"Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places!™"




Honored to be named as one of only eight (8)! Interior Designers from across the United States and Canada to represent the Home Furnishings Industry at 2015 Spring and Fall High Point Markets. Designers are selected to spot TRENDS in the industry and share on their social media outlets and blogs. Designers are chosen from different regions and I am proud to represent the midwest! I spotted several TRENDS as did the other remarkable Style Spotters and today’s post I am sharing what I believe to be one of the strongest if not THE strongest trend happening and that is the use of MIXED METALS  integrated into furnishings across the spectrum, from desks to lighting to beds to everything in between, there is an element of industrial metals to refined gold and polished nickel, which in my opinion beautifies the pieces, adds interest and a layer of texture to the design and furnishing of a beautifully designed space.



The SOHO desk of the SOHO Collection that I Style Spotted at Bernhardt Furniture is a showstopper! Capitalizing on the polished nickel, the geometry of the piece crosses over into another prominent TREND of SIMPLIFIED GEOMETRY. The parquet design of the burled top adds another layer of genius to a commanding piece of furniture. Notice the bar cabinet in background with Greek Key inspired door pulls and metal base. Bernhardt has a winner with this very fashionable collection. Simplicity in lines, yet says so much! I can’t wait until this is available!



Taylor Burke Home knocks your socks off with this STACKED PENDANT. The cut-away styled metal over-shade, the brass brads and even a gold metallic inner shade application, left me swooning. Again, this lighting fixture speaks to two major trends in home furnishings that will be visible for a long time to come, the metal aspect and the geometry; another TREND.



The Key West Credenza I Style Spotted by Ambella Home features over-scaled brass keys as adornment as well as the metal foot caps and stretcher bars. What a lovely piece, it seems to be saying “Look at me!” Amazing.



Michael Aram leaves us breathless with his abstract work artfully constructed of molten aluminum aptly entitled “After the Storm”. Upon careful study, it displays the remnants of debris on the streets after a storm and creates a layered effect. Lovely conversation piece.



Such a thrill to meet Michael Aram, the creative behind my Style Spot. He has a lovely showroom with artistic pieces that become heirlooms.


These are just a few of my favorite Style Spots from Market this past year.  I enjoy sharing what’s new and trending in the Home Furnishings Industry

so readers like you know what’s hot for a beautifully designed space! Which is your favorite piece? Would love to hear in your comments!


Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! I’ll be sharing more of the design TRENDS for 2016, be sure to check back!



Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places™ A Before and After

Transforming Spaces into Beautiful Places™ has always been the tag line of Patti Johnson Interiors and everyone loves a good Before and After, right? I certainly do – especially after six months of work to produce the end result for this Great Room.  I will be doing a series on Before and After projects from Patti Johnson Interiors that I have completed over the past two years. Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment on these amazing transformations!



A BEFORE photo I took of a project, that actually we had already begun some demo on.

AFTER shot from a similar angle. Photo: Aaron Stringer

AFTER shot from a similar angle. Photo: Aaron Stringer

First order was to rework the tired and traditional (dated) fireplace and small mantel and the bookcases. I selected a new modern fireplace insert with a stainless steel interior to reflect the flames and a water feature by Adagio. In addition, I selected Cambria quartz as a new surround and hearth. Removing some of the shelving in the built-ins and giving them a more dramatic color palette really changed the entire look and feel of the space. Custom lighting, custom painted horses and great furniture by Bernhardt brought the space to life but kept it cozy and intimate for entertaining.

Looking into the Dining Room BEFORE

Looking into the Dining Room BEFORE  Photo: Patti Johnson


Dining Room AFTER Photo: Aaron Stringer

Removing the chair rail and opening the wall to the adjacent den, beautiful color on the walls and ceiling with amazing light fixtures, this dining area is now an enjoyable place to dine.


Boring Stairway - Couldn't wait to get my hand on it!

