Posts in Category: MODERN MUSINGS



To all of the gardeners out there that made our souls blossom this year, thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

And now to count a few of my many blessings and things for which I am eternally grateful…

  1. My two adorable turkeys…Evelyn & William
  2. My amazing hubby Ned who loves to cook
  3. Our Isabelle-still wagging her tail at 15 1/2 or 109 in dog years
  4. My rose colored glasses inherited from my loving supportive parents
  5. Ice cold Diet Coke in a can
  6. My happy places…Sayulita, St. Barths and Sullivans Island
  7. Old School Funk
  8. Spiritual faith
  9. Learning to surf in my 40s
  10. The memory of my incredibly chic and forward thinking grandmother
  11. My tennis team
  12. The color pink
  13. My design colleagues that inspire me daily
  14. Having both sides of the brain that work
  15. Matt Bomer
  16. My curious imagination
  17. Kistler Chardonnay
  18. My dance posse
  19. Pagodas
  20. Clients that enable me to have a job I adore
  21. All of the artisans and craftsman that turn my ideas into reality
  22. Prince Harry
  23. The Charlotte airport to help my incurable wanderlust
  24. Take out
  25. Any magazine still in print
  26. Karma
  27. Words of encouragement
  28. Keratin treatments, highlights and that my hair has not fallen out yet!
  29. Charlotte Ballet
  30. The values learned at Washington & Lee- my alma mater
  31. Colorful abstract art
  32. Ugg boots
  33. Not being afraid to make a fool out of myself!
  34. Hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts
  35. The Instagram feeds of Eric Buterbaugh, Ashley Longshore and Jessica Seinfeld for daily giggles (warning…not for children)
  36. Valrhona chocolate
  37. Lela Rose dresses
  38. My running shoes to help get the bats out of my head
  39. My hilarious girlfriends and partners in crime (you know who you are!)
  40. Anyone who reads my musings on Bespoke Banter!



2013 has been an incredible year…I have been blown away by the creative people I have met, the amazing opportunities I have had, and the unconditional support I have received from friends, family and clients.  Thank YOU for everything and I wish you all the best for 2014…Cheers!2013 has been an incredible year….I have been blown away by the creative people I have met, the amazing opportunities I have had, and the unconditional support I have received from friends, family, and clients. Thank YOU for everything and I wish you all the best for 2014…Cheers! As this year comes to a close, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the people who have inspired me over the past year. In their honor, these goals will be on my bucket list for the upcoming year…2012013

1. Express Gratitude

2. Be Courageous.

3. Choose Wisely.

4. Dance.

5. Give Grace.

6. Lift People Up.

7. Take Leaps of Faith.

8. Think About Such Things.

9. Forgive.

10. Laugh.

11. Be Myself.

12. Be Daring.

13. Be Artistic.

14. Do Not Be Afraid To Fail.

15. Be Optimistic.

16. Seek Elegance.

17. Challenge Myself.

18. Regret Nothing.

19. Be Thankful Always.

20. Hustle.

21. Simplify.

22. Love.

23. Engage.

All images via Pinterest.


Surrounded by Good Vibrations

Forgive me friends….it has been 368 days since my last post! After a year dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for The Mint Museum Auxiliary, I am back to solely focusing on interior design and easing back into the world of blogging.  Special thanks to my VERY patient and supportive clients that allowed me to fuel my passion for arts education and acquisitions while working with them this past year.

Over the past twelve months, I have met some of the most inspirational and creative people I have ever encountered. From fashion designers and fundraising gurus to interior design icons and volunteers, I have been blown away by the passion and energy of these talented individuals. The common trait that they all possess is their positive energy and their willingness to share their passion with others.

I was fortunate enough to attend a design conference in Paris this fall and visit Maison & Objet for the first time. I was blown away by the words of the Maison & Objet Observatoire, a small group of French design experts that analyze the current dynamics and changing influences in art, media, home, fashion, and architecture each year. This year’s theme was “ENERGIES” as described below….

The time has come to recharge our batteries. Where design is concerned, we should not save our energies. Quite the reverse. We are encouraging use when circulating GOOD VIBRATIONS… Positive , optimism-inducing waves are electrifying the established order.  This is a beneficent motion that is freeing our imaginations, reinvigorating unexpected aesthetics and activating alternative currents. (To see the full video, click here.)

This idea summed up everything I have been experiencing over the past year and strive to apply to my design practice. From collaborating with clients and workrooms to brainstorming with fellow colleagues, feeding off of each other’s positive energy only yields better results.

Tomorrow, I am off to Nashville on another adventure to attend The Southern Coterie Summit with designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips and Margaret Fisher for more inspiration with some of the South’s most creative minds. The organizers have put together a fabulous line up of speakers to help us connect, collaborate and create. Stay tuned for details….updates to follow!