“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.


“Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Goodbye 2019 and welcome 2020..It has not just been a roller coaster of a year, but a roller coaster of a decade!  I set out this year to search out more soulful experiences that would not only translate into my design practice, but also fulfill me personally. I feel incredibly grateful to have a career that allows me to be creative, engage with fascinating artisans, clients, and colleagues, and give me the freedom to be with my family.  It is not always pretty behind the curtain, but we manage with an amazing village of support from family and friends that I can never thank enough!!!

Click HERE or on the image above to see a fun look back on our highlight reel from 2019. Every year I make a list of not necessarily resolutions, but more like reminders for the new decade ahead…many of these are from years past, but always relevant!


Last weekend, I stayed at the enchanting Wolterton Hall with a group of design friends following the Design Leadership Summit in London.  After jam packed days of learning and inspiration following in the footsteps of the great British architects and designers of centuries past, the retreat to the countryside was pure heaven. Our home for the weekend was the charming Garden Cottage on the grounds of Wolterton Park. Under the expert care of Peter Sheppard and Keith Day, the 18th century Palladian villa is lovingly being restored and brought back to life. We received a behind the scenes look at what it takes to restore such a significant property while enjoying the spaces in the main hall, east wing, and cottages that are already complete. Peter and Keith have an incredible master plan for the estate that includes creating more guest cottages, restoring the walled garden and adding a pool, equestrian facilities, additional dining faclities, and possibly a spa which our house party encouraged.

The beautiful estate has been featured in the World of Interiors and landed on House and Garden UK’s list as one of the best places to stay in England. Peter and Keith along with Laura Foster and Chris Patten took excellent care of us entertaining us with their hospitality beyond measure. Their precious pugs, Coco and Trump (after William Hogarth’s pug) captured our hearts and even let us take them out for their daily strolls. Our days consisted of shooting parties, country house hopping, antiquing along the coast, gin tastings, and long dinners by the fire hearing fabulous tales from our hosts.


I was thrilled to participate in this fun interview with Sotheby’s Home. Working at Sotheby’s straight out of college was the best experience I could have ever wished for as a young creative. Not only did I work with some of the most fascinating people in the art and design world, but I was also exposed to the best of the best.  Cataloging works of art alongside the design experts, working on condition reports, arranging the sales and pre-sale exhibitions was the best training in the world. Thank you Sotheby’s Home for letting me share my design philosophy and favorite finds below…

Capture Cathy’s technicolor design sense with her personally selected pieces from Sotheby’s Home.


It is always a thrill to see a favorite project published. This labor of love with longtime clients was recently published in one of my favorite publications, Atlanta Home & Lifestyles. The Atlanta design community is near and dear to my heart. Not only did I grow up there, but I also went to design school in Atlanta and began my design career there. Many of the items featured were sourced through the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and made their way through previous homes for these dear clients before ultimately landing in Washington, D.C.

See below for the full feature along with other images from our photo shoot…


“I have no specific style or period that I am especially fond of…I am enamoured with immense rooms, partly because I pride myself on knowing how to bring together immensity and comfort. Most people are afraid of houses on a grand scale, but I’ve always been completely at home in them.” – Alberto Pinto

Image by Meghan Bierle at Janet Yonaty

One of the most special opportunities we have worked on this year was designing a window at the Janet Yonaty showroom for the LCDQ’s Legends event that took place this past week. Every May, the design community descends on Los Angeles for three days of inspiration. Forty interior designers are invited to design showroom windows inspired by this year’s theme: Legendary: Icons of Design presenting their homages to legendary interior designers of the past. We were VERY pleasantly surprised to WIN the contest for “Favorite Window!” Heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for us and to all of the amazing vendors, artists, and craftsmen (listed below) that brought our vision to life. A special thank you to Tamar Mashigian for inviting us to participate in this incredible event!


“We must now learn to draw inspiration from the tangible miracles that surround us.” -Umberto Boccioni

Last week, we had the pleasure of designing a table for the 125th Anniversary Gala for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at Cipriani’s 42nd Street Ballroom.  Every spring, forty interior designers, artists and floral designers from around the country are invited to design tables for the annual black tie charity event. This year’s theme was “The Future Starts Now” in honor of their 125th anniversary. Recognized as one of New York’s premier non profit organizations, the settlement house provides an extensive array of human services including social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness to improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each ranging from 3-103. The event raised close to $900,000 and we could not think of a more worthy cause to which we could donate our time, creativity, and resources. Thank you to Virginia Pittman, Honorary Design Chair Christopher Spitzmiller, and Design Chairs Alberto Villalobos and Lindsey Coral Harper for including us in the event.


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!






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