A Chance Encounter

Posted By Emily-Dallas | May 26, 2011 | 5 Comments | Category: Art

I always love it when the blog leads me to something new.  Whether it’s a vendor, client, product, or another blogger, I’m always amazed by the people and things that are introduced to me via MG!  The other day a local Dallas artist commented on one of our blog posts, and since I have been looking for art for my living room for the past twelve months (no kidding), I knew it was fate that brought us together!  The artist was Lindsey Meyer and she was exactly my style.  I wanted something bright and colorful (a piece that would give my living room some life). It was starting to feel like a dark cave in there (definitely not good).  We worked together to create the perfect piece (actually, who am I kidding- Lindsey worked to create the perfect piece, and I just waited patiently for her to call me and say it’s ready!)

{Piece I commissioned from Lindsey}

When I picked it up, I couldn’t help but notice Lindsey’s house.  She has a great eye for color and an amazing sense of style! Her home incorporated her own colorful abstract artwork mixed with fab vintage finds (deals so great that I was a tad bit jealous).

{Lindsey’s own home}

Check out some of Lindsey’s other work- (most have sold, but not to worry, she can just paint you something totally new :))  There is no doubt that this gal loves color as much as I do!

Lindsey was such a pleasure to work with and I hope that we get to collaborate on something again very soon!

If interested in her art, email her here.

I get a certain catalog on a regular basis in the mail (never signed up for it, I just somehow randomly get it- kind of like my catalog relationship with The Company Store, James Avery, etc…thirty catalogs later you are still trying to remember when you signed up?)  Anywho… I have never actually opened this catalog before but for some odd reason, I got the inkling today and ended up coming across some pretty great affordable finds…

Chippendale-style chair-

Moroccan inspired buffet-

Set of gold convex mirrors-

Tufted upholstered headboard-

Colorful outdoor bench perfect for summer-

Glossy white ceramic lamp-

Stylish mercury glass candleholders-

And you’ll never guess where these pieces came from either! Click HERE to find out how to get the look for less through this catalog/e-commerce site!

We’ve gathered all our “junk” (and unique finds) for a one of a kind garage sale in Dallas TOMORROW!

Sam Sano of style/SWOON, Kristen Dowd of Gypsy Soul Interiors, Megan Masoner of ReFINEstyle, and myself have put in our stuff and are ready to sell!

Sale will be tomorrow, May 21st, starting at 8 am, for you early birds!

Here’s a preview-


7406 Hillwood Lane

Dallas, TX 75248

See you there!

Show Off

Posted By Emily-Dallas | May 19, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Contests, Designers, Shops and Showrooms, Walls

I’m a big fan of Schumacher’s “Show Off Your Schumacher” contests that they’ve been hosting as of late.  How it works is Schumacher sends out an email to interior designers across the country announcing the contest.  Designers have a few weeks to submit projects where they’ve incorporated Schumacher product, and winners are then recognized (there’s a Top Winner as well as Honorable Mentions).  A few months ago they hosted the fabric contest- spotlighting amazing rooms done by designers that incorporated the Schumacher brand.  A few days ago they announced the winners of the wallpaper edition and I must say that I was super impressed by their designs. I’ve always been nuts for their wallpaper in general and seeing some of my favorite patterns used in different applications, left me speechless!

A big round of applause for these very talented designers who put the Schumacher product to amazing use!

TOP WINNER- Bronwyn Poole- Touch Interiors- Mosman, Australia

HONORABLE MENTION- Renee LeJeune Hallberg- RLH Studio- Minneapolis, Minnesota

HONORABLE MENTION- Kippie Leland- Leland Interiors, Inc- Nashville, Tennessee

HONORABLE MENTION- Christopher Kennedy- Kennedy Interiors- Palm Springs, California

About a month ago we hosted a contest with Home Goods where one of our Dallas readers won a $100 gift card to use at the new Home Goods at Park Lane.  She wrote a lil guest blog for us on her shopping experience at the store and we wanted to share with all of you! This gal Meghan is hilar- I’d shop with her any day of the week! Read about the interesting pieces she stumbled upon the other day at their new store….

Walking into the new Home Goods at Park Lane Place is like getting slapped in the face by a thrifty designer. There is so much cool stuff to look at, there’s no safe place to rest your eyes. The most difficult part of my trip was limiting myself to around $100 – I could have filled up my car, plus strapped some stuff to the top and still not grabbed everything I wanted to…love this place!

I know what you’re thinking…yeah, yeah, you love it because they gave you a gift card. But, it’s not true. I almost (accidentally, sort of) broke into Home Goods before it was even open. I stalked Park Lane Place every day to watch the progress. I almost set up a tent outside. Yes, I love it that much and yes, I need more hobbies.

