with Jan Showers’ new book, Glamorous Rooms!  I read it all in one sitting.  It is 206 pages of fabulous eye candy and noteworthy design advice from the Dallas based interior designer.


With a foreword by her friend, Michael Kors, and a book case created to look like one of her favorite fabrics, Hinson and Company’s Snow Leopard, this book goes down in history as one of my favorite coffee table reads!

There are so many jaw dropping images throughout her book.  I gathered my favorite Jan Showers’ rooms to share with you (as well as quotes), until you can go out and buy a copy of the book for yourself!  It’s too bad this book wasn’t a magazine or I would have torn out a bunch of pages to keep on hand in my Style Book!


“Create an aura of glamour with some or all of these classic design elements: warm silver-leaf tea paper on the walls, a fabulous Murano-glass lamp, gilded mirrors, a pair of eighteenth-century painted Italian slipper chairs, and a graphic animal skin on the floor”- Jan Showers


“Rugs should be kept understated and elegant.  Though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, low-contrast rugs typically work best.  However, you may opt for a high-contrast black and white graphic rug to mitigate the vastness created by a double-height ceiling.”


“Mix textures and styles liberally.  Cashmeres, low-sheen satins, linens, silks, velvets, mohair, and wonderfully ironed and waxed leathers are favored textures in living rooms.”


“Mixing silver and gold is always a good idea”


“Never be afraid to mix patterns, periods, and wood finishes.”


“Too much upholstery is one of the most prevalent mistakes made in present-day design, because it lacks detail and interest.  Detail is critical to establishing the singularity and quality of any piece.”


“Two lighting elements are central to all my dining room designs: chandeliers and lamps.  Frequently people are surprised when I suggest that lamps be placed on buffets.  They create a luscious glow in a room that can be quite challenging to illuminate.”


“One shortcut to an atmosphere of warms is the use of dining chairs with upholstered backs.  At a rectangular or oval table, have the host and hostess chairs upholstered in a different fabric than the other chairs if they are a different style.”


“The opulence of bedrooms should extend to the walls themselves.  Soothing colors such as soft greens and French blues are just right.  Ivories and pale peaches complement skin tones, which is a very good idea in the bedroom.”

Her first book definitely aims to please!

Here’s a peek at the official photo of the Architectural Digest Greenroom backstage at the 61st Emmy Awards.  This red hot lounge area was designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.  I love all of the rich colors, texture, and pattern in this eclectic room. The Greenroom definitely emits a lot of energy!


Click here to download the time-lapse video of the making of the Greenroom.

{Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging}

Home Clone

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Sep 04, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Living Rooms

Just in case our Marie ever needs a home away from Versailles…




I’ve found her the perfect residence!  Such a perfect fit- don’t ya think?

They say dogs resemble their owners…apparently houses can too!

Once upon a time, there was a very talented Houston design blogger named Joni Webb.

Joni set out on her daily Starbucks run one morning and happened upon a beautiful French styled Houston home belonging to Sally Wheat.  Joni stalked this house for over a year from her car window until one day she was invited to take a peek inside.  Joni’s love for the home only continued to grow after she visited its interior.  What started as stalking, quickly turned into friendship between Joni and the Wheats.


The rest is history as they say…

And why am I telling you this story?  Sally’s house was recently featured in the August issue of Houston House and Home.  My mom went to Houston last week and after she finished stalking all of Joni’s recommended Houston haunts, she came home and brought me a surprise.  She knew how much I loved Joni’s blog and Sally’s home, so she gave me a copy of this issue and let me just tell you how amazing Sally’s house is!

My favorite photo is the one of her living room that was on the cover-


The rest of the house is just gorgeous!  But I won’t spoil it for you…Cote de Texas has the full story here.

And a big congrats to Joni, who wrote its cover story!  The writing was excellent and the story is more than entertaining.

Joni’s original blog post, Stalking the Wheats, has proved to be one of the most popular stories on her blog.  People have fallen in love with the Wheat’s house and Sally’s unique style.

Can’t wait to see photos of the next time Sally decides to rearrange her furniture.  Congrats to the both of you!!

More than just plastic…

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Aug 06, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Furniture, Living Rooms

I get emailed this question all the time- where can I find acrylic coffee tables, consoles and end tables?

I usually direct people to either Allan Knight, CB2, Overstock, The Paris Apartment or a Dallas custom acrylic furniture maker.


{Rafael de Cardenas- Elle Decor}


Robyn Karp Interiors


{Monique Lhuillier’s home- Elle Decor}


{Jonathan Adler}


{Blueprint Bliss}


{Elle Decor}


{Apartment Therapy}


{High Heel Foot in the Door}


Palmer Weiss

Excited to announce that there’s a new lucite vendor in town named Crate and Barrel- you may have heard of them before?

