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24.07 20130

Designing – Joy and Hard Work

This season's Market has come and gone. It was a busy time for me, and all of the designers I met out there. We had a lot of fun, and made a lot of exciting finds!

textile

Even though it was gratifying and a good time, it was a lot of hard work, too. I picked up some new accounts, and researched for new upcoming trends that will help my clients to find those perfect pieces that will tie their interiors together.

Embroidery

There are literally millions of great designs and combinations out there. So many vendors and trends are everywhere! Going to Market is a great opportunity to research upcoming trends, see how they look in person, and experiment with what works, what doesn't, and how to incorporate new and more traditional ideas with a client's existing look to create unique and beautiful interiors.

embroidered pillow

There is a a lot of work that goes on in every design job, too. It's more than shopping for great pieces like these, although finding that perfect piece create a finishing touch does take time. Design takes a lot of know-how, legwork, and bringing together connections in the building and design worlds to pull the project together.

shadow box

With each room, there are so many things to take into account. Measurements have to be taken. Plans and alternate plans need to be drawn up. Color palettes need to be coordinated.

leaf bricabrac

  And then there is pulling together the right group of individuals to get the job done. Decorating and designing may require teams to install fixtures, cabinets, or wiring. The right team can get a job done in a timely fashion and let a client get back to their own business. This type of coordination involves having the right connections, knowing who does the best work in an area, and where to source materials. Fabrics   A designer has to do all of this, while meeting a client's needs and tastes as well. It's rewarding, wonderful work, truly! It is gratifying to know that a given space takes on a life and personality of its own after I've helped to pull it together.

hot pink feathered lighting

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer! I'll be back soon with more inspiration to share! Reneesig

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03.07 20130

4th of July at Morgan Creek Vineyards

Alabama has some really fun places to visit, especially during summer. Alabama is at its best when the sun is shining, the berries are ready to pick, and the bees are buzzing about. If you have some time and are looking for something fun to do, I recommend checking out Morgan Creek Winery in Harpersville. morgan creek winery   Best of all, they're open for the 4th of July, and their website says they're going to be doing it up in style: BBQ, fireworks, live music, wine tours, and wine tastings to celebrate the holiday! Stuart McNair will be performing solo from 5 PM to 6PM tomorrow. , bringing guests an irresistible sound of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Louisiana traditions for a joyous live show. Follow the link for McNair's music to get a preview of what you can expect tomorrow.  

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Even if you've already got plans for the 4th, there's plenty of reason to visit Morgan Creek Winery at ano don't go out tomorrow, there are a lot of fun things to do at Morgan Creek Winery on other days. The lady that answered the phone said that blueberries have been in season for about two weeks, and should be good for picking for about four more. Picking your own is $12/gallon or $7/half-gallon.

blueberry

gallon buckets of blueberries

There are wine tastings and tours, and in the fall there's a Grape Stomp. The wines they offer are unique, including muscadine, peach and blueberry varietals: Cahaba White, Noble, Vulcan Red, Red Mountain Red, Magnolia, Blush, Carlos, Regal Red, Blueberry and Peach wines. Try them out and bring home your favorite for your own use or entertaining guests. You'll be supporting a great family local business, too.  You'll be glad you visited.

4th_July_Fireworks

No matter how you spend the day, I hope you and yours have a Happy 4th of July! Be safe out there!

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