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Archive for April, 2012

What to do with the sitting room

Today I wanted to share a client’s sitting room and how we made the best of the space. It’s not like they actually entertained in the small room, but since it was the first room off the main entry it needed to be spruced up.  My clients have three little boys so you can imagine the amount of toys that need a place to call home.  We decided to keep the fun lime green sofa and use the train table along with new custom storage ottomans to for a place to keep the kids toys.  I love that we were able to make big changes without spending big bucks. Because of that, we were able to rock out the main family room and master bedroom (more on those rooms another day).

Here was the inspiration for the room.  I wanted to make the green sofa feel more modern and brighten up the room with a new color palette. Turquoise and Lime Green…





The arrangement didn’t allow for much extra seating and the bold red drapes and dark Khaki/Green walls kept the room from feeling bright, open or a fun place for everyone to hang out together.  The location of the sofa didn’t really work in the space either, but that was going to be an easy fix. My client wanted the room to be a place where her young boys could play with toys, but easily clean up and  covert to a space where they could spend time with friends too.





As planned, we updated the drapes with a simple yet fabulous turquoise fabric from Duralee.  A few fun throw pillows brought in some much needed pattern and bold graphics. A simple fix and they easily updated the feel of the sofa.  I love the pillows in the Nissa leaf pattern from Clarke & Clarke paired with the Katana Jade Pillows too.  But my favorite additions to the room were the custom storage ottomans that housed all of the well loved toys!












So what do you think? I love the way this sitting room came together. Paint, new drapes and a few fun and creative ways to make this space work for everyone is exactly what it needed.  Now play dates will be fun and my clients have a space they can share with their boys and their friends.



All Images Via: Studio Ten 25 & Melanie Johnson Photography

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Weekend Window {Furry Friends}

Anyone who knows me even just the smallest bit can testify to how much I adore my dogs!! Cado and Ivy are my puppy girls and I love them with all my heart! The dog park is our hang and we all look forward to it at the end of a long day. Over the past several weeks, I’ve added several new pieces to the shop that feature our furry friends and today seemed like as good a day as any to share! I mean, who couldn’t resist one more pair of adorable puppy eyes staring back at you?





1. Bulldog Art Print 2. Turquoise Foo Dogs 3. Set of Foo Dog Lamps

4. Dancing Dog 5. Small Black Dog Art Print 6. Grey Hound Dog Figurine

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A Dash Of Watercolor

I have fallen in love with Black Crow Studio’s Watercolor Wallpaper and I have found the perfect place for it too! I love the bold colors and how much movement is in each piece.  I’m not sure it will work as a full wall installation but selecting from their vast catalogue of options is sure to be a fun challenge. I think we are going to go with one large print that will be the statement piece for the room!!! Can’t wait to share more!





Images Via: Black Crow Studios



Here is a better look at one of the idea boards for the space. I can’t decide what piece I like better but either way, the wallpaper will be stunning!



Bachelor Pad {Master Sneak Peek}

This past fall was super busy around The Studio. I have had a handful of projects hit the finish line, and that means photo shoot time!  Most of them are in the final stages of editing and I can’t wait to share and add them to my portfolio!  Today I thought I would share a few pics from a master bedroom on one of the projects.  This room screams “man cave” and I am obsessed with the custom black walnut headboard!  Soaring ceilings with wood beams, stone for days, plaster walls and tons of great texture make this master the perfect get away for my bachelor client!

With a few pieces of fabulous art, we were able to bring in color, movement and texture that bring that extra something to the room. Since my client’s favorite color is red, we used touches of the color with the art and accent pillows. I didn’t want the red to take over so used modern fabrics like the red croc pattern on the king shams and for the bench at the end of the bed.  And what bed doesn’t look perfect with a luxurious fluffy throw blanket? I LOVE this Bella Throw from Peacock Alley, it keeps the room on the masculine side while still adding a soft touch!  And while we are talking soft and fluffy…how about that gorgeous Alpaca Rug from The Rug Company?  My client loved it so much, we used it in the bar area and in another bedroom!





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Weekend Window {Case Work}

Organization is huge for me. It’s a big part of how I manage the wide variety of tasks I juggle everyday! Over the past few months I’ve been in the process of reorganizing my office. It’s been super exciting and totally overwhelming all at once! Part of the challenge has been achieving organization and functionality while also improving the aesthetics of the space and creating an area where I can feel inspired as well as productive. Today’s round-up is a collection of case pieces that I think would be great solutions for this challenge in any space!




1. Regency Etagere 2. Turquoise Night Stand 3. Mirrored Chest 4. Westmoreland Cabinet 5. Alexander Console

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A little Neon

I love the bold statement that neon can make in a room. Of course it makes a big impression even if it’s only in small doses. Bright, bold and a new  take on the term “pop of color”. I’m not sure I could ever live with a ton of it for long, but I sure love the way it is showing up all over the place.


Image Via: Gansevoort Park


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Image Via: Diane Bergeron Interiors


Image Via: Life Unstyled


Image Via: Cubeme


Image Via: Atelier Abigale Aheren





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Spring Thrift Studio

It’s here!! Dwell With Dignity has launched it’s second Thrift Studio here in Dallas and it is full of fabulous finds!  The Thrift Studio Launched on April 14, 2012 and this time it is located in the Dallas Design District.

Last year I had the honor of participating in the first Thrift Studio that is not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE with four other local designers. You can see more from the first event HERE and HERE.

Thrift Studio is a bi-annual 30 day pop up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public. All proceeds to benefit the future work, growth, organization and structure of Dwell with Dignity!

Here’s what you need to know:
This is a pop-up thrift store concept open from April 14th – May 12th, Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM – 5:30PM.  Sunday noon- 5:00PM.
It is located at 1250 Slocum Drive, Suite 550 in the Design Center

Get ready to see incredible designer and thrifty finds at deep discounts! Peruse vignettes designed by Dallas top designers and retailers. Participants include:

TLC Contract
Container Store
Michelle Nussbaumer
Melissa Woody
David Cadwallader

Don’t miss the Peacock Alley pop-up within a pop-up!


Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the Shop. If you are in the Dallas area, you  must stop by!








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Guest Blogging – Get The Look

I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Tobi Fairley once again.  So today, I thought I would share two rooms from my portfolio that receive the most “where can I find that?” questions. A classic black & white design scheme with bold graphics, pops of color and glamorous accessories. Head over to Tobi’s blog to see how you can “get the look”!


mage Via: Studio Ten 25 / Melanie Johnson Photography

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Weekend Window {Life Aquatic}

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An Obsession With Butterflies

I have been thinking about butterflies quite a bit lately.  Since it is Spring in Texas, they are everywhere.  Seeing them flutter around brings happiness to our back yard…especially when our Brittany Spaniel Caddo hops up trying to catch them.  Using butterflies in interiors can be fun in children’s rooms and a fabulous focal point or accessory in a living room or bedroom. Here are a few of my favorite images…I hope they bring happiness to you today!


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Image Via: Pure Design



Image Via: Home Architecture Trend



Image Via: DecorPad



Image Via: Kyle Bunting



Image Via: Living Etc.



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Image Via: PBC Style