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First 3 Fall High Point Market Ballin’ Highlights

My favorite analogy for High Point Home Furnishings Market is to say what Vegas is to Gamblers is what High Point Market is to Interior Designers!!

So many pretty things, so many amazing people, educational & uplifting events, inspiration everywhere and meeting new friends! What more can you ask for? If you are in the interior design business, manufacturer of home furnishings or own a retail store front that specializes in home decor and furniture, don’t wait any longer if you have never been!! My first High Point Market was two years ago, October 2010 and I’ve been to every market ever since. I have to say by FAR this past market was the most rewarding and amazing experience.

Here are my first 3 Highlights! Believe me this is no easy task!

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Fashion+Decor, Black & Gold

Love fashion? Love shopping? You can pull your favorite items from your closet, fashion magazine or images from the latest Paris runway and bring that inspiration into your home. This theme of pulling fashion inspiration into home decor is becoming more and more prevalent with the accessibility of the internet. The ability to find the latest trends in fashions off the runway and the latest home decor are just clicks away. High Point Home Furnishings Market starts Saturday, October 13th and the main theme throughout will be Fashion Focus, For this Fashion + Decor Blog Hop, I pulled my favorite runway pieces right off

I’ve been really gravitating to Black & Gold lately. I’m thinking with the holidays coming up and the colder weather approaching us, I find some comfort in the color black. Metallics have been huge in fashion for quite sometime now (at least a couple seasons) and are always great for holiday wear. I feel like the trend from silver is gravitating to more golden tones, even some rich bronzes. I grew up in the fashion and fabric industry and remember back in the late 80′s and early 90′s when black brocade with gold metallic thread with even some gold lame was really in. Almost everyone was buying the gold lame.

If you are not familiar with what kind of fabric lame is, see Elvis wearing it! Uhhh-huhhh



Important Note: Please don’t get the idea that me posting this image as a recommendation of wearing all gold or decorating your whole room in gold metallic fabric!


Don’t be this guy, rocking the MC Hammer pants. I don’t recommend walking the streets or rocking the clubs looking like him, unless you want to get a beat down… There is a reason he is wearing sun glasses. The glare of his clothing is just down right blinding…Ouch!

However, I found a fabulous dress in gold from Saks Fifth Avenue, so there is a little hope if you want to be ultra shiny.


According to and their Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, “Let gold dominate. It’s more fun and flattering. Do not let any other color come out to play with these two (referring to black & gold). No jewelry except for gold earrings. Find one knockout garment that will take you through the holiday and beyond.” I recommend wearing a bold black piece if you want to really go for the gold, such as a strong black jacket or adding some black accessories (jewelry, shoes or purse). The best way to wear it or style it in your home is to find a nice balance of both black and gold.



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The main inspiration in my room design was this fabulous dress in black and gold brocade. It has beautiful trim detail and is paired with fabulous geometric cuff bracelets that remind me of Greek Keys. The dress has an ancient Asian feel with modern, edgy lines that results in a flattering and form fitting design.


I’m also absolutely in love with these coordinating shoes from Manolo Blahnik….oh la la!——–>


If they are a little too matchy for you, I have another fabulous to-die for pair of Alexander McQueen heels….

Mmmm deliciosa



These shoes will certainly have all eyes staring at you! How do we achieve an ultra fabulous room that has the details, visual interest and feel of all this fashion eye candy?

First, I started by applying an amazing gold damask wallpaper to my olioboard, go to to create your own mood board. It’s fun, simple and available for anyone to use! I then layered some luxurious black velvet drapes from West Elm for a nice bold contrast to the walls. I incorporated a strong black sectional sofa to really anchor the space.

I added the Greek Key Rug in black and white that reminded me of the gorgeous cuffs the model is wearing with the Leonard Collection Dress. This Trina Turk Greek Key Rug found at takes the ancient Greek Key motif and makes it look modern and fresh. So accessorize your room as you would your body, add an unexpected piece for a nice “Wow” factor. I do this in all my designs. At times, my clients can be bit skeptical but when you step back and look at the overall finished room, it certainly always makes the design. My recommendation is to take a little risk and it will go a long way!

One of my favorite pieces in the room is the artwork, called Dress One by one of my fellow OlioHop bloggers, Robin Pedrero. Robin is amazingly talented and I selected her painting as a beautiful touch of elegance and to add softness to the space. There are many angular elements in the room and the painting reminds me of a beautiful Monet watercolor painting but with a beautiful fashion element with the the dress as the focal point. You can find more of Robin’s artwork at

The power of is you can be your own artist. You can take a piece of fabric and make it a wallpaper to see how it would look on your wall then go and try to find a product similiar. Most of the time, you can shop the product by just clicking on the image on your own olioboard or other olioboard designs you love! It’s so simple! I was a bit creative with the Sophia Table from Layla Grayce. It’s one of my all time favorite tables. It’s actually a dining table but in my design, I really wanted to use it as a coffee table by the sofa.

