Crafty-Girl . . . Spotlight Erica Domesek . . .

Hey there . . .

There's nothing better than an unplanned day. . . a day without commitments . . . a day to goof off.  I decided to do that yesterday.  I have been working so much lately on new projects and new clients that I needed a day to clear my head so I can be creative again come Monday . . . (I hope anyway).  But true to self, I pulled out my lap top and just starting playing around while watching the Olympics and re-organizing my home office (multi-tasker much).

I came across a site call "P.S. I Made This . . " (www.psimadethis.com).  When I was a kid I was always making something - have two girls now that aren't much different.  We are constantly looking for little (simple) things we can do for fun.  If you have a daughter involved in  "Indian Princess" are you not always looking for a good, easy craft idea, a little more exciting than sticking stickers on things ? !  Now while a lot of these craft projects are more suited for us grown ups, you can take a lot of these ideas and cater them towards those daughters of yours.

So meet Erica Domesek.

Founder, creator and author of P.S. I Made Thisdistinguished DIY design and style expert living and creating in New York City.

She has been seen crafting on Martha Stewart, Nate Berkus, Rachael Ray, Fox, NBC and E!.  She has been featured in publications such as Glamour, Lucky, InStyle, and Self.

She has a book out . . . a must have for those crafty at heart.

Casasugar did a great post and special interview with Erika.  I loved taking a peek at her home and take a look at the ultimate craft closet . . .

photo by Michael Fine

The collage boards on Erica's site were what caught my eye first.  If you saw the wall in my home office you would understand why . . .  She's the best at those boards !

So spent some time checking our her archives for great ideas and clever things to do. . . I was
totally inspired !

Happy Monday . . .


Thanks for the Love . . .

Cecilia Walker Design

Check out her blog at

One of my favorite Cecila posts . . . Love the all white, the horizontal boards, the fantastic sinks and Three pieces of art !!

Thanks Ceclia !!


Over the Moon with that Disc . . .

Hey there . . .
In an effort to find something  NEW  and EXCITING  for the kids this summer, Keith has gotten them into the sport of Disc Golf.  Apparently Charlotte has quite the hub of courses, like Renaissance, Hornets Nest and Reedy Creek to name a few. He's  been playing for years, but this summer even more so.

The PDGA came to Charlotte for it's World Championship for a week . . . and he caddied for Holly Finley, a.k.a. "Finale Finley"  (a model I might add. . . hum).  He had a great time and picked up a few pointers for our girls.  While out took some really great pictures, and I am all about some good Instagram shots - take a look.  He's got a good eye .  .

Leading ladies in Charlotte . . . Paige Pierce, Holly Finley and Sara Hokom, and Debbie Scott (of Charlotte).  Kate got to meet them all, and had her disc signed.

this shot was taken by AJVaughn of Sarah Hokum !

Of course . . . I had to play around with my Disc Golf inspired design while they were out there sweating today.  I think my style of choice would be a little mid-century with a great Designer's Guild fabric on it.  The art would have to be "disc" inspired.  Some chrome, a side table with an actual disc top.  And I would have to use this one of a kind rug from one of our vendors.  A mixture of 60% Alpaca, 40% Silk fibers in custom colors and sizes, all hand-tufted in Peru.

So my "Disc Room" has a bit of a "Space" edge does it not? . . . The reason -  Lucy had to break away from  PDGA time with her sister to headed off to Space Camp !

In another effort to find something NEW and    EXCITING I signed Lucy and Pop (my dad) up for Space Camp, in Huntsville, Alabama !  Running out of birthday presents for 70 yr old dad's . . try Space Camp. . .  Cutest thing ever.  The two took a road trip down from Charlotte, by way of The Lost Sea, a lot of local diners and dives and whatever else looked hokey and fun.

Lucy is my "computer, robot, engineer, technical, problem solving" child and my Dad the "West Point Grad, engineer, math, major problem solver and story teller."  This was right up their alley, and a trip I am sure she will always remember.

What I loved were the "dorms" - that's how different we are !  They, of course, were all about what they learned at camp,  I found a little design inspiration in the pictures they were sending me.

