Just wanted to remind all of you that we have reached the half-way mark in the Rugs USA Giveaway! There are 2 weeks left to enter (HERE), and everyone should sign up for a chance to win this amazing area rug from Rugs USA!

Make sure your friends and family enter before time runs out! We will announce the lucky winner on Tuesday, August 2nd here on Material Girls. Good luck to you all!

Have you ever accumulated a stack of about six magazines that you are just dying to read, but know you need to save them for a time when you can really sit down and concentrate on them?  Well that has been me for the past few months…saving my favorite magazines for the appropriate time and place..finally, that time was this weekend.

Out of all the articles I read and all the photos I perused, I must say that the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse that was featured in Traditional Home this month was completely and utterly stunning! I definitely ended up having some favorite rooms that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since my eyes first met the page.

Here are my top rooms- which ones are yours?

Room- Master bedroom sitting area

Designer- Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen for Lillian August

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The glam silver-leaf ceiling, elegant tufted slipcovered settees, and the soothing lilac palette.

**Now I don’t like picking favorites, but if I had to, this room would definitely be it!!**

Room- Master bedroom

Designer- Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen for Lilliam August

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The va va voom mirrored furniture, the sophisticated art series and the lucite bench legs.

Room- Master Bathroom

Designer- Susanne Kelley Design

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The gorgeous glass floor tile, the luxurious silk roman shade, and the freestanding furniture that creates a cozy atmosphere.

Room- Entry and Living Room

Designer- Patricia Healing and Dan Barsanti of HB Home

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The textured grasscloth wallcovering and sisal rug, the mix of natural and glam pieces (i.e.: lucite and stone), and the deep navy accents.

Room- Butler’s Pantry

Designer- Judy Hadlock, Old Town Crossing, Southampton, New York

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The Phillip Jeffries wallcovering on the walls and ceiling, the antique French crystal chandelier, and the dramatic/moody monochromatic color scheme.

Room- Guest Bedroom

Designer- Arden Interior Architecture and Design

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The bright happy color palette (including the lacquered yellow walls), the layering of pattern, and the quirky artichoke lamps.

Room- Kitchen Porch

Designer- Nancy Pearson

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The abundance of Quadrille pillow fabrics, the organic looking teak coffee table, and the classic Suzanne Kasler Visual Comfort lanterns.

Room- Den Porch

Designer- Christina Murphy Interiors

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The subtle gray tones mixed with bright pops of yellow, the graphic greek key area rug, and the totally unique mirror.

This past weekend, one of my absolute favorite furniture consignment shops, Again & Again, opened a new, improved, and HUGE location near the Dallas design district.  Leslie Pritchard continues to expand her stores around the Dallas area, and I could not be happier that she is doing so!  This lady is building a vintage furniture empire here…

Honestly, I wanted to take home everything with me, but didn’t think my fiancee would appreciate that so instead I snapped a few photos to share with you. Take a look at some of these amazing pieces!

I was really digging this tufted leather chair-very unique!

Leslie has a similar pair of chairs in her own home– sadly, these ones below are sold!

I stumbled upon these amazing acrylic bar stools that would look perfect with a reupholstered seat-

And speaking of acrylic, I found a coffee table that I almost died over (sadly it’s another one of those pieces that was already spoken for).  The person who has this on hold, is one lucky little shopper-

You can never go wrong with a chrome shelf unit-

I fell in love with this bold pink lacquered buffet.  Now whose home can I squeeze this gem in?

If you are worried your dining room doesn’t have enough personality, I have the table for you-

Brass coffee table- yes please!

A pair of sculptural table lamps-

And finally, an interesting acrylic pedestal and two funky bamboo stools-

I could go on and on about the rest of the treasures I found but I don’t want to spoil it for you! There is so much to see at their new location- plan to stay at least an hour like I did 🙂

On another note, if you find a piece you fall in love with but it is not quite the color or fabric you want, Again & Again will refinish, reupholster, and even rebuild the piece to create exactly what you are looking for.  They just finished refinishing a console for one of my clients as well as building new legs for another client’s mirrored console.

