Blog: On The Fringe

  A derelict cottage on an unassuming lane in the heart of Old Town Key West is the site of a new project.  Construction will start in less than a month converting this home into a beautiful new space in paradise.  The project will combine this house with a recently renovated adjacent house to make

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A friend of mine shared this New York Times article and slide show with me today. Zach Motl follows some of my design philosophy which breaks conventional thought about space planning.  Zach also has a great color sense. A Roomy 178 Square Feet By: Penelope Green Published: February 10, 2010 THE tins of seasoning on

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Living room with the Italian chest and prints from Bobby Todd Antiques On our trip to Nashville, we visited our friend Sarah Ross.  Sarah is a friend of mine from high school, and she is a great customer at our shop, Bobby Todd Antiques.  We stopped by to see the progress on her house, which

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  We found ourselves in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend for a friend’s 40th birthday party.  A trip out of Knoxville would not be complete without some antique shopping on the way.  As you will soon determine, antique shopping to us means lots of things….exploring the town and any interesting shops, good food, and of course,

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Lighting is an integral part of what I do as designer.  It has the power to be one of the most important elements of a design because it can control the mood of a room.  Bright light promotes activity, while dim light promotes relaxation and conversation.  Lighting also is important because it is a great way

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A favorite resource for custom products is Kindel Furniture Company. Their story is as interesting as their products.  Started in St. Louis over 100 years ago, and still owned by part of the original founders, Kindel is considered one of the last great American furniture companies. Now located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they have a distinct ability

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Thanks to Traditional Home for including me in their list of “20 Young Designers to Watch”, in their March 2010 issue.  It is an honor to be included in this group of incredibly talented individuals, and great to be recognized by a favorite publication.  I had the privildege of getting to know one of the

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Candace Manroe of Traditional Home wrote the below article, “Free pass for all us pack rats.” This is a brilliant summary of how a collector feels. I never have been able to put my finger on the reason I can’t stop, but Candace has. The connection to the past. Bobby and I are collectors to

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We start shopping for our Christmas season in January.  Yes, it is hard to beleive, but it takes us a full year to prepare for a selling season that is a short two months.  At the January gift market in Atlanta, we hit the halls running, searching for new and exciting products to bring you. 

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Storage is always a consideration when designing a home.  We live in an older home where closet space is at a premium.  Recently, we had Closet Solutions in Knoxville makeover our guest room closets with their closet organization system.  It was a quick, easy, and affordable project.  Within a matter of two hours, we had

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