Posts Tagged: High Point


I was over the moon to hear that PANTONE had selected not one, but two of my favorite colors to be the 2016 Colors of the Year: a soft pink and an blue known as “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity.” This is the first time PANTONE has selected two colors to represent the Color of the Year.


Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute, elaborates, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”



I am constantly looking at my photographs for design inspiration. Sometimes I am aware of what is inspiring me and other times, it is not until after I have completed an interior that I realize the source. It was not until a favorite design blogger Carmen Natschke of The Decorating Diva  brought up the connection to PANTONE’s “Color of the Year, that I realized from where my inspiration originated. My “happy place” is Sayulita, a small surfing/fishing village  on the Nayarit Riviera in Mexico. I have spent hours gazing at this horizon watching it transform into a myriad of pinks and blues from sunrise to sunset.



I am drawn to the same colors in art that I am in nature, which was the starting point for this bedroom I designed for the 2015 Traditional Home Junior League of High Point this past spring. It all began with a painting…

I envisioned my “imaginary” client as the sophisticated daughter of the family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamourous room that still reflects her Southern roots. A portrait by favorite artist, Kate Long Stevenson, (from Hidell Brooks Gallery) became my muse for the project. I had her in mind whenever I was making decisions for the space. The portrait and the large vintage abstract provided the color palette that inspired the design scheme. The room is a blend of unique pieces from High Point based craftsmen along with a collection from her travels around the world. A Moroccan inspired headboard, Murano glass lamps, original modern art, bespoke linens, dressmaker detailed drapery, and glamorous materials such as shagreen, agate, brass, and velvet add to the feminine mystique of the space. I indulged myself with an “imaginary” trip around the world for inspiration for the space…from the palaces of Morocco and India to the Murano glass factories and sunsets on the Nayarit Riviera.




Pale blue walls and a high gloss pale pink ceiling evoke the Sayulita sky. The colors are repeated throughout the space in the fabrics, paintings, lamps, flowers, accessories, and finishes. The “Jaipur” print by Clarence House brings the palette together on the headboard and dust ruffle adorned with bespoke Leontine Linens.  A Brunschwig & Fils linen velvet reflects the Rose Quartz on the ceiling. Pink Murano glass lamps by Louis Gaskill and accessories by Addison Weeks continue the theme. Cream and gilt furnishings by Bernhardt provide a neutral backdrop.

Vintage watercolors from Gillian Bryce at 214 Modern Vintage and an over scaled 1970s abstract from Darnell & Company add dimension and layers to the space. A deeper shade of pink pulled from the fabrics and the art is used at the window and on the antique settee. Brass light fixtures by Aerin Lauder for Circa Lighting highlight the space. A gilded iron chair by Celerie Kemble for Henredon is dressed in a deep lavender velvet from Kravet. Accessories from Made Goods in lavender snakeskin and jade linen add an exotic touch to the space while an Indonesian elephant looks right at home in her painted glory.

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Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle

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Gilt and White Lilly of the Valley
Orange Linen on Gilt Stand
My childhood was filled with flower gardens displayed against houses, fences, bird baths, or took up the extra garden row. There was not a lot of planning to it, but an ordered chaos sort of beauty, a design aesthetic I still appreciate. I am inspired by and interested in passionate people, other artists and creators. -Tommy Mitchell

A definite highlight from High Point was seeing the work of North Carolina-based artist Tommy Mitchell.  I had read about him on several design blogs, but as with most works of art, seeing the real thing cannot be beat. Tommy works with metal and tole to create extraordinary replicas of flora, fauna and natural objects.

The versatility of what Tommy can create is amazing. The works can stand along as miniature sculptures as seen above, or can transform a wall into a contemporary art installation. The three dimensional aspect of his work is brilliantly displayed in these acrylic shadow boxes.

Painted Tole Flowers
Ecru Linen Ground encased in Acrylic
Side detail
Orchid Detail
Lilly Detail

By changing the palette to gilt and white, the flowers take on a completely different feel.  The silhouettes of each petal and the negative space become more in focus.

Gilt and White Flowers
Ecru Linen Ground

Then by changing the background linen color, Tommy’s work metamorphoses into a completely different look.

Gilt and White Flowers
Lavender Linen Ground
Linen Samples

At this market, Tommy introduced lighting and furniture into his collection. For the hanging lights, each sculpture is encased in acrylic and then set into a metal frame.  The works look completely different based on the metal finish and the scale of the sculptures.

18” Gilded Medallion in Acrylic
White Painted Petals in Acrylic
Gilded Butterfly Cocktail Table
Ecru Linen Background on Gilt Frame
Gilded Butterfly Side Table
on Orange Linen and Gilt Frame
via artist’s website
Gilded Ginko Table
on Metal Frame
via artist’s website
Tommy Mitchell
via artist’s website

If you are interested in any additional information on any of the works seen here, please do not hesitate to contact us at the design studio.