We are so proud of our former intern, Iisha, who was chosen as a volunteer to help decorate the White House for the holidays!  What an amazing opportunity and challenge!  I don’t know about you, but decorating my 1930s cottage for the holidays sometimes seems overwhelming, so can you imagine what goes into decorating a 55,000 square foot national landmark!

Each year a theme is chosen for the White House’s holiday decor.  I wish I could transform my holiday decor from year to year!   This year’s theme is “A Children’s Winter Wonderland” which celebrates the Christmas spirit as viewed through the eyes of a child.  Iisha flew to Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving Day and spent the next five days in a whirwind of holiday decorating, surrounded by tinsel and ornaments galore!  The White House provides the volunteers with decor, tools, and inspiration photos to help them complete this enormous task.  Iisha worked individually and as part of a team to decorate two rooms and a hallway in the East Wing of the White House.

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 Iisha with one of the many White House Christmas Trees!

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A Winter Wonderland!

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Iisha and the Obama’s dogs- Bo and Sunny

This year’s theme also honored the Armed Forces and their families.  The East Wing featured a Christmas Tree decorated with gold ornaments which represented our nation’s fallen heroes.  Iisha also had the privilege of being chosen as one of a few volunteers to greet military families on a holiday tour of the White House.  This was particularly meaningful for Iisha because her dad served in the U.S. Army.

On the final night of her stay, Iisha attended a volunteer reception where the first lady made a speaking appearance!  To top it off, Iisha met Genevieve Gorder, who is hosting an HGTV special on the 2014 White House Christmas decor.  The special will replay on December 24 at 7am/6 c on HGTV, so set your DVR and tune in!

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Be sure to check out #WHHolidays for some behind the scenes experiences of White House visitors.

Congratulations Iisha on this honor and thank you for sharing your White House holiday experience with Material Girls!





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Have you been “Keeping up with the Kardashians” lately? Well, if you have, then you know the youngest sister of the Kardashian clan has put her Tarzana, CA mansion on the market!

It looks like after filing for divorce on December 13, 2013 Khloe is ready for a fresh start for 2014.
The 8000 sq. ft. home that the reality star shared with former NBA husband Lamar Odom for four years is for sale for a cool $5.499 million.
The gated Mediterranean-style home has 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a den, home theater, office and 3 custom closets according to redfin.com.
The glam and over the top décor throughout the home is exactly what you would expect from a Kardashian. Take a look inside!

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Khloe’s talented Los Angeles based interior designer Jeff Andrews is responsible for this “glam-traditional” office.

 

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 The two office chairs were vintage chairs that Khloe already owned and were simply reupholstered. Its great to see that celebrities re-purpose furniture too!

 

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 The Marilyn Monroe dining room has rich neutral tones and looks cozy for entertaining.

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The dark browns from the kitchen continue into the family room on this spacious sectional. I love the custom pillows and saw this fabric on F. Schaumcher’s website.   If you noticed the same fabric  was used on the desk chair in the office.

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More custom pillows in the master bedroom backed by a chocolate velvet upholstered headboard.

SR14004993_5_0The gameroom Jeff designed has fun pops of orange and a zebra area rug- a super dramatic space!

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Her neutral bathroom is a mix of travertine stone and wood stained cabinets.

 

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Lots of palm trees and lush landscaping…what else would you expect being in LA?image (3)

The outdoor living area looks like a resort right in their backyard!  I bet she throws some nice pool parties here!

See more Kardashian and other celebrity spaces designed by Jeff Andrews on his website.





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Are you on the hunt for that last minute unique gift? Or maybe the perfect home decor for this year’s holiday party? Well, you definitely need to stop by West Elm- they are killing it in the accessories department this year! There is surely something for everyone here- especially that home decor enthusiast family member or friend!

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Capiz Spheres would make the perfect decorative objects for any bookcase.

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Who doesn’t love candles? The Crystal Votive Holders  and Metallic Owl Candles are so fun.

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One of a kind jewel toned Agate Coasters and Jewelry Boxes.

