The Textures at High Point Market 2017

If you follow me on social media, you will know that I was in Highpoint, NC a few weeks ago. I was part of the Design Bloggers Tour and thought you might like to hear my thoughts about it.

What is the Design Bloggers tour?

Ten of today's top design bloggers took a tour of some of High Point Market's spectacular Showrooms. We explored the styles of Spring Market and got the inside scoop about design trends through a designers eye. We gave our social media audience a tour as we went along using the hashtags #hptmkt2017 and #designbloggerstour.

It was developed in partnership with Esteem Media and sponsoring exhibitors.

We did walk over 10 miles from showroom to showroom and a lot of that was in the rain, but we were troopers and definitely used the umbrellas in our goodie bags provided by High Point Market and Crypton.

Since I'm a designer that LOVES texture, I thought I'd share with you some of the texture trends that caught my eye. It was an underlying trend in each showroom. Lots and lots of mixed textures and what made me extremely happy was the Africa Tribal vibe.

Being that I was born and raised in Africa, I have my own collection of African baskets and textiles. I do think that  you could go over the top with this trend (like any trend) so the key is to do touches of it throughout your home. Textures always make a room more interesting.

My design love language is "All things bright,  fresh, moody and textural" so you know this market made me elated because that is what I saw. Join me as I take you to each showroom and point out all the beautiful textures that create different moods.

Bernhardt Furniture

I so loved this grouping of round side/cocktail tables. This collection makes a nice statement and keeps it interesting. Especially since there is a mixture of metals, marble and a variety of stone. Notice the textured, nubby carpet and the variety of pillows on the sofa too. This look is very fresh and clean but still adds loads of texture which is a look I love.

This horn table can add an eclectic feel to any room. Love the masculine feel it adds. The braded rug is fantastic too. Simply beautiful.

This acrylic block side table caught my eye immediately because it looks like ice. When decorating a space, using different elements like this can make your home feel collected and interesting. A great conversation piece too.

These wicker ottomans/stools are a nice change since they are white and not the typical brown wicker color. If you are wanting a more modern space, the white works well.

There was still a lot of acrylic this market and it was mixed with wood and other finishes which makes it very stylish and fun.

Crystal candlesticks up against a upholstered screen made a dramatic contrast of textures. I did see a lot of upholstered screens with nailheads as well. So many varieties to choose from. Upholstered screens work well to fill corners in a room and can be the art for the space if done in a beautiful fabric or stunning texture.

Here you have white washed driftwood in a large glass vase. I have this exact thing in my home and every time I pass it, it catches my eye. Having the driftwood painted, keeps it light and fresh.

These crocodile ottomans, yes!

Mixed metals is all the rage too. Mixing gold and silver is a YES!

Lots of hide this market too. Love the gray with the silver.

Bunny Williams Home

 Don't you just love this table with it's wrought iron base and gilt rope accent?

Bunny Williams had a new collection this market. She is known for her collected look. Her collection was inspired from things from her own home.  She is known for creating comfort and definitely concentrates on making the home look lived in and loved.

Even Bunny's collection had some ethnic baskets weaved in on her etergeres in the showroom. A beautiful mix of old and new.

Named for the ruling clan of Kuba people, with their applied geometric patterns, Bunny's pillows are a nod to the celebrated tradition of women in textile design, but are made modern by the use of pre-softened 100% handwoven hemp.

This heroic bed with Greek Key meanders is made of hammered metal with hand-applied wrought iron finish.

This beautiful table has neoclassical references with graceful volutes supporting the tripod base. Hand carved with stylized coin details, it is hand-painted in a rustic light gray finish and has a dark gray, honed marble top.

Delightful tour of Bunny's new line and so enjoyed getting to hear her speak about it at one of the seminars.

Theodore Alexander

The texture in this vignette stopped me in my tracks.  I could so see this for a masculine bachelor pad.  The panelled wall, textured glass pendants and gold vases on the unique stone side table gives off such a moody feel.

