Where Am I Now: 416 Kingston Avenue!

In 2006, long time Dilworth residents, Kathy and Rob Wilder chose 416 Kingston Avenue as the perfect home to raise their growing family. This historic home, built in 1926, is located on the desirable “dead-end” section of Kingston Avenue. The “beautifully appointed home” boasts more than 6 coal-burning fireplaces, inlaid wood floors, original gas fixtures, brass fittings and incredibly high ceilings. The stately dining room has floor-to-ceiling landscape murals that are rumoured to have once been throughout the house.  Kathy, an interior designer, has beautifully furnished the enitire home, putting a fresh spin on traditional living. A must see,  416 Kingston Avenue is sure to be a crowd pleaser.




My Summertime Twitch

It’s HOT here in Charlotte, NC. . .really, really HOT! The weatherman said something about 105 degrees this morning and I  had to tune him out. I mean, really 105 degrees? He had better not be messing with me.  Our kids are hot, our dog is hot, I am HOT. . . We let our pet butterfly’s go yesterday and I am truly concerned for their safety. It’s like Africa out there.

So here we are, the excitement of the pool opening is over. The long-awaited beach trip is complete. All but one of the summer camps I spent all winter planning and saving for, finito. How can it still be July? I think we have five more weeks before school starts, but I can not bare to look at the calendar to confirm. What if it is longer?

At some point last August I developed a twitch in my right eye. It was a day like today, and everyone was very HOT and very BORED. Having just tasked the resident munchkins with cleaning up a small spill of  styrofoam packing nuggets on the side landing, I escaped upstairs to do some cleaning in Sadie’s room. The windows in our house may offer some shelter from the rain, but they only seem to amplify noise. I can hear every word and they can hear me. . .I was 12 feet from their little heads.  As I am cleaning I tune in to  their childish conversation. . .something, something. . . “throw them”. . .something, something. . . “smash them!”  Like a scene from a parenting “what not to do” movie, I screamed bloody murder and hauled my butt downstairs as if I had been struck by lightning.

At the bottom of the stairs I found them, my very own two (now) hooligans, standing in a mound of  thousands and  thousands of crushed, environmentally hazardous styrofoam nuggets. Just then, standing in the doorway, unable to even speak, I watched as nothing short of a hurricane force wind, came from out of nowhere. A man-made blizzard in July erupted and sent ,what appeared to be snow,  twirling and dancing into the neighbors grass,  down the driveway, gracefully over the speed hump and down Ideal Way.

I cried. I screamed. I sent them immediately to their rooms. Five minutes later I developed the twitch. The darn thing didn’t go away until after Sadie’s first day of Kindergarten.

Right now they are in the playroom and I am ignoring the constant bickering. They have been at each other’s throats all afternoon. I am holding “over their heads” this afternoon’s Splash Park playdate like it is a trip to Disney World. My left eye is feeling tired from typing, but my right eye, might be. . .couldnt be. . .twitching??  Comedic timing dont you think?



Kalons & Glidewell: Dentistry with Style


Meet my  long time friend, the talented  Dr. Johanna Kalons and her equally talented parter Dr. Kristi Glidewell. The two met in dental school at  UNC-Chapel Hill  and have been friends ever since. In 2005, they  became business partners,  forming Kalons & Glidewell, DDS PA and setting up shop on the 14th floor of the Charlotte Plaza building.

I was lucky enough to meet Johanna, the stunning beauty in the red, at least 7  years ago in the pool, where she kicked my butt daily after work.  Johanna swam for Wittenberg University in Ohio and trust me it shows. Our friendship developed over long chats on deck, between laps and long kicking sets. Back then Scott and I were still dating, Johanna and Nate were just getting married and we had lots of time to work out and catch up. These days  we are both busy mother’s of two and we are lucky to catch each other once a week in the pool, we have maybe have 5 minutes to chat on deck, and we kick 200 yards.

Kalons & Glidewell - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Look who made it to the website. That’s me and my dental work. . .we have done lots and lots of work!! 

Not only is she an extraordinary person, Dr. Kalons is an extraordinary dentist. Besides working miracles on my teeth, she treats Scotty and both our monkeys. Even my  Mom drives from Atlanta to see her and I am pretty sure Atlanta has thousands of dentists.

Every room at the practice is equipped with cutting edge technology. They also offer floor to ceiling windows with truly beautiful  views of the Charlotte skyline.


 As if the view alone wasnt entertaining enough, each chair has flat screen monitors. That way I can catch up on the news and the kids can watch Disney.


Princesses have shiny teeth and Sadie definitely want’s to be a princess. 

Both Doctors understand the importance of a relaxing environment. . . and this office has to be the most beautifully decorated dental practice ever. Stealing the show is the newly zhuched waiting room in perfectly calming shades of blue and brown.


Check out the drum chandeliers with brass cage accents.


