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

TB_41137295_251One of Tory’s fave items- a needlepoint pillow named after her father, Buddy

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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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 Rand Brass Box

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I’ve got to tell everyone out there about one of my favorite stores…. H&M!  The first time I had ever heard of it, or seen one, was while I was studying abroad in Spain the summer before my senior year at college.  I know, I know.  You’re probably thinking, “WHAT?! He had never heard of H&M before?!” However, keep in mind that I’m a country boy, and went to college at Baylor University, only 25 minutes from my home town.  So, needless to say, the only real shopping experience that equates to shopping mall doesn’t have much to offer.  Let alone something fabulous like H&M….. And, the best part about it is that it is SUPER affordable!  (and yes, if you’re wondering, I still have my first purchase from H&M in Spain, a shirt and some pants). Boy was I disappointed when I got back to states to find out that the clothes I brought back from H&M in Europe, were the same things on the rack in the stores here.  Oh well.

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About a year or two ago, H&M finally moved to Dallas!  Praise be to the fashion gods and my wallet! And now, (hold your horses, it gets better)…. they now carry a home goods line!!! Have I died and gone to fashion and home decor heaven?!

RoseGoldandBlack

You just can’t beat the all time classic black and white.  Ever.  It never will never go out of style, whether in your home or in your closet.  I love this little twist of rose-gold for an accent color.  It’s a little more exciting than the normal yellow gold or silver you might expect.  A great way to mix up a classic in a fun chic way! ‘Im completely loving the textured black leather accent pillow and the rose-gold candle holder!

 

Fall

Don’t forget that even though it’s hotter than blue blazes outside, Autumn is right around the corner! (and can’t come fast enough for those of us who live in Texas!)  When it does finally cool down, you’ll find me curled up in this fabulous Native American print throw blanket and lounging against that awesome cable knit pillow.  Chances are, I’ll have all three of the “Love”, “Joy”, and “Peace” candles burning at the same time, pretending I’ve got my own little chic campfire going on right in my living room!

 

Gold

This little number says “Watch out boys!”  The fierce look of black and gold is timeless, and definitively screams glamour and power all at the same time!

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They’ve even got bath accessories!  I’m loving the clean ivory ceramic containers with French lingo scrawled in a beautiful script.  I totally don’t speak French, but all of this is definitely “Oooh La La!”





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Dapper, Dashing, and Deliciously Debonair

Posted By Nathan-Dallas | Feb 08, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Fashion

Over the past month or so, I’ve developed a few new obsessions.  Having always been captivated by the world of fashion, I’ve recently taken on a new style.  The source of my inspiration has been derived from historical time periods, fashion, as well as my favorite TV show at the moment, Downton Abbey!

 

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I haven’t started showing up to work in three piece suits or attending dinners in “white tie”, but, I’m enamored with the impeccable style and elegance of the well dressed men in this show.  The interiors of Highclere Castle, located in Newbury, West Berkshire UK, where Downton Abbey is filmed, has preserved the interiors of the home in their original states.  Each room shows perfect attention to detail, and is dripping with the finest gold and crystal objects.

 

Downtown Abbey Drawing Room

The main drawing room remains perfectly intact since its last redecorating in 1895.  The walls are upholstered in antique French green silk damask.

 

Second on the  ”current obsessions” list is The Luxe Series.  My good friend Jana introduced me to the series, and now Im hooked!  These novels, set at the turn of the century, are jam packed with page turning drama, as well as lavishly dressed “dandies” and debutantes of New York’s finest families.  Along with all that, you guessed it, descriptions of grand ball rooms and  interiors that scream wealth and high society status.  If you’re looking for a good old fashioned  scandal, pick up a copy!

 

The Luxe Series

 

So, after watching Downton Abbey and reading The Luxe Series, I found myself becoming bewitched with the male characters of these stories, and their luxurious surroundings.  Seeing as how the time period of these epic dramas occur during the turn of the century, I started asking myself how I could bring the same excitement and flare these stories and characters portray, to the present modern day.  The result has been a new found approach to a way of personal style and dress, as well as interior design.

When it comes to design, I love relating and drawing on fashion as a source of inspiration.  I’ve always believed that the only thing better than a well dressed man, is a well designed interior!

