Before & After: Zen Oasis

Interior design is a transformative process. Through an artful combination of strategic planning and creative thought, designers thrive on creating a completely new space with each project – seeing a project through from beginning to end is, without a doubt, the best part about our job!

Of course, a full redesign is no small feat. There’s consulting and space planning, furniture selection and custom design work, textile choices and installations, and all of the small details in between that combine to create the finished product shown in all of the glossy photos proudly displayed here on the blog.

But what happens before the final photos? Let’s take a look at how our fabulous team took a blank slate and turned it into our client’s vision of a Moroccan oasis throughout the home.

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November’s Notables

As November comes to a close and 2016 begins to wrap up (how is it almost 2017 already?!), my team and I have no plans to slow down. Every month, we fall in love with new pieces and artwork, and this month isn’t any different! From wallcoverings to totem sculptures, we have discovered some amazing pieces that we can’t wait to incorporate into upcoming projects.

Read on to see what sparked our creativity this month.

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3 Essentials for Holiday Entertaining

As the holidays continue to creep up and we begin to prepare our homes to entertain family members of all ages, now is the perfect time to talk about fabulous, yet functional, design tips. This topic is extremely important to me because I am a big champion of the idea that families with young and rowdy kids should not have to sacrifice interior design that is fit for the adults in the home.

With that in mind, here are three easy ways to get your home in shape for holiday entertaining for your gang of rambunctious cousins, perfectly polished aunts, football-watching uncles, fabulous in-laws and lovely grandparents.

Here are my top three strategies when designing a home to entertain for all ages, all year round.

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Interior Design for Your REAL Life

From stunning furniture collections to unique textiles, drapery, accessories and more, the world of interior design is filled with unlimited creative opportunity. Because we have so many options, we are often frozen and in decision-making limbo. All of the choices are, of course, a great problem to have! To break free and start moving your design forward into reality, it is of the utmost importance to honestly assess the real needs of your family, not just your aesthetic preference. This will help you to create some practical magic in your design!

For families with children and busy schedules (like mine), I strongly urge clients to consider the importance of the design of your most hectic spaces like the mud room and utility room. While your guests get to enjoy the formal living room and dining rooms on special occasions, you will love your kids’ backpack drop zone every day!

So, whether you’re getting organized well before the holidays or hastily stashing toys in the closet as your guests ring the bell, you will surely thank your lucky stars you went with a practical – yet insanely beautiful – interior design!

Keep reading to see how to create Classically Current styles that cater to the needs of any busy family.

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Fall High Point Market Favorite Finds!

The last of fall’s officially wrapped up on Tuesday, and I had an absolutely amazing time returning as a Style Spotter. With every passing day, my team and I left more inspired than the day before!

As a Style Spotter, I had the exciting task of tagging my favorite discoveries and designs that really wowed me, and with the abundance of fab designers and vendors, it was no easy task narrowing down the selection! To help narrow down my choices, I set my pre-Market criteria and decided the designs had to fall into one or more of the following categories: light, bright, bold and/or “contrasty.”

So which discoveries made the cut? Read on to find out!

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High Point Market Sneak Peek: Mr. Brown London!

With every day that passes, my excitement builds because I know it means we’re one step closer to the fall High Point Market. I recently featured a few pieces that my Trend Tour partner, , and today, I’m thrilled to do the same with its brother company, (my other High Point Market Trend Tour partner)!

By blending English informality and a modern lifestyle, Mr. Brown’s pieces highlight innovative furniture and unique accessories, perfect for those looking to add a bit of whimsy and a dash of swanky style to their design.

Read on to see my top three favorites from Mr. Brown’s newest collection!
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High Point Market Exclusive Sneak Peek: Julian Chichester!

I am heading to the fall THIS weekend, and I am beyond excited to see what my favorite vendors and designers have in store for the new season! As a member of the Style Spotter , I’m charged with choosing my favorite pieces and designs at the Market (be sure to to see what I discover). As usual, my anticipation got the best of me, and I decided to get a bit of a head start on checking out the fab creations of some of the brilliant designers preparing to roll out new collections at the event.

As we enter into the final countdown to High Point Market, I have partnered with three fab vendors to give you sneak peeks of their new creations all week long!

First up, are the stunning pieces by one of my of my long-time favorites and partner for one of my Market Trend Tours, . The designs and collections always impress, and the team was nice enough to give me a peek at what they plan to reveal at Market.

Inspired by English and European design, it’s as if the pieces in this collection were made for my Classically Current style. Julian Chichester is known for its quality craftsmanship and original design, but the detail and unusual finishes are what set the designs apart from the crowd. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, all items can be custom-made to build a completely bespoke model. From the size to the finish, you can make your piece uniquely you.

Take a look to see what Julian Chichester has in store for this season’s High Point Market and a preview of what we’ll discover during my Trend Tour!

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Award-Winning Designs!

I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t reiterate enough how fortunate I am to work with such a . Even better, I love it when others recognize their fabulous and creative interior design skills! This past weekend, the team and I attended the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Gulf Coast award ceremony and came back with a whopping four awards, including “Best in Show!”

This was such a huge honor, and none of this could have happened without the dedication of my amazing team and the incredible vendors we were able to work with. Take a tour of the award-winning homes and their respective categories!

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Costa Rica: My Seaside Escape

If you have spent any time on my blog, you already know I have a tendency to draw interior design inspiration from almost every place I visit. From the Sagrada Familia in and the eclectic streets of to the southern charm of and Central Park in , even on vacation, I just can’t help but wear my design hat.

While this figurative hat is a permanent staple in my wardrobe, I do recognize the importance of “unplugging” from the hustle and bustle of a busy work life, and recently took full advantage of the opportunity to do just that on a trip to Costa Rica to celebrate my husband Michael’s 40th birthday!

For the big birthday bash, we, along with our closest friends, headed to the coastal paradise for a long weekend of relaxation, celebration and, of course, a little interior design inspiration.

Here’s a peek into my trip and the fabulous colors and textures I spotted along the way.

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