Southern Style Now Showhouse

Michel Smith Boyd, Atlanta and New York City based interior designer, and I first met in Las Vegas at a trade conference. We became fast friends as I immediately gravitated to his warm personality and his strong taste in interiors. Fast forward to April of 2016 when we saw each other again at an antique show where I had debuted the Modern Look Book concept. Michel was captivated by the contemporary oil paintings by New York City based artist Clintel Steed. Michel was sourcing a few finishing touches for the first floor den at the inaugural Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans. He selected 'Birthday Self Portrait' by Clintel Steed and it was shipped to the shophouse the following day. His room generated fantastic reviews. Here are a couple pics…

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Christopher Kennedy Showhouse

When Justin Shaulis, New York City based interior designer and trained architect, approached me with the idea to assist him in sourcing vintage pieces for a showhouse I jumped at the chance. Justin and I first met through shared social media contacts so when we finally met face to face IRL (in real life) it looked as though we had been friends forever. Case in point: Justin posted a pic of the two of us to his Facebook page and with a couple minutes received a call from him Mom asking why she had never heard of me! Sometimes you really do click with people. That was why I knew I'd be successful in understanding Justin's vision for the Guest Suite at the Christopher Kennedy Compound Palm Springs Showhouse, February 2016. At the time, I was living on the South Shore of Boston and had lucked into a few mid century homes. I sourced a pair of original Florence Knoll armchairs, a pair of Modeline table lamps, various brass accessories, a concrete torso sculpture and a pair of rock crystal and quartz decorated table lamps. The shopping was intense and I knew there was a deadline. We made it, just down to the wire with the shipper, and Justin installed everything in the Guest Suite to rave reviews. Here are a few pics…

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Holiday House NYC 2014

It was a little over two years ago that I met New York City based interior designer Patrick Hamilton. I was attending a dinner hosted by Massachusetts based talent agents Fashion+Decor and had the pleasure of sitting in between Iris Dankner, the founder of Holiday House and breast cancer survivor, and Patrick Hamilton, a returning alumnus of Holiday House. Talk about lucky! We had a fabulous dinner and wonderful conversation. It was a pleasure to learn about Holiday House. It was then that our conversation turned to business when Patrick asked if I had anything horse related in inventory. Grabbing for my phone, I scrolled through image after image of items - a tole rose trellis coffee table, a Tang style Chinese horse lamp, a Mexican steel wall sculpture of Polo players - but none fit the bill. I was determined though to show Patrick something that he would like. And then it hit me, a couple weeks prior I had purchased an oversized vintage abstract shaped canvas painting that had the color scheme of the silks worn by jockeys. Wanting to make a big impression, I presented the image with a great deal of fanfare and it was met with a resounding yes! A month or so after the dinner, I rented a truck and drove the painting from Massachusetts to New York City. Patrick's room, a take on the Kentucky Derby called Derby Deconstructed was a huge hit. I was honored to be part of it! Here are a few pics…

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