Cotswold Beauty

My blog posts have become few and far between, but I had to take a few moments to post images of a project I recently completed. These clients left out no details when it came to making sure their home was a beautiful place to raise their children. Function and livability are key, in my opinion, and I had a fabulous time making sure this home reflected that. 

Architect: McClure Nicholson Montgomery

Contractor: Kelly McArdle Construction

Stylist: Matters of Style

Photography: The Beautiful Mess

Study Refresh

I love when clients come to me with a great (existing) color palette and I'm able to add a few pieces to really spice up the room. This particular client already had some great pieces to work with, and we chose a variety of fabrics to reupholster existing chairs, create new throw pillows and bring the room to life. Combine that with fabulous a new light fixture and desk, and inspirational study!

Guest Room Update

Considering it has now almost been 2 years since I last posted....holy busy-town!...I thought I would share a few projects that I have had documented recently. This first one is a guest room that needed a little extra punch. Check out the antique Honduran bed that I used as a luggage rack. Such a great find! 

Fresh Upholstery Makes All the Difference

I recently received a few items back from my fabulous upholsterer, and I have to say that I'm always in awe of how much life a fresh fabric can add to a piece of furniture. Reupholstering pieces can sometimes cost as much as buying a new piece of furniture. But, with great pieces like these below, we decided to spend a little less on the fabric in order to get a great new look. Check out the before and after shots below.

Before: Pink upholstered settee with beautiful lines.

Before: Pink upholstered settee with beautiful lines.

Before: Club chair 

Before: Club chair 

After: Settee

After: Settee

After: Club chair with a longer skirt and banding.

After: Club chair with a longer skirt and banding.

Let us help you bring new life to your old treasures. You won't be disappointed!



Exciting News for Shannon Joseph Interiors

I'm very excited to announce a new business venture for Shannon Joseph Interiors! I have recently leased retail space at Alexander Scott, a multi-merchant boutique in Charlotte offering home furnishings, art, accessories and gifts. The new store is scheduled to open in early/mid-February. If you are in the area, please stop by to check it out…I don't think you will leave empty-handed! 

Alexander Scott
The Myers Park Center
1029 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM

Christmas Gift Finds

I'm always on the hunt for some sort of fun, sentimental gift for Christmas. Well, at least for one or two people on my shopping list. Let's be honest, none of us have the time or energy to make homemade gifts for all of our loved ones at Christmas. And, frankly, some of our loved ones just don't appreciate the homemade factor as much as others. This year, I've spotted a few items that fall into both the "fun" and "sentimental" categories as well as just a few all-around great gift ideas. Check them out.


My daughter loves to play matching/memory games. And, she's kind of awesome at it. So, this is a great stocking stuffer that we can personalize with photos of family members.

For the grandparent that is hard to buy for…a personalized keychain, charm, etc. with their grandchild's fingerprint.


This is a great gift for the product "junkie". You can purchase a box of goodies or set up a monthly subscription for a year. Each month, your loved one receives a box of high end skin and beauty products along with instructions on how to use them. The best part…they will be thanking you throughout the year for giving them a "gift" every month.


While I really enjoy seeing the artwork that my daughter brings home from preschool, I wouldn't necessarily call it something that needs to be displayed under a picture light. However, she really loves seeing her artwork showcased around our home. So, here is a clean-looking way to show off the finger painted "house"…not to mention that it's extremely easy to change out the display.


Glamorous Butler's Pantry

Just look at that tile! WOW! I think I could spend days in a tile showroom just admiring all the beautiful work out there. But, this particular tile just grabs your attention when you walk into the room.  

Walker Zanger, Contessa (Silver Leaf)

Walker Zanger, Contessa (Silver Leaf)

Some of my very good, repeat clients recently moved to a beautiful new home. There was an empty "butler's hall" between their kitchen and dining room that we decided to turn into a fully functional butler's pantry complete with ice maker, liquor storage drawer, beverage/wine fridge and wine rack. Not to mention….tons of lovely counter space! Talk about a great place to have a party! Enjoy the pics.

Cabinetry: Artisan Cabinetry

Backsplash: Walker Zanger

Countertop: Harkey Tile & Stone

Appliances: U-Line, Scotsman


Raleigh Study (Part Two)

I finished a study in Raleigh several months ago, but now my clients have sold that home and are on to the next one. More fun for me, too! Since I couldn't make it to Raleigh to photograph the finished product, their realtor sent photos from the listing. Lovely, don't you think? We added a built-in file cabinet to the bay window in the front of the house to make the space more functional as a study without having a lot of bulky furniture. A super-soft rug, beautiful NOIR desk and two smaller scaled chairs (by LEE Industries) along with some window treatments make this one cozy little spot to work.

