Decorganizing Wednesday: Martha...You Again

Damn you Martha, damn you!
So tired of her making the rest of us look bad. This office is crazy organized. I could get some serious business/crafting done here (she says from behind stacks of unfinished work).




Sometimes we over think ourselves.
Art can be this simple. Try using images from a book or calendar.


Sanford & Son

(click here for the theme song!)

So I was going to work on my curb appeal this weekend but saw that my neighbors moved out and put all their crap onto our shared yard so it now looks like Sanford & Son Salvage. Nice. Then it rained a monsoon last night so now there is wet and molding crap in my yard. Even better. But here are some things I plan to do...

Still need to paint the front door Peacock Blue

I desperatly want this doormat. I have been doormat-less for almost a year because I cannot find one I like then I saw this gem...

I saw it here and have to have it!

Will someone near an IKEA please buy this and mail it to me?
Or if I know you and you live in Charleston please bring it to me!

TRAMPA Door mat
Many thanks!!!

I have two of these (but in black) on either side of my door. They finally got small palms in them. I give 'em about a month. I kill everything. My poor father (he is a landscape architect). I guess that gene skips a generation.

I still need some "flair" but not tacky flair and not 1,000 pieces of flair (like my embarrassing neighbor). But just a normal amount of classy, cool flair. Any ideas for me?


Sofa City Sweetheart


Designer Suzanne Kasler

Southern Accents

Elle Decor

Coastal Living

I haven't seen my living room all week. I miss it. I am hoping to get some quality time in with my long lost friend over the weekend. If fact, if you can't find me, I will probably be in "sofa city sweetheart." Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend yourself!


I Like Your Style

Designer Molly Luetkemeyer


Country Home

Designer Ashley McAleer
(Is that right?)

Designer Ann Nicholson

Designer Steven Gambrel

Designed by Margaret Ann McEver

These bookcases have a lot going on. But the designers deserve mad props for styling them in a way that looks lived-in yet pulled together and un-staged (not easy to do). Speaking of having a lot going on (like that segue?), my week is nutzo. I am living on a lot of these two things...

I know what you are thinking...I am the epitome of healthy living.
Why can't I get a week off for spring break?


Decorganizing Wednesday: Need a Bigger Closet?


Don't have a large closet? Make one. Use a long wall or an entire room as a wardrobe of sorts. And why not get creative with the closet system itself? Especially since it is out in the open! How brilliant to use the latter as a clothing rod to connect the bookcases! I especially like this mix of modern materials and old accessories. Tres chic.


Just Cause...

I like 'em.

via chic coles

Designer Scott Laslie

Coastal Living


Metropolitan Home

House Beautiful

I wonder where my circle obsession comes from...thoughts?


Have You Hugged Your Interior Designer Today?

Well, he/she just might need one!

People often say "Oh, you are an interior designer, how fun!" And yes, it can be a lot of fun! But it can also be a lot of work. And a lot of headaches. And a lot of sleepless nights. And a lot of psychological trickery. And a lot of logistical cunningness. And a lot of....Well, you get the idea. I have also heard "Interior design, how glamorous!" I guess I can see how people would think that, especially men who think we just "play around with fabric swatches all day." But those of you that have actually done this as a career know that interior design is far from glamorous! Case in point: I once had to walk over a golf cart sized bridge that was the length of a football field carrying a rather heavy mirror (over my head, I might add) because it was the only way to get it across to this house on an island. In case you are wondering, after the delivery guy took the mirror from me I collapsed like I had just run the NY marathon, twice. My arms are still shaking and that was six years ago.

Seriously, here is the bridge...

via Charleston Magazine

(I blurred my client's children's faces that is why it looks so weird!)

