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Southern Charm {Before & After}

I love looking back at images from the beginning stages of a project, they always remind me of how so many small and even large details can make a major difference.  Today. I wanted to share a few  BEFORE & AFTER spaces from our Cottages & Bungalow’s “Southern Charm” feature.


BEFORE: THE FRONT PORCHThe basics were here, but since this is the front “room” you see as you approach the home. I love how open and roomy this porch is, but it just needed to be pulled together.  The oversized canvas porch swing is perfect for taking a lazy nap on weekends or for extra seating when entertaining.









AFTER: A few oversized pillows made with Perennials outdoor fabric bring in texture, pattern and color to the area. They also make the wood seating a bit more cozy when sitting for longer periods of time.  Custom outdoor linen with bold sequins and beading brought in a bit of glitz and glam to the space while a metallic leather ottoman is the perfect place to prop your feet up!



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Fall Ready {Before & After With Peacock Alley}

Now that fall has arrived and the warmer summer temperatures are beginning to cool down a bit, it is time to start thinking about updating your home for the new season! Making small changes throughout your home without completely redecorating can be easily accomplished. Peacock Alley has been my go-to resources for linens and bedding when working with our design clients.  So when they asked me to show of our master bedroom fall updates using their new Braga collection, I jumped at the chance!!!


You can see all of at the fabulous BEFORE & AFTER details on the Peacock Alley blog today. And if you are looking for something easy that can transition you into fall easily, the Braga collection is perfect!! All of the pieces that we used in our fall updates are linked on the post and  you can even snag Shop Ten 25′s new Glamazon Lamp too!!!

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BEFORE: Our summer bedding is bright and light weight. I love that we can easily change out a few pieces to warm up the space and create a few more layers for the chilly fall temps!





AFTER:  I love the addition of the Braga collection pieces for fall. The king shams and king blanket bring in a casual look and the linen with frayed edges is beyond fabulous!!! The gorgeous agate Glamazon lamps, a few new throw pillows and that gorgeous turquoise mohair throw blanket really bring in the cozy!  Don’t cha think?


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Before & After {Master Bedroom}

This master bedroom was the perfect balance of sophistication and edgy chic.  Our clients wanted a master bedroom that would be a retreat at the end of a long busy day.  We started by having the room painted Benjamin Moore’s Grey Owl to coordinate with the Clarke & Clarke’s Cameo wallpaper that we selected.  The combination of new paint and wallpaper on the back wall instantly updated the space and gave us the perfect starting point for the room’s design.


BEFORE: Nothing but the bed here folks. It was pretty pitiful, and they eventually used an empty printer box as a nightstand. Poor things, they really needed a place to relax and of course to at least place a lamp! Builder standard peachy walls were the worst part of the room. We loved the existing bed they had, so we decided to change the walls, add a subtle metallic wallpaper to the back wall and rock out the grey and aubergine color palette.


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AFTER:  I love how tailored the headboard looks now. The white lacquer nightstands, all white bedding and white Mongolian fur bench gave the room a bright and updated feel. Since we didn’t want to go overboard with the aubergine accent color, we kept it simple with just a few pieces. The glass lamps were the perfect scale for the night stands and mixed well with the textural pattern of the mirrors. A few glitz pillows and a luxurious throw blanket were the finishing touches.


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Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography

Little Hipster’s Bench

We have been working on a super cool children’s boutique here in Dallas and I can’t wait to show off more details. Our client had this fabulous pink velvet bench that worked perfectly in another space. But, it also was the perfect piece for the new dressing room at Little Hipsters Boutique!! So, we found a fun bold tropical print and had the bench upholstered to work with the new space.

Here are the BEFORE & AFTER pictures of the bench. I love the large scale Jardin print and bold color palette, it is going to be fab in the boutique’s dressing room!


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High Rise Living {Before & After}

We started working on this high rise bachelor pad this past spring and it was in serious need of an update. First, we needed furniture that actually functioned for him.  We needed the space to set the tone for the blue & grey color palette that we were using.  We recently photographed this space and I can not wait to show it off!


BEFORE: The entry felt stark and the wonderful high ceilings were not being played up.  Everything felt short and didn’t really give off a fun bachelor pad vibe.

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AFTER: A custom navy lacquered parsons console was the first piece we selected and everything just came together from there. Killer acrylic lamps with a blue accent, bold gold mirror and an bench to soften the space really helped to create a space that works here. The mirror draws you eye up and plays off of the high ceilings while bringing in some much needed texture.

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He needed a place to crash while watching T.V. that allowed him to get the most out of the awkward space. So instead of trying to place rectangular pieces in this round room, we worked with the curves of the space and selected a sectional with a curved center!