It has a strong masculine espresso table top but the antique gold legs add a feminine curvy effect that looks like a piece of art.

Another piece that is a small element of the room but makes a strong visual impact is the lumbar pillow found on the black wingback chair, it’s a John Richard pillow found at I’ve bought lighting at Lamps Plus before but to my surprise, they also carry home accessories and decor items!





If you are not ready to redo your whole room (like most of us) but want to use some of what you already have to emulate a similar look, I can give you a few tips:

1- You can always slipcover your sofa with black fabric.

2- Purchase some decorative pillows. I suggest contrasting the black with black & white print or gold & white fabric pillows.

3- You can change out your lighting, which can be an investment into your home. For some active home buyers out there, such as myself, I always look at what kind of overhead lighting is in a potential home I’m looking at buying. A fabulous chandelier such as the black one found in my design can be found at If it’s something you absolutely love, take it with you when you move, which I’ve done with a chandelier that was given to us by our parents.

4- Don’t forget to add table lamps for ambient lighting and task lighting too when you don’t want to use overhead lighting. I am in love with this lamp found at, one of my favorite websites ever. You can pretty much find anything and everything for your home there. Shhh…it’s my secret weapon (for finding fantastic interior design items).

Please join me in this Blog Hop today by visiting 9 other extremely talented bloggers. Check out their olioboards and interior design tips with their take on Fashion + Decor inspiration:

Thanks so much for stopping by, please join us on for some #OLIOLOVE and create a fun moodboard, using some of your fashion inspiration to create a fun 2D or 3D room design. Please be sure to comment on my blog for feedback. Hope something in my post inspired you or at least made you chuckle!


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Darling Dorm Decor

Going to college can be an overwhelming task. There are many emotions involved for the student and the parents. The best way to handle the endeavor is to make lists. I remember when I was going into my freshmen year. I turned to AOL chats to meet people in my school and ask for advise as to what to bring and meet some people before I got to my school. I didn’t know anyone from my high school graduating year that was going to my university and I was the oldest child and first grandchild going to college! Holy smokes, the pressure! What do I bring? What do I wear? How do I act?

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You probably received a checklist from your school or you can find many online. I found a useful one at, click to see the items that they recommend.How do you decorate your dorm room? Mostly likely your room at home has the decor you’ve had for a while, so take this opportunity to start fresh and go for a more grown up look but with all the colors you love. Make your space personal but remember not to bring things that are very valuable. Most, likely you will be eating, drinking and studying on your bed, so the best option is to purchase a durable and ultra washable duvet cover and removable blanket over your duvet. I would opt for several layers, because you may not have room for a sofa in your dorm room so when all your friends come over, they’ll be sitting on your bed. Also, several layers are smart for not only your clothing as temperatures change from your 8AM class to your 8PM group project meeting, but also in layering your decor on your bed. Remember you most likely have to share a space with someone that doesn’t care for the same room temperature, so you can either kick off layers of blankets or if your roomate is an eskimo, you can add layers.

The best advice I got from an older student at my college was to bring a mattress cover and an egg crate foam mattress topper. My suggestion is to spend the extra money on one that is ultra durable, thick and now they have memory foam options. Most of the time you will be running on little sleep as you will be either partying or studying to the wee hours of the morning. You need to make sure your sleep is ultra restful. Sleep is for breaks and long weekends at home!

The main decor items that will make your room really stand out on the dorm floor are your area rug, your bedding, your lighting and storage items. Storage items sound really boring but are key since there is limited space in your dorm room. You most likely will have less room then at home; sometimes half the space because you’ll mostly likely have a roomate. You want to do your storage ”homework” by going to the Container Store, Target or Walmart. My favorite storage item for dorm rooms is the plastic drawers that you can stack. You can fit all your toiletries in one and your dry food items in the other. Also, you’ll most likely get limited closet space so make sure you buy those thin hangers so you can maximize your closet hanging space.

Check out this helpful infographic from on how to decorate your dorm room:

 The most frustrating thing if you love color is that you can’t paint your cinder block walls. They are cold and instutional looking. My recommendation is to buy some cool wall decals as shown in my Olioboard above! Also, select really fun and bright bedding! You can design your own bedding at Even if you don’t buy all your bedding from Pottery Barn Teen, you can play around with mixing different colors and patterns to get inspiration for your room.

