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.

In the showroom: Millender Furniture Company

Picture 2 When I first moved to North Carolina, I was looking for a dining table for my own home. A designer told me about a small shop in Burlington, NC called Millender Furniture Company.

The shop owner, Charles Millender, was part of one of the most celebrated companies in America’s furniture making legacy: White Furniture Company. In 1907 the company was named the “Best Manufacturer of American furniture.” They maintained that reputation for over 100 years.

When the company was sold to Hickory White, Charles missed the furniture business, and started making custom pieces for a few designers. Around that time I bought a dining room table from Millender Furniture, and it’s still one of my favorite pieces.

Years later I saw that beautiful furniture again, only this time, as a designer working in High Point. I was thrilled when I walked into a beautiful gallery of Millender Furniture in a High Point superstore. The small shop had grown into a thriving boutique.

Today this small, family-owned furniture manufacturer still specializes in custom mahogany furnishings for the home, bedroom, and office. One of their signature features is a custom dining room table program.

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Clients select custom choices from the table top to bottom, such as a flat cut or swirl Mahogany table top, right down to the table’s birdcage pedestal finish with a Sheraton style brass foot or carved ball & claw foot.

And it’s no surprise that Millender Furniture is still making elegant, heirloom pieces. Take a look.

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