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 have a friend who loves to check out model homes. Over the last year we have seen several. When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same. I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral!
This has a nice accent touch with the blue!
“Greige”-can’t decide whether it wants to be grey or beige. Have always liked the woven textured headboard.
I like the crisp contrast of the white headboard and duvet with the black pillow details. The simple banding accent on the wall really frames the headboard nicely.
I have never been a fan of a “winged” headboard. Wings belong on a chair (or not at all)!
The faux fur throw is so dated and way too heavy looking in the space.
I like the persimmon accents on the duvet and pillows. It adds some life to all the neutrals.
This is the only room that added more color to the bedding. I like the use of the print accent fabric on the headboard. Repeating that fabric would have enhanced the ensemble. The draperies feel a little “airy” for the other bedding fabrics.
Neutral bedding again but nice embroidered detail. I love the tete-tete bench at the end of the bed.
Finally, a bedroom with some color. The vibrant red-orange accent wall and coordinating fabrics breathe some life into the space.
So what have you learned not to do: Neutrals are nice and safe but oh so boring. Karate chopped pillows are way over done. Duvets, though practical, always look a little unkempt. The bed scarf is trending out. Any fur, faux or not, should be left in the zoo.
So here is what to do: Add some color wherever you can, in pillows, trims, paint, and seating fabrics. Stop beating on your pillows (no one really lives with these chopped pillows). Create high contrast like the white with black accents bedding. Mix up texture for added interest. Bedside tables do not always have to match. Lamps for reading are a must by each side of a bed. A comfortable bench at the end of the bed is always welcoming.
Maybe in the future as I explore other models with my friend I’ll have more exciting design options to show you.
Regardless of trends that come and go, make your bedroom your sanctuary where you come to end your day and rest well!
Until next time…
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Last week during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show I had the opportunity to attend The Flame Off – an “Iron Chef” like competition at the Sonoran Glass School. Basically the competition involves local and visiting artists competing to produce their best lampworking glass creation in 1 1/2 hours. A panel of judges select the winners. Here is the promo video for the show which describes the competition in more detail. Sonoran Glass School Flame Off
It was very interesting to watch the process and learn more about this type of glass art. Wikipedia describes lampworking as a type of glasswork where a torch or lamp is primarily used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Types of art produced by lampworking include smaller glass art objects such as beads and figurines.
Originally glassblowing was done with small furnaces fired by wood, and the glass was worked on the end of an iron tube called a ‘blowpipe’. This method of using blowpipe and furnace is traditionally called glassblowing, while lampworking came later with the invention of various kinds of ‘lamps’ that could melt the glass. Glass blown work most often are larger scale pieces such as vases, bowls and glasses.
Here are some photos of the competition:
Here are a few of my favorite lampworking creations from the competition:
Many years ago when Patsy Cuthrell was a member of the MSLL team she had a favorite phrase: “You learn something new everyday at MSLL”. I still feel everyday is a new learning opportunity such as this glass competition. I never new the difference between lampworking and glassblowing.
So look around your house (for glass figurines) and in your jewelry box (for glass beads) for examples of lampworking. I bet you will be amazed to find so many objects created using this method. Let me know what you find.
Looking forward to our son, Aaron, and his wife, Kiori’s, Purring Tiger art exhibit in Scottsdale, AZ the last weekend of February. So excited to have them exhibit so close. Here is the link to learn more about this art installation. Water, Art and Light
Enjoy your week. I promise Spring is on the way! Keep your comments coming. Love reading them all!!!
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The weather has certainly given most of us a touch (or worst) of cabin fever. Even some of us in warmer areas have experienced a wetter and colder winter. So every now and then we get a warm 75 degree day and feel Spring is around the corner. Not so fast! We may have several months (sorry) before the last frost.
Here are three ways to give Spring a push!
Buy some daffodils or tulips. Place them in a mason jar. This will add a bright spot to any room. These flowers cost $6 at our local grocer.
Grow something indoor. Amaryllis bulbs are super simple to grow and produce large flowers about 4-6 weeks after planting-long before it is “really” Spring outdoors. (Here is a little trick I use to get the Amaryllis greenery to start popping out of the bulb. Place a tray or dish on a heating pad and set temperature to low. Set the planted bulb in a pot (not too deep-see photo), on top of the tray or dish that is on the heating pad. The warmth will trick them into thinking it must be Spring)! These bulbs were planted the second week of January. My Spring is on its way! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Add some color somewhere that hasn’t had any. It could be new colorful, fused glass cabinet hardware for a vanity or a new Company C rug for the kitchen. Whatever makes you smile. The color will certainly add punch to brighten your day even with gray winter skies.
