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Archive for November, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

I love the look of a modern unique Christmas Tree even though I would never have the nerve to put one up in my own house.  Christmas is one of the few “traditional” things in my life and I like it that way. Stockings hung by the fireplace, our names monogramed on them and a Christmas Tree filled with memories from my childhood. I love having ornaments that were made in grade school or pieces from my grandparent’s tree.

This past weekend,  we headed out to a tree farm and selected our tree for this Christmas! My husband is not a fan of the fake Christmas tree. He loves the aroma from a real tree has and feels that it makes our house a home during the holiday season. A Fenimore family tradition that started in 2009 and will carry on!

Here we are with the girls at the tree farm. Picking out a tree is like grocery shopping when your hungary! We would find a beautiful tree that was “perfect” until we realized that an 11′ tree would not fit in our living room!  So we moved on to something in the 7′ range!

I love the modern look of a white christmas tree. It can be so chic and glamorous.

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Pink trees are spectacular! I would have loved one of these in my room growing up!

Black trees can also be glamorous and chic when done in the right way.

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Project look book

One of my latest projects was recently photographed by Melanie Johnson and I am so excited to share the details.  This may look familiar to some of you because I have been sharing bits and pieces of this home for months now. This project has been part of my life for the past 12 months and I know my clients are relieved to have everything complete.  We started with a house that was outfitted with standards that most homebuilders use, ripped it all out and started over!  The home is now modern, stylish and chic with gorgeous patterns and accent pieces.

As the final images are completed, I will share  them as well as more details from each room.  So for now, I am sharing the gorgeous “look book” that Melanie has created!

From the moment you walk in, the entry sets the tone for the rest of the home!  How can you not be drawn to the mirrored Peabody console table  and stunning Jellyfish chandelier?

The casual dining area sits just behind the sofa and the light from the surrounding windows keeps this tiny space from feeling so cramped. By using a small round glass top table, we keep the space open and we are able to show that fabulous Duralee fabric on the seat cushions!

This view of the main living area was taken from inside the fireplace…don’t ask!  My favorite pieces in the room are the accent chairs in Windor Smith’s Riad fabric!!  I love the overall feel of this room, it is cozy and chic.

My favorite room…the master bedroom, I love the mix of patterns. From the graphic metallic wallpaper accent wall and velvet drapes to the custom art work this room makes my heart pitter patter!  No glamorous master bedroom would be complete without a chandelier. This black crystal chandelier is the perfect accessory!

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Giving Thanks

Wishing you all a very happy and yummy Thanksgiving! The Fenimore house is buzzing…mostly in the kitchen.  The turkey fryer is heating up, the sides are ready to heat and the table is set.  I love my table setting this year!!!  Sunflowers and tulips fill the vases around the house and my new table cloth from the Wistera outlet brings in the perfect pop of fall color!!

What are you thankful for this year?  I’m thankful for my family, puppies and my growing business. This has been a very happy year and Studio Ten 25 has had many blessings!

Resources:   Tablecloth (Wistera Outlet Dallas, TX )   |   Metallic Placemats | Neutral Tablecloth & Napkins

Home Away From Home: Living With Options

I recently finished a Home Away From Home project with two color options for the living room. It’s always nice to show a client how versatile their existing pieces can be with just a few simple changes.  This living room has dark espresso wood floors, a fresh coat of soft blue paint on the walls and a fabulous creme sofa to anchor the space.  Here are the additions we suggested!


With such simple basics in place, adding a pop of color and pattern will bring the room into the eclectic chic feel my client is after.  The silk drapes bring in a touch of sophistication while the warmer green hue is fun and a great accent against the blue walls.  By using pillows and x-benches to bring in more of the green and teal accent color, this room screams chic!


Media Console

Coffee Table


Accent Chairs

Another accent chair option.

Green Accent Pillows |  Teal Accent Pillows |  Patterned Pillow



Side Tables


If a softer look & feel is what my client is more comfortable with, this palette is going to be the best choice.  By using an eclectic patterned drape, we are able to set the stage for the blue and yellow accents.  When we change out the rug with something more simple but still graphic, the overall feel stays eclectic.  I love mixing patterns in a room, it keeps you eye moving.  And by keeping the pattern similar in color, they will relate well to each other.

Drapes In Boteh Jade:  I love the fact that we can do the drapes or roman shade.  I also like the white with blue accent roman shade mixed with the drapes.



Blue Accent Pillow |  Zig Zag Accent Pillow |  Yellow Accent Pillow

Need help pulling your space together? Check out our Home Away From Home packages and fill out our online questionnaire! We would love to help you create the room of your dreams.  AND, all HWH packages come with a 20% discount code to use at Shop Ten 25!

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Controlling My Scene

During every project photo shoot, things get moved around numerous times until they are “just right”.  Setting the scene and telling the story in a photograph is quite the challenge when capturing a room.  Seeing a gorgeous room in a magazine is what inspires us to create the room of our dreams. But capturing that perfect scene for that perfect magazine shot can be time consuming.  Having every detail perfect for that one shot takes patience, an open mind and a stack of options waiting on the side.

The chaise lounge in this living room was photographed using multiple accent tables and pillow configurations.  Take a look at these test shots to see what I was thinking. Which one do you prefer?

#1:  I’m always a fan of the garden stool, but something looks off….so I come in to make the adjustment.

#2: A bit blah for me…we need more color…maybe a different pattern?

