Friday, November 11, 2011


                                                                                                                                                                                        What inspires do better, to create, to step out of the box and stretch the limits?

Room by Barry Dixon

For me, my inspiration comes from many things.  A new box of crayons for my grandson,  the evening  sky with it's different textures and colorations, or the work of another designer that I admire.

Barry Dixon is one of those designers.
His work is always honest in the interpretation of the space and the clients he is working with.  He inserts his talent using all of the appropriate design elements, but lets the work be driven by the architecture and personality of his clients.

There are many fine designers, some local and some international in the work they do.
But the results are always an inspiration to those of us who understand what it takes to pull together a project.  All of the ball juggling of various contractors, suppliers, weather, and all of the personalities involved.

And all of the characteristics of a fine designer pertain to all of us every day.  Life is so much easier if we are organized, listen more than we speak, think outside the box to find solutions for difficult problems.

What or who inspires you?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New season, new beginnings

Well, here I am going back to design again.  I needed a break and thought I wanted to do something different for awhile, but design really is my passion!

So, today I started a new job at Bassett Furniture in Concord NC.  They have so many options, fabrics, accessories, rugs, window treatments...I just felt like I was in a candy store!

And the truth is, that I can play with fabrics all day long, and make my clients really happy with the results.

Above is a sitting area in my daughter's home.  She has a very active family, and we needed something to be versatile and stand up to the everyday use of an active child, dog and friends.  These rustic mixed materials work well, and it is so cozy to sit and read a book in the sunshine, and late in the evening watch the deer in the backyard.

So let me know if I can help you create a it formal or relaxed.  It'll be all about you and your needs.  Donna