I had the happy coincidence of getting to meet up with Bryan Keith Parker at the last furniture market. Turns out our long time family friend Jill, who is fabulous fun, is also a friend of his, a stylist, and had come down to market with him to help set up.  Jill and my sister have been BFF’s since the third grade and they love to get together when Jill is in town.  Anyway, a call from Jill for some local resource suggestions lead to me finding out about Bryan and them learning about my blog.  Of course, when offered, I was interested in the opportunity to drop by the Style Craft showroom to meet Brian and see the line up close and personal. Continue reading →

One of the best things about High Point market is the accessibility to top designers, tastemakers, and professional learning opportunities.  I know, you were thinking we are all there just having fun shopping, but there are also many opportunities to participate in seminars, mini camps, book signings and other fun.  You would be crazy to go and not take advantage of some of these opportunities.  Continue reading →

White fur backed chair by C.R.Lane

Burrrr, it has been cold outside here lately which reminded me of a particular cozy chair I saw at market.  This is my vision of Hollywood Glam.  For those of you who can not resist  a little fur, faux or real, pair this chair with a mirrored dressing table and feel a little like a celebrity while putting your make-up on.

We all have a little Diva in us.   –  Marianne

C.R. Lane is handcrafted in North Carolina

All photos are property of Living With Color Designs

The shinning star in ikea’s newest feature vignette is YELLOW.  It greets you right when you walk in the door.  Look how it pops against this black and white combo. As you wander through their maze of a store you will notice that Yellow shows up in all departments from furniture to wall hangings. Check it out below.

Versatile yellow round occasional tables.
 Two yellow sofas create a sunny seating area for a family room.
 Yellow rules in various styles of artwork.


If you are not feeling the black white yellow combo than never fear.  As shown in the picture above, yellow complements a lot of other colors.  Check out the new colors available in their famous LACK side table.

And the peek-a-boo color on the inside of this lamp shade.
Oh yea, we were talking about yellow.  With so many colors it is hard for me to stick to just one.  Happy Friday!   -Marianne

South Of Market combines the things I love: interesting pieces, a variety of textures and materials, and pops of color.  When put together these elements create an fun and inviting space.

South Of Market Storefront in Charleston SC
SOM or South Of Market specializes in unique french antiques, accessories and lighting.  Step inside their store to get a lesson on mixing and matching curiosities, patterns and color.  Stacked floor to ceiling with all things interesting it is sure to inspire and and stimulate your creativity.
Orange wing chair and cocktail table ottoman pop against neutral furnishings and walls.

This display does a great job of showing how color can transform a space when you choose or are stuck with neutral colored walls.  There was a great selection of prints throughout the store and I love how they were mounted on glass with simple dark frames.  Art work is a crucial element to finishing a room so be sure to include it in any design budget.  I promise it is well worth the investment.

Bead and Metal Chandelier
One of the most engaging things about the store was interesting and unique lighting. Materials ranged from beads, metal and woven materials like above to glass, wire, and transformed objects.
 Tone on Tone Design
The above tone on tone works nicely because of the mix of materials and textures.  The lighting over this table was so unique and gave such an industrial vibe.  The picture does not show it off well but this pair of very large drum lights over this table was impressive in person.  I am not sure what they were made from but it looked like culvert pipe.  Who would have thought.

Neutral upholstery is a great idea particularly if you like to change it up frequently or hate to commit to one color because you are afraid you will like this years hot new color better.  Changes can easily be made to less expensive items like pillows, picture frames and other accessories.

Natural and found objects can add warmth to a space and connect the inside to the outside.  Lots of interesting objects can be found here like the straw sculptures on the wall.

Decorative glass is another option for adding color accents in a room.  These throws were wonderful. So soft to the touch, a nice weight and available in many colors.

SOM stores ate located in Atlanta, Virginia Highland, and Charleston.  Check out this link for design ideas from SOM.  That’s my bag there.  I could not resist one of those beautiful throws.  It’s extremely comfy and reminds me of our wonderful weekend in Charleston.      – Marianne