Take A Seat!

Take a seat, take any seat but don’t settle for any plain old chair.
While attending the High Point Market in North Carolina, the mecca for the furniture industry, I found legions of chairs with bright, bold print fabrics. I was like a kid in a candy store, snapping photos left and right. All the beautiful fabrics on these chairs were inspirational to this designer.
These two swivel chairs covered in this fabulous deep rich print would look wonderful in any room. This is a perfect example of up and coming trend colors. @wesleyhall Photo: Lori Carpenter
Chinoiserie fabrics as well as wallpaper were prevalent through out the market. Chinoiserie reflects Chinese motifs derives from the French. The English and Italian designers sought to imitate the fanciful, decorative style of the Chinese arts. You can see the design matches the European taste rather than respecting the Chinese originals. To learn more about Chinoiserie check out Dragons & Pagodas: A celebration Chinoiserie by Aldo’s Bertram. @wesleyhall
Modern designs by Nathan Anthony has the best designs and the quality is second to none. I love the yellow chair especially the legs. The dining chair with the rounded back was unbelievably comfortable.
Natural materials will always be in vogue. It goes well with the Chinoiserie design style. But, coordinates well with many design styles.
My first impression of the chair in the TOV showroom was WOW someone the needs to entertain the cat would love this chair. And you know the cat would love it. Stunning!
My personal favorite find was the dining chairs that swivel and roll. The fabric in dusty apricot gives a nod to colors of the year 2023. Benjamin Moore 2008-30 Raspberry Blush and Sherwin 
Williams 9081 Redend Point. Both a nice earth tone color.
I was crushing on all of these chairs for many reasons. Style, design and their unique functions were the main reasons I fell in love. Fabrics can be reproduce on your furniture. I have a wonderful upholster and 1000’s of fabrics that can transform your existing chairs to beautiful seating in your home. Give me a call today to get you taking the perfect seat.



What’s Your Dream Bathroom?

I’m working on some exciting bathroom remodels;
some are minor updates and some are total guts.
As we know the world has changed in the past two years.
Homeowners are realizing the importance that their bathrooms need to be personalized to their individual needs.
Would you be willing to share what you would want most in your bathroom?
Your perspective will help me share some behind the scenes of a bathroom remodel. The problems and how to best solve the issue.
Share with me your dream bathroom.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Decorate With Them!

Have you bought flowers at the store and got a little packet of plant food to keep your flowers blooming longer. Did you know you can make that for your fresh-cut flowers?
You will need the following:
2-tablespoons of lemon juice
1-tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of bleach
and fill the container with distilled water.
The above recipe will help your fresh-cut flowers out of your yard or garden last longer.
If you want to use the slices to decorate the vase, use two vases, one larger than the other.
Place the lemons, limes, or oranges between the two vases, which will make a beautiful fresh flower arrangement for your home.

Before and After-Primary Bathroom Renovation

Like all couples' bathroom renovation, each one has different requests they most desire. This bathroom was no other. Each had additional requirements. The wife wanted a low threshold shower, the husband desired heated floors, and both loved the color blue.
The bedroom and bath had been a new addition a few years earlier, but the budget was tight, and the homeowner felt they had to settle for lesser expensive finishes in the bath. They are now empty-nesters and want a luxurious bath as they age. The bathroom configuration worked great for this couple; therefore, expensive plumbing changes were unnecessary. I was leaving room for all things pretty.
We replacing the existing tub shower with a tile shower, seating, and low threshold for easy entering and exiting the shower. The white tile is a crayon-shaped ceramic tile running horizontal, and the shower niche is a smaller navy blue crayon tile running vertically to add visual interest.

As we mature, lighting is essential to a primary bath. This bathroom needed extra attention. One easy way to help with this issue is to add a mirror from the ceiling to the top of the vanity and then add wall sconce lighting to reflect off the mirror giving extra light. Additional LED can light was positioned over the two sink vanities and the shower. The bathroom also had a flush mount ceiling light that I changed to a chandelier.

The faucets, hardware, and beautifully designed grab bars are in a champagne gold finish. The bath had a closet that got an update as well; we designed a cabinet with pull-out drawers in a natural white oak finish. The open shelving over the toilet nods to the same natural white oak finish closet. The client chose SW 9179 Anchors Aweigh for the new two-sink vanity, a deep navy blue with Cambria countertop in Portrush.