On to the goods for your home. There are deals and steals and awesomeness as far as the eye can see…

Even though there is SO MUCH to check out (seriously, take your ADD medicine before you walk through the doors) it doesn’t seem that crowded. Sort of like going through your crazy, but hip aunt’s attic.

They think of everything there, too – check out the little hanging rulers. Perfect if you always forget a tape measure (like me) and have to use your fingers and forearm to measure stuff…that’s how I know my chest of drawers is three forearms plus three fingers and a thumb wide by one forearm plus one hand deep.

You can literally get anything for your home here. Need a giant stuffed dog larger than a three year old? They’ve got it.

Planning a party and want only pink accessories and serving dishes? Yep, you’re covered.

I was looking for a few specific things – a large-ish art piece for my living room wall, a bathroom shelving thingy (technical design term, of course) and a bedside table for my guest room. But, I got majorly distracted in the garden section. They had some crazy business up in there. Mosaic snail…shiny turtle…statue of raccoons helping eachother drink water out of a bowl. The possibilities for your garden are literally endless.

Now for the money shot. I really needed a bedside table for my guest room so my guests wouldn’t have to put their water glass on the floor or sleep with their book in the bed with them. My guest room has grey walls, all white ruched bedding and a green desk. So, I was looking for something with green in it. I had so much trouble deciding between the two on the top, but finally decided to go with the one on the left.

Moral of the story: You are wasting money and being dumb if you don’t love shopping at Home Goods.

Thanks to Home Goods and Material Girls for this shopping adventure!!

I met with the lovely ladies from Decorative Carpets, Inc yesterday.  They were kind enough to lug their suitcases full of samples out to my office and show me the latest and greatest within their product lines.

I learned that Decorative Carpets is based in West Hollywood, and has been around for over fifty-five years!  It’s a family owned business that provides hand-tufted custom rugs to residential, hospitality and commercial spaces.  Designers, especially, love their rugs for their bold colors and interesting patterns.

I was blown away by their product and the fact that each rug was so unique.  No matter your style, there really is something for everyone here.

One in particular that I was just head over heels for was their Palmerie carpet-

Apparently Barclay Butera just used this rug in the Pasadena showhouse-

How amazing does it look in here?

I got to see such a nice variety of all that Decorative Carpets has to offer.  Here are some of my faves!

Their newest collection includes Mar a Mar, a line of globally inspired cotton flat-weaves.  I’m completely digging the Raja pink

What a great visit we had! Hopefully I’ll make it out to their showroom one day to see all of their amazing rug displays!  Until then, you all might just have to check it out for me 🙂

8900 Melrose Avenue

West Hollywood, CA 90069

What to design for a creative and energetic eight year old who wants her bedroom a little bit more funky and mod?

{Accent pillow inspiration}

{Chandelier- incorporate new white shades}

{Desk Lamp}

{Roman Shades}

{Table Lamp}

{Desk Chair with new seat cushion fabric- blue and white geometric}

{Existing rug}

Here’s how-

Duvet cover and shams- Multi colored Duralee printed fabric

Custom bed pillow- 20″ square; turquoise monogram centered on Pindler and Pindler white solid fabric with Schumacher black and white greek key tape trim on face of pillow (surrounded by small Pindler and Pindler black cording and small white solid flange)

Bedskirt- Pindler and Pindler pink mini stripe with solid black banding at bottom edge

Walls- Sherwin Williams 6710 Melange Green (50% lighter)

Rug- existing

Window Treatments- flat roman shade; Overall: white Pindler and Pindler solid fabric with 2″ black Pindler and Pindler solid fabric as tape trim accent

Desk chair- White “tulip” chair;  Seat cushion- blue and white Pindler and Pindler geometric print

Chandelier- PB Teen Delite Chandelier with new white shades

Desk Lamp- Worlds Away- Venus Pink Lamp

Nightstand Lamp- Arteriors- Elise Beaded Polished Nickel Lamp

How would you like to wake up and have your coffee on this terrace every morning?

Well, Jennifer Aniston and her beau of choice (Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, etc) will be doing just that!

Word on the street is that Aniston purchased not one, but two condos in NYC’s West Village and is planning on combining them into one duplex (and obtaining a whopping 2,700 square feet of space).

Jenn- we beg of you, please hire the MG’s to help with the decorating of your new place. I know Perez calls you Maniston, but the interior design of this place is way too masculine for you. I don’t know you personally, but this look just does not seem to suit the stylish girl who made “The Rachel” cut a household name. But who are we kidding? We know you will call Courtney and Coco to come over and you all will get to decorating- see you on an upcoming Architectural Digest cover.


The Material Girls

{Images from AOL Real Estate and Curbed}