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    Loving Leopard {Before & After}

    A few weeks ago I shared a few pics of these gorgeous barrel back chairs after their transformation.  My client knew that she wanted barrel back chairs for her living room but we just couldn’t find the right pieces. Finally, Scout Design Studio came to the rescue and helped us pull these lovely leopard pieces together!

    BEFORE: Just a simple barrel back chair in a dingy brown velvet fabric screaming for an update. They were already on a swivel base but needed to be just a bit higher to work with the scale of the other pieces in the room.





    AFTER: Scout worked their magic and lifted the chairs by adding a high gloss black base, fortunately we were able to keep the swivel feature! This leopard velvet from Duralee Fabrics had been the fabric selection for the chairs from day one and it looks perfect on the chairs! Bold? Yes! But they are the perfect addition to this lofty living space!  We are still installing pieces to pull this space together and hope to have it finalized soon, I can’t wait to share!!







    A Butterfly Transformation

    We recently installed the first phase of a client’s main living and dining area and I am so excited about the way it is coming together! We snagged a few gorgeous vintages pieces from Scout Design Studio here in Dallas that helped us create the urban chic feel we are going for. One of my favorite additions to the dining area is the dining bench. I love mixing in a bench in an open space like this. It keeps the space open and allows for guests to socialize easily when hosting a party.


    We selected this Stella bench with nickel bamboo legs and gave it a simple update with a fun fabric! The Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade fabric was hands down, the winner when looking at fabric options. I love the way  it looks with the cobalt velvet chairs and chunky grapevine table base too!


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    Pink Velvet {Before & After}

    Taking something from drab to fab is pretty easy when you add gold trim and bright pink velvet!!! This gorgeous chair was transformed into a super girly chic piece for a client’s living room, and wow is all I have to say about it. A classic bergere style chair is always a good idea, but we needed to make these two ladies a bit more spectacular.

    The classic lines and detailed carvings received an update with a gold metallic finish and the muslin fabric was ready for a major overhaul!








    We selected Designer’s Guild Glenville Velvet in Peony. It was the perfect bubble gum pink that my client was after and the textural sheen from the viscose gives the chairs that over the top glam that we were after. Looking forward to showing this fabulous room off soon!!!







    A House Now Beautiful

    So excited to see that House Beautiful online has featured a fun before and after from one of our projects! This small dining room was blah, boring and needs a fresh new look! Head on over to read more about the BEFORE & AFTER on House Beautiful’s site!!!


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    Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

    Here are a few more after shots from the dining area! Enjoy!



    Mid Century Dining {Before & After}

    I have been showing progress shots of this project for a few months now and it is finally finished!!  The dining room was one of the biggest transformations in the home so I thought it would make a great BEFORE & AFTER.


    BEFORE:  Although I love the large vaulted ceiling in this room, the large scale dining furniture was just a bit much for the space. The dining set was part of my client’s family and they did their best to make it fit into their home by upholstering the seats with a cowhide and adding a fun chandelier, but it just wasn’t working for them.  The “baby boy” blue paint color was off too and the yellowish tone of the original hardwoods was not a favorite of my client’s either.





    AFTER:  With super chic grey stain on the floors, an updated wall color and a furniture overhaul…this dining room became the Mid Century chic room that my client was after. The oval tulip table has a custom walnut top that brings in more warmth than the marble top that is came with and the classic Mid Century shaped chairs were upholstered in a GORGEOUS metallic linen to bring in the chic we were after.  I’m pretty sure the dining chairs are my favorite pieces in the new dining room!!A bright white console compliments the white silk drapes and really helps to brighting up that dark corner. We reused the client’s existing chandelier and large mirror since they were perfect for the new look.

    With a few simple additions like the geometric art, deep teal lamps (similar) and accessories this dining room is prefect for entertaining and sure does catch your eye as soon as you walk through the front door!!







    Before & After {Black, White & Girly Girl}

    I love seeing pictures of a client’s home before they have purchased it. This master bedroom was pretty basic, but we had big plans to transform it into an over the top girl girl room! Large scale furniture works well in the space but it really drives me crazy when draperies are installed just above the window in a room with high ceilings. It just breaks up the room too much for me.


    BEFORE: Here is a picture of the master from the home’s MLS listing. There are not any other layout options for the room so the bed had to go in the same place.




