Monday, September 29, 2014

Ronald McDonald Project Design Part 2 Update with Mende/Zeller

Traci Zeller and I installed our room at the The Ronald McDonald House Long Island last week.  We arrived on Wednesday to meet with our contractor, Laurence Carolan of The House of Laurence.  We were thrilled with the progress in our first floor business office which we now refer to as "The Cocoon" thanks to the lovely painting by artist, Kerry Steele.   Our room is tiny, but an important room in the house.  It is a place where the parents of sick children can go to conduct personal business while guests in the house. 

(click here to see our room before & ....)

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stanton Carpet "Felix Rug" Giveaway!!!

Room Designed by Kate Singer Home

Enter to Win this beautiful Stanton Carpet
"Felix" Rug in silver !!!

Stanton Carpet Giveaway

Would you like to win this beautiful 5'x 8' Stanton "Felix" Carpet Rug?
(as shown in the photos above)

Here's all you have to do!  Sign up to follow Stanton on their social media 
channels and then come back here to Lisa Mende Design Blog and leave a comment stating that 
you are following Stanton Carpet on all their channels and leave the hashtag 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Is Your Home A Smart Home?

Society and cultural trends have always influenced home design and property value: the peace cry of the 70’s inspiring flower power furniture, the 90’s responding to the recession neutral colors and minimalistic furniture.  Today, it seems you can’t turn on the TV or open a magazine without reading about the connected technology trend – and how it is quickly and efficiently running our lives.  

To examine how this era of connected technology is influencing trends in home design and property value, and give fans simple tips & tricks to take advantage of the trend, to create a sleeker, ‘smarter home’, is Genevieve Gorder, host of HGTV’s Genevieve’s Renovation. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

10 Tips for Shopping High Point Market

It's time to register for High Point Market!  Have you registered? If not do so today by clicking here.  If you are coming to High Point to shop for accessories (and who isn't, I ask?) make sure to read my Top 10 Tips for Finding Accessories at the High Point Market!  
Thank you High Point Market for asking me to share my tips!  I must confess I adore High Point Market and can't wait to be there!  Also, in case you haven't heard, I'm leading a tour for Editor at Large called "Discover Antique and Vintage Sources" where I will uncover some hidden gems during High Point Market Week.  If you want to sign up click here!  Hurry there is only room for 30 and tickets will be selling fast the closer we get to market!  If they are like everything else, they will be here today and gone tomorrow, so act fast!  

Continue on to my Top Ten Tips.....

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet Mac Meckley

Meet the talented Mac Meckley, from Seattle.  Mac is a successful artist with a flair for the unusual.  Recently, Mac decided to take her fine art work a step further, by taking her beautiful paintings and translating them into pillows and throws.  The result is phenomenal!  Mac's first three collections, Blooming, Dashing and Fetching reveal Mac's unique style and talent as an artist.  I predict we will be hearing much more about this talented young lady!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It's official Traci Zeller and I have opened our joint studio which we refer to as Studio 202.  
   Our design collaboration last year on the Gentleman's dressing room in Traditional Home show house "Adamsleigh" was responsible for the birth of a design friendship which has resulted in sharing joint studio space.  We love our new studio and hope you will come see us when you are in our area.  Give us a call and come by.  We welcome designers and consumers alike.  Our studio offers beautiful furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting and original art from North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Seattle, and Virgina artists.  We will be spotlighting the artist weekly.  

We had so much fun at our Grand Opening on Sept 10th.  Here are some photos from that night.

Our designers friends, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loeke of Madcap Cottage, came for our Grand Opening!  We were thrilled that Cathy Austin of Bespoke Banter, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room,  Randolph James of Magnolia Emporium,  Cheryl Luckett of Dwell with Cheryl
to name a few.  Thank you all for taking time to come out and celebrate with us!

Traci and I were thrilled to have Leslie Newby at our Grand Opening.  Leslie is President at WorkTheBrand, a division of Brand Communications,Inc and has become a dear friend.  She is an amazing person and represents many well known brands such as Caracole which happens to be a favorite line of Studio 202.  Caracole was so kind to supply this beautiful Mood Ring Mirror to give away in honor of our Grand Opening.  We have so many things to giveaway.  

