High Point Furniture Market Spring 2015


Trends from High Point Market Spring 2015

As I do every spring, I make the trek over the Smokey Mountains and visit the High Point Furniture Market, located in High Point, NC. This is the place where manufacturers, designers and furniture showroom owners from around the globe come together for 5 days to display and sell the latest in furniture and home accessories. It is also a great place and opportunity to get a real glimpse into what we will be seeing as the latest trends for 2015 and beyond. This spring’s market was filled with great new products and I saw too many wonderful pieces to list here, but I can tell you about 5 trends that were very prevalent as I roamed the market during my stay:

Deep, Saturated Blues: We have seen turquoise be an important color for the last few seasons, but this market, deep and rich blues seem to prevail. From azure to cobalt, rich deep blues were to be found on walls, in upholstery fabrics and also on accessories. Blue mixes well with so many colors that it is easy to why this classic color is back in the limelight once again.


Peacocks: Everywhere we turned there was another peacock. As a painting, on a pillow, in a chair fabric, the peacock motif was a hot item this market. Naturally having both turquoise and deep blue-two trendy colors- probably doesn’t hurt either. Peacocks are a great way to introduce a bird motif or accent into your design scheme without it feeling to traditional or predictable.


Natural, Organic Woods: I saw a lot of natural, raw wood pieces being used in furniture and accessories this market. The trend is to leave the wood in its natural finish and, in many cases, in its natural form. I saw lamps, tables and accessories that features a piece of wood that looked as if you had just picked it up from the ground and started to design. Another trend was to combine a raw, simple piece of wood with chrome to give a modern, glamourous feel to an otherwise rustic material for an interesting juxtaposition of materials and style.

Charcoal or Black Walls: Many showrooms featured black or deep charcoal walls to offset the neutral, natural color fabrics or woods used. It is a very dramatic way to keep your furnishings in neutral, light tones and add a punch to just one wall in a space. It keeps things looking light and airy but filled with drama. The black wall also looks great when you use the following and final trend:


Gold: Gold was everywhere this market. It was definitely THE metal finish of spring 2015. From lamps to accessories, mirrors to tables, gold was the found from traditional room settings to exotic and modern fixtures and fabrics. It was often shown with black walls but also looked great when combined with bright colors of emerald green, navy blues and deep purples. Plan on seeing gold accents and metal finishes for several years to come, as it makes it way not only into furniture and accessories but back into baths and kitchens as well.

Enjoy some more pictures from the High Point Furniture Market below:

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Chattanooga Kitchen Remodel

As you plan your dream kitchen remodel, there is one small item that is often overlooked. Many of our clients are not even aware of it: the disposal air switch. This ingenious little button allows you to activate your garbage disposal with the press of a button.  We normally place it right next to the faucet itself. This eliminates an electrical switch from being placed on the wall, where it can clutter up the look of your backsplash. And it works great with island sinks. Now you don’t have to place it inside the sink cabinet or on the side of an island, where you would otherwise have to reach down, usually with wet or messy hands.  It is now a standard feature in all of our kitchen remodels and new kitchen designs. The air switch is available in almost any finish to coordinate with your faucet and the cost is under $100.  Installation is quick and straight forward.

Kitchen Air Switch


So as you are planning your new kitchen design, make sure and include a disposal air switch. You will be so glad that you did!



Haskell Interiors Showroom

Haskell Interiors Showroom

Haskell interiors is confident we are the ultimate design resource in the the Chattanooga area. Our team is here to guide you in making intelligent choices when it comes to making your home reflect your personality. We are proud to carry many lines of custom cabinetry, plumbing, hardware and countertops to design your entire kitchen, whether it is new construction or a remodel.  Today we are going to talk today about an often overlooked item in a kitchen design or kitchen remodel, the kitchen sink. The Kitchen sink is a core component of what is arguably the most important room in the house, the kitchen. And with all the use and abuse it takes in a lifetime, the kitchen sink you ultimately select will have a big impact on the final result when designing or remodeling your kitchen.

