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This month’s Dallas Morning News Home Team feature is all about creating a work space that works.

“Outfitting a workspace inside your home that allows for equal parts productivity, inspiration and style. Form and function are key whether you tackle your responsibilities in a nook, at a table that does double duty, or in a room reserved for working. With a stylish setup, taking care of business might not seem like such a chore.”

 

Here are my tips on transforming any space into a workspace that works for you!

Having a layout that functions for how you will work and use the space is key. First, make a list of everything you’ll need: desk, storage, additional seating. And when shopping for those pieces, make sure to consider size and scale. Ditch the boring organizational tools, and think outside the box and bring in pieces that add color and pattern as well as function.

Stackable boxes corral smaller office supplies, while baskets can be used to hide paper or other supplies and look clean when placed on shelves.

 

 

 

We used a dining table that could double as a conference table for meeting as well as a place for one or two people to have a place to work when they needed to pull out the laptop. Comfortable seat cushions, colorful accessories and bold art created the bright and glam work space that our client was after.

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Image: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25

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This home office needed to accommodate a husband and wife that would be sharing the space. He wanted a basic desk that he could easily layout his work and a comfortable desk chair. She wanted bold color, pattern and all of the happy elements to give the room a good energy for being creative when she worked. I think we were able to give them the perfect mix of function and fabulous!

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I love this time of year, the transition from Spring to Summer is always fun in Texas. Before the extreme heat sets in, we get a little bit of Spring weather, afternoon showers and plenty of opportunities to spend time outside without sweating too much. Memorial Day weather can be a toss up, but its a great time to become motivated and update your outdoors space.  Since we are close to tearing the roof off of our home for it’s remodel, I have no yard, patio or deck to style for the holiday weekend…boo. BUT, I have pulled a few of my favorite pieces to inspire you to bring a little Summer fun to yours.

It’s amazing what a new umbrella, a few bright pillows and accessories can do to liven up your space after it has been through the winter months. These easy pieces are affordable, fun and the perfect way to have you entertaining in style in no time!

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And, we can’t have an outdoor post without sharing one of our outdoor projects. I love this downtown Dallas rooftop, its the perfect example of how the right pieces can transform an outdoor space easily and without breaking the bank too! Stay tuned, next week we will share more of or favorite outdoor spaces from The Studio!!!

>Outdoor Seating Set | Black & White Outdoor Rug | Outdoor Floral Watercolor Pillows | Carpe Diem Pillow | Love Seat (ON SALE) |Coffee Table |  Orange Tray & Here | Orange Side Table<

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I am excited to be a part of Peacock Alley’s Designer Bed Series thrilled to share my curated look for the Month of May.  I wanted to create a look that could be used in the guest bedroom of our soon to be remodeled home and instantly fell in love with the Navy Tailored Pique Duvet and shams .

To often, guest bedrooms receive the left over pieces from bedrooms past and are not the priority when selecting new linens. So creating a look with an overall classic feel was the right place to start. Incorporating a hint of the bright fuchsia accents with the throw, abstract art and accessories bring a glamorous and well styled element to the tailored Pique Collection.  If your in the Dallas Design District stop by to see my look in person, it will be set up through the month of May! Shop the look with the pink links below!

 

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Navy Temo Sheets | Tailored Navy Pique Duvet & Shams |  Mandalay Navy Linen Bedskirt

Fuchsia Throw  | Pink Agate Pillow  | Navy Velvet Pillows Or Ombre Velvet Pillows |  Pink Glamazon Lamp

Acrylic Box Blue Agate  | Bold Art | Metallic Cowhide Rug | Small Benches | Nesting Tables

 

 

 

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Navy Temo Sheets | Tailored Navy Pique Duvet & Shams |  Mandalay Navy Linen Bedskirt

Fuchsia Throw  | Pink Agate Pillow  | Navy Velvet Pillows Or Ombre Velvet Pillows |  Pink Glamazon Lamp

Acrylic Box Blue Agate  | Bold Art | Metallic Cowhide Rug | Small Benches | Nesting Tables

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I can’t wait for our remodel to be complete, although it will be about a year before we are able to officially move back into our home. More on all of that later! It will be so fabulous to finally host Thanksgiving, entertain friends and use all of the pretty trinkets that I have been stockpiling a few of them. Accessorizing a table is something I love doing, and being able to create a gorgeous place for my friends and family to enjoy time with each other over a great meal fills my heart with joy. Lately, I have had a wee bit of an obsession with napkin rings…maybe it’s because our dining table is in storage. They are after all, one of my favorite finishing touches on a well dressed table. Here are my top picks.

 

 

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  1. Golden Glam Napkin Rings  2.Quartz Cuff Napkin Ring  3.Beauty & The Beast Napkin Rings  4. Malachite Napkin Ring  5. Gold Ring Moonstone Napkin Ring 6. Jade Tassel Napkin Ring  7. Turquoise Coral Napkin Ring

 

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High Point Market, the largest furniture trade show in the world  just wrapped up it’s Spring market a few weeks ago and we are excited to share a few of the new pieces making their way to Shop Ten 25 soon!  Brass, bold pattern, Pink, minerals and texture are here to stay and we are pretty happy about that. Some of these gorgeous pieces have already landed in The Shop, while a few of them will be making their way to our warehouse very soon! Have a look at what’s new and what’s next from The Shop!

 

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Yes, pink is my favorite color. But pink, like any other color can go way wrong. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to incorporate pink in any space. There really is no trick to getting the color right, I think its all about what works for you and how willing you are to push the pretty hue in just the right direction.

