Cuckoo for Camo

Posted By Rebecca | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

I'm recently obsessed with anything camouflage which may or may not be trending at the moment -- but I'm not sure it matters when it comes to Andy Warhol's camo prints.  If you like anything Andy Warhol, you're going to love these prints.  Full of color and movement these pieces can certainly pack a punch.  The versatility is endless too -- I can see these prints in a living room, a playroom, a kitchen, a kids room, a den..you get the point.  If you can't afford the real deal, there are plenty of reproduction prints for sale at places like art.com - just make sure you frame it so it looks like an original ;)  

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The lime greens make me think of Spring which puts a smile on my face

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A whole lotta fluorescent

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A smaller scaled camo

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Anything fuschia is bound to brighten a space

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A series of colorful camos - genius!

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These skateboards would be great in the kids space

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Look what it does to a rather bland kitchen

I guess I've got a project ahead of me!  I'm thinking I'll give this Warhol thing a whirl

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The Power of One Piece of Art

Posted By Rebecca | Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Most people struggle to find that one piece of furniture or the right throw pillows that are going to help complete their space -- without realizing that one single piece of art can do the trick.  House Beautiful recently posted an article showing four different spaces that are dramatically improved by artwork.  Take a look at these four spaces as well as four additional spaces I found that will show you how to transform your space.  Art is of course very personal, so I'll leave that up to you, but I suggest spending the money on your walls.  It changes the space and often gets people talking if it's placed in the right spot  

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This rather neutral room is quickly brightened with pops of yellow, red and azure

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The bright orange velvet chair is brought to life with its accompanying bright painting

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This entry without art would be exceptionally bland

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This is a nice play on both color and geometrics

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While this art is simple it still brings a sense of completion

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Big and bold

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This art brings the golds, blues and greys full circle

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Don't be afraid to do anything oversize

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Holiday Window Display at Christopher Guy

Posted By Jill Seidner | Monday, December 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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The Christopher Guy showroom on Beverly Boulevard, in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, is in full festive holiday mode. The front windows are decorated with gifts and an elegant white tree among sophisticated Christopher Guy furniture pieces. I happen to pass by the other evening en route to an event and catpured a few pictures of the glam window display.

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A view from the sidewalk of the Christopher Guy showroom on Beverly Boulevard.

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Christopher Guy's iconic display of a tree, reminiscent of one I saw at Decorex while on Blog Tour London with Modenus.

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One of the most elegant and glamourous holiday window displays on Beverly Blvd.

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A glimpse into the showroom.

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And on the other side is another window display - a complete living room vignette turned facing the street!

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Happy Holidays!

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss NYC Apartment

Posted By Jill Seidner | Monday, March 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.

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The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.

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One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen - where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette. All images via Vogue.com Related Posts with Thumbnails

Holiday Market at Memorial Antiques & Interiors

Posted By Lauren Haskett | Friday, November 08, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Meg & I have had so much fun with our little space at MAI here in Houston.  One of their BEST events is the Holiday Market.  I am pumped!  It is coming up on Thursday, November 14th and features not only all the fabulous booths decked out, but also trunk show vendors.  I am a total sucker for all the jewelry designers and I still dream about the chocolate vendor that was there last time...

This year some of the special vendors include Presmer (I'm a huge fan), a custom pet portrait artist, custom monogramming, and silk ikat pillows just in from Turkey - that's just to name a few!

Another big draw is 20% off items over $100!  Someone come by that bone inlay chest from me!

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Making the Most out of Social Media

Posted By Lauren Haskett | Friday, October 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Designers in the Houston area, are you overwhelmed by all the Social Media outlets you know you SHOULD be doing?  Can you really get a client from Pinterest? Should you start a blog?  I am thrilled to be a part of a panel of Designers discussing relevant social media questions just like these, Wednesday, October 16th at the Decorative Center of Houston's Fall Market.

