town.” (Quotation from Oro Valley website).

Each day I observe and discover more ways this program enriches our lives.  Here are examples of installations in our neighborhood.  My favorite is the “Tree of Knowledge” at the Oro Valley Library.OroValley_tree-of-knowledge-lifesize-library SculpturesLook closely between the tree roots in the book below the tree to find these words of wisdom:

The more you read, the more you know

The more you know, the more you grow

The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice

When speaking your mind or making your choice!

Reading the News Sculpture

“Reading the News” Sculpture

"Swinging Sis" sculpture

“Swinging Sis” sculpture

"Girl stopping traffic" sculpture.

“Girl stopping traffic” sculpture.

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Highway privacy wall.

Sculptural family of Javelinas, boar- like native animals

Sculptural family of Javelinas, boar- like native animals

Fitness man sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Fitness man sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Performing artists sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Performing artists sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

There are many more and I will share as I have an opportunity to photograph them.  What a wonderful community incentive program!  Thank you town of Oro Valley!

Do you have a favorite?  Let me hear from you!

All the best!

Mary

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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
22

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

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This year we travel to “Santa” Monica for our Christmas celebrations.  It is one of the few times the immediate Sherwood family is all together. 🙂  This year we will have the joy of Paul’s sister and husband joining us right after Christmas day.

Here is the family picture from last Christmas at the lake house.  I remember this fun time and insisting on the group shot despite objections of “Oh Mom!”

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We are driving to Santa Monica this year.  Close enough not need an airplane ticket. 🙂  I believe our son Jake has a Christmas photo in mind involving two JCW Mini-Coopers.  You’ll just have to wait to see that one.

On another note, my friend, Lori, and I took the hotel crawl to see holiday decorations, particularly two life-size gingerbread houses.  My favorite GB house was at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson to benefit juvenile Diabetes.

This life-size Gingerbread House at Hilton El Conquistador Tucson AZ is truly a labor of love and work of art!

This life-size Gingerbread House at Hilton El Conquistador Tucson AZ is truly a labor of love and work of art!

It is all in the details with the embellishments of this life-size gingerbread house!

It is all in the details with the embellishments of this life-size gingerbread house!

The walls were all made of gingerbread by the resort’s bakers.  It took them 3 weeks to do all the baking.  The decorative details are amazing.

Here is a “little” life-size gingerbread house trivia:

Gingerbread

  • 420 lbs. of flour
  • 420 eggs
  • 12 gallons of molasses & honey

Icing

  • 120 lbs. of egg whites
  • 550 lbs. of powdered sugar
  • 718 lbs. of sugar

Finishing Touches

  • 2.317 gum crops
  • 120 lollipops
  • 600 candy cane
  • 15 lbs. of sprinkles

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Be safe in your travels and enjoy all your family and friends!

Love to all!

Mary

Note: This is the last post until after the New Year! Look forward to a re-cap of our holiday on January 6th.

 

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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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.

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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?

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Jul
09

Stay-cation on Lake Gaston

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A Stay-cation is taking the time off for some R&R, but staying close to home to save a little cash.  This is a great idea, just as long as you actually rest instead of catching up on your to-do list.  I just read a great post on Houzz about ways to get the most out of your stay-cation.  It really hits home because here on Lake Gaston, we have the opportunity to enjoy many benefits of the stay-cation just about anytime!  Here’s the link to the full post on Houzz: Simple Pleasures: 25 Ways to Make the Most of Your Staycation.  Below is just a sampling of my favorites from their list, showing how you can take some of this list and apply it everyday on Lake Gaston!

Life is better on Lake Gaston

1. Savor the Outdoors:  This is a no brainer!  Enjoy the view, sit outside with your morning cup of coffee, and be thankful for all that is around you.

2. Host a Movie Night Outdoors:  This can be done simply with a portable DVD player or a tablet.  Or with a bit of creativity, you can engineer a temporary movie screen with a white sheet or tarp and a digital projector.  Relive the days of Drive-In Movies.  (This is something Ryan and I love to do a couple times a month.  We just watched “Underdog” under the stars this past weekend!)

5. Enjoy a Massage:  There are some amazing resources around the lake to enjoy some “me time.”  My personal favorite is Healing Kneads.  You can do as little as a relaxing pedicure, or you can go all out for a full day of pampering with a massage, facial, pedicure… the works!

