Monday, November 24, 2014

How To Create a Custom Home: Hickory Chair

Have you ever questioned why you should hire a designer?  I mean come on, you can copy a room from Pinterest and order similar products from Restoration Hardware can't you?  You can buy complete vignette off the floor at Pottery Barn as an option too.   Is that what you want your home to say about you?  Fast, easy and well I want to say cheap, but let's face it, buying retail is an investment too.  Decorating your home from the big box stores isn't cheap, but you get a look that is generic. Do you really want to invest your hard earned dollars in furniture that 

 As a designer, buying from the big box stores is something I don't understand.  Why would you want cookie cutter interiors, when you can have a custom look for a little more money?  Our homes tell a story about us, do you really want your story to be bland and average or what I call the "vanilla" decorating look?  

A true designer works hard to create a custom look that speaks to your design aesthetic and tells your story.  Sure designers sometimes buy filler pieces from retailers to finish out a room and stay on budget, but the majority of items are often custom tailored for the client's project.  Customization is what sets your home apart from your neighbor's house. One of the companies designers often look to for customization is Hickory Chair.  

Hickory Chair Furniture Company has been creating custom furniture since 1911 in Hickory, North Carolina.  It's hard to believe this company has been creating beautiful furniture for over one hundred years!  To think, Hickory Chair began with  a made-to-order dining chair and simple vision.  Today, Hickory Chair's furniture continues to be made to order by a talented team of artisans.  The company has maintained its original vision of custom craftsmanship and timely service.   Have you seen all the beautiful furniture Hickory Chair is creating these days?  Wow, is all I can say!  Pop over to their website and see the complete collection from Hickory Chair.

I visited the Hickory Chair Showroom during High Point Market and fell in love with the Everett Lounger silhouette shown here.  As I walked through the showroom, I saw the Everett chair in several fabrics with custom details tweaked to create various looks.  This is a great example of how Hickory Chair's customization can create unique furniture for your home.

Here the Everette Loungeris shown in a dark green mohair fabric
 with cream pipping. How handsome would this chair
 be in a gentleman's study?

Would you recognize this chair as the same chair as above?  The Everette Lounger
shown here in a more formal look.  The cushion back and seat has been
 tufted and self piped to create a chair more suited to a living room. 

The Everett is shown in a creme fabric, with leather piping and buttons for
 a more casual look. 

I've shown you the same chair offered in three different options, are you amazed at how differently the fabrications look?  This is a small example of the many ways this chair can be crafted to meet the demands of a custom designed room.  The next time you are redecorating a room in your home.  Ask yourself, "do I want something my neighbor can buy or do I want something unique for my home."  I'll bet in the long run you will save money by hiring the designer and getting a custom look, which won't be on sale in six months when the retailer's catalogue rolls out with a new look.  Custom created designs have longevity because we don't tire from seeing them advertised all over the place.  Quality furniture like Hickory Chair offers bench made quality, which lasts longer than mass produced furniture too. 

Your home deserves quality furniture like Hickory Chair!  
As your designer today for Hickory Chair
Quality furniture with custom options, that's Hickory Chair!

Let Hickory Chair make your home's story unique!   

Follow Hickory Chair on their social channels to see beautiful furniture & get inspired:

Disclosure: Hickory Chair was one of my sponsors for High Point Market.  All opinions are my own.  I only blog about brands I think are of interest to my readers. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome a Cure By Carpet One & A Giveaway!

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 new series of their pink ribbon welcome mats and I was lucky enough to be
 asked to participate!

Above is the mat I designed and will be giving away, so enter now til

 December 1st !  My rug features my former logo designed by the talented
 graphic artist, the talented Jill Seale.   The blue on the sides,  is the tab
 from the Carpet One scroll bar.  The rug colors are grey, green and black.
 I am so happy to announce I  partnered with Carpet One Floor and Home
 to design one of their  Pink Ribbon  durable indoor-outdoor mat to
 support breast cancer research.  On December 1st, I'll give away one
 of my custom designed door mats to one of you! (may be more!)

 funds to  support breast cancer research and awareness as part of their

The campaign has raised  nearly 1 million dollars for breast cancer research in
 the past 10 years and currently supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
 (BCRF). For each welcome mat sold, 25% of the purchase
 price is donated to the BCRF.

 Pink ribbon welcome mats are available year round at
 various Carpet One Floor & Home stores for 
approximately $24.99US/$34.99CDN

  25% of each sale will be donated directly to 
  The mats are tough, functional and, depending on your choice, fun, 
whimsical, and stylish! For the past 10 years, through its
 Pink Ribbon Mat project, Carpet One
 Floor & Home has raised almost a million dollars to support
 breast cancer research.

