Flashback 2008 Trends

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 29, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Fashion, Trends

Since the Material Girls love fashion so much, it has become a yearly tradition for us to do a post summing up all of the trendy styles of the season- looks that go for both fashion and interior design.

Last December we did a post called Flashback 2007 Trends using celebs as our fashion icons and this year we are going to present you with the same concept, but for 2008!

A lot of 2007’s trends are still going really strong- metallics, animal prints, and gray hues. These fads don’t seem like they are going anywhere, anytime soon.

Here is what we perceive to have been some of the most prevalent trends throughout 2008…..


The floral print seemed to have been taken to a whole new level this year. The long, flowy maxi-dress was a hit this summer as well as the shorter, knee length style.

Wallcoverings are back and are as stylish as ever! Displaying large, floral printed wallpaper brings the outside in and takes an ordinary and simple room from drab…to fab!

{Photo via This is Glamorous}


I have never been one to love primary colors- they always feel a little childlike and outdated to me; however, the red carpet ladies above prove me otherwise! Their primaries have lots of zing! I don’t see any old or outdated looks here.

A bedroom in this month’s Elle Decor gives a fun, fresh and updated look on the traditional primary colors.


Oh celebs these days! Walking around thinking that they are wearing the next Monet. Gotta hand it to them for getting creative with their attire! Leighton wears an “art print” mini dress above. It shows that she is fun, daring, and not afraid to wear her “art on her sleeve”!

Lots of celebs have been wearing this fashionable “art print” on their clothes this year…however, I think one star got lost in translation….

Did Demi accidentally let little Ashton get into her paint set?

Art has been around ever since the beginning of time of course- this is no new “trend”; however, abstract artwork is in fact one of my favorite kinds and mimics the graphic and vague celeb art prints that we have seen so much of this year in fashion.

{Photo above from Domino Magazine}


When metallics first arrived on the scene (about five years ago), gold was all the hype (and I have to credit Lauren for showing me her gold stilettos our senior year of college and introducing me to “the hottest thing in Norman, OK”…at the time) But as years have passed, while gold is still as popular as ever, silver has re-emerged as one of the leading metallics and gray has followed closely in its footsteps.

Earlier this year, Lauren and I wrote an editorial for Chic Today online magazine called “Silver versus Gold”- this was really fun for us to debate which was the better metal!

While designers and homeowners used to think of grey as being a color only Debbie Downer would paint her house, this hue has recently materialized onto the design scene as a fresh, new neutral! Use it with black and white or as a background for other bold colors such as light blue, deep orange, lilac, or even yellow. Gray usually renders itself to more of a modern space unless of course you use it in a Swedish type setting.

The room above was designed by Dallas’ own Julio Quinones- (featured in Met Home)


Charlize looks amazing in this x backed, black dress. Actually, Charlize looks amazing in anything! This movie star siren can certainly pull off this look.

Bring a little piece of “Charlize” back home with you-

The “X Bench”- available on Downtown20.net looks somewhat similar to the star’s LBD. The X motif has just been everywhere this year.
{Image via Point Click Home}


Ikat has emerged this year as one of the leading trendy fabrics. Even large retailers like Pottery Barn carries Ikat pillows and upholstery. We saw it everywhere- celebs, fashion, homes. It was hard to open up a magazine that didn’t have something Ikat in it!

This kitchen belongs to Erika of the Urban Grace blog- after debating between lots of different fabrics, she ended up getting a Lee Jofa Ikat fabric made into cafe curtains for her kitchen window…it looks absolutely PERFECT for her kitchen. We love!


This year there was no shortage of feminine design. One minute we saw Eva Longoria on the red carpet wearing a big bow, the next, Natalie Portman was prancing around in a gorgeous ruffled dress.

Homes seem to take their cue from fashion, so it’s no surprise that we spotted this beautiful ruffled table skirt in a photo of a feminine looking entry way from Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.

Lace, ruffles, bows, pastels- anything frilly was the theme this year!


You can always count on Rihanna, the ultimate representation of “rocker chic”, to sport something edgy and fashionable. Whether it’s a new haircut or leather jacket, Rihanna has been making fashion waves for the entirety of 2008!

This room by Candice Olson (taken from Point Click Home) does just the same thing. Daring and unexpected, black walls, a zebra, rug, and gold accents would make this room the ultimate competition on the red carpet.