These spiral legs layered with a rich dark gray and black rug compliments the chair fabric beautifully.

I am always on the look out for interesting side tables like this. Silver base with a wood top adds reflective light to a room and can instantly brighten it up and break up all the wood that tends to be used for side tables.

I saw so many stunning chandeliers.  What I love about this one is the metal and acrylic combination. Also, the reflection that this chandelier puts out on the ceiling makes it even more dramatic and creates a bit of romance. Everyone needs a touch of romance, right?

Century Furniture

This geometric fabric combined with a geometric rug is paired together perfectly. This texture combination sets my soul on fire.

Century Furniture definitely knows how to create vignettes with a collected look, just like I like it. Pottery, stone, metal, glass and a pop of the outdoors to make the space come alive.

 See how adding a tribal bowl in combination with this traditional furniture,makes is become more transitional.

Ruthie Tip: If you have some traditional furniture pieces in your home and you are feeling like you want a change, you don't have to get rid of them. To update your space, add in some accessories to break up the traditional vibe and it will transition the look into a more transitional look.

Stone and metal combination. Isn't this gold crocodile accessory cool?  Great conversational piece for sure. 

 A great bar cart with a mirrored top. Love the contrast with the white and metal.

Eastern Accents

Warm fuzzy rug with a skirted table.

Pillow with metal buttons. A fun unexpected touch for a decorative bed pillow.

These Moroccan pendants caught my eye immediately. Again, I love the pattern they put out on the wall. They remind me of the ones I have in my outdoor cabana.

 I love upholstered furniture, especially console tables. This one stopped me in my tracks. They add such a softness to the space.

Embroidered pillows are a great way to add texture to your bed! So elegant and sophisticated. Wallpaper is still everywhere too! I love how wallpaper can take a room to the next level, even if you just have one wall done.

Rachel Ashwell

Rachel was the first to come out with the Shabby Chic look. Her new line is filled with "shabby texture" all inspired by antiques and flea market items that she has loved over the years. The mix of old rugs with ruffles adds a casual comfort which is what she is known for.

She is known for her white shabby chic aesthetic. However, her new line has touch of colors including raspberry and teal.

Her goal was to create a furniture line with an authentic vintage feel.

Love the collection of textures she incorporates together. Crystal, cotton slip covers, chippy paint, crystal hardware, lace lampshades, china plates and vintage rugs. All so different but make a beautiful combination.


Glass and wood side table paired with a brass geometric lamp is lovely.

Love how they paired two coffee tables together that are different in texture but the same size. Note the rug, isn't it fab?

Fun, playful and textured pillows can make a sofa have more character. I'll be posting soon about Crypton and their fabulous family friendly fabrics.

Universal Furniture

Cheetah print rug on top of rustic floors said hello to us as we entered.

 Colorful rugs combined with wood inlayed coffee tables.

I saw lots of rug layering which is a great way to add warmth to a room.

Love this collection!

Driftwood on top of a metal table.

Amazing console with a wavy metallic finish.

Huntington House

Wicker coffee table paired with a patterned rug and pearl inlayed tray.

Branches placed on a tray, easy, easy and adds big drama.

Everyone loves a fuzzy pillow, especially this design!

Leather and gold, yes!

Wood, silver and acrylic!


Artefama Furniture makes furniture that resembles art. Art influenced by Italian, Spanish and German craftsmanship. Their platform bed caught my eye and I imagined myself in a tree house. Especially with the wooded backdrop. It brought the glamping out of me!

 Their tables are all handcrafted and they have lots of finishes you can choose from.

Ruthie Tip: You don't have to have matching chairs with your table. Mix the finishes to create a more transitional look. #texturelove

The M/T Company

Suiting fabrics mixed with a touch of glam is always a winner.

 Hello beautiful, so interesting.

 A basket mirror and a coffee table wrapped with loads of texture.

 Very different chandelier and could be the one thing that makes a formal space more relaxed.

Ruthie Tip: When a formal room feels stiff and too staged, nobody uses it. A casual chandelier could be the one element that makes it feel less stuffy and more inviting which makes people use the space more often.

