Freshening Up for Spring + Design Promo!

 

I love redecoring my home in the Spring...even if it just means new sofa pillows or accessories around the living areas. It just feels like the right time to freshen things up a bit.

This Spring I have decided to add a fresh pop of color to the inside of our home (which is still a work in progress, so no pictures just yet!). I am, and probably always will be, a neutral, monochromatic kind of girl, but lately I can't keep from coveting anything and everything cobalt blue! I just love the fresh feel of it especially layered over crisp white walls (which I have plenty of in my house)!

cobalt and white
cobalt and white

Rather than bring in the color with fabrics, I've decided to bring it in with ceramics, glass and china. I love the idea of piling blue and white dishes on the white open shelving in our kitchen. I think it will look great with the white subway tile backdrop. And I can't wait to get my hands on some antique ginger jars such as these:

ginger jars
ginger jars

I mean, seriously, this photo is everything to me. The champagne frames, ivory walls, distressed console table, weathered lamp bases and mounted horns....along with these gorgeous Chinese ginger jars...Love. It. And I also love the fact that it feels collected, which leads you to believe that each one of those jars was purchased on some exotic travel adventure.

ginger jars on table
ginger jars on table

And speaking of fresheing up my home for Spring, we are offering another Online Design Board Promo to help YOU freshen up your home as well! $50 off when you book 1 Online Design Board by April 30th and $125 off when you book 2!

Here is one of our latest designs which we completed for a little girl's room last week. I love a sophisticated little girl's room!

Brooklyn Big Girl Room
Brooklyn Big Girl Room
Brooklyn FP
Brooklyn FP

Our Online Design Boards come complete with:

1. a scaled furniture floor plan

2. a mood board

3. a detailed specifications / shopping list

For more questions or to get started, email us at design@awelldressedhome.com. To see more, visit our Online Design Board Portfolio!

 

Client Project Reveal: Little Hadley's Room

 

Last week we revealed the Pearson's Living Room, and today we are excited to reveal their little girl's room! Miss Hadley is the cutest, but her room was quite the challenge as it is just under 10'x10'.... Literally the smallest room we have ever had the privledge of designing. Her Mom asked that we incorporate a full sized bed and, of course, fabrics that her little munchkin could grow into. We were up for the challenge!

Here is Hadley's Room Before:

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hadley before

And here is Hadley's newly designed room:

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2376

Seriously...could you die for that monogrammed headboard? We had it custom made and incorporated her mongram with the most perfect cursive font.

And hanging her drapes high and wide makes her window feel so much larger.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2388

Fabric lined baskets provide hidden storage for her favorite books and stuffed animals.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2397

Drum shades trimmed with dusty pink pom poms and a bedskirt decked in ruffles. LOVE.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2410

And all topped off with a dainty crystal chandelier.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2415

It's amazing how a lighter paint color can make a room feel that much bigger.

Thank you to the Pearsons for allowing us to take on this project! We can't wait until next week when we reveal their new Study!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Pearson Living Room

 

We are so excited to reveal this project to you all today! This 1920's Tudor home is nestled in a quiet little pocket of the ever-popular Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a dining, study and kitchen. It embodies the original hardwoods throughout, as well as original doors and gorgeous stained glass windows. The Pearsons - the most adorable family of 4 - just moved to Dallas from out of state. They were ready for their new house to feel like a home and their first priority was the living room, which is the first room you see when you enter the home. They wanted ample seating, comfort, style and durabililty. It was essential to them for us to incorporate our signature style of light, bright fabrics and to accessorize with pieces that make the space feel sophisticated.

Here is a peek at what the living room looked like when the Pearsons first moved into their new home:

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lr before

Here is the newly designed space:

Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room

The neutral color palette not only lends a sense of calmness to the room, but it also also allows the enormous, colorful stained glass window to take center stage.

The plaid sofa pillows were the perfect dose of "preppy" and the Mary McDonald geometric print on the ottoman introduces just the right amount of modern.

