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!

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Be sure to check out #WHHolidays for some behind the scenes experiences of White House visitors.

Congratulations Iisha on this honor and thank you for sharing your White House holiday experience with Material Girls!





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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!

 

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The Lotus

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 28, 2014 | No Comments | Category: Material Girls Projects, Walls

Last September while in London, I was lucky enough to visit Farrow & Ball …the creme de la creme of wallpapers and paint! It was a rainy afternoon (and my birthday of all days!) and my husband wanted to take a cat nap before we went to my celebratory dinner, so instead of resting up too, I hopped in a cab on my own little adventure and booked it to the F&B store in Chelsea ten minutes before it closed. I was determined to catch a larger glimpse of their Lotus wallpaper (and a few samples)- a wallpaper I had been coveting for years.

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I first heard about the Lotus paper when my mom saw it at Boxwoods in Houston and was dying over how gorgeous it was…we then posted a photo of it on the blog. This was almost four YEARS ago! I’m often sick of a wallpaper after four SECONDS so to still be coveting that precious Lotus paper four years later? Unheard of! (But I guess that means it was true love!)

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So what I love most about the Lotus in particular are two things- 1) that you can hang it right side up (how it’s traditionally supposed to be oriented) or upside down..the image above shows it “upside down” if you can believe it! 2) that it comes in two sizes- small and large. I’m partial to the large  because I always “go big or go home” in design and the large was definitely more my style. The small is great but has a more traditional feel to it.

You may be thinking- “where have I heard that name- Farrow and Ball?” Well, Farrow and Ball is no newcomer! It was started in the 1930′s by John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball and the company has 43 showrooms across the UK, US, Canada & Europe as well as a global network of stockists carrying both paint and wallpaper. They are everywhere! In Dallas, you can now get it through the trade at the Lee Jofa showroom.

Here are some of my favorite images of the Lotus installed in different spaces- (as you can see, it can go more formal in a dining room or more casual in a laundry room! It can also go more subtle with the tone on tone colorway or more dramatic and graphic with the black and neutral one)

 

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F&B even has the Lotus on the front of their building!

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I’m happy to say that I finally bit the bullet and did the dark teal colorway of the Lotus in my small entry-

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The Lotus makes the space seem SO much larger!  I love how the shapes of the lotus practically “grow up” to the ceiling! I haven’t been able to bring myself to put any wall decor over it, I just love it so much.  Wallpaper is an investment but you get so much bang for your buck with it and it can make such a statement.

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At first I was worried it might be too colorful, but the teal actually is so grayed out that it almost acts as a neutral and I love how it complements the orange-red color of the bricks on the exterior of my house.

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Have you been “Keeping up with the Kardashians” lately? Well, if you have, then you know the youngest sister of the Kardashian clan has put her Tarzana, CA mansion on the market!

It looks like after filing for divorce on December 13, 2013 Khloe is ready for a fresh start for 2014.
The 8000 sq. ft. home that the reality star shared with former NBA husband Lamar Odom for four years is for sale for a cool $5.499 million.
The gated Mediterranean-style home has 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a den, home theater, office and 3 custom closets according to redfin.com.
The glam and over the top décor throughout the home is exactly what you would expect from a Kardashian. Take a look inside!

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Khloe’s talented Los Angeles based interior designer Jeff Andrews is responsible for this “glam-traditional” office.

 

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 The two office chairs were vintage chairs that Khloe already owned and were simply reupholstered. Its great to see that celebrities re-purpose furniture too!

 

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 The Marilyn Monroe dining room has rich neutral tones and looks cozy for entertaining.

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The dark browns from the kitchen continue into the family room on this spacious sectional. I love the custom pillows and saw this fabric on F. Schaumcher’s website.   If you noticed the same fabric  was used on the desk chair in the office.

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More custom pillows in the master bedroom backed by a chocolate velvet upholstered headboard.

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Her neutral bathroom is a mix of travertine stone and wood stained cabinets.

 

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The outdoor living area looks like a resort right in their backyard!  I bet she throws some nice pool parties here!

See more Kardashian and other celebrity spaces designed by Jeff Andrews on his website.





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Are you on the hunt for that last minute unique gift? Or maybe the perfect home decor for this year’s holiday party? Well, you definitely need to stop by West Elm- they are killing it in the accessories department this year! There is surely something for everyone here- especially that home decor enthusiast family member or friend!

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Capiz Spheres would make the perfect decorative objects for any bookcase.

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Who doesn’t love candles? The Crystal Votive Holders  and Metallic Owl Candles are so fun.

