I was recently invited to take part in the Hometalk Halloween Hunt, an event for local bloggers + interior designers thrown by four great local home design businesses: Sweet Clover, The Old Lucketts Store, Chartreuse and Co, and On a Whim. We met at Sweet Clover on Saturday, October 5th and were provided with delicious sustenance and a map to all of our destinations. They asked us to purchase one item from the four participating shops, then take them all home + put them to creative use.
Here are the items I went home with + where I purchased each piece:
I decided to create a reading + art nook for my daughter, Maeve. She is turning 3 tomorrow and is fascinated with books and art. I knew the perfect spot for the nook this would be in our sunroom:
After a bit … Read More »
Are you on Pinterest yet? If you love interior design, do yourself a favor and check it out! Endless design inspiration, as well as recipes, gardening tips, kids crafts, travel destinations–it’s all on Pinterest! You can find my Pinterest page by clicking HERE–hope you enjoy! -KKM
I love books. I love design. So when these two loves collide it results in a pretty fantastic design library. Over time, I’ve amassed a collection that includes books on architecture, historic preservation, biographies of iconic designers + architects, furniture reference guides, graphic standards manuals, art, fashion, landscape + garden design. I thought I would share a few of my absolute favorites with you, as these books would make a wonderful foundation for building a design library of your own.
I began by literally pulling from the shelves what I felt were the “greatest hits” in my collection–quickly realizing there were far too many books in this towering stack to include in one post. So I will be breaking my selections down into several posts, starting with what I consider twelve absolute must haves for any lover of interior design.
My criterion … Read More »
Just outside of Leesburg, Virginia in the tiny village of Lucketts, is one of my absolute favorite places to shop for vintage home decor. Old Lucketts Store is filled, often to the brim, with wonderful finds and the prices are fantastic! The owners have lovingly restored a historic general store and turned it into a wonderland of “vintage hip” treasures. They have also transformed the neighboring farmhouse into The Design House, a monthly (always evolving) interior design showcase. The Design House is a great source of inspiration–and everything you see in the house is for sale!
Additionally, they recently added an online store to their website, which can be found here. But be sure to travel to Old Lucketts Store in person if possible to see all they have to offer–you won’t be disappointed! Over the years, I have purchased antique … Read More »
Lately, I’ve been so busy working on the homes of my interior design clients that my own home has been patiently waiting on the sidelines for some attention. My husband and I and our four children live in Corner Hall, a gracious 1890 Victorian in the friendly, no-stoplight historic town of Round Hill, Virginia. It is a lovely, tranquil place to live, and we are so glad we made the decision almost two years ago to move out to the country.
I decided to devote last weekend to getting our entry in order. In an otherwise pleasant home, the area with the least charm was definitely the foyer. The space was too dark, relying on just one small ceiling mounted fixture for the majority of its light. The existing paint color on the walls had all the charm of a well … Read More »
My first visit to High Point Market was an overwhelming and wonderful experience. The sheer volume of exhibitors and their wares was amazing! I want to share just a few examples of the beautiful lighting I discovered while at Market.
My favorite lighting company is Circa Lighting, based in Savannah, Georgia. If you aren’t familiar with them, be sure to visit their website to see some of the most impressive designs in lighting today. Their beautiful High Point showrooms did not disappoint. I quickly spotted the Vendome Triple Sconce, designed by the endlessly talented Thomas O’Brien, and ordered it in a hand-rubbed antique brass finish for an upcoming design project. I will use these sconces to create a gracious, warm welcome in an entryway.
As an admitted bookworm, I am a sucker for library lighting, and Circa Lighting is the undisputed champ … Read More »
My four children are an endless source of design inspiration for me. From their insanely clever artwork, to the funky treads on their sneakers, to the cool geometric patterns in their math textbooks, they constantly influence my work as an interior designer.
So when my wonderful friend and fellow Corcoran alum Susie Kwon gave my daughter Maeve this beautiful outfit, I was immediately drawn to its vibrant, chromatic stripes. Thanks to the very generous Susie, and to my tiny muse, Miss Maeve.
Just got home from my first visit to High Point Market in North Carolina–such a thrill to see all the beautiful furnishings and to meet so many friendly and supportive fellow designers! After giving the house a good scrub-down from the “Mom’s Out of Town So Let’s Eat Chinese Food in Every Room of the House Party” that appears to have been held in my absence, I wanted to share some of the beautiful finds I made at the Market.
One of my absolute favorite sources for wallcoverings, Phillip Jeffries Ltd., was displaying their new Spring 2012 Collection. With choices ranging from their menswear-inspired Herringbone, richly textured Horsehair, to industrial-chic Rivets, the collection is at once both stunning and innovative:
For me, Phillip Jeffries Star Dust Silk Collection is the bee’s knees. Woven of fine silk with a metallic sheen, these wallcoverings … Read More »
I am hitting the road today headed for High Point, North Carolina, the epicenter of the home furnishings industry. Wonderful American furniture companies such as Hickory Chair were founded in this part of the country. High Point Market Week, held twice annually, is the largest furniture trade show in the world: 10 million square feet of exhibit space, filled to the brim with the latest and greatest in design. Some of my favorite brands, Visual Comfort, Baker Furniture, Oly, Global Views, Bungalow 5 and Made Goods will all be exhibitors at the Market. I will be posting more from the road—and hopefully tucking into some delicious Carolina barbeque!
The best place to start is usually at the beginning. I could start all the way back in my childhood bedroom, with it’s delicate blue and pink striped rosebud wallpaper, pink table lamp with pleated pink gingham lampshade and built-in wicker nightlight, and white lacquer campaign chest, but that might be heading back a bit too far. The first interior I saw that made me want to pursue a professional career in interior design was a New York City apartment designed by Michael S. Smith for model Cindy Crawford. The way a musician might hear a tune once and recall every note, I visually retain every fabric, finish and form from that lovely apartment. I was moved at once by the home’s classical beauty while at the same time won over by its warmth and very personal charm. This apartment … Read More »