The sunburst mirrors are from Wisteria.



I want every piece of furniture in this waiting room, including this side table from Worlds Away. Want one for yourself? Buy it here Shop Candelabra.com 


I will take two of these. . .Oh, I already own them. Finally!


Did I mention that they are both Top Dentists!


Go to http://www.kalonsandglidewell.com/ to learn more about this dynamic duo.

Kalons & Glidewell DDS PA

201 S. College Street

Suite 1465

Charlotte, NC 28244




This and That Ya’ll


Super Cooper decided to start his summer out right . . .He came down ready to hit the pool looking just like this. . .no kidding. ( Excuse our side door disaster area.) 


Scotty & Sadie ended up like that. Family hierarchy is in place.


The sunroom/playroom concept board is under way. Blending three spaces into one line of vision isn’t as easy as one would think ya’ll.


Just like that the final details are coming together for our living room. Curtain/trim drama was finally put to rest! One floor lamp and a couple of pillows and project living room vamp will be complete.


Stopped by Lucy & Company  long enough to snap a pic of their rock star showroom. This bed is off the chain! Beth is genius like that.

Cheers Ya’ll,


All Bohemian Like That: Cooper’s Forever Room


Forget the “Big Boy” room idea, way to short-lived. . . For Cooper’s upgrade from his nursery I decided to go with a theme I know he will love forever or at least until he goes to college. . . Wordly. Vintage. Bohemian.


Last year (yes it was that long ago) I fell in love with John Robshaw’s Tie Die Coverlet and Shams. So much so,  that I knew I was going to have to start saving some major penny’s in order to be able to afford it! Thanks to the lovely lady’s at Cottage Chic, I was able to accomplish my most materialistic wants. The blue and white batik pillows were a clearance steal from West Elm. The red geometric bolster from John Robshaw, was not.

To see more of his textiles go to http://www.johnrobshaw.com/

Check out the vintage 70’s picture of a three-year old me. On top of the world if I recall. A gift from the artist Hunter Mallory, the picture was mounted and saved for over 30 years. Last year during a studio pow-wow-he pulled it out of the rafters just for me. Tears, I tell you . . .


Sometime this Spring my “Mama” took this amazing vintage batik off  of her wall and threw it in my car.  She can be demanding like that when she wants you to have something. . .and as guilty as I felt for taking it, I know Cooper and I will love it forever. Thanks to Corners at Park Road for framing it in the white lacquered modern frame and making it all mine!

To learn more about batik go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batik


I scored the Indian batik style fabric remnant at Post & Gray in South end for $50.  Next sweet awesome Ruby created the french pleat curtain panels. Kept open they add a touch of class. Even better, when they are shut, look like a fabric wall hanging. I LOVE!


Last fall we painted the walls Ellie Gray in Duration Paint from Sherwin William’s.  (My favorite true grey)  The lamps were found on sale at West Elm for $69 each. The mirror from Ballard Design used to hang vertically in our Master Bedroom. The mahogany dresser dates back to the  late 1800’s from Louisiana. Part of Scotty’s bachelor furniture, it is a true antique beauty.


Love Ikea for cheap cool storage units that are totally affordable and equally cool! They all end up banged up, so it’s better to save the money for the fun stuff!


My old friend James left this replica sculpture on my porch as a gift  for my 26th birthday. It has been in my home ever since and I laugh every single time I see it! The french Perrandello/Jeanne Provost vintage theater print is from Alexander Scott and reminds me of Sean Connery. Nothing could be more masculine.


Meet Fred the Fish. I found him hanging a long time ago at Tradition’s for $45. The owner was like “If I take this down, you can’t return it.”  Whateve’s. . .for that price he had a new forever home. More importantly he was the original inspiration for the room and his newsprint coloring has helped me along the way. Every room has to have a starting point!


The wrought iron sleigh bed was my own “big girl” bed and was a gift from my father in High School. Once hunter green, I think it’s true calling was Fire Engine Red. . . I had it sprayed high gloss lacquer just to be sure. The linen bed skirt and roman shades were made by Ruby from remnant fabric I found at Post & Gray. The added band and single pleat add structure and balance the bohemian coverlet.


Sure hope he still likes it in 15 years.



Oh and if you follow this blog, you will remember that sweet Ruby was fighting the fight of her life, Breast Cancer. I just heard that she doing great and while cancer is cancer.  . .she has won this battle. . . and I for one am extremely happy about that!! 

Ridiculously Fun Finds @ Cotswald Marketplace

Ridiculously Cute Owl: On Sale $34


Ridiculously Cool Greek Key Lucite Console Table:  $1500


Ridiculously Awesome Quick Fix to Update to my  7 Year Old Buffet Lamps. Cool New Lamp Shades: $35 each


All in all, a fun day!



