2018…thanks for the memories

Before we jump head first into 2019 we pause to be grateful for a wonderful 2018. My business afforded us several opportunities to travel this year.  We visited family coast to coast and celebrated anniversaries, birthday’s (three where both digits changed) and the joy’s of living. We met new friends Miles at Tamboli Produce and Rachel…

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…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…

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…

Double Nickel

We love birthdays!!!  So many of our family and friends are no longer here to celebrate their birthday it seems really ungrateful not to be thankful and celebrate the joys of the anniversary of birth.  Mine is always a bit of an emotional challenge as I recall the fact that Fay and Quindel, my loving parents,…

Best of the West

We recently visited Nevada and California.  Out of respect for your time I’ll share the “Best of” from the trip. Best Plating Chile Relleno, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Ceasar’s Palace Best Greeting The pines and aspens of  Northstar Resort and graciousness of our friends Linda and Jim. Best Welcome Cocktail Actually, we had champagne upon…

June Wedding-Part III-Late Night

The final event of the FABULOUS June Wedding was the Late Night Party.  There was discussion regarding what to call this portion of the evening. I suggested calling it a Dance Party.  However, it was suggested that the title sounded more like a fraternity party instead of dancing after a formal wedding. Thus, we simply…

June Wedding Part III-Dinner

    This is a bit lengthy…it was a multi-faceted dinner. The Antler offers a designer incredible opportunities to be creative.  The property alone can be used in a myriad of ways.  Then there are the existing buildings.  We used Grey Manor for Cocktail Hour and we used The Grand Hall for Dinner.  This is…

June Wedding Part III-Cocktail Hour

I haven’t told you the story of how I came to be involved in this incredible event.  I’ve been fortunate to have this incredible family as interior design clients since 1999 when the mother of the bride saw a fun bedroom I did in a Tupelo Symphony League Designer Showcase Home.  I had known of…