I already feel like Spring is closer just by sharing these tips with you!
Give it a push…make Spring come sooner in your home!
Regards to all!
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September. Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home. 5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat. Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.
Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on. Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain. If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is: http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/design-inspired-by-the-mountains-of-the-southwest/. We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches. Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together. (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).
The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace. The client wanted to bring in more light and color. The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up. First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque. I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph! I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen. Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf. WOW-what an impact. We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces. The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed. I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.
Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York. This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug. We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash. The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering. Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.
Here are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings. The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.
LR Wallcovering with metallic accents.
MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.
That is all for now. So much more to come.
Thanks for joining me here this week. Love the recent comments! Keep them coming!
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I always get excited about exploring future trends. Based on High Point photos from October here are a few trends I see going forward in 2015. Some of the highlights of the following pictures include textures, colors. natural elements, and multi-tasking furniture.
These furniture pieces have several of the elements above-color, texture and multi-tasking. I love to use chests of all sizes and styles because they are so versatile. A chests can be used as a night stand, entry console, and table linen storage, just to name a few. These chests have texture, color, style and so much more. Chest A, from Couture, is made with a mother-of-pear veneer in a leafy tropical design. Chest B, from Couture, has an egg shell blue melange inset which has amazing visual and tactile texture, color and pattern. Chest C, from Palu, with it’s ribbed vertical texture, is available in several custom color choices. How would you incorporate a chest into your design scheme?
Trendy, preppy, traditional styles with throw backs to the 60’s and 70’s are evident in these two bedding collections from Thibaut and Eastern Accents. The Asian elements, fretwork, topical motifs and colors of pink and green are cropping up in many areas of home fashion. Are you ready to go back in time with this new version of pink and green?
The application of vertical trims and contrasting fabrics in upholstery is just beginning. Look for more ways to mix it up with this and other upholstery details.
Large art and animal images continue to be shown, coming forward from 2014.
Greenery in the form of succulents and tropicals are the latest in permanent botanical trends.
Looking back and looking forward shows an unending movement of the trends. What do you see as some of the upcoming design trends to watch?
MSLL has constructed the ultimate Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping experience a bit easier this Holiday season. We promise with these amazing gifts there will be no returns or re-gifting if you stick to our guide! The following MSLL Holiday Gift Guide features 12 perfect gifts that are sure to bring happiness and make you the best gift giver ever! Move over Santa, I’m giving the best gifts this year! Oh! Not to mention you will have the best wrapped presents around with our fabulous complementary gift wrap!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living Holiday Gift Guide 2014:
1. Fashion Apparel: This year’s apparel seems to be the best we have ever carried! It’s been hard to keep the racks full. We have wonderful travel wear, bright tunics and palazzo pants that have been super popular this year. Our travel wear is wrinkle free, perfect for your next getaway! $38 – $78
2. Don’t forget the Captain! Our Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze and Peach Barbecue Boucan Sauce are a crowd pleaser! These would make perfect gifts for a neighbor or take a bottle as a hostess gift for your next holiday party your attending. This sauce is delicious! The bottle has a recipe attached for an amazing appetizer dip! Even someone that tailgates would love this for their next sports event! You can’t go wrong here. $12
3. Magnolia Casual Indoor/Outdoor Swings: I always have people telling me their child would love this in their bedroom or they are planning on hanging one on their boat dock! Which is a perfect idea for these gorgeous swings! All our swings come in a set which includes: The swing constructed in indoor/outdoor fabric, a seat cushion, back pillow and matching carrying bag which is easy to stow. $189