Did you spy the Jonathan Adler sconces over the fireplace? The pairing of black and brass in this piece is to die for!

And incase you are wondering how in the world they are going to keep all of the furnishings spot free... Alli and I carefully selected fabrics that will stand up to absolutely any inevitable mess for the sofa, chair and bergere seat cushions. And the other fabrics, you ask? We had those treated by one of our fave companies here in Dallas.

We can't wait until next week when we get to reveal another design project we completed for the Pearsons!

***due to client design agreements, we are unable to share any sources for our designs***

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Our Top 5 Spring/Summer Must Haves!

 

I totally should have shared this with you when the story actually ran, which was over a MONTH ago...Yikes! Our Top 5 Spring/Summer picks for 2013 via CelebrityStyleGuide.com! I'd have to say my fave is the lucite Glamor Bench, especially for the price!! Hellooooo...they might as well GIVE the bench away!

Better late than never, right?! Story of my life...

PR Celebrity Stylist A Well Dressed Home 5.3.13
PR Celebrity Stylist A Well Dressed Home 5.3.13

Also, I haven't shared any of our Online Designs with you recently, so I pulled a few of my faves out of last month's archives to share with you today!

Horling Living Room ODB (1)
Horling Living Room ODB (1)
Dean Family Room ODB (2)
Dean Family Room ODB (2)
Vicki Smith Master Bedroom ODB
Vicki Smith Master Bedroom ODB

And I'm pretty much dying over this one for Baby Blake's Big Boy Room!

Blake's Big Boy Room
Blake's Big Boy Room

Our Online Design Boards include scaled furniture floor plans as well as a specifications list, which makes it so easy to pull the room together yourself! If you are interested in an Online Design Board, send us an email at design@awelldressedhome.com!

 

Client Project Reveal: Master Bedroom Retreat

 

Over the past year and a half I have mentioned this client's "forever home" project a handful of times... As previously mentioned, this home is a new construction and was completed about 3 months ago.

While I had the pleasure of selecting the furnishings for the Living Room and Master Bedroom on my own, I was lucky enough to be asked to "hand hold" throughout the construction process. In other words, my client felt confident in her vision of the home (she has ah-mazing taste!), but asked me to accompany her to the design meetings to help her make decisions on finishes such as flooring, wall tile, counter tops, etc to ensure that her selections corresponded with her vision.

The most exciting part of that particular process was the master bath and kitchen, hands down....you'll see why later in this post!

Ok, back to the Master... We had the furnishings installed about a month ago and finally had the chance to have it photographed yesterday. Here is the photo of the fireplace wall during the construction process....

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curry before mb

My client's aspiration was to have a monochromatic, serene, sophisticated master retreat where her and her husband could truly relax and unwind.

Here is the finished product...

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AWDH Curry MB5
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AWDH Curry MB6
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AWDH Curry MB2

I'm slightly obsessed with the cozy little sitting area by the fireplace. Oh, and the door to the right of the fireplace leads out to a private balcony, which they plan to make a breakfast area... I know, right?! The best part is that their master bedroom is on the second floor and has the most amazing tree top views!

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AWDH Curry MB1

And behind those french doors to the left of the sitting area is their master bath....

AWDH Curry Bath
AWDH Curry Bath

We haven't quite nailed down all of the accessories for the bath yet.....we are still on the hunt for a little gold table to put next to the tub for bath salts, etc. BUT we did recently find the most amazing grey tufted bench with lucite legs, which will settle against a long wall that leads to the walk in closets.

We are scheduled to have her living room photographed next week....so I'll give you a peek into her fabulous kitchen at that time. Think, GRAY cabinets! Yes, it's fabulous!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

 

Before & After: A Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal

 

When I posted little Miss K's "big girl" room reveal last month, I mentioned that she had a baby brother on the way and that I had the honor of designing his nursery. I'm happy to say that baby Dex has arrived and has settled quite nicely into his new room, and today I am excited to show it to you! Oh, and did I mention we only had about 6 weeks to pull the room together?!

