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Archive for April, 2011

The Royal Newlywed’s New Digs

Image Via: Hollywood Gossip


Now that they have officially tied the knot it’s time for the newlyweds to setting into their new home. They will be moving into  a rustic farmhouse near Will’s Royal Air Force base in Anglesey, North Wales, and have hired Beverly Hills designer Kenneth Bordewick of Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors to give their love nest a contemporary twist.

Kenneth’s long list of royal clients to include: HRH The Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, HRH Bianca De Savoy, Crowned Princess of Italy and HRH His Majesty the late King Fouad of Saudi Arabia, HRH Princess Yasmin and HRH Princess Nora, and HRH HRH The Prince Felipe, The Prince of Asturias, and HRH Letizia, Princess of Asturias. Kenneth also purports a roster of high-profile celebrity “royalty” including Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Wow, what a list!  Now that we have seen the dress, I can’t wait to see what their new digs look like.  Here are a few interiors from Kenneth’s portfolio. I’m loving the purple and white master bedroom but I don’t think HRH Prince William of Whales is going to let that happen.







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Glamorous Consoles

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of mirrored furniture, I try to use at least one piece in every project.  Although mirrored pieces are often thought of as glamorous they can be contemporary, masculine and re-fined.  I had a little time before my lunch appointment today so I decided to swing by the Wisteria Outlet here in Dallas to kill some time. BAD IDEA!! Let me tell you, It took every bit of restraint I had not to run out of there with one of the stunning mirrored console tables.

This console was calling my name, the Art Deco style and stacked legs are gorgeous. Now I just need to find the perfect home for it…any takers?


I love “inspired by” design because you can score a fabulous pieces without the crazy expensive price tag. This vintage mirrored console from 1st dibbs is ahhhmazing..but I just couldn’t look at the price so I’ll stick with my outlet find above.

Another one of my favorite sources for mirrored consoles is Graham & Green.  I’m still waiting on them to bring their gorgeous pieces to the U.S.




Retailers like West Elm, ZGallerie, Shop Ten 25 and Target all carry mirrored consoles that range in price. Here are a few of my favorite mirrored console images from my inspiration file.


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William’s New Lighting

William Yeoward’s latest lighting collection showed up on my radar today courtesy of a friend of mine. She works  at ID Collection, a Dallas showroom that carries his dramatic lighting collection .  I love that William’s entire collection (furniture, lighting, fabrics etc.)  fit into contemporary, transitional or eclectic rooms.






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Oval Irish Mirror

I have a serious obsessions with one of my client’s mirrors. I spotted this gorgeous piece and new immediately that it must  be hung in their entry.  My client’s didn’t know much about the piece but knew that it was one they made an investment in and wanted the piece to be prominatly displayed in their home. Here are a few sneak peek pictures from the entry and more details of their mirror.




Images Via: Studio Ten 25

Sources: Gold Leaf Console | The Experience Limited Edition Giclee


I found a few versions of this stunning piece, mostly 18th and 19th century.  It’s is being called an Irish Opaline glass mirror and I am in love with the cobalt versions.  Places like Christies and 1st dibbs  have a few of the mirrors, but with prices from $10,000-$27,000 a pair I think I am out of my league!

This pair from Christies are have alternating colorless and gilt-highlighted glass border around the mirror.  A perfect match to the soon to be HRH Princess Catherine of Whales, they would make a great wedding gift for Wills and Kate, don’t you think?!

Image Via: Christies



This 18th century Irish oval mirror with sapphire and enamel jewels was sold on 1st dibbs. Fine and Rare Irish oval mirror the copper frame with faceted ring-set sapphire blue glass jewels alternating with white and gilt enameled jewels centering the original silvered plate. c.1785
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This rare Irish Oval Wall Mirror from the Nineteenth Century can also found on 1st dibbs. The oval frame with square faceted hand cut crystal surround, enclosing a plain mirror plate.


Image Via: Patrick Howard Antiques

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Good Friday

The Shop and The Studio will be closed today…for Good Friday. But, I will be back on Monday and ready to officially wear my white jeans!!  I can’t totally leave you all hanging today or over the weekend so I wanted to give you a project teaser. I have been working on a lobby that needs an update and here are the looks I have pulled together.  That orange velvet chair is super swoon worth don’t ya think? Do you have a favorite?  I can’t wait to see what my client thinks!   Happy Easter to you all!!








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Pelagos Crush

This week has been crazy busy and that’s a great thing!  We installed new drapery and brought in lots of new pillows for one of our projects, now we are waiting on the new furniture pieces. I can’t wait to start pulling everything together, it’s going to be a complete 180 from my client’s current design style!!!

Today I wanted to share the new Windsor Smith Pelagos (Kravet) drapes that were installed in the home office. We have re-arranged the room and are waiting on art work and a few other finishing touches. I wanted to jump up and down when the installer pulled them out of the bag…so I waited until he had them  up to get a good look.  What do you think? I think they are stunning…and my latest crush!  Don’t mind the iPhone pics, I really need a great small camera to use on installs.




The graphic pattern the perfect compliment to the oversized chair too!  This room has multiple functions so we need to make the best of the space we have.  It’s an office, mini-playroom and will also serve as a guest room (the chair makes into a twin bed). Keep an eye out for more install pics as the project progresses!

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A La Mode

I stumbled upon a FABULOUS NEW blog this week and it’s too good not to share! Shelli was a corporate junkie for a decade selling medical devices (heart valves). She is now a new stay at home mom and blogging on A La Mode!  Tour her home, see her latest obsessions and great snags!

