inside scoop

Hello friends… let’s keep rolling with Marla’s house.  You may recall we styled her dining area for a recent HGTV.com feature.  If you missed that post you can catch it HERE.  I received many questions and I hate to leave you all hanging, so here it goes…

(a) Paintings came from my living room… I hauled them down to Marla’s for the shoot.  It’s actually a triptych… one painting was left in my house by it’s lonesome.  I painted them.

(b) I bought two Pier 1 wreaths and took one apart and stuffed it’s berry branches into the other wreath so it would be more full… then I painted with gold metallic spray paint.

(c) Dining chairs purchased at a local store that was going out of business.  They were cheap. They are usually in our design studio around the conference table.  Marla ended up buying these slipcovered chairs (4 of them for the sides of the table) and then bought two of these wicker chairs that are a very pretty gray color for the ends of the table.  It looks great!

(d) Mercantile Dining Table.  You can order through us if you are interested.  It’s zinc and very cool.

(e) Candelabra is discontinued.  Wisteria used to carry these.

(f) Slipcovered ottoman/bench… similar.

(g) Bounded seagrass rug from Fibreworks.

{Not tagged: The gallery lights over the paintings Marla purchased from us. Her rustic console tables beneath the paintings are from Wisteria. The seagrass baskets that are on the bottom shelf of those console tables came from Target (this but rectangular shape).}

(a) Green goblets came from my kitchen… I cannot remember where I found them.

(b) We made the table runner out of excess ticking stripe fabric we had in stock.

(c) Gold chargers I found after Christmas a few years ago for half off the original price.

(d) Silver flatware provided by a friend of mine, thank you Kelly.

(e) My china… inherited from my great grandmother it is Noritake, Green Bay.

{Not tagged: the flowers are Mexican Sage from my backyard.  The teeny, tiny glass vases came from Target – sold in a small set of 4.  My favorite. Bundled with the silverware with twin is Rosemary from my garden.  The white hemstitch napkins came from Crate & Barrel.}

Four friends and an HGTV photo shoot

A month or so ago HGTV invited us to participate in a photo shoot for their website, the storyline: using metallics this holiday season.  The deadline was tight, but with the help of my girls (Lauren and Allison) and of course you know it wouldn’t be a party without Marla Carter… (it would have been too easy for all four of us to get into the same photograph ;) ) we managed to pull it together.

Don’t let me mislead you, there were others involved in the making of this HGTV tablescape… but we were the key players. And Marla’s not-so furnished new house acted as our blank slate. I’m just going to let the photos tell the story…

The images above are compliments of my cellular telephone.  The images below are courtesy of Marla Carter’s Canon 5D Mark II.  Thank you Marla Carter.

You can see the story HERE.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!