Monday, March 27, 2017

DJF Builders Presents "Raleigh Designer Show House" Benefitting The Boys and Girls Club of North Carolina

Please Make plans to attend the DJF Builder's Designer Showhouse which opened March 25th and runs through April 9th!  NOTE: House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The House is really beautiful.  You don't miss seeing this spectacular project!  The group of designers who participated in this house includes some of the best designers in North Carolina!  Come see what the Madcap Gents created for the living room and see their new collection of fabrics for Robert Allen!  There are so many great designers in this house, I'm not going to name them all!  Trust me, you need to put this on your calendar and plan to attend!  

Beautiful fabrics, wallpapers and on trend ideas and products makes this house a showplace for sure!  Whether you are building a home yourself or want to see what's hot in the interior design world, this house is a don't miss!  Get your tickets now!

Our wonderful sponsors!  Thank you so much for making this happen!

Lisa Mende Design was nominated by Jackson Design & Remodel for "Best Micro Blog"  Will you please vote for us!  If you click here it will take you to the voting page!  Look for us under the "Micro Blog" Category and log your vote!  You only have to vote once!
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

High Point Market Announces "Design Blogger's Tour" sponsored by Esteem Media April Market 2017

I'm happy to announce that I'm going to be participating as a member of the Design Blogger's Tour for April 2017 at High Point Market sponsored by Esteem Media.  We will take you behind the scenes of High Point Market and show you what we find!  This is a stellar line-up of design blogging talent.  Make sure you follow all of them on instagram and all their channels for that matter to stay up on what's hot and trending at High Point in April as well as new resources and some other fun surprises!   Here's the lineup for the Spring Tour!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why I Believe Eckhart Tolle's Guide To Transforming Your Life is Worthy of Our Thoughts

Hello LMD readers!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a relaxing Saturday with your family and friends or whatever brings you joy on your precious weekend.  As you know if you have been following me on instagram, we recently moved into a new home.  The boxes are everywhere, waiting for my attention.  Client projects are piling up as I'm behind with work from taking time away to pack the years of family memories in a moving truck and setting up a new homestead.  Also, during the move, my body chose the unfortunate opportunity to get sick.  Needless to say, life has been pretty hectic the past couple of weeks.  I sat myself down this morning and gave myself a huge talking to.  Do you ever do that?  I frequently have to remind myself that Rome was not built in a day and those boxes will wait til I feel better.  I'm sure part of my anxiety is due to my profession.  It's an occupational hazard to be the one who makes life so pleasant for others when your own life feels like a booby trap when entering your own home.  I have struggled with this greatly since the move.  On the days I was sick, I dragged myself down to the sofa so that I could sit with my family.  Out of the corner of my eye, the mountain of boxes was calling to me, so I retreated upstairs to the lonely quarters of my bedroom just to avoid the guilt.  
Today, I continue to fight this nasty crud, but am determined to tackle some of the boxes.  

By the way, we are in love with the new house.  Every morning, my husband and I begin our day in our "morning room" aka the living room.  We like this room because sunlight floods in and there is a gas fire which happens with the flip of a switch. It's toasty and warm.  We have decided this room will be furnished with comfy furniture, not "living room" furniture since this is where we start our day and have our morning devotionals. 

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Join Me at The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show This Weekend! Giveaway!!!!

Join me at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend at 
The Park Expo and Conference Center!  There is a full slate of fun planned and lots to see.The showcase garden theme this year is America The Beautiful!   It's like your favorite home and garden magazine is coming to life!  Frank Fritz from American Pickers will be on hand tomorrow!  Come out and see cooking shows by the Queen City's top chefs like Clark Barlow from Heirloom, Heidi Billotto, Food Writer & Restaurant Critic, Jamie Lynch of 5 Church/ Top Chef contestant, Blake Hartwick of Bonterra and many more!  It is going to be an action-packed event this weekend and next weekend!

The stage event topics will range from wallpaper and window treatments to flower arrangements, beautiful lawns and garden vegetables.  The Cooking stage will feature several local restaurants and shops, covering donuts, Japanese cuisine, little plates, eating-local tips, wine, cheese and more!

Want to Win Free Tickets?  I have some to giveaway!!!

I have 6 Tickets to The first Readers who email me at and tell me why you want to go!!!!

Who Knows Maybe I'll Give Away More!!!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Visit "Villa GoLightly" Modernism Week Show House in Palm Springs!

Good Morning Readers, I have a treat for you today!  I've been following along on instagram watching all the beauty unfold at this year's Modernism Week  Show House in Palm Springs, California.  I have to say I'm a little jealous I had to cancel my plans to attend this year.   This may be my favorite Modernism show house to date!  The home is quintennial Palm Spring architecture and this year's designers have celebrated the spirit of the architecture with the perfect, colors, patterns, furniture, art and design in every room.  It is a feast for the eyes!
I want to take you on a little virtual tour of the home and share some of the details I'm digging.    

