{photo from here}

{Fiona Newell Weeks via Southern Accents}

Loveseats and settees are wonderfully versatile pieces.  From small living spaces to the foot of a bed, they can make the most awkward space exceptional! 

{Anne Hepfer via Canadian House and Home}

{Canadian House & Home}

{Carrie’s NYC Single Pad}


{Mrs. Howard}

{Leather Settee}

{French Settee from Lisa Luby Ryan}

{Suzani Covered Settee from Ceylon Et Cie}

{Dinora Tufted Loveseat}

{Hazel Settee}

{Grace Settee}

{Olivia Settee}

{Nate Berkus for HSN}

{Gustavian Style Settee}

{English Roll Arm Love Seat}

I recently selected this sink for a client’s teeny-tiny Powder Bathroom.  It is so beautiful in person.  I love the hand crafted nature of the bowl, and the way the imperfect hammered finish refracts (is that the correct science term?) light in different directions. 

Here is my drawing of the narrow sink wall (sorry for the small size, if I enlarge it, it skews the drawing). 

This porcelain tile mosaic (also gorgeous in person) will be installed vertically on the entire wall (in the lighter color).

This is a sconce option.  I’m still looking for another mosaic tile for the splash behind the sink, as well as a decorative mirror.  The sink base cabinet is also still up in the air…it’s a process, people 🙂

I just had to share some more photos of Native Trails’ sinks…I really love the hammered nickel finish because it can go traditional or contemporary!   


And the piece de resistance…a GORGEOUS bathtub:

A very heartfelt thanks to Paloma for including me in her fabulous, “Ten Things I can’t Live Without,” series!  Check out what made my cut and her new fabulous blog face-lift!

Furniture Friday: Garden Seats

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 22, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Furniture


{Canadian House and Home via delight by design}

I love garden seats!  They make great “perches” for everything from drinks to bottoms!  You can literally put them anywhere in any kind of room.  I love one  between two chairs or a pair front of a sofa.  How do you like your garden seats? 

{Suzie Page}

{Caitlin Moran}

{via desire to inpsire}

{William Waldron for Cottage Living via So Haute}

{Woodson & Rummerfield}

{Aly’s Beach}

{Mrs. Howard}

{West Elm Faceted Table}

{Metallic Garden Stool – Wisteria}

{Blue and White Reindeer Stool – Wisteria}

{Square Doulble Coin Cermaic Stool}


{Lime Green Garden Seat}

{Crackle Ceramic Lattice Side Table}

{Contemporary Cermaic Stool}

{Round White Seat}

{White Drum Stool}


{Circle Stool}

{Cane Round Black Ceramic Garden Stool}

{Hanging Tassels Yellow Stool}



{Cloud Scroll Ceramic Garden Stool}

Pretty Darn Close!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 20, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

The “Elizabeth” mirror from Ballard Designs is an exact match pretty darn close to the Pottery Barn mirrors used in this bathroom (designed by Jay Jeffers).  By the time this House Beautiful spread was published, the fabulous mirrors were no longer available.  This is one of the cutest tile-mirror-vanity combinations I’ve ever seen, and I still love the color scheme!

Shoe to Space

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 19, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion

{Marni Mary-Jane Platform Pump}

{Margaret Bosbyshell via AH&L}

I don’t know which I love most…the shoe or the space!  Even though I love color, my all time favorite color scheme is black + white.  Clean, classic, glamorous! 

Furniture Friday: The Desk Chair

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 15, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Furniture


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Finding the perfect chair for your office is not easy.  It needs to be stylish, functional, and most importantly – comfortable!  My personal favorite is the Eames Management chair and I hope to own one some day…  Do you have a secret source for amazing desk chairs?  We’d love to know!


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PHD Design

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box design and build

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living etc

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vitra chair

{photo here}

 tricia helfler

{Tricia Helfer’s Office}

office space2 via e of s

{photo here}

Eames management chair


There are lots of knock-offs out there, but this is the original: Eames Management Chair by DWR

IKea $150

Great budget friendly buy – Ikea Swivel Work Chair

bubble chair

Clean & Simple – CB2 Bubble Chair

prescot chair

More traditional and you can use your own fabric  – Prescot Desk Chair by Ballard Designs

west elm desk chair

Love the white and brown one – Swivel Leather Desk chair from West Elm

Louis Chair via west elm

If you don’t sit in your chair all day, I love the look of this armchair – Louis XVI Chair from Wisteria

juliette chair

For looks and comfort (you just couldn’t move around much) – Juliette Chair from Jayson Home & Garden

The “Unfitted” Kitchen

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 11, 2010 | 11 Comments | Category: Kitchens

itscomplicated kitchen

{It’s Complicated Kitchen via Cote de Texas}

Although I painstakingly design kitchens to maximize every possible square inch, I do love the look of an “unfitted kitchen.”  To me, “unfitted,” literally means that the cabinets are not fitted between walls.  This was the manner in which kitchens were once installed in homes before the German cabinet company, SieMatic, introduced the worlds first “fitted” kitchen. 

While the images I have assembled may not be a literal translation, they embody the same principles of the kitchens of the early 20th century.  These kitchens recall a time before sippy cups and loose Tupperware, before steam ovens, built-in coffee makers, warming drawers, and 15″ wide ice makers.  These kitchens’ imperfect charm still inspire designers and homeowners today.  Fortunately technology today makes it easier than ever to show the appliances we want to see, and hide the ones we don’t!

southern accents kitchen


{Southern Accents}

newlyweddiaries kitchen

{Newlywed Diaries}

jill sharp brinson

{Jill Sharp Brinson}

steven gambrel kitchen

{Steven Gambrel }


{P. Joe Shaffer}

martha stewart living kitchen via newlywed

{Martha Stewart Living}

martha-bedford-stable-kitchen-eddie-ross via newlywed diaries

{Martha Stewart Living}

plain english kitchen via newlywed diaries

{Plain English Cabinetry via Newlywed Diaries}

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{Plain English}

plain english

{Plain English}

the holiday kitchen - iris

{Iris’ Kitchen from The Holiday}


kent lineberger

{Kent Lineberger}

chris novak berry

{Chris Novak Berry}

amanda holiday kitchen

{Amanda’s kitchen from The Holiday}

steven gambrel sea captain

{Steven Gambrel}

The Red Vault

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 05, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Shops and Showrooms


{My favorite Houston store, Shabby Slips, as seen on theredvault.com}

Attention Houstonians!  Your favorite shops in Houston are now available in ONE PLACE to browse products, negoiate prices, and even purchase online!  Thank you, technology! 

The Red Vault is, “a website of high-end, yet affordable, Houston area home accessories dealers and designers all located in one website.  It serves as a vessel between dealers, designers, and end users.” 

Here’s my Red Vault Wish List:

limed oak desk 

gold leaf coffee table

Limed Oak Desk and Gold Leaf Coffee Table from Shabby Slips

louis phillippe mirror

Louis Philippe Silver Leaf Mirror

chrome bench with cowhide

Chrome Bench with Grey Cowhidefrom Vieux

pair of bergeres

Pair of Bergere Chairs from Maison Maison


18th Century Italian Altar Pricket from The Gray Door

paris opaline

Paris Opaline Chandelier from Antique Company

Even if you don’t live in Houston, it is still a great place to browse for antiques, rugs, accessories, lighting, etc!  Make sure to check out their blog for updates and insider Houston shopping tips.  Happy hunting!