Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Introducing Cotton and Quill

My friends at Taylor-Burke Home introduced me to the most delightful young designer when I was at High Point Market this past October.  Her name was Mary Catherine Folmar and her new line is Cotton + Quill.   Mary Catherine is so talented!  She has designed a beautiful line of fabrics  and wallpaper, as well as a stationery and gift line. 

My dear friends from Taylor-Burke used her fabrics for their Urban 2 seater.  Isn't it fabulous?

When I was in Taylor-Burke showroom these two little beauties caught my eye across the way, so I wander over to investigate and look what I found….

Fabulous fabrics...

Fabulous wallpapers and more!

Currently, Cotton + Quill has  Deco, Formosa, Shangrila, By The Sea, Tour de Amalfi all inspired by Mary Catherine's Alabama roots as well as her extended travels.  I must admit that I like that her fabrics are printed in North Carolina too.  To see the entire collection click here.  Here are some of my favorites from the collections:

My fav!!!


 Mary Catherine has also created an incredible stationery line:

She also created custom bridge pads like an true southern debutante would do!  She said her grandmother loves bridge which gave her the idea.  I'm thinking I might need to get some of these made for my own mother.

One of Mary Catherine's latest creations are these adorable sachets which she sent out as Christmas gifts. 

 Wrapped so pretty!

Mine was made of her Hemingway fabric in emerald and smelled of jasmine! 

These travel bags are also made from her fabric line and are perfect
for a weekend getaway or birthday gift.

Cotton & Quill will also do custom fabrics such as these Mary Catherine created for Summerhouse in Florida. 

Thank You Mary Catherine!  Here's to good things in 2014!
Here is a little sneak peek of somethings she is work on….

I look forward to sourcing Cotton & Quill in some of my new projects and I hope you will too!

Oh and before I forget…another thing Mary Catherine and I have in common is
Auburn!  She was a student there when my son, Walker was there.  Even though they never knew each other, when you are an Auburn fan, you are kin!

War Eagle!

All Cotton & Quill Fabrics available through Lisa Mende Design
contact Lisa@lisamende.com for more information on patterns, samples or pricing

Keep up with Mary Catherine on her social channels here:
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Monday, December 30, 2013

So Excited to be Included in BlogTour Vegas with Modenus!!


BlogTour Las Vegas is headed to Sin City from February 2 – 6, 2014 to report back on all things Design & Construction week. Please take a look at who gets to go this time and be sure to follow the team on their various social media platforms and blogs to read the latest about the tour, the city, the sponsors and the many highlights we have all planned out. And remember….What happens in Vegas…gets shared with the world! 

carmen christensen BlogTour VegasHaving a love for fashion, interior design and an artistic flair it is easy to understand why Carmen Christensen is drawn to and inspired by all things design.President/Founder/Principal Designer of Time2Design, Carmen’s primary focus is luxury residential interiors, specializing in the kitchen and bath industry.  As a professional member of ASID, Carmen is actively involved in the Florida West Coast chapter and is currently serving on the board of directors. Carmen’s work has taken her to national and international destinations, been showcased in numerous showhouses and published in multiple magazines and online publications. For more inspiration on luxury design you can contact Carmen via TwitterFacebookPinterest and Google+.

grace&ken kelly blogtour vegas
Grace and Ken are owners of Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc., an award-winning design-build firm with two showrooms in NY – one on Long Island’s Gold Coast and one in the Hamptons. Ken (CKD, CBD, CR) is a 30-year industry veteran known for his creative design solutions, technical expertise, and unrelenting attention to detail. Ken and his team of designers have been showcased nationally in books and leading consumer publications. Grace was a business professor before partnering with Ken to manage strategic operations, business development, and marketing. Grace is the designer and Webmaster of kitchendesigns.com, writer of the Kitchen Designs blog, and liaison between designers and the media. If you’d like to learn more about this power duo contact them via their TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Vanessa J Francis blogtour vegas
Vanessa Francis is the principal and founder of Vanessa Francis Design based just outside of Toronto. She was a Human Resources Manager for many years before going back to school for interior design. She is known for creating beautiful and functional spaces for her clients. Her aesthetic is clean, comfortable and effortless with just the right amount of colour resulting in spaces that are timeless, classic and stylish. Her work has been featured in various publications, both in print and online. This includes Canadian House & Home, Style at Home, Reno and Décor, Dabble, the National Post and the Toronto Star. She has also been featured on the Steven and Chris show. She writes the popular blog Décor Happy where she shares her advice and inspiration so that everyone can have a home that makes them happy! Find Vanessa on Twitter,FacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest for tips to decorate a happy home.

