Category Archives: garden

I Feel The Heat

Excitedly,  I’m working on an outdoor patio that includes a creative furniture plan to surround a fire pit.  So, as I look for design inspirations on line, I stumbled upon this amazingly beautiful and in ground fire pit and seating arrangement.

Although springtime is right around the corner, I can completely imagine myself laying around enjoying the warmth and spirit of this organic setting.

Not a fire pit, but I had to include “hammock alley” in the mix as a simple, lovely  way to swing and pass the hours away…

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Images via Studio Blog

And if you every doubted plum could look so delicious…think again.

….more exotic images by Studio Blog

Know what I like about this space? Nothing matches, but everything works well together.  The coffee table is just a big ‘ol block of wood but it’s way cool.  All the tones are earthy and warm yet balanced by the cool tones of the white walls.

More outdoor images found on Jeremy and Kathleen’s Blogspot

There’s nothing more magical and natural than water and fire combined…talk about heaven on earth!!!  Equally magical is shaggy grass planted between the tiles. It softens and warms the ground that otherwise  may be hard and cold.

Image via Debbie Evans Garden Design

Be sure to check out Southern Living  for some great tips if you plan to have an outdoor fireplace or pit.

Living Outdoors Can Be So Inviting

Earthy Colors – Image via House Beautiful

A Colorful Cabana – Image via House Beautiful

If you ever want to escape and long to be in a place that takes you as far as your imagination will allow, look no further than your own back yard. Whether you have a screened in porch, a patio, a veranda or sunroom, add a few special touches to make it your home outside your home.

Cynthia at Serenity In Design had the right idea sharing the beauty and tranquility of these extended rooms.

Image via Serenity In Design

See more of her images here.  Beware, they will draw you in.  Thanks Cynthia!

Feel like tackling some outdoor home improvement projects? These How-To’s will get you started:

5 Tips To A Beautiful Outdoor Space

3 Great Outdoor Bar/Service ideas for your Home

Sunroom Decor

Inspiration for a Romantic, Timeless and Classic Bedroom

Interior Design / PCL Interiors,   Photo Credit / Clear Sky Images

Last Sunday marked the close of this years Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte, NC.  As one of the participating IDS Interior Designers, I must admit, it was crazy fun and admittedly a little stressful at times.  Preparing for the installation can be a little daunting as I juggle coordinating all those little things that go into designing a room for a show along with trying to maintain the everyday tasks of the business. Thankfully, somehow it always works itself out.

This is my third time participating in the show.  The first time I designed a delightful outdoor veranda, and the second time a fun hang out retreat for tween girls. Both resulted in 1st Place awards (YES, a shameless plug)!

This year I had to participate, not only for the promise of brand exposure, but because  each room was to be inspired by a novel of our choosing.  My imagination soared instantly!  Since my space was designated as a bedroom, I selected The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as my inspiration for the romantic depiction of how a timeless love parallels a timeless design. There’s a balanced mix of vintage traditional and current modern design elements in the space.

There are several elements introduced that were indirectly inspired by the novel.

1. To represent many meetings by Henry and Claire in the meadow – an introduction of organic materials like the branches, tree bark, fresh flowers and fresh willow branches. I also commissioned an artist to paint a landscape scene on canvas.


2. Torn wallpaper liner on the walls to honor Claire’s craft as a paper sculptor


3. A stack of books covered in wrapping paper serve as a table near the chaise and represent Henry’s profession as a librarian.


4. The clock has no hands because after all, time means nothing when you constantly involuntarily disappear at any given moment.


5. So, I blinged it out with chrome, silver and mercury glass to represent the current time

6. Charles Eastlake chaise and side table represents traveling back in time for a traditional style.

Out of 6 designer rooms, my design received 2nd Place and The People’s Choice Award!

Boulevard Home Furnishings Bazaar provided that adorably stunning french inspired canopy bed. Thanks Cynthia!

Luxurious Silk / Wool combo area rug – can you identify the silhouette of a sexy female body in the rug? Stark Carpet Outlet Tim, you ROCK!

Courtesy of Sally: Fine Italian bedding and linens from DeWoolfson Linens.

Close up of Duvet bedding and paint swatch in PCL Interiors design

A BIG thank you to Joan! Painting and precision wallpaper lining installation  Joan’s Designer Wallcoverings

Gotta love Sherwin Williams paint colors Oyster Bay (walls) Retreat (trim work).

Installation and painting of baseboards and crown molding by Eric and Carrie of Shy’s Design and Construction. Trust me, they do way more than this. Contact them for ANY construction needs.

Kim at Crate and Barrel provided the cordial side bar table. Perfect for any style room.

Bronze tone and cut glass pendant light fixture from Lighting and Bulbs Unlimited in Matthews.

Artist Rosalia Weiner of Home Art Designs.  Heavenly!!!  I commissioned Rosalia for three designs.

1. The love was certainly put into the “L-O-V-E” art on canvas. The branches and bark represent their frequent encounters in Meadow Lark, Claire’s parents backyard.

2. Over the bed is an acrylic painting on canvas, also inspired by Meadow Lark.

3. Most dramatically, on the wall, hand written excerpts from Henry’s love letter to Claire are artfully depicted in Spanish and English on the paper liner.

Thanks to my Jr. Designer Sam Monds, two student designers Raissa Zharoff and Angela Peck and my work room fabricator, Maria Orloff for two custom pillows.

Chrome garden stool from West Elm.

ALL the FRESH fabulous floral arrangements provided by Do A Little Floral in Huntersville, NC.

I certainly hope the images from this room and this great design idea will inspire you to take  elements from a novel and recreate them in your favorite room in the house. Have FUN!

The Mow Chair – This Is What Forward Thinking Looks Like

The Mow Chair

The Mow Chair - Designed by Lebanese architect Fadi Sarieddine

When I came across this post written by Jill Fehrenbacher on the blog Inhabitat , I had to take a second look.  How cool is this design?!  A grass chair!  Actually, it’s a bench more appropriately name The Mow Chair.  Designed by Fadi Sarieddine,  this is what forward thinking looks like!