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Sit Tight…I’ll be back soon!

We are knee deep in the redesign of the Studio website and Blog and I can not wait to show it off. The Blog will be quiet for another week or so while we button up all of the fabulous details, so please sit tight as we get our update on.

In the meantime, I will leave you with a few pretty pictures from the past week. You can keep up with the latest and greatest on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (studioten25) until the Blog is back up and running!!!

Muah! XOXO


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‪#‎repost‬ Thank you for the love on insta Bernhardt Furniture Company . You are one of our favorite go-to sources for all things fabulous! Your Carnaby cocktail table was the perfect addition to this bachelor pad!‪#‎beboldbedifferent‬ ‪#‎glamschool‬


color crush

Major crush on @lillianaugust ‘s brass, acrylic and colorful pieces!‪#‎beboldbebright‬ ‪#‎colorcrush‬



Loving the pattern mix in this client’s dining room. Peacocks are always a good idea! 📷@melaniejohnsonphoto ‪#‎studioten25‬ ‪#‎blues‬




We have wallpaper! Caddo & Ivy approve! 👏🏼🐶 ‪#‎garageapartmentlife‬‪#‎BTS‬


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One of our favorites, ROOMS Magazine is now Refined Home Magazine byEngaged Media Inc. and I am so excited to have our Farmer’s Market project featured in the issue! I’m spilling details on all of the gorgeous pieces we used in the home as well as a Get The Look to help you create the bold look in your own home. The issue is full of gorgeous features and out on news stands now, so grab a copy and be prepared to have your socks knocked off!!!
Images: Heather Hawkins




‪#‎TBT‬ butterflies on a bookshelf & pretty details! ‪#‎shelfie‬ ‪#‎studioten25‬ 📷@heatherhawkins

Refined Home

One of our favorites, ROOMS Magazine is now Refined Home and I am so excited to have our Farmer’s Market project featured in the issue! From the bold and stunning cover showcasing a project by Tobi Fairley, to jaw dropping interior spreads this is a must grab! Our project feature spills details on all of the gorgeous pieces we used in the home as well as a Get The Look to help you create the bold look in your own home. The issue is out on news stands now, so grab a copy and be prepared to have your socks knocked off!!!


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#TBT {The Very First}

This past three day weekend gave me a bit of time to organize The Studio a bit. We are getting ready to start a major remodel on our home and deciding what to pack for storage has become a bit of a pain.  The Studio has to be the most challenging space to pack and I am having to narrow down the pile of  project files, fabrics and office supplies to keep with me over the next few months.

Of course I became sidetracked when I found one of my very first projects that helped launch Studio Ten 25! I love this bachelor pad and how bold the color and pattern were. This Downtown Dallas loft opened so many doors for me and it will always be special to me! We converted one of the bedroom closets into a mini-recording studio, commissioned a fabulous watercolor of Eva Mendes and created the perfect crash pad for our client and his friends to hang out in.


When it came to decorating this 1,500 square foot loft, he knew exactly what he wanted –  a hip and modern feel with edgy yet comfortable pieces to lounge around on. The bedrooms are minimal yet comfortable and provide a nice place to crash after a late night on the town. But the crowning glory of this loft is the high-tech toys, a pool table, arcade area with Mrs. pac man no less and an in home recording studio that resides in the master closet.

Since it is typical of loft apartments to be bare and industrial, I wanted to provide more texture, color and interest. I combined a variety of different wood tones, bright fabrics and colorful accessories. The effect is warm and trendy, and it avoids the predictable and uninspired look of a matching suite of furniture. By designing a few custom details and evoking a feeling of the great urban surroundings, we softened this loft’s hard edges, brought in tons of color and created a space that has both good looks and the details for an urban social getaway. All I want to know is….Can I be added to the guest list at your next house party?



Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25





Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Work It {Finishing Touches}

After the last details are in place and each element that we have designed for a client has been installed, the real work begins. I wish that every drapery panel was perfectly pressed and that the sofa wasn’t sniffed out by the dog..but hey…that’s reality. Living in your home and feeling comfortable is a priority and something that we prioritize in our design, so making sure you have the right tools to keep everything looking its best is what I am sharing today.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite go-to products that I never leave the Studio without on an installation day. Things will happen and nothing is perfect, but I want to make sure I leave my clients with a home that feels that way! Not the pretty pictures I usually share, but these are the behind the scenes pieces that give each client’s home that picture perfect magazine look we go for on photo shoot days too!



