Circles Trending at Spring High Point Furniture Market 2014

I’m back from “Running Circles” at  High Point Furniture Market in High Point North Carolina and excited to share what’s trending for upcoming home style!

Decompressing from the overload of home furnishings style is a common state for many designers in a good way of course! 2014 Market had a different vibe than in past years in my opinion.  There was a little more optimism in the air and I felt that the designs selected by exhibitors were far more glamorous than in past year.  A return to luxury, refined taste and investment pieces.


Let’s start with this amazing horn console by Bernhardt with a circular design!

Color was also forefront this Spring yet the singular most visible trend to me was the use of circles in the design.  In fact, there were so many, that I googled the meaning of circles and here’s an excerpt of what I came across:

Some Circle Symbol-Meaning Keywords
The circle symbol meaning is universal, sacred and divine. It represents the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.
 – From

Here’s just some of my beautiful finds exhibiting the circle trend below:


Wonderful detailed interlocking Circle Lamp by Bassett Mirror


Polished Chrome Circle Tabletop Accessory by Interlude Home




Connecting Circle Mirror by Basset Mirror


A lovely golden toned circle overlay design mirror by Bassett Mirror


Gorgeous black and white circular mirror – another great design by Bassett Mirror


A fun and frilly circular designed mirror by Bassett Mirror


Circle Art resembling an eclipse


More simplistic Circle Art in the design


Wonderful custom Bar Cabinet by John Strauss Furniture of Ohio with the circle design theme


“Rounding” out the evening sipping wine with a circle of friends~

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design~ I hope you enjoyed a small sampling of the wonderful items I was able to view while at High Point earlier this month!

Be sure and stop back soon!

All Photos: Patti Johnson

DPVA Designer’s Show House and Gardens

DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens

Saturday, April 27 through Saturday, May 18, 2013

DPVA logo and photo

22 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces and an 8 car garage from another era

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF DESIGN. That’s exactly what purchasing a ticket to this fabulous Designer Show House can provide access to! In addition to the acres upon acres of gardens to peruse at The Rike Estate (High Acres) during the upcoming 2013 DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens, there are also many wonderful events planned such as three separate High Teas complete with Fashion Shows presented by “Get Dressed“, “Joli  Boutique“, and “Magnolia’s On Main” ,  a tour of the estate  and a book of exclusive tea recipes. Also planned is a “Little Me Tea” complete with a children’s fashion show accompanied with a tour of the estate and fun entertainment to bring your favorite little ones to. Please join us for  an Opening Night Party on April 27th and another lovely evening party on Friday, May 17, as the Show House tours come to a close. Yes, it’s party season in Dayton, Ohio!

Why must you wait until April 27th to walk through and drool over this estate? Because….right now there are 45 designers, umpteen contractors, electricians, plumbers and painters etc. running to and fro (near frenzied) to transform this mansion into a special event just for you.  Sounds like a lot, right? IT IS.  Since this is the first DPVA Designer Show House & Gardens for which I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of as a designer and additionally as a blogger, I thought I’d take you on a little behind the scenes look at the activity over the next few posts.

Head Honcho

This is Carol. DPVA Officer Extraordinaire,

Carol is standing in the newly renovated kitchen. You’re getting a little sneak peek here and it is beautiful!

Without Carol, nothing that could be done would be done in regards to the Show House.  Currently the Vice President of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association, Carol is devoting her time to making sure everything gets done on time and according to plan.

“A non-profit organization, the DPVA was created in 1952 with an ongoing mission to support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the areas of education, promotion, fund raising and membership development, the DPVA is the largest music  education program in the United States and The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews were named a Gold Award winner by
 League of American Orchestras. ” ~ DPVA

The Show House takes place every other year and my last conversation with Carol was that the DPVA was already on the lookout for the next location for the Designer’s Show House & Gardens for 2015! Makes my head spin just thinking about it. Carol is responsible for coordinating all the trades personnel (just like a designer) and making sure all the right color paint, provided by sponsor Sherwin Williams, gets put on all the correct walls and ceilings in all the correct sheen in the proper order necessary to allow the next trade personnel into a particular space. She’s great on her IPad (I’ve seen her) and still wears a smile ’round the clock.

