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…

photo 22

photo 1

photo 11

photo 10

photo 4

photo 5

photo 15

photo 21

photo 111

Contact me by email: wheeler@sophiesshoppe.com
Check out Sophie’s
Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

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.

20131127-171722.jpg20131127-171754.jpg

Summerfield Design

Summerfield

20131127-171854.jpg

20131127-171935.jpg20131127-172101.jpg20131127-172127.jpg20131127-172151.jpg20131127-172247.jpg20131127-172324.jpg

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.

20131127-175318.jpg

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!!

Contact me by email:  wheeler@sophiesshoppe.com

Follow me on Instagram:  @wheelerlew

Follow Sophie’s on Facebook.

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.

Summerfield Design Blog

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.!

thatch roof!

thatch roof!

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

Contact me by email:  wheeler@sophiesshoppe.com

Follow me:

Twitter!

Instagram!

Pinterest!

Ready for 2013

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! In 2013 I plan on working harder and being nice to people. I always try to work hard and be nice, but I saw this picture on Pinterest and thought it would be a great New Years resolution.

I will also try to be a better blogger :)

20130103-074257.jpg

Follow me on Twitter.
Follow me on Pinterest.
Contact me by email: wheelerlewis1@gmail.com

Black / White

Black and white is sort of a tricky color combination for me.  There are certain things that I cannot stand in black and white.  For example, I cannot stand black and white damask – it just screams tacky.  But a black and white abstract painting or drawing?  I love them.  I guess I’m just picky about my black and white.  I usually don’t like black and white patterns or prints unless they’re super traditional or super modern.  But I love a black and white stripe – you’ll see :)

Click on pictures for sources.

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Summerfield

Country Living

Country Living

Summerfield

Summerfield

Brunschwig & Fils' Les Touches fabric

Brunschwig & Fils’ Les Touches fabric

Summerfield

Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton

Lonny

Lonny

Summerfield

Kate Spade's Normandy Park Dog Bag

Kate Spade’s Normandy Park Dog Bag

Summerfield

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Summerfield

Summerfield

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter

Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble

Summerfield

Rug Magazine

Rug Magazine

Summerfield

Summerfield

Summerfield

I have a feeling there will be many more black and white posts to come!

All other pictures via Pinterest.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me on Pinterest.

Contact me by email:  wheelerlewis1@gmail.com

Flashback from HB ’06

In the midst of my move, I came across the June 2006 issue of House Beautiful magazine. I know it’s only 6 years old, but the pictures and articles look like they could’ve been published yesterday. Now please excuse the quality of my iPhone pictures.

20120807-071914.jpg

You may have seen this pink vestibule designed by Mary McDonald. Pink + zebra + chinoiserie = feminine chic! The color is Benjamin Moore’s Coral Pink.

20120807-072119.jpg

The family room of the same house designed by Mary McDonald

20120807-072352.jpg

My favorite shot is this dining room designed by Myra Hoeffer. Those striped slipcovers!! And I’m not sure if you can tell but they’re different colors: blue, orange, and pink.

20120807-072909.jpg

Another timeless feminine room designed by Mona Hajj Interiors. Those little roman shades are so cute.

20120807-073138.jpg

20120807-073255.jpg

And finally, this fabulous antique mirrored bed designed by Bunny Williams.

20120807-073633.jpg

Follow me on Pinterest.
Follow me on instagram: @wheelerlewis1
Contact me by email: wheelerlewis1@gmail.com

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! Here’s a picture of one of my favorite Miles Redd bedrooms. It’s elegant, but it also looks inviting and lived in. I love the hand painted wallpaper, iron canopy bed, peacock blue accents, ruffled trim on those curtains, black and white chevron rug… Love it all.

20120716-091142.jpg

Slipcovering

I have always loved the look of a good white slipcover. A slipcover adds a casual laid back look to a piece of furniture. Most people see slipcovers as just a sheet that is thrown over an upholstered piece of furniture.  Oh no. They can be so much more.  This post was inspired by this picture from yesterday’s post on cabins:

How cute are those blue slipcovers on those Louis XVI style chairs with the TIES?!?!?  These chairs prove that a slipcover doesn’t have to be a white sheet on a club chair. You can get creative with slipcovers. Ideally, you would want to have them custom made for a piece of furniture, but there are lots of decent slipcovers out there from Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, even Target.

Hands down, the BEST thing about a slipcover? You can put them in the washing machine (or take them to a dry cleaner)! Therefore, they will last longer. Just another reason to make the investment to have them custom made.

 

 I’m IN LOVE with the slipcovers on the chairs below.  Louis XVI chairs with scalloped skirts?  Yes, please!

Cote de Texas

 

Miles Redd

 

Country Living

 

The Little Green Notebook

 

 Albert Hadley via House Beautiful

 

Dransfield & Ross via Elle Decor

 

A Petite Cottage

 

 

Jim Westcott via Elle Decor

 

 HGTV

 

McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier

 

 Melanie Turner

 

 via Pink Postcard

 

via Pink Wallpaper

 

via Roses & Rust

 

These might actually be my favorite… HOW CUTE.

 

Loving the buttons:

 

And last but not least…

Suzanne Kasler designed the unique slipcovers above.  I love them.  They’re so creative with their shape and contrast green piping and ties.  And they really add a casual feel to the otherwise formal dining room.

  

Spring Break

Who said Spring Break was only for college students?

My mom, my sister and I went to Orange Beach, Alabama for a little rest and relaxation this past weekend.  My grandmother has a condominium down there that we’ve been going to since I was 6 or 7 years old.  Needless to say, the vacation didn’t compare to the wild spring breaks I had in college (although we did see some pretty wild spring breakers on the beach).  It was so nice to forget about the stress of the interior design business for a few days while I was doing this:

Our wildest move was to go to the FloraBama for a Bushwacker on St. Patrick’s Day.  If you haven’t been, you must go — and if you don’t get a Bushwacker, then you haven’t gotten the full experience.

Now back to the real world! :(

photos by me on my iPhone.