Neon Glow

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 31, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion, Furniture, Magazines, Trends

Neon’s are everywhere this season from fashion to home decor. It’s impossible not to notice everyone wearing colored jeans and celebrities at movie premiers in gorgeous neon dresses. I love this guide to “doing neon right”.

Just the other day, my husband asked me why I was still living in the 80’s…really, what do you even say to that?

{Black Tie neon}

{Casual evening neon}

{Street style neon}

These colors aren’t just in fashion, but home decor as well! Neons add a touch of vibrancy and are a fun way to liven up your home.

Here are a few ways to add a little neon to your life without going over the top-

This yellow bar stool from ABC Home is the perfect color to mix with grays, blacks, and whites. I also love the idea of this mixed with turquoise!

This dining room from House Beautiful mixes bold colors with classic black and whites. Johnathan Adler did a wonderful job mixing mid-century modern pieces with funky yellow Chinese Chippendale Chairs (and turquoise drapes to boot!)

This dramatic yellow mirror from Horchow would be perfect in an entryway.. Maybe with some gray and white striped wallpaper and a Lucite table underneath!

How funky and mod!  Orange wall clock from CB2

Pairing turquoise blue and bold orange is the perfect neon color palette. I love how they toned down all the neon by adding in neutrals like the black and white lamp and light taupe paint color (same rules as in fashion!) Houzz

A bright yellow sofa with funky eclectic pillows paired with dark gray walls creates an airy, perky atmosphere! Houzz

Don’t you just love these hot pink chairs paired with the dark wood table?

The rug in this space ties everything together. All the colors from the rug are spread throughout the bedroom and creates a cohesive look.  Notice the neon green chandelier!  Houzz

I’ve always been a big fan of Stray Dog Design’s Artichoke comes in wild neon colors like pink, chartreuse, and turquoise!


And you thought colored bathtubs were so out of date in the 40’s…well they are back! This neon green tub screams for attention in this small white and black bathroom. Pinterest 


This movie pool sofa is perfect for the college student living in a small apartment looking to brighten up their space.

Now this is the literal meaning of neon! Back lighting a dark toned painting with neon colored light creates a new story for the painting to tell. Elle Decor

These beautimous bedside chests in lacquered orange paint from 1st Dibbs paired with brown leather drawers is a unique pop of color that would look perfect in a masculine bedroom.

This basement makeover from House Beautiful is so fun. There are so many wonderful colors that can brighten anyone’s mood.


So what do you say? Are you a neon lover yet?

Hello everyone!  What an honor it is to be selected as the Material Girls Blog’s very first Material Guy contributor! First, I would like to take a moment to thank Mrs. Emily Larkin for bestowing this distinctive position to me!

For your entertainment and reading pleasure, I will be enriching the Material Girls Blog each week with posts devoted to delicious design, decor, and fabulous, fanciful fashion.

Before we get to the good stuff, I would like to give you a brief background about myself.  My name is Nathan Vincent Hejl, and I have a massive appreciation and passion for good design, fashion, and all things luxury!  I grew up in the small central Texas town of Crawford, and moved to Dallas in June of 2010, shortly after my graduation from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.   While getting my “feet wet” in the Big D, I lived for a short while with my gracious aunt, uncle, and their three daughters at their lovely home in Lucas, Texas.  After meeting my life partner and love of my life in October of 2010, I promptly moved to the historic Kessler area of Oak Cliff in Dallas.  My partner and I share our home with our two Miniature Schnauzers, Columbus George and Nina Maria, and the most recent addition to our family, Magnolia Mae-Mobley (Maggie), a Basset Hound.

Having a healthy appetite for the finer things in life, my goal is to bring our readers and patrons further insight to the marvelous world and culture of interior design and fashion.  Stay tuned for more decorative decadence!

This year at the Dallas Home and Gift Market there were so many amazing finds it was hard to pick just ten! Keeping up with current and upcoming design trends is vital to the design process to ensure that we can make your home lovely and something no one will forget. Here are a few of my favorite design trends at market that are sure to knock your socks off!

