Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEED: Do We Need Interior Design Emoji?

Eye candy from Maison
While walking last week's Maison & Objet Miami, I wanted to text a few friends but was dismayed by the lack of smart phone graphics to convey  my adventure. Granted photos of colossal glass chandeliers speak volumes over simplified cartoony emoji...but still, it's nice to have an option.
I thought: "Why aren't there furniture emoji? I WANT them."

Then I googled "furniture emoji" and discovered that Ikea had come up with its own iconic text language earlier in the year. Ikea's emoticons are beautifully illustrated; they remind me of modern flashcards. Ikea's emoji philosophy:

In the home situation
misunderstandings occur most around clutter.
And that is why IKEA introduces Emoticons:
a communication tool to ensure universal love
and understanding in your home.

Check it out at

Before learning that Ikea had pioneered furniture emoji, I felt inspired to take it on. As a design enthusiast, I was feeling left out of the picture text world. Apple's existing emoji offerings enhance the victories, challenges, and overall communication of other careers, but for interior designers...there's.really nada.

A chef can express enthusiasm for a new dish that just got written up in the Times.

A basketball player can share his success after being signed to the pros.

But in the world of basic unbranded non-Ikea emoji, what can an interior designer really convey via text?I am a tad surprised, since designers and furniture makers comprise such a passionate group, that they have not left their mark yet in the emoji world, especially with design icons such as a Barcelona chair, an Egg chair, a Kagan sofa, an X-bench, a Sputnik chandelier. While waiting in a doctor's office, I mocked up these.

Perhaps for this trade, emojis simply cannot rival photographs to relay the design experience and the library could be endless. How would one adequately communicate:
Luna Bella's Medusa pendants
 these luscious tablecloths from LinenMe
a  B+W composition at Maison Montaigne
the comparative textures of nuLOOM's rugs
Sometime emoji move but not to this extent.

 Love these magnetized porcelain plates designed by Martial for Non Sans Raison
Me on a So-Nu river stone chair
So maybe it's ok then. We have our camera apps. Do we really NEED emoji? And is Ikea correct -- that all emojis are the key to harmony at home?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Countdown to High Point: The Currey 6

I was invited, among others, to preview Currey & Co.'s newest decorative offerings for High Point Spring Market 2015. Flattered by the ask, I am sharing 6 random pieces that spoke to me. Like playing a word association game, certain items triggered a quick thought, and it was this auto-response that drove
"The Currey 6."

For example, as soon as I saw the Medusa Multi-Pendant (above), I thought, 
in other words, I predict it will be one of the most widely editorialized spectacles of market. As for me, I'd XOXO to see it floating above me in a South Beach bar while I drink the crispest, coldest glass of prosecco.


Wild for folksy Mexican heart milagros, I now heart Shannon Koszyk's chic translation.

Sacred Heart Mirror (left) from the Shannon Koszyk Collection + a Milagro collection from Flickr.
As decorators/designers we all have experienced the NEED to find the finishing touches for a certain project, that je ne sais quoi piece for a puzzling corner, clamoring for something to fill the space, but nothing too much. Voila! The faux bois coat tree, except sans coats, in perfect fade-away gray.
Bonus: You can dress it up for the holidays.

The Countryhouse Coat Tree, 77.5"H,  is too cool to cover up.
As soon as I saw the black-n-nude Cooksbridge Pendant it reminded me of the killer dress Madonna wore on the IHeartRadio Awards, except in reverse.

Madonna image found on That 1960 Chick
Every cell in my body responds to green in a really good way.
Funny, they call this colorway for the Rehan Rug "charcoal" but I'm just seeing green.
...the whole idea of cross-section fascinates me, and since I've been keeping tabs, when I spied the sliced bamboo decorating the Currey & Co. shade, I was convinced of the trend.

Currey & Co's Grove Rectangular Chandelier (left) with Timothy Oulton's table, a firewood stack in Athens, GA and a window dresser's cardboard tree prop.
And one more thing...

The uber-creative and witty Aviva Stanoff will be in the Currey & Co. house on Monday the 20th from 3-5, High Point. She's working on a collection that will launch late this year. I can't even imagine!

And one more thought...

 If you are a designer/decorator reading my blog, please check out Parlore for iPad, sign up, and try it for free. If you are a manufacturer of pretty, cool, unique, well-made, designer-friendly home furnishings and decor, reach out: Or come say hello in High Point at 220 Elm on Saturday the 18th.