4. Sweet & Saucy Caramel Sauce: This happens to be our Salted Caramel Sauce which is my favorite! = ) We have: Spicy Mango Madness, Rum Caramel and even a Raspberry Fudge Sauce! This is a great gift for anyone! I would pair my jar with an ice cream scoop for the perfect ice cream sundae package! Simple & Easy! You could always add cherries on top! $11
5. Lake Gaston Picture Frame: Here is another great gift idea! I’m sure mom or grandma would love this in their lake home! Take it step further and actually put a photo in the frame of the family or grand-kids! The picture corners in the frame make it easy to change out the photos each year! $49
6. Mary Sherwood Lake Living Gift Card: The perfect gift! Our gift cards do not expire and can be used towards anything in our showroom! You could even give a gift card for $25 or $35 for someone to attend one of Chef Yvonne’s cooking classes held here at MSLL! Absolutely Perfect! $ – $$$
7. Lake Gaston Christmas Ornaments: We have several different ornaments to choose from this year. Some even have Lake Gaston printed on them! How cool is that? These would be great if you know someone that gets an ornament for their tree each year or for an ornament exchange party. $18
8. Jewelry: Our Jewelry display has just everything from necklaces, earrings, bangles, brackets, watches, rings and a few necklace/earring sets. Various style to choose from. We even have a handmade line from a young lady in Virginia Beach! $10 – $148
9. Handbags: We have the look you want but not the price. Our gorgeous bags look similar to a Micheal Kors’ bag but not the ticket price! I love our bags I think they are age appropriate for anyone 20-something to someone 60-something! We have various sizes and style for fit any ladies taste. $14 – $123
10. Scribble Cloths: Have you seen these yet? Scribble Cloths are amazing! Great for parties, children and events! We have runners that can be scribbled on with chalk! We have used these several times for events here at MSLL! We used the large runner for our food display, labeling all our delicious delights! What a great gift! $38 – $50
11. Lake Gaston Coasters: We have several sets of Lake Gaston Coasters! My favorites are the Lake map and Lake Rules! We have sets of two and fours! Perfect for anyone that loves and lives on the lake! $32 – $57
12. Add-A-Kid Bibs: Don’t forget the little ones! We have an array of items in our children’s area but, these have to be the funniest! These bibs are one of a kind designs for little guys and girls! All bibs have Lake Gaston on them as well! Such a great keep sake too! $13
Just follow our Holiday Gift Guide for the perfect Christmas presents this Holiday season! Need more ideas? Just give us a call (252-586-2437) or ask me! We do our best to meet the needs of our customers. We are always willing to help! We even suggest gift ideas for no charge! =) Join us this Holiday season and Shop Small here on Lake Gaston! Don’t forgot the complimentary Gift Wrap!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living, Lake Gaston
Shag, Tufted, Woven, Spun, Flat Weave, Felted, Indoor/Outdoor, Round or Rectangle, and Runners! There are so many options. Where does one begin when searching for the perfect area rug? It seems a bit overwhelming but following these guidelines you will be placing the perfect rug in your home in no time!
What are you using the rug for?
This will help determine the kind of rug that will best suit your needs. Will the rug be used to protect your beautiful hardwood floors or simply to add color and style to the space? Rugs can create a great pop of color or help ground or tie a room together. Area rugs often provide sound proofing qualities when used on hard surfaces. Rugs also add softness to a room. The additional cushion of a rug is great for anyone with children. Often overlooked, one benefit of area rugs is insulation from cold surfaces. Rugs with dense fibers can trap heat on cool winter nights keeping your area warm and cozy.
What size is best?
There are several standard sizes for area rugs. However, the size of the rug always seems to be the trickiest to determine. The rules vary depending on the room. So let’s take a look at how you would place a rug by the type of room.
Dining Room- The main rule to remember here is: The rug should be large enough that all the legs of the dining chairs sit on the rug while the chairs are pulled out or when someone is seated. You wouldn’t want your guest chairs to be half on and half off creating a wobbly chair while dining. Typically the rug should extend at least 30″ beyond the edge of the table on all sides. A common dining room rug size is 8′ x 10′. However, it still depends on the size of your dining room table. Synthetic fibers or polypropylene rugs work well in this area because of their stain resistant qualities.
Bedroom- Think about the key pieces of furniture in the space. The bed will most likely be the prominent piece. The rug size should reflect its size and its placement. Ideally, you would want a rug that extends about 18″ to 24″ on all three sides of the bed (assuming your headboard is against the wall). Also, you would want the rug to be wide enough to accommodate your nightstand beside the bed. Common sizes used in bedrooms are an 8’ x 10’ under a Queen sized bed, and an 9’ x 12’ under a King sized bed.
