into emerald city

When talented photographer, Caroline Allison, sent an announcement for her latest opening, I was awed by this gorgeous image.

caroline allison photography

Everything about this photo beckons me to daydream.  And since I’ve been completely drawn to rich jewel tones lately, my eyes went straight to the deep green hues.

Jewel tones are  getting hot…in clothing, florals, textiles, and basically all things beautiful.

julie couch interiors showroom
via jennie love
via inStyle
via !st dibs

But something about the deep green gleam of emerald draws me in.

via the peak of chic


ruthie sommers


via desire to inspire
ruthie sommers via lonny


miles redd

What do you think?  What’s your newest favorite?!

xo, jc


beth webb

design crush: Beth Webb

A post from Scarlett on Facebook reminded me just how much I adore the work of Atlanta designer Beth Webb.

I actually emailed her a couple months ago to compliment her gorgeous work and to ask about photographers she’s enjoyed working with.   She emailed back within minutes, so of course, I was so impressed that I even told her I couldn’t believe she still answered her own emails?!  She was so kind and as a result I became an even bigger fan!

Check out a dozen of her beautiful rooms…

I mean they are AMAZING!


What do you think?  Beautiful, right?!

xo, jc

gorgeous stenciled ceiling in progress by Bella Decorative Painting!

parade home details! details! details!

It’s almost here! After months of preparation, planning, and PRAYING, we’re almost down to the opening day of the 2011 Parade of Homes!

I’ve had lots of folks asking about when and where to see the home tour this year, so direct from House and Home Magazine, here are the details:

Parade of Homes Fall 2011

gorgeous stenciled ceiling in progress by Bella Decorative Painting!

After a hiatus, the Parade of Homes™ is returning the Nashville area. The 17-day event is scheduled from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, October 9 in the Annandale neighborhood in Brentwood.

(If you’re not familiar with the neighborhood, type “our” address into your GPS.  It’s 9263 Carrisbrook Lane, Brentwood TN 37027)

Sponsored by Triton Stone Group and presented by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, the parade is being held courtesy of developer CPS Land. Four beautiful homes constructed by middle Tennessee’s top builders will be decorated by noted interior designers.

Gazillions of ideas is the only way to describe the Parade of Homes, a single site event in a Middle Tennessee area neighborhood with easy parking.
Visitors from throughout the southeast have come to rely on the premier event for the latest ideas in what is cool, new, and different in home building, architecture, interior design, furnishings, and landscape.

Home tours are a popular form of entertainment. The Parade of Homes has distinguished itself as an event where builders, designers, and sub-contractors showcase their most creative work. Companies use the event to launch new products and services including countertops, appliances, tile, brick, carpet, and audio/video outdoor and indoor systems.


Tickets are $12 at the gate. Hours are from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Brentwood’s Annandale neighborhood. The last tickets of the day are sold at 7 p.m.

For more information visit


Founded in 1941, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT) is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A voluntary non-profit trade association, HBAMT is dedicated to promoting the American dream of homeownership in Middle Tennessee through affordable, quality housing.

Carbine & Associates
Carbine & Associate’s builders are John Montgomery, JB Haile, and Brandon Ketcham.  Designer for the Parade home is Julie Couch of Julie Couch Interiors.

The French eclectic home features reclaimed Chicago brick and curved, sweeping rooflines. The exterior is accented with iron flower boxes and integrated brick planters that bookend the porch. The Great Room features a painted coffered ceiling, limestone mantle and hearth, and a metal beaded chandelier.

royal design studio stencil
another pretty piece of work in progress by Bella Decorative Painting

Grove Park Construction
Grove Park Construction’s 6,400-sq. ft. Annandale home features five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, all conceived with functionality and luxury in mind. Kathleen Evers is the project designer.

The home features a French eclectic style with European lines.The entry foyer is open to the second floor and down to the wine cellar. The kitchen features cream glazed cabinets accented with Calcutta Gold marble countertops.

Hidden Valley Homes
Trina Spangler founded Hidden Valley Homes and works with every customer from start to finish, assisting with selections—from brick and shingles to paint colors and tile. Each home becomes a unique masterpiece, from the original design to the final brush stroke. Jim Spangler has over 25 years of home building experience and has worked for a Top 10 National Home builder.

Jennifer Jones of Jennifer Jones Design, a veteran of more than a dozen show homes, is the project designer.
Established Colonial and French Normandy touches are found in the home’s Old World exterior. The two-story foyer features a chiseled limestone floor and hand-turned wrought iron spindles from a local blacksmith. Walnut floors are included in the kitchen and family room.

Legend Homes, LLC
Legend Homes, LLC, a locally owned and operated custom building company, specializes in building homes with innovative designs and innovative technology, offering its customers the best products with the optimum value. This is the company’s second Parade of Homes™ event following its award-winning success at the 2007 event at Stream Valley.

