Wednesday, September 19, 2012

So Many Things Happening...

As the weather begins to change and we say "Good-Bye" to Summer, First Fruit Collection is preparing for a VERY busy October!  Our fall merchandise is out on the floor..we have arrangements, table runners, pumpkins, and precious owls just waiting for a comfy nest in your home!  Not only is October our preparation month for Thanksgiving, it's the revealing of our Christmas Decor!! Our annual Christmas Open House begins October 22 and will end on the 27th. And, in order to make some extra space for this event, we will be having a SALE the first 2 weeks of October (1-20). Drum-roll, please.... 15% off all in-stock furniture!!

Next on the list is... the Vesta Home Show at St. James Place in Germantown. Although, we were not able to design the entire house, we have had the honor of contributing. All lighting, bathroom, and finish design has been completed by FFC. It has been such a fulfilling and fun experience!  We'd love for everyone to come out to see our work and vote! The Vesta Home show begins October 6th and comes to an end on the 28th.

As a side note, Meredith and I are going to High Point Market in North Carolina from the 12-16th. Things will be trickling in upon our return! Perfect time to ask for a FFC Gift Card for Christmas.

Lets recap some dates:

*SALE*: October 1-20
Vesta Home Show: October 6-28
Market: October 12-16
Christmas Open House: October 22-27

Hope to see everyone around the store and Vesta show this month!

Happy Everything!
Ashley and the Girls at FFC

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Designer Tips

Designer DOs and Please DON'T

You do not have to be a degreed designer to have an 'eye' or 'knack' for interior design. With publications such as House Beautiful, Veranda, Architectural Digest, etc., as well as the new phenomenon of Houzz and Pintrest, distinguishing a well designed space is very easily spotted. This readily available information allows one to find his or her style, likes, dislikes, etc. Therefore, these days, it's not only accessible--it's affordable!

If I had a quarter for every time I hear, "I know what I like... I just don't know how to make it come together!", or, "I've tried so hard to make this ____ (insert your room here) work, but I'm just tired and out of ideas", I'd be a millionaire!! But, as I tell these people, it's okay! That is what a designer is for! You may know that you like but, we know how to execute your vision and make it all come together! Interior design is very much problem solving.

Here's a little insight as to what we, as designers, say are the 'Dos and Please Don't' to your projects:


Do keep everything classic and simple. You want to make your decisions last!

Do choose at least one piece that reflects you or your family.

Do make a room chic but also livable.

Do look at the whole picture--be realistic and decisive.

Do mix.. not everything has to match perfectly! A perfectly matched room can look over-designed.

Do keep an open mind when working with your designer... we do kind of know what we're doing ;)

Do re-purpose old pieces. But, spend the money to have it done correctly!

Do be clear about your budget (if one) before working with your designer.

Do mix your finishes.

Do update your paint and light fixtures/lamps for a quick update.

Do invest in artwork.

Do mix old and new, high cost and low cost.

DO invest in a good designer!! As designers, we are here to help you and work with your budget.


Don't get hung up on the tiny details, Remember the whole picture!.

Don't do everything at the same level of interest. Create contrast.

Don't buy mass-produced artwork.

Don't try to fill a room with furniture.

Don't put something on EVERY wall... Walls need to breathe and eyes need to rest!!

Don't paint before hiring a designer.

Don't ask for too many peoples' opinions (this will simply confuse you--Trust YOUR instinct and your designer!)

Don't over accessorize... less is more!

Don't be afraid to make changes!

On the last note.... when your are ready to make these changes... DO come to First Fruit Collection to set up your design appointment!! 901-861-7111

Happy Everything!
The Girls at FFC