Traci and I had planned to have the drawing at our Grand Opening, but everyone was having so much fun it didn't seem right to stop the fun for business.   The next day we had people who couldn't come yet, donated money to our Ronald McDonald donations page.  We decided everyone who donates or attended the Grand Opening should be included in the drawing.  

The purpose and goal of our Grand Opening was to raise money for Ronald McDonald.

Guess what!  We decided to extend the Giveaways to allow all of you who couldn't come to get involved.  Keep reading to find out what we are giving away and how you can enter to win!

Here is a peek at a few of the items we are giving away.  She the Susan Skelley Art on the Black stool?  Yes that is a giveaway too!!!!!  Sorry I don't have an individual picture of this piece to show but it is fabulous!  I'm out of town and not in the studio or I would shoot a pic.  I'll do it when I return tomorrow and post on instagram

Caracole "Mood Ring" Mirror  Have you visited Caracole's website?  This is a beautiful line designed by women!  Incredible designs!  Traci and I both style spotted this line when we were style spotters for High Point Market.  Can't wait to share more about Caracole.

Taylor Burke "Blake" Table in pearl  Go to their website and check out all the beautiful pieces Taylor Burke offers.  All their products are Made in the USA!  We can order any of these pieces for you in Studio 202.  We are giving away one Blake Table and we have another if you win and would like a pair or if you don't win and  want it badly!  

A Pair of Tobi Fairley "St Nick Pillows" in charcoal and daffodil worth $500.  I know it is hard to think Christmas but these are fabulous!   Traci and I are both members of Tobi's Mastermind Group and love everything Tobi!  If you are interested in Mastermind, shoot us an email we would love to discuss the value of Mastermind with you.  We love our Mastermind Group with Tobi!

Original Painting by "Trees" by Harrison Blackford 8" x 8"  We have lots of Harrison's painting in our studio.  come by and see more of Harrison's beautiful paintings!  She is available for commissions as well. 

Traci Zeller Signature Candle given to each person who donates a $100 or more while they lasts!
($38 value plus shipping).  These candles smell wonderful!!!


 Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (worth $200!). We love our Shark in Studio 202.
This little vac is so lightweight but picks up like a heavy weight vac!

 Lovely vintage brass tray by Matters of Style   Traci and I have Sarah Fisher's beautiful vintage pieces in our studio!  We love the interesting layer vintage adds to our projects.  

There’s much more up our stylish sleeves, including the Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass Cube by NDI  (worth over $500!).  This arrangement of peonies looks so real you will want to touch them to see if they are real!
 Several Traci Zeller pillows (worth over $150 each!) 

Also giving away a Lisa Mende Design Door Mat (Be one of the first to receive one of these! Can't show you yet because these were designed in conjunction with October Breast Cancer Awareness for Carpet One!)

Plus there are a few more items like CR Laine's
 awesome Pillows, ! 

Are you as excited about these prizes as we are???

 Traci and I are excited about Ronald McDonald and we want to do our part

So you are wondering how you can enter to win?
It's simple!  

Go to Our Donation page for Ronald McDonald
 and Make a Donation here!  

For every donation no matter what size
 we enter your name to win our great prizes!

  It is important to Traci and I to reach our goal for Ronald McDonald.  We can't do it without your help!  Please make a donation today and enter to win.  If you came to our Grand Opening please don't feel cheated,  anyone who came to our Grand Opening will be entered twice, so we are doubling your chances!

The Drawing will be on September 26th which is the day Traci and I return from  installing our room at Ronald McDonald.  We promise to post pics of our room install on social media.  If you aren't following traci or me on instagram do it now, to follow our Ronald McDonald install in real time!  

