Posts in Category: DIVINE FINDS

THE CHAIRISH DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE SALE

“A house, like a mother, is where you run to for comfort-a place that can heal your wounds and replace any feelings of vulnerability with security.”- Bobby McAlpine

Creating homes and nurturing havens for families is the most important part of what I am honored to do in my profession. As friends, families, and clients are sheltering at home right now, it has been incredibly meaningful to hear how much their homes comfort them during these crazy times. As people have been spending more time at home, they are feathering the “nest” a bit more and looking for unique items.

Chairish is one of my favorite resources to find vintage pieces for client projects.  I am thrilled to have been selected to participate in their exclusive Designer Showhouse sale, a curated collection of pieces hand-picked by designers from some of the country’s most prestigious Showhouses from coast to coast. I have included items from my LCDQ Legends Window, the Southeastern Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles , the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse and the Traditional Home High Point Showhouse.  There are some incredible finds in the sale that are marked well below the wholesale prices.

See all of the beautiful finds, available now on Chairish by clicking HERE for my shop and HERE for the rest of the sale.

CHAIRISH SHOWHOUSE SALE LIVE TODAY!

Chairish is one of my favorite resources to find vintage pieces for client projects.  This month, I am delighted to have been selected to participate in their exclusive Designer Showhouse sale, a curated collection of pieces hand-picked by designers from some of the country’s most prestigious Showhouses! See all of the beautiful finds, available now on Chairish by clicking HERE for my shop and HERE for the rest of the sale. The sale goes live TODAY (Saturday, March 2nd) at 12 noon EST.

I have included items from the Southeastern Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles and the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse.  There are some incredible finds in the sale that are marked well below the wholesale prices. Happy hunting!

HIGH POINT MARKET INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: FOLLOW THE FUN

‘Tis the season when the design industry descends on High Point for Fall Market. There is an exceptional cast of characters that will be taking over the official Instagram feed over the next few days. Please follow along at the handle @hpmkt to discover the unique perspective of each of these designers to see what catches everyone’s eyes. I will be posting on Wednesday, October 17th and invite all design lovers to follow along!

DESIGN BOARD: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN IN CHARLOTTE HOME DESIGN & DECOR

It is always a treat to see one’s own work in print. We were thrilled to see the latest issue of Charlotte Home Design & Decor featuring us in one of my favorite columns where they showcase a different designer each month. Read below for our favorite finds s scouted from around the world…

FLOWER POWER: THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 25 – Cathy Austin, Danielle Rollins, Billy Ceglia, Amanda Reynal and Jenny Brown attend The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Gala on October 25th 2017 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography)

There is nothing I love more than an antiques show. Gone are the days of booth after booth of brown furniture. Today’s shows provide the catalyst for vendors and designers to showcase their creative brilliance and highlight the very best they have to offer including everything one can imagine. I was delighted to attend the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Opening Gala last week. In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the theme was FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Interior designer Suzanne Tucker chaired the brilliant show and Paris fashion designer Andrew Gn joined as honorary chair for the prestigious event that benefits Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged students through educational programs.

DIVINE FINDS: CIRCA WAREHOUSE SALE

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Calling all Charlotte Design Addicts!  Circa Interiors is having an EPIC warehouse sale this weekend and has invited some other designers (myself included!) to participate. You will not want to miss out on the treasure hunt discovering everything from antiques and upholstery to art, accessories and lighting. There are over 1500 items that will be discounted 60-90% off of the retail pricing.

SNEAK PREVIEW for the design trade starting at 9 AM tomorrow morning!

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HIGH POINT MARKET DESIGN BLOGGERS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

11,500,000 square feet of exhibition space, 2000 vendors representing over 100 countries, and 180 buildings…See what caught my eye at the 2016 Fall High Point Market…

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High Point Market is a marathon and a sprint all at the same time…There is so much to see and so much ground to cover. It helps to be surrounded by a lovely group of creative minds that were part of the team for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour organized by High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference. The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We had a ball getting to know one another, sharing favorite design sources, and experiencing market from everyone’s different perspectives.  

HIGH POINT MARKET HIGHLIGHT: SHINE BY SHO & SHO MODERN

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When a favorite fashionista client introduced me to the line Shine by Sho a few years ago, I was instantly smitten. The lines of the furniture paired with fashion forward detailing in hardware, finishes and fringe were unlike any other line I had ever seen. Creator Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz describes her client as a “cultural carnivore…obsessed with art, architecture and fashion who knows how to flawlessly combine urbane jewels, sumptuous finishes, and a dash of vogueish thrills to create visual ambrosia.” Who would not want to be defined as such?!?  I anxiously await wait will come with each new collection. Not only is Susan insanely talented and uber creative, she is also effervescent and the kind of of gal pal you would like to travel the world with in search of the next inspiration for her globally inspired brand. Thank you IHFC Interhall for organizing our visit!

