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Archive for September, 2010

From So-So to Oh-So-Sleek

I recently spotted the Birmingham Alabama home of Lindsey Bond in October’s House Beautiful and was instantly smitten. Her fresh approach and cottage style with a modern twist is refreshing and simply stunning!

She used the same drapery throughout, which Lindsey says, “adds softness and height, but also creates order through repetition.” I love how she’s used the curtains in other places besides the windows – to frame the living room/dining room, hide her closet door and to create a more modern take on a canopy.

My favorite detail…the Kelly Wearstler Fern fabric on the back of the dining room chairs!

photographs by Jonny Valiant for HB

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A couple days off to set up the shop!

I’m going to be taking a break from the blog today. We are busy little bees around here preparing for the new Shop Ten 25! Our online store, Shop Ten 25 has been undergoing a huge make over and we are putting the final touches on. I can’t stop singing this song…I love Huey Lewis and the News!  Looks like Itunes just had a run on Huey Lewis and the News me!

Here are a few of the new pieces that you will find in the shop! I promise to post full details once we go live next Monday!

I am so excited to show off all of the glitz & glamour that will be Shop Ten 25.  The store is being stocked with furniture, pillows, rugs and unique art and sculptures! Take a look at some of our favorites! We are expanding from 250 items in our shop to 1000 plus! My favorite addition will be the seasonal pieces this year. Chic Christmas stockings, pillows and tree skirts!

Arteriors Home

Arteriors Home

Global Views

Global Views

Cyan Design

Cyan Design

Emissary USA

Emissary USA

The Rug Market

The Rug Market

Trina Turk

Trina Turk

Chris Judy Art Limited Edition Prints

Chris Judy Art Limited Edition Prints

Square Feathers

Square Feathers

Barbara Cosgrove

Barbara Cosgrove

World’s Away

World’s Away

Seasonal Christmas Pieces

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Bracelets from Barbara

Barbara Barry and her Bracelet Chair are two things I’ve been thinking a lot about . One of my current clients is a huge Barbara Barry fan and implementing the Bracelet Chair in her home is #1 on the “to-do”list!

The Bracelet Chair was one of a collection of pieces she designed for Henredon. The intelocking ovals that serve as the back are grand yet so very feminine! The Bracelet drum table is also a great way to bring in the oval rings!

The Bracelet Chair

This is my favorite version, very glam!

Tobi Fairley’s version is stunning!!!

This classic chair is so fabulous it has it’s “face” on fancy dishes and home products!

Musical Chairs / Wedgwood

Via: Chair du jour

Via: Kimberly Applegate

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Before & After Dining Room

I wanted to share this dining room before & after because once again, simple changes have made a huge difference.  After we spotted Cole & Son’s Wood Wallpaper, we knew we had to have it! The existing paint color, Sherwin Williams Navajo White actually worked great with the wallpaper so no need to repaint the room.

New updated dining furniture, rug and mirrored buffet really glam this room up! My favorite change, the chrome and crystal chandelier!

Here are the before and afters!



Just incase you haven’t noticed, look at the newly stained hardwoods! They have gone from a dull yellow finish to a warm walnut finish. We had them hand scraped with the grain for added durability and texture!


The chandelier was more building standard and a little off scale for the size of the table.

AFTER: The chrome & crystal chandelier really opens up the space and compliments the shape of the table .

See this before & after featured on DESIGN REFUGE!!

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Pet Proof

Image: Here

Trying to find the best fabric for your furniture when you own cats or dogs can be a little complicated. While you may want that gorgeous linen sofa from Anthropologie, you know that your investment is ultimately at the mercy of your beloved pet. By simply climbing, sitting or walking on your furniture, your pet will eventually cause more wear and tear than you may want. As a mommy to two bird dogs, I can certainly attest to that!

Ivy thinks she has the right to every piece of furniture in our home…..

And Caddo prefers her hip Doggy Bed in Mod Green Pod fabric. Check out Jax & Bones organic bedding with Mod Green Pod’s fabrics!!

Here are some problems you might have to contend with:

  • Claw marks and scratches.
  • Pet hair clinging to the upholstery, an everyday problem at our house.
  • Dirt marks from dirty paws.

Having your pet trained to stay off of your furniture is the best solution, but let’s get real! I love snuggling with my girls on the couch but the aftermath can be a pain. There is nothing more embarrassing than having guest over with a fur-filled sofa or accent chair!

Here are a few of the best upholstery / fabric options for your furniture.


One of my first and favorite options! It resists stains, odors and bacteria so that they do not penetrate the fibers of the fabric. The color and texture options are great and your pet’s hair & dirty paws are no match for this fabric! Crypton fabrics used on furniture with an integrated moisture barrier is a great solution! The color, pattern and texture choices are fabulous and there are multiple sites online with tons of furniture styles!

Check out Slobproof!


Although it’s not cozy enough for me, leather can stand up to most pets. I’ve even noticed that some pets don’t care too much for sitting or sleeping on it. Even when they do leave a mess, dirt is easy to wipe clean and pet hair doesn’t cling to it. Your pet’s claws may leave holes, but they are usually not very noticeable. Try a distressed leather, it will conceal marks from claws and is easy to wipe down.

Zgallerie: Eddie Accent Chair

Stone House Imports has a great selection of distressed leather seating.

West Elm: Tulip Leather Chair

Image:Decor Pad


So your not into leather? Looking for something a little more on the softer side? Take a look at furniture in microfiber.


A synthetic fabric that is a great choice, simply because it is easy to maintain and wears well. Kitty claws can’t get caught in it, stains wipe away with a damp cloth and any pet hair vacuums or wipes off easily. Never use a wet towel or harsh cleaners on microfiber as they can damage the fabric.

