Wash The Winter Blues Away

Posted By MaterialGirls | Mar 24, 2017 | No Comments | Category: Art, Color, Decorating, Walls

Every year Winter hits us (without much warning) like a ton of bricks.  The first snowfall is magical and we’re quickly reminded of all the things Winter has to offer: skiing, sledding, snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm sweaters, fuzzy boots and fires.  It’s certainly a time of year that, although cold —  very, very cold —  can bring a lot of fun through outdoor activities with family and friends.  However,  these long and cold days tend to drag on and on, and as soon as the groundhog sees his shadow (expressing 6 more weeks of winter) I think we’re all ready for that first day of Spring.  With that being said, I was recently inspired by an artist, Kerri Rosenthal, who doesn’t live too far from where I grew up in CT. Her warm, expressive paintings not only bring brightness and cheer to a space but they also have an incredible way of lifting your spirits when you enter the room.  Colors speak volumes and can transform your space and your mood on a cold Winter’s day.  Take a look at some of Kerri’s work below and if your Winter is dragging on like most of us in the NorthEast, it might be time to illuminate your days and remind yourself that Spring is just around the corner.

 

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If these paintings and colors don’t brighten your mood and prepare you for warmer days ahead, I don’t know what will.  Not only will a fresh new painting bring inspiration and happiness to your mind but it will breathe new light in your home – that just might be needing a boost of sunshine.  For more information on Kerri and her artwork you can visit her site here.

 

 





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I was recently introduced to the eBoutique: Perry Clark Home, an online source for unique finds and goods relating to decorative accessories, art, textiles, tableware, furnishings, & more. It’s an artisan influenced of well curated selections.

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Some of my favorite Fall finds and gift giving items are their lush textiles and throws in neutral earthy tones.

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I am loving these Kashwere Houndstooth Luxury Throws. They come in black / cream, slate gray / white, & malt / cream.

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A worldly collection of art featuring architecture and street scenes are available.

Some of the unique tableware items on the site are these:

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I like the rustic and modern look of these pepper and salt mill set. They are made from brushed stainless steel and acacia wood.

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These “dash” and “pinch” salt and pepper cellars are cute too.

 

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On the whimsical side these bicycle plates designed by Artisan Rae Dunn are available in four distinctively designed bikes.

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The rustic theme flows into the furnishings category. This Farmhouse Dining Table is custom made by Sovie Woodworking exclusively for Perry Clark Home. It’s handcrafted of old growth pine reclaimed from a turn of the century barn in Northwest Ohio.

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Last but not least, pretty scented candles always make great gifts!

For more visit Perry Clark Home.





My “Pinch Me” Moment

Posted By MaterialGirls | Mar 24, 2017 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

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A snapshot of the just some of the beautiful flowers on our photoshoot last week for a national magazine – so exciting!  I can’t wait to share this feature, a real “pinch me” moment.  Lauren Haskett Fine Design has been blessed with so many amazing clients over the past almost five years.  We are wrapping up some great projects and are now accepting clients for Spring/Summer 2015.  Please email me at lauren@laurenhaskett.com to inquire about working with us!  We take on all types of projects – single room, renovations, but I have to say my passion is new construction.  I absolutely love getting in at the very early stages and working with the architect, builder, and client to create the perfect home.  Trust me, it’s never too early to call an Interior Designer when planning your new build!  I can only take on a few new constructions at a time so let me know if you are building and would like to talk to me about working together!





Hello fellow Dallasites! Haven’t forgotten about us have you? We apologize for such a long overdue post, but never fear, because we have SO much exciting news to share with you all about what’s been happening with EJ Interiors! We have been busy, busy, busy these last few months focusing on our design projects and trying not to melt in this Texas heat!

EJ Interiors has been fortunate enough to be featured in numerous press articles in recent months! We are so excited to see our hard work showcased this summer in a few different publications and ecstatic to finally be able to share it with all of you. Check out some of the great articles we’ve been featured in and let us know what you think!

In May, we were featured in House Beautiful magazine in their monthly Paint article that showcased a room we designed alongside our advice on choosing the best paint color for a sunny room (definitely helpful during this time of year! You Texans know what I”m talking about 😉

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In June, it was announced that EJ Interiors was one of six winners of the third annual D Home Magazine Life in Color contest! This contest is put on by D Home magazine, Texas Paint and Wallpaper and Benjamin Moore paints. Our client’s quirky “Living End” piano room was featured alongside the other five winner’s rooms. The article was in the July/August 2015 edition of D Home magazine.