Here is the room before the transformation:

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The mommy to be wanted to keep a queen sized be in the nursery so that she could comfortably sleep in there with the baby when needed.

Her only other request was to have a cool, calming color palette so that the room would feel peaceful and serene.

And here is baby Dex's new nursery...

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1 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I chose to do a fun khaki and white stripe on the main wall and to paint the other three walls in a sea foam.

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3 AWDH Dex's Nursery

We had the headboard custom made to match the wall color and we used the same fabric on the crib bumper to keep everything cohesive.

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2 AWDH Dex's Nursery
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4 AWDH Dex's Nursery
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5 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I'm in love with the white owl garden stool...it was actually a HomeGoods find!

A great big thanks to my client for trusting me with her baby boy's nursery! This was a fun project!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Before & After: A Little Girl's "Big Girl" Room Reveal

 

Remember when I teased you with this project sneak peek a couple of months ago? Well, I am excited to reveal it in it's entirety today! It's a fairly dramatic "before & after," which is always fun!

This family of 5....make that family of 6 (as of yesterday!!), resides in one of Dallas' most historic neighborhoods. They recently moved here from Denver and are excited to begin making this 1930's sprawling ranch style house their home. We started with their little girl's room, which was most likely the former owner's little boy's room as it was covered top to bottom with blue, blue and more blue.

Here are pictures of the space before the transformation:

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My client's desire was to have a room that her little girl could grow into... something fun and frilly, yet sophisticated and versatile.

And here is this lucky little girl's room now...

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 1

I adore the fresh white walls paired with the pink ceiling...I thought it was a bit unexpected.

And notice the black closet doors? Yes, they are the exact doors that I have in my house...right down to the added molding and the paint color (which you can read about HERE)...they add that touch of sophistication that we were looking for.

AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 3
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 3

Most of you are aware of my love for symmetry, so we opted for 2 twin beds, so that little Miss K could accomodate over night guests... The headboards were custom made at an exagerated height of 70" to create a bit of drama.

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4
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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 5
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room

Miss K is thrilled with her new big girl room....now if we could just get her to actually sleep in there instead of bunking with her brothers down the hall :-)

Oh, and as I mentioned, this family recently became a family of six....they welcomed their sweet baby boy yesterday! Congrats G family! And guess who had the pleasure of designing their baby boy's nursery?! Yep! Another super fun project for this family! I promise to have photos to you within the next couple of weeks!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Before & After Dining Room Make Over Reveal

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving...I know I did, and I now have a waistline to prove it. Ugh. Anyhoo, it's back to the grind around here... and today I'm excited to finally show you this dining room project in its entirety! I was so lucky to have, yet again, extremely amazing clients who were so much fun to work with. I'm not sure how I get so lucky!

From the very beginning of this project, my client expressed that she wanted an inviting space with a pop of color... after working with her for only a few days, I began to realize that she desired a bit of a vintage feel, which I was really excited to incorporate into the design.

If you missed last week's post on the antique hutch that we used for the space, check it out HERE.

Below is the "before" picture of my client's dining room...

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V Dining Before 1

And here is the after...

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1 A Well Dressed Home Dining After
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5 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

We opted for 4 x-back chairs and a bench to help that side of the dining room feel more open to the adjoining living room.

Another shot of the dining area before the make over...

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V Dining Before 2

And after...

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10 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
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2 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

I loved styling the hutch...and we did so on a budget as everything on the shelves is from HomeGoods or was on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today... I can't wait to show you sneak peeks of a few of the projects I'm in the midst of right now! I promise to do so asap!!

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Before & After: Dining Room Gone "Restoration Glam"

 

To say that I've been crazy busy since the end of my maternity leave is an understatement, which is why I'm so excited about today's post. It feels great to finally reveal one of my latest projects, and the best part is that there is a lot more to come over the next few weeks!

