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High Point Market: Day 2!

High Point Market: Day 2!


Our second day of market proved inspiring and overwhelming at the same time!

With the thousands of vendors to see, we managed to mark a good number off our list…some, a few hours for an appointment, others a quick drop in. With client memos and a few personal needs as well, we made copious notes and photographs for review and filing. All in all, a long day of walking, “ooooing” and “aaaahing” and being creatively inspired!

Lots of color, from art to pillows to bedding and wall color. I. Love. Color.


Velvet pillows with contrast welt…pink! Oh. My.


Again…pink! It’s on my radar.

Today at High Point Market, I Fell in Love

Today at High Point Market, I Fell in Love


Animal prints will be seen market after market…they remain classic and work with transitional to modern designs.

Zebra, cheetah, antelope, leopard…it’s all good!


Hair on hide benches, chairs, and rugs are stylish options for any room…count me in on this classic trend.


I spotted these zebra and chrome twin benches in the Vanguard showroom and fell in love. Backed up to a sofa, placed in a foyer, or dressing your hallway, these darlings will steal your heart too. *Sigh*

Animal print…it’s here to stay.

Atlanta Market Report, Day 5

Atlanta Market Report, Day 5

Summer market in Atlanta is the perfect place to resource new vendors for additional summer and fourth quarter merchandise. This week we walked several floors of The Gardens in search of hip outdoor furniture and cool resources for summer entertaining with style. We weren’t disappointed!


On the top of our favorite color list for sure…coral! This powder coated small bistro set, imported from France,really stole the show. Many colors, many styles and affordable as well! There are larger, more substantial chairs as well and many table options. Ohsosusan for sure!


…who doesn’t need a pillow that indicates the weather and your mood?! “Rain” on one side and solid on the other for sunny days and outside play. Color options, all in Sunbrella performance fabrics. I. Want.

This fabulous find will make your party planning stylish and convenient! Polka dots, stripes, chevron…color after color, you choose! Baking cups, muffin and cupcake papers and candy or cookie bags…oh, so cute! I’m planning on taking special orders for my first order placement. Stop by and review your options, I’ll put your order in with mine at a special discounted price to get us all on point together. I can’t wait!

Cute furniture, outdoor rugs that pop, baking papers to match and custom phrasing on your pillows. What more could a girl ask for? (Well, maybe a cooking buddy and a someone to hang the paper lanterns.) Stop by for more inspiration and cenerpiece ideas for all your summer entertaining. Black-eyed Susan is always your destination for the cutest and most stylish ideas. Come see the magic.

Atlanta Market Report, Day 3

Atlanta Market Report, Day 3

Kitchen Papers is a favorite retail partner that always provides an inspiring display with plenty of creative ideas that translate into fabulous reasons to check out our newest arrivals! When we entered the showroom, we made a beeline for a new introduction that was fashion inspired! Another motif was cake/pastry related…in otherwords, “ohsosusan”!

We ordered a fun assortment of this theme and can’t wait to see them on the salesfloor!


Pastries, cake domes, saucepans and all manner of tea party items present on place mats and runners. The one on the right; historic chairs, filled another new design category. In the foreground, our very popular flat wear table runner! Love.



Those of you who know me well know I. Like. Cake. I love baking them, whether it’s my mother’s famous passed-down recipes or a new pin from Pinterest, I’m happy when I’m baking a cake. Naturally, this one stole my heart. This collection definitely made the cut.

These  Place Cards allow you to write each guest’s name on the vintage meat cover, fold and place in a cool holder for your table design. Cuter than cute. Your guests will know that you put real effort and creative energy into your event.

These new designs should be coming soon…if you are a fan of Kitchen Papers already, great! If you want to become one…stop by for some inspiration from my recent selections from my summer Market!



Atlanta Market Report, Day 2

Atlanta Market Report, Day 2

Fresh color did not did not disappoint today! While I and my design staff have been designing with stunning coral color pallets for months, it is always great to see the trend we have proposed and used at the forefront of market trends.


This fabulously bright combination of fabrics designed by Dana Gibson for Stroheim Fabrics drew us into the first showroom of the day. Florals, graphics and the contrast of clean white is both classic and striking. A guest becroom would be a delightful retreat when dressed in this trending color. A personal favorite accent wall could be considered in Sherwin Williams Ardent Coral.


Custom monograms in several font selections personalize this matlisse coverlet…a single letter or a trio, perfect!


Consider navy, perhaps high gloss (!) as an accent wall. Coral + navy + white—Love! Pair this color combination together with crisp banding against white and you are heading for pure style.

Lastly, this graphic and bold coral rug on a dark and rich stained random plank floor will draw any guest in, or perhaps you, the homeowner, for a quiet cozy place to read.


Go for it. Black-eyed Susan has your design vision at our fingertips.

Atlanta Market Report, Day 1

Atlanta Market Report, Day 1


The first stop of the day inspired Linda and I for several bedroom projects that are on our design docket. Fabulous Stroheim fabrics + custom monograms = pure BES style .  Washable matelasses can be ordered with countless colors of contrast  bands. So many choices and custom colors. This coral is a standout for sure and don;t be surprised to see this making an appearance on my sales floor…(or, my new guest room!).