As with most decisions in the home, there is no one right answer for everyone. But by understanding your choices and then making an informed decision, you can ensure that you will select the kitchen sink that is right for you.Today, there are literally thousands of kitchen sink choices available to the homeowner. I am going to cover the three main areas that you need to consider when making a kitchen sink purchase. They are: the installation type, the configuration and size, and finally the material. There is a lot of information to cover, so let’s get started:

INSTALLATION TYPE: This sounds daunting but really there are just four ways to install a kitchen sink:


Drop In Kitchen Sink

Drop In: In this method, the sink is literally dropped in and lays on top of the countertop. Most sinks we all grew up with were done this way. It is the easiest way to install a sink into any countertop material, but it has the disadvantage of leaving a rim around the sink that can catch food and grime. You cannot swipe food and liquids right into the bowl because they get caught on the lip.


Undermount Sink

Undermount: In this method, an opening that is an exact match to the sink in made in the countertop and the sink is mounted under the countertop. This method usually costs a few hundred dollars for mounting charges but has the advantage of leaving you with a smooth edge that allows for you to sweep food and liquids right into the bowl, without any edge or lip to catch debris.



Tile-in Sink

Tile-In: Sinks that are made for use with tile countertops are similar to drop ins but are made so that there edge will be flushed with a tile countertop. There is usually a grout line between the edge of the sink and the surrounding row of tile.


Farmhouse Sink – Kitchen by Haskell Interiors

Farmhouse : Actually most farmhouse sinks are undermounted but they are different enough that I have set them aside as their own category. A farmhouse sink is a sink with the front of the sink exposed and finished. It requires a special cabinet to be mounted properly and additional support to carry their extra weight.

CONFIGURATION AND SIZE: This refers to how many bowls and the arrangement of the bowls you are needing. There are lots of choices and styles. As for size, that is an easier topic. As a rule, most cooks and homeowners want a deep sink. Today, that means 8-10” deep.  Almost all kitchen sinks are made to fit in the 24” depth of a standard base sink cabinet. They will be from 19-21” in depth. As for the width, there you have to be careful. You want to select as big a sink as will fit into your sink cabinet. But you must allow for a couple of inches for the mounting brackets. As a general rule, select a sink that is 2-3” narrower than you base cabinet to insure a good fit. Thus a 33” sink would be a good choice for a 36” wide cabinet. Now that you have the sizing selected, it is time to select the bowl configuration that works best for you and your cooking and cleaning habits.

Singlebowl Stainless Sink

Singlebowl Stainless Sink

Single Bowl: A single bowl sink is just that: one bowl. Single bowls sinks have become very popular in the last 20 years and many cooks love the fact that they can place large pots and pans or cooking sheets completely inside the sink. They also love that the can place lots of dirty dishes in there as well. The disadvantages are that if you are rinsing vegetables and soaking a large casserole dish, you will have to do some juggling.


Double bowl sink

Double Bowl: A sink with 2 bowls makes it easy to do 2 different tasks at a time, such as washing dishes or soaking a pan, while preparing food. Today you can select from sinks that are equally divided with 2 bowls the same size or make a selection of a 60/40 split where there is one large bowl and one smaller bowl. The disadvantage to a 2 bowl sink is that you may find times when you need a bigger bowl.


Triple Bowl Farmhouse Sink

Triple Bowl: The third and the least popular is a 3 bowl sink. Usually this consists of two normal sized bowl and a third small bowl in the middle (usually for the garbage disposal). The advantage of this configuration is that you can access the disposal independently of the other two sinks. The disadvantage is that this configuration takes up more space than you may have and many people find that the third sink in the middle is often in their way during much of the time.

