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Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior Design » 2009 » July


{**Post Disclaimer: I’ve been wrestling with Word Press and I can’t get it to format correctly, so if the post seems a bit off, I apologize!  Not sure what’s going on…}

The television has inspired many a piece of furniture…from armories to pop-up mechanisms that completely conceal a television in a cabinet, t.v.’s are almost always a point of contingency for designers and homeowners alike.  Some designer’s say, “why fight it?” and will install televisions over a gorgeous fireplace.


{Canadian House and Home}


{Decorator Katie Stassi’s Living Room}


{I’ve joked about how my husband would freak over tastefully incorporating the television into open bookshelves like Ashley Whittaker did in the picture above}

Others will do almost anything to conceal it…even a piece of artwork that opens up to reveal a flat screen. I’m of the opinion that most (but not all) households would probably keep the t.v. visible anyways and not make the constant effort to close the armoire doors or use the mechanism to move the t.v. back into the cabinet.

Today I’ll focus on the option that is currently in use in my house.  A console piece turned into a t.v. stand.  Funny story about that one…well, naturally the t.v. just had to be the focal point of the room.  Although I’d like to consider myself, “not a t.v. person,” let’s be honest…we could not live without our dvr.  Even most of the entertaining we do seems to revolve around college football season (where a big t.v. is a must).  I bought this vintage stereo cabinet off a client several years ago and painted it coral (it was realllly ugly pre-makeover).  My big concern was what to do with all those wires and components that we just had to have…cable/dvr box, blu-ray player, etc.  Not let me preface by saying that I did not marry my husband for his handy-man skills just like he didn’t marry me for my love of housework.  However, he wouldn’t want me to pay anyone to cut holes in the back of the cabinet to fish the wires to the outlets so he declared he’d, “just use a steak knife to cut out the thin back of the cabinet!”  “Ha ha,” I laughed…”use a knife…brilliant–you better not!!!”


{please pardon the not-so-great iPhone photo}

One day I come home from work and the back of the cabinet looks like swiss cheese (but to his credit he did use a drill, not a steak knife)…all I could do was laugh at this point (well that may not have been my initial reaction).  What’s a girl to do?  At least I can’t see those darn wires and the components are hidden!


{A coral console used to ground the t.v. mounted on the wall – by M. Design}

So without further ado, here is my round-up of stylish case goods that could be used as a t.v. stand:

Many companies including MG favorite, Oly, are getting on board and designing entertainment consoles.  I love this one because the slats in the doors allow the remote to still function.




Here are a few options for smaller t.v.’s:


Baker Studio


18th Century French Painted Buffet from Design House


Dorothy Draper Chest via 1st Dibs


French Design, Inc. on 1st Dibs had some amazing Art Deco pieces…it seems like almost a crime to mount a t.v. above or on them!



For the traditionalist, I love the “x” detail in this piece from Henredon


Fun mirrored console from Inside Avenue


Pottery Barn was one of the first in the market to develop units for the new slimmer t.v.’s.  This one has glass doors so the remote will work.  Still not so sure about seeing the components…what do you think?


Studly Buffet by World’s Away


Swedish Painted Buffet from Crown and Colony


Just because I just can’t get enough of grey + white…


Jackson Buffet by Oly

So, how does your t.v. live in your house?

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Speaking of Traditional Home, I also loved this story on Barbara Barry’s Los Angeles Office. She kept her office clean without a lot of decoration in order to have a fresh palette to work with.  I can attest to the fact that a cluttered office equals cluttered design.


As much as I love color, this all-white palette is really striking a chord.


Even her bulletin board is glamorous.


One more shot of their fabulous work space.  Ms. Barry said she’ll even curl up on a couch in the conference room to brainstorm with her staff of 14.  Sounds like a great practice to put into place!  I wish I could keep my desk that uncluttered.  Decorative hardware samples, countertop remnants, door samples, and drawings galore usually end up covering the surface!  Looks like I could take a tip or two from the Barbara Barry offices!

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Jeton Collection by Kallista

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 30, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath


After Emily’s post on Jan Shower’s cover story in the September issue of Traditional Home, I naturally had to run out and buy it!  As I was reading the magazine, this picture caught my eye.  I use Kallista products a lot in my jobs, and was excited to see the new Jeton Collection designed by Bill Sofield.  


I love this octangonal sink.  I can say I rarely use an oval sink bowl in bathrooms these days!


I’m kind of digging this multifaceted faucet…it’s not too blocky and it’s certainly not too curvaceous.


It’s always nice to have attractive t.p. holders and towel bars that match!


I love the detailing around the edge of the shade on this sconce.

You can even purchase the marble top and sides.  So what’s your vote, do you like the Jeton Collection?

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I spotted this lamp today from Wisteria and it made me think of the design I’m working on for my parent’s entry.  They already have a vintage Parson’s table, but I decided I wanted to skirt it a la Palmer Weiss:


I just so happen to have decent yardage of this linen fabric:



I’ll create the greek key motif using olive green groisgrain ribbon to compliment blue and white jars (also from Wisteria):



Above the table, there is not much room because of the slant of the stairs.  I’d frame this etching by Anita Klebanoff in a gold bamboo frame:



Love these crystal obelisks from Williams Sonoma Home

Every entry needs a catch-all tray – I still love the faux-python version available from Maison Luxe.

