Friday, November 28, 2014

Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!




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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Today I Am Thankful...

  Here's wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Day!  I hope your day has been as special as mine has been. We spent the day at our family's cabin.   The day kicked off with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, followed by a traditional Thanksgiving feast.   I feel like a stuffed turkey!  Whew!  Exercise is on the agenda for tomorrow, but today I rest and enjoy family.

I have always loved Thanksgiving, because it is a day to celebrate family.   I miss my son who is no longer with us, but sweet memories of him are never far from my mind.  Loss makes us more appreciative of loved ones who are present.  Today, I celebrate family and sweet memories.  I am so thankful for all the goodness in my life.  I am thankful for my work, my friends, and you, the readers of my blog.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you! 

 Thank you for reading my blog.  I am so honored
to have you as a reader.  I look forward to sharing
new things with you in 2015!   Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Great Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List!

One of my favorite things to do over the Thanksgiving Holidays is shop
ONLINE!  Yep!  Forget standing in long lines on Black Friday!  I'll
take an easy chair by the fire and a glass of wine while shopping
on my computer instead.  Everyone has great deals and often
free shipping!  

Are You an Armchair Shopper like me?  
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Ronald McDonald House Long Island Room Before & After!


I am happy to finally share the business office Traci Zeller and I designed
The project sponsored by Kravet under the leadership of design chair Suzanne
Costa, and honorary design chairs Anthony Baratta and Bunny Williams, 
Project Design Phase Two renovated 24 bedrooms, four kitchens, five 
common areas, a couple of laundry rooms, a new fitness center and meditation
room which serve as a reprieve for families with seriously-ill children who
 are receiving treatment in neighboring hospitals. 

 Traci and I were so grateful to be part of such a worthwhile project. 
How did we decide to work on a project in Long Island you ask? 
You may remember that Traci and designed our first room together
 last year in the Traditional Home Adamsleigh show house in Greensboro. 
We had so much fun working together, we decided to share studio
 space.  Although we continue to keep our interior design practices
 separate, we made a commitment to design one pro-bono project 
a year together.  The Ronald McDonald project was perfect for this
year's project.  Traci and I have children and both understand the 
stress of sick kids.  Ronald McDonald felt like a good fit.  I think we
made the right decision.  

 We met so many nice families while working in the house.  An added
 benefit was getting to know other designers we had only known on
 social media like Brian Patrick FlynnDayka Robinson
 to name a few. We also had the chance to reconnect with old friends
like Robin Baron and Danielle Colding.  The Kravet team as well as
 the Ronald McDonald staff were so supportive and amazing!   

Now, let's talk about our room.....

  We nicknamed our little room the "Cocoon" because the purpose of the room
 is to serve as a safe place for parents to conduct personal business while guests
 in the house. Our friend and artist,   Kerry Steele did an amazing job with the art for
 the room.  Her painting also named" Cocoon" was the piece that tied our room together.  
We were really proud of how things came together.  Need I need to remind you
 of where we started?


One phrase comes to mind...

"You've come a long way baby to get to where you got to today"!  

Our Fabulous Sponsors:

Kate Ottoman in brass : Taylor Burke Home

Original Painting "Cocoon"  by Kerry Steele

Fabric on Brass Stools: Thibaut "Maximillian" 

Lighting : Currey & Co "Forum" Chandelier & "Drayton" Desk Lamp

Special Thanks to Trelliage Ltd. NY for making that happen

Drapery workroom: Traditional Drapery and Upholstery

Contractor: Laurence Carolan of House of Carolan

Photography by Marco Ricca Photography

Special thanks:
To the Team at Kravet
Jennifer Nicholson and  Jeana Lewis of Ronald McDonald Long Island

To see the feature in New York Cottage and Garden Click Here

What do you think?  
Do you like how our room turned out?  

I'm guest blogging today at House of Turquoise!  Pop over and check out my
 post about Robin Baron's room in the Ronald McDonald House Phase Two Project!
  You will love seeing Robin's beautiful room!!!  Make sure to Click over to House of Turquoise 
and see this amazing bedroom and bath!  It's a don't miss for sure!!!