 

Primary Color Scheme

Modern Dandy's Home Library

I’m in love with this home library.  It’s clean modern look with brightly colored books is fun and inviting.  The touches of “old world” style with the gilded clock and pair of globes adds just the right amount of a traditional element.

 

Black and White

Black and White Living Area

The stark contrast of black and white will forever be a classic.  It’s the perfect backdrop to add a touch of color to, no matter what your mood calls for.

 

 Yellow and Brown

Check out this great home office space.  The chrome edging on the desk and shelving units really make this built-in unique.  I’m really liking the use of yellow here too, and those fabulous marble obelisks with the gold bases!

Pink and Green

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The contrast that the spring chartreuse rug, bamboo chairs, and roman shade create against the dark finish of the book case is stunning here.  I love how the brightly colored books and solitary pink flower give this space a fun feel.  Books and flowers are two of my favorite accessories!

Blue and Brown

Who doesn’t love luscious chocolate brown?  This gorgeous cocoa colored headboard with square tufts and sconces adds  great texture.  The soothing corn flower blue adds a crisp contrast against the deep chocolate tones.

Orange and Tan

The color pallet in this living area is definitely exciting.  The orange mixed with the neutral tones feels so happy, and fun, while maintaining a sense of sophistication.   According to color psychology, orange is optimistic and uplifting, and rejuvenates our spirit.  I think it’s perfect for a family room!

Royal Purple

I love any room that feels “royal”.  Rich velvets in royal hues of purple with accents of gold and red scream majestic drama!  Prince William could come walking around that corner at any minute (or at least we wish!)





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The New Queen of Bling

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Sep 26, 2012 | 2 Comments | Category: Celebs, Color, Fashion, Gifts, Trends

Fashionista and trend setter are just two ways to describe this new Queen of Bling!  If you haven’t already heard of this outstanding jewelry maker, there is a very good chance that you have unknowingly seen several celebrities wearing her fab colorful jewelry on the red carpet lately.  She is EVERYWHERE!

I have to say that I was so out of the Kendra loop until last weekend when my friends Lindsey and Beth gave me some of her earrings for my birthday (there is a Kendra Scott store in the West Village, here in Dallas apparently).  They were so adorbs that I had to put them on immediately and wear them out the rest of the night! It was such a fun surprise of a gift, and I should have known something was up when Lindsey called asking what my favorite color was earlier that day.  You see, Kendra doesn’t just make jewelry in a couple of colors, she has a RAINBOW spectrum of options! The colors in her jewelry are even good inspiration for a room design..I’m loving the green onyx and orange coral.

A little bit about Ms. Kendra…she got her start back in 2002, making her gorgeous creations out of the spare bedroom in her Austin, Texas home.  Today, you can find her fabulous earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets in three of her boutiques which are located in Dallas, Austin, and Beverly Hills.  You can also come across her items at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord and Taylor or purchase her beautiful bling on her website.

 

Reese Witherspoon sporting a pair of Kendra Scott earrings on the red carpet.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara in a pair a Kendra’s gorgeous chandelier style earrings.

Heiress Paris Hilton showing off a stunning pink jade necklace.

Kelly Osbourne dazzles in these show-stopping lapis and 14K yellow gold earrings

One of the things I love about Kendra’s web site is the “color bar” feature.  Here, you can create your own custom pieces with endless possibilities!  What a marvelous way to complete an outfit, by making your own Kendra Scott custom jewelry!  Below are just a few that I made on her web site that are sure to be showstoppers!

My husband gave his groosmen “themey” cufflinks last summer as gifts at our wedding…but I think Adrian or Geoff would have looked much more chic sporting Kendra’s teal cufflinks! (Ben however, might beg to differ :)

Take a look at a few of the other jewelry pieces that are available on her website!  With her large selection of semi-precious stones set in gold or silver,  there’s something to surely strike everyone’s fancy-





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The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, was indeed quite a show.  We certainly enjoyed watching all the festivities, especially the Queen’s awesome entrance into the stadium! Another great highlight was watching the parade of champions.  This year’s summer games ushered in some fantastic inspiration from fashion.  Fashion can be a marvelous muse for creating an unforgettable interior space.  Here are some of our favorite inspirations from this year’s Summer Games:

Cobalt, Orange & White: Holland

 

 

This year, Holland totally rocked their bold color pallet of cobalt, orange, navy, and white.  Each athlete was exquisitely tailored in these designer outfits.  A wonderful touch and homage to their homeland’s national flower, can be seen here with a tulip pinned to each athlete’s lapel.  These colors are a fresh and trendy way to spice up any interior.  The contrast that these colors make next to each other creates a statement that is sure to impress.

