YOU CAN DO IT, HOME DEPOT CAN HELP: DO-IT-HERSELF WORKSHOP RECAP

Big thanks to all of you who came out to Cascade store #130 for Thursday's Do-It-Herself Workshop on Decorative Painting Techniques with Ralph Lauren Specialty & Faux finishes--the turnout was incredible!!
I last attended a Home Depot DIY Workshop a few years ago but this was my first experience with a DIH event and I was sooooo impressed (and to be honest, completely surprised)--Home Depot rolled the red carpet all the way out us!!
With food from Chick-fil-A, music from Majic 97.5, tons of giveaways including $100 Home Depot gift cards AND some Scandal trivia--yes, SCANDAL trivia--it felt more like a gathering of girlfriends than an instructional workshop...it's definitely an event to share with your friends (but you don't have to)! 
Glidden reps were on-hand to discuss the RL line of Specialty & Faux finishes and demonstrate the applications of the Suede, Antiqued Leather and Metallic finishes. The big takeaway?? Applying these products doesn't require an advanced skill set--depending on your chosen technique, simply work in small sections using the specific tools created for your application and build to create your desired look. I had a chance to meet & interview a few of my blog/social media followers who were all surprised at the ease of product...one even said she already had the paint at home but had been hesitant to try it because she wasn't sure of the technique. Her thought? It was much easier to use than anticipated, especially since she also had a chance to try her hand at the application while in-store. 

The Ralph Lauren line of Specialty & Faux finishes features 6 techniques (Suede, Metallic, River Rock, Indigo Denim, Bright Canvas & Antiqued Leather) across more than 40 colors that provide contemporary finishes with an illusion of textured surfaces. The Denim is probably one of my favorites (next to the metallic used in my bedroom, of course!).
As you plan your calendar, save the 3rd Thursday evening of the month for Do-It-Herself Workshops at The Home Depot. They're being held at every location from 6:30pm-8pm and in 1.5 hours, you'll leave with a new skill under your belt and depending on the workshop, even a finished project you can enjoy at home. Previous DIH workshops featured season appropriate projects such as creating an Herb Tower, Hanging Garden and even a Rolling Storage Cart...and you know how much we love a bar, I mean storage, cart! ;-)

Click here to sign up for the next DIH workshop on Thursday, November 20 on Creating a Holiday Marquee (as designed by Ana White) and if you're in my area...don't be surprised if you see me there!  Details will be live on the link soon. 

**The Home Depot has asked me to participate in and promote this Do-It-Herself Workshop (the "Program"), and as a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMWA) Ethics code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.**

IN ATLANTA?? JOIN ME AT THE HOME DEPOT FOR A FREE "DO-IT-HERSELF" WORKSHOP!

I am OBSESSED with the Ralph Lauren line of Metallic paint (even used it in my own Master Bedroom!) and was sooo bummed out a few years ago when it looked like The Home Depot was discontinuing the line.
Well good news, my friends.
Not only is the line back in stores, but I'm partnering with The Home Depot to present a "Do-It-Herself" Workshop teaching decorative painting techniques using Ralph Lauren & chalky paints. With the holidays just around the corner and entertaining on everyone's mind, this is the perfect time to register, attend, and pick up some new tips to spruce up your home for the holidays. After all, paint is still THE easiest, most dramatic and yet inexpensive update you can make to your home! 
Here's all you need to know:
When: Thursday, October 16th from 6:30pm to 8pm
Where: THD Store 130 Cascade
1032 Research Center Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Who: Join me, Erika Ward, and your host, Carol Blackmon from Majic 97.5 (WAMJ-FM) for designer tips, refreshments, great prizes and free giveaways! 
Register online today at: www.homedepot.com/workshops and I'll see you there!!
**The Home Depot has asked me to participate in and promote this Do-It-Herself Workshop (the "Program"), and as a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMWA) Ethics code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.**

BEFORE & AFTER: MY ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL WHITE BOX DESIGN CHALLENGE REVEALED!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

The 2014 "Watch List" event hosted by brothers Kent & Kevin Rathbun was an inaugural event for ADAC, the Atlanta design center, as well as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

It was, by all accounts, also a smashing success. 

