Remembering–Memorial Day

Friday, May 22, 2015

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

Memorial Day

Have a beautiful weekend!

All my best! ~ Wanda

A Stylish Arrival–Doors, Gates & Doorbells

Friday, April 24, 2015

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

Performing Miracles–Schedules and Fabrics

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It’s off to the races and off to High Point Furniture Market, in a few short days.  Which also means I’ll be offline for a bit – well, except for posting some great market photos on Instagram.  It’s going to take a miracle to get everything done but I’ve got faith it will all fall into place.

There are several lovely projects in the pipeline and it would take so much time to share it all so I’ll leave you with some parting shots . . .

I’m tweaking options on our project in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Oh why do some of my favorite options have the words “backorder” or “discontinued” bringing me sighs?  Yes, that perfect, Greek key trim is a goner!  The good news is, most of the rest of this is safe.  More swatches on the way!

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Finalizing so many details on our Union Co, NC project.  It’s time to finish up the new construction portion and move along to the interiors.  I’m working away on combinations for the upholstery. 

Speaking of miracles . . .Almost all of these selections fall under the category of “performance” fabrics.  Not only are they super strong, they are very easily maintained, mostly with just soap and water clean-up.  No worries about spills or accidents.  And they have a lovely hand, (designer-eze for touch/feel factor), too.  Living in the south, that’s important because it gets pretty humid and there’s nothing worse than sitting on a scratchy sofa or chair, in the midst of a hot and sticky day. 


Now I’m off to finish up a few more things and to book that much-need mani-pedi appointment!

How true this is . . .

All my best! ~ Wanda

New Beginnings . . .

Sunday, April 5, 2015

As I listened to a message about faith, this Easter Sunday morning, Cardinal Timothy Dolan eloquently shared these thoughts – paraphrased:  “Anyone who claims to use religion as a cause of hatred, division and bloodshed, is creating a perversion of faith.  Instead, it should be about bringing people together, affirming life, friendship and reconciliation.”  Such a powerful message for all, no matter ones faith or belief, in regards to the turbulent times in which we’ve been living.

Perhaps it sounds simple, but considering many of life’s complications are “man-made”, forgiveness is a powerful thing.  It allows us to either reconcile or to let go and to move forward.  To have it bestowed, with unconditional love, is even more beautiful.

Wanda S. Horton Hosta in Garden

(Hostas – A member of the lily family, symbolize devotion.)

Each spring, I look forward to new growth and beginnings.  Not for perfection, but for a positive push.  Much like the fronds, buds, and green tips making their way towards the light of the sun.

All my best ~ Wanda

Copper Sinks and Tubs– A Healthy Choice!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The warm glow of copper has been enticing designers to consider incorporating more of this metal into our interiors projects, as manufacturers are providing us with more choices, across the board.  We’re seeing it in furniture finishes, lighting, hardware and especially in plumbing.33" Vine Design Copper Farmhouse Sink - Copper Kitchen Sinks - Kitchen Sinks - Kitchen

(33” Vine Design Copper Farmhouse Sink – Signature Hardware)

Not only is copper quite fashionable, did you know it has natural antimicrobial agents inherit to its makeup?  That’s right.  Since copper has properties which can cause the bacteria’s surrounding membrane to rupture.  It also “punches” holes in this membrane, causing a loss of the nutrients and water, which weakens the cell.  It also allows for the release of the copper ions into the cell, which in turn, overwhelms the cell and disrupts its metabolic process.  Long story short, without all of the details, the bacterium can no longer “breathe, eat, digest or create energy.” 

(Thompson Traders Tub and Sink – found right in my home state of North Carolina!)

To be sure to clarify, in order for copper to be officially labeled, antimicrobial copper, it has to meet specific standards.  The alloys have to demonstrate a certain effectiveness under rigorous, EPA-approved test protocols.  (Think hospital grade sinks or vessels.)  Of course, this isn’t to say one would never clean a sink or tub, just because it’s copper.  It just means you get some extra help in the war on bacteria.

