If there are two things I completely obsess over, it is great design and celebrity gossip. I too often get carried away catching up on the lifestyles of the rich and famous. So naturally,  I was thrilled to discover (via Elle Decor) Cameron Diaz had enlisted Kelly Wearstler (our idol) to bring a taste of Hollywood to her Manhattan apartment. Consider it, West Village meets West Coast.

Cameron just took on the role of Artistic Director for the fashion-accessories label Pour La Victoire and so she already knew the space needed color. A lot of the signature pieces in the living room, including the stunning chandelier, are vintage.

Wearstler considered Diaz as more of a collaborator in this design rather than a client since she was very involved with the process.

The rooms reflect her personality- “innately sexy but not overly flashy” (-KW).  Lighting plays such an important role in this design story and the richness of the emerald green cabinets, along with the mirrored walls definitely give off that movie star vibe.

The bedroom really showcases the glamour and true to high-end couture, no detail is overlooked. Even the chest drawers are lined with raw black silk!

I love the glass tiling and metallic finishes used in the master bathroom!

If this guest bathroom does not scream luxe, nothing will! The apartment transitions from rich tones in gold and green to subtler palettes reminiscent of 1970′s fashion and I am sure Team Kelly and Cameron have now created new trends to be inspired by and follow!





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We are currently working on a guest bedroom where we are specifying black silk drapes- oh the luxuriousness!   I know, not your typical drapery color, but I promise you black drapes can look tres chic and really add some drama to a space!

I’ll let you in on a little secret…the key to doing black drapes the right way is to pair them with white walls.  This ensures that they are the exclamation point in the room (and also that they don’t get too dark and dreary) Another way to achieve black drape success is to pair them with black and white graphic prints, metallics, and if you do color, only do tiny pops of color- or your room may end up looking like a bad black and white college dorm room.

 {In Style Magazine}

 {Rue Magazine}

 

 {Darryl Carter}

 {Made by Girl}

 

{Vogue}

{Elle Decor}

If custom black drapes are too much of a commitment for you and you just want to inexpensively experiment with them, we have the perfect source for you HERE.

So, have we convinced you to run out and purchase your first set of black drapes? I promise you won’t regret it!





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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?

{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 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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I’m currently working on a project where we are using some incredibly fun Quadrille fabrics.  I had never taken the time to visit their website before and let me just tell you, it is one site FULL of eye candy!!  When I clicked on their “Editorial Portfolio”, every single room that I’ve ever loved was on there!

{Meg Braff}

Truly, their site had some of the best photos for inspiration that I’ve ever seen and of so much variety!

You’ve probably seen a lot of these photos from the big shelter magazines before, but like I always say, they are oldies but goodies!

{Chloe Warner}

{House Beautiful}

{Elle Decor}

{House Beautiful}

{Traditional Home}

{House Beautiful}

{House Beautiful}

{Domino}

{House Beautiful}

{Domino}

[The Devil Wears Prada}

{House Beautiful}

{House Beautiful}

{Meg Braff}

{Traditional Home}

{House Beautiful}

{Ruthie Summers}

{Architectural Digest}





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Have you ever accumulated a stack of about six magazines that you are just dying to read, but know you need to save them for a time when you can really sit down and concentrate on them?  Well that has been me for the past few months…saving my favorite magazines for the appropriate time and place..finally, that time was this weekend.

Out of all the articles I read and all the photos I perused, I must say that the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse that was featured in Traditional Home this month was completely and utterly stunning! I definitely ended up having some favorite rooms that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since my eyes first met the page.

Here are my top rooms- which ones are yours?

Room- Master bedroom sitting area

Designer- Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen for Lillian August

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The glam silver-leaf ceiling, elegant tufted slipcovered settees, and the soothing lilac palette.

**Now I don’t like picking favorites, but if I had to, this room would definitely be it!!**

Room- Master bedroom

Designer- Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen for Lilliam August

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The va va voom mirrored furniture, the sophisticated art series and the lucite bench legs.

Room- Master Bathroom

Designer- Susanne Kelley Design

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The gorgeous glass floor tile, the luxurious silk roman shade, and the freestanding furniture that creates a cozy atmosphere.

Room- Entry and Living Room

Designer- Patricia Healing and Dan Barsanti of HB Home

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The textured grasscloth wallcovering and sisal rug, the mix of natural and glam pieces (i.e.: lucite and stone), and the deep navy accents.

Room- Butler’s Pantry

Designer- Judy Hadlock, Old Town Crossing, Southampton, New York

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The Phillip Jeffries wallcovering on the walls and ceiling, the antique French crystal chandelier, and the dramatic/moody monochromatic color scheme.

Room- Guest Bedroom

Designer- Arden Interior Architecture and Design

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The bright happy color palette (including the lacquered yellow walls), the layering of pattern, and the quirky artichoke lamps.

Room- Kitchen Porch

Designer- Nancy Pearson

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The abundance of Quadrille pillow fabrics, the organic looking teak coffee table, and the classic Suzanne Kasler Visual Comfort lanterns.