I was inspired by the corrugated sheet metal everywhere.  While on www.houzz.com this week (cause A. often check them out and B. Lucy and Company was spotlighted !!) I came across great design by Brennan & Co Architects.
I researched a little further and found this great piece by Katarina Hall

So, while designing my space inspired room . . . I have decided not to let Lucy see the sonic chair - or she'll want one . . . 

rug, sofa, green chair, fabric, lighting, pillows  - all available at www.lucyandcompany.com
"sonic chair" available  here

Or I could just head over to Design within Reach and pick up a few things . . . Love this look.

and love these chairs of theirs . . .

Want to learn more about disc golf . . . check out www.pdga.com, www.innova.com  and www.dynamicdisc.com
Want to learn more about space camp . . . check out www.spacecamp.com

Want a funky room . . call me, I'm up for it.

Update . . .

And the winners are  . . as of Saturday afternoon . . 
Sara Hokum - first place, the new Women’s Pro World Champion!
Debbie Scott - second place Women’s Pro
Paige Piece - seventh place Women’s Pro
Holly Finley - fourth place in Advanced Amateur

congrats ladies !

More Atlanta Eye Candy . .

Hey there . . .

After the craziest week of installs (pics to come) and lots of new meetings (so excited about my new clients and their projects that will fill the rest of my summer and into the fall).  I am laying low this rainy morning here in Charlotte going through the rest of my pics from the Atlanta Market.  With the new projects I am working on I can't wait to filter in my new finds.

So I wanted to share some of my favorite details and highlights.  Remember I would be happy to source anything you see !!

Take a look !

One of my favs were these iron tables with stone tops - great for outdoor or in, and check out this vintage TV - turned radio - want!  I am all over these dyed hides in these great graphics patterns.

My Great Aunt, Netsy Scott, designer, always believed a room needed a little bit of Asia and a touch of black - gotta say, I agree. Love this blue, slightly distressed,  shelf (available in other colors).  This wall console has a beautiful black lacquer top and sides, with the most amazing silver leaf and Chinoiserie pattern (fyi . .  Chinoiserie... a french term which refer to a recurring theme in European artistic styles with Chinese influences).
Another Asian inspired armoire . . so beautiful.

Last year this amazing tufted mirror made a new appearance in a different color, and check out the gorgeous chandeliers.

I have had my eye on this rocker for a while . . . still love.

And always keeping my eyes open for lighting, this drum had a great qua trefoil shape and it's use of corrugated cardboard was loaded with texture.  In sharp contrast was this metal gem  . .  glam, shiny, slick.  Both modern in shape yet so different. 

The chesterfield sofa . . . huge comeback . .  all over the blogs and magazines.  Not just for your manly office or library.  Available in so many colors these days and their "cool" factor has gone way up . . I will soon have a green one!

Loving the head board, pillows and coverlet.

A little ottoman pop of color .. .

This was my "chair of the day" a while back . . . loving the new fabrics offered.  And check out the great, clutter free - clean and slick secretary with tons of storage.  How about a new spin on the "sit around"  decorative balls.

Just move me into this room.  Love the colors, shapes and details.

And I will take this room as well.  Great art, check out the arms on the sofa, loving the lucite.  MIxed with antique gold side table brings just that much more attention to the modern.

Another thing I loved was the creative displays.  Not only do I check out all the goods, but am constantly looking at window displays for inspiration, hence all my walk-by's in NYC at Bergdorg's.  I have always thought that would be the coolest job.

Check out these art pieces.  Think I will be collecting toilet paper rolls and rather than tossing my old magazines, start saving them for "pinwheels" that can be used in so many ways, I can't even list them all !  It's all about opening your eyes to shapes and materials.

How about a little multi-medium art similar to this - big impact !

Skier ?  Isn't this awesome !  Bring it . . . Adirondack with much more interest.

So . . another great day or two in Hot-lanta.  Loved the get-a-way.

Happy Weekend . .  and while I precede NOT to get off this sofa while I work on some new ideas - Keith and kids are off to the final day of the . . . 

2012 PDGA disc golf
world championship !!!

Yes, you heard it here . . Charlotte is hosting the "World Championship PDGA"
Stay tuned and I will give you a little inside in the world of what has become a big, new hobby around this house . . .