Creating Your Own Holiday Home Tour - My Latest Article for Hooker Furniture Corporation

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One of the other hats I occasionally wear is that of a contributor to the Hooker Furniture Corporation blog. (HFC is an international manufacturer of home furnishings, based in Martinsville, Virginia and with facilities in North Carolina.) I was excited when they asked me to share some of the work we’ve done in a lake front property - especially our holiday decorating adventure!

Here’s one of their stunning pieces - the Curiosity Credenza fits well in a dining room, entry or living space. That blue! (It’s a hint of what you’ll see in our latest post.)

Here’s one of their stunning pieces - the Curiosity Credenza fits well in a dining room, entry or living space. That blue! (It’s a hint of what you’ll see in our latest post.)

By the way, we love repurposing pieces to better fit a new design scheme. This is actually an older credenza from Hooker Furniture that belonged to another client’s mother. It was gifted to her and, though she loved the lines, she didn’t so much love the color. We had it custom-finished and now she can enjoy using it in her entry foyer.

By the way, we love repurposing pieces to better fit a new design scheme. This is actually an older credenza from Hooker Furniture that belonged to another client’s mother. It was gifted to her and, though she loved the lines, she didn’t so much love the color. We had it custom-finished and now she can enjoy using it in her entry foyer.

Now, on to writing . . . I have been on a little hiatus so I am excited to be back creating articles. It’s one of my special passions that too often gets put on the back burner. It will be time to add this to my 2019 goals - Write more!

I wrote about how I enjoy a good holiday tour of homes and tied it into our project, with a few helpful tips, too! The rustically elegant residence is bathed in accents of an azure blue so it was fun to pull that in to her Christmas decor.

The fireplace in our client’s home soars to the ceiling. Look below to see how our photographer, Dustin Peck, captured it in full glory, prior to our decorations. I loved the garland and ornaments nestled in place.

The fireplace in our client’s home soars to the ceiling. Look below to see how our photographer, Dustin Peck, captured it in full glory, prior to our decorations. I loved the garland and ornaments nestled in place.

Now you can see where our holiday inspiration began.

Now you can see where our holiday inspiration began.

I’d love for you to take a few moments to enjoy an online tour of this home. Just click on the button, below, to gain entry - no tickets required!

If I don’t get back to writing before the year ends, please know how much I appreciate you stopping by to share your time. Sending all of you a very Merry Christmas with wishes for a most special New Year!

All my best ~ Wanda

Five Ways to Create A Comforting Home

For the last several days, we’ve been deluged with the wind and rain of what was Hurricane Florence. Though downgraded to a Tropical Storm, many of us were cautioned to stay at home and we did just that. It’s been difficult to watch some of the news with this having such a serious impact on my state of North Carolina. During challenging times, we often want to turn to the comfort of home and the people who live there for a feeling of security. (This includes our pets, too.)

Does your home bring a comforting experience? Our lake home project does just that.

Does your home bring a comforting experience? Our lake home project does just that.

I’ve been reading posts where people commented about getting cabin fever, even a couple of days in. Give me a comfy chair and ottoman, a stack of books or design magazines, my doxie, a cozy blanket, and I’m completely content. Still, with the severity of the weather, I hoped for a real calm from this storm for our family and for others, too. Thankfully, we’re safe and have been able to stay in place.

Today I thought about one of my intentions in designing interiors. It’s for clients to feel wrapped in a type of comfort, reaching beyond the physical. It taps into a deeper place - where the tangible meets the intangible. Even if you may not have been through an event like a hurricane, life does have its share of “storms” and your home can be designed as a place of repose and support.

As I was reflecting on what makes for a comforting home, it brought to mind a particular project and five key elements to share with you:

One - Comfortable upholstery pieces, covered in soft but durable fabric, along with plump pillows, beckon you to curl up for listening to soft music or for connecting. We wrapped this grouping around a set of four ottomans on casters to allow everyone to prop up their feet to relax. The room layout also provided for an intimate feeling, even though it’s quite large and with soaring ceilings.

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Two - The warmth of wood. It’s making its way back into interiors. Yes, we’ve seen it in flooring, ceilings, and architectural accents; however, we’ve recently witnessed how almost every furniture piece has gone by the way of painted or scrubbed finishes. (You’ll notice I did add a touch of blue in some of the other end tables.) The grained inlay of this pedestal table, along with the brass edging, made for a rich accent piece. Warm and inviting, with an elegant ease, is the narrative for this.

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Three - A tray, layered with some of your favorite things, can accent a focal point. A book to peruse, flowers to enjoy, a bit of sparkle, or a place to rest a beverage make the room more personal than if it was just a place to sit. We contrasted a custom tray with two different textures for even more interest.

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Four - The glow of a beautiful lamp is always a must for bringing the ambience. Have you ever driven by a home, in the evening, and noticed lamps casting their golden path of welcome, drawing you in? Layers of light prevent those recessed fixtures from giving you the hospital waiting room experience. Soft light, not harsh, comforts every time.

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Five - Something tactile, underfoot, like the hand-knotted rug we selected for our featured living area, feels good to walk across or when sitting in Sukhasana pose. (My yoga aficionados appreciate a good floorcovering, especially when it’s pretty.) The gold and blue hues, set against a warm, gray background, feel like the sun and the sky have been grounded by one, beautiful canvas. The pattern is almost mesmerizing, don’t you think?

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It seems the worst of the weather is over for my area, though it’s still impacting other parts of the Carolinas. For some, it’s been an inconvenience, and for others, it’s been a time of great loss. To offer assistance or to find help, our Charlotte paper has provided a great list of agencies and resources. You can find that article online here .

We may not know, for several days or even weeks, what the impact of Florence will be. For now, I hope each and everyone affected will find hope, help, and a respite of calm from this storm.

All my best ~ Wanda

A Project in the Spotlight - Interior design for his and hers

When clients entrust our team with their design projects, it's always an honor.  When they also allow an editorial team into their personal domain, knowing it will be publicly featured, it means the world!  

Back at the end of 2016, I submitted a project to "Charlotte Home + Garden" magazine with fingers crossed.  I knew the clients loved the outcome of their project and hoped we could share it with the readers of this lovely publication.  In February, the editor contacted me to let me know it was a go and we coordinated a photo shoot to capture more images, as well as to plan for interviews. 

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I'm happy to say our latest feature, in the Spring 2017 issue of Charlotte Home + Garden, is now on the newsstands!  A traditional, Tuscan-influenced interior was transformed into a classic/transitional design with a modern twist.  It was a melding of preferences and you can read more in the online version -  "Designing A Home That's Equal Parts His, Hers".  

While it's a desire to have each client feel as if their home will be photo ready, the bigger focus is on creating and implementing my exclusive, master design plan to provide them with a personalized home which fits their lifestyle, while also honoring the timeline and investment plan.  These clients were very engaged with work, family, and friends, so taking the burden off of their plate made the process much easier and an enjoyable experience!  

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While you're reading through the magazine, there also happens to be a bonus article with a designer question and answer session featuring your's truly!  You can click on <here> to read more.  I'm glad I had my extra cup of coffee, that day!  

It's always fun to create a different aesthetic for each project.  I'm so honored to be able to showcase some of my work and to share it with a great couple, too!

Be sure to pick up your copy, available through the end of May.

All my best ~ Wanda