Monday, August 12, 2013

Guest Blogger

Happy Monday, I'm excited to talk with a fellow blogger today. We have Rachel Ritter, an Interior Designer with +CMYfabriK.

QUESTION#1:When did you start in the Design industry and where did you go to school?Okay that's two questions :)
RR:I started designing people's homes last year while finishing school at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. That first project is still my favorite so far. It's technically still ongoing, due to deployments and things like that, it tends to slow it down, but that's what's great about working with military families. While there's a lull in the design, it gives me time to work on other projects so that I can learn and get better. By the time that I return to this project to start working on the master bath, I'll have grown so much! Last month was a whole year that I've been doing this, crazy how time flies.QUESTION: Where do you live and what type of Designer are you?
RR:I live near Fayetteville in North Carolina. I am a Residential designer but am super excited to get into commercial design. There are so many up and coming businesses in the area that need that final touch to make their spaces stand out. I look forward to creating memorable spaces no matter what the size of the business is. I am also interested in doing staging for model apartments and possibly working with builders to establish new construction home layouts.QUESTION:What is your style and who is a designer you are inspired by?
RR:I absolutely love color and tons of texture, I try to incorporate it into my fashion sense and out there in the designs I do for myself and for clients. One Interior Designer that is my fav right now is Emily Henderson- she is so cute and quirky and her designs are amazing! Being budget-friendly for my client's sake is important to me, so the show" The High Low project" is what I strive to emulate. Finding great items for reduced prices makes everyone happy.
I know this will sound cliche but I find inspiration everywhere. I love trolling my Instagram feed- there are so many creative people out there! Cool art is a must, is a great resource for inspirational redesigns, lighting makes me happy so yeah, I find inspiration in anything and everything!QUESTION:Okay, so let's wrap this up what is your goal as a designer?RR: I would love to help all families who are just starting out and those who need change in their lives. I can help with material boards, furniture selections, space planning, thrift store shopping, DIY projects (which are always the best), and then paint & color selections.
I want to help “real” people, by that I mean the regular people who live on budgets but want change in their lives. That can come in the form of getting help with designing rooms in their home, getting assistance with furniture or maybe help with going through paint selections. I want to help those who are intimidated by hiring an designer or feel it’s not in their budget, I aim to make the design process understandable and affordable. For me, in the end it’s about helping people. I love being able to help them get a revamped space but without breaking the bank.Thanks Rachel for taking time out and being a guest.If you want to get into touch with Rachel you can reach her  at,,,or at (910) 884-6097.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lillian Love

Happy Monday!While at HPMKT I had the privilege of discovering Lillian August at the Hickory White showroom.Talk about swoon!!!!It was love at first sight lol ,so here's a bit of history on her and I'm sharing pics I took.I'm still in awe at how she uses  so many vibrant colors yet her designs are so sophisticated and inviting.Lillian August started out in the 1980's selling quilts,crafts and such.She ending up going to New York to share her work and in turn got Imperial Wallcoverings interested in her.The rest is history.She has been non-stop and on fire ever sinse.She has many furniture stores and has partnered with many top manufacturers such as Fabricut and Hickory White.It seems that her talent was passed down to her sons, John and Dan ,who help her run the family business.Dan is President and CEO and John is  Chief Operating Officer.

Monday, May 20, 2013

HPMKT Roll Call

I was really nervous going to +High Point Market for the first time by myself but I was fortunate enough to have found a community of people through +Olioboard and Twitter which has led to great friendships.Lucky for me a lot of the ladies were going to be at HPMKT.One of the smartest and sweetest ladies I met online was +leslie carother. She introduced me via twitter and Facebook to so many wonderful people. The biggest example of that is Holly Mclay Blalock VP of Merchandising and Marketing for CR Laine Furniture.We became friends through Leslie and Olioboard before we met at HPMKT but it felt like I had known her forever,she was as beautiful inside as she was out.Leslie knew there would be several  of us first timers going so she introduced us online and I became friends with +Rachel Ritter via email.I met Rachel at the C&D building and she became my running buddy while at HPMKT.I am so thankful to +leslie carothers ,she has done so much for me. I'm thankful for her friendship.
+leslie carothers 
                         The Kaleidoscope Partnership
Holly McLay Blalock

           +Rachel Ritter CMYFABRIK
CEO of Olioboard  +Sheilah MacSporran 
+Tobi Fairley

+Crystal Gentilello Of RUE
 Rachel Ritter ,Stacey Blake ,Ashlina Kaposta,All About Design
+CMYfabriK , +Olivia Trustworkz  ,Irma Navarro-Hankins,Carisa 
Courtney Out Loud,Marilyn G.Russell,Minel Gonzalez,Donna Frasca,Kelly Rogers, +Olivia Trustworkz , +Rachel Ritter ,Stacey Blake

Selma Hammer,Kelly Kole,Joann Kandrac,Jeffery Johnson,PinkEggshell,Stacy Naquin,Traci Zeller,Patti Johnson
Robert Petril ,John Strauss , +Selma Hammer, +CMYfabriK ,All About Design   I met many more wonderful people which I did not get to take a photo with but they are worthy of mention.Lisa Mende,Jonathan Legate,Madcap Cottage,Dana Helms,Rose Dostal,Judith Taylor.Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great week.See ya next post on Friday!!!

Friday, May 10, 2013


Happy Friday!I hope everyone has had a great week!!Okay so as a first timer at +High Point Market there was so much swoon to look at, it really was over whelming.The hottest and most swoon I would have to say was located at CR Laine.As soon as you stepped off the elevator, it was jaw dropping!So much color and patterns, it was refreshing and breathtaking!I had already fell in love with CR Laine products from using +Olioboard and was so excited to finally meet the VP of Merchandising and Marketing Holly McLay Blalock ,who by the way was such a wonderful person in real life.She was so welcoming and so beautiful inside and out.My experience at Cr Laine was AWESOME!!They threw a fab party and I met some wonderful people but that's next weeks blog lol.I can honestly say that going to CR Laine was truly one of my highlights at +High Point Market 
Loving the yin-yang Aldeo Chairs SWOON!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

High Point Market Finds

Happy Monday!!I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great Cinco De Mayo!As promised here is some eye candy from +High Point Market .I have so many pics but can't post all of them, so here are some things I found interesting and pretty.





                                              CANDICE OLSON BY HIGHLAND HOUSE
                                               CANDICE OLSON BY HIGHLAND HOUSE
                                               CANDICE OLSON BY HIGHLAND HOUSE
                                               CANDICE OLSON BY HIGHLAND HOUSE
                                          CANDICE OLSEN
                                            JOHN STRAUSS
Fell in love with this chair by +John Strauss named after his aunt Mabel
I have many more pics to share so see ya later on this week with another post!Thanks for stopping by!!Have a great week!!