MATERIAL: Today, there are many choices when it comes to choosing the material for your kitchen sink. Each has advantages and disadvantages. It is important to carefully consider each before you purchase.  Here are the most popular materials used today:

Stainless Sink

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Stainless Steel: The advantages of stainless steel is that it is very easy to clean and durable. It also provides a consistent look with stainless steel appliances. As for disadvantages, it can water spot with hard water. Also, it does scratch, although it can be buffed out and many manufacturers offer bottom grids to protect the sink.  The thickness of stainless is measured in the unit of gauge. The smaller the gauge of the stainless, the thicker the stainless. Look for 16 or 18 gauge for good quality.


Cast Iron Porcelain Sink

Cast Iron (Porcelain): These sinks are great in a more traditional styled kitchen. They are available in a wide variety of colors and have a very nice sheen. However, since it is a more porous material, they can, over time, chip, and stain and crack with hard use from metal and cast iron pots and pans. Abrasive cleaners can dull their finish and due to their heavier weight, there may be some additional bracing and work to secure them.


Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

Fireclay: This material is often mistaken for cast iron/porcelain, but in reality it is much harder, non-porous material than porcelain. These sinks thus are more expensive than similar sized sinks and heavier as well, requiring bracing and brackets.


Copper Undermount Sink

Copper: Copper sinks have a distinct look and will develop a patina over time which is usually thought of a positive attribute. As it is used, it will develop its own character and finish. If you want to keep it shiny and new looking, you will have to polish it. Copper sinks as a whole cost more than other materials. And just like stainless the smaller the gauge, the thicker and generally the better the copper.


Natural Stone Farmhouse Sink

Natural Stone: Sinks made from natural stone benefit and suffer from all the characteristics that natural stone offers. They offer great sound deadening and great looks and most often time are made to blend in with the surrounding countertop material so that there is a consistent look. But natural stone sinks are expensive and most, if not all, will require special supports because of their tremendous weight. Finally routine maintenance such as sealing will be required to keep their beautiful appearance.


Composite Double Bowl Sink

Composite: There are several companies that offer sinks made from special polymers, granite mixes and other materials. They are usually made to offer a look of stone but without the weight and expense. While they do offer a price and weight advantage and require much less maintenance than natural granites and stones, many of these sinks still have issues with scratches, and staining.

Now that you have gone through the selection and decision process and have the sink choice that is best for you,  many companies offer accessories such as cutting boards, basin grids, colanders, and baskets that are designed to fit your particular model and provide you with even more convenience, use and protection.

There is a lot to consider when choosing a kitchen sink. But with careful consideration and taking the time to analyze how you use your sink daily and what characteristics are the most important to you, you can end up with the perfect choice that will give you years of enjoyment and performance.



All About Tile


We Carry ALL of the tile shown in this article and hundreds more!

Perhaps more than any other design product category, tile and stone has gone under a tremendous revolution in the last few years. It seems as if almost every year, manufacturers are pushing their imagination and the physical boundaries of stone and tile to produce what could not even be imagined just a decade ago.


Haskell Interiors is your premier tile source in the Chattanooga Metro.

Here at Haskell Interiors, we love tile! We have a huge amount of tile that we carry. In fact, all of the tile you see in this article can be found in our showroom. Much like fabrics, tile and stone have thousands of styles, colors, patterns, and textures to excite the imagination and the creative juices.  The tile you choose in a room –whether it be on a floor or on a wall or- yes- even on a ceiling can completely transform the direction and voice of a room. No matter your style, budget or room, today there is a tile that is just what you are looking for. Here is a quick breakdown of what is happening in the world of tile today:

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PORCELAIN – The technology in the area of porcelain tile manufacturing in the past decade has advanced incredibly fast. Originally designed for high traffic commercial spaces, today porcelain tiles offer not only the incredible durability they are known for, but are now available in large sizes. Some porcelain tile is up to three and four feet long! And in patterns and colors that mimic other materials, such as marble, stone and wood, so closely that you truly cannot tell the difference, once they are installed. You can get some fantastic looks for a great price with porcelain products and at the same time have a surface that is virtually indestructible, even when placed outside.