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Not ready to make a full commitment to the color? Art is a great way to bring in shades of pink and if you play your cards right, it won’t feel too girly at all. Warmer variations of pink work well with crisp white and throwing a bit of lavender, yellow and brass in the mix will make it feel more sophisticated. I love the way the modern console balances out the abstract art while the frilly tray adds a neutral texture. The glass lamps are a perfect choice and finishing touch to the vignette too, the linen shades and tassels keep them from being lost in the grouping.

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Mirrored Console | Similar Pink Chair | Turquoise Lamp

Now this is girl pink done right…but we are a little partial to this one. We designed the lobby of this lash studio to make women feel pretty and give them a place full of sparkly trinkets to take in as they wait for their appointment. We used Benjamin Moore’s Honey Hut on the walls, a soft pink with a warm undertone that complimented the hardwood floors well.

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I love this bold look. The graphic tile on the floor, channel detailing on the chairs and brass accents are all perfect together. Commercial spaces like this restaurant can pull off going over the top because we love to be wowed when dining out…or at least I do. I am always in awe of how restaurants push the limits of design.

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Bed (We had it recovered in pink velvet) | Black and White Drapes | Mirrored Nightstands | Black & White Art | Amethyst Lamp | Pink Boxes

This master bedroom is just… I love when client’s are on board with pushing the limits of design! The silk velvet headboard is stunning, but not the only showstopper in the room. A black and white striped loveseat, amethyst lamps and dashes of gold throughout the room created the perfect “Barbie Dream Home” as our client calls it.

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Pink Overdyed Rug | Orange Chair | Acrylic Coffee Table | Ivory Love Seat | Gold Shelf

I love how the bold deep pink over dyed rug grounds the other bold pieces in this office. Orange, ivory and leopard print mix perfectly together and the pink in the room creates a confident design that is still very playful.

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It is totally cliche to go with pink in baby girl’s nursery, but it doesn’t have to be boring. We used Valspar’s Zephyr Pink on the walls and built the boho vibe from there. We added turquoise, coral and bits of yellow to the color palette to keep the soft pink walls from taking over.

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Pink is always a good idea when used in a dressing room or closet designed only for her. This dressing room and closet was inspired by the 1960’s British TV show Thunderbirds and designed by Christopher Peacock for the Kips Bay Show House in 2014. I think I love the deep pink lacquered walls the most!

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Grey Sofa | Chairs | Rug | Mirrored Side Table | Pendants

Pink was the color of choice for our client’s office. The space needed to serve many functions for her clothing boutique but first and foremost, it needed to have lots of pretty pink elements. The large scale watercolor canvas was custom made by Black Crow Studios and it set the tone for the room. A pink chandelier brought the color up in the room and added a little sparkle.

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Finding affordable pieces for my bachelors has always been a challenge. They want their place to be stylish and don’t mind making the investment on the key pieces, but are not always ready to blow out the budget on everything. Men are big on function, and if it just happens to look cool they are good with that too.
Moving out the overstuffed faux leather sofas, futons and stinky recliners can make install day tough for a bachelor set in his ways. But I have found a source for pieces that will have them sinking into the sofa, kicking their feet up and not feeling like everything the loved was just ripped away from them.

Enter Article, formally Bryght! Modern and Mid-Century pieces that are well made and actually comfortable. I love the mix of leathers, durable fabrics in great color palettes and sleek accents. Oh, and the prices are spot on for keeping the budget in check. I pulled a few pieces from the line in this bachelor inspired man cave, I think he’s going to love!!  Shop the look below.

 

 

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Sven Green Sofa | Mara Pendant | Gold Sticks Art | Dhoni Brown Suede Pillow | Tarak Leather Pillow | Antler Mounts | Whyr Walnut Coffee Table | Worthington Leather Chair | Dallas Chandelier | Amber Agate Pillow |Cararra Marbled Pillow

Can we please just stop…and take a moment with this sofa?

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It’s not secret that I am a little bit obsessed with my two fur babies, Caddo & Ivy. My “girls” as I often call them are my Studio buddies and remind me when it’s time to take a break. If I could take them with me everywhere, I probably would but not everyone loves puppies like I do.  So, for all of you fur moms out there, I wanted to share one of my favorite gifts for Mother’s Day that I am giving to the 3 Moms in my life this year.

Framebridge has become one of my favorite places to frame images, especially when pulling together the final touches for a client’s home. Just upload your favorite image, pick your frame, the size and you have a fabulously framed image ready to hang! I LOVE that they can link to your Instagram account to download images, nothing better than an edited and filtered pic ready to go!

I may have gotten one for myself..you know..because the girls can’t use the internet and they don’t have a credit card! If you a last minute gift shopper, you have until May 1st to get your order just in time for Mother’s Day! Here are my favorites!

 

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Acrylic is one of my favorite materials (other than mirrored pieces) to implement in my design projects. It can make a tiny space feel visually open and look larger than it actually is. Acrylic brings similar element to a room like mirrored pieces do. The both keep the light effortlessly moving around in a room and add plenty of chic. I love that acrylic, like mirror compliment all aesthetics.

We are currently in the beginning of our remodel and I am starting to pull furniture and fabric elements that we will need for each room. An acrylic four poster bed is on my wish list…but we will have to see how the budget lands. You know how it goes…and extra $500 here and another $1500 for that unexpected replacement pipe. So, we will see how it all shakes out. But, if you have been looking for a bed that will knock your socks off….I have pulled a few of my favorites below. How fab is the acrylic crib?!

 

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Looking for the right light fixture to glam up your space? Our roundup of glitzy pieces will help you find the perfect piece! The Shop is full of fabulous pieces sure to catch your eye, and with code LIGHT you can save 15% on something fabulous for your home until May 1st!

 

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Shop our favorites {Left To Right}

Hanley Flush Mount  | Blossom Pendant |Lexi Magenta Lamp Carletto Pendant  | Nathan Gold LampQuartz Falls Chandelier  | Agate Burst  

 

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