This holiday season I will be a featured vendor at Hope for the Holidays, a fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities of Dallas! The event will take place Friday, November 18th, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pettigrew Associates in the Dallas Design District! It is such a great fundraiser and we would love for all Dallas MG readers to come out and support!

We are creating a glitzy “Hollywood Regency Holiday Tree” to be auctioned off at the event as well as revamping furniture from their World of Goods store with fresh paint and fabric that will be available for purchase that night! All proceeds from the auction will go toward the Catholic Charities of Dallas – giving hope to thousands of struggling families this holiday season.

The Hope for the Holidays event will feature local vendors, artists, businesses and more showcasing unique services and merchandise to shop from! This would be the perfect opportunity for you to grab some great one-of-a-kind gifts for your family! Also, as I mentioned before, there will be an exciting silent auction where you can bid on designer themed table-top Christmas trees and and baskets! Who wouldn’t want a fabulous themed Christmas tree to spice up the dining table this season?! PLUS there will be food, wine, and signature cocktail tastings from top caterers, hotels, and shops in Dallas! For a sneak peek at some of the vendors that will be featured this year visit the Catholic Charities of Dallas website HERE.

Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $40 at the door, so hurry and get yours because you don’t want to miss this amazing event! You can even purchase your tickets online HERE!

Ravishing Rugs!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Oct 18, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Floors

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sisal, but lately I’ve been completely obsessed with statement-maker rugs at all price points. These rugs usually consist of a large pattern- a modern floral or geometric print.

I just had a geometric patterned rug custom-made for a client in a gray and beige color combo (not a combination you see very often), and I love how it turned out!

I’m thinking of using this orange Arabesque rug from Global Views for a male client’s bedroom…(and he went to OSU too- very fitting!)

This rug is actually about to come out in gray..all I can say is wowza! I’ll be lining up for that one too…

This Tracery rug designed by Kelly Wearstler for the Rug Company is it for me….I’d be happy with just this rug for the rest of my life-

You have to see it in the dramatic room setting to truly appreciate it-

Lauren and Sara at Decorative Carpets come out to Dallas every few months and update us on all their amazing new goodies…the quality of their rugs is amazing and I’m really loving their Minorca pattern

Although Merida is known mostly for their solid natural rugs, they also carry graphic patterned sisals by Barclay Butera.  This classic stripe has texture, pattern and color, and wouldn’t be something that you would tire of quickly-

FLOR just opened up a retail showroom right near my house off Knox and so I got to see this out-of-this-world chevron pattern there a few weeks ago and all I have to say is that I need to use this pattern somewhere ASAP!

I have to admit, this new Talaa rug made of luxurious mohair from Restoration Hardware is pretty unbelievable.

Barbara Barry knows how to make that icy gray-blue color in just about every product you can imagine. Here it is again in her Moire nickel rug design for Tufenkian-

For only $199, you really can’t go wrong with this IKEA Stockholm rug

For a softer, more elegant look, I think an Oushak can be really pretty (especially in a bedroom or a more formal living room). I love this muted rug from William Sonoma Home

I’ve been waiting to use this Thomas O’Brien Ikat rug for what feels like forever!

The lime green color in this Anthropologie Coqo rug really gets me energized! This rug comes in as large as a 9×12.

And last but not least, this graphic rug from Horchow, inspired by a tile from the archives of the Smithsonian would look really dramatic with dark walls in a home office or library-

Today marks the start of our latest giveaway!! Material Girls has teamed up with La Plates this month for an amazing giveaway that gives MG readers the chance to win a fab set of plates AND a matching platter valued at $350!!

If you haven’t heard of La Plates, they are an online boutique featuring personalized items from customized tabletop to monogrammed totes.

La Plates has been named “the best” by House Beautiful, and Elle Decor called them the “perfect hostess gift.” We couldn’t agree more! They are even collaborating with Quadrille Fabric for a limited edition collection of La Plates, which we cannot wait to see!! (See our post on Quadrille fabrics here)

Their plates and accessories make great gifts and the holidays are right around the corner so enter now to win a free set! Look at how cute these are-

Also, if you happen to live in the Kansas City area La Plates is opening a “pop up” shop for the holiday season! You can see more information on the La Plates website or on their Facebook page.

Be sure to enter HERE for your chance to win! The contest will end Monday November 7th at 12 pm ET and the winner will be announced on our blog Tuesday November 8th. Good luck to you all!

