Tear ;(

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Aug 06, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Magazines

As if Domino, O at Home, Cottage Living, In Style Home and Blueprint shutting down weren’t enough, Time Inc is now pulling the plug on Southern Accents!  What a horrible year for shelter magazines. 


Southern Accents will stop publishing with its September/October issue. 

Still can’t believe it!  The magazine has been around for 32 years. 

Here is a trip down memory lane…











Don’t go House Beautiful and Elle Decor!! We wouldn’t be able to handle it!

More than just plastic…

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Aug 06, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Furniture, Living Rooms

I get emailed this question all the time- where can I find acrylic coffee tables, consoles and end tables?

I usually direct people to either Allan Knight, CB2, Overstock, The Paris Apartment or a Dallas custom acrylic furniture maker.


{Rafael de Cardenas- Elle Decor}


Robyn Karp Interiors


{Monique Lhuillier’s home- Elle Decor}


{Jonathan Adler}


{Blueprint Bliss}


{Elle Decor}


{Apartment Therapy}


{High Heel Foot in the Door}


Palmer Weiss

Excited to announce that there’s a new lucite vendor in town named Crate and Barrel- you may have heard of them before?

CB2 started with the less expensive version, the Peekaboo clear coffee table and it must have been such a hit that Crate and Barrel decided to come out with its own version called the Vista coffee table.

The CB2 one is a complete steal at $249.  The Crate and Barrel one has a great look to it too, but this one is a little bit pricier- retailing at $599.


C&B Vista

And scene…



There is also a Vista console table ($599) as well as a side table ($449)

However, three acrylic pieces that Crate and Barrel doesn’t carry are the clear nesting tables, the media console and the drink table that is on acrylic casters.  You will have to visit CB2 for these!

Nice to have another source for these transparent tables…what is your favorite go-to lucite place?

Cover to cover!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Aug 03, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Magazines

Why does it feel like forever since I read a magazine?

With a lot of the shelter magazines having gone under, we can’t help but be grateful for those still being published.  Two of my favorites will be arriving in my mailbox in a mere 8 days!

The annual fashion issue of Elle Decor will soon be in my clutches…pages upon pages of gorgeous homes await us!  Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s Kentucky horse farm, John Mayer’s Soho “wonderland” (designed by Giorgio Armani) and Anna Sui’s apartment are just a few of the fashion icons featured.


It’s a good one, I can taste it! Wonder whose house made the cover?

While Elle Decor focuses on fashion this month, Met Home zeroes in on renovations.  Everything from small spaces and kitchen and bath products, to extreme makeovers and simple upgrades.


Love the modern and crisp white covers of both!


We are so excited to announce our latest giveaway- the Material Girls/Merida Free Area Rug Contest!

Merida has been designing sustainable and stylish area rugs for over 30 years.  We are so thrilled to be partnering up with this wonderful rug company and giving our readers the opportunity to win a free Merida area rug.


Winner will receive a 5′ x 8′ Serengeti Gazelle (sisal and linen) area rug valued at $1,800! (pictured above)

To enter, all you have to do is read the official rules (which state you can only enter once), complete the form on the link here, and click on the confirmation email to validate your entry.  Merida will ship to US and Canada.

The drawing will be held on August 31, 2009 and the winner will be announced on Material Girls, September 1st!


The Serengeti rug is just one of many rugs featured in their new Global Expedition line (others include the Alhambra, the Kyoto, and the Cortina).  The Serengeti was inspired by the exotic wildlife and landscape of the African wilderness.  This sisal and linen combo is woven in an earthy palette of sun and sand with shiny yards in a simple but visually stimulating design.


{Serengeti- Jacana}


{Serengeti- Ibis, Gazelle and Jacana}


{Turkana Sahara}


{Alhambra- Glacier and Camel}


{Turkana- Sahara}


{Kyoto- Locust, Glacier and Tupelo}

As you probably already know, sisal rugs are currently a very popular choice of rugs for the home because they are so versatile.  We love this area rug because it brings neutral texture to a room and looks great with any type of decor.  With a sisal, you aren’t tied to a particular color scheme which I LOVE as I am constantly changing around the rooms in my house.


{Kyoto- Locust, Glacier and Tupelo}

Contest ends August 31st- thanks for participating!