Thursday Spotlight: Style Spotting Fav’s From High Point

Thursday Spotlight: Style Spotting Fav’s From High Point

Something lite today! These are all from the High Point Market Style Spotting Pinterest Boards, uploaded & linked via Pinterest & Spotter. You will find the links at bottom of each picture!

Enjoy over a cup of coffee (or tea says my husband) & pin away!


“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann


If you haven’t checked out our upcoming Decorate Like A Pro System, do so! Registration for this online course only closes on Sunday. We are down to fewer than 13 spots for the coaching upgrade & once registration closes, the $495 System price is gone forever. Our beta testers howled at me for pricing it too low….just remember yesterdays post. My heart. Have a great day!!!

Wednesday Style Points: Behind the (Computer) Scenes on a Sale Set Up!

Wednesday Style Points: Behind the (Computer) Scenes on a Sale Set Up!

Our Clearance Sale is less than 3 weeks away

Style and Design aren’t limited to spaces & places

Fabulous Stage Designs by Richard Finkelstein

Some of those Style Points are “behind the scenes”

Shopify. The System that runs our on line store.

As we work to roll our sale out on line for Friday, September 14th,

Setting up our “shopping carts” and “tag sale” for a limited time on Clearance Items

Colorful Shopping Carts!

We are spending MUCH time trying to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed

Inventory and Locations List

Style…it’s as much BEHIND the computer as it is in the FRONT office!

Wish us favor ;)!…

xo Ann

Wednesday Style Points: High Vases vs Low Vessel Centerpieces

Wednesday Style Points: High Vases

Simple Clear Tall Vases

Versus Low Vessel Centerpieces

Short Wide Vase

Each Season we seem to have the debate!

I love Barreveld product

Which is YOUR Preference?!

Barreveld Tall Round

I LOVE low vessels that can hold multitudes of flowers without blocking views…

Beautiful Cut Glass Serving Bowl

but can’t resist the tall tiered stands – fill them with small votives that hold fresh flowers INSTEAD of food!!

Love this on a serving table – perfect FLORAL centerpiece!

Photo from Young House Love Blog (2009).

It’s a DELIGHTFUL change from the ordinary…it’s a Couture Chateau Moment!

xo Ann

Tuesday Tidbit: My Yellow Habit!

Tuesday Tidbit: My Yellow Habit!

A Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond

Yesterday I shared a picture of CR Laine’s Yellow Wing Chair

Another Chair by CR Laine!

I have a serious love affair with Yellow

Yellow Carpet from Overstock

Started when I was a little girl and the Yellow and Orange Floral Sheer Drapery FLOODED my room with light as the sun shone through

I couldn’t find a picture of mine as a girl, but these are the same “type”. Overly girly. A bit much, but oh so easy and fun as a child!


50 West 67th Street…the Musician’s Building near Lincoln Center

Grew when we lived in NYC and the pale pale yellow walls with the 18″ Baseboards & 12 Foot Ceilings of a Pre-War Building barely 1 bedroom apartment called my name

An apartment on the 5th Floor…ours was on the 1st and had magnificent ceilings…

Today, I’ll take it in any shade

From the Decorologist Blog – Fabulous Yellow Console!

Any saturation

Love Yellow Roses

Any amount

LOVE this rug!

Love to the Yellow!

Harry Winston Yellow Diamond Earrings!

xo Ann

Monday Matters: Am Loving Classic Trends

Monday Matters: Am Loving Classic Trends!

Classic Trends from Jason Wu, 2011

Couture Chateau will probably never be called super trendy…

Though for the right Clients, we would use these!

We are all about building custom lives & lifestyles that enhance the individual – the “custom” in you!


Couture Chateau Private Label Custom for a more reserved Client

Whether that’s with information, design, encouragement or counsel

Design Counsel

I am loving these trends right now though…

Bentley Churchill

All Things Yellow (My Office is of COURSE Yellow!)

