I met our photographer, Michael Lee, at 9 this morning to shoot the vignette Sally and I set up last week for this year’s Wenham Museum North Shore Design Show. By 11 we’d taken 5 shots. About 15 minutes ago, this image arrived in my email’s inbox…

Almost a shame that Sally and I are dismantling it and doing a new one on Thursday evening…


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Here’s the final presentation Sally and I put together and submitted to the Museum last Friday. This was a lot of fun as we did the entire board and submittal electronically. We’re very proud of our efforts!

The enlarged floor plan.

We have lined up some of the key pieces at this point. The contemporary chairs will be coming from the Martin Group, area rugs from Landry & Arcari, the floor lamps and coffee table will be custom, designed by WKD and produced by Hammersmith Studio. Accessories are always done at the last minute… We’re still looking to source the sideboard/table (picture with red wall), the rustic painted bookcase and the small wood side chair is very much up in the air. I’m sure we will find them all. (Our apologies for the poor color rendition of the fabrics and carpets on the presentation board.)

A few other odds and ends… The small sofa is actually an antique Italian recamier Sally and I have in our inventory. (BTW – the recamier is for sale, available after the show. We have four of the above columns/pedestals in our inventory, too. Contact us for details).

We will cover it in an off white linen slip cover, and use a large down filled body pillow covered in a matching linen for the back cushion. Silk pillows will round it out.

Sally and I will be giving periodic updates between now and when the show begins on May 12.

Got to run… It’s very a busy week…


Last week, Sally and I traveled to Las Vegas, where she spoke on a panel moderated by Mark Brunetz at the International Design Guild’s annual summit. I rode along on her coat tails… (I now tell friends that I’m married to a rock star interior designer.)The conference, panel discussion and visit to the Surfaces Flooring convention, which was running concurrently with the conference, were all memorable and very worthwhile. Great contacts were made, networking was done and the very best banana cream pie in the world was consumed.

Left to right: Mark Brunetz moderator, Susan Anthony,  Sally Wilson, Emily Winters, Greg Holmes The panel addressed the design trade business and what designers are facing in today’s market.

We took a day to walk “the strip”. (Very sore feet…. I don’t recommend this without a very good pair of walking shoes or sneakers…)  The Swarovski Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan was amazing…


We had lunch at Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 in theVenetian, concluding the meal with the very best banana cream pie in the world!

We stayed at the Mandalay Bay, where we took in the Shark Reef tank.

The tunnel through the tank was amazing!!!

On our last day, we took in the Surfaces flooring convention, where we made several very good connections and discoveries, particularly from The Natural Carpet Company.

Braided rug samples.

Out door and wet floor area rug samples using Sunbrella fabrics.

We saw many samples of blends of wool and natural fibers. Wool is definately making a comeback!

We especially loved this contemporary sample. The tip shearing used to create the field pattern is incredible!

Lots of fun, long tiring flights, new friends and good memories.

Now it’s on to Designer Show House proposals and catching up on work deadlines.




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