Sunday, May 21, 2017

Manor makeover in High Point.

If you have ever spent any time in High Point, NC, then you are familiar with Pandora's Manor located near the furniture market. This historic home was originally built for a furniture manufacturer's wife (Pandora) in 1905. What makes this manor so unique is that every room was recently renovated by a different A-list Interior Designer....including one of my favorite designers, Thom Filicia. The Design Network is doing a series on the makeover which I found very interesting and highly entertaining. The first episode highlights the original traditional elements downstairs including the gorgeous wood paneling, front porch, etc. There's also a wonderful story about a plate from'll have to watch! It's now a luxurious upscale bed and breakfast so you can you stay there when visiting the High Point Market....check out more photos on their Instagram page. It's also available for events, including weddings. An overnight stay is on my bucket list!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Interior design trends

I've been a little slack on posting for the's been over a month! To be honest, I've been busy and I have not found anything worth posting about during the past couple of weeks. However, I have noticed a few design trends that have been popping up on-line and locally in the retail stores. I thought these current trends would be worth writing about because they are totally opposite from my usual design style...I might make a few adjustments in my space at Sleepy Poet! Here are some of the trends....

1. Circular shapes with 80's colors.
Have you noticed the furniture shapes becoming more curved? Also, the golds, pinks and teals showing up everywhere...from lighting, rugs and furniture.
 Chair in pink velvet (Anthropologie)

80's throwback gold lamp (West Elm). I had a lamp
like this one in my dorm room many years ago!

2. Marble.
This has been popular for awhile in kitchen countertops but now it is showing up on coffee tables, bathroom counters, etc.
Sleek modern floating marble countertops for the bath.
Marble top retro table (Chairish)

3.  Gold accents.
I have mentioned this is hot right now. Gold and brass fixtures, lighting, furniture and hardware are extremely popular.
White lacquer chest with gold hardware and feet (Anthropologie)

4. Boho.
This is my favorite trend! The bohemian organic look has been on the trend with terracotta pottery, macramé wall hangings and wood furniture. Love this style because it usually involves a curated look with found vintage items!
Boho style with vintage wood table, accessories and original artwork.

Monday, April 3, 2017

What's "in store" for April....

Just delivered to The Sleepy Poet...a pair of hand painted blue 4-drawer bachelor's of chests (only one of the pair shown). These would make perfect bed side tables or great small chests for a beach house, child's room, etc.

Also, I have an assortment of mirrors (new and antique) in the booth.....

A few ceramic items that include ginger jars (could make great lamps!),
blue/white pitcher and an assortment of vases (not shown)....

And, last but not least, a few things that are old inventory that are
now marked down to make room for new items...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A great sense of humor!

Have checked out Ikea's latest surprise? They are introducing "Bigland".... let's just say they reminded me of today's date! I love that this company has fun with what they do. Check it out here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rattan Revival

Rattan has been making a comeback for the past few years. And, it is really mainstream this year! Have you noticed the big box stores are introducing their version of rattan furniture along with their spring/summer outdoor merchandise? Ikea has launched the coolest Boho rattan furniture called Jassa. This line also includes bright colored textiles that are perfect for the warmer months. Target also has a smaller, more conservative rattan set called Latigo which includes 2 chairs and a small table. It is already in limited stock which tells me that it is one of their more popular styles! Of course, if you are looking for original vintage rattan from the 70s, you can always search antique stores or online sites like Chairish. They have an extensive inventory of vintage rattan from clocks, bar carts, name it, they probably have it!

Ikea's Jassa Boho line which includes stylish vintage inspired rattan and bright colored textiles.

 Vintage dining room chairs from Chairish. You can find many vintage rattan pieces on
their site from furniture to mirrors. They also offer white glove delivery.

A more modern timeless style of rattan called Latigo from Target

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eat, sleep, beach and repeat

The east coast is getting hit by a late winter snow storm this weekend. However, I am working on a design for a beach house so I'm sitting at my desk dreaming of sunshine and trying to ignore the yucky weather outside. While constructing a design board for my client, I found a few beachy accessories and ideas that I thought worth sharing. These are the extra little touches that take a typical beach house to unique and interesting level.

Love this idea of using wallpaper patterns on the stairs. It's a peel and stick
so it can be easily removed and replaced. (paper from walls need love)

More wallpaper/fabric patterns...these are from Spoonflower (their site is addicting!).
You can choose from thousands of designs to have wallpaper or fabric printed for
your dimensions. Perfect for an accent wall or pillows.

Another design tip that I love for a home on the coast is to bring in a darker blue color.
I like using it on furniture and/or trim and then using it in one room like this master bedroom. (Photo: Elle Décor, Designers Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman)

I also suggest using pops of color throughout the house especially on furniture and linens.
This was a  chest that I painted many years ago using SW Decisive Yellow.

Buying vintage pieces from a local thrift store to repurpose as art is also a favorite of
mine. I love it when I see a collection of old bathing suits, straw hats, or maps on a wall. (Town and Country)

I'm always on the hunt for cute cabinet hardware and decorative hooks. These are all coastal themed from of my favorite sources for knobs and handles.