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Five Inspirations for Kitchen Design

I am working on several kitchen renovations and designs right now, so I immediately went to one of my favorite sources for inspiration, Pinterest.  If you don’t have your dream kitchen yet,  I bet you probably have an idea of how it will look.


Everyone loves a beautiful kitchen, right? After all, it tends to be one of the most lived in rooms in a home.


Before working on any kitchen space, it’s important I understand my clients’ style and needs.   Are they cooks or not? Are they a family of two or a family of seven?  Do they like to entertain?  How old are their children and/or grandchildren?   All of these things come into play and make a difference in how a kitchen needs to function.


So……having said that, I love nothing more than a really pretty AND functional kitchen.


Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:


This kitchen is from a few years back, and while kitchens have gone lighter and brighter, I still love it.  Greige is the new black, and I love the planked walls and cabinetry. I also love the wood detail in the ceiling and the softness of the benches are a beautiful addition to the room.


Greige is the new black... Pursley Dixon Architecture - kitchens - hardwood floors, dark hardwood floors, sisal rug, sisal area rug, greige cabinets, greige cabinetry,...
Image from Decorpad


The simplicity of this kitchen is beautiful and how gorgeous is the marble island? I also love the pops of black against the stone.


gorgeous simple kitchen with marble island
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This kitchen is light and bright, yet there are so many layers and textures in this space.


Image from Bates Corkern



Ruard Veltman is one of my favorites when it comes to architecture. He is incredibly creative and talented, and his work in inspirational. He puts great attention into details, and it’s obvious in his designs.


Image from Home Bunch


What kitchen images have caught your eye recently?  Let me know as I always love to see a pretty room.


Here’s to being inspired,



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Catbird Collection– The Best Seat In The House

As I mentioned in an Instagram post a few weeks ago, I am thrilled to add a new upholstery line option to my library.   Cindy Smith, of Circa Interiors, has pulled together a talented team of architects and designers to create the Catbird Collection.  The pieces were created with the notion that a piece of furniture can inspire a room, and I completely agree.


I have often said every room needs something to catch your eye, and why can’t it be an upholstered piece?  The line is sophisticated, well made and most importantly, comfortable.


Cindy Smith has said that developing the Catbird Collection presented a welcome challenge and a privilege.


“As a lover of antiques, I treasure the one-of-a-kind piece and hope to translate this individuality into a range of upholstery. My aim was to create a collection of pieces that has a life of its own, holds your attention, gives spirit to a space, and perhaps even inspires a room’s design.”


Are you excited yet?!  I certainly am.


While all of the pieces are unique and beautiful, there are a few that I am particularly drawn towards.


Look at Cindy’s sofa, “Whitlow”.   I love how it deep it is, making it feel more like a daybed.  I can picture myself curled up on it with a blanket and a good book (or maybe even taking a nap).


Image from Catbird Collection


Because of its versatility, one of my favorite pieces from the collection is Jeremy Corkern’s, Rebecca sofa. It’s classic enough to stand the test of time, but has enough edge to draw you in.


Image from Catbird Collection


Paul Bates, another Birmingham talent, designed a beautiful sofa that perfectly bridges modern and traditional styles. I love the weight and the clean lines of his Sullivan sofa.


Image from Catbird Collection


Emily Bourgeois designed several beautiful counter/bar stools. The lines in each stool are unique, yet they complement each other in a wonderful way.


catbird stools
Aren’t they gorgeous?!


I also love the Charlie chair that Bobby McAlpine designed. Bobby designed his pieces based off “a source for mature, quiet furnishings who accept their presence alongside antiquity”.  A great piece to mix in with antiques for sure.


Image from Catbird Collection


The nice touch about this line is that you can customize the length and the fabric to truly make it your own.


If you live in Birmingham or Charlotte, make sure to stop by Circa and take a look at the collection.  Or better yet, schedule a road trip to look at these pieces if you live out of town.  I promise they will not disappoint.   The entire line is gorgeous and you are sure to find the best seat in the house.


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Memorable Monday

Hi  Everyone,

Is it me or are there other people out there who have files and files of beautiful rooms torn out of magazines to be referred to at a latter date?

For today’s Memorable Monday, I wanted to share a photo of an incredible kitchen that was featured in Veranda several years ago.   Bobby McAlpine was the architect of this home, and in my opinion, everything he creates is perfection.   I have always admired Bobby’s work, and I am looking forward to meeting him in person as he is the featured lecturer at Antiques at The Gardens show I have been blogging about lately.   He is creating a vignette (like Jeff and I are for the show) with Cindy Smith (Of Circa- I blogged about her amazing book several months back) for it as well.

Bobby is the author of  the critically acclaimed best-selling book, The Home Within Us, and will be available to sign copies of his book during the show.   If you don’t have a copy of his book, grab one as it will not disappoint.   FYI….   He has a second book coming out soon, too.


Hope you have a memorable Monday!


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Good News!!

Hi Everyone!

Something exciting is about to take place…..

I am thrilled to announce DWI has been asked to serve as a Tastemaker for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2013 Antiques at The Gardens show October 3-6. This fundraiser benefits the educational programs at The Gardens and will feature Bobby McAlpine as the keynote speaker. The incredibly talented Jeff Dungan of Dungan-Nequette and I are curating a space together, and each Tastemaker comes up with items for his space that are available for purchase. Our theme is Fireside Chat and we have a few suprises you won’t want to miss. Grant Trick, of Design Industry Showroom, is helping us by making some incredible pieces for our booth. Grant’ s background in designing the windows for Tiffany’s in New York and working for Trickey in San Francisco is being put to good use in our vignette. I don’t want to give away what we have planned, but here is a sneak peek of Grant working hard a few days ago…..


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for future blog posts as we share more about what we have planned.

Have a great day, everyone!