Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude comes from different places and in different moments. It should be a daily ritual . . . practicing thankfulness. I'm still glad there is a day we set aside on the calendar to appreciate our gifts and one another.
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

All my best ~ Wanda

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Soaking It All In - High Point Market and Life Experiences

This is the week of High Point Market and I’ve already been soaking in so many beautiful sites and seminars!  There’s nothing like the beautiful combination of business and pleasure.  Truthfully, I’ve had so much on my business plate, it’s a welcome respite which I’ve decided to turn into an extended time away from the office to squeeze in a family visit and then a jaunt to the mountains to fill the rest of my cup with even more meaningful experiences.  Inspiration comes from separating oneself from the day-to-day tasks.  At least that applies for this designer! 

I’ll be keeping interested eyes up-to-date as I spot some of the latest trends. Be sure to tune into my Instagram feed, to see “What’s new, what’s next” in the world of interiors.  While you’re there, thanks for clicking on the ‘follow’ button, too!

Meanwhile, a parting shot of one of the interior spaces we’ve had in the works . . . .

All my best! ~ Wanda

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What's on my Instagram?

It took me awhile to join in on the Instagram fun.  I’m a Samsung fan so I had to wait for this wonderful app to come my way.  (The camera on my Galaxy S6 is amazing and makes Instagraming way too fun!)  My Apple friends were ahead of the curve and I couldn’t wait to catch up.

I love being able to look back over the collage of photos . . .  there are days I am more philosophical, days where I’m entrenched in interiors and projects, or days where the garden beckons me to take a deep breath and shake off the dust.

Pretty soon, we'll begin to see the seasonal changes and I’m sure those will impact the texture I capture and the variety of related activities.  Fall will softly settle in.  I do promise to hold down the pumpkin influences!  It seems folks are already “pumpkin’d out from the early influx of flavor marketing.  No pumpkin lattes, here.

So, what’s on my Instagram?

Be sure to stop over for a visit to my corner of the world!  I’m @wshortondzn
All my best! – Wanda

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What is an "artistic advocate"?

In the middle of pulling together some copious project notes, I sat back and this thought came blazing to mind:

A project for a dear, long-term client is underway. It’s a bittersweet one as she is relocating to be closer to family and it’s also a rite of passage as this move means she’ll be leaving behind the last home she shared with her now deceased husband. My heartstrings are tugging as she has also become a lovely friend and I’ll miss being close, geographically.

Today, I called her to go over several questions, and I could sense the concern in her voice as to how all of this will come together . . . the move, a new place needing some tweaking and personalization, leaving behind a home where we’ve spent the last few years making it a softer landing after her husband’s passing and hoping she’s made the right decision in making a change which requires this kind of attention.

I hope I gave her reassuring advice and when I said, “All will be well”, she really felt it. Not empty words of promise but the understanding I would know how to communicate with the contractor, the electrician, the plumber, the painter, the tile folks, the stone yard and all of the various other players who are part of a new team of which I’ve become an honorary member. Yes, this is my profession and I should be taking care of handling the services for which I’ve been hired to implement. But - this goes deeper for me and it’s important for me to take a moment to recognize and acknowledge it.

I am an artist. I am an advocate. When both roles merge, it reaches a depth beyond “interior designer”.

 All my best – Wanda

Saturday, May 23, 2015

French Garden House–An Honored Feature!

For several years, I’ve enjoyed reading the blog on French Garden House, penned by shop proprietor, Lidy Baars.  As the title indicates, Lidy loves pieces with European flair and her site is chock-full of everything from furnishings to décor to jewelry and one-of-a-kind treasures.  I’ve admired reading about her in various publications and to my delight, I’ve gotten to know her over the past year, in real time, not just online!

When Lidy asked me if she could conduct an interview to share on her blog, I was beyond honored and thrilled!  Her questions were so thoughtful and made me think about the things I enjoy and are important to me in my everyday world.  I think that’s what makes for a lovely exchange . . .  engaging with others and being interested in their day-to-day happenings. 

Here is the opening page of the feature.  Please do click on the image, below, to read it in full.

Wanda S. Horton - French Garden House Feature

You can see why I’m so attracted to the pieces in Lidy’s shop.  She curates the best combinations!


Meanwhile, we’re working on some ongoing projects in the Horton Home.  This post has inspired me to give a little TLC back to freshen up some spaces and the garden.  Lately, I’ve been ALL about the garden!

From clippings to plantings to visiting our local shops . . .

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I knew this potted begonia would have a spot in my antique coal fireplace grate.  I love looking at options for repurposing pieces.

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In fact, if my Instagram page is any indication . . .


Perhaps it’s also because we’re getting ready to heat up a bit, over the next week, so I’m enjoying some cooler mornings before the “wilting season” hits.

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend as much as I am!  Thanks for taking a little break to stop by.  Now go out and have fun!

All my best ~ Wanda

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remembering–Memorial Day

As we begin to embark on this holiday weekend, let us not forget . . .

Memorial Day

Have a beautiful weekend!

All my best! ~ Wanda

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Stylish Arrival–Doors, Gates & Doorbells

In a few short days, I’ll be heading to Charleston, South Carolina for a lovely mix of business and fun.  Meanwhile, my head is still swimming with images of all of the fabulous home furnishings from the High Point Market, and after touring the Hooker Furniture Showroom to see some of their new collections, I can definitely tell there will be an overlapping of posts about my experiences in Charleston and a new collection HFC has launched, based on inspired designs from doors and gates.  One of my favorite things about this southern city is their huge variety of entryways to homes and gardens.  It’s my cup of tea . . . steeped in history and stories.

Definitely stay-tuned in May for several articles.  (I’m one of their contributing writers and I’m way overdue in putting together a submission.)

Here’s a sneak peek of a Hooker Furniture Collection gorgeous credenza.  This collection is most definitely architecturally inspired.  It’s as if they scooped up some antique doors and resized them to fit the opening.  The next image showcases their attention to detail in the custom-designed hardware. 

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Back to my Charleston visit . . .

I’ve always loved this area of the country, and while I had previously taken many photos, a computer crash seems to have put them missing in action.  Thankfully, I’ve learned how to embrace the “cloud” and the next batch will be downloaded, uploaded and safe-guarded in a much better way! 

This image, of a segment of ironwork at the College of Charleston, is a stunning example of what I expect to capture with my lens.  

Wrought iron gate work at the College of Charleston campus, Charleston, SC

Ironically, while putting together this post, an email landed in my inbox with doorbell buttons, worthy of gracing the entries to any historic property. 

Signature Hardware is one of my favorite “go-to” sources to suggest for specialty hardware items.  I think you’ll agree when you see what they have to offer.

I love this old-fashioned twist ringer style.  Sobecki Twist Doorbell


The Griffen in Brushed Nickel


The Chancellor in Chrome


The Harvey – And, yes, do push “press” to see all of the selection options -


I’ll be “chiming in” from time-to-time on Instagram and Facebook with more news and info.  Please be sure to follow me at both spots as I roll out the welcome mat to Charleston!

All my best! – Wanda