Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shockoe Design District~ Designer Chat

Oh, heavens... I'm on a poster!

I was asked to participate in the first Shockoe Design District festivities to speak about "Design on a Budget" in a "Designer Chat!"
It was a lot of fun and I'm excited for the next event!

Sarah Paxton (photo above) and her husband, Andy Thornton, are owners of LaDifference, an amazing contemporary furniture store in Richmond, VA. One of the largest on the east coast! Their goal of gathering creative people, to teach, play, create, sell and celebrate art in its many forms, was accomplished on Saturday, November 5th.

For details read: Create a place for Inspiration
I had a great time meeting new people and presenting my ideas and tips for the budget conscious.
After the presentation some of the guests stuck around to share tips from each other. It was awesome to hear the creative ideas from others. Everyone was so appreciative and inspired... the "chat" was really fun and a definite success. 

I started the presentation with, "Designer Home Tips" and showed them ideas that I have used in my own home.

note: Notice the neutral color palette in the center of the board. I always suggest using nuetral colors so that the pieces of upholstery, carpet and paint can live with you for a long time.

tip: The color pops in when you paint accent walls, add toss pillows, area rugs, etc. That way if you ever get bored you can simply switch out the accents. It will completely change the look of the space.
Next, I talked about Doak's Nursery.
 Total for the entire room $650.

For Details go to:
"Doak's Nursery", "Doak's Nursery, Before and Afters" and "Orange Rocker".

I also wanted to show the guests a commercial project, The Hat Factory-Club and Lounge, that I am working on now. In this case the furniture and fabrics need to be contract grade which causes the budget to fly sky high. I found a company that could provide us with all of the furniture needed, for the 2nd floor exclusive lounge area, for under 10K.

note: I will show details in a future post. The new name of the club and design will be presented for their New Years Eve party! 

side note:
After the presentation I had everyone open a card thanking them for coming to the "Design Chat!" There were three card that had numbers inside of my logo. If you received a card with a number you won a painted bangle from my fall line! 

They were a big hit! : )

The holidays are coming up...
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Have a good one!

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