Featured today is Marianne Strong from Haven & Home. If you already know who she is then I don't have to tell you how great she is because you already are aware of this. If you don't know her, she is a fabulous decorator from Birmingham, Alabama with great taste and an amazing sense of style. Go on over (after you read this of course) and check out her blog to see just how great!
Lamp- Antique, industrial lights- any ceiling light at South of Market basically.
Everyday (serving) dishes- Mississippi Pottery- Peter's Pottery and McCarty have an earthy simplicity that I really like and The Good Earth has patterns in wonderful color combinations.
Candle/scent- Botanicus Green Tea or Red Fruit
Design book- Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style by Kelly Wearstler
Cleaning supply-Vacuum cleaner, probably not what you were looking for but I could not live without mine. I find vacuuming therapeutic- I know I have a problem.
Fabric- My favorite fabric used to be Schumacher Katsugi, but it has become so popular. Right now my favorite collection is Philip Gorrivan for Highland Court. Second would be any of the velvet patterns from Robert Allen/ Beacon Hill. In general velvet stripes or geometrics are what call my name.
Sheets- SDH Legna sheets- you have never, ever, ever slept on anything so divine. They are pricey but worth every penny.
Wallpaper- Schumacher Imperial Trellis- I know this is not something unique or new but I really do LOVE it. Schumacher has dozens of wallpapers that I would use any day of the week. Second would definitely be a paper from Romo Fabrics.
Coffee or tea- Both! I prefer my coffee with a flavored creamer though (usually Hazelnut)
Color- Gray- I know, I know, people think I am crazy. To me it can be a neutral or a bold color, cold or warm, strong or inviting; it is very versatile but not overdone everywhere you turn.
Accessory- I love watches. Big earrings for myself, fresh flowers for the home, tape measure for work.
Electronic gadget- My camera- when God made me he forgot a good memory so I take pictures of everything. I can't tell you how many times a day I reference the pictures on my computer, I don't write anything down anymore.
Artist- John Hyche- One day (hopefully in this lifetime) I will have saved enough to have one of his paintings.
Comfort food-Mac and Cheese or Mexican
Alcoholic drink-Wine or Mojitos
Writing utensil- Pilot G2
Vacation spot- Maldives- oh wait that was just me dreaming. In real life it is the Gulf Coast- Seaside.
Pair of jeans- Rock & Republic
Heels / flats- Heels!
Room to decorate- Dining rooms; there are so many dining tables and chairs that I adore. Not to mention the light fixtures, rugs and all the different ways you can make it a traditional dining room with a big twist.
Magazine- It was Domino, now it is House Beautiful
Lipstick/lip gloss- Lip Gloss, although truth be told 98% of the day is Chapstick.
Designer- Bobby McAlpine (architect) His homes are amazing and his furniture pieces for Lee Industries are amazing.
Organizational tool- I have these white cardboard magazine holders from Ikea, probably a hundred of them and I don't know what I would do without them. Also, filing cabinets are a must.
Chair- There are too many, I would not even know where to begin.
Big box store- West Elm
China pattern- Silver Wheat by Wentworth- Nothing fancy, it was my Grandmother's and I could not love it more.
Soap- Method from Target in Almond Flower
Current Trend- I am seeing a lot of wallpaper these days, but not the heinous wallpaper of the past. The new versions are chic and fun.
Rug- Old Oushak rugs. On the flip side- anything seagrass, sisal or jute. They can be used in almost any room of the house and tend to hide several sins.
Hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about the fabulous girl behind Haven and Home- and thank you Marianne for taking the time to fill this out :)