My friend, David, over at Again and Again, brought my attention to this fabulous article in The Dallas Morning News that spotlights the 1950’s Turtle Creek duplex of Again and Again owner, Leslie Pritchard.  With the help of designer Breck Woolsey, they glammed up the space with vintage pieces, bold fabrics, metallics, and animal print.

If you’ve been to Leslie’s shops before (Again and Again or Again Design Studio), then you probably aren’t surprised to find out that her duplex is equally as stylish.  Her two shops on Henderson Avenue in Dallas have become quite successful due to her knack for finding those one-of-a-kind pieces.

{Again and Again}

{Again Design Studio}

Ok now back to that gorgeous duplex…

I love how she combined icy gray, soft pinks, with pops of gold throughout.  Leslie definitely isn’t afraid to go out on a limb and combine pieces from different periods nor does she have any hesitation about mixing bold prints.  I identified a few Kelly Wearstler fabrics throughout her home and can’t help but notice how much Leslie herself looks like the LA designer! Don’t ya think?

{Leslie Pritchard and her designer, Brett Woolsey}

I have to say that I love her drapes!  The blush color combined with the silky sheen fabric is girly glam at its finest-

The iron gates below were custom-built and replaced a run of the mill door as well as brightened up a dark hall…

Her dining room is a mix of all different styles- love!

Huge artwork makes a statement next to a custom chair upholstered in Schumacher fabric and built by Again Design Studio…

A small but interesting gallery wall sits above a vintage Henredon bar…

Brett and Leslie’s variation of scale throughout (tall lamps paired with shorter headboard) is a great way to keep things interesting.

Do you love Leslie’s apartment as much as I do?

I was reading designer, Emily Clark’s blog today which featured a recent bedroom makeover that she completed.  My jaw practically hit the floor when she revealed her source for the nightstands.  She took a big box retailer’s run of the mill chest (for $79.99) and then added pretty hardware to it.  I swear, it looks like a whole new piece!

Click HERE to find out what retailer Emily got her revamped nightstands from- you won’t believe it!!

Mark’s “Bright” Idea

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 21, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Lighting

When you mention getting a “custom” piece made to a client, they are usually a bit skeptical at first because let’s face it- custom just sounds expensive and not to mention, can often be painstakingly slow.  It’s not uncommon for the lead time on a custom piece (like furniture or rugs) to range from 12-16 weeks.  It can often be hard to convince someone to want to wait that long, even if it would be perfect for the space.

But what if there was a way to order something custom with just a two week lead time?  Now we are talkin.  A designer’s dream, right?  Mark Moussa, of Arteriors Home has managed to put to bed any custom fears by offering consumers a custom-made ceramic lamp program that can all be!

Mottega is the name and custom ceramic lamps are their game.  I’m especially loving their Mandarin and Peridot color options.  With these lamps, you can choose your shape, base and shade (so pretty much everything down to the finial).

I just designed one online and here is my favorite combo-

Finial- Acrylic Sphere

Base- Acrylic Round

Color- Peridot

Shape- Tresana

Shade- Linen flat drum

Thank you Elle Decor for including Material Girls in the feature, Design Insiders’ Weekly Finds!

MG along with Elements of Style, La Maison Boheme, Style Redux, and Design Darling shared their favorite blog post and article links for the week!

This month, Traditional Home’s cover story spotlighted the gorgeous Atlanta residence of Amy Bergman.  Amy enlisted the help of top architect,  Linda MacArthur, a fellow mom, to make her home beautiful, but also kid-friendly.

It was love at first sight when I saw this home, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are the reasons why I absolutely LOVE each of the Bergman’s rooms-

Living Room-

I heart…the fact that this room consists mostly of soft neutral upholstery fabrics (with rare pops of color) which makes it easy to change out the color scheme in the future, if needed.

Dining Room-

I heart…the totally funky, unexpected chandelier by Niermann Weeks and how it contrasts nicely with the dark sleek table.

Keeping Room-

I heart…how the scalloped stair wall echoes the curves of the banquette.

I heart…the fact that she even has a banquette at the bottom of her stairs!  What an efficient use of space and such a genius idea!

Home Office-

I heart….how cozy this room feels with the dark dramatic walls and trim painted in Sherwin Williams, Library Pewter.

