“Latte” Cowhide Rugs

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 25, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Decorating, Floors

{photo from House Beautiful}

I’m totally loving the neutral version of the cowhide rug ingeniously called a “latte” cow hide rug here.  It makes a great substitute for the ever popular zebra rug.

{Domino, May 2008; photo by William Abranowicz}

In Designer Stephen Shubel’s San Francisco apartment, the neutral cow hide adds texture but still keeps the room light and calm.

{photo from House Beautiful}

This photo as designed by Liz Woods for Southern Accents was love at first sight, I just want to transfer the whole design to our Guest Bedroom.  This particular rug is from Paige Albright Orientals.

Sally Wheat’s gorgeous bedroom was “scouted” by Joni (of Cote de Texas).  These rugs look awesome over sisal or seagrass carpet.

The above two photos are rooms designed by a Material Girls favorite, Jan Showers (you have to look closely to see the rug in the bottom photo).

So what are your thoughts?  Do you love these rugs as much as I do?


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 21, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

I saw this picture in the portfolio section of the M Design website and thought it was a clever way to display your collection of Chinese Calligraphy Brushes (or whatever you want to call them)!  My sister did ask dead serious this weekend, “is that a whip for Hartley (my dog)?!  A whip, seriously (hopefully she was kidding that it was for Hartley but perhaps she did think it was a whip of some sort).  And no, I do not whip my precious Malti Poo.

Mirror Round-Up

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 20, 2008 | 10 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Walls

It’s no secret that Emily and I love mirrors. I think one in every room is totally appropriate!

Can I just say I am so excited about the direction that Pottery Barn is going! Their mirrors have been so drab to me in the past, and in general I’m really picky about the big chain store mirrors (they tend to be very cookie cutter & everyone has them). The problem is a big, gold leaf, antique mirror can really set you back some $$$ so if budget is an issue I think this is a good option. Only $299 for a 34″ x 55″ mirror, not bad!

One more from Pottery Barn, I LOVE it. Really, you should check out the other great mirrors on their website, I’m not going to post them all but there are some great new products.

Speaking of big box retailers this mirror hails from Lamps Plus. For $199 each, do a pair over a two bowl bathroom vanity.

I really do love a good French Trumeau mirror, now this one from Ainsworth-Noah on 1st Dibs costs $18,500. I have seen in various antiques stores and shops reproduction or new mirrors faux finished to look old for a fraction of the price (which would be much more budget conscious) but a good one can be $900+.

I have yet to see this Ethan Allen mirror in person, but I sure have tried (especially since this was the “similar to shown” mirror recommended by Domino in the spread about Drew Barrymore’s office).

Cute pair of 50’s sunburst Mirrors from Ebay.

Louis Starburst Silver Leaf Mirror by Worlds Away.

Quirky Black and White Shine Home Mirror.

Mirrors from one of my favorite online sources for drooling…Mecox Gardens. I just couldn’t help myself!

** Sorry for all the techincal difficulties***

Lighting Candy

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 19, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Lighting

I am obsessed with these light fixtures from Circa. Ceiling mount fixtures can be tricky but I think they would work especially well in a bedroom. Elegant with clean, modern lines…perfection!

This is the smaller version. In the Sub-Zero “East Meets West” kitchen that I blogged about here, the designer used a very similar fixture all over the ceiling, I LOVED it.

This is the larger size, I love the name, “Simple Scallop Pendant.”

I’d been itching to stop by Memorial Antiques and Interiors for some time, but naturally, what finally got me in there were the huge “SALE” signs in the windows.

Now that’s what I call an Antique Mall!  It is over 9,000 square feet with more than 45 antique dealers and decorators with their own vignettes, so come prepared to spend some time and $$$.

I really like the wall color in this vignette.

There were so many fabulous mirrors!

This lamp reminded me of the sconces in Nanette Lepore’s Master Bedroom Sitting Area.

Loved the pair of acrylic chairs in the window.

This lamp is on sale for just $95.

I really think I need to go back and pick up these canisters.

Emily, these sconces are for you, I think $150/pair.

Sconces, also for Emily…I think $230/pr.

I LOVE screens and they had a great selection!

My husband was very amused by this Water Buffalo hoof bookend.  We both decided it was pretty creepy…

Great lamp on sale for $150!

Memorial Antiques and Interiors

8719 Katy Freeway

Houston, TX 77024

(713) 827-8087

Monday – Saturday 10 -6

Sunday 12-4

I’m fresh off a trip to Sub-Zero’s fabulous Westye F. Bakke Training Center in Fitchburg, Wisconsin for a Designer Pow-Wow.  I thought I’d share a few photos because the center really is very inspiring.  Jamie Drake and famed Kitchen Designer Mick deGiulio were instrumental in the creating surroundings that are difficult to forget.  In the picture above you can see a Chihuly glass installation.  Each piece of glass was wrapped and shipped individually.  Two  Artisans flew in to actually create and install the pieces.  Below is another Chihuly installation, this time in Mick deGiulio’s “East Meets West” concept kitchen…

I really love the East Meets West kitchen.  Old World materials like calcutta are mixed with stainless and espresso cabinetry for a sleek, yet classic kitchen (my favorite kind).  Oh, and I cooked right there on that marble island…

Butcher Block table…can I just say that I’m a sucker for a beautiful butcher block (especially walnut).

Innovative sink idea.  It looks as if Mick wrapped the sides of a Franke sink in granite…there was much debate as to how this was accomplished.  I’ll be trying it out on an upcoming project.

The above picture shows the interest to the “La Grande” kitchen, the “East Meets West” kitchen is just on the other side.  Emily, I knew you would love the floor.  This is Mick’s take on Old World kitchen design.  He scoured the globe for found objects that would pull together this collected look.

Now THAT’S how you integrate two Sub-Zeros!

I really like the stainless drawer banks on either side of range #1.

I LOVVVVEEEDDD all the vintage Sub-Zeros in their museum!!!  I so think they need to do a retro line!

LOVED this crest shown on the refrigerator below.

The outdoor patio that was attached to the Main Dining Room (great place for cocktails).

Jamie Drake’s sitting area of the”Fire and Ice” Dining Room…get it?? Wolf is the “fire” and Sub-Zero is the “ice.” He’s a clever one, that Jamie Drake.  Apparently, Jim Bakke, the President/CEO about flipped out when he saw the red striped venetian plaster walls with nothing else in the room (you really can’t tell from the picture how MUCH red there really is). Jamie Drake pulled through and now Mr. Bakke uses him on his personal residences.

The Bar!

It was a great trip, I had a blast, learned a lot, and met some really fun and talented designers/architects!