Aside from refinishing, they also build custom furniture. The possibilities are endless!

141 Howell Street

Dallas, TX 75207

When my uncle called me in April and told me that he was closing on a house within the next few weeks and it needed my design assistance ASAP, I couldn’t help but panic a little at the quick lead-time.  I was balancing a full schedule of projects already and I knew that the house needed a lot of stuff, and a lot of stuff fast! The main room that I was supposed to be focusing on was his daughter’s bedroom, and as a single man, my uncle had no clue what an eight year old girl’s room should look like and what it needed (but who could blame him)?  I knew this was nothing short of a design emergency, so I scheduled a consultation with his daughter Annie right away to get to the bottom of her design style.

I always find it helpful when a client can give me photos of rooms they like as inspiration.

Annie presented me with this photo from Rooms To Go as something that she really liked…

While I liked the idea of purple, black and white, I thought it needed to be toned down just a tad.  I felt like we should take these same colors but give the room a more sophisticated spin- something she could grow into.

When we met, I gathered all my initial info (photos and measurements) and got to planning.

Here it is as the BEFORE:

Two weeks later, here’s the AFTER:

The project was as quick as Khloe and Lamar’s engagement! I couldn’t believe we pulled it off that fast.  I always tell clients that the time-frame on the project a lot of the time depends on how quickly we can make decisions.  I must say that my uncle was very good about letting me take the design and run with it (and didn’t feel like he had to approve any of the design/purchases in advance) which helped the project move a lot quicker.

The process actually ended up being a lot of fun. I felt like I was on a design competition show, and was just waiting for India Hicks to walk in during the install and tell me that my time was up and the challenge was over. Luckily for my intern Brennan and I, the mad chaos that went on the day of the install, wasn’t filmed and the ultimate judge, Annie, gave it a thumbs up.

We never could have done this bedroom in time if we had gone with custom bedding and custom drapes.  I knew we had to play it safe (time-wise) with PB Teen bedding and drapes.  The bold floral printed duvet was the start of our scheme.  From the bedding, the wall color fell into place, Sherwin William’s Wisteria.  Luckily, the room had wainscoting on the bottom half of the walls, otherwise the purple might have been screaming bright if it went floor to ceiling.



I’m not kidding when I say that Annie barely had anything to start with.  Her old room had taken her from her toddler years until now, so most of her old stuff was too babyish and not fit for a tween!  I literally had to purchase everything new (down to the box spring and pillow inserts) and/or had the existing pieces refinished.  I gave her my own pewter iron headboard from Weir’s (good excuse for me to finally get that upholstered headboard) and we had the painter paint it white.  I must say that I loved it SO much more this way! We then purchased two mirrored nightstands from Pier 1 and accessories/art/mirror/lamps from Home Goods.

I spray painted her old cream colored wicker dresser and bed bench out in their backyard one day (what a difference a $5 can of bright white spray paint can make!).  I then had my workroom make a black/white houndstooth cushion and some colorful neckroll pillows for her bench  We then had her chaise lounge recovered in an inexpensive cotton tone on tone diamond mini print. By the time we were done, even her electric piano matched!



I still think she could use a few more accessories (especially in the bookcase) and a fun piece of wall decor above her bed (which I’m sure my uncle would just love to hear right now… 🙂  but the perfectionist in me has got to stop somewhere…until next time!

Rugs USA Giveaway!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 05, 2011 | 9 Comments | Category: Contests, Floors

We are SO excited to announce this morning that today is the first day of the Rugs USA Giveaway! Rugs USA is an online retail store that offers an eclectic range of area rug designs at fabulous prices and now one lucky MG reader can get one at an even better price… FREE! Simply fill out your contact information HERE for your chance to win this amazing 5′ x 8′ Modern Trellis beige rug from Rugs USA’s Homespun Collection!

The Material Girls love a good trellis pattern. The fun geometric print is a timeless classic and, as as many of you know, a staple in our designs!

Entries will be accepted through noon (ET) July 31 and the lucky winner will be announced Tuesday August 2nd here on Material Girls. Good luck to you all!