Check out her take on trends from last year’s Maison et Objet and see how they have manifested in upcoming posts on High Point Market trends…

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Following her wildly successful couture lifestyle brand Shine By Sho, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz is thrilled to announce the launch of Sho Modern. Inspired by travel and globally sourced material, Sho Modern fuses Shine by Sho’s avant-garde luxury with pret-a- porter accessibility.  Through the use of luxe natural woods, stones, pounded metals, and opulent leather, Sho Modern delivers a globally inpsired and sourced lifestyle brand. Focused on innovation and luxury, Sho Modern is for the design and quality savvy client looking for an instant aesthetic upgrade. “Sho Modern is designed to push fashion forward living into our everyday.”
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SHOWROOM VIGNETTES AT IHFC INTERHALL

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THE FUEL CHAIR
A TOUCH OF POLISH AND A WHOLE LOT OF 1980’S MAXIMALISM FUELS OUR PASSION FOR THIS FASHION FORWARD PERCH.  WHILE THE VIEW FROM THE TOP IS STUNNING, WE’D RATHER CHECK OUT THIS FIRESTARTER’S REAR ASSETS.

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THE SHAG BENCH
OUR SHAG BENCH IS ALL ABOUT OVER THE TOP MAXIMALISM WITH TOTALLY DECADENT CREAM SHEARLING, BUT HAS THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF RESTRAINED MINIMALISM COMING FROM TARNISHED GOLD PIPE.  THE QUESTION WON’T BE ‘SHALL WE SHAG NOW OR LATER?’ BUT WHERE TO START? sho_modern_verge_pendant_webcrop_2_1024x1024

THE EDGE PENDANT
THEY SAY THAT NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, BUT THIS LITTLE TART IS GOLDEN. THE HAMMERED BRASS DOME GLISTENS WHILE THE TIERED LEATHER FRINGE LETS LIGHT DANCE THROUGH ITS SKIRT CREATING A VIBRANT AND FLIRTY FEMME FATAL. HANG OUR VERGE PENDANT ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO UP THE STYLE ANTE.

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A TALL SQUARE MARBLE BASE, ELONGATED NECK AND BRASS DOME CREATE A SOPHISTICATEDLY SIMPLE SILHOUETTE;  FRINGE LEATHER UPS THE FLIRTY FACTOR.  LIGHT DANCES OFF THE HAMMERED BRASS AND PEAKS THROUGH THE FRINGE SKIRTING.  ADD THE BRINK TO CREATE A LITTLE EXTRA VAMPY SPARKLE.sho_modern_horn_lamp_webcrop_1024x1024

THE HORN TABLE LAMP
WANT A HINT OF MYTHICAL GLAMOUR?  LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS LEGENDARY CREATURE.  CRAFTED FROM SCULPTED BRASS AND MARBLE, OUR HORN LAMP WILL HAVE YOU PRANCING WITH JOY AND WONDERING WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG TO FIND IT.

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THE PIPE TABLE LAMP
A SERIES OF OFFSET BRASS/NICKEL PIPES ARISE FROM A MARBLE BASE SPEWING LIGHT IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN OUR PIPE TABLE LAMP. UP THE INDUSTRIAL SIZZLE FACTOR WITH A FEW OF OUR PIPE LAMPS ON EITHER SIDE OF A BED.sho_modern_pound_lamp_webcrop_1024x1024THE POUND FLOOR LAMP
THE POUND FLOOR LAMP IS LIKE A GIANT DIAMOND RING: IT MAKES A SPARKLY STATEMENT. THE HAMMERED BRASS/NICKEL REFRACTS LIGHT IN EVERY DIRECTION, CREATING AN EYE-CATCHING GLOW. PLUG ONE OF OUR POUND FLOOR LAMPS INTO A SUBDUED SITTING ROOM FOR AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT OR INTO AN OVER-THE-TOP SALON TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MAXIMALISM.  WE EVEN SAY PUT IT ON A TABLE FOR AN OVERSCALED TABLE LAMP STATEMENT.

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THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL.  SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.

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THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL.  SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.

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THE BANG BUFFET
YOU DON’T NEED TO PLUG THIS PIECE IN TO MAKE IT GLOW – IT SHIMMERS ALL BY ITSELF. OUR BANG BUFFET CABINET IS CRAFTED USING POUNDED METAL CREATING AN ALMOST ETHERAL GLOW.  PUT IT IN A DINING ROOM OR LIVING ROOM TO HIDE ALL THE THINGS YOU’D RATHER FORGET.

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CAN SOMETHING BE CUTTING EDGE AND YET TIMELESS? WE THINK THE BOWIE ETAGERE IS JUST THAT. THE TARNISHED METAL ADDS A LIBERAL SPLASH OF SIZZLE, WHILE THE SLEEK SILHOUETTE IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC. USE IT TO STORE TOWELS IN A PALM BEACH POOL HOUSE, TO DISPLAY TRINKETS IN A WILLIAMSBURG LOFT, OR AS A MINI-MEDIA CENTER IN A SOHO STUDIO – THE TRANSFORMATIONS ARE ENDLESS. 

