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Archive for February, 2013

Art – Finding The Perfect Piece

I have been receiving quite a few emails lately asking about art. Where to find it, how to select it and what options are available.  Art is such a personal decision and you may fall in love with a piece because of the pattern, color or maybe it is an artist that you love. Budget is always a factor and if you don’t have thousands of dollars sitting around in your “art fund”, prints can be a great option. I’m sure there are tons of people out there that are not a fan of budget art, but I find that it allows my client’s to finish off their space with something that they can afford and are completely happy with.

These days, websites like, and even are go to places for affordable art prints. Watercolor, archival paper and even canvas options are available making it super easy for anyone to find a piece that works for them.  I’m constantly being asked by clients to help them find art that is unique and not easily found at every home furnishing store. Today I thought I would show off a few of my favorite art installation and give you a little insight to why we ended up selecting each piece.


We recently installed this custom sized canvas Peacock Print in Blue from Laura Dro over a console table. The space is primarily lavender but we wanted to mix it up a bit with fuchsia and a few bright pops like yellow and a bit of green.  Now we are able to bring in a few accent colors throughout the space and of course create the wow factor for everyone that steps into the space.


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I recently posted details from the new D TV set for D The Broadcast and D Living.  A monochromatic space was the foundation for the set but you know me,  pops of color found their way in. I have been working with Dallas artist Megan Adams Brooks on quite a few fun projects (stay tuned for more on that soon) so when I began to search for art she was my go to girl!  “Fetish” is a gorgeous silk piece with amazing colors  and texture, I would love to see her create a print of this one!  But for now, Megan has a few other print options available HERE.







I am in love with this boutique project! The art pieces we selected completed the space and did their job of pulling it all together. We worked with Black Crow Studios to create this custom sized watercolor piece for the huge blank wall in the back office.  And just to keep the pink going, we brought in the needlepoint Flamingo by Suzy Hoodless from The Rug Company. Sometimes taking a risk pays off and this time…we think it did!








Changing out art with the seasons can be fun too. This sitting room stays minimal in the winter and fall months but boasts a fabulous bold art print (Stairway To Heaven) from Dallas artist Chris Judy. It is pretty masculine but with the soft blues, I was able to tone it down with the Kelly Wearstler Fern Tree pillows.





For the Spring and Summer months, I thought it would be nice to bring in something a bit more feminine.  I toned down the pillows   with a few of my favorites, Wavy Ikat and Baubles Green from Megan Adams and selected something bold in color for the art.  This original canvas painting (Confetti), also from Megan Adams was perfect. I love the bits of yellow, teal and deep fuchsia.





And last but certainly not least is one of of my favorite abstract prints from Austin, TX artist Mary Lee. Red Vim was a pieces we had commissioned for a client’s guest room. We need something as bold and dynamic as the room and since my client loved red, we  new it was a must have!  We loved it so much, that we now have it available as a print in canvas and on archival paper.




Looking for something a little less serious? Here are a few of our favorite pieces from artist that make us happy!! 

Mari Robeson is a killer watercolor artist! Her prints are super chic and the perfect pieces for layering a bookshelf, wall above your desk or to brighten up a tiny powder bath!  We are big fans of her watercolor room illustrations too! You can find more of Mari’s prints HERE.


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Maybe your a fashionista at heart. Stephanie Jimenez creates some of the most stunning fashion illustrations around, we love them so much that we have had her create a few custom pieces for our clients!





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Global Getaway {Magnolia Lamp}

The February/March issue of Cottages & Bungalows is out and we are so excited to see Shop Ten 25’s Magnolia Lamp featured in their “Shop The Look, Global Getaway”.  I love shop the look pieces, they are full of inspiration and easy ideas to create the look without breaking the bank!  The Magnolia lamp has been a Shop favorite and is also available in a chic marine blue color! On a side note, loving the Catalina Duvet Cover and shams from Peacock Alley!!





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Before & After {Fern Tree Dining}

I am so excited to show off the progress in my client’s formal dining room.  The dining room is just off of the main sitting room as you walk in the front door and I am so happy that we decided to go bold with Kelly Wearstler’s Fern Tree wall paper from Schumacher!


fern tree wallpaper



BEFORE:  My client’s had just moved into the house and knew that they were ready to update their existing furniture and lighting and create a fabulous formal dining space. Since the room is off the main kitchen and visible from the moment you walk into the house,  it was time to say good bye to all of the existing pieces and start over!