Another really important factor is to consider lighting! You may not get a ton of natural light in your room because your view maybe staring at another dorm building. This can make your feel drab and not able to stay awake all hours of the night when you have to pull an all nighter study session during mid-terms and finals. Buy some table lamps and even a hookable, overhead plug-in chandelier to add some elegance and flair to your dorm room! You can buy removable 3M hooks to hang pictures and clothing (hats, robes and jackets) on your walls.

Remember: 1) Include your favorite colors 2) Lighting, lighting, lighting 3) Washable and durable bedding 4) Splurge on a padded mattress cover and 5) Lots of multifunctioning storage containers!

For other great blogs on dorm room decor, please check my friends’ blog posts at:

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Michelle of

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Joanne of

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Ana of

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I’m Going For the HighPoint Market Gold!

How can I be the Michael Phelps of Interior Design? Well, for starters you can help me by voting for my olioboard! Uh, right now for swimming, I’m one of those people that buys a speedo for $100, does one lap and squeals for breath!! When it comes to designing rooms, I’m in training for the GOLD…but I need your HELP DESPERATELY!

Click on this link above! Log in via Facebook or Twitter and click on the right heart on the bottom right corner with a plus sign. You can vote once a day! Every vote you give me, I will enter you in an EXCITING CONTEST…

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What Moms Need! #OlioHop 3

What Moms Need!

What do woman want? We want to feel beautiful, loved, cherished, strong and confident. We want to surround ourselves with positive people and things. We love beautiful things and enjoy conversations about the things we love in life. We all strive to meet that person we can share these things with. We strive to find a career where we feel successful, passionate, help others and have a sense of pride and accomplishment.

In that journey to find the things we love and to do what we truly love, we need time to reflect. We need a space to find solace, peace, and serenity. A place that envelopes us, has elements of our favorite things, colors and includes the beauty we seek in life.

To me, life is about these things. Making sure I have the right support system of people that I love and love me back. Also, it’s important for me to learn every day. Learn something new about the world, my children, my career or how to help others. In order to do these things, I’ve learned that I have to look inward and find my inner peace. All mothers have the toughest job, raising children who are good people. The pressure is overwhelming at times. It’s stressful and hectic as we try to juggle taking care of them, our significant others, our career and the few minutes we have to take of ourselves. We all need a Mom Retreat within our homes. A space we can run away too or a place to reflect, to read, to learn and be the best person we can be.

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Home Office Serenity- OLIOHOP #2

In Need of Creating the Ideal Home Office?

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Here are some steps to consider when you are converting that guest room or basement into that much needed home office.

The trend in homes is having a home office. Whether you are an executive that needs to check emails and send correspondence in the evening or just can’t ever take a full day off or a stay at home mom looking for some extra income, you need a space that you can call your own and is organized.

STEP 1: CHUCK THE CHAOS: Make sure everything in your Office is relevant.

I’m sure there are random trophies, old textbooks from college, unfinished projects and old product samples; you think you’ll one day need. NEWS FLASH: chuck it!! It’s liberating and just cluttering up your life. Move on and make space for more relevant and new fresh décor items or the latest Apple gadget!

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OlioHop with Selma! Tween Boy Bedroom

How can you express your design wishes with little to no experience? How can you create that dream children’s room? Have you heard about Olioboard? Don’t miss out!

I’m really overjoyed at the opportunity to create a children’s room via the #OlioHop blog event! One of my favorite rooms to design that is near and dear to my heart is a child’s room. I love creating rooms that are eclectic and have unexpected elements. A seriously great design always includes taking risks and trying something you normally wouldn’t have!

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What Excites Me? Fabric!

As an interior designer, I get introduced to many trends, products, the up & coming in home furnishings (#hpmkt), educational presentations and manufacturers. Sometimes I get blown away or I just keep seeing the same thing over & over- snooze alert. My clients like things that are a bit different and unique. Things you can’t easily find and they hire me to pull it all together and bring in an element that has a bit unexpected. One of the signature traits of my work is the “wow factor” in all my rooms. Something that sparks conversation; makes you do a double take or makes you want to touch, feel or look closer.

The following products made me want to touch, feel and look closer.

This delicious ottoman makes you want to go closer and feel the fabric. It makes you want to sit on it and rub your hand across it to see what kind of fabric it is. It has a bronze metalized look to it and it’s a sumptuous ottoman by Leathercraft.

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