New Construction in Dilworth

I've been working with a sweet, sweet family over the past year on their custom built home. They were friends before I was their designer, and I'm so honored that they chose me to be there with them every step of the way. Of course, they had a great builder in Sixteen Penny Construction, and it was a pleasure to work with another great company in the area on this project.

We wanted to add contemporary flair where possible, while making the rooms functional and practical for a young, growing family. We are still in the process of adding furnishings and finishing touches to several rooms, but I wanted to share some of the photos of their beautiful home following its completion in August.  "F" Family, it was truly a blast working with you. I hope your new home is as much fun to live in as it was to create!

Contractor: Sixteen Penny Construction

Architect: McClure Nicholson Montgomery

Cabinetry: Millwork on 31st

Tile/Countertops: World Stone

Lighting: Visual Comfort and J. Landon


Happy Wedding Day, Little Brother

I don't normally use this blog to post personal things, but this event required a big "shout-out" from cyberspace. Today is a big day for my baby brother. Today is the day he will say "I do" to his sweet, beautiful, sentimental bride. And, we could not be more thrilled for the two of them. 


So, to Casey and Josh, may this day be filled with love, excitement and wonderful memories for many years to come. May you feel the joy of all of your family and friends as we surround you on this very important occasion. And, may your marriage be the ultimate example of the Father's love for His bride. We love you and we are so proud of you. 

Selecting the Perfect Paint Color

Choosing the right paint color can be a daunting task for most people. Even designers sometimes have a difficult time deciding the best color to put on such large areas. The thought of "committing" to something as large as a wall space sends some on a mad dash to the paint store to pick out their fifteen favorite samples to splash all over the walls. I once heard someone say, "painting a wall is like having an don't have to commit". Now, this blog is not meant to get into marital discussions or talk about my thoughts on the subject, but that person was correct when it comes to paint colors. 

On the home tour last weekend, one of the questions that I received the most was "what color is on the wall in 'X' room". It made me stop and think that this color solution that comes so easily to some of us is really one of the first steps in helping others visualize how differently a room can look with just a coat of paint. Painting a room is a very inexpensive way to change the entire look of a space. Here are a few tips and some of my favorite shades.

1)  Samples. Always, ALWAYS, aLWaYs put a sample on the wall. Choose at least three samples. Select the one that you absolutely love, then select a shade darker and a shade lighter. Paint a 2x2 foot square so that you are able to see a large enough space. You may decide that you do not like a color if you paint a large enough swatch of it.

Velvet & Linen

Velvet & Linen

2) Lighting. Paint colors look completely different depending on the time of day and the light sources in the room. Once you have the sample on the wall, view it during the daylight hours and the evening hours (with the lights on). It's always a good idea to look at the color during the time of day that you plan to use the room most. For instance, a master bathroom is most often used in the early morning and in the evening. 

Shannon Joseph Interiors

Shannon Joseph Interiors

3) Trim and special effects. Don't forget about the trim color. There are great ways to accent trim work and ceilings. You can also increase or decrease the strength of the color to achieve the specific look that you'd like. 

Mrs. Howard

Mrs. Howard

4) Finish. Eggshell is the standard finish for most walls, but don't be afraid to use a high gloss in a study or other small space. Semi-gloss/high gloss trim work is also a great way to make the trim really stand out against the wall color.  

Dilworth Home Tour!

It's that time of year again...the mornings have gotten a little more crisp, school is back in session and football season is in full swing. In Charlotte, that also means that it's time for the annual Dilworth Home Tour! I have been a tour goer for probably 5 out of the past 7 years. I love seeing the historic homes, the new construction, getting inspiration and ideas from other designers and seeing how other homeowners enjoy their spaces. 

This year, though, I have the privilege of co-sponsoring my own home with Pace Development Group, our fabulous builder! We have been frantically putting finishing touches on some of those areas that haven't been acknowledged since we moved in a year ago, but I think we are almost ready! Here's a quick sneak peek.

If you're in the Charlotte area and are looking for something fun to do this weekend, head on over to the Dilworth neighborhood and check out nine terrific homes. 

Beautiful Table Settings

I love a beautifully adorned dining table, especially around special holidays. But, sometimes it is difficult to find the right table decoration for the everyday table. I have been looking for beautiful placemats for my dining room table for several months. I wanted to add just the right amount of color to my monochromatic room. I found this company when searching for the perfect table linens...I mean, how gorgeous are these??

