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Archive for February, 2011

The Big Reveal

Today is the big day, I am happy unveil The Studio’s new look!  Our design website & blog have a new look and I hope you love it as much as I do.  It’s all me with a chic new upgraded look  including quatrefoils, a glamourous feel and of course touches of PINK.  Having the site, blog and my email down for a few days was strange feeling but I couldn’t be more pleased with the easy transition. It’s good to be back!

Sam & Kevin from Swoon [The Studio] did a fabulous job on the site and were a dream to work with. I have been a HUGE fan of Sam’s for a while now and knew she was my go to girl for designing my new look!  I encourage you to visit their site as well as her blog,style/SWOON. You’ll see their work in many Dallas publications and their creations for  The Dallas Cowboys and Neiman Marcus are Ahhhhmazing!

Here are a few things to check out and update:

#1:  If you are an email or rss subscriber on the blog, please take a moment to re-subscribe. Unfortunately those details didn’t make the transfer…funny how technology works isn’t it? You can do all of this just over on the left, our new facebook and twitter links are there too.

#2:  We are now taking sponsors/advertisers on The Studio Blog so please email us for rates and to have a copy of our media packet sent to you.  We have rates that are affordable to small business and great perks for all of our sponsors/advertisers too!

#3:  Our online design service, HOME AWAY FROM HOME also has a new look!  Take a look at the packages and see how easy it is to have Studio Ten 25’s help you create the perfect space on your terms.

We really want to hear your feedback so please take a look around and let us know what you think.  And thank you for stopping by the blog!


Glamming it up

Here is a quick before…and during for you today. The space is 99% complete and being photographed soon so keep an eye out for the after!  This is one of my small commercial design clients and it has been a match made in Heaven. She is a glamor girl at heart just like I am  so we had a blast pulling this space together. The lavender walls were beautiful but the treatment room needed a little more glam. I love that the fireplace is already full of charm but we needed to step it up a notch….

So we did what any glamor girl would do, we added a metallic wallpaper! Seabrook  Painters Guild / Jazz to be exact, the colors were perfect and the large pattern brings a much needed graphic pattern to the simple space.  And my client even installed the wallpaper on her own, I’m not sure if I could love her any more at this point!

After seeing this image, we knew this was going to be the perfect color and pattern for the room.

And here it is in all of it’s glamorous glory. Pardon the iphone pics and iffy lighting but you get the point, I promise to share the final images of the space as well as before and after images with you very soon.

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Faux Croc

Last week I made a trip to the Dallas World Trade Center and stopped by one of my favorite showrooms, PA Turner. They carry pieces from Old Hickory Tannery and I have used OHT’s products on three projects in the past year. Most of the pieces in the showroom are in dark leathers, hides and bright fabrics but if your looking for something a bit more modern, that is easy to do too.

I used this white leather tufted high back sofa in the Home For The Holiday’s Dining Room last year.

The latest introduction was faux crocodile embossed leather in a ton of fun colors. Hot pink, lavender, lime green. teal and more were on display in the showroom.

Image Via: Horchow /Old Hickory Tannery Chair in Teal Croc Embossed Leather.



Image Via: Decor Pad

Image Via: Decor Pad / Jonathan Adler

Image Via: Domino Mag

Image Via: Room Service

Image Via: The Lennoxx

Image Via: Picassaweb

Image Via: Dentro

Image Via: Efstyle


I love Caesar Stone’s Quartz Motif crocodile on this desk.  The Surface design of this alligator-patterned table is black, glossy and perfect.

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Behind The Shoot

I wanted to share a few behind the scenes images from a recent photo shoot with Melanie Johnson.  You always end up seeing a few of the crummy before images along with the ahhhmazing final product that Melanie always creates. I have worked with Melanie for over two years now and it’s funny how we discuss my wish list, check a few test shots and then she just makes the magic happen.

This latest project is the lobby of a Dallas law firm that I started working on last summer. One of the partners had bright contemporary art pieces and a few rugs from his private collection that he wanted to use in the new space.  He knew he wanted more of a modern clean look but also wanted to appeal the more traditional side of the other partners in the firm.  Gorgeous antiques, warm hardwood floors and beige walls were the starting point. I can’t wait to share the final images.  If you want to see the process of the custom furniture…take a look HERE.