Fair Warning:  You need to grab a cup of tea or your fav beverage cause this is a long post but worth the time spent gandering!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Recommend Maria Killam's Specifying Color With Confidence Workshop!

If you don't already know Maria Killam, you may be living under a rock.  Maria is a color specialist and hails from Canada, but honestly, I think she is in the US more than Canada given the popularity and demand for her color workshop, "Specifying Color with Confidence." 

This past April, I  had the opportunity to take Maria's Class here in Charlotte before High Point Market.  As a designer for 20 years I  honestly wasn't sure there was anything about color that I didn't already know, but since Maria was my friend, I wanted to take the class.  I was surprised at how much I took away. I pride myself on having an expert color eye that has been honed through many years of practice as well as the age old trial and error, unfortunately.  I  can identify many colors from most designer paint lines because I know the colors so well from specifying them over the last two decades.  I cannot say enough about Maria's class.  The class is perfect for the novice designer who needs more confidence on how to work with clients on choosing colors as well as the seasoned designer who desires to learn Maria's system which cuts time out of the process of specifying colors.  I'll give you a little her color boards.  I would suggest buying her boards and taking the class but if you aren't going to take the class buy the dang boards.  If you are a designer and don't have them in your bag of tricks, you are missing out.  More on that later but for now, let's chat about her class!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Introducing Handley Drive Furniture! New On The Scene in Codarus Showroom

Good Morning Readers!  I have a treat for you today!  I recently discovered a new furniture line called Handley Drive.  As a designer, I am always thrilled to find a new resource and Handley Drive really delivers on the goods.  This new line is being represented by Codarus showroom so if you are in Las Vegas at Market make sure you mosey on over and check them out.  While you are there give Cody the owner of Codarus a kiss for me!  

Handley Drive is the brainchild of industry moguls Rick Janecek and Sheila Butler who have a combined home industry experience of over 50 years.  Separately they have helped created some of the most celebrated home furnishing brands in the home decor industry.  Handley Drive is sure to be a success as it fulfills the need of designers to add a little jewelry to the home.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Branding + Interior Design by Kim Kuhteeubl on Monday Book Review & A Giveaway!!

Hello Readers, I'm excited to say that I'm back for another Monday Book Review.   I got off track with my "Monday Book Reviews series "during the holidays as I didn't have time to read much less post about anything.

  Today book won't appeal to everyone but if you are a designer, it is the perfect book to kick off your new year.  I would go a bit further and say it is a "must read" if you are a designer and haven't read this book.

Branding +Interior Design by Kim Kuhteubl  is a book chocked full of advice for getting visibility and building a business strategy for interior designers.

Wondering why you should read this book or if it is right for you?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I'm At KBIS This Week! Follow Me on instagram to See What I'm Seeing Here in Orlando!

I'm currently pursuing the halls of the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando.  Join me today at the DXV Booth to view the Design Panel vignettes.  They are amazing! We are going to have so much fun!  

I'm also doing a designer takeover on instagram for Traditional Home Magazine and DXV Luxury, so if you are on instagram make sure you follow those two accounts as well as @lisamendedesign to see all that I am seeing at KBIS2017!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

What To Do At KBIS 2017!

Are You Going to KBIS in Orlando?  If you don't know, KBIS is the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show which is held annually.  This year the show is in Orlando, Florida January 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center. 

From the KBIS website:

"KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years".

 Is this your first time or are you a veteran?  Wondering what to do there? 

First off, make sure you check out the two halls of over 500 leading brands in the kitchen and bath industry.  There will be over 100 new companies this year exhibiting.  You will find the latest and greatest in products, design, and technology.  This is a one of a kind event for anyone interested in kitchen and bath design.  Look at the top brands up close and in person.  Compare products side-by-side and talk to the people who are knowledgeable about the products = the people who make them.

KBIS offers learning opportunities such as The NKBS Learning program which applies to all areas of the industry and is designed to foster professional growth as well as the Voices from the Industry series which allows the designer to hear the best presentations from your fellow colleagues in the kitchen and bath industry!  Next, make sure you take advantage of the special events.  There are parties, receptions, and special events which will take place on and off the show floor.  Check out the events here!  The Bash on Wednesday night is back by popular demand.  Don't miss it!  Will I see you there?

KBIS will once again co-locate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) for the fourth annual Design & Construction Week® giving you access to two shows in one!
And if that isn't enough, don't forget about the unlimited networking that goes on during events like this!  If you haven't made plans to come what are you waiting for?  Book a quick flight and join us!  Use this as an opportunity to build relationships, exchange ideas and gain valuable knowledge in the kitchen and bath markets.

 Here are my a few of my suggestions!

