To Market…




It doesn’t take high scores on an IQ test full of relational equations to realize how much DLL loves going to Market. We arrived at the High Point Furniture Market again with wider eyes, eager to take in all the Season had to offer. Howard, Judy’s husband, joined us this year, adding a new dynamic, a stopwatch, & a whole lot of fun.

We visitied some tried and true vendors’ showrooms; namely Pearson, Baker, & CTH Sherrill-Ocassionals.
We also fell in love with the showrooms of our new vendors, as well. Century Furniture , Stanford Furniture, Emeson et cie, and Global Views just to name a few.

Our observations:

Birds (we knew this was coming)
Black and White

Faux Bois and Petrified Wood

Bold patterns

Great chairs

At the end of the day we realized that Design Lines has been setting a design pace in our own right. As we saw the crop of new things we were reminded of the words of great Architect and Designer Mies Van Der Rohe, in a variety of circumstances “Less (really) is more” and some things (and by that we mean not specifically a painted porcelain foo dog or a gold lamé footstool) should just be kept in the closet.

The End.

Meet the Cucurbita Family (Gourds & The Great White Pumpkin)

October is a great month for decorating, and now that Fall has finally decided to stand up and greet us with a cool down in the temperatures, we can decorate for the ocassion. Stephanie decorated the Barony Parade House with some handsome Martin House gourds. I bought a collection of small and lively green ones for myself at the grocery store and put them in a hurricane. Gourds and their closely related siblings pumpkins, are visually interesting thanks to their variety in color, texture, and form. I’m particularly in love with white pumpkins and the fresh aesthetic they bring to the traditional fall decorating table. I had never seen a white pumpkin until the cover of Domino Magazine‘s October Issue. But now, white pumpkins seem to be more readily availible. You can see scores of them walking into almost any Harris Teeter. I found an article on the topic to be really interesting. Who knew that “white is the new orange?”


Seeing as how five of the six Design Lines employees have relocated in 2007…we thought we would share our favorite (and least favorite) experiences about moving. We asked almost all of the relocatees to answer the following inquiries:
1- Name your favorite thing about your new place
2- List your biggest moving/relocating pet peeve

Fave: My new house is worth the commute! I also love the Llamas I pass on the way to work each morning and when I see them on my way home, I know I’m almost there.

Least Fave: Living in the unstable/unorganized disarray of boxes while packing and the anticipation of getting into the new place.

Fave: I love the fact that I finally own and I am not renting and the perks about being an owner. I got to install a great picket fence that I love. I also love all the square footage that came with the yard. I have to say I lucked out because my house was built in 1979, and the owner gutted the whole house and renovated it right before we moved in. So the fact that this was already done, simplified the move. I love the open floor plan along with the fabulous new cabinetry that goes with it. I have a built-in trash can now!

Least Fave: The pet peeve that I have grown to get over is the fact that everyone that lives on my street has to park one car on the road. I would not be so upset but their driveway is so conveniently close. Is it necessary to showcase a car in front of the house? It must be a CARY thing. I am learning to get over it.


Fave: The location couldn’t be better. . . I love being close to all of the wonderful restaurants downtown and the fun shops at Cameron Village.

Least Fave: All of the frustrations that come with trying to live in a house while renovating . . . I never knew there could be so much dust! Swiffer is sure to make a profit this year thanks to my incessant cleaning!

Fave: I love the well-manicured walkways of my community, they are great for taking strolls. More than ever I love antique shopping for the new space, there’s nothing greater than buying an uniquely shaped chair for five bucks or the calcutta marble topped dresser I had been dreaming about for my bedroom.

Least Fave: Town homes that do not have enough visitor parking for guests or driving 3 days from Idaho to get here. I’m still adjusting to the heat, too.

We are happy to say that we have a new-found empathy for our clients who move!


We hope you got a chance to see the 2007 Raleigh Area/Wake County Home Builder’s Association’s Parade of Homes. The DLL crew is so excited to show off our hard work. We’re sure you found the three Design Lines Parade Houses to be something extraordinary. Here’s a few of our favorite things:

Color Schemes heavy on the Cream (I.E.: Mayonnaise cabinets and Gentle Cream Walls)

The second floor bathroom with the diamond shaped window at the Barony

Unexpected Metallic Turkish Ikat printed wallpaper in the powder room at Balmoral

The Red Kitchen Aid Mixer we purchased

Pops of color
Don’t miss our Parade Link on our website for finding that paint color that you just had to have!


We just can’t get enough of our new friends at NIBA rugs. First of all, their product—hand-woven rugs from Nepal & Thailand in rich materials like bleached hemp, wool, and silk are to-die-for-gorgeous. We were fortunate to meet NIBA partner Beth Arrowood and designer Doug Meyer in our office a few weeks ago. Our favorite rug? the Maroc. Check out their website! They recently designed some rugs exclusively for Tiffany’s New York.

On your marks…

We decided that our experiences, inspirations, and designs are too interesting to keep to ourselves. From this point on, the ladies of Design Lines will dare to share our moments—remarkable and unremarkable—in our blog.
This is just the beginning…