Time To Garden!

Time to garden! It’s that time of year! The weather has warmed and spring cleanup has begun or even been completed.  I’m making a little garden in my back yard and I wanted a special tree for the center of it that wouldn’t grow too big over the years.  I love Japanese Maples but I have one and always plant them at every house we live in and wanted something different. So, today I visited the local garden/landscape shop in town and spotted the perfect tree.  A Japanese Dwarf  Variegated Willow. OK, another Japanese variety but I love that it will only grow to 8′ in height! Perfection.

Japanese Willow 2

As soon as I stepped from the car, I spotted the hint of pink on the tips of the leaves. I didn’t have to look any further! I enjoy the pink and purple scheme in my garden.

Japanese Willow

I love how the trunk is so straight! So adorable!

Japanese Willow close up

Close up of the leaves on the tree. I’ll put some purple with it.

may night

“May Night” does well in my shaded areas, I may add some in the new garden space.


Veronika, another great possibility!

purple lavender

Perhaps some purple lavender for the perennial garden.

What do you think? Which one should I choose?

What other perennials would look great with these?

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design today, check back soon for some pics of the finished garden!

The #Guest #Bedroom and a #Twitterchat | #Interior Design

This week on Interior Designer Chat aka #IntDesignerChat, a weekly chat on Twitter for professional members of the Interior Design, Architectural, Home Decor and related Vendors of our Global Community, we discussed the topic of “What makes the ultimate guest bedroom?” I say ‘discussed’ because it is past, the chat takes place on Tuesdays at 6pm Eastern Time.

Mentioned on the chat by many were the luxury of monogrammed linens in the guest room so that guests would not take them home! 😉 These via Pottery Barn.

This chat, attended by hundreds in the design industry begins with about 10 minutes of greeting each other across the country or continents and then progresses to a series of questions presented by the chat moderator, Barbara Segal, who selects a weekly topic, researches it and creates just the perfect questions for the community to respond to enthusiastically.

I love the neutrality of this room, perfect for siblings or pals when coming to visit!

I must admit, I am Chatti Patti on Twitter as well, (@PJohnsonInt) as well as the Chief Ambassador of the chat, whatever that means right? It means that I do my best to welcome each tweeter into the chat which can be a challenge as there are new participants each and every week.  Andrew Dunning, (@AndrewDunning)our overseas correspondent also has an Award Winning blog and our Ambassador in Chicago, Adele Young (@adeleyoung) also has a blog.

OO La La, this southern gem, via Southern Living, offers true warmth. A stone fireplace, canopy bed and an antler chandelier make it cozy and inviting!

The participants who show up on a regular basis have become wonderful resources for one another, sharing their expert tips and often secrets to the various design dilemmas that designers often face.

This lovely room via Traditional Home offers nearly everything your guests will need to be comfortable.

Another great benefit about setting aside one hour of your week to participate or sometimes simply watch as tweets fly by at an incredibly fast pace (making between 6 – 8 MILLION impressions on people all over the world!), is the educational experience and insight to the differences within the industry in relation to the region the tweeter resides or practices. The topics are most always educational with the occasional Twitter party where we chide each other across the room at a virtual venue.

Nestled under the eves or a finished attic space, this room is comfy and inviting.

May sound crazy, but the fact is I have met many, many of these tweeters aka “strange unknown axe murderers” in real life. Yep, I have. No crazies amongst them except for..oops, almost slipped there. Some of you know all about the axe murderer statement given as advice from loving husbands as their wives fly off to destinations to hang with these, well wonderful people! I even had the opportunity to meet up with several recently at a recent trade show for the Kitchen and Bath Industry after a live tweet-up.

What a nice group of designers who I tweet with weekly on #IntDesignerChat!

Twitter offers those who invest their time into developing relationships many rewards.

For a more airy feel, the bead-board on the ceiling lends a casual air to this room, for the Masters of the house or for their guests.

I hope you enjoyed your twitter tutorial as well as the lovely pictures of bedrooms! If you would like for Patti Johnson Interiors to Transform Your Space, please contact us! Please leave a comment, we love to hear from you!

Until next time ~ Chatti Patti

Foyers ~ The eyes to your Home!

Ever walk into a home and gasp!  I have. Innumerable times. Sometimes in real peoples’ homes, sometimes in show-homes and sometimes in hotels and commercial buildings. I love the anticipation of a foyer. The tale of the unknown that begins to unfold when passing over a threshold!

It’s only secondary to the curb appeal and of course your front door and related landscaping, but how often have you stood on an incredible porch surrounded by stone, two-story arches and 4′ tall hanging pendants only to get your first glimpse of what lays beyond..and be totally disappointed? Well, this is either the big miss or the big hit! Often, the neighborhood girl scout selling her cookies won’t get beyond this mysterious place, but nothing like a little teaser to let the imagination run wild!

Foyers should never, ever be cluttered! A  foyer can be grand even when not so grand in stature, by being classic and inviting! Here are some fabulous foyers that I hope you’ll enjoy!

This is somewhat simple, but stunning and make a big impression for a medium size foyer.

I adore seating in a foyer, such a wonderful and ‘soft’ way to welcome guests. Although this Foyer is narrow, it has been staged beautifully.

Don’t you just adore the cheerfulness of this entryway? Immediately, you simply must cheer up! Whomever lives here likes to have guests!

This Foyer is by Florida Design. The dramatic tangerine color in an adjoining room play off the neutral tones in the actual Foyer. A stunner for sure!

Another Foyer which appears so striking because of the bold use of color! Color is the single most simple way to add drama or impact to a space!

A more typical Foyer in regards to size yet stylishly appointed.

As you may have discerned, I like a ‘crisp’ foyer, not to say that the ornate ones leave me sad, just that there is sometimes the overwhelming, over colorful or overly decorated space that leaves no place for the eye to REST!  Giving the eye a place to rest is mental relaxation. If the foyer is too busy, it will not invoke a sense of peace in your home, and we all know how important that is! I hope this post has inspired  you to take a second look at your Foyer.

Thanks for stopping by – Chatti Patti – Till next time and leave me a message if you wish. #Cincinnati, Ohio