Gold Karma Antique Gold Bath Sink

(Just in case you’re more partial to gold tones, Thompson Traders Gold Karma Bath Sink is hammered copper, highlighted with an antique gold finish.  My heart just skipped a beat!)


(The Archeo Bathtub, from Kallista, will set you back a “pretty penny”, starting at $45,000.00.  It’s solid copper and would be a focal point in a most luxurious bathing suite.)

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(I used a hammered copper sink in this butlery, a few years ago.  It’s tucked over to the left.  I just recently visited this client and it’s aged to perfection with a beautiful patina!  Image – Wanda S. Horton Interior Design – Photographer – Whitney Gray)

From this very detailed and interesting article:  “*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7.”  My understanding is there will be more manufacturers looking to transition from healthcare/hospitality options to retail.

Stay-tuned for more design updates on copper, as I look through the showrooms at the upcoming High Point Furniture Market.  I’ll be sure to share some posts and pins!

All my best! ~ Wanda

A Miniature Garden Spot - Charleston Window Box Company

Friday, March 27, 2015

In a few short weeks, I’ll be heading to Charleston, South Carolina, to take part in the Southern Coterie Summit.  It sounds like it will be a field day – or three – for creative minds and tastemakers, among many other things.  (I’ll bring you up-to-speed when I get back, as it will be a first time for me.)

Charleston is one of my absolutely favorite cities and it’s been way too long since I’ve visited this lovely, southern belle.  To be able to enjoy her in the springtime is even more of a bonus!  Walking down the side streets, where almost every home has window boxes overflowing with gorgeous plantings . . . well, it just brings delight at every turn!


The smart folks at The Charleston Window Box Company, figured out how to design a structure to keep those beautiful blossoms happy.  As they share on their website, in order to keep the boxes intact, they’ve built them like boats with marine-grade plywood bond and a special epoxy, as water is the enemy of most outdoor furnishings. 


The designs are clean and simple, to allow for the show-stopping flowers and plantings to be front and center.

I sure hope to see some lush examples, like this one from The Garden Buzz.

One of the reasons I love this city is the vast display of architecture and details.  I’m definitely going to be bringing the good camera along. 

(Rainbow Row – A collective of row houses in bright hues.  Look at those window planters!)

Conde Nast Traveler’s readers ranked Charleston the #2 city for the best vacation destination.  Since it’s just a half day’s drive for me, it’s easy to take it for granted but I’m going to the conference with a new found admiration.  Perhaps it’s true how absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

window box plantings with euphorbia, petunias, purple lobelia, nicotiana

(Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn)

While it’s a little early to plant in our area, here’s a great tutorial, from This Old House, when you’re ready to begin.  Don’t forget to order your window boxes from THE source – The Charleston Window Box Company.  (I’m not paid to share this source – I just love well-made products!) 

Happy Weekend! ~ Wanda

Home Textiles Make A Difference in Design Details

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Carmen Natschke, of the Decorating Diva, messaged me to see if I’d be interested in sharing some insight on the use of textiles in the home, I said, “absolutely”!  Carmen is a fabulous writer and speaker and I’ve had the good fortune to get to know her through various industry events and her great blog posts.  She keeps a keen eye open on all things about design.


Carmen’s latest article, for Beautiful Design, Made Simple, featured our interview, along with Canadian designer, Meredith Heron, and interior designer, Linda Merrill, of Massachusetts.  We all have a different approach and aesthetic but have penchant for textiles and how they are a key ingredient in pulling any space together.  What good company to be included!

Please click on the photo, below, to hop on over to Carmen’s post . . .


Speaking of textiles, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a local event, “An Evening of Design Magic”, as I showcased some patterns from Thibaut and Anna French, mixed among gorgeous flowers and accents, from August Lily Florist.  Kim Rushing, and her wonderful team, opened their doors to a special list of guests and we did a “walking tour” through different vignettes to illustrate how one can live well in their home. 

I’ll share a peek at one of our tabletops and then post a little more, later.  I never get tired of a classic, blue and white theme!

Table Top Event

Until then . . .

All my best! ~ Wanda

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