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CERAMIC – With porcelain tiles making up a large majority of the wall and floor tiles manufactured today, ceramic tiles are now made primarily by artisans with a wonderful array of hand painted glazes, and designs. Today you will see ceramic tiles used primarily on walls and ceilings, with the variety of styles, patterns and designs growing each year. There are some stunning shapes being produced right here in the US by artists using techniques that date back hundreds of years.


GLASS - Glass has really gone to the forefront in tile design over the last decade. It can be colorful or subdued. It can be simple or extravagant. Glass, despite its reputation, is actually very durable and sturdy. It is fired at such high temperatures that it actually is stronger than many other forms of tile. It is also impervious to moisture, making it an excellent choice for showers, baths, outdoor pools and patios. Glass tile manufacturers are now experimenting with all types of shapes and textures.

There is so much more out there today than the basic 1”x 1” glass tile.

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METAL – Metal tiles are a great accent to porcelain, natural stone, glass or ceramic tiles when used either in wall or floor applications. You can find great designs in bronze or silver and in a variety of shapes that work great in traditional or contemporary interiors. Think of metal tile as a great piece of jewelry that completes your tile selections.

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MOSAIC – The art of mosaic tile has been around for thousands of year. But today, the possibilities have increased even more with newer materials being used (glass, metal and porcelain) and the patterns can range from Classic to completely modern. Most artistic mosaics are still cut and assembled by hand. They can be used on floors, walls and are great as accents in showers and kitchen backsplashes or for that special focal point wall. The patterns can be small in detail or oversized and bold, depending on the style you chose.


WATER JET CUT - Next to porcelain, nothing has completely changed the game of tile like water jet  technology. Used high pressure water as a cutting tool, manufacturers today can create almost endless patterns in natural stone, glass, metal, and porcelain. Whereas mosaic patterns are made of thousands of little pieces to create a pattern and design, water jet tile is much like a large puzzle piece with each piece being a single piece. The level of detail is remarkable and every season, manufacturers are creating incredible designs with materials that could not even be imagined before. The level of customization is also a plus, in that you can create not only custom color and material combinations, but also take a pattern and make it and size you want.

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NATURAL STONE – Of course there will always be natural stone tile. It has been used in the design of homes for thousands of years. But today, we are still seeing new species being mined and delivered to showrooms. This is in part because of better mining techniques and the constant search for new resources of natural limestone, marble, onyx, slate and granite. Many marbles and limestone varieties are now being cut into patterns and in 3 dimensions, due to advances in cutting and water jet technology.

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CEMENT – In the last several years we have seen a resurgence in cement tiles. Although they have been around forever, today’s cement tiles are being in much more modern patterns and with much larger scale. Others are being produced in very dimensional shapes. They are a great alternative for floor tiles when you are looking for color and pattern. So, if you are thinking about redesigning or remodeling a room, think about the tile and stone that you may be using. There are so many great choices available today that tile can become a great starting point in your room selections process.


Haskell Interiors Showroom

Stop by our showroom and let us show you our hundreds of selections that we have to offer you, no matter your budget, style or application.  Call us at 423-472-6409 to set up a design consultation or to speak with us. We are the only one stop destination for all of your interior design needs in the Chattanooga area.

I have always admired and loved hand painted wallcovering. There is something about them that just makes any room extraordinary. Now, Brunschwig & Fils, the legendary fabric and design company, has introduced a line of exquisite wall panels that are both traditional and yet totally current for today’s interiors.

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They recreate the historic and timeless Chinese themes that first rose to popularity in the 17th century in ancient China. These exquisite handcrafted decorations come to life in vivid detail on one-of-a-kind panels, ideal in dining rooms, living rooms, stairwells and entryways in the well-appointed homes of today. 

b and f wallpaper  Using the same skills employed by Chinese artists thousands of years ago, each panel is designed to fit into a customized scheme for the unique architecture of the room in which it will live. Additional customization options include the options to specify colors, ground options, design elements and hand embroidered finishing touches to achieve a truly distinctive and bespoke look. Once installed, they become the art of the room. 


