Made Goods just launched seventy new styles today, including table lamps, furniture, sconces, chandeliers, fun objects, and of course mirrors!

Check out some of MG’s faves!

Ohhhh January market…what could be better than you?  The thought of strolling through eleven floors of showrooms (that normally aren’t open on the weekend), seeing the latest and greatest in design, while munching on food so good, you’d think you were at the Texas State Fair, gives me goosebumps (in a good way).

While at market, you really do lose all sense of time and reality.  Those three hours that you originally had to spare, have suddenly vanished, and you can’t remember the last real meal that you had, before your body was taken over by delectable ice cream bars, greasy popcorn, cotton candy and sliced salami.  The overwhelming feeling of excitement upon seeing beautiful new products is almost too much to handle.  But not to worry, you know that a glass of wine from Global Views or a warm cookie from Two’s Company will numb the pain of not being able to take home every fabulous piece that you lay eyes on.  Each new showroom that you stumble upon brings the promise of finding another “wow” piece for a project and ends up catapulting a plethora of exciting ideas.  (am I giving you goosebumps yet?)

Showrooms start preparing for the Dallas market months in advance….and who can blame them?  It takes a lot of time and effort to get ready for a seven day visit by thousands of buyers and exhibitors from all over the country!

So needless to say, what started as a normal Saturday for me last weekend, where I was “just going to run up to the trade center to select a finish for a client”, soon turned into a shopping extravaganza with my mom, as market was just too tempting to pass up!

Here are some of our favorite stops along the way-


Currey and Company is one of the most sought after lighting companies by designers. I tend to use them A LOT in my projects (as their lead time, product design, and customer service seriously can’t be beat!) There is honestly something for everyone at Currey (whether you lean more traditional or contemporary) and I do have to say that the showroom manager there is awesome (hi Lori!)

I purchased this chandelier for a client having never seen it before in person (only through their website), and just like we had hoped, it’s even more unbelievable in person!


Right next door to Currey is Taylors on Ten, the showroom that sells the infamous Visual Comfort lighting line (among other great lines such as Phillips Collection, Soicher Marin, Emissary and Bliss Studio).  One of the newest additions to the Taylors showroom is the Ralph Lauren lighting line, which debuted there at market.


I have a serious addiction to Global Views.  As we walked through all of their amazing vignettes, I proceeded to tell my mom which pieces I’ve used..and how…and where in my projects.  Gotta love mom for still appearing interested after ten minutes of this mind-numbing history of my projects.  As I told her how many pieces I’ve used of theirs in the past year, it dawned on me that I, Emily Johnston, am obsessed with Global Views.

Global Views always has the best presentation at market.  Whoever comes in and does their visual merchandising, has got it down to a science!


I love this showroom, and not just because of their warm cookies!  Two’s Company has some of the better (and more affordable) accessories out there.  They are really on top of their game here with the latest trends and providing designers with stylish furniture and accessories that will really make a statement.

I really want this oversized wall bracket (on the right!) Now to figure out where to put it…


In Detail has everything from Arteriors, to Lazy Susan, to Best Slipcover Co, to Go Home, Ltd. I always have good luck here!

Arteriors’ latest designer to come on board is Dallas’ own, Lisa Luby Ryan.  I hadn’t seen her Arteriors pieces in person before Saturday, and I must say that they are very impressive!

And congrats to Arteriors for their mention (and visit) from the Kardashian sisters on the premier of Kourtney and Kim Take New York.  (I hope I wasn’t the  only one watching that show Sunday night!) Click HERE to see what they used from Arteriors in their DASH New York store.


I really want a pair of these mercury glass lamps for my bedroom. Enough said!


It’s always exciting to see what new linens and colourways the folks over at Bella Notte are coming up with.  I am in LOVE with this gray-purple and icy blue bedding that they had on display.  If this entire set could somehow transport itself into my bedroom, that would be great!

On Saturday, everyone was rushing around getting ready for the big ARTS Awards gala, that was that night.  I went to it last year and it’s amazing how they transform the trade mart into this spectacular event.

Of course, we can’t forget to show you the list of the night’s big winners…click here for the deets!  A big congrats to some of our favorites who took home an award this year- The Phillips Collection (Manufacturers category), Arteriors Home (Portable Lamps category), and 18 Karat (Decorative Accessories category).

Serena and Lily’s Bazaar is now officially open!  Featuring one-of-a-kind goodies from around the world, this unique display of furniture, art, textiles and accessories closes in just six days (Thursday, 1/27).  I already went looking for art on there and a bunch of it is sold already!