There are a few options for rug placement in the bedroom. The most popular would be to have the rug start just in front of the nightstands and extend past the foot of the bed . Tucking the rug slightly under the nightstands to ground them with the bed is even better. If you have a large bedroom that can accommodate a larger rug, GO FOR IT! Get an area rug large enough that both nightstands can be placed on it and still extends beyond the foot of the bed a couple feet. This will keep your room feeling and looking proportional.
Family Room/Living Room- Typically, the furniture in a living room or family room is arranged to form a conversation area or seating around a focal point. The key here is the area rug must encompass all pieces of furniture within this seating area. For example, a living room arrangement may consist of a sofa, a loveseat, several chairs, a coffee table and end tables. All of these items should be on the rug – at least partially – in order to provide an ideal balance. A room generally looks more pulled together if all the furniture legs are planted firmly on the rug.
Hallway/Foyer– Here the rug size is determined by the amount of floor space available. For larger open areas try leaving a perimeter between 12″-24″ space around the rug. For smaller areas leave 6″-8″ between the rug and the wall.
STILL NOT SURE ON THE RIGHT SIZE? – Try the Tape Trick.
If you are stilling having trouble visualizing the proper rug size try the trick of painters tape before you go shopping. Tape out the size of the area rug you are considering placing in the space on the floor. This should help you clearly see if the rug is big enough to accommodate your pieces. If not tape out the next size up until you are satisfied with your decision. Keep in mind rug sizes vary from different manufacturers. You can probably fudge a few inches up or down on size for your space but try to stick to the most common sizes for best selection and price. Then you will be ready to go rug shopping! If you do not have a room configuration that fits with the standard sizes there are always custom rug options available.
Just one last thing to consider…before heading off to the magical land of rugs and buying the absolute best rug on earth just remember the above rules are mostly guidelines. You are the one that has to live with the rug you choose so by all means if you feel the need to break any rules or guidelines, PLEASE DO! With that said, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite design quotes.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes,
Design is knowing which ones to keep.”-Scott Adams
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Lake Gaston and Beyond!
We just returned from our semi-annual market trip to Atlanta. Boy did we pack a lot into this trip!
We were pleased to be invited to a Retailers Round Table Breakfast sponsored by Home Accents Today Magazine at the Capital City Club. This was a small group of retailers ranging from one of the largest online home fashions companies (Wayfair) to independent interior designers. We shared insights about consumer buying trends, the use of social media and other business issues. It was a great to take part in this forum and express our ideas amongst our national peers.
Later the same day we were invited to the largest awards event in the gift and home industry, The Icon Awards. Thanks to Home Accents Today magazine, we were guests at their table to hear the presentations of the awards to so many deserving companies. Most of the award winners have built very successful, large companies that are very involved in local, national and international causes. It makes one feel very fortunate to be involved in this industry. Entertainment for the evening was a performance by the band Heart. Do you remember their most popular song in the 70’s? Here is a short clip of part of their performance. http://youtu.be/81h0yD78ns
Now for the finds. Here are a few of the interesting displays and items we found.
Solaria 26″ Globe Chandelier was amazing. They just introduced this fixture in multiple colors.
Contemporary large art was everywhere. Here is a pair of prints from Paragon.
This window display at Mud Pie was still showing the chalk board theme for the holidays. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer have their places marked on this chalk board runner. We are not over this trend just yet.
This cute display of stuffed animals on inner-tubes and slides was quite eye-catching. Great merchandising…we bought some of these cute Knitzie animals.
Dixie was into head-gear as evidenced by her many poses in various hats and headbands.
The girls and I did manage to have some fun with an afternoon glass of champagne with floating Wild Hibiscus Flowers…soon to be available at MSLL.
One more shot of our late evening play-a ride on the Atlanta ferris wheel at Olympic Park, adjacent to our hotel!
So-these girls do know how to have fun mixed with a lots of work!
You can look forward to lots of new items starting to arrive any day!
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We learned so much about the upcoming design trends at the “With It” breakfast during High Point market a couple of weeks ago that one Design Wisdom Wednesday just didn’t suit. Mary took notice of the unique hardware displayed all over market last week and Autumn highlighted the major Asian trend that is currently moving into the design forefront last week. But, there are still trends left to be covered, keep in mind we are dishing out trends for the next three years!
Here are some other trends worth highlighting.
Punk is on the rise! Look for home accessories with an edge. Home accessories were accented with metal and metallic finished along with studs, spikes, and zippers.