This particular Dining Room project was supposed to start last Spring, but my unexpected hospital bed rest with the twins kinda threw a wrench in those plans...ya think? Luckily my clients were in no hurry, so it was the first project on my list as soon as I was back in full swing.

Their desire was to have a tailored, Restoration Hardware-esque feel....something casual, but still formal enough for those special occasions.

Here is the Dining Room before the make over...

Barber Dining Before
Barber Dining Before

And here is the dining room today!

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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 8
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 4
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 6
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 3
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 2
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 2
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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 1

photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

A big thanks to Laura and Adam for being such awesome clients and to Jay of Jay Davis Photography for the awesome photos! I had so much fun working with y'all!

Don't forget to stay tuned for my next reveal!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Online Design Board: Baby Boy Nursery

 

I have 22 Online Design Boards booked for the next 2 months, so get ready, because I plan to post a lot of them! This particular design board is for a return client, Carrie, who is expecting a Baby Boy in October. She had already selected her furniture, so she just needed help with bedding, drapes and accessories.

Her desire was to have a nursery with cool blues and tans, but all of her inspiration pictures had a bold punch of pattern. So here is how I incorporated the two...

Baby Hoppes Nursery Design Board
Baby Hoppes Nursery Design Board

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

 

A Tranquil Master Bedroom Makeover

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of a Master Bedroom Makeover that I worked on last Fall. I had the opportunity to photograph the room this weekend (forgive me - I didn't get as many pictures as I had hoped as this was not my finest hour using my SLR camera).

Anyhow, it was certainly a fun project as the homeowner, Jean, was very involved in selecting many of the items. She even topped off the room with a beautiful chandelier, which was found by her daughter, Jenny, for only $80 at Costco of all places! Can you believe it?!

As a reminder, here is Jean's bedroom pre-makeover:

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DSC04393

And here is her room today:

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We replaced the queen sized four poster bed with a king linen headboard/frame which was adorned with polished silver nail heads.   And the carpet was replaced with sand & finished oak wood floors by Southland Flooring and Remodels.

A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover

And check out this glimpse of Jean's remodeled master bathroom (which she is responsible for designing all on her own!) Who doesn't love a chandelier in their master bath - or anywhere for that matter?!

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Here is what it looked like before the remodel:

Jean's Master Bath Before
Jean's Master Bath Before

I'm loving the brightened look of these rooms...very polished and serene! A love a good master bedroom makeover, don't you?

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

 

Twin's Nursery Specifications

 

Thanks so much for all of your comments on last week's Nursery Reveal post! I became inundated with a plethora of comments and emails from readers wanting to know where I purchased a number of the items in the room. So rather than answer each and every one of you individually, I figured I'd just do a post answering all of your questions at once!

So here we go... See the links to the items at the end of the post.

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Specs Twin Nursery 6
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Specs Twin Nursery 13
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Specs Twin Nursery 9

Here are links to the items noted above:

Puffer Fish and Octopus

Pottery Barn Cordless Roman Shades (LOVE these!)

ZGallerie Marcella Tote

West Elm Ogee Ikat Window Panels (due to the height of the windows I had to hem the drapes, so I opted to hem them from the top by cutting the grommet portion off of the panel so that I could hang the panels with drapery hooks)

Mirrored Accent Table

ZGallerie Stella Mirrored Frames (Of course I had to have these after seeing that they were called "Stella" frames!)

Estelle Chandelier from Home Depot (and yet again HAD to have this chandelier once I saw it was named the "Estelle" Chandelier!) *Note: I added extra crystals to this chandelier*

Please let me know if I missed anything!

 

Sneak Peek: My New Tufted Dining Chairs

 

A couple of months ago, I finally pulled the trigger on the dining chairs from Overstock that I posted about back in December. I knew I had to have them when I ordered what I thought were very similar chairs from the Weirs Outlet for a client's dining room... I "conveniently" had her chairs delivered to my house before installation, and tested them out around my own dining room table...I was immediately sold! I actually wasn't even aware that they were the EXACT same chair until my Overstock chairs were delivered...I just figured they were very similar.

