House & Home Magazine Awards

Each year, our local House & Home magazine invites interior designers and decorators, architects, space planners, and landscape architects to submit projects for their Design Awards competition. I am honored, humbled and gracious to have 3 of my rooms selected for this award! Thank you to all the judges at House & Home magazine who saw talent in my designs, and to my clients who trusted me to execute a vision that may have seemed scary at times! I am truly grateful for all of you.

Don’t forget to tune into Channel 2 WBRZ this Friday, 4pm. I’ll show you a drastic before-and-after of the master bedroom below & give you tips on how to create your own sanctuary!

Congratulations to all the award winners!

P.S. If you’re in the market for a really nice candle, visit my Facebook page.


Jason Wu Candle Giveaway

Do you remember when I went to New York Fashion Week with Brizo? Well, they just hosted a reunion in Memphis for me and my blogger friends, and I thought I would share the love…with a Jason Wu Orchid Rain candle GIVEWAY! The scent is so fresh, and the packaging, quite beautiful. Oh, and by the way, they sell for $48 at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman!

Brizo was quite generous in gifting us with a SmartTouch faucet in the color of our choice. I opted for a more contemporary form from the Solna collection. Can you guess which finish I chose? All you have to do is “like” my Facebook page, and leave a comment on which finish you think is in my new kitchen! (hint: Think outside the norm!)

Fashion meets faucet…

My Design Blogger friends:

From left to right: Lisa Ferguson, Pamela Copeman, Christy Davis, Laurie Gorelick, Kelly Kole, Barbara Elza Hirsch, Raina Cox, Erika Ward, Raina Kattelson, Rebecca Reynolds

While in Memphis, we took a tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Needless to say, I was deeply humbled by the generosity of donations and the hospital’s mission to find cures for deadly diseases while easing the families’ financial burden.  The daily operating cost of $1.7 million is covered primarily by public contributions, and families of St. Jude never pay for anything including insurance deductibles, meals and lodging.

Not your average waiting room…

From floor to ceiling, every design detail is well thought out.

You’re likely to see red wagons, instead of wheelchairs, transporting the children around the hospital.

Childrens’ artwork seen around the hospital…

Brizo designed these doll houses with interchangeable floors and walls. The children will be so excited when they find out the little houses have been donated!

We split up in groups, and participated in various projects with the children. (Of course my name was all over the dollhouse design project!)  I told Chloe, a patient of St. Jude, that she had a great eye for design, and asked if she wanted to be an Interior Designer. She quickly informed me “No, I want to be a Doctor!” I can see how being diagnosed with cancer and experiencing St. Jude will shape many career paths of these precious children.

Surprisingly, there are only 78 inpatient beds. This allows patients and their families to live as normal as possible, outside of a typical hospital setting. Target House is an off site housing facility for families of patients receiving long-term care at St. Jude. Shuttles run daily and bring patients back and forth to the hospital for their treatments.

Many celebrities design and donate “rooms” in the Target House. The entertainment room below is courtesy of Shaun White, professional snowboarder.

As you know, teenagers need their space, so the room below was designed as a “teens only” room!

How fun are these “kid sized” rooms:

Lovely outdoor spaces and playgrounds:

Artwork donated by celebrities for the Target House:

Rachel Ashwell, designer

Michael Graves, architect

Cynthia Rowley, designer

And a goodbye reception in The Peabody hotel!

Thank you Brizo for another unforgettable experience!