1. By all means, choose a playful color palette!
2. Choose practical textures- here we selected a hearty stonewashed linen for the sectional and had the furniture treated with a stain resistant treatment immediately (make haste!) Pillow covers have zippers for easy laundering.
3. Embrace the slash. Carefully consider pieces that have more than one use or could eventually go into another room. In this space- take note of the orange settee that is nearly the size of twin size guest bed and can be covered in sheets at a moment’s notice? Or the Media unit which could be a cool dining room console? Odds are- as your kids grow their needs/ your spatial needs will change, also.
4.Don’t be afraid to leave some floor space- because kid’s love to PLAY on the floor- so why invest in a coffee table that impedes playing with cars or has to be moved when it’s dance party time?
5. Add a personal touch. In the library framed family photos are displayed. While on the tv wall- my client made fun posters of every place their family has lived- unique to the space and special to the family- something you won’t find in the pottery barn kids catalog.
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Nantucket Grill and Bar tops Brittany’s favorites – with locations in North Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, someone can enjoy an elegant dining experience with menus ranging from every corner of the globe.
“Nantucket’s is one of my favorite restaurants – you are greeted with a fresh bouquet of roses in a tasteful pewter pitcher, in addition delightful and attentive service.”
Just this week, Brittany visited Nantucket’s and ordered one of her most beloved dishes – Pine nut salad with chicken.
“The soba noodles in the salad are always a welcomed surprise.”
For desert, Brittany savors in the delicious choices of the strawberry shortcake, the lemon delight, or the chocolate bliss cake. Check out one of the several locations on Tuesday or Saturday for a half slice of one of their famous mile high cakes with a purchase of a $10.00 entree!
Check out next Thursday for another one of Brittany’s Faves.
images 1. Rick Erwin 2-3. Personal
Need some suggestions on how to wrap those last minute gifts?! As Brittany makes her television debut on My Carolina Today, enjoy her three wonderful ideas for gift wrapping this holiday season. What do you do for festive holiday wrapping? We would love to hear.
The past few weeks, these Sausage Bites have been a quick & easy go-to when agreeing to make a savory appetizer for holiday parties. People even believed I was from the South when these arrived! For the perfect soundtrack while waiting for these to cook- some classic tunes for you:
Alabama’s Christmas in Dixie
The Jackson Five’s I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Elvis’ Blue Christmas
- 1 pound spicy ground pork sausage
- 2 cups biscuit baking mix (you may also try Virgina’s Best Biscuit mix)
- 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine sausage, biscuit baking mix and cheese. Mix well. If it looks a little dry add a tbsp of water to the mix. It also helps to have sausage at room temperature.
Form into walnut size balls and place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the center is done.
You may also prepare these and freeze them before baking. Thaw and bake as recommended. You may also add garlic powder/onion powder to taste to the dry mix.
image: Martha Stewart
Interior designers from all across the country and the extraordinary people who work at Lee Industries pose for a picture.
Not originally from North Carolina, I still marvel at the fact that beautiful furniture is made right here within the state of North Carolina. Touring the factory was like watching an intricate machine operate, we were able to see each process happening whether that was by hand or with a human operating a machine. Let’s begin with some of the highlights!
First, bolts of fabric arrive at the factory and are tagged to their respective furniture frame.
Next, the fabric is rolled out and inspected, prepared for cutting and sewing.
The patterns are then cut out of the fabric using a computer aided program. The strips you see on the table are being used to create a welt cord.
We closely observed the sewing department as they sew different pieces together.
Below:A top-stitch is created on leather.
Special details like a hidden zipper pocket and jumbo contrast top-stitching make each piece unique.
Lee Industries president Norman Coley (middle) observes a hardwood frame and nylon webbing.
Above: A master upholster begins tying down the metal springs with 8 way hand tied knots, a mark of good quality.
Below: An upholster finishes an ottoman with covered buttons.
Have you ever heard the phrase “spitting tacks?” This experienced upholster (above in green) holds his hammer to his mouth to show us a tried and true quick method.
Below: A gorgeous Chesterfield sofa.
Above: A covered welt cord will be applied to finish the edges on this pretty sofa with exposed wood.