BEFORE: This room has amazing views of the Dallas Design Center as well as North Dallas so we needed to completely change the configuration to show off that view! The dark and muddy color palette was also doing nothing for the space. It felt dark and completely wrong for our bachelor.


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AFTER: Open, airy and completely masculine!  Neutral and durable fabric gave us the start we needed to bring in the blue, grey and brown accents that carry through the entire space. Now you can actually enjoy sitting in this space while taking in the view.


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Hot Pink {Before & After}

We have been busy with multiple project installations and I love seeing the space come together piece by piece.  Sometimes clients don’t want to purchase brand new pieces for their space because they want something a bit more unique that they can make their own.  We stopped by Dallas’ Again & Again and snagged these two chairs on clearance!!


BEFORE: We we began the search for lobby seating for Lash Maxx’s new location and these two chairs were just what we were looking for. Obviously, they were in serious need of a makeover. Although they were faded, worn and a little beat up the frame was in great condition.


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AFTER: Hot pink velvet and a metallic gold finish turned these two chairs in to glitzy glam lobby pieces! They are super comfy and bring in the bold color and over the top chic feel that the space needs.  The installation is about 90% complete and this week we will bring in all of the finishing touches with lighting, art and accessories!


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And…just because I LOVE the way this is looking, I thought I would share a sneak peek of the space.  I love the oversized mirror, black & white strip, metallic wallpaper and of course the stunning pink agate lamp!!!

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Tonal Sophistication {Before & After}

I began working with my clients as they began the final stages of construction on their new home. I loved the sophisticated grey color palette they were going for as well. Grey was our inspiration and as we began to finalize selections, a few subtle colors made their way into the overall look.

The master bedroom is large and we needed to bring in the right scale of furniture to keep the room from feeling too vast.  We turned to Duralee Furniture for this gorgeous linen headboard and designed custom nightstands that provided plenty of storage while framing out the bed properly.

Here is the BEFORE & AFTER. We photographed the home this week, and I can not wait to see the preliminary round of images for editing!! Obviously I am pretty excited and just couldn’t wait to share.


BEFORE: A blank slate and plenty of space to create a sophisticated master bedroom with a simplistic grey color palette.






AFTER: I love that we were able to keep the tonal color palette from being boring and basic. We choose classic textures and mixed them with a few modern pops of color and pattern.

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Modern Fireplace {Before & After}

For some reason this gorgeous home we worked on for our newlywed clients is getting major love this week! This chic living room has been one of my favorites and when I visited the home not to long ago, everything is still in place and just as fabulous as it was on install day!

First, High Fashion Home  gave us lots of love when they shared part of the living room. Bold color and pattern sure do pull this space together and it makes me happy when one of our projects inspires someone! Now, you can see a great before and after of the living room’s fireplace on HouseBeautiful.Com and Elledecor.Com . You can see the dramatic change on both sites and of course we have to show off a few of the gorgeous images from our installation too!


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Good Housekeeping {Before & After Family Room}

Good Housekeeping is sharing one of our favorite kid friendly projects as a BEFORE & AFTER on their site today!!! We love how easily this room was transformed into a stylish living space where there kids can play and then store their toys away in the custom ottoman when mom and dad want to entertain friends!  You can see more details on the transformation HERE!

















All ImagesVia: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

How-To {Go Glam}

We love going all out glam around here so it was only fitting that we create a fun “how-to” video to show you how!

Always start with the basics and build on them with pattern, color and texture.  We layered the custom blush silk velvet bed with crisp white  Soprano bedding from Peacock Alley and began to pull the room together from there.  Large scale mirrored night stands  were dressed with these gorgeous amethyst lamps and pops of pink and lavender to tie the room together.  My favorite part of the room?  Of course the stunning velvet black and white striped custom love seat to anchor the bed! We kept the pillows to a minimum by using a simple purple textural pattern and a tiny bit of metallic on the lumbar pillow and main bed pillows.

A little tip about going bold: Select the one or two pieces that make a statement in the room. We used the headboard and love seat here. Add art, pillows and accessories to pull the color into the space. Remember that not everything you bring into the room has to be so dramatic. We kept the bedding, draperies and artwork simple and subtle to compliment the color in the room.

Abbe How To from Abbe Fenimore on Vimeo.

Video Credit: Laura Busby


We also love sharing a good BEFORE and AFTER. Here is the room before we began to bring in the main pieces…


And AFTER. Using black and white to anchor the room, all of the bold colors and fabric are balanced and can now be the focal point of the room.

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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25