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Archive for September, 2011

Bedroom & Bath Ideas

Studio Ten 25 was recently featured in Beckett Media’s (Editors of Romantic Homes & Cottages & Bungalows) Bedrooms & Baths fall issue.  I love picking up the seasonal special issues because they are full of great ideas and easy ways to update your space.

This Nature Inspired Bedroom was one of my favorites to design because of the simple accessories and mix of turquoise and yellow.  I love how they give “shop the look” tips on how to easily create this look. You can see more pictures and room details HERE.


I also love the “Going Boldly” feature on this green and white guest room/office. It goes to show that bold color can still be comfortable and will bring life to a space.  Affordable storage from Ikea and simple sheer drapery panels mixed with a West Elm daybed keep even the smallest budgets in check.  See more project details HERE.


And last but not least, the master bedroom suite.  It goes to show how repurposing existing pieces will turn a dull room around and soften even the most masculine of furniture pieces.  We mixed affordable drapries from Ikea and bedding from West Elm with custom made pillows using designer fabrics to create a high end chic look.  Bringing the Sherwin Williams Rain Washed paint color into the bath kept the small space from looking chopped up. Now we have a soothing master suite with great graphic patterns, lots of texture and a place to relax.  Want to see this room’s before and after shots? Take a look at them HERE.

Elle Decor’s Featured Designer

I was beyond excited when Elle Decor featured Studio Ten 25 on their Designer Registry today!  Take a look at our profile and see more pictures from our portfolio!



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Black & Yellow at Thrift Studio

Tomorrow night is the big event for Dwell With Dignity’s Thrift Studio! The launch party is going to be fabulous and the five vignets designed by local Dallas designers look stunning. If you are in the Dallas area, you must stop by to see all of the goodies up for sale.  It is the perfect time to snag designer finds for half of the price and benefit one of my favorite charities!

“The pop up studio will be open through Oct. 29, and will feature overstock of donated, gently used furniture and accessories, both from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse and from high-end designer showrooms, as well as vignettes from area designers, including Pulp Design StudiosStudio Ten 25,Style/SWOONWilliam Baker and Emily Johnston Larkin from the Material Girls blog. These contributors have designed their vignettes around items pulled from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse, as well as from their own donations.

Join Dwell with Dignity for the Thrift Studio preview on Fri., Sept. 30, from 6-9 p.m. It will be $25 to enter, all of which benefits Dwell with Dignity. The official launch of the shop is Sat., Oct. 1st, opening at 10 a.m. From then until Oct. 29, the studio will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The pop-up is located at 1616 Hi Line Dr., in the old Central Hardwood Showroom.”


I have decided to go with a black and yellow color pallette for my vignette! A BIG THANK YOU to Again & Again for donating the re-upholstery of the desk chair and Modern Relics for spiffing up the desk and armoire with a fresh coat of paint! Hope you see you all there!


Fashion Inspired

Dallas has managed to snag it’s very own piece of the reality show pie with Most Eligible Dallas.  If you have not tuned into the show or just refuse to watch, then let me give you the 411 via Bravo.

“They’re young, they’re hot, they’re single –- they’re Dallas’ Most Eligible. From beauty queens to pro-football players, this group of Texas socialites proves that everything’s bigger in Texas –- including the drama.”

Since the cast is always out and about in Dallas, I love to see where they are going to grab lunch, shop and of course what their houses look like. Courtney Kerr is a stylish, spunky and outspoken girl so when I caught a glimpse of her not so stylish bedroom I was shocked.  It’s just…well…not good. It almost had that college dorm and hand me down mish mashed look.  So, when Kimberly from Pink Eggshell asked me to come up with a design plan for Courtney I knew exactly where to start for inspiration.

Courtney’s style is bold, classic and includes fabulous shoes and accessories.  I decided to take inspiration from one of my interior design and style icons, Kelly Wearstler.  I found this image of Kelly sitting on a console table and the blend of high fashion and vintage glam design screamed Courtney Kerr.


I wanted Courtney’s bedroom to feel like an extension of her closet. I included lush fabrics, mirrored accents and polished accessories.  I decided to go with a metallic pewter grey grasscloth wall covering that is full of texture, it will be the perfect starting point for the room.  A vintage-esque chandelier in a gold leaf finish tie in with the gold leaf vanity and add a sophisticated feel to the room.  Bold art along with pops of color from the pillows an understated teal vanity chair were the best ways bring in more texture and glamour to the room.  Since Courtney is from Fort Worth, I had to bring in a bit of cowhide with a modern flare.  Kyle Bunting creates the most gorgeous cow hide rugs using modern shapes and colors. This warm ivory “Kashmir” moroccan pattern rug brings in movement without overwhelming the room.