Want to see what is going in my world during the holidays? 
 Follow me on instagram here.

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Don't forget to Enter to Win!!!!
I'm giving away one of my door mat designs from
 CarpetOne's "Welcome A Cure" Campaign
click here to go to the post for details on
how to enter now thru Dec. 1st!

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Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair


Hickory Chair is always a favorite stop for me during High Point Market and this market was no exception.  I love the vivacious Alexa Hampton and hearing from her the inspiration behind her Hickory Chair collections each market.  The old saying the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is certainly true of Alexa Hampton.  Daughter of famed designer, Mark Hampton, Alexa always produces a collection that secures her place as one of the top designers in the world of interior design.  The collection was sexy, dramatic and rooted in classic design.  The room was painted in a signature Mark Hampton color.  The collection featured new introductions and favorites from past collections reintroduced in new fabrics, finishes and custom details. 

I asked Alexa what her favorite piece was in the collection and she responded in an almost offended tone of  "that is like asking me who my favorite child is"!  She then laughed and said that there were so many favorites it was hard to choose one singular piece but loved how the chairs below turned out with the red and white fabric and red detail trim.

  Some of the furniture pieces were inspired by antique furniture in Alexa's own home.  Close attention to scale was particular important to Alexa.  She shared how important it is to have furniture of an in between scale that can work to marry antiques with current oversized pieces to fill larger scale rooms in homes of today.  Note the graffiti inspired art on the back wall of the show room created by Alexa.  It's unexpected, modern details like this graffiti art, mixed with classical silhouttes that defines Alexa's signature style. 


 I'm always anxious to see what colors or wall treatments Alexa will use to show case her new market introductions.  The hallmark of a good designer is creating a room from the ground up, so even though furniture is what is being introduced, careful thought is given the the room as a whole.  The back drop becomes as important as the furniture in telling the story of the collection. Alexa's room compositions often result in rich, saturated color, pattern and texture which are carefully crafted by her experienced, well trained eye.

This was my favorite vignette designed by Alexa for October 2014 market.  The geometric fabric on the sofa keeps the room from feeling too serious.  The asymmetrically placed gallery wall featuring Alexa's interpretation of classical art also lends a fresh look to the room.   Another interesting fact: Alexa created 32 painting to complete her vision for the collection, after the rave reviews her original artwork received at the April market. 

I love the Eva arm chair with red trim and the Austin bench with leather
 tufted top and black frame. 


Here is a close up of the trim on the Eva armchair.  It's the finer details like this trim that we have come to expect from Alexa's exquisite furniture design from Hickory Chair.

I  loved this beautiful velvet, tufted bed sleigh bed in deep green.  After walking around all day at market, it was all I could do not to fall on the bed and take a nap!  Like the entire collection, this vignette was grounded in sophisticated, yet casual elegance.

Although, the lighting in the new show room wasn't conducive to my amateur photography, I did catch Alexa in a cute pose relaxing and enjoying one of the sofas in her collection!  
Kudos Alexa for a job well done!

Let Hickory Chair make your home's story unique!   

Follow Hickory Chair on their social channels to see beautiful furniture & get inspired:

Disclosure: Hickory Chair was one of my sponsors for High Point Market.  All opinions are my own.  I only blog about brands I think are of interest to my readers. 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

How To Create a Custom Home: Hickory Chair

Have you ever questioned why you should hire a designer?  I mean come on, you can copy a room from Pinterest and order similar products from Restoration Hardware can't you?  You can buy complete vignette off the floor at Pottery Barn as an option too.   Is that what you want your home to say about you?  Fast, easy and well I want to say cheap, but let's face it, buying retail is an investment too.  Decorating your home from the big box stores isn't cheap, but you get a look that is generic. Do you really want to invest your hard earned dollars in furniture that 

 As a designer, buying from the big box stores is something I don't understand.  Why would you want cookie cutter interiors, when you can have a custom look for a little more money?  Our homes tell a story about us, do you really want your story to be bland and average or what I call the "vanilla" decorating look?  