Jungle Fever: Lush greens, tropical birds, and animal prints are still on trend now. I had to take this picture of this parrot lamp. This really hits the nail on the head with this trend.
Baroque Influence: dramatic, opulent, and luxurious, intricately designed furniture, gilded and ornamental accessories, and high-end textiles. As you can see some of our upcoming trends hold overlapping characteristics. Luster and large scale elements could all be found in more evident baroque pieces.
Earthy: Biggest Story for 2015! The younger generation is more aware of the need to take care of our planet. This has lead to this “earthy” trend in design. You will begin to see more of a country blend, modern mixed with urban, as well as warmer greens and yellows, and of course terracotta.
Imperfection: Organic forms, aged wood, worn patterns, watercolor and faded ombre designs are all trends that show wear and life. Furniture and accessories show evidence of a human touch.
By now you are on your way to becoming a trend expert! You already know the trends before they hit the press for the next three years! Exciting, isn’t it!? Just remember these are trends not fads. Trends have a tendency to last longer than a fad and have more influence on future markets. So staying up with the current trends is a valued piece of information!
Have you seen any of our trends we have highlighted?
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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Will you be green with envy for all the new products being introduced in the color green? The answer is certainly YES! Why green?
Green represents nature, growth, renewal, regeneration, and unity. Consequently, Emerald Green, the Color of the Year for 2013, was selected by Pantone color specialists as appropriate for this point in history. Green also represents good luck and money.
Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. Green is thought to help relieve stress and help with healing. Those who work in an environment that is green often report less stomach distress.
Frames, platters and plates of green.
Green is everywhere we turn from the many hues of nature to the multi-facets of precious stones. The eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.
The multi-facets of green
Green is easy on the eyes. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in “the green room” to relax.
The Malachite Green Room at CR Laine Showroom
Green pairs well with just about any color. Try using Emerald green and royal blue, kiwi green with tangerine, or Peridot green with carnation pink to make your friends green!
Here are a few other ways to be green with envy, compliments of Home Accents Today magazine:
Home Accents Today Green Color Wheel
Will you jump on the green color wheel?
If you love green have fun with it!
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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.
Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.
Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.
Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.
Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.
Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.
Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.
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!
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Our feathered friends are steadily increasing in trend and popularity. Peacocks, cardinals, parrots, and toucans are all soaring into view. Yet of all these creatures of flight, owls have swooped in and stolen the spotlight. Don’t expect this trend to slow down anytime soon, owls are here to stay!
Owls can be found in almost everything from home decor including wallpaper and fabric to clothing and accessories. Owls are a symbol of intelligence, so of course following this trend is a smart choice indeed. Try using owls on your mantel, included in a centerpiece or on a side table.
Owls have always played a significant role in fairytales and folktales as symbols of knowledge and wisdom, which makes these feathered friends ideal for decorating a child’s room. Whether it’s through wall accents, bedding, or a cuddly, plush toy, it will make any little one smile.
Owls are no longer simply associated with fall. Owls are popping up as Christmas ornaments, as Spring decor with bright colors, and even as Valentines Day inspiration, which puts a new twist on the saying “love birds”.
Remember the early bird gets the worm, so don’t be afraid to bring these great feathered friends into your home. It will have your friends hootin’ and hollerin’ over your space!
Interior Design Intern
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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!
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!
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.
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?
Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!
As you all know I love color! Just open your eyes and take in all the colors of nature, fashion, interiors, cars and even appliances. Even if you prefer the sedate neutrals or soft, soothing pastels, a pop of color is the “spice of life”.
I look forward to the December announcement of the color for the coming year. Yesterday was the “big reveal”! The color of the year for 2013 is Pantone 17-5641 Emerald.
I am really a fan of the bright lime greens that have been prevalent for the last several years. They have always paired well with so many other colors. But I have to admit this bluer, softer form of green has caught my eye in recent market trips.
Although this color is supposed to be “top secret” until it is announced here are a few photos going back to April, 2011 where we have spotted this coming trend.
Our display wall in our front room will soon be turned into “Emerald City”!
Do you like the Color of the Year for 2013? How would you like to use it?
Let us hear your thoughts.
“Working with you to create your lifestyle!”