6.  Sign Up for a One Day Class:  Here at MSLL, we offer cooking classes a couple times a month on a variety of different topics.  If they don’t fit your schedule, we can do a private class for you and some friends.  Chef Yvonne Hoffman of Y Cook? is very talented in a variety of different cuisines to suit your tastes.  We are also hosting a skin-care beauty event with Patty Bunch (Make-up Artist to the Stars) in a couple weeks.  Check it out here!  There are also fun seminars at many of our special events, so just let us know what you’re interested in and we can see what we can do!

14. Have the Post Office Hold Your Mail:  It seems like a simple idea, but go through the prep of a true vacation even though you’re staying around.  By eliminating the everyday distractions and chores, you will feel more free to relax and enjoy your time.

15.  Hire a House Cleaning Service:  This is a must!  Use your time off to really relax.  Get out of the house for a few hours (maybe during your spa time) and come home to a clean house you don’t have to worry about.  Someone else has done the dirty work!  One of our favorites is Angel Watson of Angel’s Professional Cleaning.  She does a wonderful job and is very courteous.

20.  Bring Home Fresh Flowers:  Another subtle touch that can made a big difference.  There are many sources for this as well.  We have been working with Pam Ballew of Petals by Pam.  She brings us fresh cut flowers on Friday mornings, and they stay fresh for days!

25.  Take Pictures!  It may seem silly, but if you’re having a great time, you should capture the moment!

 

How have you made your time special so far?  We’d love to hear about your adventures in the comments below!

I hope you had an amazing 4th and hope you can continue to enjoy your summer on beautiful Lake Gaston!

Thanks! ~ Autumn

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Feb
12

Top Pics from the 2014 KBIS/IBS

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We’re back from the 2014 IBS/KBIS/IWCE (International Builders’ Show/Kitchen and Bath Industry Show/International Window Coverings Expo) in Las Vegas.  By combining these shows, we were very pleased to see so many dealers and attendees this year.  Here are just a few of our favorite products and kitchen design ideas.

Freedom Induction Cooktop by Thermador and Benchmark FlexInduction Cooktop by Bosch 

Induction Cooktops from the 2014 KBIS

Brand new options for induction cooking with limitless options for the size and shape of your cooking vessels.  You no longer have to use a round pot the size of the designated circle on your cooking surface.  These cooktops give you the option to adjust the surface for your needs.  For example, you could use a griddle that could be evenly heated or divided into two separate zones.

New advances and application for LED lighting

LED Lighting from 2014 KBIS

LED Lighting has continued to advance with new design applications.  Interior cabinet lighting options have expanded to illuminate every dark corner in your home.  Beyond strips of light for undercabinet use, you can envision these same strips as decorative accent light all over your space.

QMotion – motorized drapery rod that is silent

This revolutionary new drapery rod changes everything we new about motorized window treatments.  The leading drapery ring of each panel rides along a groove which pulls the drapery open and closed as it rotates.  The motor and batteries are concealed inside the rod itself.  Plus, it is completely silent!  This is amazingly functional and beautiful!

Fun in Las Vegas We also had a lot of fun after the shows.  We attended a high energy performance of “Recycled Percussion”, complete with a random cookie break (YUM!).  We experienced the unique and elaborate characters at “Divas”.  We also toured the Bellagio’s Foyer with Chihuly Glass Ceiling and Courtyard with Chinese New Year theme garden.

Here is a sampling of the Fountains outside the Bellagio:

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May
15

Design Tips to Borrow

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2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignI just returned from a wonderful week in Santa Monica, CA visiting our son Jake and his wife, Elif.  Little did I know the weekend would become a design adventure.  Knowing that Paul and Jake had plenty to do with two motorcycles handy, the girls set off to visit the 2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

The setting of this year’s event was a beautiful estate built-in 1941 in Arcadia, CA.  The show house was gracefully restored with modern amenities and conveniences with attention to details that reflected the period.

The photographs shown here were all taken from the Showcase guide.  The design firms for each area are noted on the pictures.  There were so many special spaces and so many wonderful details.  I selected the following to point out design tips that could be recreated in any setting.


2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Front Stairwell

The walls of the beautiful vaulted front entry stairwell were covered with winter wheat colored fabric that provided an understated neutral palette to lead the way to the incredible rooms to come. The glass chandelier was amazing!

Design tip:   The details of the stairway runner.  It was bound in leather and tacked down with larger upholstery nail heads.  The nail heads do not show in this photo.  This look could easily be re-created by binding the runner in a wide fabric binding and adding the nail heads.