A true designer works hard to create a custom look that speaks to your design aesthetic and tells your story.  Sure designers sometimes buy filler pieces from retailers to finish out a room and stay on budget, but the majority of items are often custom tailored for the client's project.  Customization is what sets your home apart from your neighbor's house. One of the companies designers often look to for customization is Hickory Chair.  

Hickory Chair Furniture Company has been creating custom furniture since 1911 in Hickory, North Carolina.  It's hard to believe this company has been creating beautiful furniture for over one hundred years!  To think, Hickory Chair began with  a made-to-order dining chair and simple vision.  Today, Hickory Chair's furniture continues to be made to order by a talented team of artisans.  The company has maintained its original vision of custom craftsmanship and timely service.   Have you seen all the beautiful furniture Hickory Chair is creating these days?  Wow, is all I can say!  Pop over to their website and see the complete collection from Hickory Chair.

I visited the Hickory Chair Showroom during High Point Market and fell in love with the Everett Lounger silhouette shown here.  As I walked through the showroom, I saw the Everett chair in several fabrics with custom details tweaked to create various looks.  This is a great example of how Hickory Chair's customization can create unique furniture for your home.

Here the Everette Loungeris shown in a dark green mohair fabric
 with cream pipping. How handsome would this chair
 be in a gentleman's study?

Would you recognize this chair as the same chair as above?  The Everette Lounger
shown here in a more formal look.  The cushion back and seat has been
 tufted and self piped to create a chair more suited to a living room. 

The Everett is shown in a creme fabric, with leather piping and buttons for
 a more casual look. 

I've shown you the same chair offered in three different options, are you amazed at how differently the fabrications look?  This is a small example of the many ways this chair can be crafted to meet the demands of a custom designed room.  The next time you are redecorating a room in your home.  Ask yourself, "do I want something my neighbor can buy or do I want something unique for my home."  I'll bet in the long run you will save money by hiring the designer and getting a custom look, which won't be on sale in six months when the retailer's catalogue rolls out with a new look.  Custom created designs have longevity because we don't tire from seeing them advertised all over the place.  Quality furniture like Hickory Chair offers bench made quality, which lasts longer than mass produced furniture too. 

Your home deserves quality furniture like Hickory Chair!  
As your designer today for Hickory Chair
Quality furniture with custom options, that's Hickory Chair!

Let Hickory Chair make your home's story unique!   

Follow Hickory Chair on their social channels to see beautiful furniture & get inspired:

Disclosure: Hickory Chair was one of my sponsors for High Point Market.  All opinions are my own.  I only blog about brands I think are of interest to my readers. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome a Cure By Carpet One & A Giveaway!

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 new series of their pink ribbon welcome mats and I was lucky enough to be
 asked to participate!

Above is the mat I designed and will be giving away, so enter now til

 December 1st !  My rug features my former logo designed by the talented
 graphic artist, the talented Jill Seale.   The blue on the sides,  is the tab
 from the Carpet One scroll bar.  The rug colors are grey, green and black.
 I am so happy to announce I  partnered with Carpet One Floor and Home
 to design one of their  Pink Ribbon  durable indoor-outdoor mat to
 support breast cancer research.  On December 1st, I'll give away one
 of my custom designed door mats to one of you! (may be more!)

 funds to  support breast cancer research and awareness as part of their

The campaign has raised  nearly 1 million dollars for breast cancer research in
 the past 10 years and currently supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
 (BCRF). For each welcome mat sold, 25% of the purchase
 price is donated to the BCRF.

 Pink ribbon welcome mats are available year round at
 various Carpet One Floor & Home stores for 
approximately $24.99US/$34.99CDN

  25% of each sale will be donated directly to 
  The mats are tough, functional and, depending on your choice, fun, 
whimsical, and stylish! For the past 10 years, through its
 Pink Ribbon Mat project, Carpet One
 Floor & Home has raised almost a million dollars to support
 breast cancer research.