Just the other week, I tried explaining to my mother what “ombre” was…we were at Tarjay and saw an “ombre” shirt and my mom was so confused- “you mean tie-dye?”

Here’s a good definition I found of Ombre for you mom and others out there who might be unsure of this fancy French term.
‘From a French term for “shaded,” ombre is a color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark over the item of clothing’

Angelina surely stunned those on the red carpet when she wore this Ombre dress (above). Although the ombre was very pretty, most were just very focused on if she was pregnant or not!

Cameron Diaz with the same trendy look…

There aren’t a ton of homes I have seen this year with ombre, but the trend is slowly catching on. I found this image via Coco Kelley. Here, drapes fade from white to blue and give this dining area a nice, serene look.


Oh dear, this by far is my least favorite fashion trend of all! Had to save the worst for last, I suppose. I think the boyfriend jeans trend looks a bit messy and unkempt on celebs that normally look so polished! The photo of Katie above actually does not look so terrible with heels, but other photos I have seen of her and Posh make them look positively disheveld.

To ahieve the boyfriend look in your own home is not hard…it really just requires a very laid back atmosphere with neutral colors or using navy and reds. Of course, why decorate your own home in the boyfriend style when you can just use your boyfriend’s!! (advice given to me by Katie Cruise, wearing Tom’s jeans on the streets of NY)

And that’s the top 10 trends! However, there was one more trend that we featured a few months ago on our blog, that has gotten a lot of hype and that is the Typography trend!

Statement t-shirts were everywhere on celebs this year-

I am so happy celebs wear statement t-shirts so I can know what’s going on without even reading my Us Weekly!

Homes have mimicked this trend in decor- usually in art pieces, pillows, or other accessories. Nate Berkus’ home seemed to have been a hit with bloggers and readers (especially the “word” art he has hung in the back corner)

In addition to letters, numbers are also used quite often.

And while another year is summarized in trends, here’s to yet another

Happy New Years everyone!

Hot Color Combo

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 28, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Color

I keep seeing aubergine and teal/blue put together and I’m loving this dramatic color combo.

It’s so elegant and luxe…a little feminine without being too girly.

The most recent spotting was in the January Elle Decor issue.

Are you loving it as much as I am?

Drake’s done it again!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 26, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Designers

My hero= Mr. Jamie Drake…his interiors are positively flawless, extremely invigorating, and certainly vibrant. A man whose color infused room designs never go unnoticed- especially by design enthusiasts, bloggers, and national design publications. With clients including NY’s Mayor Bloomberg, well, I think it’s safe to say that Jamie has “made it”!

I was most recently stunned by his spread in this month’s Elle Decor…

While Alessandra Branca is the “queen of red”, Jamie could certainly be the “king of lavendar”. I am no stranger to color myself. It is hard for me to do a room in all neutrals- which is why I admire Jamie’s work so much.

He is not afraid of bright, fun hues and his rooms surely depict this.

I can’t take my eyes away from the piece of art over the sectional (painted by Dan Christensen)- so simple but so moving! This attention-grabbing den is located in the Manhattan residence of two art enthusiasts. Jamie had almost a completely clean slate to work with (with the exception of fabulous art pieces that the client previously owned- not a bad deal I must say! I love all of their art).

A marble top table sits upon a rug designed by Jamie himself. The rug’s unique color palette connects to all of the other textiles and upholstery in the room.

Different shades of violet are spread throughout this master bedroom- and it isn’t complete of course, without lively punches of coral accents.

Does anyone know where the bedroom’s desk is from? Not that I am going to rush out and get it or anything (!!) but it’s just such a sight- lucite legs with a clean white top…what a blissful space!

Researching Jamie, I came across even more rooms of his that I never knew who the designer was. Turns out, a lot of my favorite rooms are in fact, Jamie’s!

Photos from Alkemie

And to all a GOOD NIGHT!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 25, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Holiday

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone!

I had such a nice Christmas this year- got to spend Christmas Eve in Athens with the boyfriend’s parents and then came back to Dallas today to finish up the rest of the festivities with my family.

{Harry, their family dog, all ready to celebrate….}

It was so wonderful seeing those I had not seen in a while, eating a ton of terrific food, and getting a tad bit of R&R in among all the Christmas chaos.

Watched the infamous “A Christmas Story” movie (a MUST over the holidays- actually TBS plays it for 24 hours straight so it is pretty hard to miss!)