 

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Powder Room

From the designer’s perspective the powder room was designed to recall your first jewelry box full of wonder and magic.  It was wonderfully executed with the stone chevron detail of the mirror, the gold accents and the skirted vanity.

Design tip:  The chevron detail could be recreated with the use of fabric or paint.  The tailored skirt detail could be applied to any countertop surface to create a feel of elegance.

 

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignFamily Room

The owners requested the space be expanded to incorporate the bar with lighted green glass details that was installed in 2000 Designer Showcase.  A wall was removed and left two different ceiling heights.

In order to draw attention away from this the ceiling was embellished with intricate patterned molding, textured wallpaper and dramatic lighting.

Design tip:  Don’t forget the ceiling.  It does not have to be this elaborate. You can achieve an amazing effect by adding some well design molding detail, texture with paint or paper and/or the right lighting… remember attention to details.

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

 

Master Bedroom

Soft, serene color palettes were used throughout the house.  Here in the master bedroom soft blues and gold set the mood.

Design tip:  Find the right color that appeals to you and create a master space that allows for restful, blissful sleep. 

 

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Teenage Daughter’s Room

What teenage girl would not die for a room like this?  There were feminine touches everywhere with varying shades of lavender and wonderful details.

Design tip:  The existing bookcases flanking the sides of the bed were turned into creative niches to hold accessories, trinkets and baubles of any teen’s fancy.  This could be applied to any bookcase by designing a plan to convert the bookcase interior with shelving boards.

 

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Guest Room

This guest room was designed to incorporate the eves and slopes of the ceiling.  Many built-ins provided ample storage and some hidden details.

Design tip:  The TV was recessed in the wall and hidden by a hinged piece of art. The small TV was mounted in the recessed area on a swivel-tilt wall mount so it could be positioned to suit the guest’s viewing needs.

 

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignGuest  Reading Suite

This space was originally the servant’s quarters.  It has been transformed into a space to work, converse, relax and sleep.  The textured wall, molding details, fabrics and accessories set the tone.

Design tip:  A queen size bed was turned horizontal and tuck up against the wall to create a lavish day bed.  This could be done with a twin or double bed as well.  It definitely achieved the designer’s goal of a multi use relaxing space.

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignOffice Bath

There were many lavish baths throughout the house but this smaller scale space contained some wonderful details.   The blue painted cabinet with slab inset doors and simple but interesting hardware blends seamlessly with the white marble countertop and adjacent shower wall.  I love how the glass shower wall just seems to float on the white wall.  The tile details were very subtle but tied the entire space together.

Design tip:  Simple details like the door pulls can add so much.  The tile border place high and low is a great placement and creates a feeling of more height in the shower.  Think about creative ways to use an interesting tile accent in a different way.

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignGuest Room

This room included the use of lots of different textures… on the wall, bed and floor.  I love this mingle of tactile fabrics to make you want to reach out and touch every detail. The very tall headboard was a little over scaled for the space but the reading nook was very creative.

Design tip:  The reading nook was formerly a closet.  What a great adaptation of a small space.  You may not have an extra closet to give up but think outside the box when confronted with a use for a small difficult space.

 

2013 Pasadena Showcase House of DesignGarage 
What an amazing makeover of the original three car garage!  The guys from the firm Garage Envy incorporated so many interesting details into this space.  This is certainly not your usual “man cave”.

Design tip:  You may not have that three care garage space to work with but garage organization can be done in many ways.  Take cues from the pros by including storage, entertainment, border floor detail, lighting and seating in your garage makeover.

Our outing to the Designer Showcase was so worth while.  It is something I don’t always take time to do.  Throughout this country there are so many talented designers with thousands of creative ideas.  They invest their time and talents to create beautiful show house spaces.  After writing this blog I will always take a closer look at the details.  The things that can really make the difference in the overall design.  We all can take away a piece of some of these fabulous show house rooms by taking in the details and recreating them in your home.

For more information about the Pasadena Showcase House of Design events:  http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/#

Mary

 

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

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, along with many occasions to welcome house guests.  Are you ready?  Here are tips to make your guest room a welcome retreat.  And they’re easy – some can be done in advance and some can be done in a pinch.

BedPillowsPillows and Blankets – This may seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to have plenty of blankets of different weights.  You never know how cold or hot your guest may be, so give them options.  Pillow options are appreciated also.  While you’re at it, toss the pillow inserts in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet to add fluff and a fresh scent.