GO-TO : A great arsenal of steamers



conair steamer


The Conair Extreme Steamer


Conair Handheld Extreme Stream

Downey Wrinkle Releaser

Grandma’s Stain Remover

Blue Magic Glass Cleaning Wipes

Pink Tool Set

Command Strip / Cord Clips

This gem has been a work horse on installation days. It easily removed wrinkles and sets in creases on drapery panels, pillows and bedding. Its easy to move around, use and reaches most anything we need it to. But, when you just can’t reach the to off a client’s 10″ long drapery panels…the handheld version is perfect! And…because I just can’t help it…here is a picture of us checking out the the gorgeous (perfectly steamed) linen drapes before our photo shoot.


Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


GO-TO : Pet hair removal

This one is genius and I use the heck out of it in my own home. Yes, we allow our to dog on the furniture and they will give you the stink eye if you look at them and ask them to move. I love having them with me when I’m cuddled up on the sofa watching TV, but the dog hair can be a bit much over time. Enter the Scotch-Brite pet hair remover! This is my favorite way to remove unwanted pet hair and its easy to carry around in your tool box or bag too! Of course we can’t talk about pet hair on the furniture without showing off our favorite pictures of them! 


Perla is pretty much the boss of this gorgeous pink velvet chair that we had made for her mommy.


Yes, that is Willy looking proud to have taken a chunk out of the new rug in our client’s living room! Willy leaves tiny little white hairs everywhere he goes, but no biggie because they are easy to clean up.

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Caddo leaves lots of long white hair on our sofa and navy velvet chairs, but its pretty easy to get rid of it in a pinch.


Perla is just too precious…we had to include this one too!


Scotch-Brite Pet Hair Remover

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Lola Rola Sticky Mop

Emporium Love {Top Three}

As I posted last week, I am sharing my 3 favorite pieces from Emporium Home this week at Highpoint Market along with 5 other awesome designers. Today is my day to reveal my favorites, but it was not easy to narrow it down to just three. The Emporium Home line is stunning and I can’t wait to incorporate a few of their gorgeous pieces in our own remodel this year.


This morning, EH shared one of their favorite project images from my portfolio. They choose this beautiful entry from our latest bachelor pad project and wow, it really does scream Emporium Home!  Shop all of the pieces to help you GET THE LOOK of this sleek blue entry as well as my favorite pieces from Emporium Home. All Images: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

Pandora Pyrite Tray | Blue Acrylic Acrobat Lamp | Gold Spore Mirror | Luxe Lacquer Box | Blue Lacquer Console Table (Similar)



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Spring Market {Highpoint, NC}

I am sharing my 3 favorite pieces from Emporium Home this week at Highpoint Market along with 5 other awesome designers. Follow Emporium home on Instagram to see all of our pics and a few project images showcasing their gorgeous pieces.  I’ll be back soon to reveal my 3 favorites!


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Making An Entrance

This month’s Dallas Morning News Home Team is focusing on making the most of your entry space and sharing tips and tricks for creating the WOW factor that every entry space deserves.

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Layer up

Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Layering is key to creating the depth and visual appeal that small spaces are usually missing.

One of Fenimore’s entry go-to’s: mirrors. They help open up and introduce light to smaller entry spaces.

“Look for something oversized and interesting that will create a wow factor and give you a place to grab one last look before you walk out of the door,” Fenimore says.

When choosing pieces for an entry, look for items that are cohesive with the rest of your home, but don’t be afraid to play with color.

“An ottoman in a fun accent color, a great lamp with colorful details, and accessories that grab your attention make a great combination for any entry,”she says.

DHome {2015 Best List}

I am honored, humbled and pretty excited to share such great news! For the 5th year in a row, I have made DHome’s list of Best Designers In Dallas. It is a major deal for me, because the local showrooms vote on this. Nope, we do not pay to be on this list and there is no campaigning going on to make sure your name makes the list. It is an honor given to designers and the fact that my reps and “co-workers” respect me and my work is wonderful. I work with my reps day in and day out, and they make difficult situations easier to manage. Bragging? Maybe a little, but I never get over the fact that this is my job, my life and that I am working with people that make me smile even when things are going crazy on a project.


Grab the latest issue of DHome to see the full list of designers. We are also sharing a few design secrets as well as our favorite go-to pieces!




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Big City Glam

I love designing spaces for stylish family in NYC, they are always open to bold accents but know how to keep the overall feel sophisticated. This dining room is going to be beyond fabulous. Plenty of gold leafing, bold geode art prints and killer quartz lamps will do their best to compliment the stunning view.

Grace Dining City Chic


Grace Dining Room


It’s Easter weekend and of course I had to show off my favorite bunnies! We are working on a master bedroom update and thought this Hunt Slonem Bunny fabric from Lee Jofa would add a little something whimsical yet sophisticated…or maybe we use the wallpaper. Decisions, decisions.