Go for the Gourd!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 31, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Lighting

There is nothing better than a gourd lamp.  You just can’t go wrong with them!  They look great in any style interior- traditional, transitional or contemporary and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

I do have to say that my personal favorite are the colorful ones.  When a room begs for a splash of color, using even just one gourd lamp does the trick.

I’ve gathered some of my favorites below.  This selection is all over the map!  From high to low price points, colorful to neutral, transparent to opaque, and matte to glossy, there are certainly gourds for every design personality!

Tonic Home Octagon Gourd Lamp

Inside Avenue- Barbara Cosgrove- Silver Gourd Lamp

Modern Dose- Elayna Lamp

Home Accents- Quinn Gourd Lamp

1stdibs- Eric Appel White Ceramic Triple Gourd Table Lamps

Macy’s Robert Abbey Table Lamp- Triple Gourd- Peacock

Horchow- Bronze Gourd Lamp

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams- Marilyn Table Lamp

Circa Lighting- Mini Fang Gourd

Layla Grayce- Arteriors Regis Glass Gourd Lamp

Pottery Barn- Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp

West Elm- Gourd Table Lamp

Williams-Sonoma Home- Porcelain Urn Lamp

Shades of Light- Triple Gourd Ceramic Table Lamp

Christopher Spitzmiller Medium Three Ball Lamps

Robert Abbey Pink Ceramic and Silver Table Lamp

Hayden Table Lamp

And if you are so inclined to make your own, Martha Stewart has a DIY guide to the Gourd Lamp on her website here!

Jan Showers and Associates is having a don’t-wanna-miss sale from Monday, February 1st through Friday February 5th at her showroom location (1308 Slocum St.) in Dallas.  She rarely has sales so now’s the perfect time to grab one of her Parisian finds at a great price!

Below are some items included in the sale-

Had to start with my favorite piece- the pink and orange bergere!

All antiques and coveted vintage lamps as well as her floor samples will be 30-75% off.

I was at The Great Indoors the other day and I see this wall hanging (that could also just be used as a decorative object) and I immediately thought of Mrs. Wearstler and her oh so fabulous Brass Kaleidoscope for Bergdorf’s.

So what do ya think- classy or trashy?  Could I spray paint it and make it really metallic and chic? (after all, it was only $20!)

Of course it will never look nearly as good as Kelly’s accessory, but is it salvageable dear readers or does it just look like a big porcupine?

{Brass Kaleidoscope by Kelly Wearstler}

Arteriors currently has something similar in a metal wall sculpture form.  Is it just me or are spikes in?

RSH (formerly known as Room Service Home) is currently having a Catalog Warehouse Moving sale!

Help them clean out their space by benefiting from savings of up to 90% off on gifts, children’s accessories, and furniture.

Friday, January 22

9 am to 4 pm

Saturday, January 23

9am to Noon

6334 Maple Ave. #750

Dallas, TX 75235

See you there!

Voting has officially begun for the Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge!

These three room vignettes (currently on display in Bloomingdale’s windows) were each designed individually by Bloomingdale’s, Apartment Therapy, and Elle Decor.  They were required to use Bloomingdale’s furniture and accessories (including a three-drawer chest from Bloomingdale’s new Hudson Park Loft collection).  After they were done furnishing with Bloomingdale’s items, they were allowed to bring in some of their own favorite antiques and collectibles to add the finishing touches to the room.

You have from now until January 28th (at midnight EST) to cast your vote online HERE or you can vote by texting this number- 89800 and entering the number for your favorite window.


2- Apartment Therapy

3- Bloomingdale’s

We just sent our vote off!  Here is the current tally-

Who will win?

Will it be Eileen Joyce for Bloomingdales?

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan for Apartment Therapy?

Or Eddie Ross for Elle Decor?

We shall soon see!  If you live in NYC, you can stop by Bloomingdale’s at their 59th Street location and see these fabulous window displays in person.

Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the 21st ARTS Awards here in Dallas at the Dallas Market Center.  These awards recognize the best in the decorative accessories industry and are organized by Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team (ART).


It was especially exciting for me to attend because I was one of the judges for this year’s competition and for the last two months, have been anticipating finding out the winner for each category.  See Finalist List here.


In November, the intensive two-day judging process took place at the DMC in Dallas where myself along with David Cadwallader, Dixon Bartlett, Lynn Brandon, and Mark McMenamin reviewed countless products and upwards of eighty binders!




I had always heard how the Grand Pavilion at the Trade Mart gets completely transformed for the night of the awards gala, and it certainly proved to be true!  I barely recognized the usually brightly lit, wide open, four-story, showroom-inhabited trade mart.


Drapes from floor to ceiling were dropped over the showroom facades, large screens with colorful geometric prints inhabited the stage, and even a human peacock paraded through the audience at the start of the show!


They really do go all out for this event and it was certainly a sight to see!




A few of this year’s winners-

Home Accent StoreGrace Home Furnishings– Los Angeles, CA

International Retailer- Ma Maison, Mexico City, Mexico

Product Designer– Jason Phillips, The Phillips Collection

Manufacturer (Accent Furniture)- PALECEK

Area RugsLoloi Rugs

Decorative AccessoriesGlobal Views

Home TextilesBlissliving Home

Lighting FixturesVisual Comfort

Portable LampsBarbara Cosgrove Lamps

TabletopBeatriz Ball Collection

Wall DecorParagon

Academy of AchievementDon McEvoy Ltd.

Congrats to this year’s winners!

(official list to come soon)

Being a residential designer is wonderful for the most part, but just like any job, it has its good days and bad.  I consider a “bad” day one where I end up spending all day looking for a certain piece and then end up leaving the showrooms empty-handed. (well, empty-handed of tear sheets at least)

Of course interior design has a lot to do with talent, but I also think that it has a lot to do with luck.  I may have the perfect size/shape/color/pattern/texture of an object in my mind, but alas, not one showroom’s inventory will seem to want to agree with my vision!  I usually end up being a bit of a perfectionist on my projects and refuse to give up looking for the perfect piece until I find it.  But the funny thing is, six months after the project ends, I will randomly stumble upon that perfect object- funny how it works that way?


{House Beautiful}

So why do I bring this up now?  Well, I have been looking for a very particular large scale, wall-hung mirror for a client’s dining room for the past three weeks.  I’m not talking about casually browsing stores.  I’m referring to the kind of search where you obsess over it constantly- stalking every store’s catalog, internet site, and showroom for this object (often checking multiple times a week just to make sure that perfect piece didn’t arrive while you were sleeping the night before).  The never-ending search where you start to put social engagements and other work second to the quest for this object.  Any spare time is spent looking for it and even a trip to get gas in your car, ends up turning into a “let me just run in next door to see if they have something…”


{House Beautiful}

It would be fine if we had the time to wait for a custom mirror or for new inventory to come in, but my client needed the mirror for a party on the 16th and as noon rolled around today, the hope of finding it in time was not looking good.  By this point, I had given up on finding the perfect sized mirror before Saturday night, so was willing to compromise for something a tad smaller, a mirror that could at least be a “stand-in” for the party.

Enter- Home Goods.  I randomly made my bi-monthly stop at Home Goods today and guess what I found?  A mirror!  And not just any mirror- a mirror for $150!  One that would work perfectly for the time being and not only that, it looks EXACTLY like the Mosaic Mirror currently on Horchow’s website that I’ve always loved (but is currently back-ordered until March and retails for $450)


{Home Goods Mirror}


{Horchow Mosaic Mirror}

Who would have thought that the best mirror we’ve seen thus far would be from Home Goods of all places! I guess you just never know.  All’s well that ends well, I suppose, and if my client ends up loving it, hey, you never know, we just might keep it as more than a party prop!

