House Beautiful Mobile

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 31, 2007 | No Comments | Category: Magazines

At this website you can join the House Beautiful Text Club for color and decor tips sent directly to your cell phone every Tuesday and Friday- simply send a text message with HBTXT in the body to 432778.

Just a few things House Beautiful Mobile offers: Daily Insight, Paint Calculator, Design Dictionary, and Interior Tales.

“I’m convinced everybody has a beautiful house in them, and HB mobile web can help you create it, anytime, anywhere. You can’t always have a magazine under your arm, but digital content goes wherever you go: the best paint colors, a design dictionary, great shopping ideas and much more.”

Stephen Drucker, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful

A few tips I learned from House Beautiful Mobile:

-“A checkered floor painted on the diagonal is a great space-swelling strategy.”

-“A great painting or a giant mirror makes a true mark in a room.”

-“A desk in the kitchen can be a simple space, handy for planning menus and paying bills, or it can be more elaborate with a computer, TV, and stereo.”

-“Add a backsplash. A tile backsplash behind your sink, counter, or range looks great and will last longer than either paint or wallpaper.”

What a great way to put your texting to good use!!

Chair of the week!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 31, 2007 | No Comments | Category: Furniture

I saw this Bell Baroque Side Chair in this month’s House Beautiful under the article “I’m looking for a dining chair” and I absolutely fell in love. This chair goes for $450 and can be purchased on I love the lacquered green hardwood- absolutely gorgeous! It might get a little costly to buy five more to fit around your dining table, so sticking with one or two as decorative side or desk chairs is always another option.

Sunny Spaces

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 26, 2007 | No Comments | Category: Color, Trends

Met Home quoted in its issue this month, “The color forecast this winter calls for bright sunshine with a twist of lemon.”

This bright yellow hue that’s been showing up in homes all started with one beautiful dress…Oscar de la Renta’s designer gown in fact- one that was strutted on the runway this season by fashion models and later to be worn by celebrities. This dress received a ton of hype- I know I saw it in a bunch of fashion magazines this year and hence the bright bright shade of yellow was reborn…

Remember the little yellow dress that the newly single Reese Witherspoon wore at the Golden Globes this year? This dress made headlines all over and she was deemed a knockout! Imagine if you got this much attention because of your home!

Design Within Reach AC Chair

Jan Showers Lamp

Target Shadowbox

Horchow Faux Lily Arrangement

Philippe Starck-La Marie Chair

World Market Paper Lanterns

William Sonoma Home Rug

Ballard Designs Prints

Pottery Barn Vases

Anthropologie Shower Curtain

As you can see, yellow has been very prevalent in the design world lately- hopefully this uplifting and cheerful hue will be here to stay!

Z Gallerie Updates

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 26, 2007 | 1 Comment | Category: Shops and Showrooms

A sneak peek at Z Gallerie Spring Collection 2008! We love all the green and white- such a fresh crisp look- we can’t wait!

Another trend on the rise- skulls! First celebs were sporting this look everywhere- wearing anything from pendant necklaces, to scarves, to shirts! Now this interesting symbol has invaded homes and Z Gallerie has an entire skull collection!
I think my favorites would have to be the skull coasters and the skull wine charms! A little scary and cute at the same time!

New Blog Name!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 26, 2007 | No Comments | Category: Design Bloggers

We have finally decided on a new blog name- “Material Girls”- inspired by our love for fabrics and all design materials!
Web address is:

Also, new blog header coming soon!

A Rebel in an Ugly World

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 16, 2007 | 2 Comments | Category: Books, Designers

Who was Elsie de Wolfe?

She was believed to have invented the profession of Interior Design and often referred to herself as “a rebel in an ugly world”.

In 1903, at age 40, Elsie began to pursue Interior Design after being an actress and staging plays for many years. She was responsible for brightening the interiors of some of the most impressive Victorian houses of that era. In 1913, she wrote The House in Good Taste- one of the most influential and memorable design books of all time.

She also introduced society to the cocktail party and the small intimate dinner party (love it!)

