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Archive for October, 2011

The Chaise

I love Houzz.  Their design articles are easy to read and always include great photographs from multiple designers to visually get the point across. I was excited when they included one of our projects in an article about using chaise lounges in your living room layouts.

 

Here are a few more detail shots that feature that fabulous chaise lounge. And you can see more on the project HERE and HERE too.  There is also a great post that talks about styling the chaise lounge for the actual photo shoot, fun stuff!

 

 

Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography

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It’s All In The Details

I was recently going through all of my project images and trying to decide what I wanted to move to an external hard drive.  I have been fortunate enough to work with a dear friend of mine who also photographs my interiors. Melanie is extremely detailed and after we have captured the shots on my “to-do” list, I let her have free reign on the details of each space.

Selecting images from each shoot is always tough. Unfortunately, most of those stunning detail shots don’t make the cut when narrowing down my top picks. So, today I thought it would be fun to show you my favorites…and there are quite a few so get ready!  Details make the space and I love having a slew of them to pull from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Ten 25} The Fenimore Four


Today I..We…celebrate my fourth year as a Fenimore!  Ahh Marriage, it has changed my life more than I could have imagined…and that is a good thing. The pumpkin carriage became the ATV at the ranch, the Barbie Dream house is now our Rustic Glam 1950′s ranch and the house full of kids is just the house filled with two bird dogs that think they are human.  To my husband Dru…Thank you for letting me be right when it matters, dragging me to the ranch when I would rather be shopping and for always cooking dinner around here! Happy Fourth!

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Fix {Before & After}

Last week I put the final touches on a lounge area for a client. The area serves as a lounge space for tenants and sits just outside of the loft’s wine room and theatre room. Since the space will be used by the tenants and their guests, we were up against a few challenges.  My client wanted to space to be durable and affordable (super tight budget) without compromising on style.

BEFORE: The existing furniture had seen better days, the torn fabric and flat accent pillows made that quite obvious. Other than that, the space had a whole lotta nothing going on. Everything could go but my client wanted to keep the large maple and glass coffee table.  I love the vinyl image on the wall and doors that enter the theatre. The teal, orange and mix of neutral colors made it the perfect jumping off point.

 

Take a look at the idea board we started with, almost exact to what we ended up using in the room.

 

AFTER:  I love the way the space looks now.  It feels inviting and is finally  the pulled together lounge area that my client was after.  A seriously budget priced sofa, fabulous West Elm Sweep Armchairs and simple x-benches create a seating area that is great for socializing and moving around.

 

The first thing we added was the brown and ivory Geo indoor/outdoor rug. The acrylic blend will hold up to the spills that are going to happen and is durable enough for the heavy foot traffic.  The acoustics are 100% better in the room now and the rug grounds the seating area together with a much needed graphic.

 

The x-benches were a snag from a big box store but came with a crummy vinyl seat. I stopped by one of my favorite fabric warehouses and purchased this heavy teal upholstery weight fabric for added durability.  I used a Turquoise Graphic and Orange Moroccan linen pillows to tie in the accent colors and to keep the graphic pattern going.  What do you think?

 

 

 

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Black & Yellow {Before & After}

I love sharing before and after images of projects. This one has been on my favorites list since the day we confirmed the design elements.  When I shared this room in “mastering the master”, I was ready to bring the chic!

 

So today I thought I would share the before and the after images from the bedroom.  Melanie Johnson recently shot the space and is currently editing the images from the room! I can’t not wait to share.

BEFORE: Heavy drapes and the color of the bedding are a bit muddy. The most surprising thing to me was that this room was not a reflection of my bubbly and beautiful client. With three boys, these two are always running in multiple directions so they needed a bedroom that gave them a place to get away from it all.

 

 

AFTER:  A chic and refined look! We kept the wall color, dresser and the accent chair in the corner. Although I loved the iron bed, it wasn’t the right look for the direction we decided to take.  Graphic fabric (Clarke & Clarke),  a touch of yellow and beautiful accessories  made this room pop.

Drapery Trim, Robert AllenDavid Hicks Hex WallcoveringClarke & Clarke Palio and Kravet Love Potion Fabrics | Rinaldo Starburst Mirror

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Have Plans For The Weekend?

The Rangers are in the World Series and the Dallas triple digit heat wave is finally outta here. So, that makes for a perfect weekend to be out and about around town.  This Saturday October 22nd is the Dallas Riverfront fall antiques district street wide sale and if your itching to get out and enjoy this fabulous weather while getting a bit of shopping in, this is a must!

Over 200 vendors participating, including Again & Again a vintage and consignment furniture shop that has a new location in the Design District and they want people to know about it! From 11am to 2pm, Again & Again will host Dallas food truck favorites, NammiThree Men and a Taco , and serve Pearl Cup Coffee, and provide live tunes by Dallas DJ, Mr. Diamond. You can ogle over Again & Again’s fabulous selection of vintage furniture while taking part in Dallas’ trendiest way to dine. The outdoor sale promises to be loaded with fabulous inventory discounted up to 75%!!!