Stop by our showroom or Call us at 423-472-6409 to schedule an appointment and let us show you the wonder of these exquisite panels and how they can transform any room in your home.


Kitchens Designed for Entertaining


It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Another saying could be,  “Kitchens are at the heart of entertaining”.  Today more and more couples – and single guys and gals as well- spend time with family and friends cooking and entertaining at home, preferring the personal ambiance over a restaurant. The art of entertaining is alive and well and many more of us are experiencing the joy of cooking and becoming the chef of our own home. The rise in the number of cooking and home entertaining show reflects this.

  So, if you are thinking about remodeling or building a new kitchen, what should you be keeping in mind to insure that you and your guests have a great time. Here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself as you start the process:

What kind of events do you host? (Large or small; formal or casual)

How many people do you usually entertain?

Do you cook all the food yourself? Or is there a caterer or second cook involved.

Is cooking the food itself part of the entertainment?

Do you serve the food or is buffet style and serve yourself?

Depending on how you answer the above questions, then you may want to consider the following features and options:


LARGE ISLAND. Nothing says a party like a big island that everyone can gather around. In addition to providing lots of seating, the island gives you, the cook, a chance to be the star of the show and show off your culinary skills and provides opportunity for a second prep sink and workspace for an additional cook as well. If space permits, many times it is great to have two islands: one as a working island and one as a eating and storage island rather than one super large island.


SEATING AREA. You will need a place for your guests to sit and visit while you prepare the meal or even to gather and just visit. An open kitchen floor plan is a must if you are considering an entertaining kitchen plan and seats for your guests are part of this. It can be a built-in banquette, a raised up bar top as part of the island or a cozy table and chairs adjacent to the kitchen. It is all about talking, visiting and sharing with each other.


BEVERAGE CENTER Drinks are a part of any party or dinner and today you have lots of options to provide your guests with exceptional service and selections right in your own home. Consider having a separate entertainment bar area for drinks and snacks while your guests are mingling and visiting. You can have a wine cooler and separate icemaker and sink in this area. While you are prepping the meal, your significant other can be a master bartender. If you and your friends are coffee fanatics, why not install your own built-in coffee machine in the area and make coffees, cappuccinos and espresso just like the barista down the street.


BUTLER’S PANTRY If you use caterers often or entertain large crowds, you may want to consider planning for a true butler’s pantry. This becomes a secondary kitchen for you. Not only will it provide you with lots of additional storage for platters, dishes and other items needed for parties and entertaining, but you can install a secondary dishwasher, a warming drawer here as well as another sink. The space can also be used by caterers for prepping and clean up, while being out of sight from your guests.


DUAL APPLIANCES For the serious cook and entertainer, two ovens are a must. But today, you may even want to consider having two dishwashers for quicker cleanup, depending on the number of guests you normally entertain. Other appliances such as steam ovens and warming drawers are also great for the serious cook and makes getting everything ready on time and at the same time just that much easier.


Last month, I told you about a project from a new client who had a master bathroom that was in need
of some serious help. You can read that blog post by clicking here. The space was awkwardly arranged and certainly the materials and finishes did not give our client the spa feeling that she was seeking.


