Thomas’ Nursery

Here’s a sweet little guest post from one of my long time besties, Meredith.  She’s mom to my tiniest (and most adorable) little buddy, Thomas, who has a nursery that’s almost as cute as he is ;)

Welcome, Meredith!

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Full disclosure – Wheeler and I have been friends over 15 years! Completely unbiased, she is a wildly talented designer. I’m very lucky to have her as a best friend for so many reasons – but I especially love how she helps turn my house into a home. Something gets moved around every time she’s here. It is no surprise that when I told her I was expecting we immediately started talking nursery. I spend so much time with Thomas in his nursery and love every detail. Being a new mom comes with a lot of unknowns – it is necessary to have a peaceful place you can relax and enjoy time with your new little one. I wanted to share how Wheeler helped make that space for me!

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This armoire was a hand me down, and I love it for the extra hanging space!

This armoire was a hand me down, and I love it for the extra hanging space!

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Wheeler and I found this antique chest at an antique auction - I wanted something we could use after the nursery

Wheeler and I found this antique chest at an antique auction – I wanted something we could use after the nursery

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How awesome is this art from Sophie's Shoppe!

How awesome is this art from Sophie’s Shoppe!

Wheeler pulled these train pictures out of an old coffee table book - I love how they turned out!

Wheeler pulled these train pictures out of an old coffee table book – I love how they turned out!

How cute are these restoration hardware animal heads?!

How cute are these restoration hardware animal heads?!

Matteo Bedding

Matteo Bedding

This cutie is the most important addition :)

This cutie is the most important addition :)

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Nurseries, Nurseries, Nurseries

It seems like everyone around me is either pregnant or just had a baby.  It has definitely been so much fun decorating so many nurseries and getting to see all these cute babies!

Here is baby boy #1’s nursery… Before I started, the floor was covered in OLD wall-to-wall carpet, and the only furniture in the room was hand-me-down furniture from the father’s bachelor days.  We added board and batten to the walls, pulled up the carpet to expose some gorgeous 1920’s original hardwood… and everything else!  You can’t go wrong with Navy and White in a little boy’s room.

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More nursery posts to come!

Wheeler Lewis, ASID

Sophie’s Shoppe,
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Poured Concrete, Slate, or Brick Floors?

I am working on a project right now that involves choosing flooring for a client’s basement.  My client is having a hard time deciding between (you guessed it) stained poured concrete, slate tile, or brick.  For me it would be a no brainer, but I won’t say what I would choose… I’ll let you guess.

There are pros and cons to all three options.  Brick can be laid in a dozen different patterns; you can stain concrete so many different colors; and then slate comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Tough choice.  What would you do?

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No more semi annual blogging!

This is the longest absence I hope that I ever have from blogging. It became easier and easier to avoid the longer I avoided it. I have just been so very busy back in Chattanooga (no complaints there!) so I literally haven’t had much time for blogging — sorry!  There is so much to share I don’t even know where to start!
I’ll let these progress pics from my iPhone speak for themselves :)  These are just a sneak peak of a few things that have been going on lately…

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I’m still here!

My New Year’s resolution is NOT to neglect my blog — I’ve been sooo busy since my move back to Chattanooga. In case you didn’t know, I started my new job as Sophie’s interior designer about four months ago (I can’t believe it’s already been four months!). I’m so grateful to be back in Chattanooga and even more grateful for the many new clients that I’ve accumulated in this short time — hence, the reason I’ve been so busy (absolutely no complaints here!).

I want to share some pics from Sophie’s Shoppe with you at some point, but for now, here is a little peek at what I’ve been working on for the last several weeks.

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I also wanted to let everyone know that the Scout Guide to Chattanooga just came out! and guess who was featured in it?  Sophie’s!! How exciting?!!  Click here to see more of the Scout Guide Chattanooga.

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Yes, that’s the Sophie’s crew in the new Chattanooga Scout Guide!  Check it out.  So exciting!

To learn more about Sophie’s, please visit the Facebook page while the website is under construction. Be sure to stop by if you’re ever in the Chattanooga area!!

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Highlights from London

I’m still alive!  Sorry I’ve been soooo busy lately!  Finally, I wanted to share with y’all some pictures from my favorite castles and sites from my trip to London.  Better late than never!  :)

Hampton Court, Henry VIII’s favorite home.  This place was SOOO cool!  By far one of my favorite things that we did.  I highly recommend going to Hampton Court if you’re making a trip to the London area.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend home.  During the time that we visited Windsor Castle, the Queen was on her annual vacation to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.  Since the queen was not there, the courtyard below was open to the public, which was beautiful.  The left side of this facade is the queen’s private apartments.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Buckingham Palace.  We went to a few exhibits at Buckingham Palace:  The Queen’s Gallery (her private collection of art), The Royal Muse, and The State Rooms.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

the gates to Clarence House

the gates to Clarence House

Westminister Abbey

Westminister Abbey

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

A picture from our day in Buckleberry... This is Kate Middleton's favorite watering hole.

A picture from our day in Buckleberry… This is Kate Middleton’s favorite watering hole.

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A church in Buckleberry

A church in Buckleberry

I was intriqued by some of the architectural materials used on the very very OLD buildings in England.  Many of the 300+ year old houses and churches are made of “flint”.  Flint is a form of stone that is “knapped” or struck together to break it in half, which creates a flat stone for exterior surfaces:

close up look at the flint exterior of one of the churches we saw in Buckleberry

close up look at the flint exterior of one of the churches we saw in Buckleberry

close up of flint exterior on a church in Buckleberry

close up of flint exterior on a church in Buckleberry

I love a thatch roof!  Now you don’t see that in the U.S.!

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

just a cute 400 year old house I saw!

just a cute 400 year old house I saw!