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One of a kind jewel toned Agate Coasters and Jewelry Boxes.

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These hand blown Glass Knot Paperweights are a definite conversation starter.

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Add some holiday shimmer with any of these beautiful mercury pieces.

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If you are still unsure about what to buy you can never go wrong with a great coffee table book- especially this one by Grace Bonney of Design Sponge!





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Aerin Lauder has released her first book, Beauty at Home. The inspiring coffee table book takes you into her stylish Manhattan apartment, Hampton home and Madison Avenue office.

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I’m so excited she has given us all a glimpse into these private spaces and personal tips on how to recreate her look in your own home.

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Being the granddaughter of Estee Lauder, Aerin is familiar elegance and sophistication.  She talks about her iconic grandmother throughout the book and what lessons she taught her.  Aerin has taken those words of advice and created her own “effortless style”.  The beautiful photographs in her book display many items from Aerin’s home collection.

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Beauty at Home is available on Aerin.com. You can also shop her home furnishings such as lighting, rugs and fabrics.





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My good friend, Tiffany, the owner of Scout Design Studio, is participating in an awesome event this evening- “Holidays on Howell Street”. It kicks off today from 4-8 pm!

 

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Located in the Dallas Design District, West Howell Street is an enclave between Riverfront and Levee that houses an eclectic mix of art, antiques, accessories, modern design and custom furniture.

Scout Design Studio is one of five retailers that will be a part of this 20 day event. So bundle up and stop by for warm cider, tasty small bites, promo sales and a chance to win great giveaways! It’s an event not to be missed!

 

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For more information and to RSVP, check out the Howell Street Social Club Facebook page.





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Fragrance, Eyewear, Shoes, Handbags…

Fashion designer Tory Burch has now stepped into the world of home decor with her new Tory Burch Home Collection.  I could not be more excited! Not only are all the pieces gorgeous but they are all very personal to Tory. She was inspired by her family and childhood home for the new line. Brass frames, hand crafted boxes and needlepoint pillows are a few of the new items you can find in the collection.

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I love the  sophisticated touch of the brass handle on the  the Baily Box

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The Robinson Nutcraker is named after he parents Buddy &  Reva

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Tory named her double-sided  photo frame after twin sons Nick and Henry

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Perfect for entertaining the Madison Wine Opener and Rae Ice Bucket

 

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The brass Tory frame is beautiful and comes in three sizes

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Angie’s Style

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 06, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Designers

Ralph Lauren Sea Pink! That’s what started it all. While browsing through Decorpad I found a space with a paint color I loved (as a possibility for my master bedroom) and reached out to the room’s designer for the brand and the name of the color.

In just a short time I received an email from Charleston, SC based designer Angie Hranowsky with all of the paint’s info. I know how busy designers are so I was completely shocked how quickly she responded and how gracious she was to hand over the paint info to me!

Angie is known for her eclectic mix of styles and non-traditional bold color selections.  Her funky and fun design aesthetic has gotten her featured in several publications such as House Beautiful, Traditional Home &  Domino Magazine.

Check out her website http://angiehranowsky.com and you will agree Angie is a hip designer with great style. She has mastered the art of tastefully combining patterns, colors and furniture for a perfect finished look that will inspire you. I absolutely love her work!

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We just wrapped up the Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes annual event hosted by the Dallas Alumnae Association and for this being our first year to be invited, we could not be happier with the showing and our debut!

Running around Dallas to find the perfect pieces to compliment one another, knowing that no idea was too extravagant,  was draining but well worth the effort when we saw it all completed.

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We were able to add drama with our centerpieces from Scout Design Studio! And we clearly can’t get enough of agate coasters- these Jonathan Adler coasters were almost impossible to find because of the popularity of blue (the color of the year for 2014)!

The overall theme this year was harvest and so we wanted to play up the gold and orange tones contrasted with cobalt blue.

I love the patterned china plates (from Uncommon Market) balanced with the stems from the Forestwood Antique Mall wine glasses.

After spending so much time with our project, the best part is getting to walk around and see what everyone else has created.

This reminds me of the images Nathan discussed in his tablescapes post from a few weeks ago about beach and “under-the-sea” themes.

This centerpiece was a showstopper! The inclusion of a rug was a nice touch that added some charm and personality.

This table was so quirky with its library-chic aesthetic!

Most of the tables featured an over-the-top flower arrangement to capture attention. I like how pops of color are brought in to help ground the look with the plates and chair cushions.

There was such a range in colors and themes and it was great to see all the ideas on display at the Dallas Country Club this past week!

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