Closing Sale!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Apr 25, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Sales, Shops and Showrooms

I was so shocked to hear that the Restoration Hardware near the Dallas Galleria is closing for good on May 22nd!!  Very sad news; however, the upside is that they are selling everything in their store at 40% off (excluding sale items) until then.

Restoration never has sales that substantial.  Bedding, drapes, lamps, furniture, bath accessories and more are ALL on sale!  Now is the time to buy that piece you’ve been yearning for!

5217 Alpha Road

Dallas, TX 75240

You would never guess that the building below is…

a consignment store?

Perched upon a hill, this funky Dallas shop, dubbed “Vinya”, was introduced to me by my realtor, Mary.  She told me that I had to stop in, as it was her favorite place to find designer decor on consignment.

I drive by this building all the time, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it housed such gorgeous furniture and accessories!  I decided to check it out on Friday and found some really interesting pieces.  It’s an incredibly unique store that is unlike most other consignment stores- and who knew that it was only a few streets over from where I live!

Here’s a lil tour around their shop, which has new and vintage furnishings, accessories, and lighting.

The first floor had a bunch of exceptional pieces that I had to hurry up and sift through right before they closed for the day.  Just when I thought I had seen it all, I was informed that the stairs did in fact, lead to a whole other level of Vinya finds!

Up we go…

If you are looking for classic pieces that make great staples in almost any home, Vinya had a bunch of them.  (I must admit, I’d love to own even one of these chairs someday!)

My dream chairs might look familiar to you…the timeless Saarinen Tulip and the Bertoia side chairs.  I’ll take one of each please!

I adore their graphic pillows…

Murano lamps?  I’ll take these too!

Call me crazy, but my favorite pieces were the two “mushroom” looking ones.  Are these stools?  Are these side tables?  Whatever they may be, I’m certainly head over heels!

These chain link tables were pretty cool too!  Would have made a great addition to Lauren’s “Chain Chain Chain” post.

Ahh acrylic, you had me at hello (literally).  They greeted you at the store’s entry!

I thought these chairs were incredibly fun; however, I would most likely re-upholster them in another fabric.   I even think they would look amazing painted in a white high gloss!


4205 Buena Vista St.

Dallas, TX 75205

Garden Party!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Apr 18, 2010 | 17 Comments | Category: Dining Rooms, Home Exteriors

This entire weekend has been so dreary here in the big D <sigh>.  I am so looking forward to the weather becoming consistent and it actually looking like Spring around here!

One of my favorite pastimes when the weather is sunny and bright, is to have brunch outside.  The best day for this?  Sunday of course!

A girl can dream of brighter days ahead..but for now, I guess I will have to live vicariously through the magazines that showcase pretty garden parties with bright colors and sun-drenched terraces.

Traditional Home featured one this month in particular that really caught my eye.  Heather Christothoulou hosted a garden party outside her Seattle home complete with silver Chiavari chairs, white ginger jars, pink chandeliers and bright green accents.  What’s not to love?

I immediately recognized the Suzani dessert plates from Anthropologie on her table (I have the same set!)  Her color scheme is very close to my own dining room’s.  I am incredibly girly at heart so her garden party certainly struck a chord with me!

And all that fresh food looks so delish…

These photos are so uplifting that I almost forgot that I am still stuck in rainy and bleak Dallas weather.  How ironic is it that I am jealous of Heather’s Seattle weather right now?

The five finalists for the Wisk Laundry Room Makeover Contest are in and there’s only a week left to vote!

Click HERE to view the videos of the finalists and vote for your favorite!

Winner receives a laundry room makeover designed by Material Girls and a new HE washer/dryer set from Whirlpool!

Will the winner be Constance…




or Kristen?

Just by voting, you are automatically entered into a drawing to receive a year’s supply of Wisk laundry detergent!

Voting ends Monday, April 19th at 12:00 pm EST.  (only one vote per person/email address please!)

Wanted to pass these two Dallas events along to those of you who live in the metroplex.  Shop owners Lisa Luby Ryan and Stephanie Anne are each having fabulous furniture and accessory sales within the next week.  All the info that you need is below!

Hope to see you there!

I’m getting ready to move and am looking for a new sofa to go in my future house.  Sofas are the hardest piece of furniture to pick out since it’s the piece you end up spending the most time with so it truly has to be right.  Comfort, style, depth width, etc are all key factors when choosing a sofa.  Of course, how could you forget cost and lead time too?  I am needing a sofa QUICK and did I mention, on a budget?  Those two factors combined is not going to make for an easy hunt.

Of course I have my dream sofa in mind, (don’t we all?) but the dream sofa just isn’t feasible right now.  It’s something that I really need to save up for and spend my time thinking about so I don’t jump into something that I’ll be wanting to sell on Craig’s List in a couple years.  The sofa I am looking for is my “transition sofa”…one that will last me a few years and eventually (hopefully) lead to the dream sofa.

I’ve found a few stylish sofas, for under $1,000.