This morning, the EJ Interiors team took a little field trip to the Global Views warehouse sale! We got there right at 9 a.m. thinking we would be the only ones there… but the place was already packed! It was crazy and definitely took a lot of work, but we walked away with some AMAZING bargains!

There were rows and rows of tables covered in fabulous accessories…vases, candelabras, mirrors, trays, lamps, fabric, furniture, anything you could imagine… and people were grabbing everything in sight!

These etageres are to die for! I wanted to buy them all.

We started a little pile of our finds (which eventually grew into a HUGE pile), and continued adding as we discovered more!

Look at the assortment of trays we rounded up! We ended up buying two of the quatrefoil ones for ourselves 🙂 And the cream Barbara Barry tray was a steal! Wouldn’t these look great on a coffee table or ottoman?

Amazing selection of mirrors. We came back with two of these also…

This was a great set but we really wanted a few more to finish it off so…

We decided on this set of 6! Not really sure where they are going yet but somebody needs these!

And finally, here are a few pictures of our THREE dollies full of goodies! Please don’t show my husband these photos…

These lamp shades might be going in the office or be made into a funky light fixture for a client!

These vases were a hit! (Everyone kept trying to grab them!) They are real silver leaf and imported from Italy! Such a good buy.

As you can tell, we had a wonderful time and came home with A LOT of great stuff! Now we just have to find a place to put it all!

The Global Views warehouse is located at 7301 Ambassador Row in Dallas and sale ends tomorrow at noon! Definitely worth a visit!

For the past month, we’ve been hard at work on a vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s new Thrift Studio store which just opened up in the design district here in Dallas.  Five local designers were asked to plan out a room vignette using Dwell’s vintage furniture and accessories from their warehouse, as well as other donations from the design community.  We had so much fun on this project because it was different from any other project we had done before. We really had to stretch our creativity on this one! We had a really short time to complete it in, limited resources, and virtually no budget, but we were definitely up for the challenge!

Taking this lackluster space from this-


To this- in just a couple of weeks was a little bit of a stretch for EJ Interiors but somehow we managed to pull it off!

{After- EJ Interiors’ dining room vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio opening}

Our room centered around bold orange and turquoise. The inspiration? A pair of these adorable chairs that we managed to dig up in Dwell’s warehouse…

The process was so unique that I had to take some photos along the way to document our Dwell journey!

Phase 1- All of the designers meet at Dwell’s warehouse to grab the pieces they want to use for their vignette.  I put everything in my little pile that could be a possibility for the space.  Now the question is- what in the world am I going to do with it all?

Phase 2- There was a lot to do in a little amount of time.  Since most of the things in the warehouse were older items, I knew that re-upholstering and re-painting furniture had to happen..and quick!

I couldn’t believe my luck in finding these four matching chairs in the warehouse…

And  then I was even more shocked to find the perfect turquoise fabrics hidden in a corner…

It was meant to be!

M&M Upholstery donated the upholstery labor and Nicole Horne of Modern Relics donated the painting labor for the chairs…what a fantastic team they made!

Phase 3- Time to get the room painted!  Twenty five Neiman Marcus volunteers came out to help us get our rooms ready and I must say that I couldn’t have done it without them!  They quickly helped my vision come to life and did such a great job painting the walls and trim.

I loved our little team! If any of you are reading this, thank you again so much!

The Thrift Studio starts coming together…

Loved the entrance!

Ok we are making some progress..drapes are almost up!

Phase Four- Completion! Everything is in place for the sneak preview party and so now we just wait for people to shop, shop, shop!

For those of you that weren’t able to make it for the great deals at the preview party last Friday, not to worry because the Thrift Studio pop up shop is open from now until October 29th- Monday through Saturday 10-5:30 pm at 1616 Hi Line Drive in Dallas.

So many great deals to be had and such an amazing way to help out a good cause!

So many volunteers helped make the Dwell with Dignity event such a success.  Thank you again!  Some of the sources below..