This is the madness that is also known as the Dallas Arteriors Warehouse Sale…


I’ve been counting down to the sale ever since I received the invitation a few weeks ago.  I had a chance to visit the sale on Monday before it officially opens to the public this Friday (AKA before everything is gone!)

I was really overwhelmed by the amount of inventory that was marked down!  It took a while to comb through everything.

Don’t tell my sister, but the lamps I bought her a few months ago are now on sale for $49!!  She would die!


Need a lamp shade to go with?  No worries because the Arteriors sale has them for only $10 bucks!


I was THIS close to buying myself a new coffee table or accent table.  My old glass top/black iron one is on its last life (and I can’t say that I’m too sad about that); however, I decided to wait and come back this weekend to see if prices were marked down even further (and if they are, then it must be fate!)


More and more accent tables-


Arteriors infamous folding screens! (the gold one being the inspiration for our MG Houston illustration)


I loved these modern “director’s chairs” but I’d want to recover them in a bolder print.  I think the light blue/gold fabric fades away too much and doesn’t make enough of a statement.


It’s baaaack! Remember when Lauren bought this table at the Room Service Outlet back in June ’08? Who are we kidding, you probably don’t- only our parents were reading the blog back then.  Well, she got this table at a discount because it was missing the bottom piece.  Here it is at the warehouse sale in perfect condition- someone needs to snatch it up!


A large selection of dinnerware and decorative plates-


So many great lamps- all categorized by finish and color!  I didn’t even know where to begin to look…


Their accessory selection was nuts!  This isn’t even the half of it!



Mirrors galore!  They had this small, beautiful convex mirror (I have always wanted one) but alas, have nowhere to put it.  Someone needs to come snatch that up too!



SALE- 1/15-1/17

8 am-5pm

4430 Simonton Road

Dallas, TX 75244

There are some designers whose work I am just left speechless over- a feeling of awe, respect, and admiration for the designer’s work comes over me.  I am left wondering how I have never come across their work before and also excited that I have been introduced to a design firm with such talent and creativity.

Atlanta’s Habachy Designs is one of a kind in my opinion!  I visited their site the other day and was blown away.  Their designs are innovative, fresh, bold, unique, and downright stunning!  This Atlanta design firm focuses on both commercial and residential projects- each project with a personality all its own.

Polished Salon_Lounge

I have to say that although I love all of their work, I am most captivated by their commercial work.  Who wouldn’t want to get a mani/pedi in a sea of turquoise and hot pink bliss (perfect for the MG in all of us!) or have cocktails under neon lights? (hand raised over here!)

Their project photos are such delicious eye candy that I couldn’t wait to showcase them here.  Sit back, relax and get inspired!

Polished Beauty Lounge- Atlanta, GA

Polished Salon_Overall

Rhinoceros Boutique, Atlanta, GA


Shoe Bar, Atlanta, GA

Shoe Bar

YieldQuest, Atlanta, GA



Holiday House, Atlanta, GA



Aurum, Atlanta, GA


Bachelor’s Residence, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Compound, Atlanta, GA

Compound  - "MB1" Bar

Compound  - "MB1" Lounge

DIFFA 2008, Atlanta, GA


Douglas Residence, Atlanta, GA


Dressed, Atlanta, GA

Dressed Restaurant_Dining

Etebello Spa, Atlanta, GA

Entebello Spa_Custom Reception

Entebello Spa_Lounge

Entebello Spa_Custom Pedicure

Entebello Spa_Stairwell

Entebello Spa_Custom Retail Fixtures

My Facebook BFF Kelly Wearstler posted this image on her wall yesterday.  It’s the sneak peek of the Viceroy Anguilla hotel lobby.  Haven’t seen any photos of this one yet.

Looks really interesting!  Can’t wait to see more.  And is the hotel concierge in the background wearing a fedora?  Love it!  The whole thing is so Kelly Chic!


One of my clients recently informed me that she will be staying here in a few months- so incredibly jealous!  This place looks amazing!