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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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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Last month, Pantone announced THE color of 2014… Dazzling Blue. It is already being predicted to be the TOP color for women for Spring 2014.)

Does Dazzling Blue look familiar? The color has often been referred to as “Social Media Blue” and although it is not the same blue of Facebook, it falls pretty close. (Fun fact: Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, chose the brand’s color because he is color blind and blue is one of the only colors he sees in its true state.)

This bright and vibrant hue is showing up everywhere!

I am a sucker for anything Michael Kors and this purse would make such a fashion statement to any wardrobe.

With nail art becoming stylish again, I wonder if blue nails will make a comeback.

Without fail, every awards show ends up having one color that steals the night and last month’s Emmy Awards were no exception.

I love this contemporary twist on wallpaper.

I love spaces that are unafraid to push a specific color.  Plus, we have been eyeing these blue agate coasters for quite some time now.

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Dazzling blue will make for a great accent color- it adds enough of a bold pop and is eye-catching.

I love how the casework is treated as the accent wall.

The artwork and accessories are so eclectic and fun but my favorite thing about this inspiration is the chandelier. The lighting treatment has a strong impact.

It will be interesting to see how this color creatively transforms designs in the coming months!





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Pier One Giveaway Winner!

Posted By Nathan-Dallas | Oct 15, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Contests, Uncategorized

Congratulations to Patricia of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania!  Patricia is our winner of the $50 Pier One Giveaway!  Her favorite Pier One items are the Peacock Mosaic Bath Accessories.  Stay tuned for more giveaway opportunities in the future!





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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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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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Sip & Sign at Mecox!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 29, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Events, Uncategorized

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I am super pumped to announce that the fabulous Ronda Rice Carman will be coming to the wonderful city of Dallas.  She is the founder of All The Best blog which was started in 2007, all the way from Scotland, and more recently her new book “Designers at Home”.  A Texan by birth, she now splits her time between Scotland and the United States.

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Not only will there be a signing for her newest book, “Designers at Home”, but you will get a sneak preview of the Collective 3 Design Furniture Line, and as if that isn’t enough there will be complementary cocktails and wonderful company to be enjoyed.

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Mecox is by far one of our favorite places to shop.  They’ve got everything from furniture large and small to accessories and original art, as well as one of the best selections of coffee table books in Dallas!  It’s definitely a unique and one of a kind shopping experience!

So don’t be tardy for the party!  Join the Mecox team in welcoming Ronda back to her native Texan roots Thursday, August 8 from 5-7 pm at Mecox Dallas, located at 4532 Cole Ave.





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My Chic Nest

Do you dream about interiors done up in Hollywood Regency?  How about 1920′s style and flare?…. Then find yourself asking how on Earth can I afford to make something like that happen in my own home?….. Well look no further!  My Chic Nest is the answer we’ve all been waiting for!

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Abbey Three Seat Sofa

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Bella Sofa

Norma Lounge Chair

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Harper, Clara and Cari Chairs

Roz Headboard

Tuffted Lexi Headboard

Natalie Headboard

Liv Tuffted Ottoman

Elle Ottoman

Diandra Occasional or Vanity Chair

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You can choose from Velvets, Faux Leathers, Polyesters, Cotton-Poly Blends, and several different colors so you won’t have to go anywhere else!

This up and coming furniture designer has been mentioned on Apartment TherapyDarling HouseBetsey and Becca, and more. Believing that furniture should not cost an arm and a leg they sell their furniture for prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. At My Chic Nest shipping is always free, and as a Material Girls reader you can receive 10% off on your purchase at My Chic Nest now until the end of March. All you have to do is enter the code MATERIALGIRLS321 before you checkout.  So be sure to go check out My Chic Nest!





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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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Veranda’s 25th!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jun 19, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

How time flies!

The celebration of Veranda Magazine’s 25th Anniversary will begin this Thursday.  Editor-in-cheif Dara Caponigro will be in Dallas on June 21st to celebrate the big event with a brunch and “master class” panel discussion with some of the biggest names in design, including Windsor Smith, David Easton, and Michelle Nussbaumer.

 

 

This event is one you definitely don’t want to miss! It’s open to the public and being held at the Interior Resources Showroom (1620 Oak Lawn Ave.) on Thursday the 21st, at 10am.

We had a wonderful opportunity this past week to chat with Dara Caponigro, who has been the editor of Veranda for the past two years.  We picked her brain on just about everything- upcoming design trends, the magazine business, and the things she loves most about her job. Hope you enjoy getting a peek into her glamorous and exciting life as editor of one of our very favorite shelter mags!

 

Did you always aspire to be the editor of a magazine? If so, how did you work toward this job?

I suppose, in my 20s, I dreamed of being an editor in chief. But, then I had kids and my priorities shifted. Looking back, though, every job that came before prepared me for this one. I don’t think I could have done it any sooner.

What is your favorite part of being editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine?

My favorite part of being an editor is working with my super talented team. They are rock stars:  creative, smart, funny, and hardworking.

What has been your favorite Veranda magazine cover throughout the years?

There have been so many great Veranda covers.   Personally, I would say it’s a tie between March 2011 and March 2012. Each one captures a moment. They are magical and inspiring, but you can totally relate to them.

 

 

 

How do you discover the designers/rooms you feature in the magazine?

Designers generally come to us with projects. Our Decoration Director and I know so many of them because we’ve committed our careers to covering their work. Of course, we love discovering new talent, too. We have submissions meetings every two weeks or so and review everything that comes across our desks.

What do you typically look for in the homes you feature?

I always say Veranda has a classical backbone (mind you, that’s different from traditional), but that we veer 30 percent from it. We like houses that show an understanding of what came before in design but have some surprises without gimmicks.

How do you determine upcoming design trends?

Our editors are always out and about, at markets, at press events, doing shoots in different cities and countries. Sometimes, we notice common threads and decide to do a story on what we see. More often than not though, we report on things that our editors, personally, are excited about and those become trends.

What patterns, colors, etc will be in style in 2013?

I definitely see an increased interest in pattern. Classic patterns like florals and chinoiserie are making a comeback, but they are being used with a more restrained hand than they were used in the 80s:  a club chair here, a pillow there.

Since we are the Material Girls, we like to ask- what is your favorite design material?

It’ hard to pick a favorite design material, but we just renovated a house and I am crazy about my bathroom. It’s a mini version of the bathroom in the London townhouse of Veere Grenney and David Oliver that Veranda published in our Nov/Dec 2010 issue. It’s all white marble slab with a taupe and grey vein running through it. It is heavenly.

Do you think the emergence of blogs and online magazines have influenced the shelter magazine world?

The emergence of blogs has helped generate even more interest in the design world. That’s good for everybody.

What do you see in Veranda’s future?

We have so many exciting things going on:  a website redesign, an ecommerce partnership and a very exciting special issue coming up.

Thank you so much Dara for giving MG readers insight into Veranda’s past, present and future! Happy Anniversary!

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