The panel will be moderated by a true social media pioneer and expert, Leslie Carothers.  I am honored to be part of the discussion with esteemed designer Sarah Eilers of Lucas/Eilers, Designer BFF Meg Lonergan of LeSueur Interiors, awesome Paloma Contreras of Paloma Contreras Design and La Dolce Vita, and talented Designer and Blogger Samantha Penner who pens The Peak of Tres Chic.  I think we each bring a unique perspective on how we have utilized Social Media outlets to build and propel our businesses.

The Panel Discussion starts at 2 pm.  Make sure to also check out Legendary Designer, Mario Buatta, speaking at the Morning Keynote.  I'm so proud to be a part of such a great Design Community - I hope to see you there! Related Posts with Thumbnails

Ms. Iisha Goes to Washington!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We are so proud of our former intern, Iisha, who was chosen as a volunteer to help decorate the White House for the holidays!  What an amazing opportunity and challenge!  I don't know about you, but decorating my 1930s cottage for the holidays sometimes seems overwhelming, so can you imagine what goes into decorating a 55,000 square foot national landmark! Each year a theme is chosen for the White House's holiday decor.  I wish I could transform my holiday decor from year to year!   This year's theme is "A Children's Winter Wonderland" which celebrates the Christmas spirit as viewed through the eyes of a child.  Iisha flew to Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving Day and spent the next five days in a whirwind of holiday decorating, surrounded by tinsel and ornaments galore!  The White House provides the volunteers with decor, tools, and inspiration photos to help them complete this enormous task.  Iisha worked individually and as part of a team to decorate two rooms and a hallway in the East Wing of the White House.

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 Iisha with one of the many White House Christmas Trees!

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A Winter Wonderland!

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Iisha and the Obama's dogs- Bo and Sunny

This year's theme also honored the Armed Forces and their families.  The East Wing featured a Christmas Tree decorated with gold ornaments which represented our nation's fallen heroes.  Iisha also had the privilege of being chosen as one of a few volunteers to greet military families on a holiday tour of the White House.  This was particularly meaningful for Iisha because her dad served in the U.S. Army. On the final night of her stay, Iisha attended a volunteer reception where the first lady made a speaking appearance!  To top it off, Iisha met Genevieve Gorder, who is hosting an HGTV special on the 2014 White House Christmas decor.  The special will replay on December 24 at 7am/6 c on HGTV, so set your DVR and tune in! Image 12

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Jan’s Special Sale- Going on Now!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Wednesday, February 05, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Attention Dallas! Jan Showers just kicked off a VERY special sale...is is her first one in five years!  The sale is going on now at her Dallas showroom and lasts until February 14th.  The prices are amazing yal! My client and I just purchased a gorgeous sunburst mirror from the sale for my client's living room and the price was out of this world for such a large mirror. The sale is a mix of her showroom items and antiques (you will see lamps that have never been on sale before!) This sale is not to be missed- happy shopping!   Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 7.11.02 PM   Related Posts with Thumbnails

From CHI and AZ to NYC and HPMKT!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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What city am I in today? (Between the weather in Chicago this winter and the sunshine in Arizona, that answer is clearly obvious!) The last few months have been a whirlwind. I'm reminded every day of how lucky I am to be living my dream. Next week I have the huge honor of hosting my first seminar at the Decoration and Design building in NYC! Hosted by Kravet fabrics, and joined by my dear friend and Executive Editor of Lonny Magazine, Irene Edwards, I will be sharing my experience of building an interior design brand and my trademark design aesthetic, Modernique.

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Whether you are just beginning your interior design career or your realize that being an interior designer is your next must-do career, I hope you can join Irene and me as we share our secrets of building a successful business and brand within the exciting world of interior design.