Mary Sherwood Lake Living
Yes, friends there will be a Christmas tree at the Sherwood’s Lake Gaston home this Christmas! Some of our friends were beginning to worry there would not be any sign of holiday cheer at our house by the time our family arrives. Have no fear, we once again have a “live” Christmas tree. Here is the story…
Being in the retail and design business we are often very busy at this time of year. As our business and children were growing up and time was at a premium, Aaron and Jake began to question “if” and what kind of tree we would have. Traditionally it was always a live tree, sometimes collected from a local tree farm or the local Jaycee’s lot. In 2002, having waited until the last minute, I rushed to Wildwood Nursery in search of a live tree. They were too large, too tall or too expensive, so I had to re-group. Wondering through the nursery I spotted a Pom Pom Topiary Juniper. It was not very big but had a very interesting shape. Could I make this work as a Christmas tree? I am always up for a challenge! My youngest son, Jake, at that time, always arrived home for Christmas late in the night from NJ. I had promised him a real tree! So, he first laid eyes on this tree while everyone else was sleeping. In the morning he said, “Mom, what have you done? You decorated a “broccoli” tree for Christmas! Thus the saga of the potted Christmas trees began. Here is the pictorial version of the saga from 2002 to today, http://bit.ly/vFOmDz.
2002 "Broccoli" Tree
So this past weekend once again we set out on the quest for a tree. Again Wildwood Nursery was able to oblige. We found a beautiful potted ‘Carolina Sapphire’ Cypress tree about 5’ tall. This type of Cypress is a very airy looking tree with aromatic, pale blue-grey foliage. Because the foliage is so wispy, developing a decorating scheme took some thought.
The beginnings of the 2011 Sherwood Christmas tree, a 'Carolina Sapphire' Cypress
I began with the lights placed close to the trunk. Tulle mesh ribbon in three colors, white, red and turquoise, and lime stretchy ribbon was added for the garland. Last but certainly not least, an assortment of light weight glass ornaments created the finishing touch!
Added sparkle and shine with light weight glass ornaments to the 2011 tree.
Carolina Cypress 2011 Christmas Tree
Glass baubles and lights for the mantel!
Added a touch of turquoise this year.
An art glass lamp even gets some Christmas adornment
Yes, we do have a tree and a few other Christmas baubles and bangles.
Thank you for reading this story! It helped me remember how precious these holiday memories will always be in our lives with the people we love.
Enjoy your holidays wherever you may be. Make some memories!
The Sherwoods visiting the LA Museum of Modern Art, Christmas, 2010
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.
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.
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: http://bit.ly/gbW9Kq
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.
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: http://bit.ly/eu2SLd
Festival of table top color!
Funny Faces for Summer
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.
Color forward thinking for Holiday 2011!
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!
Rose wristlet clutch in bright colors. The "new" accessories for spring 2011.
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.
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.
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!
Many years ago a client walked into our showroom at Lake Gaston and ordered several decorative pillows for a child’s guest room. They were red, black, yellow and white to go with a Mickey Mouse theme. This one little job has turned into many! Now several houses later, Autumn and I leave on another adventure. We are off to Dallas to help this client and her husband, (now good friends) prepare a new home to accommodate the recent re-location of their extended family. The new property looks fabulous in photos and we are very excited to have the opportunity to make it into a comfortable and safe environment for four adults and three dogs!
Some ask: “How do you approach a long distance project like this? In jest, my answer is: “With a good tape measure, very accurate notes and lots and lots of pictures.” It’s a little too far away to go back to check a measurement!
We have done many long distance projects with no major problems and only a couple of minor ones. There will always be small obstacles like drilling into steel re-enforced concrete to install draperies at a hurricane-proof Gulf coast project or curtain rods that arrive from the factory incorrectly configured. There have been many broken drill bits and, of course, the closest home improvement store has sometimes been 30 miles away. Because our customers are so loyal and so much fun, the only real challenge is overcoming the stumbling blocks, adjusting to the unexpected and having a “can do” attitude.
Our “very” big bag is packed, just coming in under the weight limit. Whew! It is chock full of fabric samples and pillows to help set the stage for this new project.
Look for future posts about the “Mary and Autumn Do Dallas” project. While we are away come meet our newest part of the team, Traci Watson. Hope she has what it takes to keep Paul in line! Don’t forget to ask Paul for his “custom gift wrap”.
Enjoy this beautiful fall weather at Lake Gaston and beyond.