The Best #Holiday Decor Window 2014

Every year my family ventures down Memory Lane to a small shop in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the best in Holiday Decor Windows. It was always so much fun taking our children to Sherwood Forest when they were young, and we still enjoy this holiday venture visiting Sherwood Forest!

Here’s a peek at their Holiday Window!

And you can go here and Vote for me in the #Holiday Window Contest! Scroll down towards the bottom of the entries until you see me and this video and give it a Thumbs up and much appreciated!

This is after we visit the magnificent Meadowbrook Hall for their annual Christmas Walk.


The Great Estate of Meadowbrook Hall

Meadowbrook Hall was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson. Here’s a snippet of her history courtesy of Wikipedia:

Matilda Dodge Wilson
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967), was born Matilda Rausch in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada. She was the widow of John Francis Dodge who co-founded the Dodge motor car company in Detroit with his brother Horace Elgin Dodge. Wilson co-founded the Oakland campus of Michigan State University, now Oakland University, with John A. Hannah. The new university was built on her 1,400-acre (5.7 km2) estate: Meadow Brook Farms.[1] via Wikipedia



Entry to Meadowbrook Hall



Photo of the Great Hall at Meadowbrook Hall



The Conservatory at Meadowbrook Hall

I sincerely hope you get to visit these two wonderful places, Sherwood Forest, a quaint shop in Rochester Hills, Michigan and The Great 88,000 sf Meadowbrook Hall Estate open for a Holiday Walk through the first week in January, 2015.


Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. Video by Patti Johnson. Photos of Meadowbrook Hall, Google Images.


#BlogTourCali – Westedge Design Fair



As mentioned in previous posts, BlogTourCali; A Well Designed Life ascended upon the Westedge Design Fair in Santa Monica, California this past October, anxious to see the latest and greatest. This design event on the West Coast is similar to the AD&D Show in NYC.

Attending Design Trade Shows is a highlight of my year, for so many reasons, foremost being the opportunity to personally view a curated collection of top shelf products in the industry, selected by the experienced professionals in the industry. Here’s a link to learn more about the Who’s Who behind Westedge Design Fair.

I can honestly say that on several occasions that I have specified products on projects that I had only just seen at such a fair! The exposure to many national and international companies that just may not make it to your local showroom, let’s say in OHIO, well, I find it extremely beneficial and I just know that there will be some products that I saw and was subsequently impressed with in Santa Monica that will likely end up in one of my future projects! And all thanks to Modenus,  for a Well Designed Life #BlogTour and our wonderful sponsors of which Westedge Design Fair was one.


Check out this amazing spiral glass staircase!



Need to add that very special staircase to heaven? Call Marretti, or better yet, call Patti Johnson Interiors! We’ll make it happen.


And of course the Italian firm Marretti will cause your steps to appear as if they are floating. You can view their site here.



Sun Valley Bronze had a beautiful display of their hardware. Jewels for your home.

Another fun part of BlogTours or attending national or international design trade shows is of course, ah-hem,  the very social aspect. It is all about social media to a degree. I was able to see many other people in the industry that I have met through the years. One of the exhibitors was Black Crow Studios, a specialty wall covering company and you can view their amazing products here.

You are hereby encouraged to visit the links in this post to see for yourself the amazing products!  Thanks for stopping by, all photography by Patti Johnson


Miele and A Well Designed Life -

BlogtourCali and a Well Designed Life via Modenus continues. Before heading to the Westedge Design Fair, the team is invited to attend a brunch served up by sponsor Miele. This turned out to not only be a phenominal brunch (which is my favorite meal by the way) but a demonstration of their new wonder, the Miele Steam Oven. You will no doubt be as amazed as we ALL were when you see the spread prepared by using only a steam oven. Yes, Even the deviled eggs. AND in case you’re wondering, Miele is pronounced MEE-la.


First, Miele welcomed hungry bloggers to beautifully set tables….


Just getting started here, notice the fresh made from scratch yogurt by the Miele chefs. Yeah, that’s right.


Egg dishes, salmon and anything that required cooking, was prepared for us using the Miele Steam Oven.

miele steam oven

This is the sleek Miele Steam Oven. See, it looks very normal.

European Design and “the perfect marriage of form and function.”


Here are the BlogTourCali members, see how polite we all look, obviously waiting to dig in. Notice someone is not looking at the camera but staring at the food. Not me.

Did you know that Miele has been around for more than 100 years?! Yes, they began with a washing machine and today their dishwasher is the quietest in the industry. It also gets your dishes very clean.


The Miele Showroom Crew and Staff. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and generosity in creating such a lovely event for us!

Miele Coffee maker

We were all treated to a selection of speciality coffees and cappuccinos. Yes, we were in heaven! 24″ PureLine Whole Bean Built-In Coffee System with DirectSensor Controls, OneTouch Function, Automatic Rinsing, BrilliantLight, Timer and 10 User Profiles



What a wonderful way to begin our journey~

Thank you for stopping by, just getting started on sharing all the good stuff on A Well Designed Life Tour in Sunny California, so come back!

All photography by Patti Johnson, aka Chatti Patti