Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Welcome to Day 2 of the Dougher House tour.   If you missed Day 1 of the tour, 
click here to see the first floor of the home.   If you you saw Day 1, I'm sure you are anxious to see this post!  Today, we are going to venture upstairs to see the second level of the home owned by Edna and John Dougher of Topsail Island, NC. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Girl with Pearls....What You Can Do To Add Personality to Your Home!

Welcome to my new series, "Girl with Pearls!"  where I will be sharing weekly wisdom from my designer friends!  There is a surprise coming with this series very soon!  I'm kicking off the first post with one of my "pearls of wisdom."  Can't wait to share "pearls of wisdom" from some of the industries finest designers!  Today, I'm sharing  my tidbit about a homes greatest accessory....

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Not sure why this didn't post yesterday, but I did a little shopping & day dreaming while working in my office (aka the beach).  I've been in a red/turquoise phase lately, when it comes to fashion attire.  My nails have been OPI "I lost my czechbook" turquoise but thinking I might go "Alpine Snow" this go around at the nail salon.  There has been a lot of chatter about Birkenstocks on Facebook.  What do you think?  Are you going to break down and join the Birkey Revolution?  Brass has been my theme song in interiors.  In the summer, I always love warm tones and bright colors. What are you loving?

The hubby and I did yoga on Friday morning and one of the girls in our class had the cutest yoga mat.  It made me wish I had something other than my Manduka mat, even though it is fab.  I also took inventory of my beauty products and found I was low on several so off to order more.  I have been loving the Rodin oil for my face this summer.  It makes my skin so soft and smooth which is important with aging skin at the beach!  Speaking of staying young...Do you have a Fitbit?  Even my mom has a Fitbit!  Now you can dress up your Fitbit with Tory Burch's new fashion pieces.  I must admit I haven't been friending people on Fitbit.  Not sure I want my daily activities to be public.  You might find out I haven't been working out like I should.  Something need to remain private, right?  Well, don't forget to pre-order Your Tory Burch Fitbit today before they sell out!  I heard it was a limited addition run and won't last long!  I'm going for the gold TB Fitbit style,because I can wear it when I dress up, otherwise, I don't mind the simple solid color for casual wear.  Ok, so I guess that is all I wanted to tell you!  Enjoy my picks for the week!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pierre Frey, Paris France

If you ask most any well educated designer who their favorite French fabric lines are, the name Pierre Frey will always be in the mix.  Pierre Frey is a family owned and privately held French luxury design house founded in 1935.  Since its inception, the company has grown now to include three other brands: Pierre Frey, Boussac, Braquenie, and Fadini Borghi.  When I was in Paris with Design Trust, we had the pleasure of visiting the Frey Headquarters and toured their offices, archives and two of their homes.  Our host for the day was none other than Pierre Frey, grandson of the founder, his father Patrick Frey, President and Creative Director of the Company and his two brothers, Matthieu and Vincent.  Our day began with a visit to the corporate office and archives then culminated with a tour of Pierre Frey's apartment ended with a dinner in Vincent Frey's apartment.  I can't wait to share my visit to the archives, but lets first look at some current Pierre Frey Fabrics that I'm dying to use in some projects.

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