Install of the Day !

Hey !

Every once in a while you get to work on an amazing house with an amazing history !  This project is one of those.  In Hickory, NC this home was once designed by the Albert Hadley, but that was back in the day.  Details stand the test of time and this banister is no exception . . .  When I walked in for the first time this foyer stopped me in my tracks.  It was from the front door forward homeowner's Sunday and Jason Richardson and I worked to bring this home back to life.  Luckily all the details were perfect just as they were, it just needed a fresh coat of paint and some new pieces.  Mr. Hadley knows what he's doing!

Take a look as I walk you through !

I love this classic floor, we decided to use a soft white here and everywhere.  A statement chandelier was a must.  I placed a modern console and with a little photo shop magic added this pendant (due any day now).  We decided it needed it.

The gorgeous metal and brass banister is perfection.

A pair of "work of art" sconces.

Sunday had a great idea with this large wood sculpture.  The combination of all these pieces create a stunning modern and clean visual at the front door.

Off the entry,  a dining room and living room.  We carried the whites in those rooms as well.

This dining room is the new home of two pieces I had made by local artist, Josh Utsey.  The chandelier and dining table are again modern and sleek yet warm and one-of-a-kind.
Metal and upholstered chairs and simple window treatments and accessories finish it off.

This space is inviting and simple for nightly use.  I love the large square table as oppose to a more typical round or rectangle, perfect for this room size.

As you flip around you see the living room.

The moldings and beautiful big windows and fireplace of course all keepers.  Sunday added the black fireplace balls, love and we had her sectional to work around.

Very clean and simple with a large piece of art, a combination of my husband's work and paper by one of my favorites Porter Teleo

The new chandelier is a show stopper and snakes across the ceiling.

New metal barrel chairs and a super modern metal kidney coffee table.

I love this room !

Their kitchen face lift transformed the once dated and dark room.  New tile, and a simple paint job on the perimeter cabinets.  She did add a new large and stunning island and we picked a single large pendant.

The kitchen feeds into the wood paneled family room, perfect as it was.  we painted the back of the wood cabinets black and added new furniture.

A new modern chesterfield sofa, tacked wood TV console table and very modern ceiling fixture.  Sunday and I had her 2 chairs recovered as well as adding a hide to the iron coffee table.  She has such great taste, it made my job easy.

The web bar through the dutch door is now a dark, dark gloss charcoal and the antique mirror back splash looks so fab.

all photos by Mekenzie Loli

Such a pleasure working on this project.  This house is so beautiful and I cannot wait for the Spring to visit the amazing grounds around back.. stay tuned and I'll post a pic !


A few of my favorite Hadley Quotes !!!!

“So many young decorators today are trying to reinvent the wheel, and the results are sometimes very dubious,”  “They’re looking to do things that have never been done before. And quite often it’s done without authority, without knowledge or a background in taste.”

“There’s no point creating anything beautiful for somebody who’s a slob,” he notes. “Housekeeping is part of the art of living. If you don’t have that, forget it.”

"Decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful."

"I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives."

Happy Monday!


Hoot, Hoot Are You ?

Hi !

I love art, of all kinds, mixed media, photography and textiles.  Collecting pieces over time has been a passion of mine and there is no rhyme or reason to what I like.   Art is something that must "speak" to you and you are the only one that it matters to.  I am often asked to find pieces for my clients.  While I love to do that, it's tough.  What I might find perfect and beautiful my not to them, it's so subjective.  But art (and lighting), in my opinion will make or break a space.

In my house, office and little cabin in the woods,  I collect all sorts of art, one piece I may have found street side for $50, another I fell in love with at a gallery showing and I had to forgo a summer vacation to get it.  Each and every piece a little different.  Photography, en caustic, textiles, pastels, oil, acrylic, a little vinyl (yes as in albums), a framed shopping bag, wood, ink, caulk - you name it.  I still love each and ever piece I have ever acquired.

For a while now I have been obsessed with owls.  My love started when I found this piece in NYC on one of my trips up and had to have it.  It's a piece I love to pause and look at every day in my office.  It's by artist and photographer Shawn Connell (with works available here).

art by Shawn O'Connell

I loved it so much I chose another piece for a project I was working on at the time and it hangs proudly at the top of their stairs !

I find these particular birds so beautiful and images of them have captivated me lately.  Take a look at a few of my favorites.

image by Michael Huntley (here)

image by Vishwa Surya (here

image by David Elliott (here) 

image by Nik Goulthorp (here

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image via (here)

Meet Leila Jeffreys, photographer, bird watcher and environmentalist.  Her book,  Bird Love sits beautifully on my coffee table, right on top.  I look at it often.

Read her diary when you have a chance, so many gorgeous images and thoughts (here) as well as news of upcoming exhibitions and shows.  I cannot wait for my next trip to NYC to check out her work in person at Olsen Gruin on Orchard Street (here). 

Riley No. 2 Eastern Screech Owl 2015
Fine Art Inkjet on cotton rag archival paper
35.8 x 28.3

Beautiful work, and great article in last years Harper's Bazaar (here)

Now meet textiles artist Zaza Merrick (here)

I came across her work recently when shopping one of my all time favorite vendors, John Derian.  Don't get me started on their Manhattan shops on both the East side at 2nd Avenue and Christopher Street on the West side.  I could, and have, spent hours in there.

Back to Zaza... how beautiful are these pieces !

Zaza was originally trained as a jewelry designer but soon found love with textiles when mixed with paint.  Touch and feel is important to her and creating large needlepoint tapestries, is therapeutic !  Soon her textile based illustrations were born.  A self confessed fabric hoarder, gathering fabric palettes for inspiration.  Obsessed, she claims, spending her days, nights and weekends sewing and it's paying off with these beautiful pieces !

check out more of her beautiful work on her instagram page here !

Happy Saturday, and I'll be keeping an ear out for that big owl that lives in the trees in my back yard and will randomly swoop overhead !