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Holiday Table Setting

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments

Planning a holiday table can feel intimidating, but in reality, you don’t have to do much to make a table beautiful. At my house, the dining room table is gift wrapping central through Christmas Eve, but, for those of you blessed with more space, one of these centerpieces could live in your dining room for the whole holiday season. Here are a few ideas, some simple, some which require a little bit more planning, to help your holiday meals feel special.


Turquoise is becoming a favorite holiday color. Makes me think of frozen things, and it pairs beautifully with gold and silver. I am not one for fussy – where does the napkin ring go after you’ve started using the napkin? Do the hostess collect them or leave do you just leave them on the table?

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Welcoming Holiday Doors

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 10, 2015 | No Comments

Bring your holiday cheer outside with these fun decorating ideas for your front door.

DECORATE IN NEUTRAL TONES. A natural fit with all of the natural elements that we celebrate this time of year. See my post on Holiday Decorating with Nature for more ideas. Some of these look like a floral designer may have been involved. Amazing detailing on that wood door!

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Holiday Decorating with Nature

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 3, 2015 | No Comments

This post was inspired by a trip to HomeGoods that my daughter and I made this weekend. We walked in and I thought to myself, “I don’t even want to bring any of this stuff home…” Decorating can be a little bit daunting these days with so much going on in our lives. And purchasing a lot of decor made in China to finish a home can be a little bit boring and impersonal.

I like to decorate with collections of things (ornaments, pinecones, santa clauses), along with favorite ‘memory pieces’ from my childhood, and nature. I mix natural things in with my small collection of decorations, and I can create a new look every year. Here is some inspiration from that treasure trove of ideas, the internet, to help you get inspired this year. Perhaps a walk in the woods is a good start.

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Statement Chandeliers at Currey & Co.

Suzanne Manlove | Oct 22, 2015 | No Comments

I’ve just returned from the Fall Furniture Show at High Point Market, and was really inspired by all the beautiful lighting I saw in one of my favorite lighting showrooms, Currey & Company. They carry some amazing over-sized, statement chandeliers, which can add so much drama to a room. Some of them are 4′ – 5′ tall. We are currently sourcing a large chandelier for a client’s dining room (see pic below). My plan is to juxtapose it with a more formal round dining room table and sumptuous silk panels and a natural woven wall covering. The contrast of finery and roughness will be visually stunning. This finish on this is actually concrete! I had to see it for myself to believe it.

Here are a few more of Currey & Company’s unique chandeliers that I love:

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Decorative Painting

Suzanne Manlove | Oct 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

I’ve been thinking about decorative painting lately.  I’m working on large home in McLean that has many different hand-painted finishes on the walls (Venetian plaster, linens, metallic, stencils) and on the furniture (faux wood and faux marble) and I am reminded how powerful this can be as an alternative to flat paint. Decorative painting has been around throughout the history of interior design, and, with the correct execution, can be a great tool to evoke a mood and add character to a room.


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Favorite Teal Accessories

Suzanne Manlove | Sep 24, 2015 | No Comments

Teal, turquoise, aqua, sea foam green…call it what you will, these colors will always be one of my favorites to create a happy room. Whether in a lamp, pillows, or even a piece of furniture, teal is a color that brings freshness to any space.  It’s a great compliment to neutrals, blues, greens, and even fuchsia, orange or purple. Teal can bring a coastal feel to a space, and also be used in a more modern setting.

Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite teal accessories:


1. Z Gallerie Agate Bookends // 2. PopOColor on Etsy Pillows in Quadrille Fabrics // 3. Jamie Young Coco Vessels & Pedestal (to-the-trade) // 4. Wayfair Safavieh Stella Nailhead Garden Stool // 5. Regina Andrews Turquoise with Teal Agate Small Shagreen Box (to-the-trade) // 6. Arteriors Gideon Table Lamp (to-the-trade) // 7. Crate & Barrel Zuma Aqua Sky Tray // 8. Lacefield Designs Sultana Applique Glass Velvet Pillow (to-the-trade)

Every chair needs a table

Flavia Heupel | Sep 3, 2015 | No Comments

Small side or accent tables are a quick and easy way to add not only function, but style and character to a room. They come quite handy next to a chair, when you need a resting spot for your cup of  tea or your favorite book. These little movable pieces of art can also add whimsy, texture and scale to your seating area.

Below are a few of our favorites, both to-the-trade (that means we buy them for you) and retail options:

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1. Vanguard Apollo Spot Table (to-the-trade) // 2. Ballard Designs Bornova Side Table // 3. Arteriors Forest Park Table (to-the-trade) // 4. Emerson Bentley Greek Key Accent Table (to-the-trade) // 5. Wisteria Moroccan Table in Navy // 6. Stray Dog Designs Stump Stool // 7. Jamie Young Mughal Bone Side Table (to-the-trade) // 8. Redford House Arden Side Table in Black (to-the-trade) // 9. West Elm Martini Side Table in Silver


Bringing the world home with Serena and Lily

Suzanne Manlove | Sep 20, 2011 | No Comments

Just in time for fall, the Serena & Lily catalog has arrived!  This is a catalog worth getting in the mail. It’s easy on the eyes – laid out more like a design magazine than a retail catalog – and full of wonderful color, texture and ideas. It’s a great way to bring the exotic and well-traveled  to your home, in an tastefully eclectic way. And it’s a refreshing change from Pottery Barn… Here are some of my favorite new products – can you imagine any of these in your home? Read the full article