Microfiber can have more of a modern look and comes in a variety of great neutrals and colors. Most retailers offer furniture fabric in microfiber and microvelvet so finding good options is easy these days.

Zgallerie: Pauline Chair

West Elm: Black Sofa

A patterned fabric might work better than a solid, but I would not recommend buying any fabric that is nubby or heavily textured, as your pet’s claws can easily get caught in it. Besides, it might be too much fun to scratch. Avoid fragile fabrics, such as silk, wool or linen. Tufts in furniture can be a serious pain to clean so think about cleaning each one of the tufts out on your piece…yikes!

Image: apartment therapy

Here are a few great patterns in durable fabrics.

Other fabrics that are sturdy and hold up well with dogs and cats are:



This post is dedicated to my college rommie, fellow Arkansan and Sorority Sister Sheri!

Oooohhhh Yes we did! We made our own toyota commercial…hmmm…..we had way to much free time in college!

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The latest place to dwell…with dignity

If you haven’t heard of Dwell with Dignity then you should check out their site to see all of the wonderful things they are doing in Dallas!  Here is the 411: Dwell With Dignity is a Dallas-based non-profit dedicated to helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design,one household at a time.

Their latest project just wrapped and I wanted to share the space with you. I always look forward to seeing their projects because I know all of the hard work and dedication Lisa, Kim and all of the volunteers put into each and every space.

Here is a before shot of the apartment with plain white walls and standard gray carpet.

The end result is beautiful and not so plain anymore! The space is warm, inviting and I love the mix of mid-century furniture and eclectic accessories! Check out the turquoise floor lamp and the pop of turquoise in the pillows, very chic! The mustard yellow ottomans from Global Views are fabulous a fun alternative to a standard coffee table!

Like what you see? Head on over to Dwell with Dignity’s Facebook page, website and blog for more! They have great before & afters, easy diy ideas, and updates on all the great things they are doing!

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Glam Camp

When I saw this cabin I fell in love. It’s really not my style but that’s the fun part. Vacation and downtime should be about getting away from our busy lives and experiencing new places.
This rustic cabin looks cozy and I love the chandelier in the main living area! This would be a perfect place to spend Christmas!!


Put it on paper…digitally

I’m finally getting time to sit down and create project boards with my photoshop program! I’m trying to be patient with all of the details I have access to, but it’s such a great tool for creating finish boards.

Here is a quick look at one of my recent commercial projects. I am soo excited about this space and can’t wait to see the changes take place!!!  This is a fabulous Uptown Dallas business (I will share details later) and my client is ready to finish up this glam space.  Yep, I see a few mirrored pieces in her future!!


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Bliss in the Kitch!

I am not a fan of cooking around our house, but I will clean up the mess! My husband is the chef around here! He loves to get on the internet, find an easy but yummy recipe and head down to the local fish market to grab the goods.  So with that being said, I wanted to discuss having “bliss in the kitch”!

The kitchen is the heart of most homes and is the best way to see top dollar when selling your home. This kitchen had great bones and the prior owner did a great job with the remodel.  The kitchen was one of the reasons this home was purchased. It was updated, open to the rest of the home and needed minimal upgrades.

BEFORE: Love the backsplash and upgraded appliances but the cabinets are throwing the space off. The green glass subway tile backsplash was great but the new owner was not a fan of it. The glass subway tiles are from Emser Tile, Billiard Green.

AFTER: A fresh new wall color, Sherwin Williams Happy Camper and warms up this kitchen and minimizes the intensity of the backsplash! We painted all of the cabinets Benjamin Moore’s Dove White to tie in with the existing doors and trim. Replacing the oil rubbed bronze hardware with a brushed nickel hardware updated the kitchen.

BEFORE: Believe it or not, this was what the house looked while it was on the market…hmmmm.  Take note and clean up before you show your home please.

AFTER:  I love how open and fun the space looks now! The white cabinets make a huge difference and bringing in the barstools (a snag from a local vintage store) create a great area to socialize. The paint color looks fabulous too!

BEFORE: There are no words…this space had too many “things” in here and the area was crowded.

AFTER: We carried the Happy Camper paint color to keep the space cohesive and added bamboo shades to cut down on the glare and add privacy. My favorite addition to the space is the white pendant, it modernizes  the room and works with the new white cabinets and existing trim.

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I recently received pictures from a client showing the progress of their living room mini-remodel. I am so excited to share them because with a few affordable changes, this living room moved from 1970-2010! The living room was dark and there was a horrible glare in the room most of the day. The family spends most of their time here so it needed to feel bright, cozy and be a great place to read a book.

We hired a professional to paint and cover the brick around the fireplace.  Even though we “just painted”, the wood paneling did not give up easily. They sanded, and sanded and primed and then painted. The entire process took about 7-10 days and did created a mess but it was totally worth the end result!

BEFORE: Wood paneling can really make a room feel dark and dated. This room has a great layout but the details needed to be refined and the fire place needed to be the focal point. The brick was the other issue in the room, my clients were ready to see it go!

AFTER: The room is instantly updated and now has the modern feel my client was looking for. The rich leather furniture no longer gets lost in the room.

BEFORE: If this picture doesn’t get the point across, I don’t know what else to show you! Look how bad the glare is in this room.

AFTER:  OK, so these were taken at night, but you get the point. I love how the shutters are now a beautiful feature in the room.

BEFORE: The fireplace is the biggest change in the room.  The dark brick did not work for the new modern feel that my clients were after. It was time to update this area and really make it the focal point of the room.

AFTER: We covered the brick with sheetrock and used a stunning Marazzi marble around the firebox and on the hearth. I LOVE the way this fireplace turned out!  It looks like a shade or two warmer would make a great accent on the fireplace and will really finish off this space.

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