Crown Top Dining Chair
Crown Top Dining Chair

A few months later, after seeing this particular chair all over blogland, I knew I needed to act fast as I suspected they would sell out in no time. I was right!

I thought I scored big when I purchased my client's chairs from Weirs Outlet at $200 a piece until I ordered mine from Overstock on sale for $93 a piece -- plus free shipping!

Unfortunately, I don't have great photos of my new dining chairs in action just yet. As I stated in last week's post, I had planned on photographing many of my recent projects before my due date in May, but this unexpected hospital bed rest has really thrown things off track. However, I promise to get pics posted asap! Here is a not-so-great sneak peek from an iPhone pic to hold you over until then...

dining chair sneak peek
dining chair sneak peek

While I am aware that there are similar chairs at local retailers, what I love about these chairs is that the back is very thick with a substantial amount of padding allowing for deep tufting. They were easy to put together (I mean, they were easy for me to watch them being put together by my husband :-)) and they are very sturdy! I have no complaints, except for the fact that they are now sold out!

But don't worry, if you are in the market for linen dining chairs, Overstock has other fabulous options for you to choose from such as these:

Pearsall Beige Linen Dining Chairs
Pearsall Beige Linen Dining Chairs
Laurent Sand Nailhead Side Chairs
Laurent Sand Nailhead Side Chairs

So what do you think about Overstock's inventory of dining chairs? Have you seen anything similar for a comparable price??

 

BelAir Studio & Design Grand Opening!

 

I love discovering new design resources, so when I was invited to the grand opening of BelAir Studio in Dallas a few weeks ago, I jumped at the opportunity to scope out all they had to offer!

I was accompanied by Cassie of "Hi Sugarplum," who I'm sure all of you are familiar with. Her witty and creative posts always start my day out right! (This is a picture of Cassie and I at a 2010 Blogger Social...)

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As soon as we approached the store front of BelAir Studio, described as "a collection of home goods, defined by idiosyncratic textures and luxurious use of color," we knew we were in for a real treat! But in true "pregnancy brain fashion," I forgot my camera AND my cell phone....so Cassie was nice enough to lend me her iphone photos, which I wanted to divulge to you today!

I am loving this gorgeous settee! The classic shaped back is covered in a crisp white fabric while the seat is covered in a brindle cow hide...love it!

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BelAir1

Here it is again in a different vignette...

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BelAir3

Bold punches of kelly green throughout the studio...

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BelAir2
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BelAir4
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BelAir5

This citrine washed sitting area was a total show stopper!

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BelAir6

These pictures are only a sampling of what you can find and BelAir Studio! If you are in the market for new furnishings or accessories, I highly recommend you check it out! You can see more of their goodies here on Facebook!

 

ZGallerie Pillows for Less... MUCH Less...

 

Hello all! Yes, I'm still alive... I've been absent in blogland lately because I've been focusing on wrapping up my last 2 clients as well as my last few online design boards before I go on maternity leave. Oh, and let's not forget the nursery...that has kept me super busy as well. As soon as I have all of the final finishing touches on the room I will be sure to post pics!

Speaking of the nursery, I was shopping for a few final accessories in ZGallerie the other day and quickly became distracted by these pillows:

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Geo Pillow 22
Geo Pillow 22

I'm sure you've seen them before...you might have even considered buying them. But in my opinion, at $60 a pop they are a

bit

pricey, don't you think?

So as I made my way to the register (without the pillows), I noticed

these

:

Coordinating cloth napkins...and for only $6.95 a piece? Come on ZGallerie, you're making this

too

easy!

The measurements of the napkins are 20"x20" square...perfect for a substantial pillow. And if you are handy with the sewing machine (which I certainly am not) you could have one of these pillow covers with the pattern on the front

and

back for less than $14. Add the insert and you've got a new ZGallerie pillow for less than $25! In fact, you could make TWO of these pillows for less than the price of ONE of the $60 pillows!

