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Last summer, Justin and I were fortunate to have purchased a home that was once inhabited by an avid gardener. This spring, we delighted in the colors bursting all around our yard. Bless you, gardening angel. What a gift to wake up on Holy Saturday to find purple and white irises abloom! Especially when you didn’t even know they were there. 

Sweet-smelling irises shooting up, seemingly, out of nowhere.

A few days later, Chelsey and I were excited to hear what Michael Payne would say to a packed room of interior designers and furniture industry insiders at High Point Market.

I was most struck by his emphasis on nature and its impact on design. Michael shared lovely photographs of flowers from his garden; one of which had influenced the creation of a piece of furniture he designed.

Former HGTV host Michael Payne of Designing With the Sexes speaking at High Point Furnishings Market.

Wednesday, while working from home, I was moved to capture some spring grandeur on a most glorious day. Indeed, I was inspired.

This spring bloom is my favorite so far. The color combination is breathtaking and might have inspired the design direction for our guest bath.

Michael Payne introduces a new furniture collection in September. See a sampling (and a pretty cool website) on www.michaelpayne.com. Not surprising, coming from a designer who has a history in both computers and interior design. “To be inspired by nature is the greatest inspiration of all,” Michael said.

I, most emphatically, would agree.  What inspires you? Please share.

One Response

  1. Lisa Marie says:

    I too am always taken back by what nature has to offer us. After hearing Michael's speak at High Point, I now want to bring the beauty of nature into my home thru design. What a great seminar!

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