Friday, October 16, 2015

Creative Fraud: Designer Code Of Ethics

Two and a 1/2 years ago, we sold the home that started this blog. The home that we renovated twice in the SEVEN years that we lived in it. We added a front porch and completely renovated a dilapidated screened in porch, turning it into a 8 window sun room full of light and stuffed it full of children.  Indeed I left some of the original renovations to the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, but with out a doubt the house was completely transformed. Every room was designed by me, window treatments, furnishings, accessories, art work, all by me and with help of some other very creative souls. At the time we hired Allen Brooks with ALB Architecture to work with us, we had to go through the Historic Committee and get a variance from the City of Charlotte. We then hired and worked with Concept Building on the construction of both porches.

When we sold our house, the women who we bought the house from in 2006, hunted down our real estate agents photographer and unethically purchased the photo's we used when we listed our house in June of 2013.  I found this out when my daughter was doing a project on Historic Dilworth Homes and we searched Pinterest and found my house with her design credit.

Seen Above are pictures of our bedroom, my children bedrooms and my office.

Since then, I have tried everything I can, including suing her, to make her stop. While what she is doing is unbelievably not illegal,  it is most definitely unethical. When designers and artists put there heart and soul into the creative process, it is a labor of love, every brush stroke and every individual accent makes it ours.

Seen above is the side and back yard entrances. Ironically, we were never able to do the back renovation. 

This morning, while searching for images of my old living room, I found yet another (she has taken the websites down) website that Dawn Mathews created for herself.

 Her newest website is

Please help stop this type of creative fraud by getting the word out, and by stopping her and other people from claiming design work that is not their own.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reno Take II: House Stalking

It's Been FOREVER since my last blog, and I almost decided that public ramblings were the most unnecessary. But then I had a change of heart and felt the need to put my private thoughts back out in the public eye. . .  FOR BETTER OR WORSE. . .

It has been two years this Halloween that we moved upstairs after the lengthy renovations that I thought might be the end of me. But just like childbirth and many bad boyfriends, apparently the amnesia has set in and I have the construction bug all over again.

Ever since we bought the house I new I was going to remake the exterior of the house. I did it to our last house and I couldn't wait to make the ugly duckling the bell of the ball again. It took me about six months of what on earth will I do to come up with a plan.  

With an arch similar to this in mind( I have no idea where I found this pic and I am sorry about that!), I enlisted my good friend and architect Ray Sheedy of Sheedy Watts, to help make my vision a reality. 

I found this house in our adjoining neighborhood of Foxcroft, I love the cut out shape on the front entrance and the southern plantation doors. My goal for the house it to have it take on an old Charleston plantation/carriage house feel. Well that mixed with a bit of 70's Rock and Roll. 

Driving around town one day I found this amazing house and obviously stalked it. While the house is totally different from ours, the arch that I have been admiring from just about every blogger/designer/builder was right in front of me. 

Ray and I spent hours standing in my front yard to come up with this little scheme.  . . and then he turned my vision into a reality with these CAD drawings.  My favorite part about the new entrance  is the "To Be Built" custom bi-fold planation doors. The are going to open and pivot to reveled the front door, but the focus becomes these the custom doors, arch and over OVER SIZED Gas Lanterns. 

I found this little beauty on Pinterest this morning and it reminded me why I love to blog and of the color scheme for the house! So here I am again agonizing over paint colors and color schemes and remembering why it is I miss this so much. 

Stay tuned for TMI on paint, brick, shutters and nonsense's. . . .

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Keeps Me Up at Night: Bring Back The Warmth

         Bring Back The Warmth 

Photo Credit to Chris Court

 I know it's spring, but the this color palette is warming me up like the perfect sun tan. I'm talking spun natural linen, chalky whites, buttery leather and chocolate brown mohair. Create color harmony by mixing white walls, and gray accents with luxe brown accents.  

Architectural Legs

 I fell in love with trellis legs a long time ago and I am seriously psyched
 that they are back. I have been waiting on these bad boy bedside tables since last October, and they should be here soon enough.

#labordispute #1stworldproblems #designerdrama

Our Master Bedroom is just like the rest of our house. . .a mix of time periods from past to future. My Dad gave me my Great, Great Grandmother's antique dresser and a few other newer pieces (1920) from my Great Grandmother. To make it all feel fresh and modern, my friend Erin from Chancery Designs, custom designed an amazing double layer, over sized, King Size Headboard. These bad boys are going next to the bed and facing the dresser, adding yes, architectural interest. 

Olive Green Cabinets

 If you haven't been wearing Army Green all year, you have been in a mommy time warp. It actually makes me look like death but you know I'm over it, I've been sleep deprived for 8 years! Good thing the color makes this kitchen. . .well...bitchin.

Source: Mazen Studio via Pinterest

This little beauty popped up on my Pinterest feed and I couldn't resist the urge to love it, pin it and post it. Paired with all my favorites; floating shelves, subway tile, Bostonian Sconces (NOTE: IN BRONZE) it hits all of my designer lust-worthy checklists.

Industrial Doors 

I love what is going on with windows and doors right now, black and urban bronze finishes are getting the spot light in modern doors with bold, clean, grid lines. 

 French Doors

Source: Unknow/Pinterest

Exterior Doors

Source: Elle Decor


Source: Unknown/Pinterest

Scared of the cost but want the look? Check out this DIY blog post by  Blesser House. Wanna start from scratch but looking to stay in budget? I found this deal on Wayfair. Don't quote me on it directly, but it looks like it starts at $347 and ships in 1-2 two weeks. 

Legend Framed Swing Door in Oil Rubbed Bronze