What do you think? Is the savings substantial enough for you to go through the trouble of making the pillow? With the amount of money that we've already sunk into the nursery (

two of everything, remember???

), I would have totally given it a shot. But at the end of the day, the pattern just wasn't working with my already existing items in the nursery.

But if any of you try it, I would love to hear about it and see the end result!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! ZGallerie's Tuxedo Chandelier

 

Today's frugal find was actually discovered by one of my current clients... We are in the process of selecting lighting for her new home, so she has seen almost everything there is to offer over the last few weeks! I know you are all familiar with the fabulous Tuxedo Chandelier from ZGallerie, which retails for $799.00. I remember the first time I saw it in the store, I'm pretty sure my jaw hit the floor. It's gorgeous!

Well, if you are in the market for this legendary piece, today is your lucky day! My client found the exact chandelier HERE at Macy's for only $657.99! And even better...it's on sale through TODAY ONLY for $591.99!

While your perusing, check out this lovely matching sconce...on sale through today for only $105.99!

Let me know if you decide to take advantage of any of these amazing deals...I'd love to see how you incorporate them into your home!

 

2012! Bring. It. On.

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately, I have not had the energy to blog as regularly as I'm used to...my morning sickness has just been too much to handle. But luckily I feel that the nausea might be coming to an end, and it's a good thing because I have SO many projects that I need to hammer out before these babies come! My first project, which I've been thinking about for months, is the twin's nursery. We found out the sex of the babies right before Thanksgiving... Can you guess? One BOY and one GIRL! We are very excited to have one of each! Since then, I have been collecting fabrics, ideas, etc for a gender neutral nursery, and I'd really love to hear your opinions!

My initial idea was to do a vintage-esque, shabby chic-esque, beach cottage-esque design. In my mind, that consists of aquas, linens, and a touch of natural elements. Oh, and a touch of gold to glam it up a bit! So here is a snap shot of option #1...

Nursery Option 1
Nursery Option 1

But after living with the samples for a few weeks, I started to get tired of the "bird" fabric. I thought it might be too vintage, and my husband pointed out that it was very similar to the pillows that we already had in our living room. So in option #2, I replaced the bird fabric with a solid aqua fabric.

Option 2
Option 2

The paint sample on the right is the existing paint color, which I had planned on changing, but I feel like it works with the fabrics. And while I love the subtlety of the colors and fabrics, I felt like this combination might not be bold enough... So...here is what I came up with for option #3...

Option 3
Option 3

I love the charcoal zebra print! To me it's a bit more glamorous than the zebra print in option #2. And again, the paint sample is of the existing paint. I also incorporated a tone on tone houndstooth to add a bit more pattern to the room. BUT...is this color combo too masculine??I figured I could add a feminine touch with mercury glass, crystals, mirrors, etc. Even a touch of pink in an accessory on her side of the room might work. And remember, my interior doors are painted black, so that will add to the sophistication factor.

Oh, and here are a few items that I plan on possibly using in the nursery as well...

French Empire Chandelier
Mirror Find
Mirror Find

So what are your thoughts?? I have GOT to get this nursery nailed down so that I can stop stressing about it!

Another project that I will be focusing on in 2012 is the "forever home" of one of my very first clients! I am soooooo excited about this project as I am working with them on selecting all of the finishes for the home as it is being built from the ground up. Construction starts in March and we have already selected most of the flooring, counter tops, plumbing, etc. When the house is finished in the Fall, I will then help them with soft furnishings. To give you an idea of the style of this home, check out a few of our inspiration pictures... Oh, and try not to fall out of your chair...

EXTERIOR: Gray Stucco, and yes, we plan on incorporating that stunning oval window!

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exterior gray w oval window

INTERIOR: I mean, really? Can it get more beautiful than this?!

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staircase

I will be sure to keep you all updated on this project as we make progress...It's sure to be a jaw dropper!

In the mean time, I'm also working on a nursery for girl twins as well as a handful of online design boards. So I guess you could say that my resolution for 2012 is to kick it into high gear so that I can successfully complete these projects before the babies get here! Wish me luck!

