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Shop Small and Happy Holidays!

December 18th, 2014

Are you going crazy running around at the last minute trying find a few more gifts for someone special?   Rather than fight the crowds at the mall, think of the small businesses in your local city or town.  It’s a great experience and you’ll always find something truly unique while at the same time giving back to your community.  It’s a win-win!

I was thrilled to be a part of the AMEX Small Business Saturday over Thanksgiving Weekend and believe in it wholeheartedly.  We were set up in Coral Gables Florida near Miami and helped decorate the street and business store fronts to remind people to Shop Small.  It was really exciting!





See the cycle of giving


One of the easiest installations I’ve had!


A HUGE gift package just for you!


Spreading the word to Shop Local and Shop Small.  You can’t beat Miami in the winter!


Jewelry Store Front Wrapping


A little something with your name on it


Helene Hollub of Hollub Homes adding her special touch


Fancy and Festive!


I met with the Mayor of Coral Gables, Jim Cason


So happy to end the day with my beautiful family, SoCal Contractor and my little Princess.

Thank you again to our fantastic team that helped put this all together:

American Express
Plant Professionals
B Pila Design Studios
Helene Hollub
Luxe Design Studios
Kelly Marie Interior Design
Sherwin Williams
JNJ Design Group
WAC Lighting

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Joyous Holiday Season and a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year!

xo Lori

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Stunning and Sustainable Furniture at Phillips Collection

December 8th, 2014


At our core, we love being green and aligning with others who hold the same values.  We look for companies who provide something truly special to each home while at the same time taking care of our world.  One of our main go-to showrooms is Phillips Collection where we always find thoughtful pieces that stand out and spark a conversation.  You can usually spot a Phillips’ piece of furniture when you see it.  It’s always unique, artistic and sustainable – which is right up our alley!  And did I mention affordable?

Chamcha Wood Console Table

Consoles carved from abandoned tree roots from Northern Thailand


Teakwood Horses

Using discarded scraps of wood, Phillips has created beautifully hand crafted Teakwood Horses.


Founder Mark Phillips says “It has always been our goal to be a steward of beautiful and socially responsible design.  This is an intrinsic part of our company.”  And this is why we love them!

We’re not the only ones to notice their amazing efforts.  Because of their socially responsible products and business practices, Las Vegas Market, in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, has awarded them their 3rd Global Goodness Award.  Highlighted was their Folded Glass Collection, which recycles shards of broken, cola bottles into stunning works of art.

Folded Glass Table

Folded Glass Table

Folded Glass Planter

Folded Glass Planter

Folded Glass Buddha Head

Folded Glass Buddha Head

Seat Belt Dining Chair

 These chairs made of recycled seatbelts are cool and comfortable!

 Bicycle Chair Table Panel

Re-purposed bicycle parts create chairs, tables and wall panels.

Origins Freeform Desk

Still a fan favorite is the raw edge tables and desks.


Make it modern by adding a silver leaf finish.


Something small can make a big impression, like these wood wall tiles.  So striking!

This is just a taste of what Phillips Collection is all about.  They are a perfect example of one voice making a huge impact in the world.

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Eye-Catching Lounge Pieces found at 220 Elm in Design 9 and Leif Petersen

November 17th, 2014


We love a great party, whether it’s fun and funky or more chic and reserved.  They’re all fantastic!  And we were so happy to see furniture that fits every lounge style at the 220 Elm building at High Point.

Once a forgotten, hardly used space, we’re now seeing a trend where people are using their “Formal” Living Room as a lounge.  What a great way to re-purpose a room that you’ll actually use!  Here are some cool pieces from Design 9 and Leif Peterson that caught our eye:

Design 9

Why be tied down to one layout in your home?  How boring!  You know we love multi-functional and modular seating and Design 9 is perfect for that experience.


 This convivial piece called Roley Poley is ideal for group conversations.  You can place in the middle of the room as a focal piece, or break it up to round out a few corners.  You could even turn into 2 fun settees.  The possibilities are endless!



 If you have a larger Living Room, placing two of these Vera Lounge Sofas back to back creates 2 different seating areas and is uber comfortable and relaxing for everyone.


 This amorphous ottoman is perfect for multiple conversations at the party and
everyone can still be comfortable and lean against the center back.


Don’t forget your social four legged friend who loves to lounge too!
You don’t need to have pet furniture that looks like pet furniture.
It should blend with your surroundings and this Bow-Wow Lounge fits in perfectly!


And for those friends that just can’t make it home that night, this extra deep sofa converts into the most comfortable bed.

Design 9 has a wide selection of great fabrics to choose from so make each piece a work of art and have fun with it!

Leif Petersen

A beautiful and carefully curated selection of modern manufacturers are represented at Leif Peterson, including furniture, lighting, rugs and more.  Here are some loungie faves:

Limes 1

We love the open spaces in the back of this beautiful sofa.
It encourages conversation from all sides.
Plus the woven back support is a great touch and pretty to look at from across the room.

KLINT Table Lamp

This subtle yet sexy table lamp is perfect for mood lighting and makes everyone look young and beautiful.

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If music is your thing, this Sitar inspired chair is for you!
Light enough to move around the room and
comfortable enough to lounge in.  The webbing is great!


This rug is so pretty, it could be wall art.  And on the floor it’s incredibly soft and begging you to
kick off your heels and get comfortable.

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Sleek and sculptural, this lamp gives you plenty of mood lighting and stays out of your way.

I’m so inspired by Design 9 and Leif Petersen that I’m ready for a cocktail and some lounge music.  Who’s joining me?

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