Meredith Heron BlogTour Vegas
Meredith Heron is an interior designer and television host whose work is an eclectic conversation with color, pattern and texture.Heron’s obsession is color. Whether layering hues inspired by Roman church doors, or the ombre of Fall leaves in the rain, she combines it with sumptuous, mosaics of pattern, the clean lines of Regency or Louis XVI-inspired furnishing and modern accessories to create rooms that feel glamorous, feminine and familiar.On television, Meredith’s no-nonsense edge, great sense of humor, and her sincere desire to inspire, make her popular with audiences. She spent a season on HGTV’s Love By Design in Canada and Date With Design in the US; hosted HGTV and Fine Living’s Design Match and was a seriesregular on Restaurant Makeover for the Food Network.She’s also been featured on lifestyle programs like Steven & Chris and House & Home. Meet Meredith and her great sense of humor via her TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Principal and founder of Lisa Mende Design of Charlotte, NC. since 1998, Lisa’s  firm specializes in traditional interiors with a modern vibe.  In 2009, during  a sabbatical from her practice due to grieving the loss of a child,Lisa started writing  her blog of the same name “Lisa Mende Design”. Lisa believes a well designed interior tells the story of the owner and looks collected rather than designed.  She was winner of the High Point Market Style Spotter competition, is a member of Brizo blogger19 and has been a curator for Joss & Main. A southerner by birth,  Lisa is a wife and mother of four.  Her design work and blog have been featured in many local and national magazines. Catch up with all the trends in Vegas with Lisa and follow her on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Rita Orrell BlogTour Vegas
Rita Catinella Orrell is a design writer living in New Jersey and writes the blogs Designythings and Architects-Toybox. She has been a member of the design press for over 17 years, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural building products. She has written and edited articles for Contract Design, HFN, and Architectural Record, among other publications. She is also a published poet and her chapbook Stuck in the Dream Wheel was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. She earned her LEED Green Associate certification in 2012, indicating she knows just enough about sustainable design to be dangerous. Say hello to the talented design writer via TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Christine De Costa BlogTour Vegas

Christine Da Costa, principle designer of Decor by Christine Interior Decorating & Designer likes to approach a room like a woman’s outfit: “Decorate as you dress.” Buy great, timeless pieces that have longevity and accessorize with less expensive items! Make this your design motto and you will be successful. She also writes a design blog called The Glam Blog, has appeared on the national television show Cityline, & CHCH News talking about home decor, and freelanced as a Production Designer on the Property Brothers new Show “Buying and Selling” on HGTV & W Network in Canada. Learn how to design your room like your style from the glam mama herself viaTwitterFacebook,Google+ and Pinterest.

Sarah Sarna BlogTour Vegas
Sarah Sarna is the co-founder of interior design firm Franklin Eighth, and founder of Live The Life You Dream About, a lifestyle blog with a focus on style, interiors, fashion, New York City, and life. Live The Life You Dream About is centered on Sarah’s belief that interior design is about embracing life and how we want to live it.An interior designer for over a decade, Sarah developed her design expertise with several high-end residential firms in Manhattan before starting her own self-titled firm in 2011, then co-founding Franklin Eighth in 2013.Ms. Sarna studied Interior Design in New York at Parsons The New School for Design, after receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Haverford College.She resides with her husband in Manhattan. Embrace life and talk with Sarah via TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Marilyn Russell BlogTour Vegas
Marilyn Russell, Allied ASID, president of Design Magnifique, Inc., epitomizes the style and the substance of today’s internationally focused and modernist approach to interior design. Highly educated—she has three college degrees that contribute to her dynamic and diverse design sensibility—Russell was born in Jamaica, grew up in Boston and studied historical interior design in London. Her own work is contemporary and trendsetting with a masculine, edgy feel to it. She specializes in mid-century modern, minimalist, and “Mad Men” 1960s ultra-modern decors that often feature a jolt of bright color in neutrally-toned rooms.For a jolt of her bubbly personality and great design insights, please find her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Google +.

Cristin Simplified Bee BlogTour Vegas
As a wife, mother and interior designer, Cristin Bisbee Priest knew homes could be orderly without sacrificing beauty. Combining the disciplines of organization and design, she launched Simplified Bee®, a San Francisco Peninsula based residential design firm in early 2009. With the focus of creating beautiful,functional spaces, she prides herself in being style-savvy, yet practical. She aims to
design spaces that seamlessly mix styles, layer pattern and incorporate kid-friendly products that will stand the test of time. She is also the voice behind the Simplified Bee Blog which was launched in May of 2009. It’s where she shares her inspiration and passion for interior design. Learn more about her passion for interior design via TwitterFacebook,Google+ and Pinterest.

