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Shop Picks {Spring Look Book}

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Shop Ten 25′s Spring Look Book, its a must! The look book is full of Spring inspiration, designer picks and a few of our favorites from The Shop. As the Shop’s curator, I am constantly inspired by the gorgeous and glitzy pieces that we carry. Now, if I could only find a place in my own home for my favorites! Here are my top picks for Spring, I’m loving all of the bold color, texture and floral prints that we have right now.  We also asked our Jr. Designer, Christy to fill us in on her favorite pieces too!



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Design Quick Tip

I love sharing a few quick design tips. Thank you ACPR for the feature on your blog and having us weigh in on a hard & fast decorating rules.  Designing a room with variations of the same color can have its challenges, but the end result is a gorgeous color palette that creates a soothing environment.



Spring Look Book {Shop Ten 25}’s  SPRING LOOK BOOK is live! Shop this season’s bold florals, picks from our favorite designers like Times Two Design & Ashlina Kaposta fashion forward pieces to brighten up you home!!
And we have even included a 20% off coupon code through April to help you snag your favorite pieces!


Shop Ten 25 Spring LookBook









The Power of Art

They say art is subjective. But, I believe that it can provoke an aesthetic emotion that will have you saying “this is the one” when you see it. Selecting art for client’s home is an experience that we must share together and can often be challenging. By the time we begin selecting art for a space, the space already has its look and the color palette is in place. Once we have a location for the installation, we start with scale and then move into the overall look and style of the piece.

Here are a few art stories from past Studio projects. I love sharing the details of how we selected a piece and why it was perfect for that space. There are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming. I think its important to select a pieces or pieces that catch your eye and immediately have you saying “yes”!


All Images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


Pretty In Pink: This gorgeous and girly lash lounge and brow bar has a simple black and white color palette. We used bold pops of leopard and fuchsia to finalize the overall look with pillows and accessories. The back wall looked a little blah, so we had local Dallas artist, Amee Calloway create a chic pieces that would brighten up the space with the fuchsia we loved and bits of gold leaf!








Masculine Blue:  This dining room needed art to fill the wall and bring in a simple pattern. Our bachelor client wanted something simple that still made a statement, and I think we found it! We spotted this pieces from Austin artist Andrea Pramuk and had it sized to fit the space!









Watercolor Magic: Large scale art is always a “yes” when working in smaller spaces. This lobby had plenty of bold color and graphics, so we needed a softer pieces to compliment the color palette without taking over the walls. We selected this watercolor on silk from Dallas artist Megan Adams Brooks and had it framed in acrylic. It is the perfect size for the mirrored console and I love how it balances out that side of the room!





The Fashion Industry {And Its Careers}

Today I’m so excited share that I am once again part of a new publication from Michele M. Granger, who is author of several books about working in design and professor of Fashion and Design at Missouri State University.   I met Michele after she found my interview with Anne Sieder from Pretty Haus years ago.  She liked it so much that she decided to feature it in the Interior Design section of the new edition of “Fashion: The Industry and its Careers”. Now in it’s 3rd edition, “The Fashion Industry and its Careers” is bigger and better. AND, one of our Studio projects now graces the cover of the book!  You can buy a copy HERE & HERE, and if you want to check out any of Michele’s past editions you can find them HERE.




Here is a little more about the book. We are also excited to be featured in the Interior Design section on page 370!!

“The Fashion Industry and Its Careers, 3rd Edition, offers an exploration of the fashion industry – from raw materials to marketing to the ultimate consumer – and explores fashion careers across the board. For each career covered, readers will learn about what to expect on the job, required education and training, and the relationship of the role to the industry as a whole. The third edition is fully updated with recent developments in technology, world economics and globalization and effects on industry sectors and career opportunities. Through current, applied industry information and personal assessments throughout, students gain a critical understanding of what careers match their aptitudes, skill sets, and interests – and how to begin down a path to a successful career in the fashion industry. “

Times Two Design {Lamp Challenge}

When Lauren from Times Two Design asked me to participate in their lamp challenge, I immediately said yes. I have been a huge fan of Times Two’s pieces for a few years now, and knew immediately where I was going to use the lamp. I selected the turquoise mini-slag lamp and it is perfect in our guest room. The timing couldn’t be more perfect and I’m excited to show off the new look!





