Highpoint Here We Come!!!


I am headed to Highpoint, North Carolina tomorrow for the world’s largest furniture market and, YES, I am excited.

My feet just found out that there are now 180 buildings to cover.

They are nervous… my feet that is. Hope those gel inserts work.

We will be meeting some amazing people who do amazing things, like this:

In case you were wondering:

Current Demographics

  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

ummm, Did you get that? 11.5 MILLION square feet that my little size 5 doggies have to traverse. I am packing ice!

This is the part that I am familiar with:



Here is a new building (to me):



Can’t wait to show you what we find INSIDE.

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Renovation Beauty

Someone called my attention to another great architectural firm in Alabama. (Do you realize how many really wonderful ones we have?!)

Christopher Architecture and Interiors in Birmingham sings my song! Their hand renderings will make you swoon and the finished product will make you want to move in.

One of Scott Carlisle’s projects was recently written about on Houzz and it reminded me of how much I admire the firm’s work. 
The McGahey family enlisted Scott
 to help them renovate their house. According to Houzz,”Their original home was 2,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. The McGaheys wanted a bedroom for each of their two boys, plus a guest room for visiting family. It was important to them to have an open family living arrangement and a home office, but not a priority to have a traditional dining room. By bumping out the existing foundation a mere six inches, removing all but two walls and going up with a second story, all their needs were met! The end result is a highly functional, breathtakingly beautiful space of 3,700 square feet, with scores of details from the ground up.”

Here is the before.



And here is the renovation magic!



Shut up!! And call the movers… for me!!

The inside is just as great. I will let the pictures do the talking.









The simple beauty of humble products speaks loudly.

Added details give strength to the design and add curb appeal.






The client’s needs were met without adding a lot of unnecessary square footage.




The finishes aren’t bad either.








I hope you enjoyed my little home tour and if you are in need of a good architect….. shop Alabama!



Happy Friday.

Go Ahead, Get Stoned.

I had so much fun at the stone yard today. I “get stoned” the right way.


I have done so much with white subway tiles and light-colored interiors lately that digging in to a true European feel house this week got me major pumped.

It was the perfect kick off to fall.

This house will be located on about 75 acres of rolling pasture land overlooking a pond so as soon as you approach you will “feel” the strength of this brick and stone house with the pea gravel motor court and substantial landscaping.

The exterior stone will also be used on  the fireplace in the great room.

Floors? Limestone throughout. Did I just get to say that??? yep. Excited.



The master bath has a monster shower/steam shower combination with a front glass wall. This is what you will see when you walk in.


The large bottom stone is available as a 24″ x 40″ tile. You better stop for a minute and think about that one. That’s a vertical tile that is almost 4 feet tall y’all! Can we talk about grout elimination?

If it’s available… let’s use it! We will run the first band in this beefy tile and top it with an 18″ band of the decorative tile and finish it with a 24″ x 24″ with the grout lines lining up to continue the line of the eye as it travels up the 10′ wall. The floor is a 2 x 2 of the same product.

The shitake Caesarstone quartz will be the bench seat in the steam shower as well as the counter tops in the bath. I am seriously thinking about unpolished gold fixtures in here. Bring on the patina.

Bath number 2 will get a simple porcelain that looks like sand dunes on the walls of a walk in shower. Isn’t that lush? The floor is the tumbled stone on the left laid in a herringbone pattern. Happy dance.



We liked the floor tile so much we decided to repeat it on the kitchen backsplash behind the copper range hood.

The largest tile below is the limestone that goes on the floor and the two polished quartz samples are the counters. Linen on the perimeter and the Ginger on the island. 



Can you get excited with me? Follow along for the next 10 months or so as this project comes out of the ground and we seek to add a bit of the old country to lower Alabama.

Should be fun!


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