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THE STUD MIRROR
WE WANT THIS STUD IN EVERY ROOM. HORSE HAIR AND LEATHER COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MASCULINE FRAME AROUND A LARGE OVAL MIRROR. THIS DAPPER STUD WORKS JUST AS WELL IN A LOUCHE DOWNTOWN LA LOFT AS IT DOES IN A SLICK MODERNIST MANHATTAN HIGH-RISE. 

SHINE BY SHO 2016 FALL COLLECTION

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Enjoy this behind the scenes video when Shine by Sho partnered with Lori Margolis Interiors to install Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home..

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STYLE YOUR SEASON TRENDS FROM AMERICASMART ATLANTA

Another whirlwind trip to AmericasMart Atlanta has passed and I am eager to share my favorite finds and trends in the design world. Looking for common threads through seven MILLION square feet of exhibition space can be somewhat daunting. We had an amazing group of #StyleYour Season designers and bloggers covering trends which will be shared in a comprehensive trend report through AmericasMart Atlanta coming soon.

Many of the motifs I incorporate into my own aesthetic kept popping up not only in the design showrooms, but also in the fashion, jewelry and tabletop showrooms as well. Here is a peak of the trends and items that caught my eye…

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I adore any shade of pink….from Blush to Coral to Schiaparelli. With Rose Quartz being one of PANTONE’s Colors of the Year, the soft shade was showcased throughout every building. Starting clockwise from the top left….A gorgeous vignette by Kristin Alber featured the “Lily” Chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, a rose Mongolian lamp pillow by SARO, a “Pretty in Pink” lamp by Regina Andrew all set against a Serenity blue backdrop (PANTONE’s other Color of the Year, “Everett” Studs in Rose Quartz by Addison Weeks, and “Paris” vases from Oly Studio.

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Evocative of the paintings of Jackson Pollack and Helen Frankenthaler, abstract expressionism was also well represented throughout several showrooms. The lamps of Liz Marsh Designs were one of my most unique finds. The reverse painted glass lamps can be done in any color, background and brushstroke style from drippy to splattered. New introductions from The Blush Label are inspired by the colorful decor of Puerto Rico. At Design Legacy, the works of Kelly O’Neal mixed metallics with a modern sensibility and old world techniques.  A detail of his original “Personality Traits Magenta” is seen here.

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Feathers were also abundant everywhere whether they were painted, gilded, or naturally shed. An ingenious layout of prints from Mitchell Black would provide an incredible focal point for any large blank space. A white feather chandelier from Grace & Blake adds a touch of whimsy to any interior. The ostrich handbags from MooMoo would do the same for any outfit.

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The variety of large statement mirrors in Atlanta was incredible. The sculptural works in gold, rock crystal, oyster shell, vellum, barnacles, and other materials were amazing. Any of these works could hold their own in an interior with other large scale works of art. From top left, the “Acquarius” mirror by Emporium Home, “Round Crystal” mirror by Modern History and “Venus” mirror in champagne oyster shell by Made Goods.

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Gold accents continued to shine and were bolder than ever. From top left, artisan crafted lamps and accessories made exclusively for Couture Lamps in Vietnam, Gilt metal chandelier from Currey & Company available in a variety of sizes, and contemporary “Kopara” pillow by Pyar & Company.

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JONATHAN ADLER: FALL ENRICHMINT FORUM AND NEW INTRODUCTIONS

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Jonathan Adler has always been one of my design heros. His love of the creative process, ability to effortessly mix high and low, and his infectious sense of humor make him irresistably charming. I am beyond thrilled that he will be coming to Charlotte next month for the Fall EnrichMINT Forum sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The first time I read his company mainfesto, I was completely hooked with all things Jonathan Adler….
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A trip to the Adler-designed Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, gave me a bigger dose of his spectacular imagination.  Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world. Click here to read the full post.

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Now, we are lucky enough to host Mr. Adler (and his charming partner Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large) right here in Charlotte! I cannot wait to see how event chairs and designers extraordinaire Kathryn Dixon and Carrie Miller of Dixon Miller Interiors  trip out the museum channeling the Manifesto above. The evening includes a champagne reception, light bites, conversation and book signing of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Tickets are $150 each and be purchased online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programming, exhibitions and acquisitions for The Mint Museum.

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FALL INTRODUCTIONS-click here to see the full collection

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LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES

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HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS

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VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW

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CARACAS CHANDELIER, GOLDFINGER LOUNGE CHAIRS, RIDER ETAGERES, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, BAXTER T-ARM SOFA, ZIG ZAG THROW, GILDED PILLOWS, MALACHITE STAIN STICH PILLOWS, ARIES COCKTAIL TABLE, ABACA RUG

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GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS

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MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG

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THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION

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TALITHA PILLOWS

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1948 ° DINNERWARE

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POP DECANTERS

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The entire series of INSPIRATION POINT with JONATHAN ADLER is incredible. Take a peek into his Fantasy Factory and wild world by watching every episode!

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