Mixing patterns with these exciting  colors works well, and adds even more look to this stimulating mix of hues.

These deep navy walls with accents of orange is striking and at the same time, elegant and fun.

This luxurious cashmere blanket by Hermes is a definite must have statement maker.  The unmistakable, classic Hermes orange and white will not go unnoticed!  Also, these orange and cobalt painted vases would be fabulous on any mantle.

Aqua, Sunshine Yellow, & White: Sweden

Sweden’s athletes were definitely noticed at this year’s opening ceremonies.  Their bright yellow and aqua stripes with white pants were definitely “spot on” for summer fashion.  Even their sneakers made a statement, blue with yellow laces. Great attention to detail.

This delicious dining room makes great use of yet another bold color pallet.  Beautiful,bright bamboo chairs in a cheery lemon yellow are definitely a focal point.  The black accents of the doors and the chevron pattern rug help add a touch of chic to this fun dining space.

Add some colorful light and sparkle to your space with this amazing yellow chandelier from Cyan.  This piece brings fun antique whimsy with its classic shape that is sure to liven up any space.

Check out this brightly colored room! The yellow sofas and bright blue pillows are festively summer, and help give this room its own signature look.

Kelly Green & White: Nigeria

Take a look at these fabulous white and green outfits worn by Nigerian Olympic competitors.  Kelly green makes a luscious color statement against bright white.

This gorgeous green upholstered head board transforms this bedroom into a tropical retreat.  The simple bedding with a classic green stripe is simple and refined, making a calm compliment to the statement making headboard.  The bedside lamps with a clear glass base add interest to the room, without taking away from the clean, crisp feel of the space.

Another clean color pallet of green and white makes this living room feel swank.  The modern floor lamp and glass top cocktail table make this space feel expensive, without going over-the-top.

The metallic accent pillows and chrome side table really adds some glamour and flash to this tropical living room.  The palm tree is also a great touch of natural color.  We also like the white cow-hide rug turned on an angle under the cocktail table.  Definitively chic and modern!

Red, White & Blue: U.S.A

Who better than to dress our American Athletes than Ralph Lauren? This classic American preppy look was a fantastic representation of fashion directly from the USA.  Navy blazers, white trousers and knee length skirts with berets and ties definitely has an Ivy League spin.  Feel like standing up straight and saluting the flag?  With and outfit like this, I sure do!

Using red judiciously is key in this bedroom.  Red is a powerful color, and helps define the headboard, bedding and bench.  The gold pendant fixture definitely adds a designer touch to the room.

Adding adventurous patterns makes these living rooms come alive.

This patriotic painted chest with gold accents demands attention.  Finding unique furniture such as this, really adds a great deal of character to any room, and is sure to serve as a conversation piece!





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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?

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{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 lamp..it 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?





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From Runway to Room

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Dec 09, 2011 | 2 Comments | Category: Color, Fashion

Last night I was reading the latest US Weekly, and I came across these six gorgeous Gucci looks in the classic color combo – black, gold, and white. It is such a timeless, elegant look that is perfect for both fashion and interiors!

(The middle is my personal favorite!)

The Gucci Spring 2012 fashion show. So glamorous – I can’t get enough!

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Inspired by the runway looks, I decided to show how easily fashion can translate to interiors. This glam combination works in any room!

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Simple gold artwork grouped together makes a big statement on the black wall!

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The gold frame stands out so nicely from the graphic black and white background.

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Mixing cream in with the stark white, warms up the room!

Little hints of gold go a long way in this Suzanne Kasler bedroom.

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The Dorothy Draper chest is a perfect example of how black and gold are a timeless combination. It is a beautiful piece alone, but paired with white lamps and accessories – amazing!

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It looks great in white and gold too!

