Spring = Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

Love the bright colors, the updated contemporary scale of this floral fabric. So chic used on this classic traditional chair!

I went shopping with my girlfriend the other night for a dress. The stores are spot on with our sentiments of totally being sick of winter and wanting the bright fresh florals of Spring! They were seen everywhere! I personally … Continue reading

1970’s Design and Fashion, Yes or No?

grasscloth, vintage, 1970, decor

I am attending an event soon (hamptonsheartball.ahaevents.org) with my boyfriend and the theme is “Chic Cocktail – 70’s Inspired-Glitter & Sparkle”.  While desperately researching what we should wear and not look silly, I couldn’t help myself but look at the … Continue reading

Orange & Brass…Hot!

orange brass door

While I attended the Highpoint Furnishing Market a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice two “trends” that seemed to be popping up everywhere. They were not necessarily together, so I thought I would do a little research and … Continue reading

DHOTW: Musso Design Group: Fitting Your Lifestyle

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Once again it’s time for my Designer Highlight of the Week! (cue applause and trumpet flourish)

This week I am happy to present the Musso Design Group. I was flipping through my issue of Traditional Home a couple weeks ago when I came across their work, and I found myself wondering why I had not heard of them earlier!

Founded in 1992 by lead designer Bill Musso, this Atlanta-based company has gained distinguished recognition up and down the east coast, from New York to the tip of Florida. The team is made of Bill Musso himself as well as designers Todd Falconbury, Lauren Dott, and Lauren Sardo.

The interior, exterior and landscape work design work done by Musso Design Group has a very distinct feel to it–one that I love. They focus on the lifestyle of the client at hand, whether they are renovating a kitchen for dinner parties or designing furniture and custom window treatments for a commercial space. They believe in an approach to design that is anything but formulaic, which is crucial for the true creative power of the mind to expand.

Here is a sampling of some of their work that I think is just lovely. I can’t wait to see more from them!

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DHOTW: Is There Anything Thierry W. Despont Can’t Do?

If there is one creative mind who deserves to be a Designer Highlight of the Week, it is Mr. Thierry W. Despont. There is so much to this man it’ll be a wonder if I can get it all in one post! Not only is he a genius architect, fabulous interior designer, and a master at museum and historical renovations, but he is also a painter, sculpter, and writer. Above all, he is a unique mind worthy of your inspiration.

Mr. Despont’s studio and offices are located in New York, though he was born and raised in France. A graduate of both the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts of Paris and Harvard University, he is able to couple his unique and high end creativity with knowledge and expertise. The Office of Thierry W. Despont, Ltd. was established in 1980 and has quickly gained a top-notch reputation as a foremost residential and commercial design firm with satisfied clientele stretching from North America to Europe.

Mr. Despont has wasted no time in putting his multiple creative talents to work. He was the Associate Architect for the Centennial Restoration of the Statue of Liberty, the restorer of a family mansion, and responsible for the interior design of the new J. Paul Getty museum. His talents have seen the completion of everything from high end retail stores to synagogues to hotels around the world. His written work includes a series of books entitled Houses and co-authorship of Restoring the Statue of Liberty. As an artist, he is affiliated with the Marlborough Gallery, and his work can be seen in galleries in North America and Europe.

And that’s still not all! He is also a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and a Knight of the French Legion of Honor and of the Arts and Letters. For a full biography of Mr. Despont’s accomplishments, please visit his website www.DespontStudio.com.

Here are some of my favorite residential projects by Mr. Despont. It was nearly impossible to choose which works to include!

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Making a Good First Impression

Old World Oppulence

Cre8tive Interior Designs

The entry foyer of a home is the first thing people see upon opening the front door. Whether it’s your in-laws, friends, or just the package delivery man, the foyer sets the tone for the design, style, and (many people seem to forget this!) upkeep of the rest of your home.

You want your guests to feel welcome upon first entering your home, and for visitors who don’t make it past the foyer, you want to make a good impression with just a glance through your open door. Your foyer should reflect who lives in your home and really stand as a way to make a statement.

Here are some of my favorite foyers–beautiful entryways to beautiful homes!

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Don’t Forget About Dad!

Me & Dad

This Sunday is Father’s Day (you’re welcome for the reminder!), a time to appreciate and show your love for most important man in your life. Whether you’re gathering with the family for dinner, sitting on a lake with a fishing line floating aimlessly in the water, or just vegging out on the couch watching dad’s favorite sport (my house will be filled with golf commentary!), it’s a day all about good ol’ Dad.

So, in honor of Father’s Day, here is a collection of some of my favorite man caves.

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I’ve Got a Serious Case of the Blues

Cobalt Blue and Turquoise

Not that I’m complaining! Cobalt is a rich and deep shade of blue, and one of my absolute favorites in fashion and design. I know, I know, I have a huge thing for blue, but once you see some of my favorite uses of it you’ll be joining the club!

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The Antique Beauty in Biedermeier Style

Stunning Biedermeier Credenza

In recent years, the Biedermeier style has become increasingly popular… and there’s no wonder why! This style is being used by designers and architects as inspiration in their own work, some of the more notable being Robert Venturi, Charles Jenks, Michael Graves and Milo Baughman.

Biedermeier furniture is also catching the eye of collectors, its style being a beautiful addition to modern homes. Biedermeier  antiques are known for their petite proportions and bonus functionality, something many designers are seeking as the finishing touch to their designs.

Here are some of my favorite uses of Biedermeier design!

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