We have been working for the past several weeks putting our heads together in order to create a
wonderful spa retreat for her that will provide her with lots of counter space and storage. She wants a large tub, plus a large shower with a bench that will provide her with a wonderful experience. She loves soft, restful colors and wants the entire space to be an escape from her hectic daily life. I want her to have much better lighting, both general and at the vanity and get rid of the awkward floor plan. Plus I want to make the most of the view she has and the patio that is right off the bath itself. So we came up with this floor plan:

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In this drawing you can see that we kept the vanity right where it is, minus the awkward corner. It features two sinks and a sit down makeup area. Two large mirrors with flanking sconces provide great illumination of the face, while both vanities feature lots of drawer space for products. The toilet remains in the water closet where it has always been. On the other side of the bath, we have placed a wonderful air tub near the sliding doors to take advantage of the view, during long soaks. Next to it, is a large shower area, complete with a multiple shower heads and a bench. My goal in the layout is to make the bath appear light and airy and very open. The shower, for instance, will feature 2 walls of glass in order to expand the space and to let the natural light into the shower area. I am angling the tub, not only to take advantage of the view but also to set it out and apart to show off the beautiful shape and treat it like a piece of sculpture. As so now for a sneak peek at the materials and finishes that will go into this spa bath retreat:


In order to give our client the relaxing spa retreat she desperately wants, we became inspired by concepts of water and sky for our color palette. By closing our eyes and envisioning a walk along the beach, we arrived at a sandy colored floor tile. We are going to feature a wall of hand cut mosaic green marble tile in an undulating pattern to remind us of the waves and the mountains. The light colored oak on the cabinetry reflects the trees and even the bubbles from the water of a waterfall or babbling brook are reflected in the light fixture we have chosen. All the materials have an organic and natural feel to them and remind us of a restful and peaceful retreat. The client loved our choices and we are already tearing out the existing bath. I can’t wait to see our client’s reaction when she sees her new master bath.



Recently I met with Bonnie Shuptrine, who along with her husband, Alan, are the owners of Shuptrines, located on Broad Street, near Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga.  The Shuptrine name is not a new one to the art community in Chattanooga and Bonnie and Alan have continued to grow and expand their business to include not only representing fine American art, but also art restoration and creating custom gilded pieces for their customers as well.

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1. What prompted you and Alan to start Shuptrines?

Fifteen years ago, Alan persuaded me to continue my business in design/art with apparel and also help him continue his business of 10 years at that time, Gold Leaf Designs. He was known for his fine one of a kind framing, and gold leafing, restorations, etc. So, I ended up doing both. The business really took off about 3 years later, and we decided to only concentrate on his business, and to include representing other fine American Artists. Alan’s relationship with clients and private art collectors/museums was always good, and selling art “behind the scenes” was something we had done in the past. It wasn’t until one of our clients gave us his portfolio of artwork he had collected for 30 years to offer out to the public, and he suggested we become a “gallery”. We helped him work with his estate and pieces; afterwards we felt the timing was right to move into more of a gallery business. Since then, we have represented over 45 artists nationwide. Today, we represent 15 artists. They are all nationally awarded, or renowned. And we continue to sell collections of estates and consignments on fine 19/20th century artwork.


2. What services and products do you offer?

 In terms of services, we provide fine framing that is archival, correct and sometimes designed to the piece. It takes a while to create, and sometimes carving, gold leafing and fine faux finishes are applied. We are experts at the restoration of antique furniture or frames, restorations of paintings, and cleaning of artwork. Conservation is very important to us, so is conserving artwork/furniture, and restoring gold leaf in mirrors or objects d’art. Gold Leafing in water gilding methods or other less expensive methods is a specialty. We leaf ceilings, trim in homes and historical institutions. We have renovated and restored areas of the Swann House in Atlanta and the Governors’ Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. Private homes that need any gold leaf are also our business. We also do any fire and smoke damage on artwork, frames, and some wood furniture. And we can provide professional crating and shipping of important artwork and mirrors.

As for products, we of course specialize in American art- and if you are looking for something specific whether it is an Edward Hopper or David Johnson, a Peterson or Wyeth, we work with any known name. Other products which we love are our handmade gilded crosses. We can design and create a cross as a birthday or anniversary present. We have had clients call us for a memory type dedication cross for board rooms and other corporations. For gifts, we have a 6 x 9 inch cross in which we can implement a design or monogram. Almost any design can be done at the client’s request. Finally, we do a great job with custom portraits, matching the client’s needs, style and budget with just the right artist, from those we represent.