Nathan Anthony

Velvet is definitely a texture that is in full swing.  Just look at those curves and talk about texture!

Tufting is still in full swing as well.

The Dali chair was my favorite because of the citrine leather petals.  Gorgeous detail and would be the star of the room. The backs of chairs should be attractive right? Also, the legs on these chairs are so sexy.

Emporium Home

Ashley Childress and her husband started their collection and it is inspired by her husbands love for geology. They have loved quartz and stone before the trend actually started.  Just look at those knobs on that dresser.

Ruthie tip: If you have a dresser that needs to be dressed up a bit, add new hardware! It changes the entire look instantly.

Bold, glamorous and beautiful.

The texture in this showroom was spectacular. That agate sconce and fuzzy pillow made me want to touch and feel instantly.

My favorite piece was this console that was bone and mother of pearl. What a statement this would make in an entry!

That's a wrap! I'll be posting some more thoughts later on but hope you enjoyed my post.

As an entrepreneur, my philosophy is that you have to keep learning new things. If you plan on being successful in your industry, staying fresh and informed is crucial. As an Interior designer, I need events like this tour to keep me inspired so I can keep creating new designs that look fresh and new.

 I heard a quote once:

"Input is the key to output"

and that is so true.

Peek into our Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio 2017

We have been working hard on our Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio space. It has been a joy to do this vignette in memory of Dot Greenlee.

Swirl artwork was by Jennifer Ayyed and light blue glass rock artwork by Latoya Jones. Acrylic bases done by E&D Plastics.

Thank you to IDS Dallas Chapter for selecting me, along with Barbara Gilbert and Nicole Arnold to honor Dot in this way.

Artwork by Christi Meril

Dot was known for her use of bright colors, specifically pink.

Art by Artist Mary Howe

We wanted our space to be bright and happy, just like Dot.

Thank you to our main sponsors Robert Allen, Kisabeth Furniture and Nomads Loom. The stunning floral arrangements were donated by Curate Florals (Linda Baker, IDS President).

After we finished the space, the designers that knew her well said the space is a great representation of what she loved.

The lighting in our vignette is spectacular and I want every single light fixture for  my home.  The above fixture is from Currey and Company and it gave our installers fits. Very heavy and lots of sharp edges.  It is the star of the show in our vignette.

One of IDS Members, Josh with Stal Timber donated these unique side tables made from 100 year old beams. They are spectacular!  Paired with the rug from Nomads Loom and the navy velvet chair and sofa donated by Kisabeth Furniture, they are just gorgeous.

Follow me on Instagram to see more behind the scenes clips of our vignette and the event itself.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek.  This Charity event will be held on April 5th, just in time for my 50th birthday!  You can purchase tickets at It is the event of the year, I promise!

If you can't make it to the party, Thrift Studio 2017 will be open to the public, starting April 6th and will be open for a month.

Stay tuned for more photos after the event is over.  Hope to see you there!

Fresh and classy family room

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A few weeks ago we finished a family room for a new client.  The room was pretty empty when we started.  The client wanted to clear the room and start fresh with everything new.  They requested a space that felt fresh and classic with a bit of a modern twist.

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As most of you know, I LOVE to repurpose furniture.  I have always done that for my own home as well as for clients. This passion started from the day I first started this business.

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I found this couch at a local  resale store.  It had great lines and was very comfortable.  I knew I could transform it into something fantastic. I didn't like the rolled arms (too traditional for this client) so I had my amazing upholsterer redo them for me in a more modern style.  We also took the skirt off and added nice tapered walnut legs.

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Looks fab now!

Re-upholstery may not necessarily be cheaper than purchasing a new couch.  However, you can definitely custom design it to your liking. I prefer to do this because I can use my creativity to make it into something more personal for my client.  It definitely gives it a higher end look and makes the entire room feel more pulled together and detailed.


