Trina: To the Trade

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 26, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Fabric, Fashion

I worked for Neiman’s for a short time after I graduated college…being exposed to designer’s upcoming collections and gorgeous clothing on a day to day basis, was not half bad I must say. But they put me in the contemporary sportswear department with an awful buyer who I thought was comparable to Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada. She was very harsh and we were expected to know about the various fashion designers in her department. At this point in my life names like Milly, Cynthia Steffe, Vince, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor and Trina Turk were foreign to me. After spending a good amount of time around their collections, Trina Turk soon became one of my favorite designers and a household name, no less.

Pics above and below from her Summer ’09 collection

Trina is no stranger to bright color and bold pattern- it’s no wonder her first clothing boutique opened up in Palm Springs.

Then in May 2008, Trina Turk residential opened next door to the original boutique in Palm Springs.

The most recent Trina news is that she has a new line of indoor/outdoor fabrics for Schumacher.

I am just slightly obsessed with them!

So many exotic prints to choose from…

And don’t worry, there is plenty more where these came from- view the rest of her Schumacher fabrics here

Who will be the next clothing designer to launch a home or fabric collection?

Allison and Louis of Maison 24 sent me more updates today on their exciting trip to Paree!

Today was our 1st day shopping the Maison et Objet Spring/Summer ’09 collections.
This is a huge show that takes place just outside Paris from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27 with 6 major pavilion halls and 3 specialized halls.

Halls 1 – 6 include ethnic chic, home textiles, interior decoration divided into “references”, “charme”, and “inspiration jardin”, and home accessories.
Hall 5B is called “Scenes D’interieur” and it is a show for the greatest creators of luxury home fashion – sort of a best of the best and a very inspirational section of the show.
Hall 5C is “Editeurs” and it features over 150 international luxury upholstery fabric houses.
Halls 7A & 7B house “Now! design a vivre” which is a preview of new, edgy, innovative design.
We covered Halls 1,2,3 and Now! today – which is about all you can do in 6 straight hours of walking the aisles.

Our first stop was to visit the the design installations in Halls 1, 2, and 3 to see how this year’s designers are interpreting design in today’s world. All noting that we are living in uncertain times, each designer used his or her space to offer reassurance that the home & experimenting with design can be the best antigloom remedy.

Chalk white walls covered in vibrant, jarring graffiti created the backdrop for Iconoclash by Vincent Gregorie. The products, curated from among dozens of exhibitors, fused urban & rustic, natural & artificial, and the archaic with the technical.

Our favorite pieces included a white porcelain Richard Ginori sculpture of 4 regal men with ‘love’ painted in rainbow stripes across them, a glossy white buddha that had assuring words like ‘believe!’ scrawled across the base and a chest of drawers where every drawer front was unique – mirrored, baroque, stained wood, lacquered wood – and mismatched.

Francois Bernard created a space called Valeurs-Refuge. As he sees it, whimsy and humor are an antidote to the time we’re living in and the home is comfort – revisiting classics and fixing up the run-down charm of the known. Mr. Bernard’s space was tented with fabric printed with a classic hounds tooth pattern but on an enormous scale and the entrance was meant to look as though it was being unzipped or opened by a giant zipper which immediately revealed a working fireplace beyond the entrance that made you feel warm, welcomed, & comforted.  Unique finishes & fabrications and hand-made & limited edition pieces made up the unique offerings.

The best examples we spotted that reflected Mr. Bernard’s vision included an acrylic chair and stool screened with a classic Louis style design in a shimmery silver and a mounted deer head covered in a patchwork of vintage needlepoint canvases (and we bought both to add to our Spring mix at Maison 24).

Both designers visions seemed to be echoed throughout many vendors booths where bright colors, whimsical design, and a re-invention of the classics were dominant themes.

We can’t wait to continue exploring & buying tomorrow!

Having never been abroad, I can only imagine what visiting Paris must be like…the food, the people, the scenery, the sights, the shopping…
This weekend I am living vicariously through Allison and Louis of Maison 24 as they make their way to this beautiful and enchanting city to attend the Maison et Objet show.

They’ve so far been sending me email updates on their travels. I don’t know about you, but I love seeing pictures of people’s trips- then you pair this with anything interiors related, and I’m completely mesmerized!

Here’s their first hand account of “the city of lights”

Our first great find this trip is our hotel Villa D Estrees. An adorable boutique hotel in the 6th Arrondissement near the Blvd. St. Germain and a 2 minute walk to the St. Michele RER station which we take to the Maison et Objet exposition park.

The hotel has very spacious rooms, a cozy lobby where they serve continental breakfast (for 12 euro) and a great restaurant & bar across the street that serves from noon to midnight.

