Author Archives: admin

A Refreshing Visit to High Point Market


High Point, North Carolina hosts the High Light of my work vacation – the Fall and Spring Furniture Markets. As as interior designer, it is energizing to find the perfect piece for a client’s project. This October’s market was the best in several years – a great come back. (Recession must be over!!) Avant-garde, architecturally designed bookcases, credenzas, and display pieces, creative lamps and chandeliers were inspiring. Area rugs, resembling modern paintings have truly become floor art.

Traditional is still here, but the Mid-Century Modern revival has inspired a new Modern. And color is not disappearing. Thank goodness.


Robin Kent Captures the Beauty in Antarctica

Robin Kent continues to travel the world and capture the life and beauty of each locale with his amazing photography. Last Tuesday evening, he shared his latest adventure in Antarctica with an audience of fans and photographers at the Cherrydale Branch Library in Arlington. He explained how he shoots a number of shots of the same landscape and then merges them together into one, broad image. He spoke not only of the scenery and the timing of the photos, but also of how he planned for the trip.

He shared an image of the cameras, lenses, batteries, etc. that made it into the bag at fifteen pounds – the maximum carry-on weight. He followed with an image of his wife Laurie’s photography equipment – her cell phone!

Check out his Antarctica portfolio. Two of our favorite images are 1) the mountains and 2) the whale fin in full view. (We also enjoyed Laurie’s video of the lively and talkative penguins.) His photos will be on exhibit until November 2nd.

A wonderful presentation, a wonderful couple. And they are wonderful clients as well!

The Design Exchange Team

Re-Launch at Last! Welcome to our Newly Updated Website.

We knew it was time. We also knew that we needed a team of talented experts to listen to us, understand our perspective, and guide us to the finish line. (Hmmmm. That is what we do for OUR clients.) Fortunately, we knew the people who could do that. Anne Taylor of Taylor Design and Photography (Eric Taylor is one of the photographers featured on our site) and Michael Drobnis of OptfinITy, our long time technology guru, each brought their specific talents and skills to the project. Thank you Anne and Mike for letting us be your clients. And thank you, Eric for your talents.

So take a look. There are several new projects on the site, kitchens, bathrooms (including an award winning master bath), powder rooms, and a variety of rooms for living graciously and entertaining. Commercial projects include office suites and a restaurant. If you have been to the site before, you will see a few familiar photos as good design can be timeless.

Our thanks also go out to every client who has let us show their projects on our site, given the wonderful comments that you can see on our Accolades page, and every contractor, architect, rep, vendor, fabricator and supplier that has made it possible to provide beautiful homes and businesses for our clients. Kudos, of course, to the talented photographers that captured the images for us to share.
Let us know what you think