Porcelain arabesque tile covered the heated floor in shades of white, blue, and deep brown. This rich flooring pulled these beautiful bathroom colors together for a luxury finish. This couple will enjoy this timeless-designed bathroom for years to come.



Dallas Design Trends 2021

Dallas Market Summer 2021
It was so exciting to attend the market again. After a year and half of quarantine because of Covid-19 and vaccine taken, it was wonderful to meet with a few of my design friends for inspiration and collaboration. Two of my design friends Brenda Baxter with Custom Drapery Designs from Dallas and Marcia Boatwright from Ada, Oklahoma roomed together. But while at the market I ran in to several designer friends, it was so wonderful to see them as well. Leslie Carothers, Carla Anston, Ilse Benard, Michael Bauer, David Santiago, Kelly O’Neal and the lovely Patti Carpenter just to name a few. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to see these wonderful design professionals, I’ve know and admired for years. Great to be in the mix again. The biggest trends I spotted at this market was all the curved, round and organic designs. Like the sofa below and leather tooled barrel chairs from Ambella Home located in the Dallas Design District.
I love this black console table with the gold circle; it also came with matching cocktail tables. Also, note the warm colors seen in these pillows and trim around this chair. The perfect designer touch! This bench was covered in the exquisite fur fabric very nice to touch.

Round and organic were very prevalent in this market.

Note: The round table with round barrel chairs from the Gabby Showroom.

These organic chandeliers. Do note the round design.
Petrified wood tables just had to come home with me! Wow factor on a clients outdoor living space.
This showroom was filled to the brim with beautiful coffee and end tables. Ashore Designs
I fell in love with the round chandelier by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

The perfect mix of black and gold metal flowerets around the chandelier. Simply Stunning!

A modern design on circular lighting by Sean Lavin.
Lastly my favorite table top find. This beautiful clear glass plates with gold etching around the edges will need to be in one of my designs soon!
Dallas Market didn’t disappoint; it was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. Most of all, it was great to be free to touch and feel beautiful furniture, lighting and to see fabulous designs that inspire my soul.
photo below me and MS. Ada Oklahoma aka Marcia Boatwright!

How To Plan A Perfect Girls Night In!

How to create the perfect girls night in.

Tips for your perfect little soiree for date nite, family and friends or just for you!

This past week, I was one of about 50 designers in the US and Canada chosen by Designhounds AT HOME and Signature Kitchen Suites to participate in a chef-inspired appetizer paired with the perfect wine from Gentleman’s Farmer for summer date night via Zoom. My husband was not interested, but my daughters were in town for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, so they set in on this sampling zoom soiree and enjoyed it immensely and now want Signature Kitchen Suite luxury appliances for their homes. Each designer was given all the fresh and organic ingredients from Napa Valley, wine from Napa, and tips for food styling from a professional food photographer and stylist. I want to share some of their information for you to have an inspiring evening in the home.

The first thing is to get all your ingredients ready in bowls first; Chef Nick taught us that at the beginning because everything is cooked quickly over high heat. After making up each recipe, put them in plastic containers in the refrigerator for later use.

After all the appetizers have been prepared and stored, look around your house for small dishes and linens with contrasting colors like white, black, or navy. Small trays, small serving knives and spoons, and of course, glass wine glasses are an acceptable way to make this extra special. Using beautiful dishes makes you look like the hostess with the most!

Placing the appetizers on small plates gives it visual interest, as you can see in the photo. The stylist Susan Brinson explains to swirl the dips leaving indentions. If you notice food photos, they all have a textural design to feed the eyes first and makes the food look heroic.

When serving appetizers, choose light wines like Rose, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay makes the perfect paring and something most people enjoy with appetizers.

In the above photo the floral arrangement is flowers and weeds from my yard. Remember my last blog post about bouquets for your home. Having various plants to clip from makes easy DIY bouquet for any events or just for a weekly arrangement.

Enjoy yourself as well as your guests, whether family or friends. Now you have all it takes to make the perfect girl’s night in!

Happy entertaining,


P.S. Attached recipes below.


