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    Archive for March, 2010

    Simply Silhouettes

    I am always on the look out for unusual things to add to a room. I have had two empty frames in my living room just waiting for the right print, photography or piece of art. I just couldn’t find anything that really caught my eye enough to buy it.  When my friend, Melanie Johnson was over a few weeks ago she suggested we photograph the girls (my puppies), and have them made into silhouettes. It took less than a day to get the proofs back and it will take about 10 days to get the 16″x20″ prints.  If you are looking for a modern twist to a traditional piece of custom prints, pillows or anything else you should check out Simply Silhouettes.

    I love their “our story” page

    Here are just a few things they can do

    With lots of color options available, I picked the kelly green to add a pop of color to our living room. We added the girls names under their image, they can do just about anything you want.

    Check out a past project where my clients, They Taylors had pillows made with silhouettes of  her two boys Whit and Henry. I love the impact they make on the overall look of the room. Their mom is also the owner of   Rockin Baby Boutique. They carry hip and stylish cloths and accessories for toddlers and babies! She is my go to girl for shower and new baby gifts these days!

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    Shop Ten 25 / Product Sneak Peak

    I never realized how time consuming it was to build a boutique website. I have spend so many nights and weekends gathering every detail and getting to the finishing line. I am in the process of finalizing the products for the shop and so excited to share one of our manufactures with you.

    Shop Ten 25 will offer modern, eclectic and chic furniture and accessories for you home  so our first feature manufacture GLOBAL VIEWS is  perfect!  I have been a huge fan of GV from day one and use their products in many of my client’s homes and work spaces. Their product offering covers it all and I love the quirky accessories they bring to the table. Their customer service is wonderful and since they are based in Dallas, local pick-up can be arranged!

    Here are a few pieces that we will be offering in the shop. If you would like pricing or want to see more from Global Views, please shoot me an email at abbe@studioten25.com and I will be happy to help you out!

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    Master bedroom update

    When my husband and I moved into our first house together the overwhelming hodgepodge of furniture drove me crazy!  Over the past year I have managed to consolidate our furniture, add new pieces and successfully make a few things disappear.  My biggest challenge was the budget…as it always is. My husband isn’t a fan of purchasing overpriced pieces that he knows I will want to replace in a few years! He’s right, so with a little help from Ikea, West Elm and a few other favorites I was able to keep the splurges to a minimum!

    Yesterday I posted the updates to our master bathroom room so today, I am going to show off our new master bedroom.

    BEFORE:  All of the furniture pieces matched and everything felt dark. After we had the wood floors refinished and updated to a warmer tone, we addressed the wall color and everything begin to fall into place. We had great lamps, a bench that was in needed to be recovered and and the basic furniture pieces.

    AFTER: We used Sherwin Williams Rain Washed to match the bathroom and used that as a starting point for the rest of the fabrics and furnishings in the room. I had the headboard recovered in a cream linen with nickel nail heads for a masculine touch.  The fresh white drapes from Ikea were simple and $19.99 a pair!  The new bedding (West Elm Organic Pin-Tuck Duvet)  and accent pillows (Anthropologie) in fun patterns keep the overall look from being too “girly”.  I had our bench recovered in Duralee’s Medallion pattern in Henna and threw in two pillows to match on the bed. The Devon starburst mirror from Zgallerie was a great way to add the high end look at an affordable price.

    I am IN LOVE with our new prints from Sugarboo Designs. The Brown Dog and White Dog prints are the handy work of artist Rebecca Puig!  I love the way they bring in a bit of color and remind me of our puppies!

    I have always wanted a place to curl up and read or just sit down to put on my shoes in the morning.  The West Elm Sweep Armchair was on sale and I loved it so much…I added them to our living room too.

    I couldn’t finish our room with out at least one piece of something from Kelly Wearstler. Her Imperial Trellis fabric has become a staple in the design industry and looks fabulous with the brown Mongolian shag pillow from Pillows and Throws.

    I snagged this lamps at a local lighting store on clearance three years ago.  I had mirrors cut to fit the top our our night stands, the light really bounces around the dark corners of the room now! It was an inexpensive way to update the look of the night stands for on $30 each. I did however splurge a bit on the crystal knobs for each drawer, since I only need four of them it wasn’t so bad.