10 Atlanta designers were each tasked with taking a blank, 10x10 space and creating magic in which attendees, chefs & mixologists could mingle about for a 3 hour food & wine feast. 
These, without a doubt, are the kind of opportunities that designers love because they free us up to do what we love most--design and create with the sky as the limit. There were a few stipulations--furniture had to come from the design center (ADAC), ceilings & ductwork couldn't be painted, and the space had to go back to it's original state by Monday morning at 10am (paint, furniture and all!), but other than that...we were off to the races. 
I decided early on that I wanted my space to be dramatic and took my design cues from the furniture I was able to borrow. We could create any kind of space we wanted (lounge, dining area, living space, prep space) but what you designed ultimately depended on the availability of of your required pieces. Since I haven't had a chance to go all out on a dining room just yet (excluding a current project!), I had my heart set on creating a dining room vignette. I knew I wanted to start with a bold wall design as a focal point and then build the space in layers. I was originally saving this graphic pattern to use on my own office walls but with the soaring ceiling, the event space ended up being the PERFECT place to highlight this design! I shared sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook and pretty much had everyone fooled when I posted this pic...

During install, people were so confused when they walked by my space and saw that it had later been painted white like, "Wait--wasn't this space black before??".

Oohhh...just wait...

(lots of paint from my friends at Sherwin Williams!)

The first piece I fell in love with were the pair of Teak chairs from Martin Nash. The chairs weigh a TON, but they are so breathtaking in person..they're like pieces of art.  The Edies rug from Kravet and the gold accented Swaim dining table from Robert Allen became the foundation for my dining space and were accented by the tufted leather Baker dining chairs with chrome nailhead trim. The oversized Tangled pendant from Signature Piecez was custom finished in Ebony to match my decor and was a huge hit for my space...I love it so much I'm thinking about replacing my current chandelier with it!
Finding the right art piece for this space--one that had the right look AND wouldn't be too heavy for the walls which was a major concern) was a chore but I found perfection at Beau Holland Studio in a metal, oversized elephant piece. The space was finished with Arbor Vitae trees & planters from a local nursery plus my favorite Kravet Cross stool (in citron velvet, no less!) and sculptural brass wall art from Baker.  
For the tablescape I combined a mix of my own collection plus vintage & retail finds to reflect a table that echoes the colors reflected in the rug (if I had to choose my favorite colors, without a doubt they'd be black, white & gold). If there's one thing I love, it's a beautifully styled eclectic tablescape. I took a chance & tried my hand at creating a large centerpiece to anchor the table and...I think it turned out pretty well!!

The Rillette of Rib Eye (imagine a pâté made of rib eye steak!) prepared by "my" chef, Jared Ralls of La Boca  restaurant in New Orleans, was by far one of the most praised dishes of the night...so tasty that I went back for thirds. 
And the party?? 
Oh, yeah....that was fun, too. 
Patrón on tap!!! 
Can't wait for next year!

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2014: RATHBUNS' WATCH LIST EVENT

Every Spring Atlanta welcomes the Atlanta Food & Wine festival to the city with 4 days & nights of delicious food, a line up of incredible new chefs (and old favorites) plus a jam-packed schedule of some amazing culinary classes. This year Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun & his brother, Kent Rathbun (Texas), are hosting an evening of "food, drink, music & fabulous decor" with the "Rathbun's Watch List"--an ADAC-hosted Saturday night event that pairs rising stars in the design industry with emerging stars in the food industry to celebrate "the next generation of Southern tastemakers".
I love that last line...and it's pretty cool that I'm considered to be a "tastemaker", too!
So here's the skinny--I've been paired with Chef Jared Ralls from New Orleans and I'm charged with designing a 10x10 space which is a total blank slate as of now. My team can do anything except permanently change the floors, make structural alterations to the walls or exceed my given spatial allotment. The idea is for attendees to move around the event space and experience each vignette so if tablescapes are tackled, they've asked us not to make them so formal that people think they are expected to sit down for a bite. The room has to return to it's original look by 12pm on Monday so there are also some time constraints with regard to load out, but I'm SO excited about this opportunity! I had to cross my initial idea off of the list because it seemed like too big of an undertaking--I have a tendency to start HUGE and have to scale back--but I've got another plan in mind & up my sleeve....can't wait to share the "after" pics!
So it you're in Atlanta, joint me on Saturday, May 31 from 7pm-9pm at ADAC for what's sure to be a fun & magical evening. If you stop by please find me and say "hello!".
Xo,
D

MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS ATLANTA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MG+BW!