Here are some pics of what’s still available for the taking-

{Bamileke Stool}

{House with Purple Sky}

{Kuba Pillow #1}

{Upholstered Foot Stool}

{Austrian Schnapps- Gift Set}

Trina’s Newest!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 21, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion, Shops and Showrooms

Are you loving the new additions to the Trina Turk indoor-outdoor collection at Schumacher as much as I am?  I spotted these on a recent shopping trip to the showroom and I’m actually presenting one to a client tomorrow!  I’m sure you are thinking that I’m crazy to even be pondering outdoor fabrics right now (in 26 degree weather)…well, this indoor-outdoor fabric is going indoors this time!  The fabric that I chose below is actually for the clients’ upstairs where their game room and son’s room reside.  There’s no doubt that this fabric will wear well in the highly-trafficked space (the ping pong table is up there too so you know with three boys in the house, this room will get lots of use!)

Not only are most of these fabrics pretty soft, they are washable too!!  Makes me want to consider I/O fabrics for every room in the house!

I borrowed Mad Men (seasons 1-3) from my grandparents a few months ago, and let me just tell you, I’ve been HOOKED ever since!  This isn’t the first time an MG has blogged about the set design from this addicting AMC show, but there is one element from the set, that hasn’t been pointed out here yet.

The Curtis Jere wall sculpture that you see above the sofa in the photo below really caught my eye for two reasons- 1) it’s amazing and 2) I’ve seen it many times before but just now discovered that it’s a vintage piece.

These pieces of wall decor are not just things of the past (50’s, 60’s, 70’s) …they are incredibly hot right now!  C. Jere pieces are being sold on 1st Dibs and Ebay and according to Elle Interiors-  “the value of (Curtis Jere) wall sculptures is increasing all the time and should prove a great investment.” You’ll also notice that a bunch of designers as of late have incorporated his sculpture into their projects.

{Sterling Cooper’s former lobby}

Here’s the skinny on these fabu sculptures-

-They were first created in the 50’s by Jerry Fells and Curtis Freiler.

-They are hand-made and constructed out of metal.

-They come in abstract designs and also scenic designs.

{Palmer Weiss Interior Design}

{Elle Decor}

{Metropolitan Home}

{Brass Curtis Jere Raindrops wall sculpture via 1stDibs}


{Anch Construction Services}

Where would you put this little piece of eye candy if you had it?

Today’s obsession lies in Joe Cariati’s Decanters. I spotted these blown glass beauties on   The article was in reference to Lauren Santo Domingo’s loft and how you could recreate the look of it in your own home, by using variations of the pieces she used.

{Colorful glass bottles from Lauren’s home}

{Vogue pointed out that Joe Cariati’s glass decanters, above, will give you a similar look}

These colorful creations make gorgeous accessories, don’t ya think?  Aside from the fun colors, I also love the variance in heights.  Those interesting shapes (alternating with tall and short sizes) definitely keep your eye moving!

As we bid adieu to 2010, I can’t help but reflect on the past year.  I’m so grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to work on some amazing projects with such wonderful clients.  And through these projects, I have gotten to specify the things that makes me most happy in design: FABRICS!

I usually start out each client’s project by initially selecting one patterned fabric that catapults the entire room’s design scheme into motion.  These fabrics are far from muted or subtle.  They are usually dramatic, graphic, or full of color.  These fabrics are statement makers and can take a room from drab to fab pretty quickly.

I thought I’d share my top ten patterned fabrics that I used in 2010 on client projects and why I loved them!

#10- Duralee- Metropolitan Contemporary Prints- Kelly

You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one!  This fabric is at an amazing pricepoint, so when you’re having to purchase eight yards of fabric per chair, it’s a lot easier to swallow with this inexpensive cotton duck print.  The best part is- it comes in a few different colourways.  I used the blue version for my own desk chair and the bold geometric print makes a nice graphic statement in the room.

#9- Kravet- Pelagos- Archipelagos- Lime (Windsor Smith collection)

Windsor Smith currently has a bunch of great linen fabrics at Kravet, that it’s really hard to choose just one to spotlight here!  I have probably written down “Pelagos” on my sample form at Kravet, more times than I can count.  I think I just need to keep a sample around in every colourway.  When I think of her fabrics, “light and airy” come to mind- which is probably why they make such great slipcovers and drapes.  Windsor offers this fabric in a few different colors.  I particularly love Clove (not pictured) because it’s really hard to find a more grayed out brown fabric and she seems to merges the two wonderfully!