The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Great Brittain.  It was built just in the last few years.  We were able to get tickets and go to the top where the view of London is the best!  We could see London Bridge, Tower of London, Millenium Bridge, St. Paul’s, the London Eye, Buckhingham Palace, and much much more.

View of from the SHARD... so cool!

View of from the SHARD… so cool!

View of London Bridge and Millenium Bridge from the Shard

View of London Bridge and Millenium Bridge from the Shard

I spent a couple of nights in Oxford, England, where I visited Christ Church College, where a lot of Harry Potter scenes were filmed.

Christ Church, Oxford

Christ Church, Oxford

Christ Church College, Oxford, England

Christ Church College, Oxford, England

My sister outside Christ Church College, Oxford

My sister outside Christ Church College, Oxford

Christ Church College, Oxford... Recognize this room from Harry Potter?

Christ Church College, Oxford… Recognize this room from Harry Potter?

Christ Church College, Oxford, England

Christ Church College, Oxford, England

Parliament, London

Parliament, London

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Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home

I am so excited to have received a preview copy of the book Beyond Chic.  Beyond Chic is a coffee table book featuring pictures of some of the most well known fashion designer’s homes (Christian Louboutin, Yves Satin Laurent, Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, just to name a few).  I have to say that fashion designers have a very unique way of living.  It’s much different than furniture designers or interior designers.  After flipping through I noticed that they all lived one of two ways:  some of their homes seemed to be very empty and spare, while others seemed to be packed full of things (art, furniture, objects, accessories, etc.).

For example, Christian Louboutin’s home, which is located in the Egyptian desert, is very empty and spare with hardly any furniture or art.  Apparently he spends his time there designing shoes, resting, and practicing yoga.  Yves Saint Laurent’s home, on the other hand, is filled with abstract paintings, sculptures, colorful rugs, furniture, and countless sentimental objects.

I highly recommend you go out and buy a copy of Beyond Chic by Ivan Terestchenko.  Fashion designers are fascinating people and it’s especially interesting to see the way they live in their homes.

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London: The Knightsbridge Hotel

I’m still alive.  Between moving and starting my awesome new job in Chattanooga (in case you missed it), I have been a crazy person lately.  I have so much to share about London.  And so much to share about my new job!  I’ve decided to share in chronological order:  London first…  Also, London comes first because I started writing this post over a week ago and I need to finish it.

I’ve decided that since there are so many pictures from London I am going to break it down into categories.  The hotel we stayed at in London, The Knightsbridge Hotel, deserves a post all on its own.  My cousins and I found it online and thought it looked nice/cute.  It turned out to far exceed my expectations – it was the cutest boutique hotel I’ve ever been inside!  AND would you believe that it is owned and decorated by an interior designer?  Yes, talented Kit Kemp designed every inch of it.  It is so chic I don’t know how to describe it except to say it’s all in the details.  She certainly has a unique style.  I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves.

Picture me walking around the hotel’s public rooms taking these pictures.  I’m sure the employees thought I was strange.  I also bought Kit’s book in the hotel, which features pictures of the Knightsbridge Hotel.

Knightsbridge Hotel, London

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The Scottie dogs behind us are made out of cardboard or something… There was so much neat and creative artwork all throughout the hotel.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

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Don’t know how to make this picture NOT sideways.

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Clearly, I was obsessed with these chairs.

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Lobby

Lobby

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One of the three hotel rooms I got to see.  The walls of this room were covered in a gray linen.  The sofa was upholstered in felt, along with the bedskirt and other pieces in the room.  I think Kit Kemp likes felt.

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Loved this pink ikat lamp shade!

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Not a bad view :)

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Another one of the rooms I got to see…

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Walls are covered in a light green linen.  There is a mannequin in the corner of every room.

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I just want to point out that this post was entirely voluntary and nobody at Firmdale Hotels is paying me to write this.  I just thought our hotel was exceptionally chic!  Although I would be more than happy to have them as a sponsor ;)

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Back from London… and some very exciting news!!!

I’m back from London (barely).  My body is in Atlanta but my mind is still in  London.  I had such an amazing ten days. I cannot believe that it’s already over and I’m back in the real world.  I feel like I really took advantage of the time I spent in England – I did everything I wanted to do (except ride the London Eye… but I guess that’s a good reason to go back one day!).  It was so special to see my little sister at “university” in Oxford – I couldn’t be more proud of her (and jealous too!).

Unfortunately, I have already packed away all of my electronics and everything else from my desk in my apartment so I can’t upload pictures from my camera until next week.  But I will be sure to share some with you as soon as I get my hands on that camera cord.

Why am I packing?  Wellllllll… I’ve been waiting for a couple of months to share some VERY exciting news with you:  after four invaluable years in Atlanta, I’m finally moving back to Chattanooga NEXT WEEK.   I am so excited to begin working as an interior designer for Sophie’s Shoppe, my absolute favorite store.  [You may remember the post I did on artist Liz Nichols, who works for Sophie’s.]  If there is a store that represents my taste in design, it would be Sophie’s.

[Be sure to check out their facebook page… And Pinterest, Instagram (@sophies_shoppe), and Twitter…]  After checking out those social media sites, you’ll want to make a visit:

401 North Market Street

Chattanooga, TN 37405

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I’m thrilled to be moving back to my hometown and working as an interior designer.  It’s something I have looked forward to ever since I declared my major at the beginning of my freshman year eight years ago (((cannot believe it’s been that long))).

If you or anyone you know are looking to give your home a facelift, however big or small, I would love to help.  As always, you can contact me by email:  wheelerlewis1@gmail.com

And now… A blog post wouldn’t be a good blog post if I didn’t post some pretty pictures, would it?

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So many beautiful things going on in this picture…

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