DIY Bouquets For Your Home

Perfect flowers for your DIY bouquets.

Easy to grow, low maintenance flowers, shrubs and trees.

Greenery used in the photo shoot for a new kitchen remodel were from my yard.

March is a month that can be beautiful and warm one day and cold breezy the next here in Arkansas. We always say, “if you don’t like the weather today, tomorrow will be different.” A few weeks ago it was -6 degrees. Currently the weather is warmer and things are beginning to green-up and early spring flowers are making appearance. Times like this makes you ambitious to plant, but it’s still to early for most plants.

I do not claim to be a green thumb gardener, I’m a fair weather gardener. I love to plant when it’s cool and have been know to go a little overboard. I don’t sweat well. So, in dog days of August I’m sweating tryin to get everything watered. That being said, I plant mainly low maintenance for flowers and shrubs for bouquets for my home.

I have made list of plants that work great for fresh bouquets for your home. Have a nice variety for all the seasons is my goal.

I currently have boxwoods, variegated shrubs, curly willow (personal favorite), having several of these very easy to grow trees comes in handy for filler in any arrangement. Various ornamental grasses, peonies, lilac, zinnia, forsythia, hydrangeas, roses, and especially herbs. Another great tree for their branches is Birch trees. Most of these are two-three season bouquets.

This year I plan to add the following:
Southern Magnolia (Christmas arrangements)
Various Pine Trees (Christmas arrangements)
Dogwood Trees (Spring)
Lemon and lime trees in pots (beautiful bowls of fruit)
Bittersweet Vines (Fall)

Pumpkins and Gourds, I have grown these in the past for my decor. I love watching them grow and take on various shapes. Easy to grow, very little maintenance.

I’m getting excited for Spring and the new buds and green grass. It all makes your soul sing.

Your too can start now planning for easy DIY bouquets for your home.

Happy Spring,


Roses are an all time favorite!


February Newsletter

Beautiful Spaces.

Comfortable and Inviting

Designed by Lori Carpenter

Kitchen Renovations.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind before you began a kitchen remodel.

A. What is the outcome you want to receive from this renovation?

B. What are your must haves? Double ovens, pot filler for your stove/cooktop, farmhouse sink, microwave drawers?

C. Appliances and their placements.

D. How do you working in your kitchen? And how many others will be working at the same time?

E. Make sure your have a good kitchen triangle for less steps when cooking from refrigerator, stove and sink.

Are you a busy homeowner that loves a beautiful home, but don’t have the time or know how to begin a renovation? Let me with my 25 years of interior design experience helping 1000’s of busy homeowners like yourself whether it’s their primary or secondary home create a beautiful comfortable space they love entertaining family and friends.


Special Invitation!

Special Invitation:

Every Tuesday at noon, I go Live on Facebook discussing Interior Design Dilemmas. I would love to have you join me, comment, like, share, and send me emoji.

Working on getting a new website and rebranded to Lori Carpenter Designs (feels like a snail pace) hopefully soon?

Are you looking at your tired, outdated home? Are you in a design dilemma? I will offer my expert advice to help you save time, stress, and feel better in your home.

This week I’ll be talking about fabrics and how they can enhance your home. Join the fun each Tuesday at noon.

I also offer in-home or virtual design consultations.

Up to 90 minutes to cover any specific pain points you have in your home: furniture layouts, new rugs, furniture, or window coverings. You may need help with paint colors, tile selections, countertops, a total remodel or new build—$ 250. for the initial consultation, Additional hours at $100 per hour.


Renewing Greens

The color of Harmony and Health.


The color of harmony and health. Green is a generous, relaxing color that revitalizes our body and mind. It balances our emotions and leaves us feeling safe and secure. It also gives us hope, with promises of growth and prosperity, and it provides a little bit of luck to help us along the way.


Suggest that people possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature.

Even before the Covid19 was a household word this past year, I saw the trend while attending High Point Market; everything felt green and organic. I’m buying plants and incorporating them in my home to help clean the air, and I’m planting a little garden for fresh vegetables. I see green in all aspects of design like emerald green wallpaper, walls paint, and fabric uses like in the photo above. How are you incorporating live plants in your home or the paint color Green? Great way to connect with nature.