For now, enjoy these pics I snapped at the shoot and I promise to share the details soon.


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The latest introductions from Shine SHO are out and I am in love. The warm peacock teals, artistic nail head details, resin details and gorgeous inlays are the perfect modern vintage look.  The Shine blog is full of inside images from photo shoots as well as inspirational images that you can see reflected in the line. This fall 2010 moodboard is one of my favorites.

Shine’s casegoods are absolutely gorgeous and the inlay and resin details make this collection unique. The lacquer colors are bright and finding one to fit your room should be an easy task.

The unique shapes and nail head details on the upholstery pieces are just stunning. The fabric options are full of bright patterns, luxurious velvets and fun metallics!



The lighting collection is bright, eclectic and I’m eyeing the  turquoise chandelier!

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Sitting Room Before & After

Earlier this week I posted more pictures from our living room after receiving lots of email and questions about the space. Today, I wanted to do the same thing with the sitting room in our house.

Our house is a 1950’s ranch so there is no true entry space. As soon as you walk in from the front door the sitting room is on the left and the formal dining is on the right. I tried arranging the room about five different ways and there was really no better layout than the one we have now.  Sitting rooms are a tough one for me to wrap my head around. We just walk through the space but I didn’t want it to feel stuffy  or look uncomfortable  just because it’s in the “formal” part of our home.

Before: The dark leather sofa and red accents were dark and didn’t  really work for me.  The drapes, sofa and painting were the first things to go.

After: I fell in love with the shape of this sofa and the nail head detailing on the front had me sold from the moment I saw it. I had the sofa made to fit the  scale of our room and used an embossed croc velvet.  The room only has one window so using lighter fabrics kept the space from feeling heavy.

Before: Looking across to the dining room, the red wall drove me crazy…we tried to work with it but after a few months it just drove me mad.

After: New wallpaper, rug and a few more accessories really brighten the room up and made way for the new ivory sofa and softer seating area.



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Because you asked…

Last week I received quite a few emails about our main living room and sitting room (shown on the cover below). You wanted to see more images and know where most of the pieces came from after seeing pictures from other blogs . I started to look back in my past blog posts and realized that I never published the images from the shoot.  We were excited when Jamie from The Dallas Morning News wanted to feature our home, they covered quite a bit but only published one image from our living room and sitting room.  So, I will do my best to answer all of the questions you sent in. Stay tuned, Friday I will breakdown the sitting room details.

If you have time for a little home tour…here are more details on our house. I have before and after pics on most of the posts, and if your looking for more details from the room on the front cover?  Take a look at the sneak peek HERE.  You can also see our dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, master bath and my office.  You can also see a great before & after post on the raenovate blog.

Rustic Glam, I do think that hits the nail on the head when describing the Fenimore Home.  My hubby is a Texan, hunter, ultimate BBQ chef and totally into hanging deer heads in our home.  I’m an Arkansan, girly girl, obsessed with glamorous furniture and always changing things up in our house. I’m sure most of you can relate to the situation?  So, what do you do when your newlyweds with design styles on opposite ends of the spectrum?  You mix it up and make it work!   The one thing we do agree on around here is comfort first, we always have friends and family over so being able to crash on the sofa and put your feet up while drinking red wine is important.

Our sofa is from Macy’s and is a chocolate brown micro-velvet material that is easy to wipe down. Would I have loved to do something in a lighter color or different fabric? Sure, but with two dogs and dinner served there 7 nights a week  it wasn’t going to work.

I was asked if this was my “dream ” living room or  “dream ” home by one of my readers last week too. I wouldn’t say that this is 100% what I planned or even wanted my home to look like.  I would have gone more chic, eclectic and much more color…but I was able to do what I wanted in my office. But it’s OUR home,  a reflection of US and how we live everyday. I do love to come home everyday and we are both represented here.  What’s a dream home anyway?  I think we all have a list of changes we want to make and new pieces we save for and as a designer, that will never change around here.

Rug: Stanton Carpet Huntsman/Camel | Accent Chairs: West Elm/Sweep Arm Chair | Accent Chair Lumbar Pillows West Elm|  X-Benches: Ballard Designs/ Apple Velvet | Sofa Pillows: Kelly Wearstler Emerald Cut | Coffee Table: Zgallerie | Puppy silhouettes: Simply Silhouettes easy to create custom pieces!

