Wine & Dine

Fortunate is a word which often comes to mind regarding my work/love relationship with my clients.  It’s wonderful to know so many of my design clients have become dear friends. Four years ago we were invited to a dinner in a client’s home.  I sat by my client’s new next door neighbor and across the…

Landlord, Client, Friend

Monday, sixteen years ago today was actually 9/10/2001…one day before that cataclysmic day 9/11.  I’d heard about a Memphis antique store with all kinds of antiquated architectural elements. I was shopping for doors to make a folding screen. After shopping I stopped in The Arcade Restaurant for a slice of pizza. There was a tri-fold…

1999 and 2016

Patience please.  I have to share a bit of background. The year 1999 had several milestones. My dad passed away.  I turned 40. I opened Signature Designs, Inc. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have some incredible clients over the past seventeen years.  However, there’s one that will always have a very special place in my…

ONE amazing weekend!!!

Disclosure: For those of you that come here looking to drool over the food…sorry.  I know, four days in NYC and no food shots?  That was not the focus of the weekend.  We did have a great meal and visit with Jennifer and Quinn McHenry at Nizza.  Check out the Nizza website and Jennifer’s blog…

Patience…

Our friends in East Tennessee wonder if they will ever see the ground again. We finally saw sun this week and it was a glorious sight, indeed. Do you think we will ever see Spring?  From what I see on social media everyone’s patience is wearing thin. Patience is a learned behavior, you know.  Whether…

Charleston Day II

Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants,…

It’s not done…

’til it’s OVERDONE!!! I’ve been back to East Tennessee to do an event with my dear friend.  The event was called “Festival of Tables” and it was the first time the organization had done an event of this type. Tables were assigned to a designer and a hostess and tickets were sold to come view…

…end of summer

While I certainly still the feel the heat and humidity of summer on the farm in Mississippi my summer activities ended this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Again, many have asked where I’ve been and complained about the lack of communication.  I understand why my cousin at Bake or Break  made blogging into a career.  I find…

Gumtree Art Festival

After my father passed away when Mother’s Day came along I would always take mom to The Gumtree Art Festival in Tupelo, MS.  It was our time to enjoy being together, appreciate a broad range of artists and artisans and eat fried food.  Since her passing I’ve gone back to Gumtree every year possible to…

Artsy…

Memphis Farmers Market is not just about incredible farm fresh vegetables and locally prepared food items.  While that’s what I usually focus on I thought I should introduce you to some wonderful artisans that get up before the crack of dawn each Saturday to share their talents with market patrons.  I’ll admit I made my…