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Meg & I have had so much fun with our little space at MAI here in Houston.  One of their BEST events is the Holiday Market.  I am pumped!  It is coming up on Thursday, November 14th and features not only all the fabulous booths decked out, but also trunk show vendors.  I am a total sucker for all the jewelry designers and I still dream about the chocolate vendor that was there last time…

This year some of the special vendors include Presmer (I’m a huge fan), a custom pet portrait artist, custom monogramming, and silk ikat pillows just in from Turkey – that’s just to name a few!

Another big draw is 20% off items over $100!  Someone come by that bone inlay chest from me!

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Designers in the Houston area, are you overwhelmed by all the Social Media outlets you know you SHOULD be doing?  Can you really get a client from Pinterest? Should you start a blog?  I am thrilled to be a part of a panel of Designers discussing relevant social media questions just like these, Wednesday, October 16th at the Decorative Center of Houston’s Fall Market.

The panel will be moderated by a true social media pioneer and expert, Leslie Carothers.  I am honored to be part of the discussion with esteemed designer Sarah Eilers of Lucas/Eilers, Designer BFF Meg Lonergan of LeSueur Interiors, awesome Paloma Contreras of Paloma Contreras Design and La Dolce Vita, and talented Designer and Blogger Samantha Penner who pens The Peak of Tres Chic.  I think we each bring a unique perspective on how we have utilized Social Media outlets to build and propel our businesses.

The Panel Discussion starts at 2 pm.  Make sure to also check out Legendary Designer, Mario Buatta, speaking at the Morning Keynote.  I’m so proud to be a part of such a great Design Community – I hope to see you there!

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My apologies for the lack of creative post title, but it expresses exactly what I want to talk about.  I absolutely love when walls/trim/cabinetry are painting the same paint color, preferably in a high gloss!  Now this isn’t for the faint of heart, and it sure helps if you have very strong architectural “bones” to begin with.  The first designer that comes to mind that does this frequently is Miles Redd, the second is Katie Ridder – probably because I’m obsessed with her use of turquoise.

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A fabulous room by Miles Redd.

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Above two rooms by Katie Ridder.


Not sure who designed this room but the black walls don’t seem so imposing when you through in a dash of pink!

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If lighter colors make you more comfortable, the above two images show more pastel hues.  I especially like the soft pink room because I have  feeling everyone’s complexion just glows in this space much like in candlelight.

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I also like warm whites or putty tones in spaces of architectural perfection.  The perfect way to highlight beautiful paneling, like in this Dining Room above by Munger Interiors.  


And then there’s everybody’s “Dream Paris Apartment” look.  Herringbone wood floors and white paneling with intricate detail is something you just can’t fake very well.  Le Sigh.  So would you do it, could you commit to one paint color everywhere?  I sure could!

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I’m so excited to share photos of “Navy,” the booth I share with Designer BFF Meg Lonergan or LeSueur Interiors.  Our booth is small but mighty located in the main building of Houston’s VERY BEST Antique Source, Memorial Antiques & Interiors.   I have absolutely loved shopping for and merchandising this space.   We have one of a kind pillows, furniture, accessories and original art from New Orleans Artists Alexis Walter and Ashton Shaw Despot.  Meg and I are both rug obsessed so of course we had to have a few fabulous rug finds in the space.  We also have tons of gallery wall art options!  Here are a few pictures, but if you are in Houston please come check us out in person (and the rest of the fabulous store).

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Memorial Antiques & Interiors

8719 Katy Freeway

Houston, Texas 77024

10-6pm Monday – Saturday

1-5pm Sunday


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Pots & Patios on my Brain

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 24, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized


I absolutely have patios on my mind.  Between the deck I need to decorate for myself and an outdoor space for a client, I can’t stop thinking about decorating for the outdoors.   I am specifically looking for great pots right now!  The more patina, the better!  Here are some of my favorite pot/patio combinations…







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Lauren Haskett Fine Design

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 10, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

