Recently, I have been sharing visits that I enjoyed when I attended the Unity in Design event in High Point. Just before heading back to Charlotte, I went to see Design Solutions. They create dream kitchens and baths. There, I met Pamela Merritt, furniture designer and cabinetry wizard! Pamela designs kitchens and baths that are made up of individual furniture pieces, she calls them unfitted. Each piece of cabinetry is made individually, and then slides into place. Theoretically, you can re-configure your kitchen, or bath, at will, if the plumbing and electrical allows it. The design process is amazing. Pam works with clients from floor plan to completion, customizing the design every step of the way. Pamela says it best, “At Design Solutions™ we do not make cabinets; we are furniture makers." This company does not use any particleboard or fiberboard (MDF) or use any materials with formaldehyde; they use only sustainable wood resources, biodegradable and edible glues and low VOC finishes. The next time a client asks me to be involved in the building of their custom home; I will be referring back to Design Solutions. Check out these beautiful photos of their work:
Seated from left, Davetta Moore, National Board Member, Wanda Horton, Vice President of Communication, Jane Ann Maxwell, President, standing from left to right, Nancy Martin, Vice President of Membership, Mary Santini, Secretary/Treasurer, and Marianne Parker, National Board Member
Emily's New Room
This desk was the inspiration for the room
Decorating for Christmas in Adult and Kid Zones...
Adults will love the beauty of the luxe mantle
This bright, bold mantle is kid friendly
This lovely arrangement is sophisicated and elegant
Kids tables need centerpieces too and these serve as favors to take home afterwards!
The Holiday Table...
This table setting would make a beautiful Thanksgiving breakfast table
Greenery - simple and elegant
These pictures illustrate the idea of using what you love...
One home owner loves classic traditional decore, the other mid century modern. Look at what they created using the things they both loved!!!
Grouping beloved collections create impact
Two collections united by color
Pictures from the Coastal Vibe Project
The chair fabric was designed just for this client and then made into yardage just for these chairs!
The living room seating area. The client wanted it elegant and yet relaxed, with the idea of being at a house on the beach.
We added the built-ins and had the paint changed before the homeowner moved in. A cozy seating arrangement and momentos from world travels warm the space.
These pictures illustrate "staging" principles
This beautiful room was designed to be cozy and full. This room is an example of NOT staging to maximize the square footage. Thanks to House Beautiful for the image
This serene room is designed for maximum spaciousness! Notice that you see lots of floor through the legs of the coffee table. Lots of breathing room in this space. Thanks to House Beautiful for the image.
This is an example of Benjamin Moore Aura paints to go with the About Paint post
One of the many beautiful colors in the Aura collection
Aura paints have low VOC's which means it's healthier for everybody!
To illustrate the post "Art For Your Walls"
The following pictures are artwork from some of my favorite local artists. The fabulous thing about these folks is that they will do commissioned pieces especially for you! Enjoy...
Sany Seipert, an older work, her newer stuff is better, this was the only image I had...
The following pictures are from the October High Point Furniture Market.
These are some of the showrooms and displays that I thought were terrific.
Bella Luna was one of my favorite showrooms!
everything on display was quirky and elegant
One of my favorite finds, this mirror is a piece of art!
These sassy stools help tell the Bella Luna story
Cyan design always has unusual and neat things
Hot Color Trend shown at the Spring Market in Highpoint!
black and white and malachite!
Favorite New Accessoires...
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fabulous silver platters that are even better in person
These make such a great centerpiece for a dining room table
FALL MARKET 2008 - GORGEOUS COLOR, FOCUS ON "GREEN" DESIGN, FUN WITH LAQUER...
New color combo that was everywhere, butter and pewter, so pretty, soft and fresh!
Gorgeous Global Views - always my favorite venue
soft butter and pewter
"GREEN" in both color and sustainablity is a beautiful choice...
These pillows made from abaca leaves and coconut beads are eco-friendly and good for the workers of the developing country in which they are made.
Old favorites are still in play...
aqua, teal, peacock are still popular-- note the laquered mirror!
Before and After pictures are always fun!
This is a "before" picture of a recent project.
same room, different view
new carpet, upholstery, paint, window treatments...
More from the High Point Spring Market My Favorite Overall Venue - Global Views
terrific accessories, uniquely displayed
black, white, red, silver punch!
note the male figures at the bottom of the ropes climbing out of the vases!
Favorite Find at the High Point Spring Market
Pablo Mekis Artisan Pillows
the hand stiching is fabulous!
more Pablo Mekis
A designer is as good as her team...
Every designer relies on a team of people to help execute her design vision. I have worked very hard to assemble a top notch team of craftsmen and professionals to rely on for excellence in execution and customer service. I have nick named them "The "A" Team". This name is so appropriate because this group brings their best effort to each task. There are many folks out there that will give you adequate, we strive for exceptional.
The following pictures will introduce you to some of the work done by these guys...
Marilyn Croteau - the BEST window treatment workroom on the East Coast
Heavin Woodworks - beautiful trims and built-ins
G.Richard Anderson Faux Finisher. He does fabulous work!
all natural and all green
A staged breakfast room
We recovered the chairs to co-ordinate with the area rug and added a fresh bunch of flower from the grocery store!
This week, I am working on two interiors that are either on or are near Lake Wylie, SC. Both homeowners are interested in incorporating a coastal "vibe" into the design for their homes. Working on two homes with the same design direction has never happened in my business before. It will be fun to see just how differently we approach each home. They will be as different and unique as their homeowners and we will be sure to include some after pictures in about 3 or 4 months!
Something's Gotta Give
from the movie "Something's Gotta Give" the set design for the Nantucket living room is inspiration for a coastal interior that I'm working on right now...
another coastal inspiration
this rug from Aspen Carpet Designs is very close to the one in the movie!