Friday, December 31, 2010

China Cabinets Should Tell a Story

China Cabinets were designed to showcase beautiful china dishes & glassware. But more times than not, I discover that china cabinets are a hodgepodge of mishmash. The minute I see that, I want to take everything out & show the person how beautiful their treasures can be. Just like every room or shelf or cabinet, editing must happen.

I change my cabinet out seasonally. For winter I use my white china that is trimmed in silver and add my antique green glasses, green depression glass, and some green and white dishes that I received from a sweet 90 year old dear dear friend. She's given me several treasures throughout the years. Each time I place those dishes in this cabinet I'm reminded of sweet memories of her. I also add the green leaf dishes that my mother in law gave me that she purchased when they got married while living in China when my father in law was in the navy. These too tell a story. Each time she sees them on display, she reminisces about their early years of married life; how they survived some very hard times, and how being so far from her family forced her to make friends.

Teapots say friendship. One of my favorite things to do is invite one or several girlfriends over for a hot cup of chai tea and a cookie. Special times..... Special memories!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

You can do what you already know how to do.

The reason you get a coach/mentor is to do the things that you cannot do.’ T. Rauffman.

One of the most frustrating things a designer faces, is to be hired by a client who asks your opinion, but then in the next breath, asks the painter, the drywall guy, the electrician, and the flooring store what they think. Then the client looks back at me and says, "What do you really think?"

Inventory 2010

Christmas is here. Thought I would post pictures in hopes of enticing people to come into the studio. Retail is such a hard market. I've had the studio open since August and I'm very pleased with the amount of people who have come. My studio is downtown which is not in the main area of shopping. Word of mouth is the greatest asset right now. My biggest competitor is Hobby Lobby.... but the quality of my products is much better. If you find something on here that you're interested in, please email me for prices. Enjoy your holiday and Merry Christmas. Keep Christ at the center of your thoughts.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bringing Nature In

During the month of October we were at The Lodge in Eagle Nest, NM. My friend, the owner, was a bit desperate for table top decorations so I started going through cupboards and drawers trying to discover an inspirational starting point. I discovered a pair of silver candlesticks, elk antlers, a doily, and some gourds from the kitchen counter. The leaves of the aspens were absolutely gorgeous, so I just cut a few branches, entwined them throughout the found items and created a very colorful tablescape.

In front of the stone fireplace is a round butcher block that has been cut down to cock
tail table height. I added a natural green silk scarf, topped with a porcelain bunny tureen, a rust colored candlestick
surrounded by red berries from the outdoors and a southwest magazine that pulled all the colors together. The mix of old rough texture with the shiny porcelain creates a comfy environment that makes one want to prop up their feet & enjoy the scenes of southwest New Mexico.