Boring Stairway – Couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Photo: Patti Johnson

Change out the spindles, paint the handrail and newell posts and give them an artistic finial. Paint the wall and risers black and Voila! Amazing Transformation!

Change out the spindles, paint the handrail and newel posts and give them an artistic finial. Paint the wall and risers black and Voila! Amazing Transformation! Photo: Aaron Stringer

Stay tuned for the next exciting reveal from Patti Johnson Interiors!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!







August 28, 2015 – 11:50am


Chatti Patti Talks with CEO Veronika Miller about Modenus, BlogTour and Wine.


Veronika Headshsot

The Lovely Veronika Miller, the Mastermind and Creative Force behind the global Modenus Brand and the ever growing and popular BlogTour excursions for the on-line interior design community.

Veronika is the glue of that community.



CP. If for some reason, our readers don’t know what Modenus is, what would you tell them?

Modenus is a networking platform and resource catalog for the interior design community.  Design professionals and anyone else passionate about interior design can connect in our forums, find inspiration in our daily blogs, Before & After submissions and live event coverage.  Modenus is free to users and very easy to use.

CP. Explain what you do as C.E.O of Modenus – Chief Eternal Optimist – it seems very broad.

It’s all about the people. Modenus is a community of talented designers, design enthusiasts, manufacturers, trade show curators and more. Most of all, I bring them together, make connections, create the magic which happens when like minded people get together. I can often see where a brand and a designer or blogger would really be a great fit, they may not know each other or, if they do, they may not know that there is a potential opportunity to collaborate. Because I often get to hear about their needs and wants I can introduce them and then step back and let them develop something amazing. It’s a mixture of pied piper and ringmaster.

CP. What was your goal when you began Modenus?

 As professional designer I was able to explore running a large studio as well as working from home to be near my daughters. I loved the independence and lower overhead of working in a home studio but realized that I was missing the support and inspiration that comes with working with other creative people, and their networks. I wanted to recreate that, virtually, but on a much bigger scale.

CP. I would affirm that you have been successful with that!

Modenus.com, the website, sits at the heart of what we do with its curated product showcase and reviews, designer portfolios and blogs but it was always about going beyond the web. Using the site to expand the network to people I could have never met without social media and then making those connections tangible by meeting these people in real life, to me that’s what really build lasting relationships.”

CP.What does the name Modenus stand for or actually mean? I mean, really, I couldn’t find it in the dictionary and everyone says it differently (meaning no-one knows how to say it).

modenus type 2

Ha, no you wouldn’t. It was a play with words that came out of jumbling Modern, Design, Domus and suddenly there it was.! We knew it would be risky to use a name that didn’t have an apparent meaning  but it looked very beautiful when written and was nice and short which is good online. We just had to focus a lot of attention on branding to make sure people would get used to it.

CP. Ok, great. What inspired the first BlogTour? 

 Wine. rose-winesmall Seriously, wine may have been involved.    winepouringsm

But more than that it was the rich diversity of culture and creativity across the globe which I love and wanted to share, it was about the magic which happens when you bring on-line / social media friends together, face to face in the real world and the first BlogTour was to London, a city which I have always loved. ❤❤❤

London bridge

I had been to a dinner with a group of design bloggers in New York and was inspired by their passion and understanding of their local design scene, these guys knew everything design related in New York and surrounding areas and I kept thinking, oh I wonder what they’d say to London Design Festival. So…I invited them to come along.

Today we continue to push further and further into the local culture. We ask local bloggers to curate design tours for us since, again, they’re the ones that really have a sense of what’s happening in their hometown. They’re actually called MyCity tours.  Locals have the best knowledge and the tours are usually the most popular part of any BlogTour. This year we’ve seen amazing design shops in Amsterdam, New York and New Orleans. I think our bloggers got a lot out of those resources.

Street scene during BlogTourLdn

Street scene during BlogTourLdn

Picadilly Market - streets of London

Picadilly Market – streets of London

BlogTour isn’t about scratching the surface, we want to immerse our groups in all aspects of design and I, personally, love to stand back and watch the bloggers as they see the tour. You can walk 15 people down the same street and end up with 15 different perspectives. I love that.

