As soon as one holiday ends….

another seems to begin!

After having two rounds of Thanksgiving meals yesterday at my parents house, two of my aunts, my mom, my sisters, and myself decided that the eating and socializing must still continue. We had our annual “Holiday Cheer” buffet at Zodiac at the downtown Neimans. If you live in Dallas and haven’t been, the buffet menu is incredible…

Every year we have a fantastic time gabbing and catching up, but I can’t say that I wasn’t just as interested in seeing all of the elegant and always breathtaking holiday decor they put up at Neimans.

Zodiac is a vision within itself. Having been in business for 50 years, this restaurant’s color scheme of black, white, and red accents give it a classic, graphic, and glamorous vibe.

Geometric shapes lining the walls give you something interesting to look at when waiting for the elevator

And the view going down the escalator isn’t so shabby either!

We always like to stop in at the bridal department just for fun…looks like a beautiful winter wonderland

Red and gold envelope the first floor elevators…if this isn’t an indication of the holidays, I don’t know what is!

My favorite part- a very clever and cute indication of which elevator will be taking you upstairs- a red pendant (that almost appears to be floating) lights up when your elevator gets there!

Many Christmas trees were spaced throughout the first floor

Large, gorgeous chandeliers hung from the ceilings

The downtown Neimans is definitely unlike any other Neimans in Dallas and is such a fun experience. I love going there once a year to get my stylish Christmas decor fix! If you are in Dallas, be sure to swing by- they even have pics with Santa!

Happy Turkey Day!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 26, 2008 | 4 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Holiday

I have been meaning to post this bedroom image from Southern Accents for a while. What better time to do it than now?

I thought I’d leave you all with a very beautiful, serene, quiet image before the hustle and bustle of the holidays- a good reminder to me and everyone else to take some time to relax this week, take it easy, and enjoy time with your loved ones!

I have so many things to be thankful for….just a few of them include great family and friends, a roof over my head, and the fact that I get to do what I love. Also thankful for the people who make our design blog possible- the wonderful MG bloggers. You all are the best- I know how much hard work goes into your posts….so a big thank you! Also a big thank you to the readers and fellow bloggers who take the time to share their insights and homes with us. You make our blog worth writing for!

Have a safe and very happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Winter White

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 24, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Color

White is so calming, fresh, clean, and crisp looking. You’d think choosing a white paint color for your trim, walls or ceiling would be an easy task (much easier than choosing a color-color like blue or red, right?) Wrong! Talk about an urban myth! White is definitely one of the hardest paint colors to choose. There are some whites that yield more gray undertones and other whites that have more pink to them…some even have a tad bit of yellow! One thing I know for sure is that I like to choose whites that have a bit of a kick to them- I never choose just a plain stark white for walls. My whites tend to have some sort of undertone to them..I love creamy whites!

When you put a light color like cream on walls, it can indeed make a room feel much larger. So when you paint walls, moulding, and ceiling all the same shade of off white, it really does open up the room quite a bit and makes the space feel more airy.

I go back and forth a lot with color: sometimes I think that I would much rather have a really bold room that makes an intense statement; other times I wish I had an all white calming room in which the art gives the room its “wow” factor. What color of paint do you usually flock to? The calming creams or the bold/dark paint colors?

This bedroom feels very light and spacious. A natural rug in a darker neutral grounds the space and keeps all the white accents from floating away!

A white bedroom fit for a modern day princess!

Mostly creams in this living room…a few darker pieces help to balance out all of the light furniture.

We can’t get enough of white on white kitchens! And neither can anyone else it seems like! That seems to be the new trend these days…white carrara marble countertop, white subway tile backsplash, and white cabinets! A darker floor helps to set off the white cabinets and make them more distinct!

I absolutely adore this breakfast area and kitchen! White on white on white. Pink and cream flowers and a bunch of decorative plates add some color to this neutral room.

Just lovely! This Living Room stays formal and elegant with cream hues and gold accents

As we keep saying, a lot of the times it is a good idea to balance the light with a bit of dark. A sleek, dark based dining set and glamorous mirror work well with the curvaceous, more traditional chandelier and white palette.

A little bit darker of a cream color here; however, this bedroom still stays nice and soft. I have always thought the artwork in the middle of the two sconces was so fantastic- and all it is, is a sketch of a face on an off white background- so simple but yet so completely unfussy.