CB2 started with the less expensive version, the Peekaboo clear coffee table and it must have been such a hit that Crate and Barrel decided to come out with its own version called the Vista coffee table.

The CB2 one is a complete steal at $249.  The Crate and Barrel one has a great look to it too, but this one is a little bit pricier- retailing at $599.


C&B Vista

And scene…



There is also a Vista console table ($599) as well as a side table ($449)

However, three acrylic pieces that Crate and Barrel doesn’t carry are the clear nesting tables, the media console and the drink table that is on acrylic casters.  You will have to visit CB2 for these!

Nice to have another source for these transparent tables…what is your favorite go-to lucite place?

Distinct Dwelling

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jun 27, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Living Rooms, Magazines

I came across the living room below in this month’s Western Interiors.  They have featured this home previously but this time around it was a tiny photo accompanying the Gold List’s best interior designers.


It caught my eye immediately and I had to go google the designers and find a photo to share with you!

I can’t reiterate enough how obsessed I am with orange…yes, still! And I think orange is even more fun when it’s paired with blue.  I recognize that shade fabric from somewhere and if it’s the one I am thinking of, it’s a really great pattern in person! Lots of rich colors to work with.  They mixed light blue with dark- cobalt lamps stand out against a fresh piece of typography art.


Lo and behold, I did a little research and found a photo of the master bedroom too! The chartreuse screen paired with an upholstered white headboard, graphic prints, and pink accessories- my idea of a perfect room.


I found this image on Tobi Fairley’s blog and was instantly captivated by it.   The room was definitely love at first site for me!  It includes all of my favorite elements that were executed to perfection- sunburst mirrors, icy blue + bright orange combo, houndstooth print, funky lamps, graphic shapes, white sofa, metallics…this room has  some serious charisma!


This project is the childhood home of Actor Clark Duke and was featured in the May edition of At Home in Arkansas magazine.

Congratulations Tobi- this turned out amazing!

What’s your fireplace style?

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jun 26, 2008 | 3 Comments | Category: Living Rooms

Fireplaces are such a big focal point in a Living Area that I love getting the chance to decorate one. There are infinite possibilities with a fireplace…What will be hung on the wall? Will the wall be painted an accent color? What will sit on the mantel? Ahh decisions, decisions! One thing I do know is that it’s easy to make a large statement on this wall. It’s usually the main focus in the room and can often be overlooked- a poorly decorated fireplace is really such a shame!

We gathered some of our favorite looks, giving you a chance to see the many ways to spruce up this area. Whether it’s with color, sparkle, entertainment, functionality, texture, or pattern, a visually interesting fireplace will add a lot of energy and life to your Living area.

Some people love the look of a plasma screen on a fireplace wall; others are fearful that the heat might ruin their TV- but I guess that’s why you shouldn’t turn on both at the same time! Another factor is that the TV is no longer at normal viewing height. This bothers some; however, I think the photo above from Met Home, designed by Marjorie Skouras, is enough to put anyone’s qualms to rest. I love how they are playing old movies in the background. It completes the look of this old Hollywood glam Living area. Not to mention the color of the fireplace accent wall- fabulous!

Another fireplace look that creates visual interest is to hang a carved crest or other decorative object on the wall… this antique tin architectural remnant paired with pretty French boule balls lining the mantel give this area some further appeal. (Featured in Traditional Home)

I love the oversized floral arrangement on this mantel designed by Julia Roth. You don’t need much else when putting one of these against your fireplace wall. Another small object lines the mantel but the flowers emit enough of a wow factor to stun those who enter this otherwise simple room.

Shaun Jackson designed this room that was featured in Elle Decor. He placed a mirror above the fireplace making the room appear larger while also adding in a metallic element with the gold frame. Nice and minimal but makes a huge statement.

I love an oversized clock on a fireplace wall…talk about functional and attractive! I don’t know about you but I am always scrambling out the door wondering what time it is and how many minutes late I already am. For someone who doesn’t wear a watch, this clock would come in very handy!

To add color to your room, a simple piece of art work will do the trick. Depending on how large your fireplace is, you could do a series of two or just one large piece. I am a big fan of placing art work above the fireplace because the eye is immediately drawn to it and what’s the point of purchasing art that’s on a wall in which nobody sees? Monique Luhllier’s house is the perfect example of how art can tie your color scheme together and also express your gorgeous style!

Or are you just the type that likes a ton of miscellaneous meaningful things on top of your mantel? Maybe a pretty vase, a small piece of art you are attached to, a bowl, candlestick- this wall has it all!

Whatever your fireplace preference is, do it up big and show off your creative style- afterall, you only have one Living Room and most likely only one fireplace too. Might as well go all out!