I did the same with these two recliners.  I wanted recliners because this room is primarily the room that this family watches TV in.  They requested chairs where they could relax and put their feet up to watch their favorite shows.  We were really limited for space so recliners were my best option, eliminating the need for ottomans.  Reupholstered in a fabulous gray velvet with cream piping to match the couch and new legs ended up being a successful redo.  The chevron metallic pillows really added a pop of something fun.  These chairs were hot pink when we started LOL

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I also found these fabulous antique rattan barrel chairs.  Loved their lines and needed two accent chairs to add to the room that weren't too big.

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Painted black with new seat fabric and nail heads makes them feel handsome and sharp.  Gives it a "collected" look. Love old and new!


The rug was purchased first and was my inspiration in the room. The soft vintage color palette is so pleasing to your eye when you first set eyes on it.



The large stone coffee table and the petrified wood side table pull everything together beautifully.


Accessorizing with old, new and natural elements add a sophisticated, collected feel to the room.  I filled a small wood slice to a glass terrarium and added green moss to an antique silver urn.

The silver hashtag adds a touch of whimsy to this eclectic mix. My favorite was the lucite tray that I grouped with the glass balls and a family photo.   The metallic chevron pillows on the wingback chairs coordinate beautifully with the mirrored glass box on the coffee table.


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New hardware was added to the cabinets too.  I did mix them up a bit. The large cabinet doors got the fun arrow hardware (painted to my liking of course)the small cabinets got the square pearl hardware.

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Added some old books with bright colors and some shelf adjustments with artwork, pottery and assorted accessories. A few family photos are also a must on bookshelves.


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The two floor lamps were gorgeous when I purchased them but I didn't like the shiny gold finish they had.  We toned them down to our liking and added new shades.  The new drum shade chandelier with crystals sparkles.


I also decided to do two sided pillows on the couch.

I'm a woman that likes change so my client can now change the room up a bit when they want to.


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The drapes soften the space without taking away from the beautiful backyard. I'm not a fan of draperies that cover up the light and view in a room.


We also took the fan out (the client never used it) and we hung a gorgeous drum shade chandelier with crystals.

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I believe rooms should have a touch of feminine and a touch of masculine to them.


I always try to keep it simple --nothing too froufrou or trendy. When you mix it up, it's more interesting and fun.


The room feels tailored but all the textures give it a cozy warmth.

When you hire a decorator, we think about ALL the details. Some people furnish their entire home and then never finish it out with the detail.  As you can see from the AFTER photo's above, the details MATTER!

This home was a super exciting reveal, that's for sure!!!

You can watch our video of the before and after below or by clicking here.

Gorgeous Castle Lakes Resort - Colorado

We just returned from Colorado after being there 10 days with family and friends.


We traveled with 6 other families (26 of us in all).  We all have RV's and it was such fun to be on the road together.


Even our doggie Ava loved the ride.


We stayed at Castle Lakes RV & Campground in Lake City, Colorado.  What a gorgeous place.


 I thought I'd share some of my favorite captures my eyes took in.


This was the view from our RV site.  It was breathtaking.  It was a great place for coffee in the morning.  Nice and cold too.


The water was like glass most days and we had spectacular weather all week long.


I just loved how the mountain reflected in the water.


Can you believe how gorgeous this is?


We took walks around the lake and admired the wildflowers and beauty.




Hanging baskets were overflowing with color at the lodge.


I was tempted to bring this fabulous piece of driftwood home!


I'm sure the beavers would have been sad to see it go.


This bridge was perfect for fishing.


All 6 families  rented jeeps from the lodge one day. We drove  in convoy right up into the mountains.  It was an amazing day of adventure and  fun!


I just couldn't believe this view.  The color of the water in this valley took my breath away.


See what I mean?

Waterfalls everywhere.


Sheep grazing.

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but lots of dust flying everywhere too.


Loads of belly laughter around the fire each evening. Loads of memories were made!  Some of these friends have been in our lives since high school so the stories that were told were absolute hoots.


Lots of hiking and fishing too!


The jeeping was my favorite, maybe because I had such a handsome driver.