First of all, I would suggest that you look at the exhibitors and make a list of all you hope to see so that you don't miss anyone, then access the floorplan here and plot out your days!
What are the Don't Miss Booths At KBIS?
Check out:

Don't Miss the Opening Ceremony at 8am on Tuesday Morning with former NFL football star Peyton Manning!  Rumor has it my friend and fellow designer, Young Huh will be on stage with Peyton and others performing a don't miss skit!  I wish I was going to be there early enough to see this!
NKBA State of the Industry - Wednesday Jan. 11th - 9:00AM- 10:15AM South Hall, Room S210A
Key Booths to Visit:
Thermador Home Appliances: W1345 It is no secret that my favorite appliance brand is Thermador and their booth is always a highlight!  If you haven't looked at Thermador lately, make sure you check them out!  They have such amazing products and the Thermador team is second to none! I cannot say enough about their products, you will have to see them for yourself.  Real products for real cooks!
DXV by American Standard - W1547 I got a sneak peek at some of the new products DXV will be unveiling and wow, are they fab!  Make sure to pop in and see them!
Thompson Traders S5824 -  This company always produces eye candy for KBIS, so cannot wait to see what they have in store for us this time! Remember that killer brass console sink I shared on Social Media last KBIS?  It was theirs!  
Cosentino W1971 - Will be fun to see what Cosentino introduces at KBIS.  Rumor has it there is a new fabulous countertop that everyone is going to die over.  Cannot Wait to SEE!
Hafele W729 - Make sure to stop in here to see an innovative lighting product in partnership with Woodmode Cabinetry!  
Don't Miss The Design Trends Press Conference Tuesday at 1:30. The NKBA compiles enormous amounts of data to tell designers what is selling and what products are predicted to be more popular in the 2017!  
So many great products and companies to see!  It is sure to be a great show!  I'm currently planning the kitchen and bath renovations in a new house so I will certainly have my eyes and ears perked up!  Cannot wait to report all the new products and trends I find.  
Make sure to follow me on instagram for instant sightings of new items.  I'll share everything I see I love.  also, Follow me on Wednesday as I take over DXV's instagram!  
Click here to follow DXV so you don't miss a thing! 
or click on hash tag #DXVdesignfinds
Want to see what everyone is posting about KBIS?
Click on #designhounds  or @modenus or
#KBIS2017 for pics of great products, companies and more.
I hope to see you there!!  It's going to be epic!!!
Show Floor Hours
Tuesday- Thursday Jan 10th-12th  9am - 5pm
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Announcing Lisa Mende Design Info Products Series Launching February 1, 2017

Do you remember this photograph of the gentleman's dressing room Traci Zeller and I designed for the Traditional Home Magazine show house "Adamsleigh" in 2013?

  It was the first showhouse Traci or I had participated in as designers.  Since that time, I have participated in six designer showhouses across the nation.  I am preparing to participate in my seventh in Raleigh in March with DJF Builders.  

 I have learned so much about the process it is mind boggling.  I constantly get asked by other designers to share my knowledge about things like designing show houses, how to style photo shoots, building public relations for your design business, connecting with brands, how to get published,  and more.  I have decided to share my knowledge! 

 I will be offering early bird discount rates for the initial kick off!  

 If you are interested in being the first to know about these products please email me at to be put on the list. 

 Want to know how to source items for a showhouse?
I'll tell you!

Interested in learning how to style a photo shoot?
I'll tell you!

Photography by Stacey Van Berkel

I'll be sharing all kinds of information that I have learned 
the past 20 years as an interior designer, blogger and also 
about social media, PR and more!  

Remember email me at to get
 on the list and receive the early bird discount!  

Information to be emailed directly to you!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hiring A Designer....Who is The Ideal Client And Designer & Why This Matters!

I'm sitting home today working a little on my computer and watching the snow comes down.  It is a beautiful winter wonderland in Charlotte.  I love the solitude the snow offers.  Snow seems to stop the world in the south.  Everyone retreats to their homes after frantic grocery store trip the day before the "big snow" which typically ends up being only a few inches. 
We like to act like it is a big deal even if it isn't.  I have been using the time refining my contract which was much needed and all my business paperwork.  I'm getting organized and ready for 2017.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Do Your Homework When Hiring A Designer & 12 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Your Designer Once You Hire Them

Remember this black and white kitchen I designed for the Traditional Home Showhouse in High Point?  It was published in Traditional Home Magazine, and since that time, I have been told by designers across the country that clients tore it out of the magazine and brought it as the inspiration for their "new" kitchen project.  I must admit, it is one of my all time favorite kitchens I have designed.  Since it was a show house, I was able to have "free reign" in design.  Which brings me to why I am writing this blog post. 

Often when clients hire designers they try to control the process.  It is strange to me as to why anyone would do this, so I decided to write a blog post and explain why it is important to hire your designer carefully and then trust them to do what is right for your project.  It isn't because we are trying to spend the most money possible.  In fact, it is often the opposite.

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