In her clothes as well as her Interior Design, she lived by the motto she embroidered on taffeta pillows in her parlor: “Never complain, never explain.”

The three aspects Elsie always desired in a room were light, air, and comfort.

Elsie’s home decorating tips are not lost today. Using Horchow’s gorgeous traditional furniture and accessories, you can bring an up to date Elsie de Wolfe style into your home and create a timeless environment.

Here are a few of her decorating tips below:

1) Artwork: Elsie often hung artistic portraits and traditional landscapes in the homes she designed.

2) Color Palette: Elsie loved the colors- blue, rose, and cream. This bedspread embodies all of these hues while maintaining a high level of elegance and femininity. Other colors she desired together were greens, purples, and lavenders.

3) Comfort is Key in Furniture: She used 18th century French and English furniture in her designs but she made sure the chairs were always comfortable.

4) Chaise Lounge– this piece of furniture was often a key element in Elsie’s decor.

5) Preferred lots of light sources: Elsie wanted her rooms to be filled with lots of light- coming from various sources. This crystal chandelier and mirrored sconce are updated versions of the ones Elsie used to fill her homes with.

6) Delicate Writing Tables: This writing desk from Horchow looks very similar to those chosen by Elsie back in 1903.

7) House Plants/Flowers/ Porcelain Bowls- These were the kinds of accessories that Elsie liked to decorate with in a room. She especially loved potted palms.

8) Footstools- Elsie used these small pieces of furniture throughout her rooms to give them a dainty touch while also providing another place to sit.

9) Painted and Stenciled Furniture: Elsie loved the intricate detail in painted furniture.

10) Animal Prints: A popular home trend now, she often used animal prints in her designs. It just keeps coming back!

11) Mirrors: Elsie used mirrors mostly over fireplaces and dressing tables; her favorites were those with silver and gold gilded decorative frames like the one above.

12) Persian Rugs- These rugs are classic and timeless- still used today.

13) Vanity Table: These were seen in a lot of bedrooms she designed. The vanity table’s skirt adds sophistication/glamour and softens the hard edges of the table.

14) Wall Colors: Elsie desired light, fresh, and soft wall colors.

She was once heard saying- “It’s my color- beige!”

15) A few of her other design tips included: Faux finish treatments, chinoiserie print wallpaper, chintz fabrics, and uncluttered rooms.

Her design advice was very practical and relatively inexpensive to carry out.

One of my favorite quotes from Elsie- “It’s the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they find there.” Amen!

Flashback 2007 Trends

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 11, 2007 | 3 Comments | Category: Trends

2008 is soon upon us so we here at Material Girls decided that we would take a brief glimpse back at 2007’s biggest fashion trends and see how they evolved into trendy but classic home decor. Using celebrities as our style icons, here are our ten top trends for 2007!

1) Black and Gold– These two colors are an exquisite combination. Here you have the classic black (which never goes out of style) paired with gold (a current home and fashion trend). Together this look gives off a vibe of sophistication and glamour.

Top- Hilary Duff on the red carpet

Bottom- Tracy porter-Bath Bar-$422

2) Patent Leather– This look was big this year and dominated the shoe department. We are now seeing this sleek material on pillows and home accessories. It is easy for patent leather to start looking tacky if in a really bright color- stick with black to be safe.

Top-Kate Bosworth on the red carpet

Bottom-West Elm- Shiny Patent Pillow Cover- $14.99

3) Sequins– Celebrities were wearing sequins and sparkles all over the red carpet this year. Neutral sequins as opposed to colored sequins are a safer bet to make sure that the sequins in your home do not start bordering on ‘too much’. Neutral sequins on pillows and accessories add texture to a couch/room and provide visual interest without being too much of a focal point.

Top: Vanessa Manillo in a sequined dress

Bottom: Horchow pillow-$115

4) The Color Grey- We just can’t get enough of grey this year- it has been everywhere this fall. At first we thought this color might be gloomy and depressing but it has since turned into our favorite neutral! Looks good on everyone and is not as serious and formal as black.

