it’s an obsession


hi there, dear friends, it’s that time again…practically midnight!

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i’m about to put a fork in this day but wanted to keep on keepin on since i’ve been on a roll the past couple of days and it’s fun to see the progress in my web ‘log’


today was spent in the warehouse digging through frames, cleaning them off and shooting each from every angle (front, side, back and 3/4) in an effort to show every position for the website which will allow the customer to really get a visual when choosing a frame.


as i was looking for an illustration just now i got sucked into the wonderful but time warping world of pinterest and found these gorgeous dissections of early french chairs.


it’s something that we absolutely take for granted but the lowly chair is elevated to super star status when you realize how much care, thought and history goes into each one!


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and the sheer variety of french alone… well, you’d have to be obsessed to obsess over them the way some of us do (are you with me)? but it’s obsession alone that gets any job done and it took till sun up till sundown but it’s done. so without further ado, ta da, the first step of the official first collection. i haven’t touched up the photos yet, just wanted to get them up and at em and out of my head tonight. They are similar but all very different, even the sizes but you can’t totally tell here. anyway let me know your thoughts, there’s more to come.

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et voila,  there are a few more but it’s a full 2 minutes before 12 and i am signing off! glad you’re here, sweet dreams~ xxoo

November 16, 2016. Desirant, High Point, Manufacturing. 6 comments.

gotta start somewhere


bonsoir mes amis, ça va? it’s close to midnight and what with it being a travel and full on work day, i daresay je suis un petit peu fatigué…


i made it to high point and met with local legend, william thorpe.


he’s kind of my hero cause he has warehouses and a showroom full of swirls and curls


both attached and freeflowing on everything from furniture to mirrors to lamps and cornices



if he finds a treasure he creates a mold so it lasts forever and can can be repeated in different applications.


he’s got legs and flowers and carved bands.


not everyone is as passionate about this as i am but with him i met my match.



just being in the workspace is so inspiring and my mind starts racing with ideas.


focusing is almost impossible!



but i’m determined to hone in and tomorrow choose chair frames that we’ll use for the first collection.



and we’ll be taking some trumeau mirrors to desirant in asheville.


but that’s a whole other story. for wednesday.


i guess some people are just soulmates, not in the romantic sense. more like undeniable kindred spirits.


anyway, that’s the roundup for today, it’s a process, that’s for sure, and i am happy to say, it’s a wrap! a demain~

November 15, 2016. Desirant, French Interiors, Furniture, High Point, Manufacturing. 15 comments.

the wonderful story of high point


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hello dear friends. i’m probably echoing in space. it’s been an eternity but hey, no time like the present, right? if you’re here, a great big hi and cyber hug.

so what’s happening?  well i’m heading out in the morning to one of my favorite towns in the good old US of A, High Point, North Carolina.882faff772c4f9989acf2844ef4f83d6

it’s a city actually, but the kind that still feels like a small town. anyhow it’s the place  for people who love home furnishings cause this is where it all goes down.


well, it used to. (photo from book published in 1961)


most of the us brands we know were made here like century, hooker, broyhill and many still are including my dear friends at french heritage.


but for the most part, the upholsterers, carvers, and builders closed up and moved overseas over the years.

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so for two weeks a year the place comes alive with a furniture trade show.  but the other 50 weeks it’s a ghost town.


i went 10 years ago planning to work on a line with some of the remaining small businesses that still existed.


it’s taken this long but i’m finally heading back, ready to do just that, working with the brawn behind Desirant in asheville to create something just for them.


i went to the show last month and reconnected with locals who have chair frames, paint booths, workshops and fabrics.


i’ll be blogging along and i hope you’ll come for the ride as we celebrate manufacturing in the USA.


there’s a great article here if you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating town.


of course i have to check out the town…in my spare time!


we only have a day or two to accomplish a whole lot, then heading to the store in asheville with some goodies to fill it with for the holidays.



and the clock strikes 12:30. so i’ll say good night since i have to be up at 6. have a great sunday night!



November 14, 2016. Furniture, High Point, Made in the USA, Manufacturing. 3 comments.