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…

June Wedding Part II

The wedding day began with elegantly presented brunches. in beautifully appointed homes with lovely hosts, lots of exuberance and maybe just a tiny bit of anxiousness. Southern Accents should have covered this.    Everything was done to perfection to honor the bride and her entourage. Can you die…this looks like it was styled for Saveur.  …

Countdown to 6/28

For those who follow THWL regularly you’ll recall our weekend at Ole Miss back in October. That was to celebrate an engagement. This weekend was the formal engagement announcement of that fabulous couple that has allowed me the honor of planning their wedding.  Not only are they sweet and adorable they and their families are…

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…

Deck the Halls

The joy of the holidays continued last week and more to come this week.  Admittedly, I’m not the outdoor designer. However, given some garland, lights and ribbon I do my best…in 27 degrees.  No matter the weather it’s always joyful to bring the Christmas magic…indoors or out. Inside the entry to this warm home you…

Seasonal Segue

My mother wanted everyone that came into our home to feel loved. She had a loving spirit.  She said I love you, often…and meant it. But it was her work in the kitchen that displayed unconditional love beyond compare. She would prepare a meal with multiple entrees, numerous vegetables, various salads, a “relish” platter and…

Legally and Lovingly Married!!!

Those that saw my last post recall I was in California this week.  Malibu has to be in the top ten most beautiful spots in the USA.  After some issues with the initial home rental I found this one and it proved to be much more than we would’ve ever hoped for.  Here’s the house…