Remember this lamp? Hideous or hilarious? Or both?

One of my favorite gifts was the Domino Book of Decorating. I know, I know, I’m a little behind the other bloggers who posted about this fabulous book months ago…but I wanted to wait it out until Christmas so I could look forward to it as one of my gifts! (and I can’t tell you how many times I went into Borders since its debut, eyeing this book wanting to rip it open and read it cover to cover) It has gotten so much hype in the blogging world, that I wanted so badly to see what everyone has been talking about.

Did not disappoint one bit! I read it cover to cover in one sitting. It really does have some great room pics, creative home ideas, and I for sure learned things that I hadn’t known before!

It is a great reference for designers and homeowners alike. One of the perks of purchasing the book is that it comes with a free subscription to Domino! (perfect timing since mine was up in December anyways!)

Before Christmas officially ends in a couple of hours, I wanted to send you all this link to Valorie Hart’s home all decorated for Christmas- she writes the popular blog, Visual Vamp.

She used non-traditional Christmas colors to decorate (which I LOVE) and pillows “wrapped” in ribbons! Can she be any cuter, seriously?

A leetle out of my budget this year, but wouldn’t it be nice to snuggle up with this wool and cashmere Hermes blanket this winter?

I love its beautiful colors and it just looks so darn cozy! Adding it to my mental list of “I can dream…” accessories.

Last minute Christmas savings!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 19, 2008 | 1 Comment | Category: Holiday, Sales

If you are anything like me, you will be waiting to the last weekend before Christmas to do all of your shopping. But there are perks to being a last minute shopper! Sales, sales, and MORE sales! But aren’t these supposed to be going on AFTER Christmas? It seems as if every hour, I am receiving another sale alert email from one of the big retailers. Oh well, you don’t see me complaining!
Retail sales galore at all Williams Sonoma Inc. stores…
Friends and Family Event
Saturday December 20th through Wednesday December 24th Williams-Sonoma is having a Friends and Family Event at retail stores only.
They will offer 20% off all merchandise in the store.

Pottery Barn
Spend $100 and get $20 back
Friday, December 19th through Sunday, December 21st spend $100 at a Pottery Barn store and get a $20 gift card that can be used from 12/26/2008 – 01/31/2009.

Pottery Barn Kids
Spend $100 and get $20 back
From December 19th to 21st, for every $100 you spend on in-store merchandise, you will be entitled to a coupon for $20 that is valid for a future purchase at any Pottery Barn Kids store between December 26, 2008 and January 31, 2009.

Free shipping online
Thursday, December 18th through Monday, December 22nd PBteen will offer free shipping on an expanded assortment of in stock items only.

West Elm

Additional savings in store
Starting Wednesday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 24 get an additional 20% off on ALL SALE items.

Williams-Sonoma Home
Save on holiday accessories
Get up to 20% off on select categories including apothecary and holiday accessories at Williams-Sonoma Home retail stores.

I decided to swing by the Wisteria Outlet today on my way back from Irving. I am helping my sister re-do her living room and I was on a mission to find her some pretty end tables. But of course, Wisteria ended up sucking me in, yet again, to another sale…I ended up leaving with no end tables (sorry Sarah!) and some early Christmas presents for myself.

I just couldn’t resist….I have had my eye on these crystal perfume bottles FOREVER- (ok maybe only a few months) But who would have ever thought they would end up marking them down so low? They used to be $69 each and were marked down to $27!! Would look perfect on my previously neglected vanity in my “boudoir”.

They also had some gorgeous mirrors marked down and 50% off all Holiday decor…sale ends Saturday!

These floors were made for gawkin…

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 15, 2008 | 7 Comments | Category: Floors

Whenever working on a project, there is always the rug debate…purchase something with a lot of color and pattern or stick to something subtle and neutral such as sisal, seagrass, or jute.

Most clients don’t understand nor want to try to understand the benefits of a natural fiber rug or carpet. They instantly feel that these rugs are very uncomfortable on the feet, lack visual interest, and are too boring for the space; however, most designers beg to differ. I know from personal experience that it is a hard introduction to make- natural rug, meet client. Client, meet natural rug. The feelings are rarely mutual unfortunately.

There are so many advantages of using these types of floor coverings- they really can complement any type or style of room. They are very versatile, and with the trend moving towards natural/organic home design with less fuss, these rugs are a perfect answer to any room’s problem. Not to mention, they are inexpensive too! Paying thousands upon thousands of dollars for a Persian rug is beyond me.

