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Currey and Company NEW High Point Showroom Opening

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I arrived in High Point yesterday afternoon and last night I had the opportunity to tour the new Currey & Co. showroom space. It took me over an hour to walk through the space…..all the while, my mouth gaping open. It’s. Just. That. Good!!  This is the magnolia leaf wall in the garden room…..beyond beautiful!


Yes, I’m the brand ambassador for Currey & Co. And yes, I’ve been sent sneak peeks along the way, so I thought I knew what I would be seeing. I was wrong.  The new furniture is so good….

Vinton Chair


Aberdeen Bench


Briallen DemiLune


Kaipo Chest


La Cour Credenza



And now you can shop it on the Currey App……get yours HERE.


I also curated my favorite lamps and chandeliers below::

Nightshade Lamp


Martin Table Lamp

Forest Light Chandelier

MAdrigal Lamp

Eduardo Chandelier

Federico LampBrushstroke Table Lamp

Durban Table Lamp

Coquette Chandelier

Calla Lily Lamp

Basilica Pendant

Garamond Chandelier

And then there are the wall sconces that I use in every bathroom and hallway I design::

Fable Wall Sconce

Forest Light Wall Sconce

Garamond Sconce


In the past, you had to walk the showroom several times to see everything and make sure you didn’t miss a thing. In the newly expanded space, it’s even more necessary to make sure you book enough time in your schedule to see it all.  There are also three bars and eating areas, so you will be able to enjoy the hospitality that Currey is known for throughout the showroom.  They installed a large commercial kitchen so their team would be able to serve every event with on-site catering.  The fabulous Anna will be on hand to make sure every detail is perfect and I hear rumor that THE Robert Currey will be doing a live cooking demonstration of his famous Sparta Mushrooms with his standard-poodle-assistant Rives.


I hope you are all as excited as I was to tour the new space and that I will see you there. There are several events over the next week where you can drop by to shop for lighting, upholstery and have organic nibbles while you are there.


AND….I almost forgot to mention the Potterton Books Popup with out of print and antique books from jewellery, design and architecture.  If you love books, you can’t miss this chance to add to your library.  The selection is amazing and I had to pull myself away to keep from spending ALL of my money!!



My Curated Kravet Room

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I’ve been keeping a little secret and now that it’s out on Social Media I wanted to give you all the scoop!!


I was so excited to hear that Kravet had plans to launch a Ready-To-Ship Upholstery Collection.  I was even more delighted when they asked me to curate rooms using these upholstery pieces and many of the pillows I designed for their Ready-To-Ship line.

There are several views of the space and developing a look that represented my style using these pieces was a piece of cake.  The fabrics on each piece are incredibly versatile and will be so easy to use in each of my projects.  The best part is that they are sitting on a shelf and ready to ship to my Dallas receiver.  NO ONE ELSE HAS THIS!!!


Every upholstered piece in every image in this post is ready to go.  Same for the accessories, the art, the pillows, the lamps, the tables….all of it!!  That’s an incredible feat and I have been waiting 5 years for this to happen in our industry.

Imagine that you get a call needing an entire space completed in 3 weeks.  Now that’s possible from a trade source in the high quality that you give all of your other projects that are delivered in several months.


Everyday I  design projects on a deadline.  I get calls from executives moving to town, from divorcee’s needing an immediately filled apartment, from sports figures moving to Dallas to play for one of our many sports teams and even military officers who are retiring and coming back from the Middle East.  They, along with my clients who want immediate gratification, want a luxury look NOW.  Now it’s possible through Kravet and CuratedKravet.  The rugs shown are also from their Ready-To-Ship items on their website.  Beautiful, no?

Take a minute to listen to Cary Kravet and his reason for launching this collection HERE.  (Thanks for pronouncing my name for the whole world Cary…..its always a mystery and you have cleared it up now!)

I also loved the design board created to let everyone get to know me a little better as a Kravet curator.


The team at Kravet was great to work with, the photoshoot was fast, furious and completed in 8 hours……talk about designing with a deadline!!  When I arrived the studio had wallpaper and when I left for the airport the same day, our images were shot and the looks you see here were complete.  And Nate Berkus had just been there… exciting!

So let me know what you think?  Would you use these items in your projects, designers?  I want to hear from you and so does Kravet!  SHOP HERE and give me your thoughts and take advantage of their 10% Holiday Discount too using code GIVETHNKS10.




Kravet and Traditional Home Hampton Showhouse Diary

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I had the privilege of working with Kravet and Lee Jofa to select the fabrics for my bedroom at the Traditional Home Hampton Showhouse.  I am a big fan of Kelly Wearstler and her fabrics and furnishings.  So in channeling a little of Kelly, I selected fabrics from her collection for Lee Jofa.  On the windows in the bedroom, I chose this gorgeous Groundworks “Currents Linen” with gold metallic embroidery in undulating ribbons of gold dots.  It truly looks like sunlight sparkling on the water in a stream and when light hits it, the fabric comes to life.



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Photo by Marco Ricca

Next I needed to select fabrics to upholster the custom chairs made for me by Taylor-Burke Home.  These chairs have a beautiful brass pedestal base so with the moody and dark pieces I was choosing to make the room feel glamorous, I knew I wanted a darker fabric.  I chose the “Serpent” fabric from Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa because it truly is a chameleon fabric.


On the reverse it is an ebony linen/cotton/polyester basic.  When you look at the front side of the fabric however, it’s this great glazed pattern in a snake pattern.  Everyone thought it was leather or vinyl, but it has the softness of a linen while still being chic.  I love how these chairs turned out and how the fabric added so much glamour to the room.

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Photo by Marco Ricca

Last, I chose a gorgeous raw silk fabric from Lee Jofa in Kelly’s collection called Sonoma.  I chose the Truffle colorway because of how it had shades of black, grey and brown and had this amazing texture.


The bath cabinet in the bath suite of my room was installed by the builder and had a rustic finish.  This fabric was the perfect complement to the casual vibe of the bath and the horizontal wall panels.  I ran this great tape trim from the same collection down the center of the roman shade so you could appreciate the great texture and its macrame’ vibe.tl10128_818

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Photo by Marco Ricca

While they weren’t quite ready for my showhouse, Kelly Wearstler is launching an entire collection of Performance Fabrics for Kravet and Lee Jofa called Terra Firma.  See the entire collection HERE.  I had a chance to peek at them while I was visiting  Kravet HQ in New York earlier this summer.  I use performance fabrics so often because I design spaces for living.  My clients live in their homes and often have kids and dogs.  They want to have chic and modern spaces that also can handle the traffic of a busy family.  These fabrics can also be used outdoors too!!  Here are a few of my faves::




Don’t you love them?  Thanks so much to Kravet for being a great partner in my space and for always supporting our projects with edgy and available fabrics.  Stay tuned for an exciting announcement this Fall from Kravet and me.  HINT:  It has a little something to do with “Designing With A Deadline”.

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