 

Gorgeous Tufted Dining Chairs: My Loss = Your Gain

 

I know, I know...I was totally M.I.A. last week.... So sorry about that! But to make it up to you, I am going to introduce you to something fabulous that I found online a few months ago.... this tufted linen dining chair...  

Crown Top Ivory Linen Dining Chair (Set of 2)

I'll admit, I haven't shared this fabulous find with you until now because, well, I've been selfish and I wanted them for myself! I knew that if I shared them with blogland they would be gone in no time! But, now that I have a nursery to buy for, these beauties have unfortunately moved to the bottom of my priority list...*sigh*

I have been dreaming of linen dining chairs for my dining room table for quite some time... I was especially inspired by this photograph that I've been hoarding away in my inspiration file...

Dining Rooms - ivory tufted dining chairs round dining table rug art tiered chandelier gray walls paint color gray silk drapes rug  Ashley Goforth

I actually ordered these chairs from Overstock about 2 yrs ago...

Becca Linen Dining Chair

....but unfortunately, they are a bit too small for my taste.

The great news about the Crown Top Dining Chair is that I compered the measurements to a very similar (yet more expensive) dining chair that I purchased for a client from a higher end retailer, and the dimensions are exact! They are truly substantial chairs...and the best part??...the price of course... You can score TWO of these lovlies for only $205!!!

Let's have another look, shall we??

Crown Top Ivory Linen Dining Chair (Set of 2)

What do you think about the chairs? I'm hoping one of my readers will purchase these gorgeous chairs...I want to hear all about them so I can live vicariously through you!

 

Think PINK!

 

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  I (obviously) took some time off from blogging to enjoy the holidays.....but I'm back and I'm very excited about what I received in the mail last Friday - the fabric samples for my new office! Yes, 2 weeks later and I'm still obsessing! I ordered the fabrics from premierprintsfabric.com which offers an array of fun prints in happy colors. I knew it would be the perfect resource for my new PINK and white office! Now I'm having trouble deciding on the exact shade of pink...decisions, decisions....

At first I was set on "candy pink / white," which is this very bright, bold pink...

To Amsterdam Collection
To Coral Collection
To Coral Collection
To Zig Zag Collection
To Chipper Collection
To Lulu Collection

But now I'm really leaning towards the "Poppy Pink" fabrics below. The color is a bit softer and a little less adolescent...and I think it would be great paired with pops of hot pink accessories...

To Madison Collection
To Tazo  Collection

I like that this striped fabric contains a touch of the "candy pink" as it allows me to accent the room with touches of that color.

To Terrace Collection
To Avery Collection

So what do you think? Candy Pink or Poppy Pink?

 

Found on Craig's List...Antique Desk

 
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Sooooo...I am still consumed with designing my new home office. My first step was to come up with a color scheme...white, grey and pink...check! This weekend I was on a mission to find a desk. I wanted something antique and super feminine. Something with a lot of character that I could paint bright white. It needed to be on the smaller side since this is going to be my office / guest bedroom. Here is what I had in mind...

....but...I wanted it to be slighting more feminine with a bit more storage.

While perusing Craig's List for the perfect piece, I found this great little antique makeup vanity. The size was right and the shape was feminine and unique. I immediately called the owner and picked it up today for only $200!

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Now I know what you're thinking...it SO low to the ground! But I have a solution for that....I plan to remove the casters and add about 8" to the legs to bring it up to a standard height of 30".

As it turns out, this piece was made in 1930 by a furniture manufacturer right here in Dallas....only a few streets away for our house!

Don't you love all of the detail?

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The best part is that for an additional $200 I came home with  matching dresser which I am going to use as a nightstand next to the bed.

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More feminine detail...

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DSC02868

This office is going to be quite the project....I can picture exactly what I want, but making it all come together will probably take several weeks as I am having custom drapes and pillows made, etc. Either way, I plan to keep you updated on the progress!