Happy Mother’s Day and other drama…

Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mother! 

She is the reason I love design and everything about it. She has style, talent and endless energy.  

(Our portrait below, painted 35 years ago)

I love this Jennifer Fisher "Momma" necklace!

To all the Supermoms out there….


now on to my week…

I had a little fender bender.  Well…I was not actually driving.  I went to work early Thursday am to get lots done.  I had my coffee and got my sample bags out of the passenger seat and headed in my office.  I was busy unpacking samples and sorting things in our sample room. I had been in the shop maybe 5 minutes when someone came in the shop door calling up to me "Do you have a white Land Rover?… it just rolled down the street!!!!"

My response was "&&^**^&&**T%^%"

I tore down the stairs with my keys in hand.  My car was locked and off but I had neglected to put it in park. I was hurrying….NOT GOOD.  It rolled out of the circle drive through the front yard of the shop next door, down three stairs, 100+ feet, over the sidewalk, into the street to hit a parked Lexus and slam it into the curb knocking the wheel off the Lexus. Yes, I ****ed up!

I moved my car out of the road, received a call from a friend who was almost hit by my runaway vehicle, called the police and waited.  My husband's response was good, laughing.  I called my parents.  My Dad came to survey the damage and explain to the nice neighborhood cop that I am an idiot. 

So the good news is that none was hurt.  It is just a car.  Getting cars fixed is a pain but, all is well. The conversation with the insurance agent was difficult.  They were having trouble grasping that neither car was occupied nor was the car on. 

Dying over the master bedroom wallpaper at the Q's.  I am in love with this orchid paper by Cole and Sons.

Major progress in a client's guest room. Excuse the towel behind the headboard.  It has not been installed yet.  We are going to get some beautiful Leontine Linens to complete it.

For another client we finally chose the backsplash tile that we LOVE!  It is Ashbury from Walker Zanger. We were loving the morrocan feel in crisp white porcelain.

Then we found out it was backordered until August!  UGH!!!!  Our first choice was over $200 a square foot and this was backordered.  We chose the Morrocan Mosaic.  I know it wil be fabulous too!

After a crazy week, Violet and I headed to the mountains on Friday afternoon. The rest of the pack came on Saturday after sports.

We had a great girls day. We worked out, shopped and had lunch at our favorite place in Blowing Rock, NC, The Village Cafe.  The food is divine.

Violet took a picture of a foxglove in the garden.

We made a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Crock pot cake for dessert.  It was delicious.

Sweet Violet arranged flowers from the yard. I love my Annechovie Print.

I am really looking forward to seeing my life long friend and talented architect, Lindsay Smith, speak this week at The Mint Museum.  We collaborated on her parents house. She did the architecture and I did the interiors. This is held in conjunction with her parents amazing art collection on display now.  If you are in Charlotte, go check it out!


Lindsay Smith Architect: Designing Spaces for Art

May 15, 7PM | Uptown | Free Lecture and Museum Admission                                                                                                                                                                           


Lindsay Smith, principal of Lindsay Smith Architect, New York, will discuss her recent collaborations with collectors, gallerists, curators, and artists to develop contemporary residential and commercial spaces for the display and production of art. Smith is the daughter of prominent Charlotte cultural leaders, Emily and Zach Smith, who are the subject of the new Mint-organized exhibition COLORBIND: The Emily & Zach Smith Collection. Photographs of the home she designed for the couple in 2009 are featured in the exhibition and details from the home's interior inform the exhibition design.

Lindsay Smith received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and her undergraduate degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She is a registered Architect in New York State, a member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional.

For more information, please visit: https://lsmitharchitect.com/

This presentation will be held on the Mezzanine Level of the Mint Museum Uptown in the boardroom overlooking the museum plaza. This presentation, as well as museum admission, will be free on this evening. Light refreshments will be served.

Hope this week is drama free.


  • May 13, 2012

    Love that beautiful portrait of you and your mom. Your client's bedroom is looking great and will have to check out Lindsay's work – looks fab!! Wishing you a happy and peaceful Mother's Day!

  • May 13, 2012

    got a good chuckle hearing the car story again. love the blue room. can you show me the house in person? please and thank you. missed you this weekend. happy mother's day … i love you 🙂

  • May 13, 2012

    What a wild story! Too funny and glad no one was hurt. Love seeing my print in your home. Thanks so much for the mention and link and Happy Mother's Day! 

  • May 14, 2012

    Aw man… SO sorry about the incident!!  How bizarre.  LOVING the turquoise and green bedroom in your client's home!!!

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