These durable pink ribbon welcome mats are suitable for use both indoors
 and out and are machine-washable. Purchasing a welcome mat contributes
 directly to raising funds for breast cancer research in both the US & Canada
 and the search for a cure. Sold only in stores

Breast cancer awareness doesn't just last for the month of October so the
 welcome mats are available all year long in Carpet One Home stores throughout
 the U.S.  Click here to find one in your area.  They retail for approximately $24.99
 and feature a sturdy rubber backing and a pink ribbon to remind people of the
 cause it supports.  They measure 2'x3', are stain, water resistant
 and machine washable.

Here are a few of the other designs from a couple of my designer friends
 I love, but make sure you pop over to Carpet One to see the others, 
there are many more:

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Designer - Meredith Heron

This rug was designed by my friend and fellow designer,
Meredith Heron.  If you aren't familiar with Meredith's
 make sure you pop over to her website by clicking here, 
and see the beautiful design work this woman creates!  She is
 seriously talented lady!  I love to follow Meredith on instagram
 for a daily dose of inspiration and Facebook to get a peek into
 her creative brain. If you want a lively discussion connect
 with Meredith on twitter.
 This is the design created by my friend, Courtney Lake of Monogram Decor.  
I especially love the inspiration behind this design.  Courtney said when you are
 battling cancer your thoughts are all over the place, you feel scattered, but there
 can be beauty in the chaos.  Do you know Courtney?  If not, make sure you get 
to know this design creative. We went to London together for Blogtour London 
with Modenus last September.  I must say, getting to know Courtney on Blogtour 
was a highlight of my trip.  Not only is this man  talented, but he is also one of the
 nicest people you will ever meet.  Make sure to follow him on instagram where 
he has 1.63K followers and on twitter too for a dose of fun.

Make sure to Visit Carpet One to see all 12 of the Designer Rugs
Here is the List of 2014 Participating Designers:

Danielle Nicholas Bryk – The Bryk House            Designer  & Host/designer "Bryk At A Time" for the                                                                                       DIY Network and "Bryk House" for HGTV Canada.
·        Eric McClelland- Fleur De Lis Interior Design      Interior Designer & CITY TV design expert for“City                                                                                         Line”
·        Evelyn Eshun – Evelyn Eshun Interior Design-    Interior Designer & previous design expert/host W                                                                                         Channel " Take This House,Sell It"
·        Karl Lohnes - Canada AM's design expert           CTV “Canada AM " Design Expert
·        Kristie Barnett - The Decorologist                         US Designer
·        Lisa Mende - Lisa Mende Design                         US Designer
·        Melissa Davis - Catherine + Davis [HCMD]          Interior Designer & designer for   HGTV “Income                                                                                           Property”
·        Meredith Heron – Meredith Heron Design            Designer & previous designer/host  HGTV                                                                                                     "Restaurant Makeover"
·        Paul Semkuley - re:SOURCE Lifestyles            Toronto Stylist
·        Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander -                     Peloso Alexander Interiors  Designers & Glen                                                                                               Peloso is TV                                                                                                                                                   design expert for CTV " The Marilyn Denis Show"

What do you like?  Which one is your favorite???

If you want a rug designed by yours truly so you can think about me
everytime you see it......

To be entered in the giveaway do any of the following:   
The more you do, the better your chances!!

1. Post a Comment Here on the blog telling me why you want to win.
2.  Post a comment to my Facebook page at Lisa Mende Design
3.  Post a comment to Lisa Mende Design on twitter
4.  BONUS - Want to increases your chances? Pop over to my friends
    at  Kandrac & Kole   they are hosting a Giveaway of  one of my
     rug designs too!!!

While you are over at Kandrac and Kole check out these ladies 
who are amazing talents as well!  Follow them on their 
social media channels here:

The Winner(s) will be announced on December 1, 2014

Visit   for information
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pulaski Furniture

I wanted to circle back around to Pulaski Furniture.  I originally posted about Pulaski before I went to High Point Market here.  While I was at market I visited the Pulaski showroom and saw some pretty amazing furniture.  As a designer I can't buy Pulaski directly but I can buy it through furniture retailers like Furnitureland South in Jamestown.  You can buy from FurnitureLand South online as well.  Click here to see the Pulaski furniture they carry.  FurnitureLand South ships nationwide via Free White Glove delivery!  However, I found by clicking on the dealer search on the Pulaski website, I can also buy Pulaski Furniture at Blacklion, Tyndalls, and Good's Home Furnishings here in Charlotte, NC, so I suggest you search the dealer section of their website to see who sells Pulaski in your city if you want to inquire about purchasing something you see on the blog.

Let's take a couple of minutes and look at some of Pulaski's beautiful offerings

This collection is both rust and refined.  The headboard and mirror frame
 are reminiscent of an antique mirror frame.  

The collection features classic, delicate carvings along with french influences. 

The Farrah collection from Pulaski exemplifies opulence and glamour. Featuring a multi-step metallic finish, antique mirror borders add a touch of sparkle and silver drop- ring pulls complete the sophisticated and elegant look. Platinum fabric panels on the headboard and footboard are bejeweled with rhinestone buttons.
Montgomery Collection

The Handsome Montgomery Collection pairs beautiful, rich finishes with leather and antiqued nail head trim.  Classic elegance at its best.  This collection is perfectly
 at home in a country estate or an urban brownstone.