CR Laine

Have a Fabulous Week…what are YOUR favorite Classic Trends?!

xo Ann

Pastel Passion – Trends for This Fall

Seems everyone is talking Pastels

Pastel Color Chart

Even for the Fall and Winter

Winter Pastel Clothing

Winter Pastel Accessories

Winter Pastel Upholstery: British Wool

Am loving these Winter Looks with Pastel Overtones

Not a new trend…just an easy to live with one…

Easy to Live With

Contemporary Also Embraces Pastels…

Easy to Decorate Around


xo Ann

Tuesday Tidbit: Herringbone Habit

I love custom

Custom Herringbone Mosaic Tile

Herringbone is still all the rage

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.

Here are some of the ways we are using it

HB Paint Party!

Not just for walls

Glass textile acoustical wallcovering
Glass textile wallcovering

Not just for fabric

Seriously Fab from Spoonflower, it’s Brown Vacumn Tube Fabric!

On Floors

Couture Chateau Custom Antique Hand Laid Herringbone Floors

Herringbone Custom Floors

In Furniture

Custom Couture Chateau Herringbone Inlay Table

Happy Herringbone!

xo Ann

Fashion and Design: Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Lee Radziwill & your Couture Chateau!

Oh how we love style! We are COUTURE Chateau…we believe STYLE translates from clothing to interiors to us!

Jason Wu Couture 2011

I confess I would wear these to breakfast if I could!…That said, look how FASHION and INTERIOR DESIGN mesh…


Have a look at those GORGEOUS Couture Gowns by Jason Wu from 2011…and the home designs we found that mirror…FABULOUS!

Lee Radziwill’s Red Room

Can you imagine?! I can just see stepping into the space below in the corresponding gown above! Happy Saturday!…One can dream ;)…

Fabulous Design, Layers & Textures

Authenticity & Passion Breed Excellence

Just off the Design Bloggers Conference, I have too many take-a-ways to count.

Bright Ideas

Anyone else feel the same way?

My Panic Button Mouse

Bunny….Martyn….Tobi….Jason….John…in excellence and access you are gracious, fun and bring “IT” to the table!

As I honestly alternated between DESPAIR:  too far to go and not enough time in the day to get there….and HOPE:  I KNOW we have an authentic brand in Couture Chateau because I know YOU: the client, the casual design enthusiast, the blog reader, the searcher… are authentic…as there is only one YOU!…..from one presentation to the next, I realized with 20 plus years under my belt, I may not know what SEO really is, but I DO know people are better off for living intentional well designed lives. AND that we help them get there, from one generation to the next.

I grew up with a mother who imparted that. I dine at a table from my Grandmother who had an amazing way of hosting her home and building collections. I have seen what happens when lives are not intentional and excellence isn’t embraced. They fall apart. Slowly. But consistently. And often create a vortex that takes others down with them.

And so as Designers, with short spans of time to influence, care and teach, we do what we can with what we have.

At Couture Chateau, our motto says it all: Live a Custom Life. There is only one YOU.

I believe that with all my soul. Everyone has intrinsic value. Everyone. With intrinsic value, the process of living and embracing the beautiful is LOGICAL.

I will never cure cancer or land on the moon, but if one space designed or one life curated by me and my team brings THAT KNOWLEDGE to someone, then I’ve done my part.

We set our sights HIGH because we believe in EXCELLENCE. Details matter to me. In Design, in life, in communication….they always have and always will. Excellence is revealed in the details.

Fabulous Custom Crewels Inspire Me for their level of DETAIL

Anyone who knows me knows that. In Design I would rather have COUTURE details and true craftsmanship than an abundance of “junk”.

Encouraged by excellence at every turn, stay tuned as we work HARD to build our relationships with you. Please LIKE us on FACEBOOK. Follow us on TWITTER. HELP us Build the BRAND. We want to pursue excellence for YOU!

What I know in my heart:

Passion for Design was bred into my bones.

Passion for Creating Custom and Inspiring Product and Designing Unique Spaces for Fabulous Inspired People (you;) is who I have always been. No trials of life have been able to destroy those parts of my existence.

Come on the JOURNEY with me.


xoxo Ann McDonald