Monday, January 24, 2011

To Market….To Market

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Well, the above photo pretty much sums  up my market trip last week.  Delicious……!!!  To be perfectly honest with you, that isn’t exactly how I would describe my last couple of market trips.  Sure, I still found wonderful things for Perfect Home.  Yes, the store still looked great and I survived this economic downturn and am still going strong….thankfully.  But could I describe my market ventures as delicious,  noooo!

It seemed the manufacturers were doing what so many of us have been doing.  Sizing down… scaling back…  holding on.  But looking around the showrooms in Atlanta last week, it seems those days are behind us.  I was thrilled at all the new merchandise I saw.  The companies, it seems, are ready to be back in the game.  Many of them had a fresh new look, and it seemed a new attitude.  The same could be said of buyers, as well.  There was just an excitement in the air that had been missing in the last couple of years.  Could it be people have been so careful, so frugal, so good, that they are ready to let go!  Hope so!!!

I certainly hope so because I came back from market with orders for all kinds of new goodies.  Just before leaving I started three new design projects, so while shopping specifically for those, of course I found oodles of items for Perfect Home.  I wish I had more photos, but most showrooms won’t allow it.  Here is just a taste of what I have coming.


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Lanterns are still hot and this was has a zinc top and grey washed wood.  Very cool.


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This was a beautiful new pottery line.  Very understated and elegant and I can just see it in a monochromatic room with rich textures, or mixed with soft blues.  So pretty.

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Great lamp with subtle color.

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Spring’s just around the corner so of course, I had to buy a few birds!

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Love this new line of pottery with etched birds.

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I thought this new line of candleholders had such a wonderful patina that I just couldn’t resist them.


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Couldn’t resist this table either.  It is coming to live at my house!

This is just a taste.  I also ordered lots of colorful new pottery and accessories.  I found some really great wall d├ęcor and lamps that will be arriving in the next couple of months.  It seems that the spicy orangey reds, greens, golds and browns will be popular, as well as softer greys, blues, creams and taupes. Black and white continues to be strong, maybe even mixed with a shot of pink.  Something for everyone!  Be sure to check my facebook page!/pages/Reesas-Perfect-Home/124889707933  and become a fan so you will be among the first to know when new items arrive at Perfect Home.  More to come…………



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Horseleg Horse Farm

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I have been very blessed to work with a young couple for the past three years on their historic home on Horseleg Creek Road.  The original home dates back to pre Civil War and several additions have been made through the years.  An interesting fact, all the owners of this home have been physicians and their families, including the couple I worked with.  V-3 Magazine did a nice story on my design of this home as well as it’s history,  a couple of months ago.

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The living room is the most recently completed space.  This is a wonderful custom made sofa in a very refined, yet comfortable mini quilted fabric.  I love the clean simple lines.  Even though the room is filled with antiques we wanted to bring in a modern touch.    The draperies are created from an exquisite hand printed silk in french blue grey with shades of champagne and taupe.

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I also had a comfy club chair custom made.  The antique mirror cocktail table with black and gold base is just the right touch. The dark table base and candlesticks ground the room and give a little pop.  You will notice the beautiful antiques used throughout the home, all inherited by the homeowners.  So lucky… and so perfect for this home.


On the other side, another custom chair in a delicious tone on tone fabric.  This is the first time I have used this chair and I love the shape. 


A view of the mantel with a wonderful oil painting the couple found while on a trip to Hawaii. 


A beautiful center table greets you as you enter this gracious home.



And just across, this oversized silver leaf mirror, the first item in the room which set the stage for all later additions.  Can you say drama!



A view of the exquisite dining table from one of my “secret sources”…just beautiful!  This table was custom made but at a surprisingly fair price.


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The draperies were created from dupoini silk with lavish trim.  In both rooms we wanted to use  luxurious  fabric to give an opulent look.  I think we succeeded! 

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A couple of the finishing touches that give  a room that Perfect Home polish.

And now for a peek at the guest bedroom and office.

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I repeated the soft blue from the dining room, but with a touch of green and cream. 

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My fabulous weathered leather chair!  Perfect tucked into the corner of the office.  This chair is available for special order at an incredible price.

Now let’s visit the great room.


This room needed to be the warm and cozy heart of the home.  A place to kick back and relax.  Most of the original furniture was recovered by my top notch upholstery man.  The asymmetrical  fireplace was a bit of a challenge, but I think we succeeded. 


My client changes this out seasonally with great success. 


I love to use tufted ottomans for cocktail tables and this is one of my favorites.  Also, the accent chest is a favorite Perfect Home find with painted leather inserts.


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You will find the equestrian theme repeated throughout this home, as the lady of the house is an accomplished horsewoman. 

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This simple roman shade treatment is on of my all time favorites.




A quick peek into the kitchen and breakfast room with another charming window treatment style.


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How great is this bedding?  We always refer to this as the “horsey” bedroom with it’s delightful bedding and riding ribbons and trophies as decoration.




The master bedroom and bath are still a work in progress so stay tuned for future updates. Also, there are two, yes two, nurseries in the very near future.  One pink, one blue…. can’t wait to start on those!

I hope you have enjoyed touring this captivating “ Horseleg Horse Farm”.  I have certainly enjoyed working with this wonderful couple who I now consider friends.  The sense of accomplishment when a project is finished is wonderful, but friends you make while working on a project is even better!!!