After the factory tour Norman explained to us Lee Industries green practices, you can read all about their eco-friendly company culture here. We really enjoyed our experience at Lee Academy and feel great about all the knowledge we acquired while at the factory.
Lee Industries, one of North Carolina’s high-end furniture manufacturers, invited Lauren and Brittany to a two day Academy in Hickory, North Carolina. By educating interior designers, they in turn are more knowledgeable when hand selecting furniture for their clients.
We are still going through all of our wonderful pictures from the 27th annual Lee Academy .
We promise though Brittany and Lauren will give you, our readers, their personal perspectives on all the behind-the-scenes details of the factory tour and the academy, coming up next week!
One of the highlights from the Academy was watching this fabric below being woven on a jacquard loom. Watch the toile pattern appear as the weft yarns are inserted into the warp yarn.
Back in February of 2010 Design Lines established the “Living the Mission” award, which is awarded each month to the employee who embodies our company principles and values. The award is passed on from one employee to another employee and is accompanied with a $100 bonus.
This past Monday, Hilaire passed the award on to Brittany for her continuing efforts in furthering the company brand and client experience by introducing a new method for presenting during our design presentations.
So far our team has recognized Lauren, Hilaire and Ashley.
How would you describe your professional style?
I lean towards a collection of styles; a touch of French here, mid century modern there, and a mix of neutrals (usually grays) paired with vibrant color.
How has your aesthetic evolved?
I’m past everything being so matchy-matchy. I don’t love it when things are too “done”.
What are your inspirations?
My environment- be it a new town, or my favorite restaurant, I love design mags, and I think a lot of what I love is rooted in my heritage and my past living in three time zones.
What is the essential element of any room?
Mirrors! They can transform spaces making them appear larger, brighter, or more interesting.
What is your design philosophy?
You can’t afford ugly
What are your three must-haves?
Vintage dresses, a sketchpad in my pocketbook, and my best girlfriends.
What is the last place you saw that made you think, I wish I’d done that?
Alpine house restaurant at the Canyons resort in Park City, Utah
What are you reading right now? What’s on your DVR?
The Tall Book by Arianne Cohen, Oprah
If you weren’t in interior design, what would you be doing?
I would be a floral designer. My favorite flowers of the week are pink peonies and the best florist in Raleigh is the English Garden.
Favorite paint color and why?
ICI’s Scroll Beige – the perfect griege (gray+ beige) goes with everything!
How did you get started in this field?
My father is a home builder in Illinois- I loved seeing how you can directly affect people’s lives by shaping their spaces.
Where’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled?
Vienna, Austria. The people there are blissfully happy.
In your eyes, what are the biggest trends for 2010?
Gold accessories and beachy colors like coral & lilac.
To see more designer profiles click here. We still have Lauren and Hilaire to interivew in the coming months stay tuned!
bench by Janus et cie
The gorgeous photograph above is from the Mariette Hines Gomez collection for Soicher Marin
What colors make you think of summer?
See Ashley’s summer selections: here
P.S. I’ve selected these paint colors from Sherwin Williams, be sure to check out some of their color resources: like the cool ColorSnap app for your iPhone
When a favorite client told me that she wanted to convert her formal dining room at the entrance of her house into a playroom space that her three children could enjoy, I had my doubts. Of course, I subscribe to the belief that you should live in every room in your house, but I had my concerns about the potential mess being right near the front door.
I should always trust a mother’s intuition. I love the end result of this space we designed and that our client is only a glance away from her kids at play. We kept the draperies and wall sconces but said goodbye to the other formal dining room furnishings. I designed a custom cabinet for plenty of toy storage and a place for the tv to live. The finish on the cabinet is a sophicated black and the wall color changed from a deep red to turquoise.
This room provides versatility as the play table from Restoration Hardware can be wheeled out of the room and the room can host a dinner party or bookclub gathering for adults. The Souk Rug from West Elm brings a luxourious texture for little bare feet and imaginative play.
I’m obsessed with the constellation print from Minted in an oversized scale. This project begs the question: “what room are you not really using in your house?”
images by Design Lines