HGTV Urban Oasis :: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar ( Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler ( shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (, one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…


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I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…


Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…


 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.


 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick- The Ace of Space Blog

Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here:

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,



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The Great Wall of China :: “Plate-scaping”

Who doesn’t like a great wall-scape, and having one is as hot as a pair of leather Culottes in the world of fashion. In fact, some of the big box retailers sell perfect groupings of collected wall art leaving you to figure out the hard part, how to get them to look exactly the same on your wall. Because if you’re like me, you’ll eye-ball everything and hammer away putting more holes in the wall than a piece of moon rock. If you look behind any picture in our house, you’ll see evidence of my wavering eye. I don’t feel the least bit shy about revealing this because Mr. B. rarely reads my blog. So when I was in California recently, I took a side trip to the Viceroy Hotel and if you love Kelly Werstler (like I do) then it’s a must if you are ever in Santa Monica. I’ll do a whole post about it one day; it’s that good. The one thing that caught my eye, (and I had to see in person) was the plate wall, Kelly had created the mother of all plate displays. It made me want to cover every wall in my home with a grouping of plates to rival her stunning presentation of the porcelain kind. So I did a little research for my readers and found some incredibly inspired combinations. If I had more of my grandmothers flow blue china, you can bet they would be gracing the walls of Casa B. right now, mixed in with a little Hermes,’ hand-thrown and otherwise eclectic group of serving-ware. In fact, look at the work of the most notable designers of our time and you may find that they have done at least one (which is reassuring). I would do anything in the name of design if it looked great and I could incorporate some personal items and a plate wall would give me the perfect opportunity to do so. It’s that over-powering nesting instinct that takes over as you get older-the desire to bring in more of your life and less of the meaningless.

I am always on the hunt for the inspired, and whether you’re a designer or someone in search of the unique and different this idea is for you. As always, my mission is to help others create a stylish, lived-in space with a mix of high and low end. Although, I’m not a DIY’er, I think that there are opportunities to use your creativity, by even incorporating some plates painted with your children’s artwork. The Fashionista painted some canvas’s over the summer that seriously rival some of the artwork I’ve seen offered by artists. At least to this momma’s eye. So here are some plate combinations that I think are truly wall worthy…


Clockwise (L) to (R) Main Image-via, kellywerstler,,,, All proving that an upscale and curated look can be achieved by using plate groupings…and here are a few more that I absolutely thought you should see…



This vertical display visually extends the height of the room, and truly acts as an art display…



I call this the “turtle configuration” and is perfectly symmetrical unified by the similar tones of the plates.


Image/ Viceroy Hotel

The plate presentation by Kelly Werstler that began my obsession…(

I hope you are inspired to try something different when wall-scaping!

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The Ace Around Town-”Tastemaker Series” :: Jane Goetz

Let’s face it Summer gets in the way of most things, and because of this blistering hot season (I’m a Fall & Winter girl), vacations were taken, designers get busy, and life simply goes into “island time.” So there was a little bit of time that elapsed between the last “Tastemaker” and our current one, and for good reason. The Designers I chose are photographing new work, going on vacation, one is in Italy working on the interior renovation for a villa (leaving me behind), and everyone is navigating a busy summer. So back to our #5. How did I hear about Jane? Well, I had certainly heard her name before but it wasn’t until we had Kristen Fountain Davis working on my new office (she’s talented and sweet) that we started talking about my “Series” and some of the designers that I was going to feature. Kristen- “What about Jane Goetz? Her work is amazing.” Me- “Hmm…I should really give her a look.” A simple conversation has turned into what maybe a lifelong obsession (another designer I have to watch). Because, Jane’s work is not only incredible, but it will withstand the litmus test of time that design critics use as a measure of talent. Yes, she is that good (you’ll soon see), and has interned for some of the biggest names in Southern design. When the interview was finished Jane had made a statement “I could go on.” Quite frankly, I really wished she would have. So let me introduce you to our fifth “Tastemaker,” Jane Goetz…


How did you get started in Interior Design?