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"Modernique" Living Room featuring Kravet Chairs! This recent project of mine is hot off the pages of the most recent Luxe Magazine! Photography by Hausman and Associates

After a quick trip to NYC, it is then off to North Carolina for High Point Furniture Market! It's hard to believe it is that time of year again. I LOVE High Point Market. The most amazing thing about market is that you get to touch, see, hear, and visualize all the latest and greatest in interior design. It always inspires me and I bring those ideas back to share with my team and my clients. I am thrilled to be asked to return as a host of a "Suite Spot Tour" at the Suites at Market Square! Please join me and my fellow fabulous cohorts- Crystal Palacek, Christian May, and Corey Damen Jenkins- as we share design trends and innovation as we see it. My tour is Sunday, April 6th at 2:00pm! Sign up today! A huge shout out to the International Market Centers and my pal, Gretchen Aubuchon for spearheading the fabulous festivities!

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That Sunday, I am also taking over Instagram for market! Follow me on Instagram @designonhpmkt as I takeover and snap pics of all my fab finds!  

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Here is a sneak peak at some of my tour stops...

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Mae Chandlier in gold/silver gilt with vintage blue Murano Glass

 

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I'm counting the days till market. It is not only wonderful seeing all the beautiful introductions in the world of interior design, but also seeing old friends, making new friends, and who could forget eating your way from showroom to showroom and party to party!! Hope to see y'all there!     Related Posts with Thumbnails

It’s a Wrap! A Napa Wrap!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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As of last Sunday, the 2013 Napa Valley Showhouse at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena California is history. Sometime next year, many of its beautifully designed rooms will appear in the glossy pages of Traditional Home Magazine,  but nothing tops visiting a quality show house in person and seeing it firsthand. And speaking of firsts, it was a first for me. Not just doing a show house: I've been privileged to take part in a number of good ones over the years.  But I had never done one on the West Coast before. And if you haven't been there, let me tell you, the Napa Valley is one of this country's most beautiful areas.  So of course I said Yes when they asked me! Yes yes yes!

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Trad Home has been sponsoring showhouses for a number of years but the house they chose this time was unique: an expansive hundred-year-old farmhouse owned by vintner Peter Mondavi and designed by Willis Polk, one of San Francisco's most important historically architects. And while you know I always love to see what's new in the design world, I also love history, so this was a perfect chance for me to do one of my favorite things--blend the two!

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The dining room still retained its historic wood paneling, so we introduced color with fabric--the fun Kravet Kelly Wearstler print upholstery on their custom chairs (thank you so for a fabulous job with expediting), the crazy cool Jonathan Adler for Kravet fabric sourced for the roman shades and the glistening Maya Romanoff wall covering above the plate rail-one of my favorite local Chi town vendors. Thank you also to Benjamin Moore   for donating the paint for the ceiling and another shout out to Bloomingdale's for supplying all the tabletop accessories. Speaking of my dining room tabletop…. the showstopper was a one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpiece by Ohio artist Tara Winslow. I became obsessed with Tara's works when first spied at the High Point Market last Spring.

One thing I didn't do was use any wine-themed motifs--old labels, bottles, grape leaves, that stuff--because those things were all around us already.  What would be the point? Instead, I used a series of blues & greens in our room: some soft, some vibrant, all beautiful, and, together, perfect complements to the warm tones of the wood. Plus a gigantic table big enough for the whole Peter Mondavi family. It featured a glass-topped gearwheel out from a historic European water mill, and let me tell you, getting that beast into place was a real feat for our heroic installers, who had to roll its ancient wood--very carefully--through the other designers' rooms without wrecking the floors. When we finally got it into place, we were all ready for a glass of wine. Maybe more than one!

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But it wasn't just the installers whose efforts I need to mention.  To everyone involved in this massive project--the magazine that invited us, the other talented designers I got to meet, the Charles Krug winery, the Napa Film Festival that benefits from all the visitors, and all the patient and professional work crews, a big Thank You from all of us at BID. Thank you for making me feel welcome at my first California showhouse.  And to my own team--back in rainy, cold Chicago, while I was basking in the glory of a California autumn--you are the best! (But you already know that.) Related Posts with Thumbnails

Outstanding Olympic Outfits

Posted By MaterialGirls | Monday, August 06, 2012 | Leave a Comment

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!   Related Posts with Thumbnails

Veranda’s 25th!

Posted By Emily Johnston | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

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! Related Posts with Thumbnails