#8- Lee Jofa- Groundworks- Hexagon Tile- Gray

Can you tell that I love geometric prints yet?  This 100% linen fabric was the perfect solution for a client’s wine room.  She had a lot of existing elements that we had to take into account when planning out her new paint, fabrics, furniture and artwork.  Her flooring, backsplash and fireplace weren’t going anywhere (and they included a lot of natural stone) so when the client told me she wanted to incorporate grays into her new scheme, I had to find something to tie it all in together.  Enter: Groundworks- Hexagon Tile.  What a perfect answer to our warm/cool predicament.  (and it didn’t hurt that there was a pop of black in the fabric either- it ended up tying in nicely to the black tile in her existing backsplash.)  I love this fabric because it’s a really interesting neutral fabric (one that you won’t tire of) and it will go with just about any accent color.

#7- Schumacher- Peacock Print- Punch (Trina Turk collection)

Trina Turk’s outdoor fabric collection had me at hello.  I knew that I wanted to use one of these textiles SOMEWHERE.  A sunroom turned out to be the perfect place to experiment with Trina’s ikat-inspired print.  Made of 100% acrylic twill, this fabric can withstand all sorts of outdoor elements  (but don’t be afraid to use this fabric indoors too!)

#6- Schumacher- Hot House- Flowers (Celerie Kimble collection)

This linen, tree of life pattern from Celerie Kimble was the jumping off point for the color scheme of four rooms- (living, dining, breakfast, and kitchen) in an open floor plan at a client’s house that I recently worked on.  The beauty of this fabric is that it is a modern take on a traditional floral print.  It took a little bit of convincing to get my client to agree to this fabric (as I promised her that it would not look overly-traditional or cottagey), but once her chairs arrived, surprisingly enough, it ended up being her favorite print in the whole house!

#5- Highland Court- Marakesh Collection- Tangerine

This fabric was absolutely perfect for a young, stylish girl living in Dallas’ Uptown area.  There were many reasons why I was totally and utterly attracted to this fabric.  Not only were the citrus colors in it fresh and exciting, but the little bit of shimmer in the fabric was something that I noticed immediately.  This touch of glam coupled with the chartreuse, lipstick pink, tangerine and cream colors made me want to buy a few yards of it for myself! 🙂

#4- Kravet- Old World- Seaglass (Barbara Barry collection)

This 100% silk fabric is incredibly gorgeous in person.   The pattern really captivated me as it felt like a cross between a modern floral and modern damask.  Of course, we all know that Barbara never disappoints with her textile designs so how could we expect any less?  I based a guest bedroom around this fabric and cannot wait to see the final results and how this luxurious, soothing colored fabric transforms the room!

#3- Lee Jofa- Bengal Bazaar- Magenta (Kelly Wearstler collection)

Now this has been a fun fabric to plan a room around!  With an icy blue background and a magenta foreground, this unique color combination is not one that you would normally see.  But when is Kelly ever designing “the norm”?  This amazing fabric is composed of 100% linen and looks great made into a pair of accent pillows for a sofa or a queen bed.

#2- Lee Jofa- Chevron Ribbon- Navy-Slate (Oscar de la Renta collection)

You might remember my blog post a few months ago, where I was raving about the newest Oscar de la Renta fabric collection at Lee Jofa.  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this fabric for a client’s roman shade.  It’s been on backorder for a few months (which doesn’t surprise me- as I’m sure it’s a sought-after fabric). Mr. de la Renta did a fantastic job with his fabric collection and the fabrics remind me of one of Oscar’s beautifully-made gowns.

#1- Schumacher- Blades- Lush Summer Lawn (Jamie Drake collection)

I have never gotten so many compliments on a fabric when I’m out and about.  I have taken this fabric to other showrooms to match with coordinating fabrics and I get stopped mid-search by other designers asking “where in the world did you get that fabric?”  Unfortunately, I can’t take all the credit and have to direct them to Schumacher.  This fabric is one of those that you must see in person in order to completely understand its greatness.  It’s made of Viscose and Cotton, and is one of the most dramatic fabrics that I’ve used to date.  The colors and scale of the Blades fabric are pretty incredible and explains why it’s #1 on my list of favorite textiles I’ve used in 2010.

Here’s to more new and exciting fabric collections in 2011!