Our first stop is of course Colette – the place to see (& be seen) and check out all things on the hot list of fashion, music, and technology. The windows showcased a collection from Thom Browne and there is a new T.B. shop-in-shop that is cutting edge styling meets tennis club chic! The clothes are a collection of red, white, and blue stripes and solids emblazoned with tennis rackets and the shopping area is filled with shiny miniature trophies and faux grass to complete the effect.

A short walk up the block and Thom Browne’s collection for Brooks Brothers is featured in their windows. This time an attention getting plaid suit with a skinny cropped pant & fitted jacket is on display. We love that within 2 city blocks Thom Browne has 2 distinct collections bridging the gap between cutting edge fashion and mainstream classics!

Here we are heading up the rue du Faubourg St. Honore where we find Flamant.
Flamant is a family-owned home furnishings store that is the practicality of Restoration Hardware combined with the chic minimalism of Catherine Memmi. Warm tones on the walls are a perfect backdrop for clean, stylish home furnishings mixed with a selection of accessories, paints, and fabrics all under one roof.

Next stop L’Eclaireur. When we were here in November the store was closed and the restaurant & bar were also closed for a private event.

Luckily this trip we were able to explore both. The shop is an over-the-top lifestyle boutique combining fashion, the largest collection of Fornasetti home furnishings in Europe and a fantastic bar & restaurant bedecked with Fornasetti furniture, wallpaper, & original drawings by Piero Fornasetti.

After drooling over all the fashion (like this stunning Oscar de la Renta gown), shoes, and jewelry and oohing and ahhing over the extensive Fornasetti offerings from stools to plates to trays to screens, we happily arrived at the bar for cocktail hour when they offer a delicious, endless, complimentary supply of tasty bar snacks on tiered cake stands (chips, finger sandwiches, cornichon, and cheese crackers so beautifully presented!) to accompany the wonderful selection of wine & champagne by the glass as well as fun cocktails.

The surreal Fornasetti furnishings & the special attention to the presentation of simple bar snacks come together to create a truly enjoyable, out of the ordinary experience. On any trip to Paris, L’Eclaireur is not to be missed.

Last stop of the day was Hermes.

The current windows are a silver & white Indian fantasy and an orange tinted dream scape. There is not much to add other than to give in to their extreme creativity, stylishness & escapism!

We can’t wait to get to the show tomorrow to check out all the new design trends.

Greetings from Paris,
Allison & Louis

Ahhh sounds so fun- wish I was there!! Boyfriend, if you are listening….next trip- Paree perhaps?!

Lamps in the kitchen?

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 20, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Kitchens, Lighting

Would you ever put lamps on your kitchen countertop like they did here? Something to ponder!
{Image via Southern Accents}

Annual Warehouse Sale!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 20, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Sales, Shops and Showrooms

For all of you Dallasites-

To market we did go…

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 19, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Events, Shops and Showrooms

Today I attended the Home and Gift Market at The Dallas Market Center.

I have actually never been to the market as a buyer. I’ve only worked the event (about five years ago) at the showroom, The Patricia Group. It was definitely time for me to experience the other side of market. However, my mom, sister, and I soon realized that going showroom to showroom was no easy feat! By the end, of the day, our feet were sore and we were all showroomed out. But I must say it was a great experience and really not as crowded as we had anticipated.

Although I visit the Market Center on a regular basis, it’s a lot more interesting when all of the showrooms have their newest products out and set up in creative vignettes (not to mention, each showroom offers tasty little foods and drinks, which is always a plus!)

One of my favorite showrooms is Global Views. They recently expanded their space and it is now huge! Lots of glitz and glamour adorn their vignettes. Sunburst mirrors, metallics, and graphic prints are hard to miss here.

Another must see showroom on my list was In Detail. Although I frequent here a lot, it never gets old visiting their Arteriors section among other lines- lots of great lighting, mirrors, end/coffee tables, wall hangings and accessories.

Cute Greek key pillows- Lauren, this is for you!

One fun showroom that I stumbled upon for the first time was Two’s Company. I have purchased some of their furniture before (from another store) and had no idea that they existed in the DMC! Lots of fresh, bright colors in their showroom- just in time for Spring!

Their “wedding” section….

I was planning on taking a lot more photos, but my camera dying put a real kink in my plans!

Post camera dying- I also visited my favorite lighting showroom, Taylors on Ten (they have Visual Comfort lighting here, etc) and In the Mix.

So much fun and such a different atmosphere at the DMC than I am used to- will definitely be back next year!

