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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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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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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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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”.

Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse Diary

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I am so excited to introduce you to my bedroom at the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse.  The real title of this post should be “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends”……

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I love the many stories surrounding this showhouse room and as any designer can tell you, putting together a showhouse is always a wild ride!!  This room came together with the help of so many great vendors and I will give you more details on many of them soon, but ultimately, the main focal point to the room that everyone keeps asking about is the wallpaper.

Green Tortoise


The luscious fabrics for the windows and upholstery by Kelly Wearstler from Kravet/Lee Jofa were the starting point for the room design.  (More details on this fabric and what else Kelly has going with Lee Jofa in my next post)  Then I saw this tortoise green wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher and I just knew I had to have it in my room.  It has a high sheen so you will see in many of the photos that it is reflecting the light in this space from the windows.  At night, however, it positively glows.

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From there came the layering and adding in special pieces.  I called my friends Lance and David at Parker Kennedy Living an did a little Facetime shopping of their warehouse to pick up the great Buddha Statues which sit on pedestals from Plexi-Craft.  And please don’t let me forget the beautiful crystals at the base of each pedestal from Aviva Stanoff.  I also picked up that vintage bamboo brass desk chair from PKL and a great bamboo valet which housed the tunic from Alice and Olivia I wore to be photographed in my room.  That brass medallion over the bed which has chinoiserie etching….yeah that’s PKL too.  Anything else fabulous and brass bamboo in the room (as well as the campaign chest on the right of the bed)  is a result of my shopping spree with the boys.

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Did you notice the leg on the desk in the room?  Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess developed this design specially for my space and loved it so much it’s now in her line.  Called the TIKI collection, this new leg launched an entire collection of furniture for Dunes and Duchess….how exciting!!  I love this desk, which could also be a great dining table or space for a late night snack in this bedroom.

Next I went shopping with my fabrics and wallpaper and got the beautiful Tamarian carpet from Truett Carpets and Rugs in Dallas.  David Truett is always so great to work with and he and Ana made sure I had just what I needed and shipped it to The Hamptons  the same day.   Those great mod swivel chairs from Taylor-Burke Home upholstered in a black glazed linen with crocodile pattern from Lee Jofa and perched on a brass base are such a show stopper.  Gracious Home also brought a little life to the seating area with the tiger velvet benches, which I chose to place in front of the seating area.

The headboard from Palu was a great balance to the wallpaper and the amazing quilted, silver velvet coverlet and super sized shams from Lili Allesandra brought the draped bedspread back – I love this look BTW.  The fur throw and accent pillow, bench at the foot of the bed, throw pillow on the chairs, sheeting, bath accessories and several pieces of the art (in the bedroom and the bath) are from my dear friend Cody Ables at CODARUS.  Cody was so great to work with and I loved shopping his showroom for great options for my bedroom.

Now for the best parts….the lighting and salon-style art wall.  The seashell chandelier (Buttermere) is from Currey & Co. as are all the lamps in the bedroom and sconces in the bath.  The shell encrusted chest by Currey & Co.  made a beautiful statement when you first entered the room and both were my homage to the beach and the Hamptons in this space.  I also loved their small brass table I used in the bath.  Since we weren’t allowed the use of candles and scent is so important to me, I brought a little of Dallas with me and placed a brass container full of Santa Maria Novella potpourri on the table.  Scent is everything and I hope it lingers with all that experience the space.

Much of the art you see is from the personal collection of my dear friend Kelly O’Neal.  Now, Kelly is not only a friend, but an artist and owner of Design Legacy.  He has killer taste and loaned me some of my favorite pieces from his collection, including the hand rollers and acrylic shelves.  I also showed the photography of my dear friend Linda Burnside of LGB Interiors from her many travels.  It meant so much to me to have these pieces in my room and I even included one of Kelly’s paintings from MY collection as well.  I also love the work of Lindsay Cowles Fine Art and was so happy have her painting (seen behind one of the Buddha statues) and her pillow front and center on the bed.  My friend Richard Bettinger from Dallas, who is an amazing photographer, allowed me to show his work as well and it is the piece behind the other Buddha statue.  I love how the crisp white pops off the dark green walls and creates the layer of interest that had everyone coming in for a closer look during the gala.

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I know this is a long list but it just goes to show you how many people in my circle of friends said a resounding “YES” when I picked up the phone and called.  They truly made me feel that if I have done anything right in this industry, it is to make new friends….and talented ones at that.  I can’t say “Thank You” enough to all of you who supported me in putting this suite together and I can’t wait for you to see it in person.  Please take the time for a tour because there are so many great rooms in the house for you to see.  You will be so happy you did.  For more info on the Showhouse, click HERE.


Monday Crush: Sag Harbor

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Having just returned from the Hamptons installing my Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse room, I have fallen madly in love with Sag Harbor.  From the charming shingle-style cottages to the glorious hydrangea hedges, how could one not fall in love???







I will be back in just a few weeks as the house opens to the public on July 26th.  Stay tuned for sneak peeks of my room and all the great details I placed there last week.














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