These durable pink ribbon welcome mats are suitable for use both indoors
 and out and are machine-washable. Purchasing a welcome mat contributes
 directly to raising funds for breast cancer research in both the US & Canada
 and the search for a cure. Sold only in stores

Breast cancer awareness doesn't just last for the month of October so the
 welcome mats are available all year long in Carpet One Home stores throughout
 the U.S.  Click here to find one in your area.  They retail for approximately $24.99
 and feature a sturdy rubber backing and a pink ribbon to remind people of the
 cause it supports.  They measure 2'x3', are stain, water resistant
 and machine washable.

Here are a few of the other designs from a couple of my designer friends
 I love, but make sure you pop over to Carpet One to see the others, 
there are many more:

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Designer - Meredith Heron

This rug was designed by my friend and fellow designer,
Meredith Heron.  If you aren't familiar with Meredith's
 make sure you pop over to her website by clicking here, 
and see the beautiful design work this woman creates!  She is
 seriously talented lady!  I love to follow Meredith on instagram
 for a daily dose of inspiration and Facebook to get a peek into
 her creative brain. If you want a lively discussion connect
 with Meredith on twitter.
 This is the design created by my friend, Courtney Lake of Monogram Decor.  
I especially love the inspiration behind this design.  Courtney said when you are
 battling cancer your thoughts are all over the place, you feel scattered, but there
 can be beauty in the chaos.  Do you know Courtney?  If not, make sure you get 
to know this design creative. We went to London together for Blogtour London 
with Modenus last September.  I must say, getting to know Courtney on Blogtour 
was a highlight of my trip.  Not only is this man  talented, but he is also one of the
 nicest people you will ever meet.  Make sure to follow him on instagram where 
he has 1.63K followers and on twitter too for a dose of fun.

Make sure to Visit Carpet One to see all 12 of the Designer Rugs
Here is the List of 2014 Participating Designers:

Danielle Nicholas Bryk – The Bryk House            Designer  & Host/designer "Bryk At A Time" for the                                                                                       DIY Network and "Bryk House" for HGTV Canada.
·        Eric McClelland- Fleur De Lis Interior Design      Interior Designer & CITY TV design expert for“City                                                                                         Line”
·        Evelyn Eshun – Evelyn Eshun Interior Design-    Interior Designer & previous design expert/host W                                                                                         Channel " Take This House,Sell It"
·        Karl Lohnes - Canada AM's design expert           CTV “Canada AM " Design Expert
·        Kristie Barnett - The Decorologist                         US Designer
·        Lisa Mende - Lisa Mende Design                         US Designer
·        Melissa Davis - Catherine + Davis [HCMD]          Interior Designer & designer for   HGTV “Income                                                                                           Property”
·        Meredith Heron – Meredith Heron Design            Designer & previous designer/host  HGTV                                                                                                     "Restaurant Makeover"
·        Paul Semkuley - re:SOURCE Lifestyles            Toronto Stylist
·        Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander -                     Peloso Alexander Interiors  Designers & Glen                                                                                               Peloso is TV                                                                                                                                                   design expert for CTV " The Marilyn Denis Show"

What do you like?  Which one is your favorite???

If you want a rug designed by yours truly so you can think about me
everytime you see it......

To be entered in the giveaway do any of the following:   
The more you do, the better your chances!!

1. Post a Comment Here on the blog telling me why you want to win.
2.  Post a comment to my Facebook page at Lisa Mende Design
3.  Post a comment to Lisa Mende Design on twitter
4.  BONUS - Want to increases your chances? Pop over to my friends
    at  Kandrac & Kole   they are hosting a Giveaway of  one of my
     rug designs too!!!

While you are over at Kandrac and Kole check out these ladies 
who are amazing talents as well!  Follow them on their 
social media channels here:

The Winner(s) will be announced on December 1, 2014

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