Blog: On The Fringe

  Photo shows a painted kitchen floor   We work with several different types of painters in the interior design business.  Different jobs require different levels of expertise.  A painter who is experienced at wall and trim paint, getting a silky smooth finish on woodwork, and walls free of drywall seams and nail pops is

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Looking at my Facebook page tonight, I had a wide awakening.  I was browsing through a beautiful post Traditional Home magazine had done featuring 30 different table top vignettes.  The concept was to show how tables….not just dining tables, but buffets, chests, cocktail tables, and lamp tables can be turned into wholistic art pieces by

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We have just returned from the International Gift Market in Atlanta.  The market is housed in three enormous buildings in downtown Atlanta., each between 10 and 20 stories tall.  Each occupying more than a city block.  It takes us four non-stop days to cover what we need to see, and we still can’t get everything

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One of our favorite places to treasure hunt is the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta.  Scott’s is a monthly show featuring antique dealers from all across the country as well as Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  You can spend $10 on something fun, or $10,000 on something serious.  And there is everything in between.  Prices vary

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A trip to the big city isn’t complete without a visit to one of it’s great movie palaces.  1920’s movie palace architecture is an amazing part of the fabric of design.  It is hard to think of another type of architecture where fantasty and a theme can be carried out so successfully and so appropriately.  The

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Our early winter get-away this year was to Chicago.  It was our first time being there.  We have always chosen New York over Chicago, and after this trip, I am not sure why.  Chicago is a fantastic city.  The “Magnificent Mile” is nothing short of its name.  On these trips, we are constantly searching for design

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  Traditions are a huge part of my family Christmas celebration.  My mother and I have made a Williamsburg style cone arrangement every year since we visited Williamsburg when I was 10.  This is an easy and versatile centerpiece, and a great Christmas Eve tradition.  To start with, you need the green painted wooden cone

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“The mark of a well-appointed interior is a feeling of comfort.” —Todd Richesin Source: The Knoxville News Sentinel At the age of 7, Todd Richesin selected a rug for his first interior design clients, his mom and dad. “When I was in the second grade, we went to meet with my parents’ interior designer. While

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  One of the joys of walking Chicago’s streets in December were the decorations that lined Michigan Avenue.  All of the stores and buildings along the Magnificent Mile took great pride in decorating not only their windows, but the beds of landscaping that lie between the sidewalk and the street.  Everywhere you looked was a

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Recently, I was asked by the team at Live at 5 at 4 to appear on their show and discuss the recent recognition by House Beautiful as being one of the Top 20 Next Wave of designers.  They also asked for some simple Christmas decorating tips since we were in the middle of the holiday

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