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LOVE the gold base on the Saarinen tulip table!

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I really like how they decided to mix in the bright yellow with the golds here.

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Yep, it even works in bathrooms!

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Gold hardware in a white kitchen is pretty unique.   It’s not often that you see this, but I do have to say that it looks dynamite paired with a black and white checkerboard flooring and a graphic backsplash!

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Whether you are looking for fashion or design inspiration, Gucci’s fabulous spring line is perfect for both your closet and your home!





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Last night Kelly Wearstler came to Neiman’s in Dallas to promote her new fashion line.  When I heard she was coming, of course I had to go check out her creations in person! Needless to say, they did not disappoint.

Of course the first thing I noticed was that she used her Tracery rug that she designed for the Rug Company in her “store within a store”.

Remember my client Stacey who stayed at Viceroy Anguilla a few Spring Break’s ago?  Well, she is equally as smitten with Kelly as I am, so she joined me on this little fashion adventure-


Stacey almost walked out with this pink chair…too bad it wasn’t for sale!

I noticed Kelly used a lot of blues in her collection. Super cute jacket-

LOVED all the jewelry, especially the cuff bracelets!

More cute jackets for Fall…

Leslie Pritchard from Again and Again chatting with Kelly..I’ve always thought they looked like sisters so it was too weird to finally see them right next to each other!

These scarves would make great winter gifts for someone who loves bold colors and prints-

And more of her fabulous jewelry-

Even her models were gorgeous!

I wonder if anyone else caught on to the fact that this mannequin’s outfit was so careful coordinated to the colors in the rug?

And then right before she departed, we managed to squeeze in a quick photo with Mrs. Wearstler, which was a fun ending to the night. She was wearing a jacket from her new collection and looked very pulled together (as usual)…





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It’s not often that I digress from interior design on MG and post about other topics, but I recently discovered two fashion sites that I thought would really appeal to MG readers so I just had to share!

The founders of these sites are young, hardworking entrepreneurs with a lot of style and a lot of energy.  I know how difficult it is to launch a website and run a business, so I really admire what these two are doing and how quickly they have grown their businesses.  I’ll tell you one thing, this guy and gal are on on the rise and one day I’ll say…”I knew them when…”

Introducing….

ReFINEstyle- I recently met Megan Masoner, the owner of ReFINEstyle at a girls “Poker Night” (A.K.A.- “Girls drinking wine night”)  She is just what you would expect- incredibly nice, fashionable, and really dedicated to her work.  She started ReFINEstyle, the “online marketplace for pre-loved designer fashion and accessories” in 2009 and since then, designers on her site have grown to eight hundred premier brands and selected merchandise sales are often 70-90% off retail prices.  Megan and ReFinestyle were just written about in In Style magazine and were also featured on Good Morning America! Way to go Megan!

Check out some of ReFINEstyle’s fab items up for grabs!

{Louis Shoulder Bag}

{DVF Wrap Dress}

{Joe’s gray skinny jeans}

Introducing…

Needle’s Haystack- Stephen Lehn, whom I have known since gradeschool, recently launched Needle’s Haystack, an online marketplace for jewelers.  The website idea came about after he searched and searched last summer for the perfect birthday gift for his mother.  After finding a very talented, local jewelry designer, in his search and discovering that there was a lack of markets focused specifically on jewelry, he began building the foundation for NH.  After months of hard work, Needle’s Haystack, finally launched last week!  Congrats to the NH team (can i just say how much I love their web banner and logo?)

Now that you have your outfit from ReFINEstyle, all you need are some accessories….here are some of my faves from Needle’s Haystack-

{Crystal Knot necklace}

{Amazonite Elegance Necklace}

{Golden Seraph Necklace}

With the click of a button to these two sites, you could seriously plan out a whole outfit! Now that’s my kind of shopping….





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Fabric…into Fashion?

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 09, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Designers, Fabric, Fashion

I was reading an interview with Kelly Wearstler on Design*Sponge and took notice of how adorable her outfit was- particularly her skirt.  It took me a second to realize that she is wearing….one of her own fabrics!  I pass by this fabric every time I am at Lee Jofa and have checked out a sample of it on multiple occasions. Who would have thought that it would make such an adorable outfit!

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