The Misadventures of Cate


Meet our furry family member,  7 year old Basset Hound, Cate Mills Presson. Poor little things has a hard life these days. From the South Carolina farm were she was born to the streets of Dilworth, this dog is manicured, pedicured and bathed more often than I am.

The first time Scotty laid eyes on her he declared her his little baby. Somehow in the midst of trying to establish boundaries, we taught Cate to only come inside when we closed the door, to pee on Scotty’s man couch, to chew up everything in sight, to eat only my shoes, to suck the baby’s socks clear off their feet, and to stalk my birds like a cat. A bit stubborn maybe, but a job well done we think.

One of my favorite children’s books is The Diary of a Wombat. The funny little tale follows a rascally wombat, who only wants to be close to his humans. I picked up the book in South Australia, but as my luck would have it, it can be found here on Amazon.

Because I obviously had nothing better to do, I decided to give my children the day off, and followed our rascally  Basset Hound  around with my iPhone.



Sometime around 7:30am.

Been here since breakfast and not even thinking about moving.



Thought about it, but decided against it.


1:00 pm

What on earth did I do to deserve being caged in the back yard? This place is for the squirrels.


Sometime around 2:00 pm

Once again I protected my family from the neighbors. I am a super hero.


3:00 pm

The UPS guy  stalked me all the way to the bus stop.


Faced my fears and showed him whose boss.

*Not so tough when she’s not standing on the chairs, but not a total wuss either. Score one for the UPS guy. He made it out alive.


The reason I got out of bed in the first place is finally home again!


Sometime around Dinner and back in the bed.

It’s about time fool. . .feed me now or I will eat everything you own and leave a present for you in the morning.


9:00 pm

You didn’t think this blockade would stop me from rubbing my fur and drool all over your silk curtains did you?


Somehow managed to make myself the size of a teacup poodle and make my way back to my side of the bed. Knocked over some of the baby’s stuff and made a pillow. I am so smart.


7:30am This Morning

 Not to wot worry, I will keep this house safe and sound until the public schools uncage you. . .


8:00 am This Morning

Why am I out here again? Why is my bed out here? This is not good. Not good at all.

Love Dog Plaque



Summer in The South: Southern Living Does It Charlotte Style

What better magazine to glamorize my favorite city than Southern Living. Check out the special edition of Southern Living’s Summer in the South  feature on our very own Queen City. The topping on the cake is local fashionista goddess Laura VinRoot Poole (of Capital) shares her current summer favorites and reminds us that this city does indeed rule!

 The Summer Calendar already has me reaching for my phone, I have A LOT of babysitters to book and friends to call!  First up and specifically calling my name is the June 1st The Year in Jazz, 1957 event at the Bechler Museum.

Summer Playlist

Download the Summer Play list and get down to bands like Alabama Shakes, Marie Mize and Moon Taxi. I am chilling right now to  Sugar & The Hi Lows belting out Show & Tell all 70’s style and I am more than happy about that.

The South's Best New Artisan Ice Creams

Summer in the Charlotte is my favorite and I cant wait to share it with you!!!



Check it out directly and then download it straight to your computer at:


Pushing Forward: Lizanne Shaver Redefines Design

Have you ever met someone who is so creative that you literally know that they are capable of creating anything? A person whose creative energy is so intense that you are virtually held captive as you watch them work? That is the exact way I felt the first time I was invited into Lizanne Shaver home. It was a cold winter morning and her office was stocked full of priceless fabrics strewn throughout the open room. There were faux fur hand bags in one stack, little girl’s couture skirts in another; and in yet another leather table skirts for a sample sale the next day. She walked me through her studio in a creative frenzy of excitement and I knew she was someone who has exactly what it takes to accomplish what ever it is her heart desires.

Naughty by Nature: The organic twig chandelier in the Sun Room pulls the outside in and unites the two spaces.

Lizanne Shaver is wife to Brad and mommy to Mary Hunter (15), Pierson (13) and Liam (11).She describes herself as a “lacoste” girl, traditional since she was eight years old. All that and more, she still like’s to “funk it up,” and to be “a little bit naughty in life.” A little over ten years ago, she started Lizanne Shaver Design. Originally focusing on drapery, she quickly moved into accessories. Nine years ago, she started the company Loop de Loops, bringing preppy fabric belts to stores like Fred Segal, Snappy Turtle and Nordstroms. Today, Lizanne Shaver Design is pushing forward with custom interior design, furniture re designs and just about every way to make her clients home’s uniquely theirs.