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In July, Southern Home Magazine chose an EJ Interiors’ room to grace the cover of their Autumn 2015 issue with a ten page feature. The article, titled “Blue Reveries” showcases the Davidson home, which was updated from a dark and dated space into a modern and colorful space for a wonderful family! We absolutely loved how this one turned out. It’s on newsstands at Target and Barnes and Noble from now until October!

 

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In August, we were featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine alongside other designers chatting about one of our favorite art galleries in Dallas.

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We are so grateful and excited about how this year has gone so far and are looking forward to the next few months of 2015! It’s true what they say, “Design Never Sleeps”, and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for us next! Thank you to everyone who made this year such a successful one here at EJ Interiors, we couldn’t have done it without you. (and we promise that we will be back with some exciting new blog posts here soon!)





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Fall is upon us in Chicago and although I will miss the Summer, I am looking forward to the changing leaves, beautiful autumn colors, and of course, all things pumpkin. Pumpkin Spice Latte, yes please!

With Fall also comes the annual festival that takes place in the heart of the Grand Avenue Design District where I am happy to call home to my Buckingham Interiors + Design Studio and Showroom! Formerly known as Design Harvest, the all-new Grand Art & Design Festival will take place in West Town on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 11 am to 8 pm.

The festival will continue the Design Harvest tradition of showcasing local home and garden design vendors, however this year there is much, much more!

Local artisans, handmade goods, clothing, jewelry designers, neighborhood vendors, a Happy Hour, and live music…

Everyone loves a great food truck as well. Enjoy everything from tamales to lobster rolls, mac n’ cheese to cupcakes!

Bring the kiddos as there are also hayrides and lots of family activities.

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I will be opening the doors of my Buckingham I+D Showroom the entire weekend of the festival. Come check out the beautiful new art exhibits by Artists Francine Turk and Richard Shipps, special festival pricing on the entire Showroom of Modernique® accessories, furniture, and lighting, and also my new Julia Buckingham for Global Views Collection (Don’t think I will ever get tired of saying that!:))

**Stop in Thursday and Friday for 1st Dibs! Showroom is open 11am-6pm**

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Find more info on this year’s Grand Ave Art & Design Festival here.

Hope to see y’all there!

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Xx, Julia

 





The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, was indeed quite a show.  We certainly enjoyed watching all the festivities, especially the Queen’s awesome entrance into the stadium! Another great highlight was watching the parade of champions.  This year’s summer games ushered in some fantastic inspiration from fashion.  Fashion can be a marvelous muse for creating an unforgettable interior space.  Here are some of our favorite inspirations from this year’s Summer Games:

Cobalt, Orange & White: Holland

This year, Holland totally rocked their bold color pallet of cobalt, orange, navy, and white.  Each athlete was exquisitely tailored in these designer outfits.  A wonderful touch and homage to their homeland’s national flower, can be seen here with a tulip pinned to each athlete’s lapel.  These colors are a fresh and trendy way to spice up any interior.  The contrast that these colors make next to each other creates a statement that is sure to impress.

Mixing patterns with these exciting  colors works well, and adds even more look to this stimulating mix of hues.

These deep navy walls with accents of orange is striking and at the same time, elegant and fun.

This luxurious cashmere blanket by Hermes is a definite must have statement maker.  The unmistakable, classic Hermes orange and white will not go unnoticed!  Also, these orange and cobalt painted vases would be fabulous on any mantle.

Aqua, Sunshine Yellow, & White: Sweden

  Sweden’s athletes were definitely noticed at this year’s opening ceremonies.  Their bright yellow and aqua stripes with white pants were definitely “spot on” for summer fashion.  Even their sneakers made a statement, blue with yellow laces. Great attention to detail.

This delicious dining room makes great use of yet another bold color pallet.  Beautiful, bright bamboo chairs in a cheery lemon yellow are definitely a focal point.  The black accents of the doors and the chevron pattern rug help add a touch of chic to this fun dining space.

Add some colorful light and sparkle to your space with this amazing yellow chandelier from Cyan.  This piece brings fun antique whimsy with its classic shape that is sure to liven up any space.

Check out this brightly colored room! The yellow sofas and bright blue pillows are festively summer, and help give this room its own signature look.

Kelly Green & White: Nigeria

Take a look at these fabulous white and green outfits worn by Nigerian Olympic competitors.  Kelly green makes a luscious color statement against bright white.  

This gorgeous green upholstered head board transforms this bedroom into a tropical retreat.  The simple bedding with a classic green stripe is simple and refined, making a calm compliment to the statement making headboard.  The bedside lamps with a clear glass base add interest to the room, without taking away from the clean, crisp feel of the space.

Another clean color pallet of green and white makes this living room feel swank.  The modern floor lamp and glass top cocktail table make this space feel expensive, without going over-the-top.

