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One Piece Two Ways {Climbing Leopard}

The latest edition of Modern Luxury Texas Interiors Magazine is out on news stands. I’m excited that they asked me how I would spruce up my space for summer if money was no object. I have been obsessed with Diane Von Furstenberg’s Climbing Leopard Rug from The Rug Company for a while…now I just need that money tree to pop up in our back yard!!  So in honor of this gorgeous rug, I thought it would be fun to pull together two looks to compliment the rug. A masucline feel that is sophisticated, modern and sleek and a fun feminine look with bold pops of color and playful pieces.



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TRC Leopard




1. Agate Fuchsia  2. Agate Teal  3. Cleo Table Lamp  4. Bagua Table  5. Gustav Leather Chair  6. Blue/Cream Pillow  7. Ombre Taupe Pillow  8. Indica Pillow


9. True Art Print  10. Framed Abstract Art  11. Ananas Table Lamp  12. Jujubee Pink Pillow   13. Citron Embroidered Pillow  14. Zahara Pillow  15. Glass & Iron Side Table  16. Delphine Accent Chair

Weekend Window {Citrus Splash }

Summer time  is in full swing down here in Dallas! The long, hot and muggy days are not going away anytime soon and the “cold fronts” are laughable at times. So today’s Weekend Window will hopefully inspire you to mix a cold drink on a chic shaded patio. Or, maybe you will be inspired to brighten up your own patio!



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1. Fetish Art Print  2. Orange Lacquered Boxes  3. Abstract Art Print   4. Green Apple Table Lamp  5. Faceted Glass Bowl  6. Gold Leafed Bar Cart  7. Boho Arista Pillow  8. Green Wishbone Chair  9. Lime Green Rug  10. Orange Tile Pillow  11. Florida State Pillow  12. Chotu Orange Pillow

Get The Look {Library Inspired}

I love this library from the 41st Annual Cathedral Antique Show in 2012. It was designed by  Lindsey Coral Harper from Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors . Her jumping-off point for the room was the Eskayel Madagascar rug from Doris Leslie Blau!  The Madagascar rug is made from Banana Silk! So if a silk rug is out of your price point, a rug made from Banana Silk will give you that gorgeous silk sheen without breaking the bank.  The banana leaf fibers are mixed synthetic fibers that help to accentuate the detail of the design. You can see more pieces made from Banana Silk HERE.


Now on to this gorgeous library…Lindsey was going for a rich, jewel-toned room, glossy from floor to ceiling. And how about that gorgeous deep plum pink paint color that she pulled from the carpet?  The color is Mulberry by Benjamin Moore and since the rug had other rich colors and a lot of platinum, she used black and white to balance it.  Of course this gorgeous room was perfect for our GET THE LOOK series and with a rug as gorgeous as this, we had to pull it all together!



GTL Library



GTL-Antique cathedral





1. Zanadoo Brass Chandelier  2. Pheasant Eye Curtain  3. Succulent Wall Art  4. Aloe Root Wall Art  5. Gord Table Lamp  6. Baroque Storage Box  7. Alessandria Bowl  8. Violet Dresser   9. Bengal Bazaar Pillow  10. Double Snake Linen Pillow  11. Sand Leather Chair  12.Eskayel Madagascar rug from Doris Leslie Blau  13. Emmy Brass Tray  14. Bombay Hurricanes  15. Jujubee Pink Pillow  16. Turkish Delight Pillow  17. Kaori Purple Pillow

Modern Glam

I love working with talented artist, and I love it even more when they include pieces from Shop Ten 25. Mari Robeson’s pieces were added to the Shop last year and we have been obsessed with her watercolor illustrations and chic pillows ever since!  This “modern glam” illustration is a framer for sure and our Grace Teardrop Mirror, Alessandria Bowls and Jacklyn Black Glass Desk are perfect in the scene don’t cha think? Head on over to Mari’s Blog to see more gorgeous illustrations!!




