High Point Market Spring 2013…Wishing I were there!

Oh, how I long to be in High Point, NC right now at High Point Market! High Point Market is the creme de la creme of markets for all things interior design. It’s almost more than I can take watching the #HPMKT Instagram photos! There are oh so many reasons I long to be there, but I can give you my top 3 right off the bat:

1. Plexi-Craft has a space in the IMC Showplace #3400 to launch their new “to the trade” line. And it includes my Spider Chair! If you are so lucky to be there, please go by and meet Allen and Ethan. They are so awesome to work with! Tell them I sent you and take a look at the chair!

Spider Back HPMKT2. Currey & Company Showroom can be found at IHFC, Space M110. Their product line is incredible and they have fun events planned all weekBethanne and Cecil know how to show you a great time while you drool over their amazing chandeliers, etc!

Currey & Company HPMKT Showroom3. Ronda Carman will be signing her new book, Designers at Home, on Monday, from 3-5, in the Currey & Company Showroom! I just got my book last Thursday and it is a MUST READ! This incredible amount of material/photography is impressively packed into a perfectly sized book to grab on the go! I will be hauling this one around for a long time! Go by and meet this incredible lady and buy her fabulous book!

EviteForRonda-Rizzoli-April2013Well, that is only the beginning as I could carry on all night about how I long to be in NC! The people, the parties, and on and on… Ah, maybe in October! Fingers crossed!! Hope you all have a great week, and let me know if you went to HPMKT!

xoxo

Amy

{Guest Post} Raising the Curtain on Custom Window Treatments by Jay Harris for Home Depot

Home Depot ShadesBecause I receive so many inquiries about Pearson’s window treatments, I knew exactly what topic to choose for this Home Depot post! Believe it or not, these roman shades were custom ordered at Home Depot. They are Barcelona by Hampton Bay in Birchbark. I knew I wanted to use a natural woven shade, and these have a silky cord incorporated that gives a great reflectivity to it. I like the contrast of the mat natural fiber vs. the silky reflective. So here is Jay Harris from Home Depot to give you a few pointers for your own custom window treatments and what to consider before you purchase. Take it away Jay!

It’s no secret that window treatments can raise the curtain on a new level of style and
sophistication in a room, but many don’t realize there’s more to the process than merely hanging drapes. While roman shades, wood blinds, woven rollers, cornices, and pleated panels can each elevate a room’s décor in a unique and interesting way, window treatments also serve a practical purpose, helping to manage light flow, highlight or hide a view, gain privacy, and conserve energy.

With all of this to consider, custom window treatments, though pricier than ready-made options, make sense. A window treatment specialist can assist in selecting curtains and shades tailored to your specific needs, giving a precise fit for optimal insulation; individual choices such as cord placement, fabric matching, and trim details; and design selections ideal for your window proportions. Below, I’ll shed some light on a few things professionals consider when creating custom treatments:

Keeper of the Light

We love when a window bathes a space in natural light, but just as the sun’s rays can be harmful to our skin, direct sunlight causes damage to design elements. Your rooms are likely filled with wood and upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs, hardwood flooring, wallpaper, and artwork, all of which can be faded and cracked by too much sun exposure. Use window treatments to minimize the amount of direct sunlight pouring into a room. Options like sheers, handkerchief linen curtains, and woven window shades can filter the sunlight and cut back on glare without detracting from your home’s natural lightness. For the ability to block the sun entirely, choose interlined draperies that can be drawn closed. Or, for a layered look, incorporate wood blinds or shutters underneath.

Showcase Showdown

Some windows frame picturesque panoramas that are almost artwork unto themselves; others look out onto a brick wall. The right treatment can work to either highlight or hide a view. If you want to complement a lovely scene, an outside-mounted treatment (one that covers the wall adjacent to and above the window itself) will make the window appear larger and create a frame for the beautiful setting beyond. Choose fabrics that harmonize with your wall color or landscape so as not to compete with the vista, and then use details such as trim and tiebacks for pizazz.

Alternatively, if you need to mask an unfavorable sight, utilize inside-mount treatments, which cut into the window’s view on the top and sides, minimizing what’s visible. Sheers or lace hung on a second rod behind decorative drapes (so they can be closed separately) also give you the option to blur the view during the day while still allowing light to pass through.

Night Vision

After sunset, two new considerations set in.
First, neighbors can see into lit rooms at night, so it’s important to utilize treatments that can be drawn closed in the evening, especially on windows in front rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and dressing rooms. Whether you add blinds beneath your curtains or include a separate-track liner, you’ll want to take care to have complete privacy at night.

Second, large windows may frame a stunning daytime scene, but they succumb to the darkness in the evening. A shadowy void can create an uncomfortable atmosphere in a room, so choose high-design treatments with a sculptural aesthetic that will add color and texture to the room while concealing the “black hole.”