Now don't get me wrong, I love, love, love what I do for a living. And if you are a design student reading this then I hope I am not discouraging you from going into this field because there are a million reasons I could give you as to why I would choose this job over and over again. In fact, let me share a few. My favorite part of design is the hour after I leave a client's house for the first time when my mind is on fire with ideas of how to decorate it. It is pure giddiness! Also, it is pretty self-satisfying when you have a client say "I love it all, let's go for it" after you show him/her your design plan. [P.S. This is rare so relish it when it happens!] I love it when you have an outside-the-box idea and it actually works. It is better than Christmas morning when you install a room and get to see all of your ideas and hard work come to life. And it is incredibly rewarding to see your client actually tear up and/or cry because they are so in love with their new space.

So with all that being said, I am opening up the floor to all you designers to either vent or share a witty anecdote from you career. Bookmark this post and feel free to come back to it whenever you have a really bad day or a really amazing day, we would love to hear it because we have probably been there (or will be there one day). And if you are not an interior designer, then please keep reading so if you have one or plan to hire one, you will know how difficult our jobs can be and hopefully appreciate us all the more! In fact, we might even need a hug after one of these bad days. Or better yet, offer us a stiff drink!

Here are some of mine to get things started...(P.S. I am not going to vent about clients because no matter how difficult they may be, they pay me to do what I love! God bless 'em!)

I hate when you drive all the way out to a client's house (who lives far away) and realize you forgot the key to their house. [That is how my day started FYI.]
I hate packing popcorn.
I hate when you find the perfect item for a client only to find out it is discontinued.
I hate when you have been waiting for the perfect item for months and it arrives broken or damaged.
I hate when companies sell you a light fixture but none of the hardware to hot wire it.
I am annoyed that the design industry is still about five years behind, technologically speaking.
Why do wallpaper companies price wallpaper out in a single roll when they only sell it in double rolls?
I hate when your subs pull a no show on a job.
I hate when your subs are late on a job and don't call.
I hate when companies tell you something will be ready just to appease you instead of telling you the truth.
I hate when you have an install and the thing you really needed arrives the day after the install.

Ok, I will stop...feel free to add a comment!


No Shirt Required

Does your carpenter look like this?

Carter Oosterhaus

Jared Walker Dostie

Ty Pennington

Yeah, that's what I thought. Stupid HGTV hiring model/actors as carpenters. I think I am going to hold an open casting call to find a hunky carpenter. And yes, he will be required to work shirtless. I have a bunch of lawyers in my family so I am thinking they could get me out of all the sexual harassment lawsuits that would be sure to come my way.

From years of reading Teen Beat, I learned that many hunky model/actors use carpentry to pay the bills until they make it big in Hollywood. I hear this guy honed his skills as a carpenter...
Luke Perry

As did this guy.
Harrison Ford

I imagine his carpentry skills come in handy on the island.
Matthew Fox

And I hear this guy went from carpenter to actor and back to carpenter.
(I bet he hates it when people call him Jake.)
Michael Shoeffling

Geez, do my celebrity references date me or what?!?

Can you tell I am excited to go tour the American College of the Building Arts this morning? I do love a man who is "handy." And for the record, I have a wonderfully talented (and handsome) carpenter who is married to a good friend of mine! And if you happen to be reading this, I am not looking to replace you. But can you please look at hiring someone like this as your apprentice? I am happy to help you with the interviewing process. In fact, while I am at the college today, I will get some phone numbers of guys that would be good candidates...just for you.


Southern Living: Charleston Style

Charleston folks have been getting some good press lately and I like it! The current issue of Southern Living features tips for creating a quintessential Charleston Home which, of course, needs to be primed for entertaining (as us Southerners love to do)!

First up is designer, Jenny Keenan, who shows us the

Next is designer and store owner, Muffie Faith, of Elizabeth Stuart Design who shows us the "Elements of a Charleston Piazza."

Tara Guerard of the event planning powerhouse, Soiree, shows us the

Click on the links for the full articles.


Feelin' Lucky?


via decorinspiration

via HighHeeledFootInTheDoor

Designer Toby Fairley

Designer Mary McDonald

This last room is from a past Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse designed by a good friend of mine, Lauren Muzekari Lennon, with Morris Muzekari Interior Design. She is crazy talented, go check out her website and see for yourself! The 2010 Showhouse opens this week and runs March 18th-April 18 and you can get tickets here.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!