STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

Stone Houses by Linda Leigh Paul, reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

By Linda Leigh Paul

Linda Leigh Paul has published another beautiful design book- of contemporary stone properties that are anything BUT predictable. Stone Houses gives us the kind of eye candy that would encourage us to slow down, savor the experience, and perhaps revisit architectural details from previous chapters.  Paul’s compilation of almost thirty modern spaces span the world, highlighting architects who put stone to work in innovative ways, in homes that we would not otherwise have access to. Architecture fans and anyone who is considering a new-build or remodel might want to shop architects she included in this book. Mostly privately owned, the high-end homes on this insider tour are not to be missed:

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Strawberries Pompidou

Perfect make-ahead Summer Dessert on the blog- Strawberries Pompidou - www.CourtneyPrice.com

This elaborate looking torte is a great make-ahead dish for entertaining. Everything about this wheat-free dessert will surprise and delight, from the

light almond torte base to the glorious not too sweet flavor that might make you think you are eating the work of a European pastry chef. This is a great option to serve anyone on wheat-free diet. [Read more…]

Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions

Charlotte Moss Entertains- beautiful book reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Summer entertaining season has officially launched and Charlotte Moss’ tenth book, Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions, is just the inspiration we need. This magnificent 288 page book makes it at once obvious that living well should be an every day event rather than an occasional celebration. Every day offers the opportunity to practice the art of gracious living — whether we are planning a fancy dinner party, breakfast in bed, lunch on the screened porch, or even enjoying a peaceful solitary “moment in between”.

Moss clarifies that the details of entertaining may be work, but they are certainly not a chore because one of life’s greatest pleasures includes building relationships and deepening friendships – which often happens around food and drink.

Let’s take a look at some of the components of Moss’ entertaining DNA: [Read more…]

Artist Spotlight: Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell lighing and furniture as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Every surface of the room is McDowell’s canvas, and he’ll even provide the lighting.

Mark McDowell’s case good pieces are sculptural, his choice of materials inspired, and his style always evolving. This award-winning designer is surprisingly modest for his level of talent. He is not one to look back on his breathtaking accomplishments in a self-congratulatory way; his focus is always about eighteen months into the future, onto the next collection. As he designed this latest collection and considered how his pieces will play out in a room, he visualized and then actualized paintings to complement the pieces. Five of his paintings graced the walls of the John-Richard showroom during April High Point market, and those very five paintings sold immediately.  Giclee reproductions are available for purchase.

Mark McDowell’s latest collection ushers in a new wave of luxury penthouse style with warm woods, textural finishes, Moroccan patterns and Asian influences (which are a nod to his Japanese heritage). Seduced by the beauty in the details, his innovative style respectfully pushes traditional and contemporary boundaries. His handsome collection appeals to a discerning collector –  with form that graces function using metals and sensuous finishes which include antique brass, pebble shagreen, stunning woods. His latest collection for John-Richard includes over 75 floor and table lamps, 50 furniture items, and 15 chandeliers and sconces.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorites:  [Read more…]

No Bullshit Social Media

 

No Bullshit Social Media, reviewed on CourtneyPrice.comAnyone with a grasp of the big picture begins to realize that PR, marketing, sales, and even customer service are not four distinct silos that compete for dollars and face time with senior executives. They are four sides of the same square. What one does affects the other side. Each one of these facets is a part of social media.

In the book No Bullshit Social Media; The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing, Jason Falls and Erik Deckers remind us that social media is where our customers are. They identify  and offer insights about precisely what social media can do for a brand:

  • Enhance brand awareness
  • Protect brand reputation
  • Enhance public relations
  • Build community
  • Enhance customer service
  • Facilitate research and development
  • Drive leads and sales

Not just that, but these two take a deep dive into how to properly use social media, and who should be at the helm. This last point is particularly interesting.

Social Media is for Senior Staff, Not Interns…

Social Media is NOT an entry level position- it requires [Read more…]