✢ Ming Chairs get their Zing

Who doesn’t like a before and after?
A little creativity and TLC can transform just about any piece of furniture that has good bones.  In this case, these Vintage James Mont Keyhole Ming Chairs not only have a “here and now” vibe, but that Jade color really sang to me.

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For more on James Mont, click here for The NY Times Magazine article.


I didn’t dare to alter the color of the frame, so they really just needed upholstery.  The search was on for the perfect fabric to compliment it, but I didn’t have to look further than our own office yard for inspiration…

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hmm…bright mossy green + rich emerald leaves work pretty well together, don’t ya think?


I am thankful for clients who trust me and allow me to create something unexpected in their design plan. I’ll admit though, this idea made me wonder if she’d go for it.  As you can see, she did, and they are  F A B U L O U S.

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Et Voilà!  The Osborne & Little Needlecord Tarva fabric gave these chairs their much needed Zing!

Thanks for the inspiration,
-Courtney 

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✢ Girl’s Got Game


A sassy little poker caddy can provide all kinds of color inspiration. 



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“Let the games begin”!  This phrase is used quite often in our household.  OK, it’s used by me anyway, and admittedly often met with a less than enthusiastic response.  Yet, I can almost always count on my husband to roll up his sleeves, and join me in a “friendly” little competition.  So when I found the acrylic poker set, I knew it had our name written all over it!

The bold graphic pattern on the cards, the gold dotted dice, and the primary colored chips inspire a little ensemble from what’s already in my closet.  In fact, I find inspiration for design projects (and all kinds of creative expression) by the little things I see in everyday life.  So, I thought it may be fun to share how a little Five Card Draw tonight can become tomorrow’s outfit.  Game on!

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The blue laser cut-out top is an oldie from Banana Republic.  The skirt is a treat for “Mama” found when my daughter led me through her own H&M ensemble search. The neutral kitten heels are by Butter. Royal blue readers were purchased at The Gibbes Museum of Art gift shop. The lapis and diamond earrings are a fun find from Croghans Jewel Box. Any orange-red lipstick is a must this Spring, but the matte “Flame” from Tom Ford is certainly on my color radar at the moment.

And that’s one for the win-
Courtney