BEFORE:  The dark bedding was too heavy for the bright room, and the vintage turquoise lamp was just too large for the night stand.  I loved the velvet stripe on the headboard, so keeping that and bring in fresh updates was the plan.






AFTER: A fresh new vibe! I love crisp white bedding, so I mixed in a few pieces from Peacock Alley with Kelly Wearstler’s teal Katana Pillows to brighten it up. Scale is one of the  most important design elements in a space, so it was time to get it right.  A few colorful books, a stunning quartz mounted on brass and colorful art from Cocoa and Hearts helped pull it all together. Now we have a guest room with a super chic night stand and a turquoise slag lamp really bring the wow factor to the room!

















And if your looking for a few chic pieces to add from Times Two Design’s collection, your in luck! Here are a few of our favorites from the line that will make styling any night stand or coffee table a breeze! Trays are the perfect way to bring in a pop of color and are a great place to organize multiple pieces. I’m in love with their acrylic agate trays and have used them a few times in client’s homes.







Boxes also make accessorizing easy. We used this black lacquer box with blue quartz in a client’s entry space to bring in a bold pop of color. Boxes are so easy to layer and look great on top of a stack of books too.






Compact Charm

Small spaces can be tricky and little overwhelming when trying to make the most of the space. When Ligne Magazine asked me to share a few tips on how to make the most of two compact spaces, I was ready to chat! Our client’s small off kitchen dining area and dark narrow entry were a bit of a challenge. But with a few creative moves, we were able to open both spaces up and create a space that our client’s were happy to show off!



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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25 


DHome {Best List}

Being named one of DHome’s Best Designers for 2015 is such a great honor. For the 4th year, I have been included on the Best List along with other fabulous designers. DHome teams up with more than 250 local showrooms each year to select the 99 top experts in the business. I am fortunate to have so many wonderful vendors to work with, without them I would not be able to meet deadlines and pull my client’s homes together so seamlessly.

The latest issue of DHome is on newsstands now, so pick up a copy and check it out!







Fabulous florals

With all of the cold rain, sleet and random snow days here in Texas, we are very ready for Spring! Florals have been on our “yes” list for a few months now, and we have a feeling that they are here to stay for quite a while. Our latest master bedroom project has major flower power. The Designers Guild Orangerie pattern was the jumping off pattern for this room’s color palette. We used the bold floral on the ceiling, and tied it in below with pillows and a custom ottoman! Looking to add a pop of Orangerie to your home? You can find the pillows HERE.









Pretty Powder Bathrooms

Powder baths are one of my favorite little rooms to design. They are the perfect place to go bold with color, a graphic wallpaper and a fabulous mirror. I wanted to share a few of my favorites from recent design projects from The Studio. Each of these is a reflection of our client’s style and aesthetic. When we begin to discuss the overall feel for the powder bath, out client’s aways ask for a space that will impress their guests.


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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photo for Studio Ten 25

This bachelor pad needed a powder bath that felt modern and minimal. Our client wanted this bathroom to tie in with the rest of his home without going to overboard. We brought in oversized art for color and to emphasize the hight ceilings. Simplistic lighitng and accessories keep the room from feeling to fussy. Most men like to keep it simple!



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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photo for Studio Ten 25

The gorgeous hardwoods need a little something to bring them to life, and this gold metallic graphic wallpaper does just that. Neutral tones create a soothing space and show off that gorgeous freestanding sink. A few polished nickel scones, acrylic accessories and simplistic mirror keep the space from feeling to busy and allows the wallpaper to be the star.



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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photo for Studio Ten 25

Lavender grasscloth wallpaper and a mint marbled wallpaper on the ceiling were the perfect compliments to the antique table made vanity. The natural grasscloth brings in just enough texture to balance out all of the tile in the bathroom. The art is now the star of the room and industrial touches complete the rustic chic feel that our client wanted.



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Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photo for Studio Ten 25

The ultimate ladies room! We took this powder bathroom from crusty to chic! The black and white hex tile floor were the first design element that we selected and the room just took shape from there. A touch of leopard, a pop of bold fuchsia and a gold starburst light fixture tie into the rest of the client’s studio space.