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I can’t believe Emily and I started Material Girls over 5 years ago! Time flies! In the beginning of the blog I was working for an amazing Kitchen & Bath firm here in Houston learning all the ins and outs of Kitchen & Bath Design. I loved having the blog to keep up with the world of Design since I was pretty focused and specialized in one area. Since that time I have had a baby (who is now 2-1/2! crazy!) and have ventured out on my own to form Lauren Haskett Fine Design. I do all types of Residential Design, but still love taking on Kitchen & Bath projects! I launched my website a few months ago and wanted to share a peak into my portfolio (more pictures on my website). You can also follow me on instagram and twitter: @laurenhaskett where I share lots of sneak peaks into my world! I’m doing my dream job and was so proud to have checked a big life time goal off of my list – to own my own business by the time I was 30!

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If you are interested in our services to create a beautiful functional home please email susan@laurenhaskett.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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My friend, Paloma’s post today reminded me that I have been meaning to blog about fitness guru Tracy Anderson’s new studio designed by one of my all time favorite designers, Windsor Smith.  Actually, Windsor Smith might just be my #1 favorite.  This gym is perfection.  I am a big fan of Tracy’s workout videos and have seen great results from them in the past – need to get back on them!  How motivated would you be to go to the gym if it looked like this???  Lots of white marble and gold?? YES, please!  Sign me up!

You can read all about the studio here, on Windsor’s blog!  Enjoy the eye candy!

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High Point Highlights

Posted By Lauren-Houston | May 03, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized


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I had SUCH a great time in High Point, the highlight being to hang out in person with fellow MG’s Julia, Jill, Emily, and our Material Boy/Mascot/Biggest Cheerleader, Nathan.  It was a whirlwind trip, but so, so, so much fun and I hope to go back at least once a year!  Here are a few of my favorite things I saw…

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A fun new discovery was the Phillips Scott Collection, I ended up ordering this chest above (for me) in the dark stain finish.

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Oly Studio didn’t disappoint.  Everything is so clean, cool, and perfect.

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Visual Comfort was a treat, especially seeing Aerin Lauder’s collection in person.  I can’t wait until photos are finally released of it.  Let’s just say I have my eye on SEVERAL things I must own.  I love this new Thomas O’Brien Chandelier.  I also ran into friend, Paloma working it and she was nice enough to introduce me and my partner in crime, Meg to Aerin Lauder herself.  Major Moment.

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Julian Chichester was a visual treat, and wonderful to see some things I’ve specified in person.  A client ended up ordering that gold buffet – SWOON.

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I loved seeing a great mix at Tara Shaw Maison.  Really, really great stuff!

I think all the MG’s enjoyed giving their tours at The Suites at Market Square.  The Suites are SUCH a great venue, I spent so much time there discovering new vendors.  It was awesome!  If you are a designer, you should really try to make it to High Point – totally worth the Business Trip!  Happy Weekend!

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After treating myself to a vintage Hermes scarf at Round Top (Happy early Birthday to me), I am obsessed with all things orange.  But I don’t want cheesy orange, I want old world orange.  I think traditional bones are the key to pulling off this color.  I of course LOVE Hermes orange, but lately I’ve been completely obssesed to color matching fabrics to the label on a Veuve Clicquot bottle!  I also love the idea of the bold orange paired with powder blue and indigo.


Oh, I met Aerin in High Point…no big deal!  We’re BFF now, she liked my necklace!  Seriously, she is the DEFINITION of effortless chic, which sadly, to pull off, is not effortless at all!  Love her!

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Here’s my spin on it…a little Michael S. Smith for Jasper, a little Windsor Smith, and a dash of leopard!

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I’m thrilled to announce that Material Girl Bloggers, Emily (Dallas), Julia (Chicago), Jill (LA), and  me (Lauren, Houston) will be hosting curated tours of our favorite showrooms at the Suites at Market Square this coming High Point Market!  We will be showing off our favorite finds on all three floors, so if you plan to be in High Point please sign up!  We would love to meet you!   You can register here.

Here’s the schedule:

Emily’s Tour:  Monday, April 22nd at 9:00 am

Lauren’s Tour: Monday, April 22nd at 10:00 am

Jill’s Tour: Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 am

Julia’s Tour: Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:30 am

Space on the tour is limited so register today!


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