Category: accessories

Merry and Bright

Here’s some photos of the holiday decorations I did for a client’s Folly Beach home this year.

I like the playfulness of the twiggy reindeer on the foyer console table

J. Rhodes Interior Design Christmas decor

The table top tree with the funky stars topper.  Their two dogs are going to be hard pressed to get their paws on the ornaments this year!

J. Rhodes Interior Design Christmas decor

The living room mantle was done with real and artificial greenery-the sporty red bow adds the pizzazz

J. Rhodes Interior Design Christmas decor

I snapped this photo while in Marion Square for the Hanukkah in the Square event on Sunday.  Does it get any more Charleston than this?

Charleston Marion Square Christmas lights

And I had to include this little guy, that we met at the Charleston Parade, since his name is Hampton!

J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: The best holiday decoration is being wreathed in smiles-Enjoy!

Hip Home Office Ideas

Whether you have an entire room dedicated to your home office or a small corner carved out in the kitchen, keeping it stylish is easy.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for a home office

Cool Desks

Stanley Furniture Desk
Stanley Furniture

Design Within Reach Liege Desk
Design Within Reach

Comfy Chairs

Herman Miller Mirra Chair
Herman Miller
Cherner Task Chair

Clever accessories

CB2 Tape dispenser
Chiasso magnetic paper weight
Bamboo desk organizer
Lipper International

Mr. H says:  An untidy desk may be someone’s idea of a filing system-Enjoy!

Fall in love…

Driving around town today I came across some spectacular trees in all their fall glory and thought it would be fun to talk about fall decor.

Charleston fall colors

Charleston fall foliage

It’s easy to add Autum’s color into your decor.

You can transform you bedroom with new bedding in shades of cayenne and avocado

Eastern Accents Botham bedding

These William Sonoma pumpkin bowls, with the adorable lids, and “leaf” plates are sure to inspire cooks to whip up some steaming soup for a cool fall evening.

Williams Sonoma pumpkin mug

Just toss a few of these on the sofa for an instant fall feel.  These beauties are from Eastern Accents (

Eastern Accents Autumn Leaves pillow

Eastern Accents Autumn Leaves pillow

Mr. H says: In the Fall every leaf is a flower-Enjoy!

Fun with (faux) fur

I know-you must think I’m crazy. The suggestion to add fur to your décor may seem ridiculous when you have furry children. Since we have two dogs and two cats shedding fur in copious amounts, I often think of setting up a loom and knitting some sweaters with the hopes that pet fur apparel may be the next new fashion trend. But seriously….faux fur can be a marvelous decorative accent.

Just look at these wonderful throw pillows

Fabulous Furs Fox Pillows
Fabulous Furs

And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up on a chilly night with this coyote faux fur throw

Fabulous Furs Faux Coyote throw
Fabulous Furs

And don’t forget about an area rug in a faux lamb dark chocolate.

Fabulous Furs lamb rug
Fabulous Furs

Bonus: It’s great camouflage for dog fur!

All the images are from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs

Mr. H says: Having the wrong accessories in a room is like wearing sneakers with a tuxedo-Enjoy!

Welcome Fall!

Fall officially starts today at 11:09PM tonight.  With the temp’s still saying summer-why not get in the spirit with a festive new arrangement for the dining table?

Distinctive Design Autumn mix
Distinctive Design

This beauty certainly feels like fall.  It’s from Distinctive Designs

Speaking of dining here is what’s on the supper party menu tonight:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup*

Lime Marinated Broiled Salmon

Squash Casserole

Mesclun greens with tomato vinaigrette

Chocolates and fresh Orange slices

*Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

4 cups beef broth

2 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers, chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
3 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL lemon zest

¼ TSP cinnamon

Shake of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

In a 3- to 4-quart pan combine beef broth, peppers, onion, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and cayenne and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes partially covered.

Puree soup in a blender and return to pan.  Add cilantro and reheat.

Mr. H says: Eating is an indoor sport-make sure your table is as pleasant as the game-Enjoy!

Designer Dog Beds

Welcome!  Hampton and I our pleased to launch our Black Dog Design Blog.  We want to share our thoughts on interior design, entertaining, food, and general Charleston living. 

What could be more fitting then to kick things off with a feature on designer dog beds!  All dog owmers have them-those dirty, hideous look pillows lying about that we think our dogs should lie on.  Of course, since most dogs consider themselves far superior they would prefer to lounge on the sofa or better yet your bed. 

Why not treat them like the King and Queens they think they are with this fabulous creation:

Glamour Dog Store dog bed
Glamour Dog

Handpainted with paws and dancing dog bones this bed would make a statement in any decor!

Dog bone dog bed
Glamour Dog

I know Mr. H would enjoy snoozing away on this:

Dog day bed
Max Comfort

Mahogany wood with a big fluffy cushion-Dog Heaven!

Mahogany dog bed
Glamour Dog

And this one is certainly fit for a princess:

Princess dog bed
Glamour Dog

But seriously, a comfy floor pillow may be all you need to keep them off the sofa-just don’t forget the monogram!

Monogram dog bed
Pottery Barn
Mr. H says: Tastes change but comfort is always in style-Enjoy!
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