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These hand blown Glass Knot Paperweights are a definite conversation starter.

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Add some holiday shimmer with any of these beautiful mercury pieces.

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If you are still unsure about what to buy you can never go wrong with a great coffee table book- especially this one by Grace Bonney of Design Sponge!





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Aerin Lauder has released her first book, Beauty at Home. The inspiring coffee table book takes you into her stylish Manhattan apartment, Hampton home and Madison Avenue office.

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I’m so excited she has given us all a glimpse into these private spaces and personal tips on how to recreate her look in your own home.

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Being the granddaughter of Estee Lauder, Aerin is familiar elegance and sophistication.  She talks about her iconic grandmother throughout the book and what lessons she taught her.  Aerin has taken those words of advice and created her own “effortless style”.  The beautiful photographs in her book display many items from Aerin’s home collection.

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Beauty at Home is available on Aerin.com. You can also shop her home furnishings such as lighting, rugs and fabrics.





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My good friend, Tiffany, the owner of Scout Design Studio, is participating in an awesome event this evening- “Holidays on Howell Street”. It kicks off today from 4-8 pm!

 

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Located in the Dallas Design District, West Howell Street is an enclave between Riverfront and Levee that houses an eclectic mix of art, antiques, accessories, modern design and custom furniture.

Scout Design Studio is one of five retailers that will be a part of this 20 day event. So bundle up and stop by for warm cider, tasty small bites, promo sales and a chance to win great giveaways! It’s an event not to be missed!

 

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For more information and to RSVP, check out the Howell Street Social Club Facebook page.





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Fragrance, Eyewear, Shoes, Handbags…

Fashion designer Tory Burch has now stepped into the world of home decor with her new Tory Burch Home Collection.  I could not be more excited! Not only are all the pieces gorgeous but they are all very personal to Tory. She was inspired by her family and childhood home for the new line. Brass frames, hand crafted boxes and needlepoint pillows are a few of the new items you can find in the collection.

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I love the  sophisticated touch of the brass handle on the  the Baily Box

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The Robinson Nutcraker is named after he parents Buddy &  Reva

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Tory named her double-sided  photo frame after twin sons Nick and Henry

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Perfect for entertaining the Madison Wine Opener and Rae Ice Bucket

 

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The brass Tory frame is beautiful and comes in three sizes

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We just wrapped up the Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes annual event hosted by the Dallas Alumnae Association and for this being our first year to be invited, we could not be happier with the showing and our debut!

Running around Dallas to find the perfect pieces to compliment one another, knowing that no idea was too extravagant,  was draining but well worth the effort when we saw it all completed.

Nathan and I at the Tables by Candlelight event!

We were able to add drama with our centerpieces from Scout Design Studio! And we clearly can’t get enough of agate coasters- these Jonathan Adler coasters were almost impossible to find because of the popularity of blue (the color of the year for 2014)!

The overall theme this year was harvest and so we wanted to play up the gold and orange tones contrasted with cobalt blue.

I love the patterned china plates (from Uncommon Market) balanced with the stems from the Forestwood Antique Mall wine glasses.

After spending so much time with our project, the best part is getting to walk around and see what everyone else has created.

This reminds me of the images Nathan discussed in his tablescapes post from a few weeks ago about beach and “under-the-sea” themes.

This centerpiece was a showstopper! The inclusion of a rug was a nice touch that added some charm and personality.

This table was so quirky with its library-chic aesthetic!

Most of the tables featured an over-the-top flower arrangement to capture attention. I like how pops of color are brought in to help ground the look with the plates and chair cushions.

There was such a range in colors and themes and it was great to see all the ideas on display at the Dallas Country Club this past week!





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Is there any field famed designer Nate Berkus has not tried to conquer? There is no need to answer that because we all know he is popping up everywhere. Oprah has given him his own talk show, he has a bestselling book, and still has time to manage a firm. Host, author, designer- he wears many hats and can now add to that list because his new fall line for Target just hit stores!