I also heart…orange (in general) so this room struck a definite cord with me.


I heart…the fact that their cabinets are painted in a color other than white. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful white kitchen, but it’s not every day that you see darker painted cabinets, particularly in this gray-blue.

I also heart…the Anne Sacks glass tile backsplash over the range which makes for a very interesting focal point.

Master Bedroom-

I heart…how they didn’t ignore the height of the room when planning out this space.  A large chandelier, tall swooping bed curtains, and a detailed ceiling, all draw your eye upward and help break up the large expanse of white wall (painted Benjamin Moore’s, Frappe)

Master Bathroom-

I heart…how unique the bathtub is.  With a marble backsplash and a paneled tub surround, this whirlpool tub is nothing short of luxurious.


I heart…the huge walk-in closet. Enough said- the picture explains it all!

What’s not to love here?

Happy Valentine’s!

Designs for Living

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 10, 2011 | 5 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Designers

Interior designer, Thom Felicia, has an announcement!

He is branching out into bedding and his new line will premiere on QVC February 16th.  Take an early glimpse at what the TV personality and best selling author has been busy designing…

The collection is really well priced with pieces ranging from $28 to $250 and consists of comforters, pillows, and throw blankets.  I’m loving the brown and gray combo on the printed comforter, dubbed, the “Brick Chain” (and just in case you were wondering, I will take a pair of those lamps too!)

Fabric…into Fashion?

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 09, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Designers, Fabric, Fashion

I was reading an interview with Kelly Wearstler on Design*Sponge and took notice of how adorable her outfit was- particularly her skirt.  It took me a second to realize that she is wearing….one of her own fabrics!  I pass by this fabric every time I am at Lee Jofa and have checked out a sample of it on multiple occasions. Who would have thought that it would make such an adorable outfit!

In Texas, you come across a lot of houses with massive stone fireplaces or stone walls (particularly in newer homes…ones that were designed by home builders).

Some Texas sized fireplaces and walls for your perusal…(before photos)

As they say, everything is bigger in Texas….seriously!

I can’t say that I’m particularly fond of them as I think they make it a little more difficult to decorate around.  I much prefer a smaller, crisp, white fireplace with a stone surround like this one below, as I love to decorate with whites and grays- (but that’s a different story)

When I get a project with a massive stone fireplace, it does present a little bit more of a challenge (but EJ Interiors loves a good challenge) so we tell the client in most cases that you don’t have to call in the bulldozer and that we should look at fabrics that complement the stone and try to work with it first.

I met with a client today who has a big stone fireplace and so I proposed a Thom Filicia fabric from Kravet (for sofa pillows) as a starting point to bring out the neutral tones (browns, beiges and grays) in her fireplace and she loved the idea!

Fireplace +

Existing Granite and Cabinets (that have to stay) +

Pillow Fabric=

It was like it was meant to be.  Add in some other pops of color through artwork and accessories, and we have our room plan!  I think the key with stone fireplaces is to not go crazy with pattern in your upholstery fabrics because the stone in itself is already very busy.

As you can see from the photos below, these designers and home owners did the exact same thing.  They selected textiles and furnishings that enhanced the stone, rather than ignored it.  The stone no longer stands out like a sore thumb, and instead, it blends in and flows with the rest of the space.

{Basement by Candice Olson}

{House Beautiful}

{Elle Decor}

{anyone know the source on this one?}

{House Beautiful}



{Coastal Living magazine}

{Veranda Magazine}

The funny thing is, that after the project is over and the decorating around the stone fireplace is done, clients usually tell me that they don’t hate their big stone fireplace anymore.  I guess that means my work is done!

A huge congrats to Paloma of La Dolce Vita and the whole High Gloss team for preparing such a fabulous first issue!  I am friends with Paloma on Facebook and by the looks of her status updates, this lady has been really really hard at work on High Gloss.  What a huge accomplishment!  All of their hard work has definitely paid off and we couldn’t be happier about another incredible online mag.

I just love how High Gloss intertwines fashion and interiors in a bold, colorful format.  I can’t wait to see what the girls have up their sleeves next.

I do have to say that I was especially smitten with the spaces designed by Erin Gates, Sally Wheat, and David Jimenez.  I won’t spoil the entire issue for you, but here is a sneak peek (and be sure to click on over to see the full spreads)!