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Interiors, Pattern & Texture

When Life Happens…Make Fabric…

September 10, 2013 • By
Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

So in case anyone one has been wondering where I’ve been…yes, sometimes life happens and the blog takes a backseat for a few (minutes?).  In the meantime, lots has been happening, both at home and away.  We returned from the third leg of our progressive road trip.  More on that later, but the bottom line is, our car is now parked near the Denver airport, awaiting our return and the start of phase four.  (I’m thinking Santa Fe…)

AND – drum roll please – the paper strikes of our new Smith•Hönig fabric line are rolling in.  It is so exciting to see the dream becoming real, and all those travel inspirations turning into products!  Again, more later as we tweak (not twerk!) our designs.

The photo shows one design from the collection, plus a mood board of how it will be used in an upcoming project.


My Design Partner Kellie Smith with HGTV Superstar Vern Yip.

Plus, my design partner, Kellie Smith just launched her new paint line, Velvet Finishes.  (She’s off having breakfast with HGTV super star Vern Yip at the moment, while I’m rededicating myself to the blog.  No.  Seriously.)

You can check her paint out here:

So friends, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.  So many great new hotels we discovered on our trek across middle America.  So many great swimming holes discovered by my lake-loving husband…So many photos…

More later.

I promise.

Art & Design, City, Destinations, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Top 5 Design Details: Venice

May 28, 2013 • By

You can’t recreate Venice – and why would you want to, unless you’re a Vegas tycoon who knows a good thing when he sees it?  But with some quiet time and a roving eye, you can absorb the layered details that make Venice so unique.  Many of those details can easily translate into design ideas for your own spaces.




Interiors, Road

My Road Trip with Ralph Lauren & Thomas Jefferson…

May 10, 2013 • By

Today I received an email from the folks at the visitor center at Monticello, the iconic home of US President Thomas Jefferson.  (And by the way, yes, this is the first time I’ve ever written a sentence with both “Thomas Jefferson” and “email” in it.)  Jefferson

I love Monticello – it’s almost a spiritual place for me – partly because my father felt a deep connection to Jefferson’s works and words, and partly because my first visit there was in the middle of winter, as the sun was going down.  I was the only person on the tour.  The house was filled with long, golden shadows and was intensely quiet.  I traveled back in time for a few moments, connecting to the place and the man and my late father all at the same time.