Robe and/or Slippers – This is especially nice when your guest bath isn’t adjoining the guest bedroom.  Even a few steps out in the hall can be an awkward jump if you forgot something in your suitcase.  This touch will remind your guests of a resort.  Make it even cushier with fluffy slippers!

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“Welcome Center”

Desk/Writing Space – Although it seems so many of us primarily use our smart phones and other devises to communicate, a hand written note or card from a vacation is a classic touch.  Include a small space complete with stationary, pens/pencils, and postage.  If you don’t have room for a desk, reserve a space on a night stand/dresser/tray for your “Welcome Center” (see picture).

Water Glasses and Pitcher – This is another nice touch for the “Welcome Center”.  Give your guests this convenience so they don’t have to stumble around your kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water.  Especially nice if they take medications.  Depending on your space, a Coffee Bar is also very appreciate.

Personal Touches – Send the perfect message with fresh-cut flowers.  They say “Welcome”, “Good Morning”, and “Thank You!” all at once.  This soft touch really makes a stay memorable.  Books can be a nice addition.  Think about the guests and what might interest them.  I like including classic children’s books – works for kids and the young at heart.  And don’t forget the very personal items, back-up toiletry items.  It’s nice to have a toothbrush, hand lotion, etc. just in case.

luggage rackSpace for Luggage – Finally, baggage (whether physical or emotional) always come with guests.  Guest rooms are often the catch-all space for things you don’t use that often or just don’t have a better home.  Be careful not to consume too much storage space.  Leave a few drawers empty for your guests (complete with a scented sachet) and space in the closet for hanging.  And don’t forget the bags – a folding luggage rack takes little space and is a valuable luxury instead of having to hunch over your suitcase on the floor.

~Think about your favorite vacations and what made them special.  You can recreate those memories in your guest room with these tips.  You may love it so much, you can be a guest in your own home!

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

 

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Jan
15

OVER 7000 MILES IN THREE SHORT WEEKS

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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!

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OUR SANTA MONICA HOLIDAYS!

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!

Baltimore MD, Company C furniture, decorating with color, Kravet fabric, draperies

COLORFUL MARYLAND HOME

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.

Americasmart, Atlanta, owl accessories, summer 2013, beach cover-ups, handbags, Mary Sherwood Lake Living

FABULOUS MARKET FINDS AT THE ATLANTA SHOW

 

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

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

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Jul
24

My Summer Travelogue

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I have been a lot of places since April.  There were so many trips I had to stop to figure out just where I had been.  Most of the travel was business related with several market trips (High Point and Atlanta), the Kitchen and Bath Industry show (Chicago) and the Fancy Food show (Washington DC) and a new construction consultation in Baltimore.  My NYC trip was the one “for pleasure only” trip. It was a much needed nice, long weekend.

The reason for the NY trip was to connect with our sons in the city.  Our oldest son, Aaron and his wife, Kiori, for the past nine months, have been working on a stage production of light, sound and movement as artists in residence at Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts.  We were pleased to be able to experience the fruits of their labor on opening night.  WOW… what a collaboration of a very talented contemporary dancer (Kiori) and a truly gifted musician/engineer (Aaron).  The choreography, sounds and lighting were amazing.  Our West coast son, Jake and wife, Elif certainly didn’t want to miss this. We were grateful to all be together for this special night.

There is another side to this wonderful family get together.   I had selected our hotel months in advance for its proximity to the theater.  I knew the hotel was close to the Wall Street district but I did not realize it was right across the street from the World Trade Center project.  I opened the draperies in our room on the 12th floor and was so moved by what I saw.  I had very mixed emotions.  As first it brought back all the horror and sorrow of 9/11.  In another way it made me realize how strong the American people are to re-build in spite of the immense tragedy.  There was not much time spent in our hotel room but each time I was drawn to the window and pondered all of these thoughts. I will always remember that day in September and the day I saw the re-birth in progress.

World Trade Center Project

Construction of WTCP

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WTC Memorial

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Looking pass the WTC Project to the Hudson River

Here is a link if you would like to learn more about the World Trade Center Project: http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html

 

Thank you for my family.  Thank you for all those who have sacrificed their loved ones so we can be free.

Family,NYC

My Family: (left to right) Elif, Jake, Paul, Mary, Aaron, and Kiori

Please share your thoughts and feelings.

Mary

 

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