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High Point Market Fall 2017 Trends

During our visit to High Point Market this year there seemed to be a trend that we saw in almost every show room that we visited. Acrylic. Chairs, tables, lamps, it was everywhere and we are loving it.


It is a material that is fun to mix and match with other textures and styles. For example these stools/ottomans with the fur seats. The contrast of the two very different materials, acrylic vs. fur, makes for a surprisingly attractive combination.  Acrylic is a fun change from traditional metal or wood frames and bases. In terms of sustainability it is 100% recyclable and has a very long lifespan.

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This retro-modern look goes well even in some of the more rustic settings that we are used to here in Western North Carolina. Here is an example of a bench that we did for a client that turned out very nice. It is the perfect fit to give character to an otherwise unused hallway space


We hope to see more of it soon and look forward to using it in future projects!




Live Edge Headboard




Our client’s wanted a unique headboard for their master bedroom.  Cheryl coordinated with Appalachian Hardwood to source a live edge slab for the project (photo A). Because of the extreme weight of the slab (over 300 pounds), custom brackets were needed to secure the headboard to the wall.  Todd Miller, with Scream Hot Iron crafted the custom brackets and installed the headboard (photos B, C, D, and E).  Bedding by Fino Lino and pillows by Surya complete the look(photo F).

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Christmas Tree decorating Ideas

Christmas decorations and holiday decor are a big part of the festive season. Walking into a home filled with shimmering lights and the scent of pine instantly puts you into the holiday mood. This holiday season, fill your home and heart with cheer. Whether your style is  modern, sophisticated, traditional or folksy, Cheryl Smith Associates can transform your home into a holiday wonderland!


A Kitchen Made for Entertaining


This kitchen is as functional as it is pretty. The double islands make entertaining a breeze.  Using one as a work island, the other is put to use serving food and drink to guests. The Kitchen opens directly into the family room, making sure everyone is included in the festivities.  This kitchen boasts hidden features to make life easier.  The doggy gates extend to keep Fido from under foot, but are tucked away nicely into niches when not in use. The TV is recessed into  the second island and can be  fully retracted when not in use.


Upodate – Appalachian Woodwrights

APP wood

Owner Dennis Woolard is passionate about his work making incredible doors .

Appalachian Woodwrights creates custom wood doors and millwork. From French Country to Mountain & Lake styles, from Traditional to Transitional style entry and interior doors,  “AppWood”, designs and builds custom doors and millwork using traditional construction methods with an attention to detail that meets the expectations of the most discerning designers, homeowners and their builders.






Hand carved door

European Elegance


Historic Downtown Hendersonville’s Designer Showcase


Update- English Library

Library update

For this English library look we used Decorators Supply for the gothic inspired tracery designs  on the ceiling.

To blend the faux finished tracery detail with the walnut cabinetry,  I decided to make the background lighter in color to allow the plaster detail to be more prominent.




The Sistine Chapel: An LED lighting system breathes new life into the work of Michelangelo

By Ingrid D. Rowland originally posted in  Architectural Lighting Nov/Dec 2014


A detail of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling after the lighting refurbishment and illuminated with the new custom LED lighting system.
Credit: Governatorato dello Stato Citta del Vaticano – Direzione dei Musei

Four hundred and fifty years ago, Michelangelo Buonarroti died at the age of 89, just after putting the finishing touches on two frescoes for the Pauline chapel in the Vatican, only a few doors away from another Vatican chapel where he had triumphed at the beginning of his career. Today, rather than celebrate the anniversary with an exhibition, the Vatican Museums , under director Antonio Paolucci, decided to honor the great artist in a different way: by installing new lighting and air conditioning systems for the Sistine Chapel , ensuring Michelangelo’s masterwork a long and healthy future.

After a massive campaign to clean and restore the Sistine frescoes that lasted from 1981 to 1994, Paolucci is adamant that the chapel should never undergo so drastic a treatment again. The paintings must be protected from future damage as aggressively as possible, which means minimizing exposure both to drastic changes of temperature and to pollutants. To bring about this novel celebration, the museums contacted the firms that had handled lighting and ventilation since the completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling restoration in 1986: Osram and Carrier, respectively, who worked with the Vatican’s Department of Technical Services, under the guidance of Pier Carlo Cuscianna and Rafael García de la Serrana Villalobos with Roberto Mignucci, and in the Vatican Museums by the Conservator’s Office of Vittoria Cimino and the Diagnostic Library for Conservation and Restoration of Ulderico Santamaria with Fabio Morresi. Given the prestige of this assignment, these renovations have been presented to the Vatican (and to the world) as gifts.


A view of the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling, and the work took place from 1508 to 1512.
Credit: Governatorato dello Stato Citta del Vaticano – Direzione dei Musei

For hundreds of years, the chapel and its frescoes were lit by the 12 windows high on the walls and by an endless array of candles, whose smoke coated the delicately painted plaster with layer on layer of oily soot mingled with dust and other pollutants from the streets of Rome. After the restoration of the ceiling in 1986, these windows were permanently closed and fitted with special plastic screens to filter out incoming ultraviolet sunlight. Eight 150W high-intensity discharge metal halide lamps with quartz technology (HQI) spotlights and two 1,000W halogen projectors were installed on the outside of each of the windows. The pure primary colors of the 15th-century wall frescoes and the stunning pastels of Michelangelo’s ceiling were spellbinding even with this subdued level of illumination. At the same time, a new system for air filtration and partial air conditioning was installed.

The brilliant new colors of the Sistine Chapel and the continuing development of mass tourism in the years since the restoration began to present the Vatican Museums with a new challenge: what to do with the overwhelming number of visitors, each one a living source of carbon dioxide, moisture, and dust. Annual visitors before the 1980’s numbered about a million; immediately afterwards, that number had tripled. Today, more than six million people troop through the Sistine Chapel in any given year, sometimes at a rate of 20,000 in a single day. In addition, the chapel is where the College of Cardinals sits to elect a new pope, and has ever since the late 15th century. Paolucci does not see a constructive way to limit admission, so he resolved to concentrate his efforts as director on controlling the conditions within the chapel itself.

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