Chevron Mirror

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 30, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories

It’s no secret that I have a slight mirror obsession. I saw this beauty and was scheming of where on earth I could put (store) it. I think a pair of these would be fabulous over a bathroom vanity.

…but I still LOVE it! I spotted the orange colorway in the Z Gallerie window last night and was completely smitten! If you couldn’t commit to the whole Greek Key look (because it’s a lot of look) then a couple of shams would really add a punch to simple white bedding.

To Chop or Not to Chop…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 29, 2009 | 29 Comments | Category: Decorating

I want to know your answer to the age old decorating question…to chop or not to chop? What on earth am I talking about, you ask? Karate chopped pillows! Do you love? Do you hate?

Examples of “The Chop:”

{image from Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper}

Phoebe Howard does it…

{image from Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper}

{image from Simple Style}

You often see karate chopped pillows on pillow-back sofas (see above).

Palmer Weiss did it.

Renea Abbot of Shabby Slips chops.

{Elle Decor May 2007}

This living room has long been a favorite, and the pillows are indeed, chopped.

Pillows, Sans Chop:

I’ve always loved the headboard in this Domino bedroom,but I just noticed that the pillows lay pretty flat.

This photo from the Dovecote website shows a pillow-back sofa with no chopped pillows.

{photo from La Dolce Vita}

These pillows just gracefully lay softly on the sofa…no chop necessary.

{Ms. Howard Personal Shopper}

The gals at Mrs. Howard switch it up on this bed, and goes no chop.

{Gary Spain via So Haute}

“Subtle Chop”:

{Photo from La Dolce Vita}

I decided to take a third category for the pillows that are just barely karate-d…it looks like the chopper showed a little restraint to the chop-ee.

{via Habitually Chic}

In the San Fransisco store, Sarlo, the pillows are moderately violated.

{via Porchlight Interiors}

A side chop! Interesting!

Ahhh, one of my favorite living rooms ever by Gerrie Bremmerman. The pillows are simple, but the color really makes a statement.

{photo from Blueprint Bliss}

You must check out Fran Keenan’s entire house as seen in the late Cottage Living, but the pillows on her sofa have just a hint of chop.

So do you have a strong opinion on this “hot topic?” C’mon, I wanna hear it!

I really love Dining Rooms, and maybe one day, when we are no longer apartment dwellers we might actually have one!  Here are my picks for some oh-so-fabulous dining room buffets!

French Chest by Wistera – $1,399

I LOVE this buffet, and it’s actually a very reasonable price!  From here.

Painted White Swedish Buffet $2,945 – Pair this painted buffet with your grandmother’s mahogany dining room table, slipcovered parsons chairs, a fabulous chandelier, and contemporary art work!

Low Bleached Oak Mirrored Cabinet – $4,795… What can I say, this cabinet is SO me!

Antique Chinese Red Buffet

Munich Buffet $1,199 – for that Park Avenue Sophistication see above and below.

Jackson Buffet $4,450

Mercer Sideboard from WSHome $3,450 – when I see this I think, “bachelor, bachelor, bachelor.”

Terrace Mirrored Buffet from Pottery Barn $1,299.99 – ADORABLE!

Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!

One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!

After seeing this DIY headboard that Shannon of Pink Wallpaper created, I was suddenly motivated to take on the project myself.  If the idea of wielding a staple gun makes you tremble in fear, here is a collection of not so do-it-yourself upholstered beds and headboards.

Indulge in Houston has great headboards.  This is one of my favorites.

I still like Nate Berkus’ wrap headboard for HSN.  A few of the reviews just made me a little weary so I haven’t bitten the bullet yet.

This bed, I DIE.  I love the slight Moroccan details on the “legs.”

The Camden Tufted Bed by Ballard Designs is a bed fit for a true glamazon!

Humphrey Bed by Williams Sonoma home.  Perfect for a traditional setting…it’s the bed version of a classic wingback chair.

{photo via All the Best}

This headboard by Urban Outfitters was made famous in the design world when Chloe Warner used it in her bedroom (as seen in the late, Domino).

When in doubt, look on Overstock!  “Manhattan” bed for the low, low price of $649.

I’m slightly obsessed with this bed from Calico Corners.

The Colette Bed from Crate and Barrel – loved by bloggers and set designers alike.

This Ava Bed from Z-Gallerie is a personal favorite.

To me, an upholstered headboard or bed is the only way to go!  They can soften a room otherwise filled with wood furniture and they are a great way to break up a bedroom suite.