{Olivia Slipcovered Sofa– $599}

{Carmen Sofa– photo via Shelterpop– $799}

{Ektorp Sofa– $399}

{Sutton Sofette– $699}

{Chloe Velvet Sofa– $899- photo via Decorpad}

{Emerson Sofa– $499}

{Dean Sofa– $999}

{Troy Sofa– $999}

{Jefferson Sofa– $929}

{Studio Sofa– $499}

{Westwood Sofa– $999}

{Pauline Sofa– $999}

{Avenue Sofa– $899}

{Night and Day Convertible Sofa– $588}

{Dallas consignment sofa- $400}

Which one is your favorite?

Last week we unveiled the homes of some of the web’s most beloved design bloggers, and this week we continue on with our blogger home tour.

Here are more homes from the ladies who love design as much as we do.  Enjoy!


Brooke Giannetti, a Los Angeles based interior designer, puts to practice what she preaches on her popular design blog, Velvet and Linen.  She teams up on projects with her architect husband, Steve, and the result of each project is nothing short of phenomenal.  Below is a design of hers that is “close to home”- literally.  It’s her own beautiful home that I have just been drooling over ever since she emailed it to me.  I’d live here in a heartbeat!

Our house has a very open floor plan.  This is our family room, where we spend 90% of our time.  Because all of the rooms flow into each other, we used a calming, neutral color palette.

When we built our home, Steve and I really wanted to design a space where we could hang out as a family, even if we were all doing different activities.

To achieve this, we created several different seating and task areas, like this cozy window seat…

this desk area behind the couch,

and this computer nook.

The carpet is made of jute. I love the golden color, and it’s much softer than sisal and sea grass. The big burlap ottoman is perfect for the kids. It’s really durable and doesn’t show stains!

We use an old bread board as a tray for snacks.

The sunroom used to be our back porch.  There are usually at least 6 teenage boys eating here!

Our kitchen opens up to the family room, which suits our casual lifestyle.  We bought the stools from a medical supply store.


Jackie Von Tobel of the Jackie Blue Home blog is another one of those bloggers that you look at and think- “how do they do it all?” Jackie has written two design books (both of which, she hand drew and rendered all of the featured illustrations), is a fabric and product designer, and is also an interior designer.  Whew!

What baffles me the most is that among all of her busy projects, she manages to keep her office so organized!  Not only is this office incredibly tidy, but its design is also very attractive.  I think I’d look forward to Mondays, if I had an office this spacious and charming to work in!


Karen Olivia, of the well known design blog, Alkemie, resides in San Francisco and never fails to inspire us with some of the best posts in the blogosphere.  Alkemie is always filled with the most gorgeous room photos, fun design polls, and great recommended design resources.  The eye catching photograph that poses as her blog header, is actually her own sleek and chic living room.  I’m sure you will fall in love, just as I did, with her tufts, lucite, velvet, sheepskin, and silk!

The room was complete unplanned in the way it was put together.  I didn’t even realize the  wall color and sofa color matched until after I got the sofa in.  As you can see, I can’t seem to commit to one style of well…anything.  So my tastes are very eclectic.  I have everything from Indian Saris as window treatments to vintage tufted velvet chairs and sofa, lucite and mirrored tables and a sheepskin rug.


The Material Girls love Willow Decor, a blog written by Gina, from New England.  Her blog is inspired by the years that she lived in Europe.  This girl really does have exquisite taste, which you can tell through her own recent home renovation of her breakfast room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, and family room.   *Be sure to enter her latest blog giveaway of an antique vellum book!*

Before- Butler’s Pantry

The first photos are the Butler’s Pantry. My home is 1930’s Royal Barry Wills Colonial and we wanted to recreate the office into a real old fashioned Pantry.  But, as a busy Mom I needed to have a workspace. One side of the Pantry has hidden file drawers, a place for the hard drive and printer and the other side has space for a kitchen aid mixer, serving platters and a microwave.  We also wanted to house my antique china. We really accomplished everything we hoped for.  Here is the link that explains this in detail.

After- Butler’s Pantry

Breakfast Room Before

The second renovation was the Kitchen area – we wanted to get rid of the upper cabinets that blocked the view between the two rooms and also create a center island.  We removed the upper cabinets, added beadboard to the recess ceiling and removed four bottom cabinets to create a center island eating area.  We also replaced the corian with soapstone and created a spice niche box out behind the stove area.  We also changed the  upper cabinets by the stove to glass front and added beadboard in the back.  Here is the link that explains everything in more detail.

Breakfast Room After

Family Room Before

The final renovation (or part three), was the addition of an all glass breakfast room and revamp of the TV cabinet space to a gas fireplace with TV over mantel. We needed a bigger eating area and wanted a fireplace and larger tv.  Addition included another window and  a slate roof to match the existing house.  Here is the link that explains that in more detail. Table is Belgian and chandelier is Niermann Weeks.

Family Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After


Last week we featured Sarah’s home, of the Matters of Style blog.  This week, we are featuring her co-blogger, Allison’s home. Both of these gals know how to give a room that stylish and fresh look.  Here is Allison’s room, complete with graphic fabrics and rugs, bold punches of color, great accessories, with a little bit of glam thrown into the mix!