Inspiration in the Studio

On the Road to visit the ASID Symphony Designer Showhouse in Charleston!

I’ve been enjoying a few days of spring break girl time with my daughter and my mom in Charleston! The timing was perfect so we could visit the ASID Designer Showhouse sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League. The beautiful William Steele House (circa 1815) was transformed by designers from ASID Carolinas into a beautiful collection of unique interior spaces. One room is more beautiful than the next and definitely worth a visit!

The William Steel House; Painting by Joan A. Davis

The volunteers from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League did a fabulous job organizing the event (after 34 years of Showhouses, they really know how to do it). Since they requested that no photos be taken of the interior spaces, I thought it would be a good idea to honor their request.

Here’s a sneak peak of the side gardens which were transformed into a wonderful cafe.


A beautiful setting for lunch…


I can say first hand, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into a Showhouse. Congratulations to all the designers for a job well done!

High Point Highlights: Designer Detours

To wrap up the highlights from the Fall 2010 High Point Market, I had to include a few personal highlights. I’m absolutely blessed to wake up every day and be able to do what I love to do! I work with wonderful people on the very personal space they call home….and I never take that for granted.

I’m also fortunate to have some wonderful friends and colleagues in this industry. In High Point, we had an impromptu lunch with fellow designers from Raleigh…


I also spent some time volunteering at the new ASID Carolinas booth. It would be so easy to be too busy to volunteer, but I think it’s important to give back to the industry that has treated me so well.


I found this print in one of the showrooms and it sums it all up!


Have a great week….and remember to do something you love!

Great Shopping to Benefit Great Summer Classics

It’s time to get ready for the holidays (ugh…I can’t believe I’m saying that and it’s not even Halloween)!  One of the best displays of holiday decor in Raleigh is at Summer Classics. Not only do they have fabulous outdoor furnishings, but they have a wide variety of unique accessories for everyday and holiday!

On Wednesday, October 27 there is a special sale….20% off any accessory! As a bonus, Summer Classics will donate 10% of all proceeds to the many community programs and projects of the Woman’s Club of Raleigh including the Pretty in Pink Foundation. The sale applies to both the Raleigh and Charlotte stores.

Shop and save and support the community! What a combination! Check out the beautiful displays….



This angel centerpiece display has a peaceful beauty…


The tree trimming has begun…


Summer Classics graciously hosted our recent ASID Design Community meeting. Representatives from Sunbrella gave a wonderful presentation on the use of Sunbrella fabrics in both indoor and outdoor projects. The possibilities are endless.

Summer Classics (and the fabulous hostess Jackie) prepared a gorgeous table filled with delicious goodies!


Thank you for your hospitality…and especially for your generosity in helping our local community!

ASID Carolinas In Training at Stark Carpet

Last weekend, an amazing group of designers gathered in Charlotte for the ASID Carolinas Leadership training. I am getting ready to assume the role of Design Community Liaison for the Chapter. There are currently eight design communities throughout North and South Carolina and I am so looking forward to the variety of programs that will be offered on a local level (and I’m hoping that I even get to take a few road trips to visit my new friends). Here’s our 2010-2011 group of Design Community Chairs….


Stark Carpet in Charlotte generously hosted our meeting. Let me tell you, visiting this showroom was so worth the trip.


The textures and colors of these rugs were gorgeous. They were a beautiful combination of wool and silk (perfect choices for a current project and if she’s reading, she’ll know who she is)!


The showroom is also home to an outlet center that has thousands of square feet of constantly changing inventory. This is only one room, so imagine the possibilities.


As hard as it was to wake up at 4:30a on a Saturday in August, I’m so glad I did!  Thanks to all for another inspiring designer day!

Designer Spotlight in the ASID Carolinas Eye on Design Newsletter

Yesterday I received the digital copy of the ASID Carolinas Eye on Design Newsletter. This is the newsletter for our local Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Guess who is featured in the Designer Spotlight? Me, Vicky Serany….seriously? I am always humbled to find my hard work in the studio recognized by my peers.

I was asked to describe my involvement with ASID Carolinas over the past several years. For so many of us, we become so involved with our daily lives that we never think we have time for involvement in volunteer work. I am so glad I took the leap and became involved in our professional organization….the many rewards have made all of the effort worthwhile!  Click here to read the full article (sorry, you’ll need to scroll to Page 10, but you can see the inside workings of our chapter along the way).

In case you’re wondering who’s on the cover of the newsletter, it is our Chapter’s most recent member of the ASID College of Fellows. Calvin Hefner has been an outstanding designer and volunteer for years!  I have had the pleasure of meeting Calvin and admire his work and experience. Now, that’s an achievement!

I could go on….but there’s still work to be done before the weekend begins! Happy Friday!