Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Join Us in The Vispring Showroom for "Best In Show" Event At High Point Market

Join Us in the Vispring Showroom 

Market Square Space 272 on 2nd Floor
High Point Market

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Best In Show" Event

Champagne and Nibbles

As We Celebrate The Bond Between Designers & Their Pets

Come see the dog beds we have designed for our Pets!

Join Jonathan Savage, Andrea Schumacher, Molly Skok, Tami and Krista of Cloth and Kind, Mitchell Hill, Sam Allen and Myself!

It is sure to be a fun event!

While there you can check out these amazing
Luxury Vispring Beds!!!
Pin It!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A House In The Country: Peter Pennoyer & Katie Ridder

"A House In The Country" by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder is a book about the lovely country home the couple built in Millbrook, NY for their family.  This book is much more than a book about a country house. It is the compilation of creatives who have worked together seamlessly to create an environment which not only speaks to their design sensibilities but creates a place that is so special it seems to breathe a life of its own.  
My hat is off to Peter and Katie for bringing to life their combined vision for their dream home.   I can only imagine how difficult it was for an architect and designer to design for themselves.  As a designer, I find designing for myself the most difficult task of all.

Pin It!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fashion Trend: Ukrainian Clothing!

Ukrainian Blouse
Last year, when Ukrainian designer Vita Kin’s embroidered linen dresses and tops started popping up on every fashion trendsetters instagram feed, a trend was born.  Vita Kin took the vyshyvanka, a Ukrainian blouse which is part of their traditional costume and had scaled it back to perfect proportions.  Kim's designs were originally only available through instagram, but once the trend caught hold, she was quickly swept into the fashion troves of Net-a-Porter, and others. Many other designers have created their own versions of the vyshyvanka but most in dress form not blouses as is traditional.  From March11 to Free People and others, there are blouses and dresses available to suit any budget.  What is really interesting though is the amount of Ukrainian offering found on etsy!  If you enter Ukrainian blouses you will find more like this 
If you click here you can see a vast array of Ukrainian dresses and blouses that can be shipped to your door in a matter of a few days!
I recently ordered a few from etsy and here are my thoughts and favorite shops to buy Ukrainian wear via etsy.  

Ukrainian Dress

When these dresses and blouses were first made available for the US, they required a long lead time for delivery, but now shops are offering in stock options.  While these dresses look fab on tall, skinny people, those  not quite as svelte can also wear the fashion as coats or jackets by unsnapping them.  These fashions are linen and are advertised as summer garments, but in our climate, I think we can wear them in the fall and spring as well.  

LJM Embroidery

 LJM Embroidery has some amazing options like this short embroidered dress.  Remember that these are from the Ukraine so you may have to alter to fit you better.

Ukrainian Dress

If you want to order a dress or blouse make sure you check the measurements or ask the shop owner about the sizing.  One thing I have learned the hard way on etsy is to always check their return policy or be prepared to keep whatever you order if they don't offer returns or exchanges.  
Other shops to check out...
Ukrainian Wedding Dress

Sky blue vyshyvanka blouse by FashionbyUkraine
In Stock Black and White Boho blouse $145
Want to see more?  Click here for more options!
Vita Kim blouses are now $1300 and more and dresses are as much as $2500 so why not try some of these options and get an authentic look at a much better price.  
The winner of the book from Monday's giveaway is....
Congrats!  Your Joni Vanderslice " Southern Coastal Living"
will arrive on your doorstep as soon as I have your address!
  Please send your address to
Lisa@lisamende.com  Thank you!!!
Pin It!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Joni Vanderslice: Southern Coastal Living and a Giveaway!!!

Joni Vanderslice's new book Southern Coastal Living arrived in my mailbox last week.  I tried to wait til the weekend before I read the book and perused the pages but my curiosity got the best of me.  I decided to flip through the pages and instantly found myself lost among the pages.
This southern designer expresses herself and her design philosophy so well. I love that she chooses to design for the way her clients live rather than how she wants their houses to look.  

Joni grew up in High Point, NC but cut her design teeth in the trenches of Hilton Head where she currently runs a nationally acclaimed design firm. 
In this book, Joni describes what it means to design for a resort community. Joni's luxury without pretense philosophy is showcased in residential resort homes on and near Hilton Head Island, SC.   From the thoughtful suggestions Joni makes for guest suites to the sage advice she gives for editing interiors, this book covers the gambit on how to decorate a well-designed coastal property.  

This book is filled with beautiful photographs of Joni's work.  Thumbing through the pages of the book makes me want to move to the coast.
(Of course, that's what I have always wanted to do anyway!)

This is a great book that is well written.  Kuddos to Joni!

I cannot wait to meet Joni at her book signing
during High Point Market!  Meet me there!

Joni Vanderslice Book Signing Event
Southern Coastal Living
Sunday, Oct 23 
6pm - 9pm 
Stanford Furniture 

Joni Vanderslice founded J Banks Design Group in 1986. As owner and president, she has built the design company into an internationally firm recognized for the J Banks signature style of timeless design and casual elegance. Vanderslice is a dedicated volunteer with the Hilton Head Boys and Girls Club and the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce.

Want to win a copy of Joni's book:  Southern Coast Living? 
Go to instagram and follow the instructions on my wall and
tag a friend who you think might like the book, then you both will
be entered to win!  Winner announced on Friday, Oct. 14th 

Pin It!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Favorite Metallic Shoes for Fall- Style Files

Metallic shoes are hot!  Have you found a perfect pair for fall? Did you snag a pair last year when they metallic first arrived on the fashion scene?  If not, time to get on the bandwagon!    Don't let Dorothy be the only one known for sparkly kicks!  Whether you chose flats, boots, or Mary Jane's the metallic shoe in silver, gold, pink or any other color are one of the season's hottest picks!  I've chosen some of my favorite styles for you to see.  Guess which ones I bought....

Pink Metallic Horsebit Pumps
Viola Tassel Sandal

Hermione Flats

Beya Bow Shoes

Starman Brogues

No 21 Glittered Pumps

Pink Sequin Mary Janes
Gold Brogues with Lucite Heels

Princeton "Horsebit" slippers

If you are looking for more budget friendly options here are some
Fab choices:

Maggie Flair heel Booties

Kate Loafer
Mercury Block Heel Bootie
Justify Loafer in Gold
Dillon Mule
Cecile Booties

Are you as excited about metallic shoes as I am?  Which pair are your favorite?  The best part of wearing metallic shoes is that they go with everything from jeans to dresses.  I think of them as the woman's answer to traveling with fewer shoes!   Next trip pack a couple pairs of metallics and call it a day!  Metallic shoes will work back with all your outfits, so pick a pair of silver and a pair of gold and be ready to go!

Tell me what you love?

Congratulations to reader Natalie Reddell
 for being the winner of my book drawing this week for
Vern Yip's book "Design Wise"!!!!  

Stay tuned for Monday's Design Book Review and Giveaway!!!

Pin It!