Wednesday, July 31, 2013


OK so the last post was supposed to be my final Gogo post but here is one more and the last....I hope.  I finally have my subscribe option figured out on Make + Model.  I don't want to lose any of my previous followers so if you have Chateau À Gogo on your favorites list on your blog page, please change it to Make + Model (  Also, to get regular M+M updates, please subscribe to my site with your email.  The subscribe option is located at the bottom of the Blog page or on the Contacts page.  If you subscribe to Gogo via email, your subscription will NOT automatically switch to Make + Model (bummer).  Thank you so much for doing this.  I want to stay in touch with all of you!!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Remember earlier this year when I posted about starting an official business, website and possibly new name?  Well, it's all happening!!  I timed it with the upcoming sale so I could roll out the new name and website all at once.  So although I'm a little sad to say good-bye to Chateau À Gogo, I"m really excited about the new name and overall direction I'm heading.  From the beginning, I knew Gogo was just a starting point for me to get my creative juices flowing pre-corporate world retirement. Now that I've had a good year to acclimate to my new life and really consider which direction I want to head, I'm ready to take the next step.

The new business is Make and Model, LLC.  It will be a combination of styling services and sales of unique, vintage pieces.  As many of my close friends know, I struggled with a name for a while.  I'm talking weeks of sleepless nights considering every name under the sun.  I wanted to have that "aha moment" when it just felt right.  I was starting to think it would never come.  Then, I (one who NEVER naps) fell asleep on the couch from exhaustion and woke up with the name Make + Model in my head.  My husband can attest to this as he was in the room when I awoke and said, "I have it!".  The name stands for several things.  It sums up my love of finding unique and interesting pieces and then investigating everything about its history, its origin, its story....its make and model.  "Make" also refers to my love for bespoke, one-of-a-kind pieces and "Model" refers to the act of using these pieces in spaces styled by yours truly. So there you have it, new name, new site, new adventure!!

I am still going to continue the blog but it will be under the Make + Model name.  I really hope all of you will continue to follow me.  Your support has helped me have the courage to move forward.


So remember, when you start seeing Make + Model on your Instagram, Twitter,'s just me :)

Farewell Gogo!!  This will be my last post on this site.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Sorry I've been flying under the radar this summer.  I think a lot of us have.  As you know the big sale is coming up.  Melissa (The Insane Domain) and I are pairing up again to host a pop-up shop at my  house. We have some amazing inventory.  If Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency or Palm Springs Chic is your style, then don't miss this one.

Just a quick list of some items available:

  • Vintage Lamps
  • Garden Stools
  • Bar Carts
  • 60s Barware
  • Furniture: Chairs, Nightstands, End Tables, Chest of Drawers, Peacock Chairs
  • Vintage Rattan Awesomeness
  • Art
  • Asian
  • Flatware
  • Mirrors
  • Accessories.....and much, much, more

The pop-up shop poster will be coming out soon but details are:

Date: Friday, July 26th
Time: 9-4pm
Where: 5239 Williamsburg Rd, Brentwood, TN  37027

In other news, there will be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on the blog tomorrow so make sure and check in. It is very exciting.  I can't wait to share.

Rattan Peacock Chair

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I seriously want to be Fiona Leahy when I grow-up.  Too bad we are basically the same age.  She is from Ireland but moved to New York in her twenties and became a fashion stylist.  She then moved on to jewelry design for Jade Jagger, then Louis Vitton and is now a world famous events planner to the rich and famous.  Her converted print-factory, turned home is featured in the August edition of Living Etc.  Apologies for the quality of the pictures (taken from my phone).

(I want everything in this picture)

(I need these pillows in my life)

(the chairs, the tables, the wall, the it all!!)

Monday, July 8, 2013


In this month's Living Etc, I'm loving Chassie Post's NYC apartment.  Is it possible to have quirky, elegant and edgy all in one space?  I would say yes!!  I love this girl!

Living etc - July 2013




Wednesday, July 3, 2013


I'm a sucker for great packaging.  I discovered this local gourmet oatmeal business, Haulin Oats, at the 12th South Farmer's Market yesterday.  What a great concept and how cute to have on hand when you have overnight guests.  Their flavor options include:  Cinnamon Girl, Date in the Life, Lavender Blue and Chai a Little Tenderness.  Check out their website for more information.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Last week I was honored to be part of a blogger exclusive sneak peek of the Southern Living Idea House located on the Fontanel property in Nashville.  For those of you that don't know, Fontanel is the previous home of country music star, Barbara Mandrell.  The Idea House opened on June 29th and will be open to the public through December.  After that, the plans are to use the structure as a bed and breakfast/events facility.  We were only allowed to take pictures of the exterior, dining and guest cottages because the full property will be featured in next months Southern Living.

Original rendering:

Property today:

DSC0055T 620x928 Southern Livings Idea House at Fontanel: Farmhouse Chic

LLH DESIGNS: The 2013 Southern Living Idea House: Rustic Meets Refined // love the rope on the porch swing

SLIH Dining Room Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living 600x400 Nashville Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel

LLH DESIGNS: The 2013 Southern Living Idea House: Rustic Meets Refined Ballard design outdoor furnishings

LLH DESIGNS: The 2013 Southern Living Idea House: Rustic Meets Refined

One of my favorite features was the Ann Sacks tile used in the Master Bath.  
You need to see it in person to appreciate it.

Sneak Peek! Nashville #SLIdeaHouse at Fontanel | Master Bathroom  | Photo by Claire Machamer