    My husband is obsessed with “catch all” places in our home. He has multiple trays and containers around the house where he drops his keys, wallet and other random things he collects in his pockets. This luggage stand is the perfect place for him to drop his ball cap, tie or golf shoes when he runs in and out of the house.  I recovered the top of the stand in the same apple green velvet left over from our shams.

    And of course no photo shoot in the Fenimore house would be complete with out our two girls! I have to admit….Ivy (left) and Caddo (right) do love their cuddle time in our bed!

     

    See this before & after featured on DESIGN REFUGE &

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    Small Changes make a big difference

    I love being asked by potential clients to show before and afters of the projects I have worked on.  This Master bedroom and bath happens to be one of my favorites..maybe because it’s mine.  My husband and I purchased our 1950′s ranch in late 2007 and I have finally found the time to update! When we purchased the house, all of the major things in the remodel were complete. The plumbing, electrical and basic finishes were all updated and made for a perfect starting point.

    Here are the before, during and after shots of our master bedroom. I am fortunate to have a husband who let me “take over” the design decisions. I wanted the room to be bright, soft and a great place to shake off those crazy busy days!

    BEFORE: The cabinets were  taking over the small bathroom and blended in with the existing travertine.   The dark hardware on the cabinets looked dated and didn’t match the fixtures on the sink or bathtub. The walls were bland and the room desperately needs color. There wasn’t much light and the room felt small.

    AFTER: Now, a fresh coat of white paint  on the cabinets( Benjamin Moore’s Dove White) and new hardware really update the look and create the feel of a larger space.  We also added a chandelier for added light and of course a touch of bling.  The new wall color ( Sherwin Williams Rain Washed) creates a spa like atmosphere without being the focus of the room.

    Personal Touches: I love this photograph. My mother was putting pink sponge rollers in my hair! I love seeing it every morning and it always puts a smile on my face.  My mother was around my age at the time, I must have been around 4 years old.

    Another HUGE THANK YOU to  Melanie Johnson for photographing my work!

    SEE THIS POST LINKED UP ON:Centsational Girl

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    paper paper on the wall…

    There is nothing I love more then new product! I sometimes feel like I am seeing the same thing ever where and with “replicas” and “knock-offs” being so popular, finding anything original is refreshing.

    So, I’m excited to share something new and from one of my favorite fabric and wall covering sources…MOD GREEN POD!!!  You know I have to give a shout out to my fellow Texans. Yep, they are located right in the heart of earth friendly Austin, TX!

    Their fabrics are printed on 100% certified organic cotton grown in the United States. Their non-toxic, low-impact printing pigments and dyes give their fabrics rich, saturated color while remaining in compliance with strict GOTS standards. In accordance with GOTS, they do not use fabric protectors, color fast agents, stain resistants, wrinkle-free agents or fire retardants their products. This there are no dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde (wrinkle-free agents), PBDEs (flame retardents), or PFOA (i.e. Teflon/Scotchgard) off-gassing into your home.

    Their vinyl-free wallpapers are back to the basics as well. They use water-based inks on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and finished the product with a water-based glaze that can tolerate light wiping.

    Check them out if your looking for something hip and unique to spice up your home!

    Here are their new wallcoverings

    Delight shown in Butter/Coffee

    Delight shown in Caramel / Licorice

    Delight shown in Water / Peppercorn

    Wallcovering, fabrics and handmade tote bags are their specialties! They even have a room creator that allows you to see the fabric or wallcovering of your choice in a room.

    And it doesn’t stop there! Jax and Bones carries 100% organic dog beds made from Mod Green Pod’s fabrics!!!

    Ivy has the Jax and Bones bed in Butterfly Jubliee in Licorice / Earl Grey  & Caddo has one in Grand Jubilee Chocolate

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    Looking for a little sunshine on a rainy day

    Rain rain go away!  I am soooo ready for temperatures above 60 and sunny days.  I thought today was the perfect day to share a few bright and cheery images of rooms that bring a little sunshine to a gloomy day.

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