Rhonda Knoche BlogTour Vegas
Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD, CAPS does whole house spatial design, specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, Universal Design and down-sizing. She has been doing design/build since there were #2 pencils and power tools, concept through construction. She combines technical and functional problem solving (her German side) with spatial sculpting and colors she can taste and smell (her artist side). Functional art is her favorite medium. Rhonda also specializes in what’s been referred to as “personality design”, smile inducing, somewhat humorous surprises and things that move/adapt (like transformers), winning 10 design awards. She keeps in shape by running from the herd trend-wise or, at least, trying to stay ahead of them. That’s why Modenus and the BlogTour group is so vital. Rhonda designs, lives and dances outside of the box in Portlandia, Oregon. Jump outside of the box with Rhonda via Twitter,FacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest

JB BlogTour VegasJB Bartkowiak is blogger-in-chief at the Do It Together Home Improvement website, BuildingMoxie.com. He is a one-time construction manager and professional handyman with nearly 15 years experience in remodeling and building. A proud husband, father, friend and coach, JB is an avid DIY-er, property owner and investor. Also known as Your Home Project Assistant, he is available for questions anytime, on anything home-related, @ jb@buildingmoxie.com, TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Tina Ramchandani BlogTour Vegas
Tina Ramchandani is the founder and editor of Life in Sketch where she shares what inspires her in the world of design at large, from her daily experiences in New York to her extensive travels abroad. Life in Sketch’s mission is to share unique perspectives on interior design, tips of the trade as related to products & practices, and help inspire readers to create a luxurious, stylish home for themselves.Tina developed her design expertise with several top tier high-end residential and commercial interior design firms in Manhattan, including Frank & Marcotullio Design Associates and Vicente Wolf Associates, before co-founding Franklin Eighth with Sarah Sarna in 2013. Learn more about her unique design perspective via TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

Stacy Naquin BlogTour Vegas
Stacy Naquin embodies Southern chic, with interiors that are daring, glamorous, and unique.Her signature style is an edgy combination of modern glamour, timeless design details, and current trends, making her one of the freshest faces in design throughout Louisiana and the South.Stacy is an award-winning designer, whose work has been published in national print and online publications, and she has appeared regularly on local television. Stacy’s creative background includes an Interior Design degree from Louisiana State University and studies at the prestigious Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, which give her a curator’s eye and infuses her interiors with a cutting-edge, but approachable, design. Learn more about her edgy & modern glam style via her Twitter,FacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.
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Last Glimpses of Christmas

Before we totally put Christmas behind us, lets take one last little peek at Christmas.

 This year I was so behind with everything I really didn't decorate as much as I typically do, so there isn't much to take down!  Yay for me!  Before I stuff everything back into the storage boxes, I thought I would share some snippets of my favorite decorations. 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

What Was In The Boxes & How to Store Radko Ornaments

Remember the wrapped Radko ornaments my mom uses at each place setting for Christmas Day tables?  I had several people write and asked what the ornaments were in the box, so here they are:

Bryant got  "Midnight Trip" which is a beautiful large blue world wall with Santa and Sleigh wrapping around it.  

My ornament was "Ready for Takeoff" and is a beautiful Santa sleigh packed with goodies
and ready for Santa's trip around the world.

Rebekah got "Perfect Timing Nick" which I particularly liked because it
has 2013 on it.  He is a cute Santa with a lively look.

Hiller and Thomas got the same ornament which was "Tree Trimming Party" and
features Santa and the Elves around the Christmas tree. 

 We will treasure these ornaments each year when we unbox them to decorate our tree.  When I pack them I always write on each tag the receivers name and the year.  (And yes, I do leave the tags on) It's nice have a tradition the entire family can enjoy.  I think that is what holidays especially Christmas are all about.  Do you have special traditions your family enjoy during the holidays? I would love for you to share them!   We will leave the tree up for another week but after that, it will be time to undecorated and box up the ornaments. 
Do you collect Christopher Radko ornaments?  If so have you read how to care for them?  If not, click here for care and storage recommended by the Radko company. Do you have a special type ornament box you like to use to store special ornaments?  Here are my favorites:

For vintage ornaments or glass ornaments like Radkos they should be stored in Archival ornament boxes with archival shred and paper.  Here are my favorites:

For other ornaments these are great:

Make sure you store vintage or collectors ornaments in controlled environments
 not attics or basements.  

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