We are preparing for the end of the year around the Studio and that means tons of organization and prepping for 2014! We have been going through our project files and making sure everything is buttoned up. I am in love with this dining nook that we recently completed for a client’s new home. I love the turquoise and coral mix and pops of bright white and bold pattern in this space. Since it is part of the open living space, we needed everything to feel cohesive by using color and texture. And now that we are planning our own casual dining nook, I feel inspired to get going and finally pull the trigger on a few pieces! Why is it so challenging to plan details for my own home?
SHOP THE LOOK
1.White Lacquer Trellis Mirror 2. Capiz Chandelier 3. Dining Chairs 4. Round Wood Dining Table
Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25
Here is a look at the small room before we started on the design plan. A putty colored wall made the space feel dark and even smaller than it is. We updated the walls with a sophisticated soft grey, changed out the lighting and brought in all of the fabulous pieces you see! Sometimes you don’t need a major overhaul in a room, just a plan to make it function and become part of the home! Using a mirror in smaller dark spaces is a great way to open it up and bounce the light around, so don’t be afraid of an awkward dark space, there are always ways to bring it to life.
The latest issue of LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN is out on newsstands and we are BEYOND EXCITED to see our Dallas Bachelor Pad featured! This swanky pad brings a masculine vibe with a custom cowhide wallcovering, black walnut furniture and the perfect amount of red to pull it all together. Located in one of the residential towers at the Dallas Ritz Carlton, this unit has killer views of Uptown Dallas, super swanky rugs (think art on the floor) and technology out the wazoo! I have to admit…I kind of wanted to move in after it was all said and done!
I can’t say thank you enough to all of the fabulous reps and vendors that worked with us to create the perfect out of town crash pad for my client. And when photographer Nick Johnson popped into Dallas to photograph the space, I never imagined how much I would learn about photographing a space…it was a fabulous day! I have been so fortunate to work with others in our industry that get me, my client’s needs and the overall direction that we are both going when planning their new homes. So with all of that being said…let me introduce STUDIO TEN 25′s latest!! You can see more details in all of Luxe’s Texas publications: DALLAS | AUSTIN SAN ANTONIO | HOUSTON
Here are a few of my favorite detail shots from the origional shoot with Melanie Johnson from Melanie Johnson Photography. I always love the way she captures the special pieces in each project. She has such an amazing eye and I love working with her!
The Dallas Morning News recently asked me to chime in on collecting art and how to budget for it. Most of my clients worry about finding art that really pulls the space together without breaking the budget. Not everyone wants to spend a large percentage of their budget on art, so finding pieces that look like a million bucks is always the task. Most of the time we end up using smaller pieces on canvas or even simply framed to make a statement. I love layering with the smaller pieces of art on bookshelves, behind an awkwardly scaled lamp or accessory on a table and even inside nooks that need a bit of color.
“There is no right or wrong way to collect art in my opinion. If you love it, invest in it. And the reality is that something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it”
Personal pieces are my favorite. Try adding artwork from your children or special pieces that you find out shopping, it really does bring a personal aspect to the space. If you have something laying around but the size isn’t right, frame up your favorite part of the piece and let it take on a whole new look.
Grouping a few of your favorite pieces together is another way to visually fill the space without having to worry about finding a large pieces. It is a great way to add pattern and color within the right scale for a small or oddly shaped space.
Don’t overlook the opportunity to do something custom and unique to you and your space. There are quite a few illustrators and artist that can be found on etsy.com and digging around through Pinterest will also expose you to artist that can create something personal for your space.
Going big can also be fabulous! I love the impact that one or more large scale pieces can make in a room. Going big can be a bit more of an investment, but wow does it look fabulous!!
We have been beyond busy trying to pull our client’s homes together for the upcoming holiday season! When all of the main pieces are in place, it’s time to pull it all together and I love seeing the reaction on our client’s faces when they walk in to see it! Here are a few our favorite pics from our recents projects and the lovely spaces that make it all come together.
We have recently been putting the final touches on Dallas’ Bella Lash Studio and I can’t wait to show off the final look. Here are a few sneak peek images from the installation day, over the top girl glam. We pulled in a few of our favorite mirrored pieces, a little lacquer, tons of metallic accents and the perfect amount of pink, Yes please!
We are putting the final touches on our client’s home so I thought I would show off the latest. Their small dining room sits just off of their kitchen and although we had plans to complete this space down the road, I am so happy that we were able to finish it during the first phase. The Big O dining table is an oval shape so it really does bring an open feel to the square room. We used the same fabulous Mary McDonald Octavius Tape in Navy on the drapes from the living room to keep a cohesive look and decided to go bold with Clarke & Clarke’s Flamma in Fuchsia to tie in the pillows from the adjacent living room.
A little paint and a few mirrors always make for an easy update with a few chic touches! Our client’s new home is going to be the perfect girly glam place for her but since the hardwoods and existing cabinets are all a dark brown, we needed to brighten it up a bit. This built-in entertainment cabinet fits the scale of the room but because it is so dark, it takes over a bit more than we would like it to.
BEFORE: Heavy, dark and in serious need of an update.
DURING/AFTER: I love love love the fresh coat of white paint. We just used the same paint color as all of the doors and trim in the home for a cohesive look. The oil based paint will provide a durable finish for the cabinet too. The center four doors were once a speaker fabric…but we decided to add mirrors to accentuate the mounding on the door fronts. Now we have a bright, light and chic built-in ready to be girly girl styled!!
I am so in love with one of our latest projects and thought I would share the short video for the home. Turquoise, coral and tons of fabulous details can all be seen in the video that focuses on the final installation! Looking forward to sharing the images from this one soon!
You can see more fun project installation videos on our website, www.studioten25.com
Abbe-July2 from Abbe Fenimore on Vimeo.
There is nothing worse than not being able to find the right pieces of furniture for a room. Sometimes hours of searching for the right shape, size and color don’t turn up anything worth showing your client and that is beyond frustrating. So the next best thing to do is to look into creating a custom piece for the room. I have found that most of my clients are open to the idea and even have fun helping me design the pieces and select the details like finish, pulls and other unique elements.
This master bedroom needed large scale night stands and a dresser that would balance out the large TV on the wall and grand scale. We found a few inspiration images and took it from there. Of course the mirrored tops on the nightstands are a favorite for her, but don’t get to “girly” for him.
The oversized dresser was designed to be in the same finish, have similar lines and balance the large scale of the TV. We mixed it up a bit and used a brushed nickel pull instead of the glass knobs like the night stands, but still keeping a round shape.
We have finalized our selections on this fun and flirty space recently and all of the details are in the works! We had two final looks to select from and our client was 100% on board with our favorite look. This woman owned business is another one of Dallas’ fabulous lash extension studios and it was in serious nee of a remodel!
Take a look a the two looks that we narrowed it down to. I love the soft pink look with tons of glitzy accents and beautiful pillows. The details in this look are soothing but allow for a few bold accents throughout.
But, this jewel toned beauty makes it tough to decide. The sophisticated lighting and pillows mix well with the playful rug and colorful art. I will say, painting the entire space pink was the first decision that was made! The color went up last week and the wallpaper installation starts tomorrow! So what do you think? What look is your favorite? Keep up with the installation details on our Instagram this week and next as we transform this once empty space into the perfect glitzy lash studio!