This post is paying homage to all his career roles.

He has a great approach to how he conquers residential design. His philosophy is that the rooms should tell the story of who the owners are and reflect their personalities.

Imagine working at his Chicago firm in this open environment!

This just seems like the coolest space to make dinner in each evening. I love that he made the industrial finishes appear so warm.

The play with color, lighting, and shape makes this bathroom very fresh and fun.

The modern art pieces selected really help exagerrate the angles and length of the living room. And who else can make a silver bean bag not seem tacky?

I love the mix of textures and rich tones. The different patterns all compliment each other to create something visually interesting.

I am probably a little biased since I am a sucker for yellow but I wish this was my master walk-in closet!

You were warned about the yellow! Berkus also has fabric lines with fabricut and calico.

I can’t get over this print and color combination!

This honeycomb wall art is part of his new line for Target. Hexagons may turn out to be the shape of the year!

If you are looking for something riskier, this gold and black pillow for Target would do the trick to add edge to your room!

Since Nate is constantly reinventing himself, pushing his talent and clearly not afraid to try new things I cannot wait to see what he does next!





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We recently spoke with Dallas designer Jan Showers after blogging about her latest book, “Glamorous Retreats”.  Here are some of the highlights from our talk:

Why interior design?  

I have always loved houses and the way they are designed fascinates me. My mother had amazing taste- she brought me up to love interior design, antiques, and color.

What inspires you?

Travel, nature, art, books, fashion and people.

Was there a moment in your career you knew you had made it and established yourself as a top designer?  

I felt very validated the first time I had a project published in a major magazine. To say that I think of myself as a top designer and have it made is really not part of my thought process- I try to do the best work possible with as much rigor and dedication as I am capable of- If I do that and my client is happy, then I am pleased with my work and consider myself a successful designer.

Is there a field you have not covered that you still wish to explore?  

I am eager to do a fabric/wall-covering collection and that is definitely in the works! More news about that soon!

Your new book is all about vacation homes, what is your dream vacation spot?

I always cry when I leave St. Barth’s- It’s the top of the world to me- So I guess it’s my dream vacation. Of course, I love New York, Paris, London, Venice, Lake Como, and summer in Montecito, California. 

When you start a new project, what is the first thing you choose?

I would typically choose the antiques and art because they are so important to any room. The rug is a close second.

Complete this sentence: No vacation home is complete without

Comfort.

Do you have an item in your home, not of your own design, that you feel best represents you?

I adore my dining room and everything in it at our house outside of Dallas- The chandelier by Barovier (designed by Andre Arbus), the Lotus XVI style chairs in their original pale golden yellow, the Donald Kaufman #12 paint on the walls and the very “Sister Parish” buffet I found almost 20 years ago in Paris. None of these are my own design- they are all antiques and I think they represent what I love the most personally.

What do you see as the biggest or most common mistake homeowners make?

Choosing furniture that is the wrong scale- usually too large for the room.

What is currently your favorite color to work with?  

Platinum gray mixed with gold metallics and almost any warm gray because it creates the look of natural stone and everything goes with it.

What current trend do you think we will see fade within the next few years?

Drapery, pillows and upholstery all matching in vibrant colors.

What current trend are you in love with?  

The undecorated look- not sure it’s a trend, but it’s what I try to achieve- a home that reflects the personality and interests of the owner and one that does not look like a stage set or a hotel room. Hotels are referenced to me a lot by clients and I always tell them that a hotel can be amazing, but even when it is incredible, it can never look personal and truly lived in.

And finally, what is the best piece of design advice you have ever been given and would pass along to someone?  

Make sure you truly understand your client and then give them a vision of what their home will ultimately look like. When you both have the same vision based on their needs and desires, you will have a wonderful finished product.

My other piece of advice is about eye level lighting- overhead lighting is used to age actors and actresses- always be sure there is plenty of eye level lighting- lamps, floor lamps and sconces- in every room.

We thank Jan for her insight and time!