If these walls and ceiling were painted any color but white, I have a feeling they would look like they were starting to cave in! The bed is already in a tight spot- anything darker would have made the room seem a lot smaller. An accent chair adds a bit of pattern and color to the room.

Ahh white on white kitchen bliss!

If you are in the market for some version of “white” paint color, here are some of our favorites:

Sherwin Williams– Dover White and Creamy

Farrow and Ball– Pointing and Slipper Satin

Ben Moore– Arcadia White, Seashell, White Dove, Navajo White, and Featherdown

Ralph Lauren- Whisper, Crescent Moon, and Victorian Lace

Eco Friendly Stools!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 24, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Furniture

We love the earth friendly products at Terra Furnishings…especially their stools! They come in three different finishes- Brown, white wash, or tung oil.

Use these stools for extra seating, as an end table or a display stand-

Did we mention there was free shipping on every order too?

Each piece is hand-made from sustainable materials and produced with eco-friendly processes. The woods used in their stools, tables, wall panels and accessories are from tree species that are grown specifically for the wood carving industry.

Every room needs at least a few natural and earthy elements to balance out the space….might as well make them environmentally friendly ones while you’re at it!

Coo-Coo for Cocoa!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 24, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Kitchens

With all of this cold weather….(wherever you may live), wouldn’t it be great to have William Sonoma’s Bialett Hot Chocolate Pot!

That rich and creamy cocoa looks so delish- I don’t drink coffee, so I must have something to keep me warm!

Ladies Man?

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 24, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Books, Designers

There are two books that came out recently about Frank Lloyd Wright- seems the architect had more than just houses on his mind! Both books explore FLW’s well known philandering.

In Loving Frank, fact and fiction come together to tell the tale of a man (FLW) who was having an affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney.

How they knew each other: her husband had commissioned Frank to design a home for them…(scandalous!) Novel focuses on their dramatic love story- I saw it at Borders the other week…might have to get it!

Then another interesting historical novel came out called The Women, written by T.C. Boyle. (Fun fact: Boyle currently lives in a home designed by Mr. Wright.) He details out the architect’s real life relationships with four women.

Who knew there was so much controversy hidden behind Frank’s prairie style homes!

I don’t have kids, but I can only imagine how tiring and boring it could be for a young child to go from store to store with mom looking for antiques!

I was reading this month’s O at Home and found the number one way to entertain your child on shopping trips to the flea market while at the same time, buying you some time to shop! On each trip, let your daughter pick out a framed portrait for her bedroom. Pretty soon, she will have amassed a collection of fun portraits and also have some great memories she can take home of the fun time you all spent together!

Why didn’t my mom think of that? Such a good idea (and considering that I have always wanted a feminine portrait wall but now don’t have the money or time to build up a collection!) But imagine what it could have looked like if I had started one at ten years old!

What a fun way to get your youngster into decorating at an early age and agree to go shopping with you!

Above is ten year old twins Tallulah and Bellamy’s room featured in O at Home- their mom would just tell them “Girls, find a picture of a lady” and look what they came up with! They also picked out the paint color (Ben Moore’s Wild Orchid). What sophisticated girls!

A Must See Showhome!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 21, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Events

This looks like a good one!

Click here for more details on seeing the Luxe Showhome in Dallas!

Pier “180”

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 20, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Shops and Showrooms

Pier 1 has really stepped it up lately and done a complete turnaround…when I was working on the pediatric dentist office in Georgetown, I went back and forth to Pier 1 alot- they had a ton of stuff this summer in the bright color scheme I was doing for the office and then by the time fall rolled around, it seemed like they had completely revamped their store. Tufting? Mirrored vanities? Velvet chairs? Who did they think they were- Z Gallerie?! We love the change and for prices this cheap, how can you resist!

Our favorite Pier 1 picks at the moment-

We hope that their new look is here to stay!

Blogger Analysis!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Nov 20, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Design Bloggers

I received an email today from one of my friends letting me know about Typealyzer. She discovered it from a post on D magazine’s Front Burner. Here’s the skinny- you type in your blog address and it somehow analyzes your blog and tells you about its authors…don’t ask me how legit this site is, but it was fun all the while to see what it said about Material Girls…
The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don’t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves. They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
I guess they got the fabric/color part right! Click here to waste some time!