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3. What guides you in selecting artist to represent? What qualities do you look for?

We only work with American art. And if living, only American fine art, nationally awarded or nationally renowned. We believe in the success and business of an artist- and when we work with contemporary artists, we have an agreement that they are just as much the marketing train as we are. That they give back to their community in gifts and also showcase their work at least once a year.

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4. What new artists are you excited about today?

Not necessarily new to me, but the drive and momentum is with my husband’s work, Alan Shuptrine. He has been painting for decades, yet, has been busy helping raise our two sons, and this business, mainly in all the things we do first. But, the last several years, has been dedicated to watercolor, and like his father, the late Hubert Shuptrine, is excellent in renderings of realism. He is a pretty brilliant guy, and I am excited he has gone into another arena with the level of his work. He has created a new way to look at watercolors and protect them, without the use of glass, which is going to be a pivotal point for watercolor. And with his craftsmanship of marrying the frame with the piece, it is a superb way of working. The directors of museums are saying to me, that this is another Childe Hassam. He might not ever see his success on this level as most artists have to die – to go to the ultimate point of success, but he will get close to it.

Other than that, I am in LOVE with our glass artist Kerrick Johnson. One to be reckoned with, his cut glass and treatments are a superb way to look at glass and see the exquisite detail of special pieces.

5. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about buying their first piece of serious original art?

I LOVE working with people that are at that moment thinking about this.  It usually is an exciting time in that person’s life. They might have had success in business, redesigned or remodeled their home, and are at a point of layering on good pieces. I believe first: PLEASE LOVE WHAT YOU BUY. Any gallery or art rep can tell you that a certain artist is going places. If you spend $500 or $5000, every dollar counts for a reinvestment. Just like a stock or bond, You want your dollars to be at least something that will get your money back or maybe even increase in value over time. Our artists have been better than the stock market most of the time. Or, if the buy is a good one with a reputable name, it will give you pleasure beyond years. Use a reputable source, and know what you are buying.

Do your homework

It thrills me when a piece of art gets married to that person. Something that makes him or her happy- that it betters your life in every way. When you come home from a hard day, or relaxing and viewing your surroundings, in every way, it just makes you feel good. You think and ask yourself, “how did that artist do that light coming through the trees?” or you see the technique that the artists does is amazing.

My advice is simple.

USE IT and love that it is around you.
The rest will come.

Contact Info:

Gallery and Studio location: 2646 Broad Street

Chattanooga, TN 37408 · phone: 423.266.4453 · cell: 423.280.2403

www.shuptrines.com · email:thegallery@shuptrines.com · www.alanshuptrine.com




Design Bloggers Conference Atlanta 2015

This past week I had the pleasure of spending 3 days in Atlanta for the Design Bloggers Conference.
Despite the nasty weather, over 250 design bloggers gathered to learn about how to write better
blogs, engage their target audience and to view and preview some of the latest products and trends in
the interior design industry.


ADAC Atlanta

Our first day included several lectures in the morning and a tour of the Atlanta Design and Arts Center
(ADAC) and touring several showrooms. I always love spending time at ADAC and seeing some the
industry’s coolest new products and getting design inspiration from the nation’s top manufacturers of
custom products for the home.


Browsing the manufacturer showrooms at ADAC

Our next day was spent at the Grand Hyatt of Buckhead, where the event was held and our keynote
speaker was Nate Berkus, nationally known designer, TV celebrity and, most importantly, Oprah’s
friend. He discussed his design approach and philosophy, as well as how he continues to market his
brand and designs through the blogging community. His approach of surrounding yourself with only
those people and things that you treasure the most, really hit home.