Close to 500 people gathered at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Store in Atlanta on Thursday, March 13th for the renowned home furnishings brands 25th anniversary celebration.    The company is kicking-off a year-long celebration of their milestone anniversary by hosting events at all of their Signature Stores nationwide and making donations to a select local charity in each city.  
Isn't this awesome?? 
In Atlanta, the evening was a benefit for Project Live Proud, which is an organization of Interior Designers and volunteers who are dedicated to helping homeless families transform their house into a home they can be proud of. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams presented Project Live Proud with a $5,000 check to help support their mission and Mexico City’s hottest DJ’s Tom & Collins flew in to spin tunes all night.  Catering by A Legendary Event featured an elegant and delicious array of passed hors d’oeuvres along with the most incredible and abundant cheese buffet and sweets like silver cake bites (in honor of the 25thsilver anniversary celebration).   
As usual, it was an awesome party and really the first chance that I've had to be back engaged in the design community and catch up with friends I hadn't seen or spoken with since I've been back from Seattle. I LOVE my MGBW Atlanta family and am so thankful for their support in everything I do. 
Looking forward to next year when MGBW Atlanta celebrates 10 years in our wonderful city!! 


In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams will be giving away a silver inspired prize every month. Go onto www.Facebook.com/MitchellGoldandBobWilliams<http://www.Facebook.com/MitchellGoldandBobWilliams> to enter to win the Sweepstakes and for more details. For the month of March, the prize is the Major Chair in Silver Leather.  In December, the 25th anniversary sweepstakes culminates with a grand prize of a $25,000 shopping spree redeemable in any of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores nationwide.

MY NEW PRESS: THE DESIGN COOKBOOK

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So I've known about this for a very long time, but I wanted to wait until the book was released to tell you....
MY WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN A DESIGN BOOK!!!
Yup, it's kind of supercalafragilisticexpialidocious
Kelly Edwards of the Style Network (Thom Filicia) and HGTV fame has written a great new design book called "The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home" and my breakfast nook is featured among the designs! I was so excited when she reached out to me last year and could hardly contain myself when my copy landed on my doorstep Friday evening. 
I should tell you, the book is gorgeous (and I'm not just saying that because my work is in it)! 
Her idea is ingenious--compiling hundreds of great interior spaces and having the designers break down how the rooms were put together, just like a recipe book. If you're a DIY-er, this is a book you'll love because you can identify the spaces you love and then use the designer's method to design a similar space of your own. Not to mention, there are some pretty cool DIY projects in the book, too. I tell you, if I'd thought of doing a book like this mysef I surely would've done it! If you're like me and you like a good picture book, this one won't disappoint. 
Click here to order a copy. 
And speaking of Friday evening, I was invited by Kristin to a dinner hosted by Mohawk Flooring to meet designer Taniya Nayak from HGTV's Design To Sell and the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible and it was SO much fun. And when I say fun, I mean F.U.N. The company was great (Erika, Kristin, & Katie) and the Mohawk ladies, Amanda & Rachel were a blast. We had THE best time swapping stories and the conversations were all so engaging, I felt like I was torn as to what conversation I wanted to be a part of at any given moment (I love it when that happens). And the scoop on Taniya? After Friday night she is hands down, my favorite TV personality. She is SO warm and engaging in real life...she kept calling our dinner Girl's Night Out and it really felt like it, even though we were all new to her. I love it when you meet celebs/TV and they're even better in person than you imagine them to be. And let me tell you--that great energy she gives off on camera? Homegirl is the real deal, and so transparent. She's definitely the type of girl you'd want to hang out with...so cool. 
pic via Erika's Instagram

I can't rave about her enough, so a huge thank you to Mohawk for inviting me to meet & dine with Taniya. JCT Kitchen was delish & we stayed so long we practically shut the restaurant down!

MITCHELL GOLD BOB WILLIAMS ATLANTA TAKES A STAND AGAINST BULLYING

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My friends at MGBW Atlanta are at it again! This Thursday, September 13th they're hosting an amazing event to benefit the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world's first foundation dedicated to anti-bullying. Sponsored by the fabulous Tony Conway of A Legendary Event, The Advocate & Smirnoff, this is sure to be a swing event to benefit a great organization with live music, hors d'oeuvrs & fabulous cocktails. RSVP at rsvp@mgbwatlanta.com & I'll see you there! 

WHO LOVES A SHOW HOUSE?

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You know I do. 
Thursday night I'll be joining my friends at MGBW Atlanta as they host a tour of their furnished space (designed by William Peace) at the High Style, High Rise Home Tour hosted by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and located at The Residences at W Atlanta (that's a mouthful). The tour features 6 homes as designed by the likes of Michel Boyd, Kerry Howard, Barbara Westbrook, Amy Morris, William Peace and Susan Ferrier, each representing a different furniture/boutique partner here in Atlanta...and I hear it's jaw-dropping. Want to checkout the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams space for yourself? RSVP to the email above...and I'll see you there!