Room- Den Porch

Designer- Christina Murphy Interiors

What’s so swoon-worthy?

The subtle gray tones mixed with bright pops of yellow, the graphic greek key area rug, and the totally unique mirror.





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As I’m perusing the internet for design inspiration, I came across this beauty from the Elle Decor Showhouse 2010 by Jay Jeffers design.  It’s hard to put into words how obsessed I am with the colors in this room.  From the taupe walls down to the pink, yellow, and turquoise artwork, I am totally smitten.  I’ve seen this photo before, but keep stumbling upon it by chance and have decided that the style and colors of this room are exactly what I want to incorporate into my work-in-progress living room! As they say, when you know, you know.  What great inspiration!  Thank you Elle Decor…





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MG, among other interior design bloggers, are featured in an article entitled “Home Spun Advice”, in The Boca Raton Observer this month.  We are so flattered to have been included. Bloggers from Desire to Inspire, Design*Sponge, Casa Sugar, and Made by Girl were also interviewed. These are blogs that MG has always admired and respected so were honored to be in such great company.

Click here to read the article and learn what other design bloggers have to say on how they got started, where they get their design inspiration, and their take on 2011 design trends!





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My friend, David, over at Again and Again, brought my attention to this fabulous article in The Dallas Morning News that spotlights the 1950′s Turtle Creek duplex of Again and Again owner, Leslie Pritchard.  With the help of designer Breck Woolsey, they glammed up the space with vintage pieces, bold fabrics, metallics, and animal print.

If you’ve been to Leslie’s shops before (Again and Again or Again Design Studio), then you probably aren’t surprised to find out that her duplex is equally as stylish.  Her two shops on Henderson Avenue in Dallas have become quite successful due to her knack for finding those one-of-a-kind pieces.

{Again and Again}

{Again Design Studio}

Ok now back to that gorgeous duplex…

I love how she combined icy gray, soft pinks, with pops of gold throughout.  Leslie definitely isn’t afraid to go out on a limb and combine pieces from different periods nor does she have any hesitation about mixing bold prints.  I identified a few Kelly Wearstler fabrics throughout her home and can’t help but notice how much Leslie herself looks like the LA designer! Don’t ya think?

{Leslie Pritchard and her designer, Brett Woolsey}

I have to say that I love her drapes!  The blush color combined with the silky sheen fabric is girly glam at its finest-

The iron gates below were custom-built and replaced a run of the mill door as well as brightened up a dark hall…

Her dining room is a mix of all different styles- love!

Huge artwork makes a statement next to a custom chair upholstered in Schumacher fabric and built by Again Design Studio…

A small but interesting gallery wall sits above a vintage Henredon bar…

Brett and Leslie’s variation of scale throughout (tall lamps paired with shorter headboard) is a great way to keep things interesting.

Do you love Leslie’s apartment as much as I do?





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Thank you Elle Decor for including Material Girls in the feature, Design Insiders’ Weekly Finds!

MG along with Elements of Style, La Maison Boheme, Style Redux, and Design Darling shared their favorite blog post and article links for the week!





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This month, Traditional Home’s cover story spotlighted the gorgeous Atlanta residence of Amy Bergman.  Amy enlisted the help of top architect,  Linda MacArthur, a fellow mom, to make her home beautiful, but also kid-friendly.

It was love at first sight when I saw this home, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are the reasons why I absolutely LOVE each of the Bergman’s rooms-

Living Room-

I heart…the fact that this room consists mostly of soft neutral upholstery fabrics (with rare pops of color) which makes it easy to change out the color scheme in the future, if needed.

Dining Room-

I heart…the totally funky, unexpected chandelier by Niermann Weeks and how it contrasts nicely with the dark sleek table.

Keeping Room-

I heart…how the scalloped stair wall echoes the curves of the banquette.

I heart…the fact that she even has a banquette at the bottom of her stairs!  What an efficient use of space and such a genius idea!

Home Office-

I heart….how cozy this room feels with the dark dramatic walls and trim painted in Sherwin Williams, Library Pewter.

I also heart…orange (in general) so this room struck a definite cord with me.

Kitchen-

I heart…the fact that their cabinets are painted in a color other than white. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful white kitchen, but it’s not every day that you see darker painted cabinets, particularly in this gray-blue.

I also heart…the Anne Sacks glass tile backsplash over the range which makes for a very interesting focal point.

Master Bedroom-

I heart…how they didn’t ignore the height of the room when planning out this space.  A large chandelier, tall swooping bed curtains, and a detailed ceiling, all draw your eye upward and help break up the large expanse of white wall (painted Benjamin Moore’s, Frappe)

Master Bathroom-

I heart…how unique the bathtub is.  With a marble backsplash and a paneled tub surround, this whirlpool tub is nothing short of luxurious.

Closet-

I heart…the huge walk-in closet. Enough said- the picture explains it all!

What’s not to love here?

Happy Valentine’s!

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