Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Highlights

I thought a good way to begin the new year was to reflect on all my design experiments in 2014.  
 I was a very busy girl.

My biggest undertaking was my room at The Design House at The Old Lucketts Store.
After I purchased a vintage easel,  I was off and running and pulling together my artist's loft.

An Elegant and Decadent Artist's Loft at The Design House

I also updated many vintage finds and sold them at Sweet Clover 
or The Design House.

I showed my girly side when I painted a vintage bamboo chest pink and added gold gilding wax accents.

My Girly Side
I experimented on a bamboo Chinese Chippendale chair with burlap and nailhead.

Updated Chinese Chippendale Chair

I was really into nail head.  I added it and some leopard fabric to a vintage stool.

Vintage Footstool with Leopard Fabric and Nail Head Trim

I used tape to help me outline the drawers on this chest.

Updated Vintage Chest
I added new items to my vintage mix at Sweet Clover.  The goat and lantern were favs.

Goat Giclee and Lantern 

More animals, this time on pillows resting on vintage slipper chairs at Sweet Clover.

Fall  Sale at Sweet Clover
More vintage/new mix with jewels and vintage bottles.

Jewelry Draped on Vintage Bottles

My mantels are always changing. 

 Fall in the family room was all about an ibex and grasses.

Fall Mantel 2014

The sun room mantel was all copper and gold for Christmas.

Holiday Mantel 2014

And of course my fascination with all things plaid.

My Plaid Vintage Suitcases

If you'd like to see the store all done in plaid, go here.

To see plaid from my Pinterest page go here.

And nothing ever stays in one place or stays the same at my house.

I added a mache elephant in the kitchen above the dresser that holds my linens and placemats.

Elephant, Floats, and Powder Horns in the Kitchen

I finally was brave enough to paint stripes around my foyer.

Stripes in the Foyer

I added jewels and an Italian print to my Santos.

Santos in My Living Room

I showed the before and after of my screened porch.

I also cleaned up my brick patio.  (It was my summer painting workshop.)

Updated Patio
I added Hermes and Versace to my family room.

Hermes Scarf Boxes

I also experienced some sellers' remorse and kept a stylized horse for myself.

Stylized Horse

I'm always busy in the garden.

My Climbing Roses

I added geometric trellises to the side of my garage.

Trellises and Just Starting Pencil Boxwoods

More blooms in the summer heat.

Crepe Myrtle

If you'd like to see the full posts, just click on the image and the link will take you there.

  You know I don't share much of my personal life, but I have to say that 2014 was one of the hardest years I've ever experienced.  I'm so looking forward to a new year, a new beginning, and many new design experiments.  Thanks for following along.
Happy New Year



  1. OH my goodness, I missed some of these, so I need to go back and take a look. Can;t wait to follow along in 2015. Happy New Year.

  2. Kathy, Everything is beautiful and I am still in love with your screen porch! I am sorry 2014 was such a rough year and I hope the new year brings wonderful things your way.

  3. their pictures are beautiful !!! love greetings and happy 2015 !!! angie

  4. Love the room you put together in the top photo! Just beautiful!