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Wednesday Wants {Fabulous Rugs}

A great rug can tie a room together and lends itself to so many wonderful design elements for a room. It can establish a color palette, be the wow factor in the room or just tie a large open floorplan together.

This flatweave Dhurie from The Rug Company worked perfectly in our client’s open family space. We used the same rug in the living area and small dining space to create a cohesive feel. The warm grey rugs have a simple tribal pattern that give the room a bit of interest without taking over and looks soothing with the overall tonal grey color palette.













Images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

What We Are Working On

I love the design development phase of a project. Pulling fabrics and get the textures, patterns and colors to work together perfectly is the best way to wrap up a day around The Studio. Here is a little peek of a few rooms that we are scheming for right now.

This master closet is going to be so major!! We are going to take a guest bedroom that is next to the master bedroom and convert it to a lovely and fabulous closet and dressing room for her! Pink, sparkles, starbursts and floral velvets will be taking over and I can not wait to see this one come together.

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And, this “dude” room is going to get a major overhaul from the lack luster situation that it is in now. Bold navy, suiting stripes and a little taxidermy will turn this “dude” room into a masculine man cave!

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New Year {New Color}

Happy New Year! We are back in The Studio after a much needed break to celebrate the holiday season with our family and friends.  We thought we would start off the new year with Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. Not our favorite, and it hasn’t been racking up the rave reviews around the design industry. It’s a muddy and muted version of burgundy in my opinion and it just looks flat. I am such a color lover and bold saturated colors like tangerine, emerald and turquoise (past winners) always catch my eye and inspire me to incorporate them when designing.

We pulled a few “Marsala” pieces to see if we could bring back the love for the 2015 color of the year, and here is what we came up with. Not too bad when you pull a few versions of the color together. I would say I am more drawn to the more saturated version of the color. What do you think?






Flamingo Chandelier | Omari Starburst Sculpture | Everyday I Love You Art Print | Juliette Vases | Linen Stool


Coffee Table Styling {Books, Bowls, Boxes & Trays}

Coffee tables are one of my favorite furniture pieces to style. I love that many of my clients request a large ottoman or unique table for their spaces. It makes the room more interesting and if the pieces function, even better. There is nothing worse than a pretty coffee table that doesn’t allow my client to “live” with it.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite styling pieces and tips for coffee table styling that I use in my projects.  In reality, coffee tables don’t always stay perfectly styled. But, if you have the right accessories they are easy to keep tidy and organized while still being stylish. Here are a few of my favorites!


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 Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


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-Books are always a given when I’m styling a coffee table. I love using books that my client already has or books that are about subjects and places that my client loves. It is an easy way to personalize the space and not just throw random books on the table. They are a great place to prop a fun accessory and always bring in a bit of color too.

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 Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


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-Bowls are another fun accessory to add to a coffee table. They can be great catch-all for items that can junk up a coffee table. They can be subtle, colorful or just a pretty piece to help pull the overall look together. I find that my bachelor clients are the biggest fans, they love having places to “keep” things!


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-Boxes are another great addition to a coffee table. I tend to use them more on larger coffee tables because they really work with the scale and can also be great storage places for remotes and other knick knacks you don’t always want laying around. These days, decorative boxes come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. My favorites are the lacquered boxes with agates on top!!


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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


-Trays are the perfect piece to keep your coffee table organized! You can add a stack of books, small bowl and even your remotes on them to keep you coffee table from looking cluttered. They are great on small coffee tables where you still want to be stylish but don’t have a ton of room for accessories. A great tray can really tie the space together too!

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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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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.



Size Is Everything {Selecting The Right Stool}



1. Acrylic & Hide Ottoman  2. Hoop Teal Velvet Stool  3. Nickel X-Bench  4. Distressed Seat Stool  5. Clara Counterstool  6. Sand Acrylic Counter Stool  7. Lucite Bar Stools  8. Calvin Taupe Barstool  9. Black Saddle Barstool

One Piece Two Way {Monarch Fire}

I love finding a way to make a fabulous piece work with multiple looks. These days we all want our investment pieces to be versitile enough so that we can change out a few furniture pieces and accessories as we tire of them.  I love this silk Monarch Fire rug from the new Alexander McQueen Collection at The Rug Company.  The tonal reds make the for the “perfect red” color way and the kaleidascope butterfly pattern soften the bold color by adding a sophisticated yet whimsical feel.

Since red can be a color that takes over a room, I thought it would be fun to show off a few looks using furniture, art and accessories to help create a space around the piece.







1. Chanel Bottle Print  2. Agate Art  3. 1950s Sapphire Lamp  4. Gold Carina Box  5. Boho Accent Table  6. Louis Black Armchair  7. Sitara Red Throw Blanket  8. Amaltas Navy Pillow  9. Monarch Cushion

10. Warrior Wall Mural  11. Malachite Painting  12.Garnet Parisian Chandelier  13. Black Graphic Cowhide Pillow  14. Greek Key Pillow  15. Dakota End Table  16. Red Lacquer Agate Box  17. Elka Chair  18. Vivienne Westwood Flag Pillow

Fabulous By The Fire

I love this time of year, the smell of fall in the air always motivates me to bring in the firewood and prep the fireplace for the first fire of the year! Since we have a wood burning fireplace, it is important for use to have a fireplace screen to keep those wondering embers from finding their way onto our living room rug.  A decorative fireplace screen and even a great set of andirons can take your fires to a whole new level of glam…who says a fireplace shouldn’t be pretty too?  Here are a few of our favorites…I’m thinking those puppy dog andirons will have to come home with me!


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Giselle Mirrored Fireplace Screen




Dog Andirons Set



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Brass Fireplace Screen

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Brass or  Nickel Andiron Set


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Georgie Fireplace Screen

Wall Of Wood

I have been working on a fun new project and we are considering using wood slats on a few walls to really bring in the rustic glam feel that the client wants! I love how “wood paneling” is making a come back…no more of your 70′s and 80′s paneling! It brings in texture and instantly warms up a space and it will for sure help us rock the rustic calm look.

Here are a few of my favorite inspiration pics  that we have pulled for the projects. What do you think? Love it?




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