House of Rock {Trendspotting Giveaway}

On my recent trip to L.A. as a trendspotter for Silestone & Cosentino we were able to snag a private tour of The House Of Rock show house. I mean, it’s only list for 22 million….no problem coming up with a down payment for that…right!!!  The 10,ooo square foot 1926 English Tudor was previously owned by actress and singer Kathryn Grayson was given a major overhaul and and it’s rooms were  ”rocked” out by fabulous designers like Ralph Pucci and David Bromstad, who’s dining room design was beyond fabulous!!!!

So to celebrate my trip, we are giving away a $100 visa gift card and a $75 gift card to Shop Ten 25 !!  Entering is easy and we will announce a winnner on July 12th!


1. Instagram, facebook or tweet your favorite design trend and include the hashtag #ST25trendspotting,

2. Make sure to tag @studioten25 & @shopten25 too by July 8th so that we can easily find your entry!

3. Tell us why you love the trend your tagging!

4.  We will select our TOP 5 and post them  here on the blog for everyone to see! Once the votes are in, we will announce a winner.  The trend with the most votes will win the $100 gift card and the runner up will win a $75 gift card to Shop Ten 25!


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Fromental {On The Wall}


Last week I stopped by the George Cameron Nash Showroom in the Dallas Design District and instantly became obsessed with the large gorgeous panels of Fromental wallpaper!  I have been hunting for an affordable version of these gorgeous papers for a new project  lately but there is nothing with this degree of handwork.  Fromental is all about made by hand, not hand screened, but hand painted, hand embroidered, and on silk and then backed with paper and most of the time with Asian influences or modern marbeling.
Here are a few of my favorite designs….Now I just need to win the lottery or pick up a client wiling to invest in these gorgeous pieces of art!















They are so custom that that the patterns are not sold by the single or double roll but by the size of the walls and that this “art” and should not be “slapped up” by any random installer,  but MUST be gracefully applied to the walls by artisans and craftsmen who consider every detail.

It is owned by the former creative director of de Gournay and his wife.  They have taken historical motifs and updated them with brightness and wit, blending British classicism with London’s fashion scene. I love the chic and hip take on the classic looks and can see them appealing to the younger homeowner that love to mix new and old without looking frumpy.


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Flat Weaves That Don’t Fall Flat

When The Rug Company opened up it’s Dallas showroom in 2011 I quickly became smitten with their gorgeous collection of heirloom quality rugs, especially the pieces by fabulous designers like Kelly Wearstler, Dian Von Furstenburg, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Alexander McQueen to name a few.  Prices point range from high dollar to super affordable and everything in between depending on the construction of the rug.

I thought it would be fun to get a little more insight on flat weave rugs from one of my local showroom reps here in Dallas! I  am often asked about flat weave rugs by most of my clients. They are everywhere now and with all of the gorgeous colors and graphic patterns, it’s hard not to take notice.  So I went directly to my showroom rep, Oscar for the real scoop on these fab little rugs and here is what he had to say….



Taking in the colorful showroom at The Rug Company designer brunch


Abbe-Is there anything important I should know about flat rugs before I plunge into the great unknown and purchase one?

Oscar-A flat weave is exactly what it is. A flat rug with not much cushion for the feet. It’s a different feel, a  more relaxed look.



The Rug Company Udapiur Collection


Abbe - How are these rugs cleaned? Should I consider special cleaning or are they easy to spot clean?

Oscar – Depending on the material, they can be taken to a professional rug cleaner or can be washed at home if you have an industrial sized washer and hung to dry. Most are cotton, talk to your salesperson about the cleaning instructions. Not all rugs are created equal! If you are purchasing from a known retailer, check the cleaning instructions carefully.




Abbe-What kind of rug pad should I use? Can I make the rug feel more cushy under foot?Oscar -Many rugs pads are available. Different height for cushion, sticky ones that stick to your floor and rug to help with rug movement. Since they do not naturally provide lots of cushion, they are great options for dining rooms, bathrooms and entry spaces. If you don’t mind a rug without any pile, they look great in main family rooms too.