Nate Berkus discussing his design approach and philosophy

On our final day, we heard from HGTV celebrity and producer Brian Patrick Flynn. He is not only in
charge of the companies blog but also produces several of the HGTV shows as well as being a highly
sought after designer, having completed projects all over the country. His energetic style was very
entertaining and I really got a lot from his approach of not seeking perfection in all that we do, but to
make your work memorable and educational for others.


Ready to conquer the world of blogging!

Now that I am back in throws of design work and writing, I can’t wait to integrate some of the
principles I learned this past week into my interior design work, as well as into my writings right here
on this blog. My goal is to give you blog posts that are valuable, informative, timely and as fun to read
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Master Bathroom: Luxury Retreat


We all love to get away from our hectic lives. Vacations are a great way to take things a little slower and relax. But they are far and few between. Your own master suite can be your private luxury hotel getaway, if you take the time to make it special and include the features you would find at a 5 star resort.

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If you are looking to create that resort, spa feeling in your bath, consider the following as must-haves: Deep Soaking or Therapeutic Tub: Nothing says relaxing like a hot bath. Many of us could spend hours just soaking and letting the problems of the day disappear. If you are remodeling or building, this is a great time to upgrade to, my favorite, and an air tub. Imagine 50-60 small jets of warm air caressing your body, with a heated backrest and even Chromatherapy. Just the thing to soothe aching muscles and quiet the mind. It is important to find a tub that really fits you. Too small and you won’t be comfortable; too large and the tub will cool too quickly. Also consider faucet placement. You want it to be within easy reach both before you step in and also well placed once you are in the tub, in case you want to add more water during your long soak.


Invigorating Shower: If a tub bath is not your thing, or if the space doesn’t permit, consider a shower with all of today’s great features. Rain heads, body sprays and pulsating shower heads can create a shower experience that is truly all about luxury. If your shower is larger than 3ft x 4ft, consider adding a bench for sitting. This is a great feature for shaving your legs or for relaxing as the water soothes your body. You may want to consider a steam unit for your shower, for the ultimate in spa treatments after a long hard day of work or working out. Make sure to include built-in recesses in your design near the main shower control for the soaps and bottles of product that you will be using in the shower. That way they are always right at hand and yet neatly tucked away.


Heated Towel Warmer: Just thinking about a warm towel makes everything feel better. Today’s models come in a variety of styles and finishes, with timers to coordinate with your bathing schedule. You can find models that are wall mounted or floor standing and that plug in or can be wired directly. Just remember to place it handy to the tub or shower for easy reach.


Great Lighting: Generous and correct lighting is a must in any bath. You want it to be easy to see and to have the lighting placed so that it is the most flattering to you. Lighting fixtures can be the jewelry of the bath and give it great style but it must be functional as well. I always recommend 3 layers of light. First, overhead, general lighting to light up the room and provide good illumination for cleaning. This can be in the form of a hanging center fixture or recess lighting spread accordingly around the room. Second, task lighting in the form of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to illuminate your face evenly for makeup and shaving. Finally, accent lighting in the form of recess spot lighting to accentuate a special feature , such as a freestanding tub or a piece of wall art.


Great Towels: Like every great resort, your bath should have the finest of towels. There is nothing likethe feeling of getting out of the tub or shower and wrapping yourself up in a big fluffy towel. Selecting the right towel is crucial to completing your spa bath experience. I like to select an oversized towel for extra comfort. While you are at it, why not purchase a thick plush bath robe as well to complete your spa experience.



Lotions, Potions, and Fragrances: To compete your spa bath getaway each day, you need the right products. Consider bath oils for your air tub, body scrubs and bath gels for the shower and essentials oils for the steam shower option. Candles in your favorite fragrances and moisturizers for your skin are uplifting to the senses and make your mind and body feel pampered. Place a small basket or tray conveniently on the counter and fill with your favorite products and even the samples from other hotel stays and use them each and every day. They are a small cost and can make your bath experience so much more special.

Your bath is a very important room. It is where you begin and end each day. Make it a special experience with some of these recommendations and you will enjoy 5 star living every day.



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