Thursday, September 18, 2014


I thoroughly enjoyed an excellent lecture by Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame last night at Drake University. Wow, what he did at my alma mater Parsons is quite remarkable. I had no idea how integral he was to modernizing the fashion department and really making the school #1 in fashion once again. Well done Tim and thanks for coming all the way out to Des Moines!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I am constantly very pleasantly surprised by the cities of the Midwest.  I spent a lovely long weekend in Minneapolis & St Paul, and in addition to just plain enjoying big city life, I was able to visit the Weisman Art Museum, a Gehry building designed way back in 1993, when his building forms were still developing, almost five years before Bilbao opened to such fanfare.

In addition to a great modern and contemporary collection, I was very excited to stumble upon a wonderful little exhibition of Korean furniture, actually the most complete representation of Korean traditional furniture outside Asia.  Talk about wood to die for, what a treat to see these in person!  And such unusual and intricate metalwork in combination with the wood makes the pieces just gorgeous.  Traditional Korean society was floor-based, so there are no chairs in the collection (darn it), but lots of wonderful casepieces.    The Koreans created special storage boxes for everything; food, linens, valuables, cosmetics, medicines, even hats!

These photos from the collection catalog-

And a few dimly lit close-ups courtesy of my phone-

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I recently completed a project with a wonderful client in Ogden, UT in which we were able to reupholster several family heirlooms as well as purchase some mid-mod and contemporary pieces to round out the desired eclectic mix of modern and traditional, with an overall clean feel.  I am quite pleased with the results, and while there are still a few finishing touches to complete, the space and the furniture has completely transformed.

Here are some before photos (taken by me) and some stunning afters taken by my photographer extraordinaire, Michalene Homme, visit her website here.   Thanks to a wonderful client and photographer!

Overall Before (with large bookcases and heavy furniture which overwhelmed and cluttered the space, and lots of warm tones that blended with the wood walls and ceiling)-

Overall After (with new petite but very comfortable loveseats the client inherited, a simple textured rug, small matching coffee tables easy to move when needed, and fab new lounge chairs in cooler tones, highlighting the rich wood throughout the room)-

Family Heirloom Chair Before (while it still looked quite good, the fabric was better suited to another decade, and the springs squeaked and moaned upon sitting)-

Family Heirloom Chair After (all the innards were fixed up and a gorgeous crushed velvet abstracted flower pattern was applied, with accent welting to give some extra definition to the chair's lines.  The fabric complements the piece so perfectly now, it has a soul again!)-

Mid-Century Chairs Before (sourced from the wonderful SLC shop Mod a-go-go)-

Mid-Century Chairs After (those skirts just had to go, with a clean tapered midmod leg hidden below)-

Custom upholstery and throw pillows make all the difference!