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Life In Color {Red Dawn}

I was over the moon excited when D Home selected our Ritz Carlton Bachelor Pad as one of their Texas Paint & Wallpaper Life in Color Contest winners. We submitted a few of our colorful projects early this spring and had our fingers crossed that one of them would catch the eye of D Home and Texas Paint & Wallpaper! Five Dallas designer, including Moi were selected as winners and you can see all of the colorful images in the latest issue of D Home.  To be included in a group with amazing ladies like Jan Showers, Tracy Hardenburg, Denise McGaha  & Michelle Nussbaumer  is flattering to say the least!

Head on over the D Home online to see all of the colorful projects! Or if you live in the Dallas area snag a copy too, this is one fabulous issue!




Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Abbe Fenimore

Location of Project: The Tower Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Texas

When Abbe Fenimore’s client told her that his favorite color was red, she wasn’t super excited. “It is my least favorite color,” she says. “Red can be wrong in a lot of ways if it’s not done right.” So she went to work, creating a back wall crafted from cowhide by Edelman Leather. In the event that he might sell the condo one day, the homeowner didn’t want the leather permanently attached to the wall. “We used some major staples. A team comes in occasionally to readjust it because it pulls,” Abbe says. “He loves textures. He’s a car dealer. He’s very into topstitching, and he’s very particular about textures and fabrics.”


Blue Bachelor Pad

We have been gradually installing furniture, art and draperies in our latest bachelor pad project! This place has killer views  of Dallas and sophisticated cobalt blue, grey and brown color palette; making it perfect for our bachelor!  We started with clean lines and durable fabrics in a neutral color palette for each space. Cobalt blues, sophisticated grays and crazy cool accessories are going to pull it all together.

Here are a few sneak peeks from our latest installation. Once the art, draperies and final touches are in I promise to share more. Follow us on Instagram for all of the details too!!! We love this one so much, that we gave it it’s own hashtag. Search for #andrewblue to see everything bachelor pad!






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Masculine & Tailored Bedrooms

Matouk recently posted a few of their favorite masculine & tailored bedrooms on their blog. I am excited that they asked to include our Dallas Ritz Bachelor Pad in the round up. They reached out to a handful of designers for tips on how to create a sophisticated and masculine bedroom, and I love all of the ideas!  You can head on over to The Matouk Blog to see more masculine rooms and tips on how to pull the look together in your home!!


“Abbe Fenimore, the designer behind Dallas-based firm Studio Ten 25 used a rich red and brown color palette to give this bedroom a distinctly masculine appeal. She adds, “The striped wall and custom headboard provide a striking and bold look, and the tone on tone bed is softened with fur pillows to add an element of comfort and luxury.”



Melanie Johnson Photography 


Details Details

Photographing a project is a ton of work and although we usually end up using the overall rooms shots and vignettes of my favorite places in each room, the details are my favorite. I have worked with Melanie Johnson for about 7 years now and she knows me so well, that photographing my design projects with her is easy breezy!  I’m not saying there isn’t a lot of preparation and organization that goes into photographing a space, but when you work with someone that knows you so well it becomes effortless!  She rocks the detail shots and when finalizing my selections for each shoot, I make sure to snag as many of them as I can.   Of course it doesn’t hurt to have someone like Hilary Walker come by and style each room either.  I have had to face the fact that I just can’t do everything around The Studio. So letting these ladies do what they are good at, makes it much easier to enjoy the process of capturing each project!!!

Here are a few of my favorite details from our latest shoot! Pink velvet, leopard,  metallic tufting and chunky amethyist details were the super stars!!!



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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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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


-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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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


-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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 Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


-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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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Tray Via: Shop Ten 25



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Black & White Abstract

I am obsessed with Kelly Wearstler’s Channel wallpaper! I love the random abstract feel and the watercolor feel to the brushstrokes that make up the pattern! We pulled the trigger and decided to go for in our client’s guest room. It’s bold, but that is what we were going for!

When we began to narrow down our choices for the room, I started to search for the wallpaper in other installations. I found this bedroom & this living room image, and knew that the design was perfect for our client!


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Image Via: Pinterest


Image Via: Pinterest

Here are a few images of the paper as it was being installed! We are in the process of buttoning up the overall design for the too and I can’t wait to share more as the room comes together!







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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Going Glam

I love when past clients call me to help design a new space. Lash Maxx has been one of my favorites and this will be the 1st move that we will make together! We helped them create their very first space in Uptown Dallas and even worked on them when they expanded. Now, they are moving to another fun part of Dallas and into a new space!


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Image Via Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


The lavender walls and large graphic wallpaper are going to be a thing of the past since we are creating an entirely new look. I am a little sad to say goodbye to the space, but the new look is going to be a bit more over the top glam!! Black, white, gold and bold pops of fuchsia are the new gals helping us pull it all together.

I wanted to share a sneak peek of the look because the construction and installation begins next week!!!



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Pure Wow Dallas {Q&A}

I’m pretty excited that Pure Wow Dallas reached out to me recently, and asked me to share a few design tips! We covered everything from home office space to the latest trends in kitchen & bath design. You can read the entire interview HERE and don’t forget to check out their HOME section, it’s full of ideas for easy updates and easy to incorporate trends around your home.


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We are busy little bees here in The Studio, and I am so excited about all of our current projects. We are fortunate to have clients that are ready to branch out and allow us to bring their expectations to life! Bachelors, single ladies and new families are keeping us on our toes, and we love the range of color palettes that we have going on too!

This bachelor pad is going to have a London meets Las Vegas vibe and I am so excited that things are moving right along. I love sharing our inspriation pieces, it is the best way to communicate the look with out clients.

Here are a few looks at the inspiration boards for this bachelor pad, I can’t wait to start showing off the details! We are in the purchasing phase of the project so, we will have plenty to share soon!


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