The Reflections Collection features fine detailing such as antique mirror surfaces
 and soft silver tipping.  This collection was inspired by Louis XV.  Shown here
is the Refections Sideboard.  To see more of the Reflections collection click here.

Accentrics Home from Pulaski was created with Old World timeless design motifs combined with inspiration from the beauty of nature. Graceful proportions mixed
 with aged patina finishes add charm and character to each unique piece.

Beautiful gloss black Curio with Hollywood glamour!  Sure to be a focal point in any room.  The two glass front doors feature circular framed patterns and add just a touch of glitz. Pulaski offers a tremendous collection of curio display cabinets in styles that range the gambit from contemporary to traditional. 
Click here to see the entire collection of Pulaski Curios

Pulaski Furniture is known for its exceptional accent furniture.  Beautiful pieces at great prices. Here is a peek at some of their popular styles available. 

Love these nesting tables which can be used together as shown or 
separated for extra tables when needed. Click here to see more Pulaski
Accent tables.

Pulaski also makes great looking bars and bar stools.  

To see more bars by Pulaski click here.

I especially liked this bar which is a replica of an antique safe.

 One of my favorite division of Pulaski Furniture was their RoomGear Collection for kids.

The RoomGear Collection features luxe furnishing for the younger set. 

Check out the RoomGear website to see the entire collection of furniture for kids.
Click Here.

As you can see Pulaski Furniture offers a plethora of furniture options
 for every room in your home.  See something you like?  Visit the 
Pulaski Website to find a dealer near you here.  

"One of the country’s best-known furniture brands, Pulaski Furniture is synonymous with outstanding craftsmanship and refined style. Continuously improving and adapting to trends and desires, Pulaski covers the complete design spectrum: traditional, contemporary and transitional in a wide range of bedroom, dining, accent and display cabinets. 
With almost 60 years of furnishing homes across America, Pulaski Furniture continues its heritage of outstanding value, quality and design while looking ahead for style and livability."
Disclosure: Pulaski was one of my sponsors for the High Point Market.  All opinions are my own.  I only accept sponsorship of companies with products I feel are of exceptional quality and are beneficial resources to share with my readers. 
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Blue Apron Meals

Originally worn by apprentice chefs in France, the Blue Apron has become a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking.

A better way to cook

Fresh ingredients, great recipes
delivered weekly to your home

I am constantly being called "the connector" and haven't embraced that moniker until recently, but I have decided that's exactly what I am.  I am the "Design Connector."  Any and everything that has to do with designing the perfect life is my focus.  Today, I'm giving you a life changing connection!  Have you ever heard of Blue Apron?  My friend, Cheminne Taylor-Smith introduced me to Blue Apron and it has totally changed my life!  If you are like me and work all the time, but still want yummy, healthy meals for your family, let me turn you on to Blue Apron!  Not only does Blue Apron banish the redundant task of meal planning, but they do all the grocery shopping too.  Everything is locally bought when possible and delivered to your doorstep.  All you do is open the box, and prepare the food.  

Cod with pickled grapes and Summer Succotash

To get signed up for this life changing action click here.  Fill out the necessary information and give input credit card information and pick your first delivery date!  It's that simple! Sign up for a family of two or four.  If you have more people in your family,  sign up for whatever number you need.   Blue Apron meals are made from the freshest ingredients.  Everything is included even the recipe card with cooking instructions.  You'll get three meals a week, but since next week is Thanksgiving you can combine all three meals for a Thanksgiving feast.  If you are going out of town, you can donate your week to a needy family.  

Frisee and Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Have questions about Blue Apron? click here.  Don't see the question you want to ask?  Click here and ask your question.  

Flat Iron Steaks with artichoke-potato hash, purple asparagus and caramelized shallots

Let's face it, we aren't all Martha Stewart or Barefoot Contessa, some of us
 need help with meal preparation!  Let Blue Apron be your sous chef!

Learn exciting new recipes each week created by the Blue Apron test 
kitchen chefs!

Here's a great value!  One week of Blue Kitchen meals, plus sea salt,
 peppercorn, and olive oil all for only $99.99

Free Shipping on orders over $75

Sign up today!  You'll thank me!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thomasville Furniture at High Point Market

Thomasville Furniture has been making beautiful furniture in North Carolina since 1904.
Originally Thomasville produced one chair called the "Thomasville Chair."  The chair was so well received the company began to get request for other pieces of furniture and hence a brand.  Thomasville has grown from that one chair to a company that now encompasses  home furnishings, accessories and cabinetry.  To think this tremendous furniture
 company began from the success of one chair!

 Thomasville Furniture has produced two of the most successful licensed
 furniture collections in the industry: Ernest Hemingway®, The Collection 
of a Lifetime; and Humphrey Bogart™  

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