#1- Bright colored lacquered furniture-

Pops of color are on the cutting edge of design this season. Reviving a traditional style chest by adding blue lacquered paint gives new life to this piece at the Ambari showroom

#2- Tassels and ropes!  (see our post on this topic from the other day)-

This iron style knotted chair and demilune table are so unique and charming! Drinking your morning coffee in this lil chair will definetly start your day off great. Both are from Currey and Co– 


#3- Dramatic screens-

Screens are great for so many things. They can act as a room divider, a piece of art or sculpture (behind chairs or a sofa), or fill an awkward corner or long wall. My favorite screens are mirrored or metallic ones with lots of visual interest (like this stunning one from Design Directions)

#4- Colored glass-

Looking for something unique? We have the right pieces for you.  These beauties are displayed at one of our most favorite showrooms, Taylors on Ten.  They have a whole “glass” section that will make your heart race! Don’t even get me started on their glass knot pendant light!

#5- Natural lamps-

I love a good natural lamp.  At market, we noticed tons of lamps made out of natural materials such as marble, granite, driftwood, and shells.  This white marble lamp by Ralph Lauren was also at the TOT showroom.

#6- Graphic patterns mixed with bold colors-

Graphic motifs such as chevron patterns paired with vivid colors are THE it factor (found in the Imax Showroom). Using one of these ideas in any space will definitely keep you on trend.

#7- Color combination- orange and gray-

I am using this color combo in Ben’s mancave as we speak and I have to say that I keep seeing this palette more and more lately (especially at market)! Global Views always has the best vignettes at the show and their use of this color combo was truly stunning.

#8- Metallics-

Metallics, Metallics, Metallics!! I can’t say it enough! These gold side tables/benches with wooden details (found at Design Directions) are the perfect accent for any space. The great thing about metallics is that they can go with anything and add that extra bit of sparkle that most rooms need.

A gorgeous round mirror from Ambari

A bling worthy vignette from Global Views

#9- Embroidered Pillows-

We love the use of color on these dramatic embroidered pillows.  This extra layer of texture really helps take the pillows to another level!

#10- Framed textiles-

This amazing Indian styled scarf in a frame can be a great starting point for a room. LOVE the orange and pink combo here.  This particular one was found at Taylors on Ten.

#11- Faux fur

Last but not least.. OHHH the uniqueness! Being different and standing out is right up this chaise lounge’s alley. It’s purrrfectly pettable with its fuzzy upholstery. You most definitely won’t have to worry about your neighbor having this! Spotted at Cyan Design.

New Obsession!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 15, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Furniture

I have been completely and utterly obsessed with anything to do with tassels or ropes lately…and we aren’t talking about the traditional over the top drapery trimmings from back in the ma’am!  We are talking about the tassel and rope motifs that are popping up anywhere and everywhere- from furniture to lighting.  They bring an unexpected twist to any space and provide texture and opulence to an otherwise basic piece of furniture.

We just purchased these chairs from Again and Again for a client…we are going to paint them black and upholster them in a white vinyl (and put a rounded monogram on the backs in a deep teal).  SO excited for the finished result.

Whether it’s through metal or wood (or the real deal), these pieces do a great job mimicking my beloved tassels and ropes-

Tassel Black and Navy Table Lamp From Arteriors

Tassel Ivory Lamp From Arteriors

 Chloe Coffee Table From Horchow

Renzo Arm Chair From Currey and Co.

Tassels AND rope- I’m in heaven!

Renzo Console Table From Currey & Co.

Renzo Side Chair From Currey & Co.

Tassel Table From Horchow

Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios used a similar table in their vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio- how gorgeous does the tassel table look against the dramatic black walls and funky vintage chairs? Love!

And if you missed it, even Kelly Wearstler is on board… her recent sale on One Kings Lane featured a very similar chair to the one I’m re-doing above. They seem to be everywhere these days! Now there is just one more place that they need to be….my home of course! 😉

Congrats Jennifer!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 02, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Bed and Bath, Contests

Congratulations to Jennifer B. in Dallas for winning our Quality Bath giveaway for a luxurious towel warmer!

She plans on warming up her traditional brown and white bathroom by placing her amazing new towel warmer next to her shower! This towel warmer is sure to keep her warm when stepping on her cold travertine floors… ENJOY Jennifer 🙂

Everyone don’t forget to enter our next giveaway- stay tuned for more info!