Sorry, crazy day!

{pretty image is Ashley Whittaker’s Living Room}

I was beyond excited to see Houston decorator Katie Stassi in this month’s Paper City.  Her own home serves as great personal inspiration for me, but I really love seeing how she weaves her aesthetic into her client’s abode.

Those fabulous silk curtains are actually from West Elm but double lined for weight by a seamstress.  The slipcovered chair and sofa (not shown) are from Quatrine, the oushak is from Kuhl-Linscomb and reproduction french chairs are covered in a Manuel Canovas fabric from Walter Lee Culp.

{portrait by Jenny Antill}

The darling Katie Stassi in the living room of her long time friend’s River Oaks home.

A Stassi vignette with a flea market gilded mirror found in New York, Horchow lamp, silver candy dish, crystal matchbox, lighters (vintage and new), crystal decanter, and glasses from Baccarat, all cleverly displayed on a French Louis Philippe four drawer commode with marble top from Tara Shaw.

Gotta love that West Elm Parsons Desk!  I could do a whole post of the many uses of this piece! Katie placed it in the master bathroom to serve as a dressing table.  I love the makeup brushes in the acrylic containers!

This dining room has all the elements I adore…slipcovered parsons chairs, traditional table, fabulous chandelier, and silk curtains!  Table is from Carl Moore Antiques, glass chandelier was found on the internet, and the dining chairs are from Ballard Designs.

Of course I love that touch o’ lucite!  Can’t beat a good ole Ghost chair.  The rug, also to-die-for is from Kuhl-Linscomb.  If you look closely, you can see David Hicks hexagon wallpaper in the powder bath.

I LOVE this vignette, and it totally reminds me of Emily.  A West Elm bookcase full of great books, is topped with a lamp from Target (I LOVE that Katie goes high-low).  A relative of the homeowner was actually a Ford Model, so she photocopied some of her favorite magazine covers and framed them.

If you live in Houston, be sure to pick up the latest issue of Paper City to see more pictures!


Photography by Jack Thompson as seen in Paper City/April 2009

Interior Design by Katie Stassi

Monday MG Musings

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 13, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Decor Accessories, Furniture

My love for big gorgeous screens does not go undocumented, see here and here. I just had to share this screen from Inside Avenue. Now if I could only come up with the $4,200 to pay for it…

In a completely unrelated note…I’m still not {that} tired of zebra print. I love this chair…

This is the “Gibson Zebra Chair” $1,395 from Williams Sonoma Home. Maybe our paths will meet one day at the Pottery Barn Outlet.

This edition of Furniture Friday is a little bit self-serving. I’ve been looking for a new sofa for…ev…er… and I know I can’t be alone. I think this piece of furniture has to be one of the hardest. Even though I truly agree with Celerie Kemble who basically said: the sofa is like the potatoes, you wouldn’t build a whole meal around a starch, so why build your whole room around a sofa?!  Okay, I butchered the quote but my point is, the sofa must still must live up to a lot of expectations. Timeless, durable, comfortable, washable, the list goes on and on. My search for the perfect slipcovered sofa is not over, but I thought I’d share the different styles that I’ve found.

Contemporary with Graphic Touches:

Ondine from Top Design used a similar (non slipped) sofa from Plantation in one of her rooms. I would love to use this in a black and white room. This is the “Contemporary” sofa from Quatrine.

“New Contemporary” also from Quatrine gets its punch from contrasting piping.


Pottery Barn’s Square Grand Slipcovered Sofa

PB’s Jackson Sofa

Clean Lined with Scooped


Best Slipcover Company’s “Charles” Sofa…I love this one!

“Grace” by Quatrine

Charlotte by MG+BW (who, BTW, is having 20% off custom upholstery orders right now)


I have a weakness for English Rolled Arms…this is a new sofa from Restoration Hardware.

The fabulous, Windsor Smith’s slipcovered sofa.

A sofa from Lee Industries, they have the most comfortable eco -friendly sofas, I hope to own one.

Pottery Barn’s Comfort Grand Sofa, I like that you have the option for a box cushion back.


I really like this one from Quatrine, it’s simple but still has a little pizzazz!

I’m positive this sofa is by Lee, but I actually found it here.

“Luzerne” from the new, Bernhardt Interiors line.


“Taylor” by Bernhardt.

MG+BW strikes again!

So do you have a favorite?  Any more sources for great slipcovered sofas you’d like to share??