Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pull Up A Seat... The Dining Room is Complete

 The Hip Family Dining Room is complete and I am so excited to share the pictures with you!   It is an elegant and fresh space where the family can entertain and a jaw dropping first impression since it is the first room you see upon arriving to the home.  I kept the color scheme monochromatic using different shades of silver but in a variety of textures to keep it special.  By introducing pops of color in the art, center piece, and flower arrangements the room gets a little spunk.  

Thank you Andrew Slaton Photography for the great shots!
 The polished table top and metal tones contrast beautifully with the rich velvet and silk tones to keep your eye interested.  
 The drapery tassel is the beautiful chain I salvaged from the decorative light fixtures!  Since the ceiling height is 8 feet, it couldn't be used.  Instead they were re-purposed as an unexpected element in the space.  For the center piece and art I added a little bit of fun and punchy color to keep the space from feeling too serious.  After all this is a REAL family and it needed to reflect the hip youthfulness they exude!
The family wanted a space they could use without worrying about the occasional spill, so everything had to be durable and cleanable.  The table top is made out of white quartz which is completely stain/maintenance free and the chairs are covered in a stain resistant fabric that has a rich texture.
Another great pop of color is added with a floral arrangement standing out against the elegant collection of silver, crystal and wood candlesticks.  A beautiful multifaceted mirror sets the perfect backdrop while reflecting more light into the space.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fashionable Fall: Ethnic Pattern

The weather is finally changing! More so in other parts of the country but we are slowly cooling off in Dallas.  With that comes the opportunity to spice up your wardrobe with some new fall trends.  You don't have to look hard through a magazine or out shopping to see that, as usual, home and fashion trends are falling in line with each other. 

Fashion Inspiration: Ethnic Pattern

One of my favorite trends is ethnic patterns.  So, when you grab your new patterned cardigan to spice up your wardrobe, grab some of these fun home accessories too!

Home Accessory
Fun letterpress coasters are an easy way to add a cozy sweater vibe. Shop on Etsy for these guys.

Nothing says "Winter" like stock piled fire wood in a chic container....Whether you actually burn said fire wood is totally up to you.... West Elm

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fab 5 on Five: Faux Doe

Everyone has favorites.  The "go to" places or things that are always the right fit for their sensibilities.  Designers are no different!  If asked, they have a list of favorites for any category in design, whether it's their favorite show stopping sofas or their most coveted accessories. 

Below is another installment of a monthly "Fab 5 on Five", a compilation of my favorite things on the fifth of each month.   In honor of the opening day of hunting season, this month it's faux animal heads.  No rifle required. 

Faux Doe Installment:
 One: Cozy sweater deer by Artist Rachel Denny

Two: Ok, this isn't a deer, but I found it during shark week.
Three: Glass illuminated "trophy"
Number Four: Wire coat hanger from Gretel Home

Number Five: Cardboard cut outs from Cardbard Safari