In addition to Carol, there are dozens of generous volunteers who are overseeing various aspects of the Show House production; from marketing and printing to gardening and catering. Many volunteers also generously donate their resources to assist the effort. Volunteers must be lined up to work the High Teas, take your tickets, direct the parking and on it goes. A big Thank You goes out to all of those wonderful DPVA Volunteers and other residents of the surrounding communities whose participation and efforts make the event so successful.

Here’s a BEFORE picture of the Family Room:

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE!

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Designer Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors of Dayton is one of the designer’s I’ve met since I’ve been working on this project as a designer as well as blogging about it.  This is Luken’s design/inspiration board for the family room.

I simply adore Ralph Lauren’s new fabrics, don’t you?  The choice of Emerald Green as a predominant color in the theme is so beautiful that  I can’t wait to see this room and entire home come to life.

Two second floor bathrooms will be transformed by Patti Johnson Interiors  and will be featured  in an upcoming post. To the homeowner, Tom McColgan, who had to move out for a couple of months, thank you so very much for allowing us to have some artistic license in  your home.  We hope you will love it!

Terrace BEFORE!

Terrace BEFORE!

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio BEFORE

Looking forward to seeing flowers in bloom from the terrace overlooking the pool, pool house and grounds.

Interested in coming to see the transformation? For more information, please contact Leta at: or call 937-572-7494. We’ll see you there.

A very special thank you to all of our wonderful Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Clark, Schaefer and Hackett  Marcia and Walt Wood
Emerson Climate Technologies Robert and Leta Fairbank
Grismer Tire Paul and Carol Lamberger
Midwest Fasteners, Inc. Betsy and Lee Whitney
Wright State University Lisa Fry and Neal Gittleman
First Financial Bank Carol & Don Erwine
James Investment Research Karen and John Marshall 
Dayton Dental Collaborative MJ and Bella Freeman
Huntington Bank Rogers and Greenberg
TDH Marketing
Centerville Winnelson/WinWholesale
Blanco America
Lamps Plus
Arrow Wine and Spirits
Bonbright Distributors
Sherwin Williams


Mirrors as Art~

Everyone has one and certainly everyone needs one (or more). Mirrors. Plural. Displayed in a grouping, mirrors make a wonderful focal point.  How can that be achieved? Subject to individual taste and style, it can be achieved in many different ways to compliment or to dress up virtually any space.

Mirrors come in countless varieties and diverse shapes, sometimes even more than art work. With paintings, the emphasis is usually and should be on the art itself and less ornamentation is considered favorable for the framing although many are framed elaborately. Mirrors are often admired for their unique frames and/or shapes along with their reflective quality. I recommend hanging mirrors of several shapes and sizes in a stairwell, or actually have professional hang them, it’s a bit tricky!  Stairwells are usually a spot in the home that can always use a little more light, even when in an open foyer. Here is a collection of rectangular mirrors enhancing a stairwell in a traditional setting.

A timeless look, a classic and cohesive design achieved by a collection of similar shapes and frame finish.

A good quality mirror will have high quality silver content, several layers of back painting and be copper free. A lesser quality of mirror may have aluminum backing instead of the silver nitrate. Prices of mirrors range dramatically and the factor is quality just as it would be in art or furnishings.

“Mirrors offer more interest, texture in frame applications,  reflective quality and enhance a room with more light than  pictures on the walls.”~Patti Johnson

Here are some beautiful mirrors to illustrate that mirrors can be used in any type of decor:

Multiples of a mirror hung over a sofa can fill a large space or long wall.

Traditional yet a more modern approach to a wall of mirrors.

Mirrors are a nice option if you are not an art collector but art is in the eye of the beholder, right? It draws the eye and when done in a grouping can make a  focal point even more interesting!

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