 To Read More about our Ronald McDonald Project click here.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

"Most Wanted" on Fashion Friday 9/12/14

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Makings of A Savannah Dream Home & Grand Opening Giveaways!!!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT "THE MAKINGS OF A SAVANNAH DREAM HOME" post on the DXV website Decade15 Magazine, which is the first of a series of posts I will be doing about Jay Gould and his wife, Arlene's Savannah renovation.  Please join me on DXV's website to read the article in its entirety.  I think you will enjoy learning a little more about the amazing Mr and Mrs. Gould as well as Savannah.   Please join me as I journey through the renovation of the Gould's newly acquired home in "The Hostess city of the South" , Savannah!
Grand Opening and Giveaways!!!
Traci Zeller and I are busy preparing for our Grand Opening on Wednesday, September 10th from 5pm - 8pm in our new studio at 2935 Providence Road Suite 202 Charlotte,NC .
If you are in the Charlotte area please drop in to have a glass of bubbly, enter to win amazing door prizes and see our new retail Design Center and studio!
A few of our artists in house will be here!!
Traci and I are working hard to raise money for Ronald McDonald Long Island Project!
We had our first several donation today thank you to our dear friends!  You will all be receiving a Traci Zeller candle while they last for your donation of $100 or more!

Whether you come in person to the Grand Opening or not, you may still enter to win our Grand Prize.   I will be posting the list tomorrow!!

 Friends near and far, we would appreciate your monetary support for
 Ronald McDonald.  It is easy to donate!  Click Here and do it today!  Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a Traci Zeller Candle while they last!  Traci and I have made a commitment to raise $5000 so we need your help to meet our goal!  Every little bit helps!

Also each person who donates to RMD will be entered in the
 drawing for our Grand Prize!

Prizes announced tomorrow!!!!

Grand Opening 
September 10th 5pm-8pm
Champagne Reception

Come one, Come All!!!

Providence Plaza
Suite 202
2935 Providence Road
Charlotte,NC  28270
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Saturday, September 6, 2014


Traci Zeller and I are so excited about our 

Studio 202 Grand Opening

Won't you join us?  We would love to have you drop by for a glass of bubbly and visit our digs!  Our space is small so we will be moving things out to make room for company so all of our offerings won't be on the floor but we hope this will give you an idea of our studio.
We also have lots of new accessories, lighting, rugs and more that will be filling our studio after the grand opening.  This event is to acquaint you with where you can find us when you need help with your home, office or other interior projects! 
{Click to continue reading and see a sneak peek of our Ronald McDonald Room....}
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Friday, September 5, 2014

"Most Wanted" Fashions for 2014 on Fall Fashion Friday

I am dying to own a Shinola Watch like this one with the burnt orange band.  Santa might be coming early!  Do you this awesome new brand?  Peopl say got its name from the old saying "You don't know shit from shinola" which was a popular saying during World War 1" but I have it on good record it comes from the old resurrected shoe polish brand name. Also love the emerald green one hereThe bands are handmade and built to last by artisans in Detriot.  Speaking of Detriot did you know that this company was started by Fossil founder, Tom Kartsotis?  Shinola also makes bikes, and other leather goods.  Most of their items are made in Detriot!  Made in America, baby!  

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ambella Home New Designs for Fall 2014 High Point Market Unveiling

Ambella Home has just released a sneak peek of new designs which will debut at the Fall High Point Market in Oct.  This marks a new design direction for the Ambella's case good and occasional pieces.  The case goods are crafted from stone, wood and metal.  I like what I see so far!  The designs are updates pieces based on traditional designs.  The new collection will debut in the Company's showroom at 310 N. Hamilton, Suite 110 in the Hamilton Wrenn Design in High Point.  Let's look at some of these beautiful new pieces!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


We are so excited to announce that Liza Hathaway Matthews has joined Studio 202 as a gallery partner!   Liza is a contemporary, abstract artist.  She paints incredible landscapes, abstracts and botanicals.  Liza holds a BFA in Painting and Interior design from Maryland Institute, College of Art and has studied plain air and still life with members of the Shuler School Faculty.  Her paintings are inspired by nature, design and pattern, which is evident by the graceful form, texture and luminous color you find in her work.  She uses oil, acrylic, and charcoal pencil in her work.  Liza lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children.  I was introduced to Liza's work through a chance meeting on social media.  
I hope you enjoy her work as much as Traci Zeller and I are enjoying having her in the studio!  Come by and see some of Liza's work in person at Studio 202!

{Click Here to see more of Liza's work....}

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