{Royal Old Fashioned Tumblers- Wisteria Outlet}

{Mirror- taken off from an old dresser and re purposed for the buffet.  Christian at Think Twice kindly helped us hang the mirror by decorative gold chain}

{Bust- Pettigrew Associates}

{Pedestal- Dwell with Dignity}

{Custom white drapes with turquoise band on leading edge- Stitches by Carmen; wood drapery rods- Williamson Supply}

{Crystal Sconce- Dwell with Dignity}

{Vintage Gucci bag- Dwell with Dignity}

{Painted brackets from Hobby Lobby, vintage New Orleans prints, wall sunbursts, antler horns- EJ Interiors}

{Chandelier- Visual Comfort, Taylors on Ten}

{Wall Color- Benjamin Moore paint}

{Flatware, dishes, wine glasses, decorative bowls- Dwell with Dignity}

{Dining table- Dwell with Dignity- base painted orange}

{Mercury glass vase- EJ Interiors}

{Sticks in vase- found in a pile of bulk trash-no kidding 😉 EJ Interiors}

{Chaise lounge- Dwell with Dignity- repainted creamy white}

{Custom 18″ pillow- Trina Turk fabric; chaise upholstery- Childress leopard print fabric- EJ Interiors}

{6×9 Sisal rug- Dwell with Dignity}

Photos by: Fort Worth Real Estate Photography

We are so excited to announce that the winner of the Peacock Alley Soprano sheets giveaway is Ashley from Midland, Texas! Congratulations!

She is a girl after our own hearts…she graduated from OU with a degree in Interior Design! She is also a new mom of a two week old baby girl, so these luxurious sheets will provide a great getaway to sneak in some Z’s!

Ashley was also kind enough to provide us with some info on her favorite design material: fabric! This girl really knew what she was talking about!

“I love fabric because you can really make a space special with it. It’s easy to toss in a few new pillows or a throw on your couch, or change out your curtains with the season to make your space seem fresh. I love mixing graphic prints with stripes and solids with interesting textures.” – We couldn’t agree more!

She also told us that her major inspiration when it comes to fabric is Sarah Richardson. “I love that she doesn’t just use bolts of fabric in obvious ways, but can sew interesting tea towels into accent pillows or frame an interesting print fabric as artwork.” We love her work too!

Thanks so much for sharing Ashley, and congratulations again! We hope these sheets provide you with some much needed R&R! Also, thank you to all of the MG readers who participated.  Be on the lookout for the next MG giveaway coming soon!

For some reason I feel like all of my projects lately have had one thing in common… ottomans! Random I know, but it seems like these multi-purpose pieces have solved some big design dilemmas for us at EJ Interiors! Whether we are working on a family room, bedroom, home office, or even an outdoor living space, ottomans have been the perfect solution when we are tight on space or need the room to serve several functions! I searched my go-to sites (Pinterest and Decorpad) for some fabulous examples of how ottomans can transform ANY room.


I must say that my favorite use of the ottoman is a square ottoman set on the diagonal placed between four chairs.  This seating arrangement makes for a very cozy conversation area-

{Traditional Home}


Sometimes you just want to put your feet up when on the couch watching TV, but this is never as relaxing with a regular coffee table.  With this layout, you don’t have to feel guilty kicking back and relaxing and it’s super comfortable too-

{Elle Decor}

In this situation, I like a tray on the ottoman- one that can hold books, vases, and other random accessories-

{Elle Decor}


J Lo chose to put a coordinating ottoman between her two two matching chairs.  This ottoman can serve a few different purposes…it can be pulled up in front of one of the chairs as a foot rest, could be an extra seat, or if it had a tray, could pose as an accent table to hold drinks.


This ottoman poses as a foot rest and/or coffee table between these two chairs in this gorgeous gray library-


You never know when you are going to need extra seating at a party, so the placement of this ottoman is a great solution for when you have to accommodate larger groups. Not to mention, this ottoman just looks good as an accent under the console table and softens the lines of it.


This is the most obvious place for an ottoman, in front of a chair..however, where the chair and ottoman are, couldn’t be more unexpected- in a master bath!


These round and oval ottomans are pretty fab and are a great way to add extra seating to your living room. Usually placed right in front of a coffee table, these ottomans provide a place for guests to perch and enjoy their cocktails!

Jamie knew what he was doing when he added this huge round hot pink ottoman-

{Jamie Drake}

And here he did it again!

{Jamie Drake}


Ottomans in the bedroom are perfect for breakfast in bed! (or more realistically, a good spot to sit and put on your shoes!)

{House Beautiful}

{Tobi Fairley}


Ottomans in an outdoor living area add seating without blocking the beautiful view OR they could serve as footstools for days when you just want to lounge!

{Architectural Digest}

{Windsor Smith}


How amazing is the Rousseau storage ottoman from Lilly Pulitzer?? 16 storage pockets inside for shoes!! This is seriously every girl’s dream…


Well actually, maybe THIS is every girl’s dream. Great use of it, wouldn’t you agree?!

And another…just so I can live vicariously through these women with their big closets!

So I guess the question is- is there anything you can’t do with an ottoman?!!