Current Obsessions

  • Functionality: Furniture should move with in the home. It should be easily transported and reused with in the home as necessary.
A historic chest gracefully connects the Living Room to the hallway.
  • Art: Lizanne is ALWAYS obsessed with art. She has an impressive track record of identifying emerging artists and has built a valuable art collection honing in her talent. The collection is showcased throughout her home.
A painting by Mary Boxley Bullington showcases in the kitchen. Her whimsical work is thickly layered with literary symbolism as Mary herself has a PhD in literature. To see more of her work, contact Allison Sprock Gallery in Charlotte, NC.
  • Objects: She is in love with the way “that one object” can transform a room. Look though out her home for perfectly placed coral and figurines and you will immediately understand the visual impact that such small additions can make to a room.
The Foo Dog’s in the dining room take center stage.
  • Neutral Palettes with Color Bursts: She believes in starting with neutral tones and then adding back in bursts of strong colors. Right now she is loving silvery tones as the perfect foundation for adding color bursts. The neutrals make the perfect backdrop for making fun changes seasonally.

“It’s like a mood ring. What colors can you make POP and make it unique and your own.”

  • Add Seasonal Fun: Lizanne love’s to accent her home with pieces that are reflective of the current season. Presently, she has a love of coral and has it placed throughout the home in such a way that one cant help but dream of future beach trips and afternoon cocktails by the pool.
Coral takes a darker side with a cool black shade; a drastic contrast to the slipcovered couch and beach artwork.
  • The Client/Family: As a designer she becomes obsessed with the family for whom she is working. Identifying and fulfilling there needs.
The Shaver Residence

The Shaver’s personal residence is the perfect reflection of Lizanne’s attention to detail, to a deeper knowledge of design concepts and to the unique aesthetic that identifies her.

The Impact Of the Entry

The Parlour Room

The richness of the front parlour room is highlighted by the custom hand painted bronze paint and pastel panels. The Capiz shell chandelier adds ambiance and a feeling of lightness. The Flokati rug balances the weight and brings warmth and coziness to the space.

The girls portraits by acclaimed artist Eloise Gamble literally pop off of the walls.

The center table is a flea market find that has served it’s time in many different rooms in the house. Originally gold with glass tops, Lizanne treated the table to “robins egg” blue paint in a high gloss lacquer, new wooden tops covered in cream leather and detailed with cream grommets. The pillows are current West Elm and the historical french chairs are covered in lux Fortuny Fabric.
The Living Room
Lizanne sets a cool neutral tone with soft pink walls, black trim and silver upholstered custom furniture. The Mid-Century shines here with her use of a leucite cascading side table and a funky gold arc lamp from Slate Interiors.
The focal point of the room is undoubtedly the portrait of four-year old Liam by Richard Fennel. Famous for his landscape work, the portrait of Liam sets the tone for the playful room and adds that burst of color that she is known for.
Small objects, strategically place on the coffee table beg you to explore their history. Three small clay figurines representing her children where a collaboration with the artist Jennifer Kincaid. A tiny piece of coral is a seasonal reminder that summer is almost here.
The Dining Room
The chocolate-brown wallpaper adorning the dining room was hand sewn with silk ribbon. Vintage high back chairs with leucite legs were upholstered in faux leather and make for a safe kids zone. The traditional table and chest add wealth and glamour to the room.
Ann Carrington’s British Flag done in buttons with a lacquer frame and gold matte is a show stopper at the dinner table.
The Sun Room
The red lacquer coffee table a personal favorite of Lizanne’s, was a splurge from creme dela creme, online store 1st dibs.com. The side chairs have been recovered in Trina Turk fabric. The chandelier was once chocolate-brown but was treated to a pure white high gloss finish. A true sign of how her work reflects just a bit of “naughty.”
Although a “flea” find, this vintage asian piece symbolizes happiness.
Figurines by the artist Jennifer Kincaid meaningfully connect the Sun Room to the Kitchen.
The Kitchen
Palm Beach flea market artwork makes for the most creative backdrop.
Instead of the traditional island, the kitchen table and vintage chairs give the feeling of being privilege to an elite chef’s tasting.
I hope you loved Lizanne Shaver’s home as much as I did! For more information on her interior design and availability, please contact her at 704-502-8362 or at lizanneshaver@att.net
Cheers to you all!

I’ve Been Busy: It’s Springtime Y’all

Time has just been flying by, and as unfair as that usually seems, we have been having a great time over here. Easter was a smashing success at old Carolina Golf Club. Our “club in the hood” opened up the new outdoor patio and fire pit, hosted an amazing brunch and had so many kids at the Easter Egg Hunt that next year they are going to have to have a serious conversation with the Easter Bunny about Supply and Demand.


Scotty and I posed for a rare couples picture and it didn’t turn out terrible.


Cooper and Sadie got super serious about the Bunny.


Sadie’s luck shined when she found this 4 leaf clover outside of Kathy’s neighbor’s house!


The lamps finally arrived for our living room makeover  and they are so disco, I die! More to come on that later!


Tried my hand at gardening and landscaping last weekend and I think I might love my new hobby!


 . . . started the “Get Minty” project, so stay tuned for the final reveal this weekend!

Cheers to you all!!