Top- Sienna Miller on the red carpet

Bottom- Brocade Home Chair- $399

5) Feathers! I know what you are thinking- feathers can start looking mangey and out of control and Mary Kate’s dress just looks like one big fur ball. But really- feathers are a great accessory; however, I am liking them a lot better on a table as a home accent than on MK Olsen! Feathers look especially great when put into a vase. We recently found some inexpensive feathers at Pier 1. We love the colors in Peacock feathers and think they could really add some color to a room and are the perfect conversation starter.

Top: Mark Kate Olsen on the red carpet

Bottom: Z Gallerie Peacock Feather Collection-Placemats- (4)-$79

6) Jewel Tones- This is our favorite trend of 2007. LOVE jewel tone colors as home accents in a room- especially deep turqoise or emerald green on velvet pillows. Since the jewel tone colors are in fact so deep, you really don’t need much more ornamentation on your pillows/home accessories. A solid color without a print makes enough of a statement for these fantastic hues.

Top- Kiera Knightley on the red carpet

Bottom- A Dining Room filled with luscious jewel tones

7) Tweed- Such a perfect winter fabric. Reese looks great in her black and grey tweed- perfectly matching the dress with black opaque tights. These Crate and Barrel towels have the same effect- come in a speckled black and grey fabric with a black striped accent at the bottom of the towel. I love tweed because I can see these towels in a male or female bathroom. Paired with a bright paint color on the wall. This look is timeless!

Top: Reese Witherspoon in a tweed dress

Bottom-Crate and Barrel tweed hand towels- $2.95

8) Metallics- First it was gold and now it is silver. Metallics have been popular for a while and seem like they might be here to stay! For the past few years, metallics have been everywhere in fashion and have now made it to the homefront! I always like to add a few pieces of metallic to every room to give it some sparkle.

Top- Eva Longoria with her metallic bag

Bottom- William Sonoma Home accent table- $525

9) Neon Colors– Oh Posh Spice, this is why we love you so- you go out in public in neon blue pants. The color seems to be more forgiving painted on a wall. An ode to the 80’s, electric blue can actually look quite pretty and serene in this bedroom above. Paired with unexpected traditional furniture, this look seems to be a winner!

Top: Ashlee Simpson and Posh Spice in neon blue jeans

Bottom: Neon blue wall color

10) Animal Prints– I have been in an animal print phase for the last few months. This fabric goes great with a lot of other fabrics and pieces of furniture because of it’s neutral colors. Zebra, leopard, cheetah- whatever animal print you desire, this look is trendy and daring and adds a little spice to any room.

Top: Kelly Preston on the red carpet

Bottom: West Elm pillow Cover- $24

Well in about a month it will be that time of year again- Christmas presents thank you note time (for all the new home decor you received!) Never a very fun activity especially if your handwriting looks like chicken scratch (like mine) and you spend hours redoing your thank you notes because they don’t seem to be very legible. But why not make it fun this year and purchase your cards from! These thank you cards will surely get lots of attention and you just might receive a “thank you for sending such a cute thank you note” note back!

Cross My Heart started about sixteen years ago by Rosanne Herskind, an artist who hand painted her own invitations. Since then, it has grown into a national and overseas business with over five thousand products.

Just a few of the places that you can buy these cuties in Dallas are at Stardust Celebrations and Paperie and Company. Looking at these adorable cards and invitations, it’s no wonder Cross My Heart has grown into such a successful business.

Vintage Christmas

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 04, 2007 | 2 Comments | Category: Holiday

We just love unexpected holiday décor. Lauren’s mother-in-law is the perfect example of how to introduce all your traditional Christmas décor to a fresher color palette. She covers her antique French buffet with new and vintage finds creating a cheerful Christmas landscape.

A shot of her buffet and beautiful tree.

A mix of the old and the new.

Vintage Santa plate with fun red and green accents.

While shopping on the historic Houston Heights’ 19th street on Saturday, I spotted a vintage Christmas wonderland at Jubilee!

19th Street Shopping in The Heights.

Side note: this dresser was only $175 and it was 25% off!