Jan’s book is now on sale and can be ordered from amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Glamorous-Retreats-Jan-Showers/dp/1419708538/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380921060&sr=8-1&keywords=jan+showers+glamorous+retreats





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I’ve always been a fan of Pier 1 Imports.  Growing up as a small town boy, there weren’t too many places to chose from when it came to interior decor.  But, Waco did have a Pier 1 (and I believe they still do).  It was one of my favorite stores to go into growing up.  That’s right.  I could have cared less for the toy stores and the sports places, I wanted to go to Pier 1!

So, when Pier 1 contacted us to see if we would be interested in a $250 designer challenge to introduce a touch of autumn into an interior space, I was overly eager to accept the challenge, and get started!

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As soon as I wrapped up at the office for the day, I headed straight to the closest Pier 1 I knew of!

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Of course they have all of their new fall items out on display, including everything form fabulous pumpkins & fall leaves, to napkin rings and wine glasses.  All of which are available in every rustic autumn color you could imagine!

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I really liked this set up of a mirrored chest with the “blinged” out crystal and metallic owls!  Check out that divider screen!  Perfect for separating a single space into two, or, an interesting way to fill up some area and add dimension to a bare wall.

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When I turned the corner and saw this, I was reminded how fashion forward Pier 1 is.  Dorothy Drapery style chests are a highly sought after commodity in the design world, and very few people can afford the real McCoy.   Pier 1 has created an excellent imitation of the Dorothy Draper “Espana Chest”, and check out that awesome price!

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Accent pillows are a perfect way to spice up a sofa or a bed.  It’s also an easy way to create a color palate change that won’t break the bank.  With the endless color, pattern, and textures that Pier 1 offers with their pillow selection, you’ll definitely be able to find what you’re looking for!

Candles and Smell Good Wall

Who doesn’t love candles?  Pier 1 has an assortment of candles that come in every color under the sun to compliment any decor, and they have the best scents ever!

Clearance Items

Another great thing about Pier 1 is that every store always has a clearance section where you can really find some great stuff!  These prices just can’t be beat!

Now, back to the challenge…. I quickly decided after I arrived, that my front living room needed the most amount of attention, and is usually the first room guests enter when they come over.  My next step was figuring out how I was going to choose from so many decor options!

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After I made my selections, the fabulous Candise helped me bring it all to the cash wrap, and began to ring up my items.  Thanks for all your awesome and friendly help Candise!

Below are the “before” shots of my front living room.  Notice that it doesn’t really have much life to it, and nothing really matches.

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While I was at the store, I decided that I wanted to go outside of the box a little.  Sometimes, when you’re readying your home or a room for a new season, you don’t necessarily have to go with the obvious choices of decor.  Which in this case, would be the traditional fall leaves and gourds.  I chose to go a little more of a sophisticated route, choosing items that incorporated a fall color palate.  Here are the “after” photos:

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How awesome is this over-sized clock?!  The moment I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect focal point for the room!

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I chose a rich rust colored velvet pillow to introduce an autumn color pallet.  This is accented by a striped velvet pillow with different shades of orange, and also shades of blue.  I always try to add an unexpected accent color when I can.  In this case, it ended up being a deep cobalt blue.  That shade of blue is really hot right now, and I just had to incorporate it!  Blue is also the complimentary color to orange, so I felt that it was an appropriate choice.  Just the pillows alone added much needed life to this room!  I also added a cobalt glass candle stick and ivory candle on one of the clustered tables in the center of the room.  I still can’t believe I found all this great stuff for only $250!

After I was finished with adding all my new wonderful autumn inspired items to my living room, I sat down at my desk, and realized that it too came from Pier 1!  Even the chair and cushion!  I guess it goes to show, I’m definitely a fan of Pier 1 Imports.

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Be sure to head to your nearest Pier 1 store, and find some fall decor of your own to spice up your space!

Looking for a great way to get some awesome Pier One items in your house for FREE?  Email Emily your favorite Pier One accessory at emily@materialgirlsblog.com for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Pier One to deck out your pad for free!  The winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

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