Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Furniture Market.....and some Late Thanksgiving
 Yes, that is me and my new friend Suzanne Kasler in the Hickory Chair showroom, in High Point, NC!!!  What a highlight!  I saw her from a distant and my heart started racing.  She is one of my design heros and I started to panic.  I lurked (literally I was a lurker) , until she finished speaking with some other ladies.  I just had to introduce myself and meet her.  She was so cool and gracious.  We also talked about her new fabric line for Lee Jofa and she showed me her new pieces for Hickory Chair.  And crazy enough I just ordered that armoire that is behind us for a client.  I could own that piece.  But don't we look great together.  Even out outfits match!  I just wish I had taken that awful tag off for the photo.  Oh well, I was a little star struck at the time and not really thinking about that.  Maybe I will see her again in the Spring.  So Fun!

"Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do."

 "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. "

I found these vintage pendant lights, I think they are called spaghetti lights, in my favorite dealers booth at market.  I got so excited when I found them because it reminded me of the restaurant at one of my favorites, The Crosby Street Hotel in NYC.  I had always wondered where Kit Kemp found such an amazing grouping of these lights.  I love how they are hung at different levels and all the color just makes me happy.  I even purchased two little white ones that my dealer friend had.  Guess I will have to find a home for them one day. 

Here is the restaurant at The Crosby Street Hotel.  I have shown this picture before but love the yummy spaghetti light arrangement, right in the middle of the room.  Delicious!

Market can be a lot of work but it is also really fun.  The first place I go is the Antiques and Design center so I can scout out all the one of a kind items.  Here is a little taste below........

Great spaces.....so much to explore

So there is an art dealer there that I love.  He has original works, mostly abstract.  I could not leave without this piece.  I wish you could see it in person because the colors are really great and I love the graffiti effect.  I have always been drawn to works of art that have letters and words in them. Even words I can't understand!  Like in this piece.......maybe it is some exotic foreign language.  Probably not but it is still super cool. 

Ok and I picked this little number up from one of my favorite lighting designers.  My client told me it looked like a crown for a queen!  Which made me love it even more.  This designer takes vintage pieces and remakes them by changing the finish or adding crystal drops.  I also love glass and she has added an old piece of fenton glass to the top of this piece.  The fun round bulbs make it so fresh and hip!  This will be hanging in the foyer......I am really excited about it.....

"There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light, there is no beauty."
 Billy Baldwin

Ok so yes this is the craziest thing I have ever purchased but it is so wonderful.  A dear skin pouf!  Everyone must have one.  Joe is going to love it.....it really is amazing.  The texture and color are perfect!  This will be going in the family room that is I am planning to be the most relaxed playful space in the house. 

The deer skin pouf leads me into something that will not be in our family room......but totally makes me laugh.  This is a picture from our Thanksgiving at Joe's uncles farm.  I talked about collecting last post, well you have no idea what kind of collections this man has.  Some are quite amazing and others are just down right hilarious. 

Oh and yes he has a jack-a-lope......When I lived in Aspen, CO, some friends of mine convinced me that there were jack-a-lopes living along this pass where I would go on my walks.  I was so freaked out that I was ready to stop going up there to walk.  Of course all the guys thought it was too funny that I would actually believe that there was such a thing as a jack-a-lope.  I figured it out when I learned that you could order a jack-a-lope from Cabelas catalog.  Oh those silly boys, glad I did not stop hiking. 

Cutest outfit of all Thanksgiving.........Oilily from ebay!  I am addicted.......and how great is it with her brothers old cowboy boots.......that's my girl.....

I just had to hug these little guys......they are baby Long Leaf Pines......Long Leaf Pines are where actual Heart Pine comes from.....the Heart Pine that people for centuries have used for flooring and furniture......Long Leaf's are disappearing so quickly in the South (Loblolly Pines are taking over), that you can get a grant from the Federal government if you replant Long Leaf's on your property.  It is quite a commitment because they are harder to care for and grow slower than other types of pines.  Hats off to the people who are making the effort to bring back these trees.  I love them so much, just look at this guy.....he is soooooo cute! and the mature trees are just beautiful.  Joe wants me to give Kudos to the government for starting to replant Long Leafs in the roughly 250,000 acres of the Frances Marion Forest.  Nice job......grow little ones, grow.

and how cute is this....

and how cute is that!.....so much cuteness in the world. Even more to be thankful in life.

"I give thanks everyday that I've been able to take my craziness and make it work for me."
Fritz Scholder


  1. I am interested in the lighting you have in the picture "pendant lights" the 2 that are the same - metal on top (circles) and bottom and colored glass in-between.. Are they for sale? leigh.sendra@yahoo.com

  2. Let me see if they are still available, I will call the girl today and see if they are available and what the price is. I will try to get the size for you too.

  3. Does the art dealer have a website available for retail or is he trade only? I love that work of art as well. Thanks! Jenn

  4. It is a very wonderful painting.
    Take a look at some of my work online.
    I think you might enjoy as well.


    Don't hesitate to contact with any questions or comments about the work.


  5. What about the deerskin pouf? How do I purchase one of those for my family room?

  6. Wish you would identify the artist. : (