I was a studio art major, but soon realized I wanted to be an interior designer. Unfortunately, my college did not offer a design degree. So I decided to stick with art, but worked as a design intern every summer in Atlanta for Candler Lloyd, Dotty Travis, and Nancy Braithwaite. After graduating with a degree in Art,  I decided to go back to school to gain another BA, this time in Interior Design

logoforinterviewsYou have certainly worked for some design heavyweights, but who would you say has influenced your design style the most?

Each designer had her own style, and they all had amazing taste. I learned so much about the industry working for all of them. But, my first real job was working as a design assistant for Jackye Lanham. Her taste is impeccable and her work ethic is unmatched.

logoforinterviewsHow would you define your aesthetic?

I grew up in a very formal, traditional, southern classic home. I have Southern roots, but I have a true appreciation for modern art, furniture and design. Most of my clients are fairly traditional, but they do take occasional risks when I try to push them. My favorite clients trust me. Most of them are willing to take unexpected turns and they are always glad they did. I love mixing bold patterns with amazing textures…never too busy, but just graphic enough to have impact. 

logoforinterviewsI love the unexpected details in your designs for example; hanging a starburst mirror over a vent hood, a bold graphic ceiling treatment or modern artwork juxtaposed against traditional furnishings. What advice would you give for creating the biggest impact in a space?

There are so many ways to create impact. I love taking beautiful items such as garden statuary and turning them into lamps or re-purposing them in some way. Also, a $10.00 lamp with a $200.00 shade can be a good thing. Same goes with art. I have put an expensive frame on a $40.00 painting bought at a thrift store. I love to mix high and low end items in a room. Who cares if it isn’t fine art – If you love it, buy it.

logoforinterviewsYou studied 19th & 20th Century Art History at Christie’s, but what period in history is your favorite?

I am obsessed with Art Deco design and jewelry.

logoforinterviewsWhat inspires you?

I take photos of the most random things (just ask my husband), but they give me a lot of design inspiration. The majority of inspiration comes from what I see when I travel, and every day in nature and architecture. I see a random architectural feature on a house, or a color of a flower, leaf or shell and it becomes a tile pattern, the shape of a cabinet door, or the color of a room.

logoforinterviewsFavorite Color?

My favorite color is a medium dark grey/ green/blue. I have four velvet (my favorite fabric) chairs in my house that truly capture the essence of that color. The color shifts with the time of day. It can range from slate blue to almost teal, and it looks great with ANY saturated color. I consider it a neutral.

logoforinterviewsIf you could design a dream project anywhere in the world-where would it be?

I would love to design a fabulous small restaurant one day. Something clean lined, yet filled with amazing textures, lighting and eye candy at every turn. It could be the kind of place where you would want to linger for hours because it makes you feel cocooned in it’s splendor.

logoforinterviewsWhat is the one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I love to entertain. My mind is always planning the next excuse to have a cocktail. I prefer to cook for 12-15 people, and I am challenged when cooking dinner for 2-4. I have never understood why people prefer to wait for a “nice” occasion to use their finer things. I believe that life is short, and every day should be a nice occasion. There is no reason not to use the “good stuff” if you have access to it or received it as a wedding gift, for instance…silver, napkins, china, silver goblets, crystal glasses. Use them!

logoforinterviewsThanks, Jane for taking the time to share your incredible design insight with our readers!

Now for the eye candy…

JG Habersham Street Home

 Designer/ Jane Goetz

Pattern play…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A paved hallway for miles…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

White hot…

JG Habersham Street Home

Designer/ Jane Goetz

That wallpaper…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A glorious ceiling treatment paired with scrumptious drapery…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A bar “noir.”

West Wesley Drive for interior designer Jane Goetz.

Designer/ Jane Goetz

A oh-so-stylish nursery...

West Wesley Drive for interior designer Jane Goetz.

Designer/ Jane Goetz

A room with an incredible view…

Jane Goetz house at 2489 Habersham Street

A little bit of design wisdom from Jane…

I hope your enjoying our “Southern Tastemaker Series” as much as we are. I am in awe of all the talent we have featured by designers who are truly making an incredible impact in the world of design. I hope you are inspired to go out and create your dream interior, and if you want to see more of Jane’s work you can visit her website at As always please make sure that you attribute the work of our designers when pinning or sharing the images.

Until next time…