#3:  A new garden stool and mixing up the pillows…still not feeling it. The scale of the garden stool isn’t right? Let’s focus on getting the pillows because this graphic pillow overpowers the shot.

#4: Test Shot! Ok, I have mixed in a pop of yellow and now it looks unbalanced. Still not sure about this garden stool, I’m off to look for more options…..

#5: My last attempt at finding the right accent table.  Looks like I found a pillow configuration that has caught my eye! I’m not sure I love the vertical shot, although you can now see the gorgeous drapes with greek key trim.

#6: I really like the horizontal shot because the pop of yellow on the sofa pillow is what I was looking for.   I’m thinking that I need to make one last change. Photographing mirrored pieces can be frustrating, I don’t like seeing the pattern in the shot.

Lucky #7: I think I found my shot! This horizontal shot is my favorite and I think everything looks just right without a garden stool or accent table.  The pillow configuration is soft and they bring in the perfect amount of pattern, color and texture!

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Setting the table

Good company, good food and a festive table setting make for great Thanksgiving dining. Be bold and try something new this year. Your perfectly browned turkey and signature dressing deserve the royal treatment, and with a free afternoon and some forethought, you can create a memorable holiday table worthy of the occasion.  Today I decided that I am going to use sunflowers this year!!

Your personal style will help determine your preference in table design, but whether you’re interested in formal, contemporary, romantic, retro, country or carefree dining, it pays to start with a neutral palette. Too many colorful or intricate elements can look busy unless your design has places for the eye to take a well-deserved rest. If your china has an uncomplicated pattern, it may be the perfect foil for those harlequin placemats, otherwise choose a neutral tablecloth to showcase your tablescape. I love this set up from Dwell!

Image Via: Eddie Ross/Lonny Mag

If you not into the standard usual cornucopia overflowing with fresh fruit and are watching your budget, here are a few ideas that can bring sparkle to your table. You can add luster on a budget, and you can maximize the impact by repeating or grouping elements. Instead of one huge centerpiece, try using three smaller ones in identical glass containers. Fill them with flowers, fruits, nuts, shells, floating candles, stones or anything else that will complement the other decorative elements you have in mind.

You can make the meal part of the show by incorporating food elements into your table design. , try a brightly colored quilted runner decorated with wooden bowls of fall apples, or willow vases with cat tails and autumn seed heads. Assemble an impressive bread-basket centerpiece sporting loaves in all shapes, sizes and colors. It’s a natural for Thanksgiving that’s thrifty, edible and eco-friendly.

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Taking it all in

Day three in Carmel!  We took the 17 mile drive, walked through the shops in downtown Carmel and caught up with friends around the fire while the sun set.

The 18th hole at Pebble Beach

Downtown Carmel is full of art galleries, boutiques and some of the best hole in the wall restaurants.   We stopped for lunch and I spotted these cork “drapes”!

One of the local home accessories shops was stocked will unique vases, the most gorgeous silk flowers and festive table settings.

Our last day will be spent watching friends and client’s play in the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational!

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Carmel By The Sea

Day two of our vacation was another gorgeous day. The weather here in the Carmel area is warmer than usual. But, the crisp fall air is perfect for sight seeing!
Our hotel is simple, it’s an older building that has been remodeled in contemporary colors mixed with natural elements!
I fell in love with these oversized wingback chairs in the dining room! I think Dru is on board for something like this in our breakfast room!!!!

Here are a few pictures of the other areas in the dining room. The green leather chairs are a nice compliment to the oversized wingbacks! I love all of the color combinations in the space.

The faux stack stone on the fireplaces looks fabulous. You can not tell it’s faux until you touch it but the texture and color is beautiful!

The hotel has a textural vinyl wallcovering throughout the common areas in white. The depth of the pattern compliments the stone accents and is way more exciting than a boring paint.


We are off to watch the 2nd stage of Qschool and may catch a few practice rounds with the guys at Pebble or SpyGlass! Tomorrow, I will share more pictures from the beach, golf courses and details from our shopping trip!!

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Lunch on the the Pacific

We are spending the week in Central California and I wanted to share pictures!  On Monday, we visited the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur and all I can say is WOW! Stunning views, spectacular details and brisk ocean air!   We had lunch at the Inn’s on site restaurant, Sierra Mar overlooking the Pacific Ocean! The food was super yummy and we noshed on hummus, pink “hybrid” cauliflower, and of course red wine!

You always hear about the use of natural elements “bringing the outdoors in” .  The Post Ranch Inn has every touch of the outdoors…indoors. I love that you feel as if you are outside even when walking through the indoor spaces. Here are a few of my favorite details.

Stairs, stairs and more stairs. You will get your work out in for the day just climbing your way up to the restaurant! The detailing on the stair rails was unique and a touch that is used frequently throughout the Inn.

Once you reach the top, the restaurant entry is framed with metal sculpture and the most gorgeous walking paths.

As you can see, the climb was worth it. The ocean view was gorgeous.

We had lunch outside on the deck overlooking the ocean.

I am a big fan of the distressed wood floors on the deck, I think I took over 10 pictures just of the wood floors! They were so textural and perfectly weathered.

The base of the tables carried on the unique metal sculptural theme.

The flatware had a rustic chic feel to them.

My favorite spot, the indoor fireplace! Slate floors, more metal sculptural details and check out those wood plank ceilings!

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