"The Social Network of the South"
"Make sure to keep a glass of champagne handy at all times. The week is known to get overwhelming."
-The Huffington Post
This year I decided to sit out Art Basel and I am TOTALLY regretting it, especially when…Continue
Added by Catherine M. Austin on December 5, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments
When a world class architect builds a museum in your hometown, it is big deal. Forty years later, when a second architect is hired to expand the revered original, the art world holds its breath. The Renzo Piano Pavilion, sitting 65 yards west of Louis Kahn’s…Continue
"If we all shop small, it will be huge!"
I ran this post two years ago on the second annual Small Business Saturday and have added a few more to the list....Here of my favorite Charlotte design and fashion haunts that are all run by small business owners that are incredibly talented, chic and stylish. Shop away!…Continue
Added by Catherine M. Austin on November 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melanie Beady…Continue
Added by Catherine M. Austin on November 27, 2013 at 2:52pm — No Comments
Matthieu, Vincent and Pierre Frey
Pierre Frey has always been one of my favorite design houses. From studying their textiles in design school to working with their…Continue
New Orleans is one of those magical places that oozes inspiration for all of the senses. Your ears will be treated to the rhythmic tunes of jazz and soulful blues in the Quarter. Your tastebuds will be tantilized by the mouthwatering flavors of beignets, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffe′. But it is your eyes that are inspired the most as they feast upon the architectural and…
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast”- Ernest Hemingway (1950)
Added by Catherine M. Austin on November 10, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
"Style is thumbing its nose and the dogma of seriousness. A cunning maximalism is making life happier. Disrespectful mash-ups, quirky subversions, provocative collages and chaotic combinations are mixing up the codes of neoclassical culture and digital pop culture. Chic and striking, the new iconoclastic bling style is…Continue
Added by Catherine M. Austin on November 8, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments
Pretty much anybody who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee has heard of Diana Warner....hometown girl turned entrepreneur with an uber-successful line of custom designed jewelry and a fancy New York boutique that bears her name.…Continue
"The eye has to travel."- Diana Vreeland
As I have mentioned in my previous posts about Paris, this trip was a creative pilgrimage for me. For the past few years, I have been juggling my design career, being a working mother, and trying to fuel my passion for arts education through volunteering. This seems to be the eternal struggle of every working mother I know! Now that my youngest is in school all day (woo-hoo!), I finally have the time to get back into design full…Continue
Added by Catherine M. Austin on November 4, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
There's something about a wall covering that adds that extra element of color, energy and texture to a room. From smooth, suede walls in a study to a gingham wallpapered ceiling in a child's room, wall coverings provide a way to unite a space together and enhance its overall effect. Fort Worth's Emily Gilbert, of …Continue
Added by Interior Canvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments
Everything in life is somehow connected. I am constantly amazed by the little serendipitous coincidences that take place all the time in my life. Just the other day I met an artist named Beth Meadows who lives and works in Knoxville.
When I asked her what type of art she created, she began…Continue
Added by Kate Spears on September 3, 2013 at 9:52pm — No Comments
arrangement by Front Field Farms
During our first three years of marriage my husband Chris and I lived in Colorado. During our time out west, I developed an unusual but entertaining hobby. I was in Boulder one sunny afternoon, when I snapped a quick picture of…Continue
If you want to stop an interior designer in their tracks, ask them what their favorite fabric lines are. Although the textile industry competition is getting fiercer and fiercer, most people in the design business have their favorites. We thought it would be fun to get one designer to spill the beans on her top picks, and she was all too happy to do it! Former Nashvillian now…Continue
AHHH...the Laundry. The chore that never seems to get finished. It would be an interesting fact to know how much time was spent doing laundry in a lifetime. (Well, that might be depressing.) Yet, with as much time as we spend doing this task, it is shocking we don't give more thought to a laundry…Continue
In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines...Miss Clavel said, "...it's party time!". We celebrated my daughter's 8th birthday with a Madeline theme~ a party based on one of her favorite books!
Each guest received a beautiful invitation wrapped with a band and tucked inside a felt pouch~ made to resemble the cape that Madeline and her friends…Continue
I've been a fan of Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine for several years...ever since I first saw his work at a wonderful vintage/consignment shop called the Savvy Snoot. It caught my eye because of the vibrant colors and the way he handled the subject matter. It's playful and yet pays homage to the south at the same…Continue
Added by Holly Phillips @The English Room on January 22, 2013 at 12:10am — No Comments