This week, I was so honored to be included in iVillage’s article, “What My Mom Taught me: Celebrity Home Designers” in celebration of Mother’s Day.

It got me thinking about how much my mom has influenced my career path and how much she means to me.

My mom has been interested in interior design as long as I can remember. Growing up, things were always changing around our house.  Whether she was re-painting a room or a piece of furniture, putting up wallpaper, or making drapes, she was the woman who did it all (and all by hand).  Most of my friends assumed she was a decorator and did that for a living.  My husband loves to tell the story of how when he first met my parents and came to their house, he sat down on the couch and realized he was sitting on mounds of fabric swatches.  Little did he know, the same thing would continuing happening a few years later at our own house 🙂

 {My childhood home, in which my parents still live in today}

I have such fond memories of my mom and decorating.  I think it was at some point during highschool, when I caught the design bug from her.  My bedroom’s color scheme went from pink to purple to blue to turquoise.  The artwork in my bedroom (AKA, the Mark Paul Gosselar poster) was strategically placed at eye level and the Laura Ashley bedding was always fully coordinated to a matching valance.

My mom has always been there for me through every move- dorm, apartment, rental house, office and now, our new house.  These moves always bring a fun new decorating adventure for us.

 {My oh so stylish college apartment}

Most weekends we spend at the consignment stores hunting for treasures for one of our houses and telling eachother “you so need that!” (when we clearly don’t)…like this bar cart I got last weekend for $45!

My phone usually rings within hours of receiving the newest House Beautiful in the mail with my mom asking, “did you see that gorgeous spread?” or “did you read the blog post today on Colour Me Happy or Cote de Texas?”  We pour over magazines and blogs together, analyzing each and every room.


 {House Beautiful}

We’ve also recently started going to Roundtop to further feed our obsession with antiques.  We also hit up all the warehouse sales in the design district, go on local home tours, and stalk our favorite streets in Dallas (hello, Tokalon).

 {Some of our china from Roundtop}

We can’t help it- Interior design is just what we do! (and it always has been)  We couldn’t care less about shopping for clothes- in fact, that’s usually considered a nightmare to us.  We will take Riverfront Boulevard over Northpark any day of the week!

So in honor of my mom on this Mother’s Day, I thought I would share with you her thirty year transformation of the house she has lived in since the 80’s (and boy could you tell it was the 80’s when she first moved in!)

Entry in the 80’s-

Entry today-

Dining in the 80’s-

Dining today-

Some other “today” photos..this house has undergone so many transformations throughout the years-

Whenever I tell her that “I want my house to be done!” She says, “Emily, I’ve been working on my house for thirty years and it’s STILL not done!  Once you finish the last room you go back to the first and start re-decorating.”  So true….

Thanks mom for being such a great design influence and a great decorating companion!  Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone!!

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7 Comments to 'The Thirty Year Influence'

Carolyn 11 May 12 at 11:26 am

What a sweet tribute to one of the best people in the world love you both!!

Liz 11 May 12 at 5:33 pm

What consignment shop did you find the bar cart at? I’m looking for one just like it. Any good recs?

MaterialGirls 14 May 12 at 10:00 pm

I found it at Consignment Collection off Alpha!

abbey 17 May 12 at 5:40 pm

where did you find the white couch (the one with the dog on it)?

Emily Johnston Larkin 22 May 12 at 6:22 pm

That’s from the Best Seat in the House, off Inwood (I think that store is still there?)

Bea 01 Jun 12 at 10:03 pm

Lovely antique photos! That’s true, decorating a house is never ending task!

FireRock 11 Jun 12 at 11:47 am

This is such a good post! Thank you so much for sharing!

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