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Fearlessly Designed {Domino}

Our Dallasite’s Dream home is featured on Domino Magazine ’s site today!!! Thank you Heather Hawkins Photography for the fabulous photos!

“Abbe Fenimore, of Studio Ten 25, recently designed a 3-story home in Dallas that instantly grabbed our attention. Bold color, excellent use of space, and fearless use of prints abound throughout the entire home. Read on to learn more about Abbe and her project.”

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Fall Colors {Refresh Magazine}

Thank you Better Homes and Gardens Refresh Magazine for including me in your Fall issue! Bold & Beautiful is the color feature they are running in the latest issue. I’m talking about moss green and sharing tips on how to best incorporate the color into your home. Grab an issue! It is full of gorgeous makeovers, color tips and the latest fall trends!

 

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Budget Decorating Tips {Real Simple}

Real Simple reached out to me and 9 other designers for insight on how to create a stylish home without breaking the banks.  You can find my tip under #4 on the list.

#4: Shop Your Own Home

Sometimes you don’t have to buy anything to decorate a space. “Make the most of your existing pieces,” says interior designer Abbe Fenimore. “Move things around or relocate them to another room, where they could change or help elevate the look. You’d be surprised at how versatile your furniture is.”

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Design Don’ts

This Month’s Home Team feature in The Dallas Morning News is all about what not to do when designing your home. We are sharing a few of our tips on how to keep from making those common mistakes. All images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

“When you go into as many homes as an interior designer does, you’re bound to see your share of design mistakes. Too much clutter, rugs in the wrong size, mismatched furniture — they’ve seen it all. The good news: Many of the problems are easy to solve. Even better, with a bit of planning — and advice from our Home Team experts — the costly and unsightly mistakes are easy to avoid.”

 

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It can be tempting to make all your purchases from one place and be done with it, but don’t, Abbe Fenimore says.

“Purchasing all of your furniture from the same source or same set is a big no-no,” she says. “You do want the pieces to coordinate and the room to feel cohesive, but you don’t want everything to match perfectly.” It’s hard to create depth and personality in a space if all the pieces look the same.  “Don’t try to re-create a look from your favorite store. There is a good chance that your space will look nothing like it and will always feel like something is missing,” Fenimore says.  Instead, shop around and take your time putting your space together.

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Filling a room with family pieces adds history and character, says Fenimore. “Most of the time, you find them hidden in a room that isn’t used or under a pile of boxes in the garage,” she says of inherited furniture. Even if a piece isn’t exactly your taste, if it’s the right scale, there’s a way to make it work.“Having the piece refinished, painted or updated with new hardware can make all the difference and breathe new life into it,” Fenimore says.

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Luxe Interiors & Design {Vanities}

Thank you LUXE Interiors + Design​ for featuring our Ritz project in your “15 Rooms With Stunning Vanity Tables“. We loved going bold with this red lacquer vanity in our Ritz Carlton project. Since we were limited on space in this guest room, the vanity doubles as a nightstand and a great place for guest to sit and get ready too.

 

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Images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Before & After {Small Dining}

Love seeing one of our small dining spaces BEFORE & AFTER featured on House Beautiful Magazine​ online this week!

 

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The Clients: Newlyweds and first-time homeowners seeking a stylish, modern look.

The Project: A small dining area off of the kitchen.

The Flooring & Walls: We started by replacing the carpet with dark espresso hardwoods, swapping out the dated lighting, and bringing in a fresh color palette of black and white with pops of turquoise and yellow to liven up the space.

The Lighting: The modern drum light fixture and simplistic white silk shades round out the space without taking over visually.

Images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

 

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Decorating Small Spaces {Real Simple}

Looking for tips to help pull your small space together? We are excited to be included in Real Simple​ ‘s “8 Decorating Mistakes To Avoid In A Studio Apartment”! This loft style home has soaring ceiling and tons of natural light.  Using furniture pieces that fill the space without overpowering it can be a challenge.  The key to making small spaces work, is to create zones that function for the way you live. Choose pieces that can perform a few functions that way you are not having to fill the small space with things that do not work for you. Incorporating mirrors is another great trick to open up the space and give the impression that the room is larger than it really is.

 

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Images: Melanie Johnson for Studio Ten 25

 

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Bigger Is Better

We recently shared a few tips on Apartment Wholesale Supply and tricks for creating a space that feels larger when things feel too close for comfort.

“Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face when it comes to their homes, and while investing in a bigger space seems like a simple solution, not everyone has the funds to make it possible. Interior designers, too, are all too familiar with this common woe among clients.

Fortunately, working with your existing space is not only possible, but preferable among interior designers, especially if you’re looking to give your home a much-needed makeover without emptying out your wallet. And there are several tricks of the trade anyone can master with ease.”

 

My favorite tip?

Mirrors: The Ultimate Home Expander

“It’s no secret that using mirrors or mirrored furniture can open up a space,” says interior designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. “They bounce light around in rooms with little to no natural light, which creates a sense of space in small areas. Leaning a full-height mirror in a corner or behind another piece of furniture is a great way to open up a space.”

 

Here are a few of our favorite projects where we used mirrors to brighten up the space.

 

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All images via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Fabulous Rugs Underfoot

Thank you DesignShuffle.com​ for including our Downtown Dallas Loft in your latest post!

“Updating living spaces can begin on the floor. Adding a new rug is easy and can have a big impact. From the foyer and through every room in the house, rugs make a big design statement and a welcome change. What could be easier? Just choose the one that’s just right for your room, roll it out and enjoy!”

 

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Images: Melanie Johnson Photography

Behind The Design {DHome}

Thank you D Home for the fabulous feature on the new Little Hipsters children’s boutique!! Stop by 3111 Cole Ave in Uptown Dallas to see the eclectic space and snag a few fabulous pieces for your little hipster!

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Images: Melanie Derr Johnson
Fabulous Finds: Scout Design Studio
Custom Pieces: JC’S Upholstery