WHAT:  Riverfront Antiques District Streetwide Sale

WHERE: This Saturday 9am-5pm

WHAT: Over two hundred vendors will set up along Riverfront, Parkhouse Street, Howell, and Riveredge. Visitors will find antiques, mid-century modern and vintage furniture, designer art, architecturals and lighting of all kinds.

So, if you in the market for a great piece of furniture and need a little help making it look like this….


Then you must head down to Again & Again’s new 14,000 square foot space at 141 Howell Street! It is filled with high-style, high quality vintage pieces just waiting to be customized for you.  I have been working with Leslie and her talented team to create a few custom pieces and let me tell you….wow!  See why Dallas designers, stylist and uber trendy shop Again & Again for one of a kind pieces that can be easily and affordable customized for you home!

Image Via: Paper City Dallas

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Top Stitching

We are preparing for a major project installation next week. I love receiving all of the furniture, fabrics and accessories on a daily basis, it feels a bit like Christmas!  This week we received the cabinet hardware for the master bathroom and my client is going to LOVE them.  This bachelor knows what he likes…and what he doesn’t for sure.  Since this is the second project we have worked together on, I feel like I have a better eye for the details that catch his eye.

When we began looking at cabinet hardware for the house, we knew we wanted something unique that would complete the masculine feel he was after. These chocolate leather handles from Turnstyle have a spectacular top stitch detail that will become a common theme throughout the home. Since they are so fabulous, I felt they deserved a full on outdoor photo shoot! Looking forward to sharing a few images from the install next week, keep an eye out for the pale bone pulls from Ochre for the kitchen too!

 

 

 

 

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Taj, Ziggy and Neon

I love adding the latest and greatest pieces to the Shop. Since I do my best to select pieces for The Shop that I absolutely love, I find it hard not to bring most of them home!  This weekend I added quite a few knit and neon pieces from one of my favorite fabric and pillow designers, Christen Maxwell.  Her eye for sharp graphics, stunning color pallets and American Made pieces catch my eye every season.  Her latest fall collection is stunning once again and I am excited to introduce the new pieces on the blog today.

 

The Moroccan print has been in fashion for quite some time now and I don’t see it leaving the home accessories world anytime soon.  The Taj Collection is by far my favorite this fall. The Zig Zag stays in the mix this fall with the Ziggy Collection.  The perfect colors and pattern will add a modern and chic touch to any room.

 

 

I am loving the neon piper pillows too! A subtle  grey linen with pops of neon, the Orchid is my favorite!

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Mallow Malachite

My favorite favorite mineral by far is the gorgeous green Malachite. This “mallow-green stone was named after its resemblance to the leaves of a mallow plant.  Although Malachite has been mined from various countries, Arizona has been the most popular mining location for the mineral in the U.S.

The light and dark green bands that run through the mineral are so distinctive that malachite is one of the most recognized minerals today. Today  malachite can be found in fabric,  jewelry and home accessories. Here are a few of my favorite malachite pieces on the market today. I have been looking for a fabulous ring to wear this fall, but those crazy high price tags are holding me back.

Coco + Kelley |  This is Next | Malachite RingBar Cart | Malachite Twig Table |Tony Duquette Rug Malachite desk

 

 

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A Gypsy Soul

 

When one of my favorite Dallas vintage/thrift sources decided to move online, I was worried. I loved walking into The White Elephant and taking a look at all of the new pieces from Gypsy Soul Interiors. But, her new online shop is absolutely one of my favorite new places to shop. It is the perfect way to find  affordable and stylish pieces for clients that know what they want but are not fans of retail chain stores. Vintage, thrift or recycled…whatever you call it…Kristen rocks it. She can even have the pieces painted or recovered for you if that’s not your thing.  Kristin calls herself a purist when it comes to most things Southern. A pinch of traditional with equal parts funk and reckless abandon, Kristen’s style can only be defined as soulful living.  With a design background and eye for bringing great lines to life, Kristen is my go to girl!

I LOVE this bamboo mirror! I snagged a set of these on a past project and updated them with a black lacquer finish for a big impact on a small budget!

BEFORE: Kristen currently has this GORGEOUS Greek Key bamboo mirror in the shop. With a touch of primer and a fabulous high gloss color, this piece will look like a million bucks.

 

 

AFTER: I used this set of mirrors in a client’s master bedroom. They were on a tight budget but wanted the room to feel pulled together without compromising the overall style of the room.

 

The Gypsy Soul Blog is also a great place for inspiration. Kristen shows you before and after transformations and even pieces that she has used in her own home.  She recently added this Starburst ceiling fixture from Shop Ten 25 to her in home bar after lots of fixture hunting.  The piece is perfect for the room don’t cha think?  You can see more gorgeous images from Kristen’s home HERE.

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