Friday, April 15, 2016

Don't Forget to Follow Our High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour Saturday - Monday at High Point Market!

 It's Here!!  High Point Market Here We Come!!!!!

 Do you recognize these faces?  If you don't make sure you get to known them well on Social Media before Saturday!  These ladies will give you the insider scoop on High Point Market!   Esteem Media has chosen us to report our favorite finds during market!

Make sure you follow us on our Social Channels to
get our take on "what's hot and what's not" in
 High Point showrooms this market!!!  
 We will be posting about top trends and
 amazing products in "real time" on our social channels
 so make sure you sign up today to follow us all!!
We plan to bring you the best of the best!!

Check us out on instagram with the following hashtags:

#DesignBloggersTour #HPMKT  

Visit our blogs:

       Courtney Allison,
       Janet Coon,
      Amanda Gates,
       Linda Holt,
       Tamara Matthews-Stephenson,
       Lisa Mende,
      Holly Hollingsworth Phillips,
       Nicole White Quinn,
    Rachel Shingleton,

Lisa Mende Design 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Hottest Sandals for Spring 2016!

It's the Friends and Family Sale this week on Shopbop so
I have been perusing the options of spring favorites while I can get 25%off with three day shippinng and free returns.  This sale is for three days only so for the next three days I'm shopping at Shopbop and saving a little moola on spring fashions.  Today, i'm shopping my favorite category of all, spring sandals!  

For the past few years, gladiator sandals have been really popular and remain popular this year but the most popular style seems to be a gladiator style with tassels, fringe and amulets.  Tassels and fringe have been popular across the board in home decor and runway fashions.   Since, I never met a tassel or fringe I don't like, these sandals are right up my alley.  

  Have you gotten a pair yet?  I bought this pair of tassel, bedazzled gladiator sandals last year and was excited when I discovered them last week.  If you want to support the designer who started this craze, buy a pair from Elina, because I think her sandals were knocked off by all the majors this year.   Elina has competition on esty now too.  I also like a girl name Dimitria who has some cute styles that I'm eyeing this year as well like this pair , this pair and this pair, but unfortunately hers aren't on sale right now. She is now making kids sandals which are pretty darn cute if you have a little girl!  As a matter of fact there are quite a few of these style sandals on etsy, if you go there just put greek sandals in the search bar or click here and you will find them.  I love the various charms and pom poms Dimitria adds to her sandals.  I enjoyed the pair I bought so much last year and got compliments each time I wore them.  Fair warning! You must be prepared to jingle and jangle when you wear them though!  

Do you pinpoint categories of need when buying your shoes?  

I do.  Here are the categories I try to fill to meet my needs
 in the sandal department:

1) flat casual 2) casual wedge 3) statement sandal 4) neutral 5) flip flop

 I always try to choose my favorites from each category  to make sure I have all my fashion needs covered!    I'm being more selective about what I buy these days because I've reached the phase of my life where less is more. 

 "Buy less of everything and only what you truly love" 
is my new motto!"  

Speaking of what I love, here are some new sandal styles I am pondering to fill my sandal requirement in the tasseled, fringe, or gladiator 
style (statement sandal)  category:

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lisa Mende Design is Happy To Be Part of the High Point Market/Esteem Media Design Bloggers Tour During April! Market

The Design Blogger's Tour will Explore the Styles of The

Spring Market

Thank You for choosing Lisa Mende Design to be part of the High Point Market and Esteem Media Design Blogger Tour  with amazing sponsoring exhibitors

Ten of us were chosen to be part of a group of top bloggers which will take an in-depth, online tour of some spectacular High Point Market showrooms. Use #designbloggerstour to follow our tweets, Instagram and Facebook postings during Market Week, April 16-20. Watch our blogs for in-depth information about specific showrooms after April 20.  It is going to be an action-packed tour of some of the best showrooms at High Point Market.  We will be posting about top trends and amazing products in real time on our social channels so make sure you sign up today to follow us all!!

Thank you to our amazing Tour Sponsors below:

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Have You Entered the Crossville, Inc "Common Thread for the Cure Scarf Competition!

Common Thread for The Cure Scarf Competition

Crossville Tile, Inc

I am excited to have been chosen as one of the judges for the Crossville,Inc 
"Common Thread for the Cure Scarf Competition".  If I weren't a judge
I would surely be submitting a design for this worthy competition!  
Enter today!  You might be the big winner!  Cancer has affected someone
you know so why not join the fight against cancer by using your talents to
enter this project!  It's going to be so much fun to see all the cool designs!
Visit Crossville,Inc's website for more details here.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens Tour April 23 - May 15th

I am so excited to be participating in the Southeastern Showhouse and Gardens Tour in Atlanta sponsored by Atlanta Lifestyles and Home Magazine April 23-May 15th.  I was asked to design the mudroom and friends porch!  When I design I room, I am typically looking to the client for inspiration, but when designing a room in a show house, I have to dig a little deeper for the inspiration.   When there isn't a client to consider, the only source of inspiration is the room itself.   I looked at the mudroom and thought was part do you play in the design of this beautiful home?  It struck me that the mudroom is the place the owner enters when coming home each day.  It is the room where a sigh of relief is heard.  We can drop our bags and remove our shoes and realize that alas we are home.  
That's when it hit me that I wanted my theme for my room to be "There's no place like home".   As campy as it might seem, I knew the best icon for this phase was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  When Dorothy clicked her heels and said "There's No Place, like Home" I remember thinking she's right.  No matter the size, condition, or place there is truly no place like home.  Last year when having dinner at Mark Boomershine's house, I became an instant fan of Mark's work.  His amazing artwork includes Wonder Woman, portraits of well-known celebrities and local folks.  Mark's work of iconic people is so fabulous, so I thought what if I get Mark to paint a Dorothy for my room.  After all, it made sense that I should use an Atlanta artist for my "no place like home" room.  Mark agreed to take the challenge and painted this beautiful painting for my room.  Meet Dorothy....

I was so excited when she arrived!  I cannot wait to get
 her stretched and ready for the room!

 Isn't she lovely?  She measures 50" x 60" so she is a standout piece!  Dorothy will be the focal point of my room.  Do you love how Mark reinterpreted the rainbow into prisms around Dorothy's head!  Thank you, Mark, for partnering in my room by providing this amazing work of art!

I scoured the internet looking for the perfect Dorothy.  I commented on various artist sites and google search many options before sending Mark several Dorothy images I liked.  Mark told me he would have to use his artistic license to reinterpret Dorothy in his own way.  I understood and was completely comfortable with his vision.

Here is one of the Dorothys I sent Mark.  You can see how different the final painting is from this images but still remains the likeness of Judy Garland as Dorothy.   I love the way Mark shaded her face and added his own style to the painting.

Credit Free Musical

She is for sale if anyone is interested!  Please send me an email for details!

I am happy to say that Thibaut Design and Century Furniture have also agreed to partner with me to bring a rainbow of color in fabrics and wallpaper as well as beautiful furniture in my room to
 compliment Dorothy.

  I am so excited to reveal my "There's No Place Like Home" mudroom on April 23rd!  I hope you will see it! 

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