Slipcover for a Steal!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 28, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized


{Graham Collection from Z-Gallerie}. 

I can’t say that I’ve seen it in person, but I like the lines of it, and the prices are really reasonable!  I got brave and washed my slipcovers for the first time, and I have to say, it’s pretty awesome.  The sofa looks brand new.  I even had pretty nasty black marks on the back from squeezing it through our front door, and those came out as well. 

Set of Four Vintage Bertoia Chairs

This week I’m scouring Craig’s List again for steals in Dallas, Houston, & L.A.  I’d loved hearing your key search words last time, keep ’em coming!


Lucite Bench

Great shape!


Crystal Chandelier

Quatrine Chairs

Polished Nickel Bathroom Mirror & Medicine Cabinet

Bamboo End Table


Dorothy Draper Style Chest

Pair of Alabaster Lamps

Bamboo Nighstands (pair)

Hollywood Regency Console


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 16, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Designers, Magazines

{Southern Living}

Hello, color!  This cheerful Southern Home belongs to Interior Designer Megan Young and her husband, Erik.  Though grounded in Traditional roots, the punchy colors freshen up their one-level home in North Carolina. 

Between the turquoise chair and chartreuse lamp shade, the most formal room of the home still manages to “pop.”

The brown “Chivari” chairs upholstered in a turquoise and lime green toile around the modern Ikea table is like a shot of adrenaline to the white kitchen.

You don’t see a lot of white formal dining room tables, but this one is a great contrast against the orange walls.  Time to have Grandma’s table lacquered! 

Master Bedroom vignette.

When is doubt – create your own artwork!  That’s what Megan did here.  The canvas reiterates the turquoise and teal hues throughout the home.   

For the complete article, visit here.

Lucite & Gold Chandelier  

This week I’m mixing it up!  I decided to feature some of my favorite Craig’s List finds from MG Cities New York & Chicago.  If you like it, next week I’ll hit LA, Dallas, and Houston! 

If the above lucite and brass chandelier was within a 60 mile radius from me, it would be mine!  Sight unseen!  I love it…perfect for a little bathroom. 

You certainly have to look past the bad photography and out-dated upholstery when searching through the pages and pages of listings.  Look for quality pieces by Baker & Hickory Chair and don’t be scared to get specific.  Looking for a Quatrine Slipcover Sofa?  Just search it, you never know! 

NYC Finds…

Charles Hollis Jones Lucite Table

Rattan Bench Settee

Vintage Desk

David Netto Crib

Chicago Finds…

Mid Century Mirror – someone please buy this!


Hickory Chair Sofa – classic lines, redo it in a punchy fabric!

Vintage Picture Frames for your DIY art projects. 

Oil Landscape – I love the soft colors

Baker Credenza – huuuuuuge credenza, perfect for your roomy loft. 

Pointers for wheeling  & dealing on Craig’s List:

#1 – Use Common Sense.  If someone wants to wire you money sight unseen before they leave on their honeymoon (yes, I’ve gotten that email), it’s probably too good to be true.  Use discretion when responding to questionable emails.  Also people will low-ball you.  Be prepared to counter.

#2 – Try to meet in a very public place, and do not go alone.  

#3 – Bring Cash to purchase & Only Accept Cash (Or Money Order)

#4 – Prepare for disappointment.  I tried in vain to sell an antique sofa & chair.  After annoying several no-shows and nearly giving them away, I consigned at a local Auction House and came out ahead.  Don’t get desperate, and be patient.  Post your items under multiple categories.  It’s free after all!

#5 – Key Search Words – Just a few I use:  Baker Furniture, Hickory Chair, Lucite, Acrylic Furniture, Oil Landscapes, Regency, Vintage, New Sofa, Campaign Furniture, bamboo…what key search words do you use?  Good luck and happy hunting!

{The Panelists from L to R: Me (MG Houston), Paloma (La Dolce Vita), Beth Green (VP of Marketing for Kravet), Karen Davis (Karen Davis Design) & Terri Symington (The Countrypolitan)

This past Tuesday I had the honor of being on the Houston panel for the Kravet Social Media Presentation at their beautiful showroom in the Decorative Center.  Beth Greene, VP of Marketing for Kravet spoke to local designers about the importance of incorporating social media in their businesses.  “How-To’s” on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs helped the audience understand how to use these tools to generate clients and stay ahead of the market.  The question and answer session with the panelists gave the designers insight on the time commitment and benefits of social networking. 

To keep up with Kravet and their upcoming Social Media Presentations, be sure to follow them on Twitter!