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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How To: A Neutral Hue

Let’s play a lightning round of Design Myth Busters, shall we?

Myth: Neutral colors create a drab interior design.

FALSE: While I LOVE a healthy dose of color in my designs, neutral tones can create inviting, cozy and serene interiors and have the ability to create retreat-like spaces in your home.

One of my favorite things about neutrals, aside from the soft and warm environments they create, is the way they allow other design elements – like texture and pattern – to take center stage. Read on to discover the benefits of going “au-neutural” in your color palette!

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Statement Stairs: 3 Ways to Take a Design to the Next Level

A little fun fact about me: I’ve always been fascinated with space planning, layouts and the structure of homes. I even spent several years studying architecture, which culminated in a Master of Architecture degree. I love it that much!

With this background, I often approach a new interior design project with an architectural eye: seeking opportunities for big changes. However, our clients’ homes can often be vastly improved with just small cosmetic updates. While each project is unique, one area that can have the most impact on your home and the way you live is your staircase.

Read on to see how to take stair design to the next level without a total renovation.

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Top 5 Essentials for A Fab Formal Dining Room

Although fall’s High Point Market has come to a close (tear rolling down cheek), I’m glad to gradually settle back into the swing of things here in the studio. With that comes prepping for the holiday season and helping our clients get ready to entertain their guests!

I’ve shared a few of my fall favorites and Halloween décor (), and now it’s time to begin thinking about the necessities for a formal dining room for the holidays.

Read on to see what makes my top five pieces necessary for a fab, formal dining room!

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Staff Obsessions: Five Things We Love in October

As though October doesn’t shower us enough with its wonderful weather and wickedly fab holiday spirit, this month has brought a whirlwind of excitement!

From style spotting at High Point Market [link to recap blog] to new, favorite finds, I’m sad to see it go, but I love the new pieces that my team and I have discovered. We can’t wait to start incorporating them into future projects!

Read on to see the top obsessions we couldn’t help but fall in love with this month:

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High Point Market Sneak Peek: Worlds Away!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here! I‘m heading off to High Point today to begin all of the Market festivities and I am beyond excited to begin touring all of the showrooms tomorrow! It has been such a crazy couple weeks preparing for it, but the fast (and sometimes frantic) pace is part of what I love about interior design.

As promised, I have one more sneak peek to show you before I hit the road for North Carolina. Known for its fabulous transitional and contemporary pieces, has been a go-to of mine for years and, as usual, they are prepared to make a big impression at Market this weekend.

Without further ado, enjoy my final High Point Market sneak peek courtesy of the fab team at Worlds Away!

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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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Honing in on Hardware

Conceptual design & design development requires the majority of my attention at the beginning of the process, but then we shift focus to the details when the broad strokes are complete! White subtle, hardware can truly bring out the personality of a home and totally transform a space. Check out to see how a bit of gold trim turned my front door into a statement piece. Although small, that new shiny door knocker is one of my favorite pieces from my entire home remodel!

I love a unique hardware piece as much as I love fab chandeliers, so of course,I wanted to share the latest knobs that my team and I have fallen in love with and the amazing designers behind these petite masterpieces!

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Fall is the best season: 9 reasons why this is a fact

Sound the sirens, and roll out the banners – fall is here! I get so excited to see the season transition away from summer, and now I can finally say my favorite time of year has arrived. It’s a legit obsession, ladies and gents. Every year, October 1 is marked on my calendar as “Halloween decorating,” and I love everything about fall- the cooler weather, pumpkin carving with my twin girls and all of the cozy, holiday décor!

If cozy décor, fall colors and Halloween aren’t enough to convince you that fall is, in fact, the superior season, take a look to see (in no particular order) my top reasons why I believe fall is the real “most wonderful time of the year.”

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