Floral arrangements and beautiful china add so much character to a table as well. Have you found any table linens, china or place settings that really catch your eye?

Laundry Room Makeover

I've been working with a client on a laundry room/mudroom remodel. They wanted to have a more functional (and beautiful) laundry space as well as more cabinet storage, lockers for all of those backpacks, shoes, etc. When we started the project, they were expecting a baby in just a couple of months, so we needed to make the most of our time. (The project included demolishing a wall, or at least part of it, and raising the laundry room floor to the level of the mudroom.)

I started by taking a few photos and measuring the space. Here is the before:

I hand-drew a plan for the cabinetry and the lockers. The cabinetry experts turned it into this:

Then, we got busy selecting floor tile, countertops, a backsplash, cabinet style, cabinet color and hardware. Last but not least, paint and plumbing. Here are a few photos taken during cabinet installation:

And here is the finished product! Doesn't this room just make you want to do laundry?

Mother's Day...a personal note

Mother's Day is one of those days where we all reflect on our relationships with our mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, or whomever we have in our life that resembles the matriarch of our family. I'm blessed to have several strong, caring, loving women in my life who have each given me some lesson in motherhood in one form or another. They have all supported me and each of my endeavors, they've given their honest opinions when they thought that maybe my decisions weren't the "best", and they have taught me how to BE a mother and an honorable wife. I'm so fortunate to have such special mothers and grandmothers in my life. 

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And, to the little girl who made me a mother...what a special, special gift. I love you, Caroline, and I'm so thankful that I get to be the person you call "Mommy".


Current Inventory Available for Purchas

I have several items in inventory right now that I'm selling. Some are from the most recent High Point Market, some are items that are gently used and just need reupholstery. In some cases, there are multiples of the same item. Email me if you're interested in dimensions or price (

High Point Market Day 1

Stunning! That is how I would describe my visit to High Point Market today. Now that I have my bearings, though, my trip on Wednesday will likely have more purpose (and probably more photos). Some trends that I saw....lots of high gloss/lacquer, navy and green still popular colors (along with oranges and grays), tons of metal/iron tables and chandeliers and over-dyed rugs galore. I can't wait to go back next week! Here are a few images from my visit today (please excuse the iPhone quality).

1930s Remodel

I have been working with a local builder on an addition/remodel job for the past 8 months. We just completed the project, which included adding a new family room, powder room, kitchen, mudroom, laundry room and upstairs master suite to a 1930s colonial. They also added a beautiful covered porch and updated some of the interior features of the home such as trim work, door casings, floors and hardware.

My clients were so much fun to work with and they really liked "stepping out of the box" a little. One of my favorite features is the powder room sink. We used a live edge slab from a local mill (The Saw Mill Ltd.) for the countertop, added a copper sink and a channel spout faucet to make a unique statement for their beautiful powder room. (Please note: this photo was taken before the room was complete.)

In the kitchen, we selected a glass mosaic linear tile for the backsplash to complement the quartz countertop and wood stain on the island. The flecks of copper in the island are hard to see in the images, but they really add character and dimension.

We decided on another unique tile in the master bathroom...a "bubble" mosaic. It is perfect for a bathroom, and I love the colors.

Although, we worked on several other rooms in the home, these were some of the images that I thought really captured the new and updated look. A big thank you to my clients...I hope you really enjoy your beautiful home!

New Logo and Website!

I'm so excited to share my new logo and website with you! A big shout-out to Stir Studios for their work on the graphics and web design! They did a fabulous job, don't you think? Also, a big photo credit to my photographers at The Beautiful Mess. They are great to work with.

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Look around on the website to see some of my most recent work. And, be sure to check back often as I post progress photos for the projects that I'm working on or blog about design trends and ideas. 

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is just around the corner, and I have to admit that I am NOT sad to see winter go. Although we don’t have the worst winter weather compared with other parts of the country, I love to spend time outside. And, it is cold enough in North Carolina that you’d rather stay indoors during the winter. So, as I sit here and daydream about the spring days ahead, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite outdoor living photos.

Outdoor spaces are becoming second living/family rooms to some people these days…myself included. I love to have our family dinner outside on nice evenings (before the mosquitos and humidity of summer strike). When we built our home, a covered porch was a key requirement. And, we have enjoyed many meals, football games and the like out there.

Indoor/outdoor fabrics have improved over the past several years, as well. Now, some indoor/outdoor fabrics are even being used inside, particularly in higher traffic areas (banquettes, barstools, etc.).