Monday, March 2, 2015

XOXO: My Yearly Date with Angels

Top: Selfie with some of the Angels - Jody Battaglia, Letty Worley Brooks, Laurie Meseroll, Jocelyn O'Gorman, Sophia Brake -- after our annual lineup. Bottom: Life is good, especially when there is faux bois.
Never a dull moment with Jen.
Lucky me. Once a year I hang out and spend the night with Jen O'Connor and some of her stellar Earth Angels in Sanford, FL at the colorful Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery. For 9 years, Jen and her troupe have come South for a two day trunk show filled with paintings, a menagerie of handmade animals and quirky dolls, jewelry and miscellaneous decor. I arrive in plenty of time for the Friday art stroll and open house and leisurely make my way back home Saturday afternoon. I XOXO this tradition.
Nicole Bowen's totally fantastic plush felines. Rawr-lite.
Nancy Wiley's portraits (right) with a Theresa Disney painting in the back. "Clara", with the black bob, stole my heart.
Sophia wearing a Jocelyn O'Gorman apron.
One of Letty Worley's mohair kitties.
Jody Battaglia, artist and author of Funtown says, "You should never be skimpy when it comes to cherries."
And there were other fruits besides cherries to take home.
Collaboration: Laurie Meseroll "mezzes"with my blocks. is open 24/7 for browsing and buying PLUS the Angels often take their show on the road. Next stop, Nashville. You too can be a p/t groupie like me.

The Theresa Disney room at JT Folk Art
Jen Lindquist's studio space.
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art in Sanford, FL is an incredible gallery for original folk art from artists such as Theresa Disney, Mary Proctor, Ab the Flagman and Jen Lindquist.

Friday, February 27, 2015

NEED: Def Leopard

Currey and Co's Bethanne Matari rocked this amazing coat.
I believe that every home NEEDS a little leopard. And after attending Design Bloggers Conference 2105, I believe that every wardrobe definitely needs some too. As I diligently worked the Parlore table, demo-ing our app to interior designers, I saw a lot of spots go by. These designers and bloggers are a catty bunch! I regret not hunting down more examples and photographing them. If you saw Michelle Workman's shoes, you know what I mean.
At first I thought Cloth & Kind's Tami Ramsay's (right) button-up suede number was cork; Vicki Bolick from Ace of Space wore a grayish print dress with charcoal leather jacket; Duralee's Robin Gordon toted leopard with a pretty racing stripe accent and the woman at the top left I do not know but she looked good.'

Now, bring the cat back home. 3 old chairs that I've recently fallen for.

Florida Consignment Shop
Tritter Feefer showroom at Americasmart

Florida again. This one is my least fave, but it's still kind of cute.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Image: Pinterest
More than any other accessory lately, lighting continually captures my attention because it offers drama and mood while providing a very necessary function.

I have been particularly fixated on copper and brass pendants. If it's polished and gold-tone, I XOXO it.  And I find that I am gravitating toward the rounded curvy shapes. From spheres to ellipses, these suspended fixtures are as magical as sunshine, an orange moon, or a golden egg. And even though they're trending and glam, they're also classic like a new shiny penny.
Here are 6 styles that I like a lot.

Image via Pinterest
Like the cone of silence (below) but in copper (above).

Image from Boxothoughts
Image via Lonny
Equally chic for residential and retail,
Here, Tom Dixon's Copper Pendants (above) lend a fashionable glow to Lou and Grey's Westport shop.

Image via Camerich
 At the Vegas Market, Camerich's dome copper pendants caught our eye.
Lighting seems to be a new category for this modern furniture company from Seattle.

Image: Michele Varian
Michele Varian's brass aperture pendant is adjustable. Direct the flow of light by opening and closing the metal leaves.  I featured some of her other fixtures in Miss Blogworthy's ICFF round-up a few months ago.

Image: Schoolhouse Electric
Matte but by no means dull, Schoolhouse Electric's made-in-Portland Isaac Pendant has an 8" shade.

Image: Dunlin via Apartment Therapy
 Craving a little bit more texture, these hammered pendants were found on Claire Zinnecker's "Hint of Gold" Pinterest board by way of Apartment Therapy by way of Dunlin.

I like pretty metallic things around the house and I also like to wear them.

I rock this cuff almost every day. I get a ton of compliments on it.
Bought at a consignment shop for $4, it is major bang for buck.