The metallic accent pillows and chrome side table really adds some glamour and flash to this tropical living room.  The palm tree is also a great touch of natural color.  We also like the white cow-hide rug turned on an angle under the cocktail table.  Definitively chic and modern!

Red, White & Blue: U.S.A

Who better than to dress our American Athletes than Ralph Lauren? This classic American preppy look was a fantastic representation of fashion directly from the USA.  Navy blazers, white trousers and knee length skirts with berets and ties definitely has an Ivy League spin.  Feel like standing up straight and saluting the flag?  With and outfit like this, I sure do!

Using red judiciously is key in this bedroom.  Red is a powerful color, and helps define the headboard, bedding and bench.  The gold pendant fixture definitely adds a designer touch to the room.

Adding adventurous patterns makes these living rooms come alive.

This patriotic painted chest with gold accents demands attention.  Finding unique furniture such as this, really adds a great deal of character to any room, and is sure to serve as a conversation piece!

 





Veranda’s 25th!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jun 19, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

How time flies!

The celebration of Veranda Magazine’s 25th Anniversary will begin this Thursday.  Editor-in-cheif Dara Caponigro will be in Dallas on June 21st to celebrate the big event with a brunch and “master class” panel discussion with some of the biggest names in design, including Windsor Smith, David Easton, and Michelle Nussbaumer.

 

 

This event is one you definitely don’t want to miss! It’s open to the public and being held at the Interior Resources Showroom (1620 Oak Lawn Ave.) on Thursday the 21st, at 10am.

We had a wonderful opportunity this past week to chat with Dara Caponigro, who has been the editor of Veranda for the past two years.  We picked her brain on just about everything- upcoming design trends, the magazine business, and the things she loves most about her job. Hope you enjoy getting a peek into her glamorous and exciting life as editor of one of our very favorite shelter mags!

 

Did you always aspire to be the editor of a magazine? If so, how did you work toward this job?

I suppose, in my 20s, I dreamed of being an editor in chief. But, then I had kids and my priorities shifted. Looking back, though, every job that came before prepared me for this one. I don’t think I could have done it any sooner.

What is your favorite part of being editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine?

My favorite part of being an editor is working with my super talented team. They are rock stars:  creative, smart, funny, and hardworking.

What has been your favorite Veranda magazine cover throughout the years?

There have been so many great Veranda covers.   Personally, I would say it’s a tie between March 2011 and March 2012. Each one captures a moment. They are magical and inspiring, but you can totally relate to them.

 

 

How do you discover the designers/rooms you feature in the magazine?

Designers generally come to us with projects. Our Decoration Director and I know so many of them because we’ve committed our careers to covering their work. Of course, we love discovering new talent, too. We have submissions meetings every two weeks or so and review everything that comes across our desks.

What do you typically look for in the homes you feature?

I always say Veranda has a classical backbone (mind you, that’s different from traditional), but that we veer 30 percent from it. We like houses that show an understanding of what came before in design but have some surprises without gimmicks.

How do you determine upcoming design trends?

Our editors are always out and about, at markets, at press events, doing shoots in different cities and countries. Sometimes, we notice common threads and decide to do a story on what we see. More often than not though, we report on things that our editors, personally, are excited about and those become trends.

What patterns, colors, etc will be in style in 2013?

I definitely see an increased interest in pattern. Classic patterns like florals and chinoiserie are making a comeback, but they are being used with a more restrained hand than they were used in the 80s:  a club chair here, a pillow there.

Since we are the Material Girls, we like to ask- what is your favorite design material?

It’ hard to pick a favorite design material, but we just renovated a house and I am crazy about my bathroom. It’s a mini version of the bathroom in the London townhouse of Veere Grenney and David Oliver that Veranda published in our Nov/Dec 2010 issue. It’s all white marble slab with a taupe and grey vein running through it. It is heavenly.

Do you think the emergence of blogs and online magazines have influenced the shelter magazine world?

The emergence of blogs has helped generate even more interest in the design world. That’s good for everybody.

What do you see in Veranda’s future?

We have so many exciting things going on:  a website redesign, an ecommerce partnership and a very exciting special issue coming up.

Thank you so much Dara for giving MG readers insight into Veranda’s past, present and future! Happy Anniversary!





After ten long months (and I mean long) of painstakingly planning, designing, and creating our new blog site…we are so happy to say that it’s finally up! (and I’m sure my family members and friends are happy too- they don’t have to listen to me talk about it anymore!)

However, the site wouldn’t be what it is today, if it weren’t for these creative, hardworking and wonderful people:

Kathy of Moxie Design Studios

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and Brooke of Fabulous Doodles by Brooke Hagel

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They helped our vision become a reality. Thanks so much girls- you are both truly talented and such a pleasure to work with!

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