Monday, September 11, 2017

Chinoiserie Chic Style

I love Chinoiserie Chic style especially when it is updated in bold, bright colors and modern prints. It seems like Asian inspired home décor is popping up everywhere these days. I've also noticed that the Chinoiserie style furniture seems to go fast and furious at the antique auctions. I've been lucky to find a few items at reasonable prices. Below are a few of my favorite examples of Chinoiserie Chic...

A modern take on Chinoiserie style by Jonathan Adler. Love the bright orange cabinet!

I never get enough of Anthropologie! Loving these pillows and chairs from artist
Paige Gemmel. Her updated take on Palm Beach Chinoiserie is beautiful! 

A more conservative approach to Chinoiserie Chic is this lovely
hand knotted Tibetan wool and silk rug by The Rug Company

I'm loving this modern print fabric called
Escher Pagoda by Kelly Steele on Spoonflower

Check out this beautiful pink, feminine room by David Kaihoi featured in House Beautiful.
This wallpaper looks like a hand-painted mural....a great alternative to original artwork!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Getting benched

Getting benched is not fun...however, this kind of "getting benched" was a lot of fun! I purchased these two bench seats at a local antique auction. Then, picked up some colorful upholstery fabric for the seat cushions and painted them in coordinating colors. The top bench is painted a moss green with a bold floral eggplant colored fabric. I love the finished product! The bottom bench is a little more conservative with a bright green floral fabric and dark gray paint. You can check them out at the Sleepy Poet (vendor #1344, space N-14)....they are ready for a new home!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just beachy on Bald Head

As promised, I decided to post a quick follow up on the Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island in NC. This gorgeous beach house has a laid back open style with several porches that welcomes outdoor living. Perfect for entertaining a large group...the ultimate party house! There are also a couple of wonderful design features that make this house unique...

1. Built for the warm beach climate. Love that the builder eliminated dry wall on the ceilings so the walls could breathe with less mold mildew buildup. An opening in the kitchen ceiling (see picture above) lets hot air escape upstairs, which means cheaper energy bills. 

2. Open to outside living. This is a popular concept but this house really takes advantage of opening up to outdoor living. There are many porches in this home, which includes a sleeping porch. The photo above shows retractable windows from kitchen to outside bar...who wouldn't love to eat lunch out on the porch or take advantage of cocktails after a long day on the beach?

3. Extra flexible living space. There's a separate living quarters with its own kitchenette attached to the house by a breezeway which makes it perfect for an office space, mother-in-law quarters or rental income.

The 2017 Southern Living Idea House is still open to the public for a short time. For more info, check out Southern Living. (Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller) 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Moody blue

I've added another furniture piece to the store...a beautiful blue vanity desk. It has a fresh new coat of ASCP Aubusson Blue with a top layer of clear wax. It's distressed along the edges to give it that worn look. However, I decided not to go heavy with the distressing on this piece. I also kept the original brass federal pulls....the brass complements the blue nicely! I am guessing this desk is from the 1940-50s. And, it's ready to go to a new home! (update: This desk is SOLD)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

I've been busy adding a few things to my space.....baskets, floral prints, barware (glasses, decanters, ice buckets, etc.), furniture and chalkboards. Come check us out at The Sleepy Poet.



Update: blue chest is sold

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Campus Cool

It's that time again when college kids are scrambling to get their gear together. I recall my first college dorm that looked like a prison cell with two standard twin beds, desks and chairs. However, I was lucky enough to have roomie who loved decorating as much as I did. Her mom was an expert sewer so we picked a color scheme and my roommate's mom created curtains, pillows, etc. to match our bedding. We created an awesome room which was the envy of our college hall! I've put together a few cool products and ideas to help with the dorm room/apartment design dilemma...

Not your average dorm frig from Urban Outfitters.
Other colors also available.

Ikea is a must for back to school items.
Check out this stylish comfy swivel chair on sale.

Target also has the great pillows, lamps and rugs.
You can find great clearance deals this time of year.

Also, don't forget to check out Pinterest for creative ideas.
I found this awesome dorm decked out with vintage vinyl.
You can find great unique vintage stuff for little $ at
your local thrift stores and antique malls.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

New look for the nook

Those small niches and nooks can be a pain to decorate! What was the builder and architect thinking? The most creative designers will find them frustrating. You can either try to hide them or bring attention to the area. I vote for focusing in on the small awkward spaces. I found some great inspiration by adding standout paint, wallpaper, exposed beams, etc. It's especially nice when you can redefine a small space and give it purpose. Check out some of my favs below...

Love this bold paint color! Great idea for a cozy nook in a small space
featured in Apartment Therapy

Awkward upstairs space which was re-designed into an office featured in Talo & Koti.
I love how the designer repurposed the difficult angled wall space
by adding these desks and cabinets.

This bookcase was re-purposed into a bar. It was part of a beautiful Brooklyn Brownstone renovation featured on Apartment Therapy. The wallpaper is by Hygge & West

Sloped ceiling space re-purposed into a closet. Love the window bench and rustic beams!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Inspiration on the Island

The 2017 Southern Living Idea House is now open to the public for tours on Bald Head Island, NC. Just thought I would do a quick FYI post since many of you are headed to the NC coast for summer vacation. Tickets are $15 and you will need to be transported by ferry to the island. This part of the island is not accessible by car so you might also want to bring a good pair of walking shoes. I'm planning to visit this summer and hopefully post more pics. For more info, visit Southern Living.

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!
(Update: pitcher is SOLD)

Vintage Asian artwork in gold bamboo frames
(Update: Both artwork is sold)

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. (update: sold) 

More brass from planters to candlesticks.
I had to restock because my inventory was getting low!
(Update: all brass is sold again) 

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.
(Update: Table is SOLD)

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)

Small side table with new glass knob hardware.
(update: table is SOLD)

Gold and brass candlestick and 1960's mirrored sconces
(update: candlesticks are sold)

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.