Meet Allison and Louis, our latest blog sponsors and also owners of the shop and website,
Maison 24

This cute pic above captures the brother-sister duo back in the 70’s…ever so stylish even back then, Allison and Louis grew up with a mom who was fashion director and a dad who was display director for a major NY-area department store chain. So needless to say, they were widely influenced growing up, by the creative people around them.

Both have worked for notable designer, Jonathon Adler, and eventually realized that their dream was in fact, to start their own brand. Allison and Louis have since teamed up together to create Maison 24, a trendy but classic mix of anything from home furnishings to decorative objects, men/women’s accessories, art, and much more.

They have a Bridgehampton location for those of you who live in the NY area, but if you live elsewhere, don’t despair- they now have an E-commerce website too!

Their website is filled with so many fun finds…a few of my favorites:

It’s hard to come across someone who hasn’t been obsessed with orange lately…it’s an epidemic!

Never have I seen a buffet so chic!

This lucite chair is a new product over at Maison 24

They also offer luxurious hotel bedding

Pillow with gorgeous silk embroidery– a must have!

They also have some extraordinary light fixtures

Can’t forget this yummy velvet arm chair

**On a side note: stay tuned!! Allison and Louis will be in Paris next weekend for the Maison et Objet show. They will be sending us photos of the latest design trends they discover over there- can’t wait!

Stalking George Dubya

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 17, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Celebs, Home Exteriors

As the Obamas start getting settled into the White House, former President Bush moves out and makes his way down to Dallas, where he and Laura will live.

Once they move into their new home in the Preston Hollow area, their street will be gated and closed off to the public. So of course, this being the last weekend their street was available for stalking, I drove by to get a good look at their new place.

Signs on neighbors’ lawns welcome George and Laura home.

I found all the juicy details about their house from an article on Newsweek- “The 8,501-square-foot home, on a previously quiet cul-de-sac, backs up to a creek and sits on a 1.1-acre lot. The home has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, an 896-square-foot servants’ quarters and a 450-square-foot cabana. It was previously owned by Republican donor and Dallas investor Daniel Boeckman and his wife, Laura.”

It was hard to stop and take a good photo of their home as there were about 10 cars behind me waiting to get a peek themselves!

I was actually surprised that the Bush family didn’t move to some huge fancy mansion in Highland Park. But I guess they really just wanted to be taken back to their Texas roots with this traditional style ranch house in a quiet cul-de-sac.

The $1.6 million five-bedroom home next door, will be the new residence of his Secret Service agents.

Both of the homes back up to the 25 acre, $50 million estate of billionaire Tom Hicks, a good friend of former President Bush. Tom bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in ’98 for $250 million.

My parents dog, Sammy, seemed to have had a good time stalking the Bush’s new house too…

A better photo of the house via Newsweek

Expect the unexpected from MM

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 15, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Designers

One of the most daring designers out there has to be Mary McDonald. She does not care if a piece is “high” or “low”, she isn’t afraid to paint zig zags on the floor, nor does she hesitate when pairing colors like navy and rose.
She does what she wants, and does it quite well I might add!

She is most definitely a designer style icon of mine. She knows how to dress a space- no matter how unpredictable, glam, bold, ornate, bright, geometric, dressed up, or casual it is, she nails it every time!

Her guest house in particular struck a chord with me in this month’s Domino…what I wouldn’t do with that much space, style, and funds to furnish and decorate a guest house like that!

Here are some summarized design “tips” we picked up from Mary (via the Domino article)

MM’s Design Advice 1– Define a room with hardware store bought moulding.

MM’s Design Advice 2- Pair classics with the “ridiculous”

MM’s Design Advice 3– When designing a room in a monochromatic scheme, add a shot of contrast

MM’s Design Advice 4- Don’t be afraid to go bold on the floor

MM’s Design Advice 5- Don’t be afraid to get a little funky in areas that normally lend themselves to the expected

MM’s Design Advice 6- Start neutral, then pile on the accessories

MM’s Design Advice 7- Cheat by using both high and low end items…(by low, does she mean the Z Gallerie Estrella Tealight Holder on her coffee table? If not, they sure look similar!)

MM’s Design Advice 8- Collect objects (from around the world) in all the same hue to form unified and sophisticated displays

The sky is seriously the limit with this guest house….and her besties get to stay here? Where can I sign up to audition for “Mary McDonald’s My New BFF” reality show?!

8 Sided

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 15, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories

I recently stumbled upon some beautiful octagon mirrors…so alike, yet so different!

Sleek and chic?

Traditional Italian?

Blue Peruvian?

Detailed Venetian?

With so many octagonal mirrors out there, what is a girl to do!