CP.  I must admit, I really got a kick out of seeing the Tent London signage at the entrance to the venue.  They needed to clean the window, but it gave me a little thrill seeing the BlogTour name on it.

Entrance to Tent London at the London Design Festival September 2012

Entrance to Tent London at the London Design Festival September 2012

BlogTourLdn 2012 With Christopher Guy and Veronika Miller London Design Week, Decorex September 12 #BlogTourLdn

BlogTourLdn 2012
With Christopher Guy and Veronika Miller at Decorex during London Design Festival-#BlogTourLdn September 2012

CP. Not all our readers are familiar with BlogTour, (though I cannot imagine why) and  I wrote a post, What’s a BlogTour? that will shed some light on the topic. 

CP. What is the biggest take away from producing BlogTour?

I know I am repeating myself, but it really is all about the people. The group we brought from London to New York last year still gets together to share cocktails and burgers every so often. Many of our sponsors are still in touch with the bloggers we brought to our first tour in London. It’s all these lasting relationships that are so important in what we do.

I think BlogTour is a great example of a grass roots initiative. Yes, we have a big audience, over a million people per tour, so we’re very visible but I hate to hang my hat on numbers. It’s about what everyone gets out of it that is the real bottom line.

If bloggers end up with more traffic on their sites or perhaps with a job opportunity and if brands end up with lasting relationships with our team and a broader audience for their message, then we did our job.

CP. I see you even have a Best of BlogTour (BOB) Magazine – what a great idea. Where do you envision Modenus 10 years from now?

Modenus is always evolving, that’s the exciting part.

We are about to launch Modenus Germany at IMM Cologne. It will have a global perspective but a local focus. Design is wonderful in that it is global and local at the same time. Partnering with teams in key countries allows us to expand globally but still be of specific interest to the people in those countries. There is also the potential of using the Modenus model for other industries. And I am sure there will be surprises. No one would have anticipated the impact of social media and mobile technology over the last ten years but that’s what our success is predicated on. No one knows how things will develop, how they will change, but Modenus is agile enough to make the most of whatever comes along.

CP: How has Social media played into the evolution of blogtour?

“Well that’s a big question.  Twitter and other social media sites have helped grow Modenus to rank amongst the Top 100,000 sites globally in less than a year which is why we love using them.  When we talk on our social media channels we talk about life, the design industry and a wide variety of products — sometimes tongue in cheek, sometimes serious and because we make it fun and have lots to talk about, people tend to listen. 

CP. When will you write a book and what will it be about?

Now that’s an interesting idea. Probably not this afternoon. If I ever decide to do that it will be about sharing my experiences in media and design to help others along, sort of a “cut to the chase” concept since I’m all about saying it how it is.

CP. What is the one thing you would still like to accomplish?

One thing? I feel like I haven’t even started yet. On the business side I would love to see Modenus with a global presence and maybe BlogTour too, always digging deeper for more inspiration.

Personally, my life is all about my three daughters and seeing them growing up happy and fulfilling their potential.

CP. One of the biggest things our readers would like to know is;  How do you manage to maintain balance with so much travel, especially international travel and differing time zones?

You mean balance in my life? That’s easy. I’ve been a single mom for over seven years and early on in our new “arrangement” my daughters and I created a strategy. Eveyone had certain responsibilities in the household and I would involve them in the business as much as they wanted to be, so they wouldn’t “lose” mom in the process. Now I take them with me whenever possible and they help with various tasks around the office. We’re a team and I love that.

Time zones and long travel don’t bother me too much. That’s where first class and comfy hotel beds come in, in fact, sleep is probably the most important thing for me when it comes to my health.  So, plenty of rest and a great homelife is the answer.

Patti and Veronika Farewell dinner

CP. We love you Veronika!❤❤❤

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