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    Designer Picks





    Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with and meet so many wonderful people from many areas of  the design industry. I love sitting down with other designers, vendors and creative types to talk about the day in and day out challenges, tools that really work for our businesses and sharing products that we each love. I sometimes feel like I sit on an island alone since Studio Ten 25 is a small design firm, so having those relationships keep me motivated and positive.  And adding positive people to my life is always at the top of my list.

    I am introducing a new element to Shop Ten 25, our online boutique. We are in the final stages of updating a few things on The Shop and when I started the process, I knew that I wanted to include a few of my favorite people that have become a wonderful part of my life and business. I was once told that “connecting the dots” in life and business will lead me to great experiences and even greater opportunity. When you reach other to others, you quickly realize that there is no room for competition and that it’s all about the relationships and friendships that come from working with others.

    “DESIGNER PICKS” will be the latest addition to Shop Ten 25 when we go live with our updates later this month. So in the meantime, I wanted to introduce the first four designers to curate a collection at Shop Ten 25! We have asked each of them to select a handful of pieces that they love and reflect their personal design style!  As we move into summer, we plan to add a few more designers. AND, of course if you have someone in mind that would be a fit we would love to hear about them!!  Stay tuned, we promise to share more details down the road!



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    Manly Man Inspiration

    We are working on a fabulous high-rise space for one of our bachelor clients and it is going to be oh so manly! Imagine this…21st floor, floor to ceiling windows and sprawling views of downtown Dallas. Yea, sounds horrible right? We are knee deep in the design development phase and perfecting the space plans for all of the rooms on the “to-do” list. Beyond presenting a space plan to our client’s, I love pulling inspiration boards together. It is a great way to communicate visually with our clients and it really helps us to stay on track in regards to overall style.

    We are going for a casual, yet sophisticated feel and working with a navy, grey and ivory color palette. Rich wool fabrics, luxurious leathers and a mix of metals will help to bring in the texture we need to layer the sleek accessories and lighting.







    Eye On Interior Design {Art Talk}

    I recently had the opportunity to work with UGallery , one of my favorite online sources for original art. We talked about art as it relates to interior design and how I like to implement art in my design projects. I love the impact that art has on a space and being able to shop for art with my client’s is one of my favorite stages in the design process.

    I’m  loving watercolor pieces right now and I am always a sucker for a bold and colorful abstract piece too. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from UGallery, their site is a must see. While your there, check out my interview on their blog, I’m talking design favorites and tips on how to implement art in your home!




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    When we pull a look together for a client, I think it’s very important to give them a feel for the space visually. We can show them pieces and tell them how great they will look together, but that isn’t always the best way to communicate the look. An inspiration board is the best way to show them the direction of each space, and of course I always include my favorite pieces! Here are a few fun spaces that we have been pulling together for a current project.  I’m in love with the bold regency chic look of the black, emerald green and’s going to be stunning!



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    Dallas Moderns

    I am honored and excited to featured on Dallas Moderns this week!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out their website, you must! Dallas Moderns is the premier resource for modern, mid-century modern, and contemporary architecture, sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty .  Their site is full of gorgeous homes from around the Dallas area as well as features on art, designers and  luxe resources!  We had a fun Q&A about my favorite modern design trends and they made a fabulous little video showcasing my work too!!!  I love discussing the elements of design and how they can bring so many different pieces together, it’s part of what keeps me going everyday. You can see the entire interview HERE !


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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!!!







    Popping Up Again

    If you missed the last issue of Luxe Interiors, you can catch our Dallas bachelor pad on their website! High Octane is the perfect tile for the write up about our client’s Ritz Carlton home and his love for fast cars!!

    You can see more HERE and get an inside look at images that were not featured in the article HERE.


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    Around The Telly

    Today, the television is usually front and center in my client’s homes.  Although most people think having the television as a focal point in the room isn’t attractive, it is just part of the way we live now. I’m also seeing more televisions in client’s master bedrooms and they aren’t skimpy either, they are BIG and definately noticeable when you walk into the room. Designing a room with a huge television can be a challenge, but there are ways to create a pretty area around the piece.  You know the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Here are a few of our project images showing off spaces in our client’s home where the television was either concealed or acknowledged.

    THE SORORITY HOUSE / FORMAL SITTING ROOM: The challenge is always accessorizing the console or area around the television without distracting from the view. Since this Sorority’s formal sitting room is also used to host formal events, we needed a way to hide the televison in a chic way. We had a custom wall mounted cabinet made to fit the television. Mirrors doors open and fold back on each side to expose the television, we painted the cabinet the trim color in the room to keep it from standing out too much.





     Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25 

    THE MAIN LIVING ROOM:  This living room was a bit more challenging , We needed a few low accessories for the console that wouldn’t obstruct the view of the television. We still needed a bit of height so these gorgeous blue vases did the trick without taking over too much. A simple stack of books and a short vase of flowers finish it off.




     Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25 

    THE CASUAL TV ROOM: I loved working on this television cabinet. The front porch of this home already had a fabulous shutter wall so we through it would be nice to carry that design through to the TV room in our client’s home. We painted the cabinet the wall color so that visually the pieces would tie into the rest of the room. Shutter doors open and fold back on each side for television viewing.

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     Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25 

    THE FAMILY ROOM: I love the simplicity of this media console and television. The media console is beyond gorgeous so getting to fussy with accessories was just not going to work. We styled the console with basic pieces to tie in the brass finishes throughout the home!

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     Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25 

    THE MASTER BEDROOM: A big TV over the dresser in the master actually didn’t look so bad because they are both black and shiny. We dolled it up with bold & colorful accessories and a fun side chair to fill the empty corner. I love all of the height and textural elements along with the fun piece of framed art.



    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!!








    In The Houzz

    There is nothing better than being recognized by others in my industry. Houzz recently released their Best of for 2014 and Studio Ten 25 is on the list!!! We have been awarded Best of Design based on our work in 2013 as well as Best of Remodeling for our Kid Friendly project!!!!!  We have loved being a part of the Houzz community and look forward to sharing more of our work in 2014!!


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