Jali Dove Rug from The Rug Company
Image Via: Studio Ten 25


Abbe-Can I install a flat weave rug over carpet and then put furniture on top with out it puckering under the legs of the furniture?

Oscar – You can always be creative with this one… adding additional support for the furniture legs under the flat rug can even out the puckering.



Jali Dove Rug from The Rug Company
Image Via: Studio Ten 25


Abbe -Is it a good plan to get a flat woven rug for spring through fall, and to switch to a regular thick wool (or shag) rug during the cold months?

Oscar- It really depends on what your needs are or if you just want a different look for the Fall.



Abbe -If my clients have kids, a husband, and a few puppy dogs. Would thick wool rugs be better for that busy family? I don’t want to buy anything that is delicate for them. I also don’t want to use an indoor/outdoor rug or one made from jute or sisal.

Oscar- I would suggest buying a rug that is well made and cleans up easily. A rug rich in lanolin would be best. The lanolin repeals water and dirt so the richer in the lanolin the easier to maintain the rug. A hand knotted rug can last for many generations.

For more affordable flat weave and hand knotted options…check out the entire Studio Collection! Jonathan Adler recently launched a fabulous collection of rugs here…and don’t forget the pillows! Or as they call them, cushions!

















Big D’s Big Sales

The weather is great for running around and shopping, especially if you are looking to snag a few deals!

DWELL WITH DIGNITY’s Thrift studio began their big  50% off markdown yesterday.  If you have had your eye on something….hurry before it walks outta there! This is the last week for this Thrift Studio pop-up so you still have a few days to stop by. Stop by Thrift Studio at 1100 Slocum, suite 590, in the Dallas Design Center from 10 – 5:30 Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday from 12-5:30. 





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And if that isn’t big enough…MECOX DALLAS’ huge warehouse sale is on and full of fabulous finds at super big discounts!! Up to 75% off??? Yes please! I need to get my self over there to make sure I don’t miss anything!



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Yesterday I stopped by the new Ornare showroom in the Dallas Design District to take a peek at their collection of closets, kitchens, baths, home and office pieces. Ornare hails from Brazil, where the brand is highly revered for its well designed and quality products with tons of gorgeous details to choose from. Here is a little look at the new showroom and a few of my favorites.



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From the moment you walk into the showroom, you are greeted by the fabulous sleek and modern kitchen. I immediately became obsess with the wood plank wall and oversized butcher block cutting board across the front island. Need storage? My goodness, there are options that make moving around the kitchen super easy and help to keep you organized.





Maybe you are thinking about updating your bathrooms. I am so obsessed with the Manhattan line…I mean obsessed!  The black lacquered beauty in the Dallas showroom is a show stopper and on my “to-do” list for my next dream house. Customizable finish, countertop and mirrors help to create a look that screams penthouse!







Details always pull everything together and this showroom is a detail candy land for sure. Mother of pearl, bone, top stitched leather, suede lining, monogramed door pulls and the list goes on and on. These elements give Ornare it’s high style and exquisite design that is sure to sweep Dallas of their feet! It is a MUST SEE if you are in the Dallas Design District and if you are in the market for a start to finish custom kitchen, closet, entertainment are or bathroom.



 Oversized bone pull on a closet door




 Top stitched croc leather panels with valet



One of my favorites, the oversized pull for closet doors.




Monogramed door pulls…so fancy!




The vanity legs were even detailed, such a sophisticated touch.




Individual metal pieces make up this built-in trivet to protect the solid surface countertop.




And who doesn’t love a full length mirror next to a full length hat rack?? 


Designer Lunch {John Robshaw}

I am super excited that John Robshaw is finally going to make a stop in Dallas next week to sign copies of his new book!!! I have been a huge fan of his latest collection from Duralee and am planning on using a few of the gorgeous fabrics in client’s homes as well as my own!!

If you are in Dallas, you  must stop by next Thursday April 30th!!



Lunch will be served

Please RSVP to 214-748-7080 or

April 30, 2013

11:30am – 2:30pm

Duralee Dallas Showroom

Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 742

Dallas, TX 75207


Duralee Designer John Robshaw



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