Always so good to be in nature exploring God's incredible beauty.


Hard to be back in the 100 degree heat here in Texas now.  I'm going to miss my coffee spot.

but.... ready to start all my new projects!


I have 2 photo shoots this week. A kitchen remodel and a bathroom remodel completion.  Pictures coming soon!

Creating homes as unique as you are!

 True fulfullment is being able to enrich a families life by creating a home that suits their lifestyle. My goal at DecRenew Interiors is to create a space that is as unique as the client.

 Our tag line is: "Creating homes as unique as you are."


 I  met with this client after they had been living in their newly built home for a year.  This is the second home that I have had the opportunity to decorate for them.  It is always such a pleasure to work with the same client over and over again.


 The drapery fabric (mainly the colors)  was my inspiration for pulling the entire room together.  I adore all the  vibrancy and so does  my client.  As you scroll through the after pictures below, you will see how I made sure these colors were all married together somehow.  Different textures, patterns, shapes, etc. together created a mixed up, eclectic style with a transitional flair.

They had some things that I knew we could repurpose.   These two club chairs were reupholstered because the client loved them and they were super comfy.


 They just needed a makeover after being used in their gameroom surrounded by kids and all that goes with that!

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My goal is to use as much of what the client "already have" in order to save them as much money as possible.  Of course, only if the item was  still stylish :)  Often times, my clients will say "really, keep these old things" and I say "yes, they/it has HUGE potential."


Ruthie Decorating tip:  Use unique items for your flowers. This candle holder was perfect for the fresh flowers on the coffee table.  Make sure that the item is not pourous if you place the flowers directly in the vase.  If it is, I put a small drinking glass inside the vase and use that for the flowers.  


 We were going to redo these two ottomans.  As the room started to come together, I thought they could stay "as is" since they go beautifully with the animal print rug.  I'm crazy about the round side table.  Such great detail!


Gus loves his new home too!


 The coffee table is so unique and the texture and color make the reupholstered chairs united.  See how the detail of the book on the coffee table pulls together the ottoman color?


Those are the details that I think about for days and days before the installation.  I often wake up in the middle of the night and get up and write things down.


What color florals to use is also a huge decision.  


Notice how these flowers make the entire room pop.



The new gray sectional is perfect for their family life.  This family room is where everything happens in their house.

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The stripes and houndtooth patterned pillows add a masculine touch against the more feminine draperies.


Adding unique wooden side tables makes the room feel warm and cozy.  With the high ceilings in this room, we needed that.  Also adds that shape that we needed to soften the edges.



Unique lamps and a fun shade add personality, fun and a more relaxed feel.  The painting on the mantel is huge and is all the mantel needs to make a statement.  Less fussy!

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The chair pillows add a punch of turquoise without going over the top with this bold color.


  I found a cake platter in one of the kitchen cabinets and created this vignette.

Ruthie Decorating Tip: Accessories placed in different heights make more of  statement and draws your eye into each item.  Look for bowls, books, boxes, etc. to raise things up.  It's more appealing to your eye. 


This telephone was in their junk pile.  I rescued it because I think it adds some history to the room.


I have a love for lamps and this one is to die for!

The family also enjoys playing batgammon.  I placed it out as decor since it is used often.  The kids loved seeing their treasures out and displayed.  I also placed some of their other items like family pictures, grandma's clock, etc.



Paired with this cute piece of pottery that their son made a few weeks ago, it makes for a nice combination.




So you probably want to see a totaly before and after right?

It's a hard room to get a good picture of the entire space because of the light that pours in (a good problem to have).  These are the best we could do but it gives you an idea of the dramatic transformation.





I loved what my client said when she walked in her new family room.

 "Is this really my house?  I don't feel worthy of this gorgeous space!"  

Yes, you are worthy!!!!  I so appreciate the opportunity to work with such a wonderful, worthy family!  Thanks for trusting me and for allowing me to be part of this project.


Thanks for joining me for this recap! I'll be posting before and after pictures of their dining room next.

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