Sunday, June 11, 2017

What's "in store" for June (Part 2)

As promised, I am posting part two of newly added items that have been added to the store....

Rattan book/magazine rack in mint condition from the 1970s

 I am constantly adding barware to my space...they are popular items!
I was lucky enough to find this vintage gold ice bucket and Anchor Hocking Tartan pitcher!

Vintage Asian artwork in gold bamboo frames

Blue/White Chinoiserie Monkey with basket on head. This monkey grabbed my  
attention at an estate sale. I almost kept him for myself...sorta felt bad about selling him.
He would make a great planter or perfect on a bar cart to hold lemons or olives.

More brass from planters to candlesticks.
I had to restock because my inventory was getting low!

Also, coming soon are new lamps and a painted tall chest. I have not had time
to take photos but I will post pics on right (For Sale @ Sleepy) when they
  finally arrive in the store. As always, feel free to e-mail
if you have any questions about these items.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mother/daughter Design Duo

I love watching interior design makeover and competition TV shows! And, there's a new design competition show with only 2 contestants on Bravo TV. It features a mother vs. daughter called Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer. Yes, they are related to Mylie, Noah and Billy Ray. This mother/daughter design duo features Brandi Cyrus (daughter) and Tish Cyrus (mom) where they are given a budget and present individual design concepts. In the end, they have to work together on the winning design concept. To be honest, I did not expect much out of Cyrus vs. Cyrus because of their celebrity status. However, I was surprised to find that these ladies are talented designers who can stick to a budget. For more info, check out Bravo TV. It's worth checking out!

Beautiful kitchen renovation completed by Tish and Brandi for a military family in Tenn.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What's "in store" for June (Part 1)....

Check out these items that I recently added to my space in Sleepy Poet. Sorry for the poor photography...was in a hurry to take photos and get merchandise into the store. I will be adding more items in a few days and will post more photos (part 2). Feel free to e-mail me or call the store if you have any questions.

White Mid-century Harmony House 2-drawer side table from
the late 1950s....repainted with new gold knobs. 
Drawers are also freshly lined with new paper from Spoonflower.

Mid-century crystal and marble lamp with original shade.
Cute little fabric flowers were added to top trim

Singer Mid-century bench that has been re-upholstered.
Seat lifts up for hidden storage.

Newly added barware which includes lead crystal decanter,
gold rimmed crystal stemware goblets and white marble mortar and pestle.
(Update: everything in photo sold except for gold trim glasses)

Small side table with new glass knob hardware.

Gold and brass candlestick and 1960's mirrored sconces

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. (Update: these chests have sold)

Also, I have an assortment of mirrors, new and antique, in the booth
(update: middle square tin mirror has sold).....

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...
(Update: chair and bench have sold)

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A great tutorial

I love wallpaper but I struggle with installing it. I finally found a great tutorial by Barb Blair on Design Sponge where she gives her simple step by step process of how to use wallpaper on furniture. It's perfect timing because I am currently working on a piece that I am going to try using wallpaper. Maybe, I will post the finished product if it turns out decent! I found a few awesome wallpapered furniture examples while searching for Barb's tutorial. Here are some of my favs...

 Barb Blair, Knack Studios

Lolly Jane

Ferpie and Fray

All papers used in above photos are from Spoonflower.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Inspiration by Annie

I love to watch Annie Sloan paint! She does it with such ease. She also seems not to stress on perfection...which is why I love chalk paint. If you mess up, it's no problem just to paint over it. Check out her latest project on You Tube...where she paints a vintage "fiddle back" chair and adds a couple of stencils to add character. I'm not a fan of stencils but this finished project is awesome!

Monday, February 6, 2017

What's "in-store" for February

 I love this gray stool (ASCP French Linen) that I reupholstered
in a modern vibrant white and blue dot fabric. (update: sold)

 A great collection of brass that I picked up from an estate sale.(sold)

 These are small trinket boxes with cute miniature felt flowers. I thought I would put
these out in time for Valentines Day. They are left over from my Felt Happy Flower
business that I had a couple of years ago on Etsy. (round box is sold)

This is vintage mahogany Butler's Table from the early 1900-1920s.
This was a rare find...these tables are usually round pie crust style.
The leather top is fair condition and needs a little TLC.

 I gave this chair a face-lift... with a fresh coat of white and
new fabric. This piece would make a perfect desk chair! (update: sold)

And, as always, I usually find a few new decanters to add
to the store inventory. I've acquired quite a collection! (update: sold)

Come check us out at The Sleepy Poet on South Blvd.
There's tons of great new product in store!