There you have it Mommie…it’s simple and chic and those accessories could easily travel to a future house!

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LeAnn’s Dreamy White Kitchen

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 27, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Celebs, Kitchens



Though I might not be fond of her recent antics, LeAnn Rimes and husband have a pretty sweet kitchen.  What’s not to love about the hood, Wolf range, open shelving, marble island, Sub-Zero Pro 48, linear crystal chandie, and velvet barstools! ?!   Looks like their home is on the market…for a cool 7.45 million this could be your kitchen!  Call me – I can do your kitchen for a little less than that :)

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{photo from here}

The slipper chair was invented by designer extraordinaire, Billy Baldwin and it has never gone out of style!  I love them in pairs…preferably with an interesting nail-head detail, how do you like yours??

As always, here are some of my favorite picks…


First and foremost, the Billy Baldwin Slipper chair available through Ventry Ltd.


I LOVE the lines of the gorgeous Duncan Lounge by Reagan Hayes $3,150


The Florence Chair from Shine Home has been a favorite of mine for a while!


Pair of Slipper Chairs Upholstered in the cult favorite Imperial Trellis from Tonic Home


I love this for a traditional space.

Hadley Skirted Slipcover Chair by Martha Stewart for Bernhardt


For $299 you can enjoy a punchy print and re-upholster when you’re ready for a change!

Athens Upholstered Chair $299


Upholstered Slipper Chair by West Elm $429


Hanover Slipper Chair by Ballard Designs


Who says horizontal stripes are a bad idea?

Cindy Chair by Hickory Chair


They also look great in a vertical stripe…

Doyle Slipper Chair from Plantation


Zondra Chair from Jayson Home and Garden


Thank you, NB for this cheap and chic option!

Handcrafted Slipper Chair by Nate Berkus for HSN – $329


Tufted Back Slipper Chair by Southern Furniture Company


Annie Selke Slipper Chair by Vanguard Furniture


Abigal Slipper Chair by Williams Sonoma Home


This chair from Mrs. Howard is so elegant!

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Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 21, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decorating


So I fell in love with the desk the minute I saw it on Craig’s List.  I decided to create a whole “desk-scape” around this piece.  I did a great inspiration board on Photoshop, but Word Press is not agreeing with me, and it’s late, so I will just post the individual items…


Robert Abbey Lamp via Lamps Plus



Ikea Slipcovered Chair in fabric from Calico Corners


Jon Hart Planner (I have one in pink)


Julep Cup from Etsy


Pencils and Paperweight from Iomoi



Kate Spade Vase


Russell and Hazel Business Card Holder… I have a lucite one from Target and I love it!

So what’s your favorite desk accessory??

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{Phoebe Howard}

Man, I’m a sucker for a perfectly styled bookcase or etagere… probably because I don’t have a single one in my house!  I just can’t hardly wait for the day when I have a pair flanking a fire place.  It’s probably not hard to believe that when I saw the image above my heart practically stopped…gold, gilded, and geometric – what more could I ask for??


{Timothy Whealon via So Haute}

I really think the key to a great bookshelf is how you style it.  A “Billy” bookcase from Ikea can look like a million bucks filled with a variety of books and curiosities.  This really the place to {tastefully} display all the finds from your travels as well as personal photos…not to mention books!


{Ashley Whittaker}

This robin’s egg blue bookcase really makes the room in my opinion.  You hardly notice the t.v. nestled in the shelves…like my husband would ever be okay with a t.v. that small – ha!


{via Little Green Notebook}

Now, there’s my pair of shelves on either side of the fireplace – quite lovely.


{Kelly Wearstler}

I love this picture…always have always will.  From the Queen of Glam herself, Kelly Wearstler.  Again, very simple black shelves outfitted perfectly.

Here are some of my favorite picks…


Red Chinese Bookcase from The Well Appointed House


Union 112 Shagreen Bookcase from Mecox




Above three bookcases available through Mrs. Howard


Eastwood Bookscase from Edward Ferrell/Lewis Mittman


Sonoma Bookcase from Ballard Designs


Lack from Ikea…I’d like to get a pair of these and take them to my glass shop and have them mirrored…then I’d do a little DIY antiquing on the glass…could be fabulous!


Benchwright Tower from Pottery Barn


This bookcase goes perfectly with my post about Bachelor Style – loves!

Bottom Line – even a basic bookcase can look fabulous when carefully arranged to look not-so-perfect!

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Now You Don’t!


Gorgeous and Practical!  I love this octagonal paneled wall that conceals everything from a bar to electronic equipment! Designer Yvonne R. McFadden and colleague Ed Belding of Summerour Interiors designed this Atlanta home in a neutral palette, and it could not be more glamorous.  I just had to share these photos of the home as seen in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.









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{Gary Spain via So Haute}

I LOVE the look of artwork hung on a wall of curtains.  So luxe!  Here are some of my favorite rooms illustrating this layered look.


{Pal and Smith}


{via Blueprint Bliss}


{photo above and below via Two Ellie}



{Liz Woods as seen in Southern Accents Septemeber/October 2008}


{McAlpine, Booth, & Ferrier Interiors}

Mirrors also look especially lovely when hung on the fabric of a bed canopy.


{Designer Matthew Patrick Smyth via So Haute}


{Robyn Karp via So Haute}


{Phoebe Howard}

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