Market begins with fresh energy and lots of shoe choices!

These are the ones that were packed in my suitcase. I guess you can tell by the lighting what kind of working conditions we have in our room…it’s a bit of a challenge, but we are up for the week of searching out the best of the market.

And so we’re off and running!



Atlanta Market, Here We Come

Atlanta Market, Here We Come

You will find color inspirations, fall trends, and the most unique finds on the market during this upcoming week! Places to go, do’s and dont’s for trending styles, and a bit of humor along with design directions and education.

The week is just beginning, so stay tuned for what I promise will be an entertaining ride!

The week is always filled with long days, hard work and a lot of fun filtered into the day. This market promises to be a curious mix, as my best shopping buddy of over 20 years is limited to one arm, due to a fractured elbow, Oh. Dear. I think this will really be an adventure to remember. So here goes, tomorrow starts our market experience. I’ll keep you posted with our trials, best finds and entertaining ways!

Atlanta Market, here we come!




High Point Market style: Picture this Nursery Room

High Point Market style: Picture this Nursery Room

My day of fabulous finds began early as we visited several of my favorite inspirational showrooms. There is always an air of anticipation on the first day of market! Stylish designers abound as the doors are opened to entice all in, each vendor vowing to outdo their neighbor with the best finds and more alluring trends.

Along with placing orders for fabulous new inventory for my retail store, Black-eyed Susan, the list for special design projects and darling clients is long and detailed. Today, in our search for the finishing touches for the new bedroom for the cutest ever two-year-old twins, we came across some oh-so-cute options! I thought I would share a few…

This changing table and mirror just about stole my heart for a new baby room! A bit of modern, almost midcentury modernism with a polished reclaimed look. The removable changing tray prepares the chest for another age and keeps the nursery oh so stylish! I’m in love.


And here’s the matching crib! It has the power to be transformed into a twin bed when needed! I think I this just might be the most stylish, adorable nursery/toddler element to room design that has been introduced at market ever! I’m definitely ready for another nursery design project. I hope you will call me…grandchildren need cool rooms too!


Just look at this bedding and drool….I can’t stand it! It was an “Oh So Susan” find for sure!


A closeup reveals more detail…


Last of all, here is a glimpse at what happens a few years down the road…



Sweet dreams, dear one. Babies. Need. Style.

Setting the Stage for Style: Dining Table Centerpieces

Setting the Stage for Style: Dining Table Centerpieces

With the current trend of cleaner looks, bolder accessories and statement art, our dining room table centerpieces have made changes as well! Black-eyed Susan is always full of inspiration, showing several dining tables with ideas and available inventory to make your own statement.

Get past exaggerated floral designs and go big, bold and beautiful with a sculptural centerpiece. Consider a large collection of large vessels, lidded or filled with botanical leaves and singular stems of exotic orchids. The strong contrast of white is always bold and arresting! White plus one color in your choice of a statement flower will be your style signature. Try using several sizes with complimentary shapes; clusters of three work well. The drama and height of your chandelier will dictate a lot, but the simplicity of today’s designs can work together easily.




Another look that speaks volumes is the trend of large lanterns. Try three in a row, or two larger ones with an accent look in the center. Our Luminara candles are one of the biggest hits ever, combining safety, atmosphere and ease all together. (Love. These.)

Many of the dining tables we are currently designing with are oversized in length. These tables that are 108″ and even longer give plenty of room for large-scaled favorites. I will be showcasing a new dining table centerpiece vision every week on our Instagram feed: give us a follow and look for the hashtag #centerpieceoftheweek! We love making a vision for you that can easily be duplicated to take home.


We will be orchestrating an entire floor change in the next week. Every piece of furniture and accent table, accessory and art will find a new home, use and look!  It’s a huge effort, yet inspiring and much anticipated by all Black-eyed Susan fans. Come see the magic.

Market Report!

Market Report!

Our Market days have been busy with reviewing new options and scoping out the latest trends! Many of our vendors have become fine friends and we are always welcomed warmly.



Today at the end of the day, we ran into a favorite showroom, Face to Face! Watch for some of Bridgette’s darling designs to be available for your gift giving or gift keeping!!

These darling new framed sentimental quotes would thrill my mother…



I ordered several of my favorites, and you may recall her tea towel designs that were so popular several years ago. Great gift giving for all my cute family and friends who love baking as much as I do!



And who wouldn’t want these stylish organic burlap placemats?! All the table manners you want to teach in a stylish format! Yes, please!



Bridgette is well known for her rustic, oversized framing and planned photo galleries. She is a creative and accomplished photographer and we love being inspired by her visuals. I also ordered several oversized neutral pillow with tender sayings that will tug at your heart strings.

Tomorrow, the day of jewelry shopping! A personal favorite and coveted by all my daughters and sisters (and friends) who love stylish accessories! I’ll keep you posted! Those crowds will require a good nights sleep and some running shoes…

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