Designers for the project are Jason Bradshaw and Bob Deal of Bradford’s Interiors. They’re collaborating with Legend Homes, as they did in 2007 when the Stream Valley home was an award winning home in the Parade of Homes™. The transitional country European home features a brick and rock facade. The wrap-around porch is fitted with custom iron railing. Designed to feel like a French bakery, the kitchen features custom painted cabinets, a coffered ceiling, with faux-finished beams.

Please make plans to stop by and say “hello.”  We’d love to see you there!

xo, jc

wallpaper idea

so much to tell!

The past few months have been both exhilarating and challenging.  There are so many fun things to share with you!

I’ve had the chance to meet some fabulous kind new clients, and our business has been busier than ever.

As a result, about 6 months ago I realized I had to get a “real” office space to house my millions of catalogs, swatches, binders, client files, etc etc etc…not to mention all the furniture pieces I “had to have” that didn’t belong to a client yet.

Two dusty, dirty, hot warehouse spaces just weren’t cutting it.


So, it took me about 2 days to find a new studio space.  I’m very decisive, and my budget was very limited.  These two factors really helped speed things along.

wallpaper idea

However, that is where the speed stopped. Unfortunately, it’s taken me almost 6 months to get the owner to complete the build out of the space so we can move in.  It goes without saying I’ve learned alot during this process.  Each lesson has been fairly painful, but the whole experience has been a test of patience.

The good part is like most lessons that I’ve learned through difficult situations, these missteps will not be repeated.

beach house decorating

I’ve realized that I must focus solely on the good stuff!  The simple fact that we will have a great new space to spread out all our resources and make beautiful designs has been the metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel.

We have finally started the move in process to the new office!


 We are still waiting for final inspection to get internet and phone lines, but we are sooooo close to getting settled that I’m giddy.


I am blessed to have great people on my team helping out, Steve, Scarlett, Kelly, and Leslie.

During the same period of time, I have been working on a home for a dear friend of mine. It is a new home, and it will be included in the 2011 PARADE OF HOMES in the Brentwood subdivision Annandale.

wallpaper idea for bedroom

So, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! And please make plans to attend.

The home tour runs everyday from Saturday, September 23 until Sunday, October 9th.


And to my amazing clients and friends that have been so patient and understanding durning all these transitions, THANK YOU!


(I thought I’d include photos from a client’s beach house in Naples, Florida. Because if I can’t take a vacation right now, I’ll just pretend;)

xo, jc


something ’bout a southern girl

Last week on a walk in my neighborhood I saw something off to the side of the street that stopped me in my tracks.  I couldn’t help but stand still and stare at an abundant patch of my favorite wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace.

It’s simplicity and delicate blooms are so inspiring to me.  It made me think about how many styles of design I’m drawn to.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a sleek, modern space as much as the next girl, but I am after all a southern girl.

So I also really love a well-placed ruffle.

bedding by matteo
bedding by matteo

And I love the carefree feel of sheer fabrics with just enough detail.

Honestly, who’s not drawn to sweet baby bedding?

baby bedding by bella note

Or a pillowcase dress for your mini-me?

There are just some things like monograms and white linen I will never tire of!  I think it must have something to do with being raised in the South and experiencing so many long, hot summers.

I’m looking forward to having my own little people to dress in bows (her) or monograms (him and her.)  Mark thinks I may actually monogram our child’s forehead if he or she sits still long enough!  I promise I wouldn’t do that, but I may have a little table like this in the nursery…

table skirt by pom pom at home

Or a mirror like this.

oly studio

And for “grown-up” rooms that need a little softness, what about a pair of these?

oly studio

And another easy addition that makes BIG impact, a very feminine chandelier…

oly studio
oly studio

Or something a little simpler but with the same cool vibe.

oly studiooly studio

I mean, it is fun to lighten up a room… especially if you take that suggestion literally.
Doesn’t this whimsical floor lamp feel so fresh?

floor lamp by stray dog

So the moral of this design story is that it’s ok to add something completely feminine and youthful to an otherwise “serious” space.  Variety really is the spice of life especially when it comes to decorating and design.

wallcovering by anthropologie
wallcovering by anthropologie

No one wants their home to look like a furniture showroom!  We want our homes to look like “us.”  We want our friends and family to feel comfortable and right at home when they visit.

So, try not to overthink or put a label on your style.

pillow by west elm

As I tell myself when I get overwhelmed or concerned that something isn’t quite good enough or I compare myself or my work to someone else, I remind myself of one thing:

shower curtain by anthropologie

I only know how to be me.  Same goes for you.

So as the saying goes, “You just do you.”

And here’s to doing it well!

wallcovering by anthropologie

xo, jc