So what do you think? I can totally see Courtney fitting in with her new vintage glam bedroom….



Grasscloth wall covering: Phillip Jefferies | Kashmir cow hide rug: Kyle Bunting | Gold Leaf Chandelier: Shop Ten 25

Dauphine Armoire: Shine by S.H.O | Mark Gold Leaf Desk: Shop Ten 25 | Gold Leaf Starburst Mirror: Shop Ten 25

Vanity Chair: Cisco BrothersTabitha Haute House Bed: Horchow |Mirrored Chest: Shop Ten 25

Vosages Print: Michelle ArmasVintage Turquoise Lamp: Again & AgainOrb Objet on Night Stand: Dwell Studio

Glass Bulb Vases on Desk: Dwell Studio | Nolan Peacock Pillows: Crate & Barrel | Panthere Pillow: Calypso Home



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Coffee With Amanda Carol

A few weekends ago I finally met up with Houston designer Amanda Carol while she was attending the Dallas market.  .  We sat down for her “Coffee With” series and ended up staying for almost 2 hours! I love chatting with other designers about the business and seeing how we each run our business on a daily basis. Amanda’s work is beautiful and charming and I am flattered to be a part of this series on her blog.  Pop over to  her blog to see more on our chat.





See ya Summer

I have been trying to step away from the office and my laptop a little bit every day. I think it is important to enjoy life, friends & family and recharge by enjoying them all.  Last night the weather here in Dallas was actually cool so we had a little fun with the girls in the back yard. Now that summer is slowly moving out, I am spending more time outside and loving the downtime. Caddo spent her time chasing bugs out of the flowerbeds while Ivy played in the sprinkler.  We got out the bubbles too, it was hilarious watching the girls go after them. I must have laughed for 10 minutes straight before finally turning off the sprinkler that Ivy was attacking too, I needed that.

Hope everyone is enjoying the week and making time to enjoy it all!



Thrift Studio

Ta da! I am thrilled to be part of Dwell With Dignity’s new Thrift Studio here in Dallas.  The vignettes are being painted later this week and I can’t wait to get all of my fabulous finds in to the space. I received my formal invitation to the launch party on September 30th and it is so stunning that I had to share it on the blog. Here are the details….

You’re invited to the sneak preview party for the first ever Dwell With Dignity Pop Up Shop!

The Dallas design community is coming together to support Dwell With Dignity. Shop five vingettes designed by local Dallas designers PULP Design Studios,  Style/SWOON,  William Baker, and Emily Johnston Larkin and Me.

Come sip, bite, and shop our designer finds for a good cause!

Friday, September 30th
6-9 PM

1616 Hi Line Drive

$25 Admission at the Door. Benefits Dwell With Dignity.

The Thrift Studio will be a bi-annual pop-up shop, open for 30 days, that benefits Dwell With Dignity by selling overstock of donated items. The first Thrift Studio will be open in the Design District from Oct 1st-29th.



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My Dream Home

I have been a fan of La Dolce Vita’s Dream Home series for a long time and am excited to share mine today. I’m a southern girl born and raised in Arkansas and now live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and two bird dogs. I am a girly girl all the way when it comes to interiors, but after being married to Dru (golfer, hunter and fire pit junkie) for almost 4 years my idea of a “dream home” have changed a bit.

Head over to La Dolce Vita to see the full story on my dream home!

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Fun Running Up The Stairs

Carpet running up the stairs in not what it used to be, growing up in the 80’s proves that!  We had a brown mini-shag with a funky “stone” pattern in the house I grew up in…wowza.  But now here we are in the 2000’s and having a fabulous carpet running up the stairs is way more cool. I have always felt limited to hanging a chandelier, a grouping of frames or maybe paint/wallcovering on the walls to dress them up.  Depending on your budget, running a graphic and colorful piece of carpet up the stairs can add a much needed “pop” to the area too.  A durable runner can be quite forgiving in a high-traffic area…and not to mention cut down on the noise. I wish we had a staircase in our current home, I would love to dress it up with a bold graphic pattern.



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Now & Then

Today I’m over at Emily Clark talking about my house, now and then. The transformation makes me much happier than the newlywed phase of the house did. Head over to Emily’s Blog to see the full story.