She found this pillow at her local HomeGoods…


Look familiar?  It looks very similar to the Clarke & Clarke fabric I used in my client’s master bedroom!

A La Mode is worth the stop so pop over and check it out!


Texas’ Next Top Designer


This past weekend I attended the Trunk Show for the Texas’ Next Top Designer competition. The top 20 contestants had all of their fabulous pieces on display and even shown off by stunning models in mini-fashion shows.  My friend Darian Thomas is once again a top 20 finalist so I had to stop by to take a peek at her new 2010 collection!

The Search for Texas’ Next Top Designer competition includes fashion designers throughout Texas. A group of 20 finalists are then selected for the final evaluation.  Since that first award, the organization has been proud to review the work of some of Texas’ most talented designers, including this year’s top 20:


Darian (Right)  and her friend Jessica Sharp (Left)  recently teamed up to create Haute DJ, a combination of Darian’s clothing & Jessica’s jewelry.


Darian & I had a great time chatting with other designers, showing off her pieces to guests and bustin’ a move while the DJ kept the party going.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Santa Monica top that Darian is wearing from her Spring/Summer 2011 Aquatica Collection.


Here she is getting the models ready…adding jewelry from Haute DJ was the final step.



Take a peek at a few of the colorful pieces in the collections….I am loving the coral beads with the gold kale accent.




The courtyard was beautiful and the weather could not have been more perfect for a fashion show outdoors.  This Del Mar dress from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is also on my list…but maybe another 10″ or so on the hemline for this 30 something girl!





Sour Grapes created a graffiti wall that was auctioned off…



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Taking It Outside

The temperatures are rising here in Texas so now is the time to enjoy the “Spring” weather before the triple digits set in.  Spring time is the perfect time for updating your patio or outdoor space. But maybe your outdoor space leaves little to be desired and still has a bit of the blahs from this past Winter that keep you from enjoying the space.  Think of your outdoor space or patio as an extension of your home; it should still be comfortable, welcoming and stylish.  There are many ways to update your existing space and even if you on a tight budget, adding a new rug or throw pillows can really brighten up the area.

Here are a few of my top pics for easy outdoor updates.

Outdoor rugs are a great way to define your sitting out dining space and can be a great opportunity to bring color and pattern. Outdoor rugs have come along way and if the idea of grabbing a standard khaki and rust rug from your local hardware store isn’t getting you motivated, take a look at these ideas.

Chains Outdoor Rug in Green:


Lloyd Outdoor Rug in Chocolate


The Florin Blue rug brings in a modern pattern


Adding new outdoor pillows can also be a quick way to update your outdoor space. Many designers now have their own outdoor fabric line so creating a stylish look in your outdoor space is easy.  Trina Turk has a fabulous line of indoor/outdoor fabrics available through F Schumacher that can be used to recover your existing outdoor furniture or for a few new pillows.


Above: Trellis Print | Santorini Print | Arches Print

Don’t have access to Trade Only fabrics? Retailers like Horchow and carry pillows made from Trina Turks outdoor fabrics too.



One of my online design clients came to me with her her bland patio and was looking for affordable ideas that would bring in color and liven up the space.   We added a few pillows to bring in pattern, grounded the space with an area rug and added a few colorful garden stools as side tables. We updated the patio with a budget of $1500 and the impact was huge.  See more Before & After more details HERE.


BEFORE: The space was lacking any personality and the layout was not working for my clients. Images Via: Studio Ten 25


AFTER: The new layout and additional pieces really make the space feel updated and my client’s are excited about using the space and entertaining.


Large outdoor spaces can also be a challenge when selecting furniture and accessories.  This client’s outdoor space has multiple patios that wrap around the Mediterranean style pool. In order to create a cohesive look and feel, we purchased  mixed pieces from the Lloyd Flanders Napa outdoor furniture collection from The McGannon Showroom in Dallas.

For the small patio we choose lounge chairs that swiveled and rocked so guest could lounge comfortably. We also placed a chair and a half in the large corner to balance out the space and create a place for guests to kick their feet up. The coordinating chaise lounge  pieces were a perfect fit for the pool area.

Images Via: Studio Ten 25


For the main patio, we created a seating area around the fireplace and used the same swivel/rocker lounge chairs along with the Napa sofa.  Neutral outdoor rugs with a pop of red tie in with the multi pattern pillows and create the understated look my client was after.





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What to do?

Last week I blogged about the latest in designing your own lamp. Remember this beauty I designed from Mottega Lamps?  I usually go for bold colors, but I loved the understated look of this lamp.  The gold wood base and acrylic final are my favorite pieces on the lamp and the soothing castello color is very chic to me.



So as promised, I pulled together a bedroom for these chic but neutral lamps. Tall lamps are a bit of an obsession for me right now, I love the balance they bring to larger scale furniture like this headboard.  Subtle, sophisticated and simple are the words I would use to describe the way these lamps look in the space. Pops of yellow and turquoise look perfect with the gold wood base of the lamp and the taller shade completes it all. I would have loved a warm teal lamp but that color isn’t available, hopefully they expand the color offering soon.



Wallpaper Given Campbell St Boniface | White Silk Drapes | Upholstered Alison Bed | Aqua Hayward Pillows |  Citron Graphic Pillow | Ava night stands | Mottega Lamps in Castello | Gold Vienna Mirrors | Cherry Blossom RugClara Chair | Yellow Greek Key Pillow | Flora side table | Bronze corsage flower