Create your home's "Year of Style"


Plan a year's worth of beauty projects for your home and plan to save in February. With a little French inspiration and historic furniture discounts starting next month, you can create your home’s “Year of Style.” Here’s how.


One of my favorite books is Frederic Fekkai’s “A Year of Style.” The French stylist shares his monthly self-care and beauty ideas - a different set of ideas for each month - that are simple, practical, and luxuriously self-nurturing.

Suggestions range from “paint the inside of your closet a cheerful color,” to “make a cup of hot chocolate the Swiss way.” Such seasonally-inspired ideas inspire me to take better care of myself all year long.

My home is an extension of my year-round self-care. Each season inspires different desires: January makes me crave cozy floor rugs and July inspires family time on the patio with comfortable chairs for sunset dinners.

When it comes to styling and designing these moments for my family -- finding a good value tops the list of self-care.

Plan a year’s worth of projects and purchase during February’s furniture savings

February is the still one of the strongest month's to get the best price on quality furniture. Think Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, when you get a personal invite from your favorite associates to view upcoming styles. Their sales associates know that July is the time to buy the best at the best price. And the sale is legendary.

In the furniture industry, February is to furniture what July is to fall at Nordstroms. In February, manufacturers want to clear the aisles for new designs. But when you're buying from a quality furniture maker, these styles don't fall out favor or fashion.

Create your home’s “Year of Style”

Take a look through this list of ideas. Send me an email with your project list and I can create a personal style calendar to help you find the right design - and best value - for your vision.

Warm, cozy rugs in January

A sweet heart gift in February--such as a love seat or dining set

Create a cozy reading nook in March

Let there be light, lamps, and chandeliers in April and May

June weddings and special “first home together” gifts

July patio furniture

August means Mohitos on a southern-inspired front porch

In September, suit up and organize your home office

Update the family’s entertainment centers for fall sports

Upfit the guest room in November

Upfit your bedroom in December

In January, relax and reflect on the year in something special -- like a chaise lounge

Email me at with ideas for your home’s “Year of Style” and we’ll make it a beautiful, nurturing, New Year.

Furniture shopping? Take your home with you.

One of the toughest parts of furniture shopping is that you can't bring the one thing you're shopping for: your house. So if you're coming to High Point, toss a few of the following things into your purse or car to help you find your perfect furniture fit. You'll be glad you did!


Floor plan. Your floor plan includes wall length and the distance from doors to windows. These measurements allow you to decide if something lovable in the showroom is actually a livable piece of furniture in your home. Showrooms are big. Furniture looks smaller than it actually is.

Fabric swatches and paint chips. Bring samples of your drapery prints, furniture patterns, paint colors, and carpet colors. Most furniture stores have a no-return policy.

Digital camera. If you come to High Point, NC our customized shopping itinerary might take you through a variety of places. We can choose from private appointments in furniture showrooms, to discount stores with quality pieces. Take pictures of the pieces you like so you can review them at the end of the day.

Picture pages. Flip through magazines and tear out photos of styles and designs that you like. If you’re having a hard time explaining your style, your pictures can do the talking.

Make a drapery workroom appointment. If you’re working with a patterned print for the windows, we’ll help you make an appointment with a workroom to ensure that you’re ordering enough material for the drapes. When ordering material for drapes, a workroom will help you order extra lengths for hems and tops, as well as the “repeat.” A “repeat” is the entire length of a pattern on the drape material. You’ll want to make sure you have enough “repeats” so you can seamlessly match patterns on your drapes.