The bar was an add on once we were settled into the house. Since the room is long and narrow, the space just outside of the kitchen was awkward. My husband wanted to add more “couches” so the guys could have their side of the room…ummm no and just…whatever. So, we compromised and built in a bar.  It’s the perfect fit for the long room, gives extra seating when entertaining and now we have a wine fridge and keg.  If you look behind the sofa, you can see the bar in the back corner.

Countertop: Avonite Cat Eye |   Barstools: World Market…but not for long, I have big plans here.  |  Wallcolor: Sherwin Williams Happy Camper

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What would you do?

Last week we put the entire Shop on sale for “We are feeling the love Valentine’s Day sale” and added THREE $100 gift certificates to our facebook, twitter and blog followers.  So we asked, “what would you do with a $100 gift certificate to Shop Ten 25?” as a way to enter. Today we have our THREE winners and you going to love what they picked from Shop Ten 25. THANK YOU to everyone who left comments, our rugs and pillows were the top pics!

The three winners were selected at random…

Peacock Rug |  L O V E Pillow | Gold Bamboo Mirror

Octagonal Mirror | Bargello Rug | Radford Table Lamp

Black & White Moroccan Rug | Katana Jade Pillow | Gothic Yellow Pillow

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Dallas Home Tour {Leslie Pritchard}

If you live in the Dallas area I’m sure that you have at least heard of or stopped by one of Leslie Prichard’s vintage chic stores.  Her first store, Again and Again is full of used pieces with fabulous bones just waiting to be re-covered and re-finished.  Leslie has a great eye and love all things vintage, especially pieces that are not mass produced. It’s hard to miss the bright pink house and if you in the market for a specific piece, things change around the store often so it’s hard not to find something.

Her before and after gallery is ahhhmazing, take a look at a few of my favorite transformations.    Images Via: Again and Again Facebook Gallery

Leslie recently completed the interiors of her Dallas condo and the space is currently being featured in FD LUXE’s February issue. A muted color scheme of white & pink  is mixed with soft gray, brown and rust orange accents. My favorite part of the condo is all of the glamourous details like oversized mirrors, metallic geometric wallpapers and her lamps are just gorgeous. All images via: FD LUXE

Vintage asian teak chairs in a polished cream finish, a commissioned mirror over the fireplace and off white linen wrapped shelves are the highlights of the living room. How about those yummy pink silk drapes, retro pendant (reflected in the mirror) and overall Kelly Wearstler feel that the room has?!

Custom wingback from Again & Again in Schumacher’s Rusty Orange Velvet and abstract painting from Dallas Artist Chris Schumacher.

Drexel writing desk in charcoal gray with a “Dorothy Draperish” clamshell custom chair. Kelly Wearstler’s Bengal Bazaar in Apricot.

Milo Baughman brass chairs upholstered in iridescent vinyl snakeskine, lacquered linen vintage console from Karl Springer and that stunning bronzed iron based dining room table create a juxtaposition of styles in the dining room.

A vintage Henredon bar retains it’s original black finish and brass hardware, such a rare find and the overall arrangement of the space is classic and colorful.

Leslie’s favorite piece is the 1970’s Lane walnut dresser.

In the master, coral linens, Hermes blanket and a Kelly Wearstler inspired upholstered headboard create a space that isn’t too fussy. The texture and accessories like the Henredon nightstands and brutalist lamps from Nick Brock Antiques finish off the look.

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Fendi {Casa Crystal Collection}

A few weeks ago I received a marketing packet from The FENDI Casa Home Collection.  I knew that Fendi had a furniture line but I had no idea how extensive the offering was.  Gorgeous crystal and glass lighting, sofas, chairs, rugs, pillows, jaw dropping headboards and fur…lots of fur.

My favorite piece in the collection is the Crystal Chair. A round back with a multi-faceted shell, seat cushions in leather or fabric and it all stands on a simple metal base. The seamless lacquered-polyurethane shell comes in black, ivory, platinum, or silver…I would love to see it in a hot pink or turquoise finish too!

This blingy bit of perfection sells for $3,000…wowza!  Unless I win the lottery or wait for a retail giant to “replicate” the look, it doesn’t look like the Crystal Chair will have a place in my home.  Alright so maybe it’s a bit too modern for our house,  but as soon as my dream client comes along……

Notice the casegood pieces too…

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