Insulation Material

Up to 30 percent of a home’s heat is lost through windows and doors, according to the California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center. Dressing your window with fabric can minimize that loss, protecting the interior from warm and cold drafts. The best defenses against the elements are interlining (a flannel-like material sewn between the decorative and lining fabrics) and layering, which can add excellent body to a window treatment. Think shades, drapery panels, sheers, valances, wood blinds, and honeycomb shades–the more layers you add, the more effective your window treatments will be at insulating your home from energy loss.
Additionally, soft window finishes absorb outside noise from traffic, neighbors, sirens, and the like as well as help dampen echoes inside a large room.

Thank you, Jay!! So, what are some of your favorite tricks and techniques for dressing up your windows?

*Jay Harris is a Home Depot store associate in the Chicago area, and writes online tips and how-tos on equipment rentals, including carpet cleaner rental tips and truck rental tips.

And the winner is…

A big THANK YOU to all who entered the Spider Back Chair raffle benefiting Dwell with Dignity! And another big THANK YOU to Plexi-Craft for the thoughtful donation!

Without further ado, the winner is Judy Watson of Dallas, TX! A fellow Dwell supporter! Thank you, Judy, for participating! Your chair is on the way!

Amy Lee Spider Back Chair

 

Countdown to the Spider Chair raffle!

Tonight at midnight the raffle to win this chair will end! I designed this chair in collaboration with Plexi-Craft and we launched them this month at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA.

Amy Lee Spider Back Chair

All proceeds of this raffle will go to Dwell with Dignity, one of our favorite non-profits founded here in Dallas. You can read more about this group and see our feature on their Inspire: Acrylic blog post. Tickets are only $10, so please help me support Dwell with Dignity and purchase a ticket! (or 10 tickets!)

P.S. If you are a blogger and purchase a ticket, then blog about it, post the link on the Dwell with Dignity Facebook Page, you will be automatically entered a second time in the raffle!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend!

xoxo

House of Wentworth for Plexi-Craft

So I am finally able to share the exciting news! I am in Las Angeles attending the annual Design Bloggers Conference where we are announcing our furniture collaboration with Plexi-Craft. This collaboration stemmed from my meeting the CEO of Plexi-Craft at last years’ Design Bloggers Conference. I will share the story with you after the conference because I have more news!

The other exciting piece of news I have is that I am going to tell the story tomorrow on a panel at the conference! I am so excited about this opportunity! The other panellists are Jennifer Mehditash of Dec-a-porter fame and Bill Pryor of Spynergy Consulting Services.

Two of my designs are now available for purchase, so I’m going to share those (around a 4 week lead time). Plexi-Craft brought one of each design to the conference and we are doing some exciting things with them!

The Shield Back Chair

Shield Back Sketch & PhotoWe are going to give this chair away to one of the participants of the Design Bloggers Conference!

The Sider Back Chair

Spider Back Sketch & PhotoThe Spider Back Chair is going to be raffled off with all proceeds going to our favorite non-profit Dwell with Dignity. Just click on the link and purchase your tickets in $10 increments. Each ticket will enter you for another chance to win! The last day to enter is Friday, March 15th, 2013.

Please support Dwell with Dignity and let me know your thoughts on the chairs!

xoxo

Amy

 

 

The Masculine Master… (in a teeny, tiny space)

So when I asked Robb what color scheme he wanted in the master, he said, “anything but more gray”. So I happen to like gray… Anyway, dark chocolate seemed to be the ticket. Benjamin Moore’s Bittersweet Chocolate to be exact. I wanted to keep the flow similar to Pearson’s room, so the window treatments are the same concept. Because it is such a small space, there is no room for clutter so a simple color scheme with hits of blue was all it took.

© House of Wentworth, photo credit Skylar Reeves Photography

© House of Wentworth, photo credit Skylar Reeves Photography

© House of Wentworth, photo credit Skylar Reeves Photography

© House of Wentworth, photo credit Skylar Reeves Photography© House of Wentworth, photo credit Skylar Reeves Photography

Let me know what you think! Hope you are all having a great Holiday Season!

xoxo

Amy

All photo credits to Skylar Reeves Photography

{Before and After} The Princess Chair

So about 5.5 years ago, when we purchased our home, there was this fabulous estate sale in the house directly behind ours. And when I say fabulous, I mean fabulous! So we proceeded to purchase a few items that we fell in love with and one was, what I dubbed, The Princess Chair. Little did I know that my future would hold a precious little princess of my own! So when we were designing Pearson’s nursery, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the chair.

It is an antique French barrel chair that has beautiful carving and a sweeping back (in the shape of a tiara) . Because Pearson’s room is all white, I wanted to stick with the color palate, but I also wanted a fabric that would grow with her and have a little attitude as well. My two favorites were these Duralee fabrics.

Beautiful off-white fabric swatches from Duralee

I ended up using the leopard print. It’s understated sass was perfect for P!

Before & After Front View

Before & After photos of the back of the chair

Here is the finished chair in Pearson’s room. Perfect for a little girl to curl up with a book on a rainy day…

The finished chair in Pearson's room