Friday, February 24, 2012

"Attention to Details"

Sometimes a client will elect to send their own fabric for the upholstery pieces that they have selected. This is know as "COM", for customer's own material. Doing this can help to tie their space together with what is going on in the rest of the rooms; draperies, etc... These fabrics require special attention to details and careful explanation of their placement.
Furnitureland South  is located within a 100 mile radius to most of the upholstery manufacturers that we represent. For this job, my client is Canadian and requested American made Traditional upholstery pieces. We selected  Southwood Furniture and when I saw the fabrics that were selected, I knew I had some work ahead of me to make this job go smoothly. 
I sat down with the lead upholster at Southwood Furniture factory to review the "Details" of how the pattern would layout, and exactly how the cuttings would be placed on the frame.The Chairs my client selected had three fabrics going on one frame. It was key that everyone understood exactly where each fabric was to go; seat cushion, arm panels, inside and outside back. The details were critical and mistakes would be costly.
Attention to Details, the resources of Furnitureland South, the committed craftsmen at Southwood Furniture and fact we are located in North Carolina gave me and everyone involved another "Satisfied Client".

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year !

Now that our Holiday season is behind us and we are all looking forward to the New Year.
I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.
Thank you, to my clients and colleagues, for all of the support in making the past year a wonderful success.
Happy New Year !

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We Do Logistics

When the design project is completed I think about all of the logistics that are involved. I love design and the feedback from my clients is very important. The most rewarding feedback is when I hear from my excited client that everything has been delivered and installed into their home. All of the work that goes into the selections, pricing and ordering, ends with the logistics of our White Glove Delivery Team. A great design project ends with great logistics.

Furnitureland South gives me and my clients the best Global  Logistics Team and Facilities in our industry. Our Logistics Team and Facilities are located onsite and are committed to satisfying my clients. That commitment allows me to focus on what I love, "Design".

Every item is unpacked and inspected and prepared for delivery to my client's home. Onsite is "Very Important".

We have Onsite State-of-the-Art Facilities. I can check any item, should there be any questions. Onsite is "Very Important".

I can talk to a real Customer Service person to resolve any questions in a timely manner. Onsite is "Very Important".

"All Smiles", that is what I want from my clients. You can say "Missy Loves Design" and "Great Logistics".

I would love your thoughts and comments,

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Relationships and Design

I am so fortunate to have such great clients that have developed into wonderful relationships. This is the third home that I have designed for my client over the past 10 years. I wanted to share some of my thoughts about this latest project.

We began with the floor plan, and planning our space that allowed for family time as well as private time. This new mountain lake house requires many design considerations. Beautiful fabrics and leathers that are also kid and pet friendly is a good place to start.

The resources that we have available at our fingers tips at Furnitureland South made the task at hand fun and easy. Having only two days to pull the bulk of the project together, my client and I were on a mission. We selected the casegood pieces first, then onto the upholstery.

At Furnitureland South we see new products that are introduced at the High Point Furniture Market. Many times Furnitureland South will purchase entire showrooms, allowing for those new introductions to hit our floor sooner than other furniture retailers. 


We both fell in love with the new collection from Artitalia called Cotone'. The finishes that Cotone' uses are fabulous. The ceruse technique combined with the zinc top is beautiful. Handcrafted in Italy with wonderful attention to detail and scale. We did a custom 66" diameter Dining Room table with a 5" border and a zinc center. It is going to be Awesome !

Please share your thoughts and Comments !

Missy Loves Design

Shades of Gray


I saw this wonderful old building painted in this color combination.  I started thinking about Gray and what colors really make Gray pop. First you have to understand that Gray has three undertones. The undertone are either Green, Blue or Purple.

Green Gray

A wonderful Green Gray that reads like a neutral is Benjamin Moore, Edgecomb Gray HC-173. It is wonderful with Creamy Whites and Citron. Thinking about  Calcutta Gold Marble. Another  beautiful Green Gray is Benjamin Moore Pashmina # AF-199; which looks like ancient stone.

Blue Gray

One of my favorite Blue Grays is Benjamin Moore  Gray Owl # 2137- 60 and Farrow and Ball Light Blue 22. Farrow and Ball  Light Blue 22 looks fabulous with pink, rose, corals and red.  Mercury Glass, Zinc, and Carrera Marble works with this palette as well.

Purple Gray

For more of a Purple Gray Benjamin Moore has some wonderful moody deep colors in their Affinity Colors, # AF-585, # AF-590 and # AF-620. These colors can work well with pale grays, periwinkle, soft white and deep gray brown. Two other  soft colors are the Benjamin Moore Horizon # 1478 and Cement Gray # 2112-60,  both look fabulous with the Driftwood finishes that we are seeing on case goods right now. Pinks, blues and lavender will also work with these colors.

This building may be old but the colors are certainly up to date!

What is your favorite gray ?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Timeless Charleston Iron

I wanted to share this beautiful piece of iron work that I saw in Charleston, SC.  I am always amazed at the beauty and the attention to detail that has lasted the test of time. Clearly what was "in" during  the 1800's is still very current for today. There is something to be said for "Timeless Design". We all get caught up in the latest trends of today, which is great because it keeps us current. However, staying grounded in timeless design, creating a new twist on traditional will keep us as designers in a the game for many years to come. Some of my favorite inspiration comes from Hickory Chair, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O'Brien. They took 18th century and made it fresh. 

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I would love your comments and thoughts.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Go Retro "It's Back"

Love this Mid Century Modern Hermes Leather Settee that is in the entrance of a home in Big Sur. Fabulous color and the custom Tibetan rug adds just the right amount of color. Understated elegance.

This is a 1950's Retro Dining Table and Chairs that was used in the Guest House. The art, the fabrics, the wall color and the light fixture creates a perfect retreat. 

Great Retro chair for the Guest Room, updated with a fun fabric and a custom rug. The Mid Century Modern pieces creates a Fresh, Modern Appeal with, with a bit of Whimsical Style.

Here are some great resources for the Retro look Bellini ImportsEast End ImportsTheodore Alexander the Keno Brothers.

I would love to get your comments and thoughts about "Retro".