Friday, January 10, 2014

Provision Oxford: Home with Heart

One of the best things about being an interior designer, besides designing of course,
 is meeting great people.

One of my favorites is 
Mississippi native Doug Self.  
I have known him for quite a while.
  He is wonderfully creative
 a wonderful person.
He is authentic.
He has heart.

Doug Self

I visited with him last October
 during market in High Point 
in his wonderful showroom jdouglas.

He invited me to the upcoming opening of his 
new retail store
back home in Mississippi.

Doug Self and I in the jdouglas showroom in High Point

It was a stormy, nearing winter afternoon 
when we arrived at Provision.

The weather was dismal,
but the store was bright, beautiful, and inviting.

I was immediately intrigued by the "Southerner's Handbook."

It was full of warm home vignettes,


and products for personal pampering.

Even though the store was abuzz
 in full party preparation mode, 

Doug took time to sit down and chat 
and tell me a bit about his 
vision for Provision.

Doug describes Provision as "a curated collection of inspired goods, 
both native and sourced from around the globe,
purveying classic to current home furnishings and gifts,
 and encouraging fellowship with those who create 
and fostering giving to those in need."

He chose the name by definition 
for dual reasons.

Provision is intended to provide Oxford 
with things that have not previously
 been readily accessible locally, 
and to give back to, sustain and provide for the town, the University, and the students.  

 Pro • vis • ion [prə-’vi-zhən]:

Provide something that is not readily accessible, to give back, sustain.

Additionally, Doug is dedicated 
to local and state philanthropies, 
giving back to causes including 
Jackson based Peyton's House,
an after school safe house 
for in danger children.

After our chat, 
it was almost party time, 
time for a little "Winter Cocktail"

I loved this metal cocktail cart.

and music from Chapel Hill's Mipso trio.

Mipso from Chapel Hill, NC, warming up
Doug flew them in for the party
Listen to their song "HOME AGAIN" HERE

Just before the party started, 
I had to ask Doug one last question, 
what a few of his favorite things 
in the store are . . .

Doug wants to spend his old age surrounded by design books.
Me too!

Of course design books,

men's leather dop kits,

and vervain, citrus soap

Of course I couldn't resist 
the BLUE cookies . . .

Your love of life is 
overflowing and irresistible.

Thank you and welcome home
dear Doug . . .

I am looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

photo credits:  Marilyn Trainor Storey

Visit Provision Oxford 
1611 University Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Water IS Turquoise/Turquoise IS Water, Part I

WATER . . .
Smooth and Endless

WATER . . . 
Ebbing and Flowing  

WATER . . .
Shades of BLUE

WATER . . .
Aqua, Aquamarine, Azure, Cerulean, Cobalt, Lapis, Sapphire . . .


I am so honored to be a 
part of the beauty that is
in Orange Beach.
(Visit Turquoise Place HERE)

We planned the Lobby in Tower One

And we have installed the first phase.

A Jo Hyman tryptic in BLUE on board 
is perfect over a beautiful
"Storm" Cabinet.

And of course I love the wave of a circular 
Verellen sofa.

The Kravet chairs make a wonderful conversation area
 near the curved window overlooking the water.

WATER . . .
Smooth and Endless

WATER . . .
Ebbing and Flowing

WATER . . .
Shades of BLUE

WATER . . .

To be continued . . .

photo credits:  Nancy Price Interior Design, Turquoise Place/Spectrum Resorts