    INSPIRATION: Since we have a so much space and tall ceilings, we needed to go big with the bed’s headboard.  Of course we were going for  lots of pink, glitzy lighting and a fabulous black & white striped love seat at the end of the bed!  New brass drapery rods with acrylic finials installed just under the crown moulding and glamourous white linen drapes are on the way!





    ALMOST AFTER: All of the major pieces are in place now and the room is starting to come together!  Wait until you see the gorgeous black glass migration console from John Richard that we recently installed, it is perfect!!!  I am obsessed with the pink  Robert Allen silk velvet fabric that we used on the headboard.  The amethyst lamps from Times Two Design introduce the pop of deep purple that will help tie everything together!




    Sitting Pretty {Before & After}

    I love seeing the progress in a room that really wasn’t that bad to start with. My client had most of her basic pieces but the layout of the room and scale of the pieces were off in this space.  I guess I wouldn’t call this a true Before & After, but is is a great Before, during and almost after so I thought it was time to show it off!

    BEFORE: I love the light in this front sitting room and the fact that you can see most of the room when you enter through the front door. The sofa was just way too big for this space and the fabulous bold green accent chairs look so tiny and out of place against it.  It was time to find a sofa that works with the scale of the room, find a new home for the green chairs (they made perfect head chairs in the dining room…more on that in a few weeks) and soften all of the windows in the room.





    ALMOST AFTER:  We had this gorgeous navy velvet sofa custom made to fit the room and of course added tons of nailhead detailing in a hexagon pattern!! HUGE difference in the space.  At first, we placed the back of the sofa towards the font of the room to show off the nailhead detail, but it just wasn’t working. We updated our client’s cane back chairs with a gold finish and shimmery orange seat cushions and moved them in to compliment the sofa. I love the chevron zebra sheer draperies and how they have soften the windows without cutting off any of the natural light.




    AFTER AGAIN: But, this layout just wasn’t working. The sofa was a bit bulky when you came in from the font door even though showing off the pretty details was what we were going for. So, it was time for a little switch up and the sofa found a new home on the opposite end of the room. The seating arrangement is arranged around the fireplace and that gorgeous sofa is still front and center as you walk in.  We still have a few finishing touches to add to the room (gold leafed bamboo drapery rods anyone? ) and I promise to share them once we have every thing in place!!








    Pretty Pink Chair

    I love going through detail shots of pieces from project photo shoots. Knowing how bad something was before and how pretty and chic it has becomes is a great feeling. My client and I knew that we were using pink for the main color palette when remodeling her lash studio and pink velvet chairs were on the top of our list! We snagged these gorgeous chairs on ebay, the velvet was in excellent condition but the wood frames were pretty tattered and worn. A fresh coat of glossy white paint and a little love on the velvet made them look brand new!!! The curved back and swoop arm detail make them the perfect place to perch while waiting in the lobby!













    Wallpaper | Mirrored Console   | Coffee Table | Mongolian Fur Pillow | Sofa | Blue Velvet X Bench Fabric

    Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

    And here is a look at the before condition of the chairs. Not too bad but since the stains on the fabric were removed easily and a simple coat or two of paint took care of the yucky finishes, these girls were easy to update!


    Before & After {From Blah to Bright & Beautiful}

    I wanted to share a few BEFORE & AFTER images from a recent project. We dolled this home up with some of my favorite rugs from The Rug Company and they made all the difference!!! My client already had a handful of great pieces in throughout her home so we just needed to pull it all together. I will be sharing more before & afters of the formal dining, casual dining and entry next week so stay tuned!!





    BEFORE: I love this living room, entry and dining room area. The space has tons of windows but looked super dark and dreary, especially since most of the furniture is the same neutral beige. The fireplace mantle was just too chunky for the room and really didn’t work with the clean, modern feel that we were going for.





    AFTER: By adding color through rugs, art and accessories we were able to brighten up the space without making it too crazy.  My favorite update in the living room was to the fireplace wall. We added gorgeous Athens silver large scale tiles from Ann Sacks to really take the update to the next level.  I love that the large tiles create the look of a slab too! The sheer drapes with a touch of turquoise Ikat were made from Kravet fabric and really soften up the large wall while softly filtering the harsh glare from the windows.  Of course the centerpieces of the room is the gorgeous Carnival Rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company.  I love the pattern and it brings a much needed balance to the otherwise beige room. It allowed us to bring in a punch of color without going overboard on art and accessories too!


    Darling Dining {Before & After}

    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?















    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.