DURING / ALMOST AFTER: I guess we can’t say this is a true before and after, but we are almost there! The Fern Tree wallpaper was installed last week and it looks GORGEOUS and commands your attention for sure! We are waiting on the stunning carved wood dining table and custom velvet dining chairs to arrive in a few weeks. And with a few more simple yet glitzy touches the formal dining will be absolutely stunning.  You can get a good feel for the direction of the room with this overall look image too.

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Miller - Dining Room - The Look
















And as if the overall look isn’t fabulous enough, the small details that make it complete are pretty fabulous in their own right!  I am so in love with the perfectly lined up covers on the light switch and plug plates. Stay tuned, I can’t wait to share more details of each element as the room comes together!






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Get The Look {Bold & Eclectic}

Not only do I love a pop of bold color, but I am also a sucker for mirrored pieces and shimmery accents. I love the eclectic mix in this room; that yummy green velvet sofa, over the top sconces and a pop of love for the Brits is the perfect eye candy for a Monday morning! Today’s Get The Look is a perfect mix of splurge and steel and you can pull this look together with any budget!



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1. “The Bather” Art   2. Leaf Sconce   3. Adjustable Arm Floor Lamp  4. Green Button Tufted Chaise  5. Silver Moroccan Poof   6. Silver Leafed & Square Mirrored Coffee Table  7. British Ello Ello Ello Pillow   8. Rooster Vase





Weekend Window {Shades of Green}

Unfortunately we have not had much of a winter here in Texas. My daffodils are popping up, our yard is turning green and the trees are starting to do the same.  It feels like Spring most days down here, and then we will get a crummy “cold front”.  I’m ready for the consistent spring temperatures, bright clothing and of course tons of patio time!  Green always makes me think of Spring and today’s Weekend Window boasts a few of our favorite green pieces from The Shop to help run the chilly temps outta here! You can always SHOP BY COLOR for all things green too!



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1.Green Apple Lamp   2. Beautiful Darling Art Print  3. Green Wishbone Chair 4. Green Cordoba Pillow  5. Lime Greek Key Lumbar    6. Palm Springs Green Pillow  7. Chippendale Apple Side Chair 8. Clover Garden Stool 9. Zither Scroll Table

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Styling The Entry {Welcome}

You know that saying about first impressions? Well the same is true for your home. I’m a huge fan of fabulous entryways because they set the stage for the rest of your abode. And they’re the perfect place to show off those little details that make your home uniquely yours. Here are some of my favorite entryways along with some helpful tips for creating a grand entrance in your own home.


This entry is simplistic in style but dynamic in details. We wanted the console table to be the star in the entry so we selected a dark starburst mirror to tie in with the handrail on the stairs as well as the warm espresso hardwood floors.  My client loved turquoise so instead of going bold, we used subtle variations of the color with the storage box accessories and graphic lampshades.



 Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25




Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25




On the other end of the spectrum is this beauty. I love all of the over the top details, sparkle and drama of this entry.  We began layering the space with this gorgeous Radnor wallpaper from Osborne & Little . The subtle yet traditional pattern became instantly chic because we selected the metallic finish.  A black lacquered console helped to ground the space and also worked perfectly with the dark hardwood floors.


 Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



 Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


The details came together beautifully and the overall look is a perfect blend of modern glam that we were after.  Sometimes you just have to roll with pieces you love and as you begin to layer the space, you edit…edit…edit until it feels right visually.  If you really take a good look at this console, you will see how simplistic the overall design really is.

The Elexis lamps help to brighten up the dark console table and tie in with the wall color used throughout the rest of the home. We grounded the space with another neutral element…the rug! I love the contrast of the graphic pattern and how it really does tie in with the overall feel.


  Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



 Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25


The starburst mirror is bold and doesn’t take away from the wallpaper, but helps to bounce a bit of light around in the dark entry. The x benches have to be one of my favorite elements. We had the made with a custom silver leafed finish from JC’s Upholstery and the tops are upholstered in Schumacher’s Glimmer in Mineral fabric to keep the glitz going! But you can find a few options HERE and HERE.


 Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25



Image Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

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It’s In The Details

Making it to the end of a project and seeing it all come together is one of the best feelings to me. We recently photographed one of the latest Studio projects and I couldn’t wait to share the details.  My client has a fabulous collection of Chinese Art Deco Rugs. The rugs are a mix of vibrant colors, and traditional motifs, and completely bold. They command your attention as well as a need for bold color and fabulous accessories!  So we brought simplistic basics with all of the furniture and tied it all together with the pillows, lighting and little details around the house. Can’t wait to share this one!


















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D TV {The Set}

I am ecstatic to finally share a few photos from my latest project! I’ve never created a set for a TV show before, so designing the new set of D Living and D: The Broadcast brought on a lot of new, unexpected challenges for me.  I was glued to the TV yesterday morning to see the two new shows launch and of course to check in on the set that has been a major part of my new year!









I wanted the set’s Living Space to feel cozy and contemporary. But more importantly, I wanted it to have the “D” look that their readers have grown to love and expect.  One of my favorite elements is this custom modular sofa from JC’s Upholstery Dallas, we spend many hours pulling the details together and I am in LOVE with it!  The Amli Lemon and Key Aqua pillows from The Rug Company add some fun color and texture and I love that they are a bit oversized too.  We got the perfect coffee table and side tables from Adriana Hoyos and I can’t wait for the new showroom to open in The Dallas Design District this month!  The stunning silk artwork from Dallas artist Megan Adams Brooks adds a sophisticated burst of color (P.S. her prints and pillows are now available at Shop Ten 25).





The area between the Living Space and Kitchen needed some love, so we installed a great accent wall from Total Design & Mfg Dallas.  And you know no room is complete without a gorgeous rug, so we brought in the Catella rug from The Rug Market  to pull it all together.







We also created a Talk Table area for the hosts. I know this is my first Talk Table and all, but I think this table from Adriana Hoyos looks fantastic in this space. The ladies look fabulous in front of the new downtown Dallas backdrop, I love the big red “D” logo too! And you know I had to throw in a few antlers, this time they are painted a silver metallic and were the perfect finishing touch to dress the coffee table.






This sleek, ultra-modern kitchen from Poggenpohl Dallas looks great, and we added some finishing touches to make it feel more lived in (and a little less sterile). Now local chefs have a place to whip up a yummy meal and show us all of their inside tricks!








D The Broadcast  airs at 9 a.m.  and D Living at 10am weekdays on KTXD/Channel 47, which is also on U-Verse, DirecTV, and Dish Channel 47; Time Warner Channel 24; Verizon Channel 18 and Charter Channel 22. You can watch the show on KTXD’s website and take a look at the opening HERE…the ladies look gorgeous and so does that fabulous Adriana Hoyos sofa!!!  You can also see Tim Rogers review of the first show HERE…make sure you pay close attention to the part where he says “the sets looked great, especially the kitchen.”  I may not have gotten a shout out, but I am on cloud nine to see that the set is getting great reviews!!!


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Get The Look {Parisian Hot Pink}

I love a pop of pink and today’s Get The Look shows a way to pull the color in to a space with one fabulous piece! Of course the sleek lighting, gorgeous detailing on the pillows and classic chevron rug help to pull the overall look together too.  Our home does not have a true entry space, I would love to be able to set up a settee, console or have a huge floor to ceiling mirror to greet my guest. What do you think? Could you go bold with pink in your entry?






1. Hannah Gold Leafed Sconce  2. Sellersbrook Pillow  3. Hollywood Pillow  4. Athens Yellow Pillow  5. Chevron Blue Rug  6. Parisian Pink Loveseat  7. Black Floor Mirror

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Weekend Window {Exotic Influence}

I love bold bold colors, especially when they are mixed with gorgeous textures and graphic patterns! Today I thought it would be fun to  go towards an exotic influence and show off a few of my favorite bold pieces from The Shop.  This look can be bold or go a little more towards the reserved and toned town side too. Do you love the bold look? Or are you more attracted to the subtle side?




Weekend Window - Exotic Influence





SHOP THE LOOK:  1. Caravan Camel  2. Caravan Elephant  3. Teal Bamboo Wingback Chair  4. Malachite Etoile Pillow  5. Orange Peacock Pillow  6. Fuchsia Graphic Pillow  7. Pistachio Linen Stool  8. Gold Oval Mirror

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