Let me forward you on to the queen of natural fiber carpets- Joni.

Joni’s seagrass lesson: a properly sized seagrass rug should cover the room almost as if it was wall to wall carpeting.

This image above from Cote de Texas depicts the most gorgeous sitting room with a custom cut seagrass matting rug. Why put pattern on the floor when you already have it in a funky animal print chair? This room is soothing without being boring and sophisticated without being uptight.

Another beautiful photo of a formal living room from Traditional Home. A warm, textured, sisal rug covers whitewashed flooring.

But what if the room’s furnishings and design requires the rug to be more bold and adventurous or what if the client fails to accept a natural fiber rug into their home deeming it too uncomfortable?

Well, do not despair! There are definitely very fun and fashionable alternatives to natural rugs…bringing in pattern, style, comfort, and color to a floor near you 🙂

Layering a few different rugs on top of each other is a very interesting and fun way to present pattern and texture to your room. In this parlor, the designer placed a criss cross print rug underneath a zebra rug that is set on the diagonal.

With a palette of grays and ivories, this room featured in Traditional Home looks fresh and light- wall to wall carpet with a pattern of straight lines gives the room structure.

This dark rug gives the room tons of warmth. A small animal print pattern draws attention to the floor without overwhelming visitors. The patterned rug ties everything together- the off white from the lamp shade/ painted ceiling with the dark walls.

A delicate and small geometric pattern covers this neutral rug. I love this room because it is soft and doesn’t scream out “pattern” yet still gives you something interesting to look at!

This is such a Domino room- I love it. Its neutral scheme was inspired by a book of Turkish patterns and the owner’s infatuation with florals. This rug provides an earthy element to the room.

I have always had a thing for this study designed by Celerie Kemble. The graphic carpet is very David Hicks-esque!

We’ve featured this Dallas home on our blog before- the owners definitely don’t have to worry about this room being too blah- a large zebra printed rug gives this room all the pattern it needs! Large or small, a zebra printed rug is always a great way to throw a little pattern on the floor.

Horizontal stripes on this rug creates a linear pattern throughout the room- which mixes nicely with the rounded ottoman and circular print pillows.

And…even more stripes! These floor stripes echo the ceiling’s linear beams on a smaller scale

Choosing a more traditional rug for a living room, automatically gives the homeowner a nice color palette to work off of- it provides inspiration and guides the designer when choosing coordinating pillows and paint color. However, the bad thing about such a colorful rug is that you could tire of these colors quickly and then are stuck with a designated palette. Another reason why designers love neutral seagrass- versatility!

I first saw this room (well, just the photo!) when working for a model home merchandiser a few years ago. She was using this photo as an inspiration for one of the presentations we were working on. I remember noting how cozy and homey this room looked- who knew I would be posting about it years later! The couch and wing chair give a sense of traditional comfort, whereas the rug provides a nice graphic punch and shakes things up a bit.

Oh Nate! We can’t seem to not post about your lovely rug! I feel like we’ve posted about this room a few times already. But with this post being about rugs with a large WOW factor- how could we ignore this room?

Mary MacDonald “wanted a contemporary pop” so she chose a pattern for the floor. This Lisa Fine rug has a large scale pattern which actually makes this small room appear a bit larger! The trick to expanding small rooms, is to use large furniture and large patterns- you just might be surprised how deceiving it is- makes people think the room is a lot larger than it is. And in interior design, we are all about optical illusions and hiding our room’s flaws!

Solid and muted hued furniture let the flooring take center stage for once!

So if you aren’t able to use a natural fiber rug in your design, it isn’t exactly the end of the world. Lots of beautiful rooms come out of using patterned rugs and carpets!

Pantone’s COY

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 10, 2008 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Paint, Trends

2009 is just around the corner and with that, comes Pantone’s yearly announcement of its “Color of the Year”….

Mimosa is the new color apparently…we shall be seeing a lot of it in ’09…and rightfully so- I think we need a warm cheery color in these difficult times, don’t ya think?

Mimosa is a complete turnaround from last year’s dark and cold, Blue Iris

Which one do you prefer?

Most accessories in your home are just for looks- but why not add a little bit of function while you’re at it?

These starburst wall clocks from Flessas Design in NYC do just that. They are completely gorgeous while still serving a purpose!

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