Milly Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

I’m dreaming of a moody non-home office where I can meet with clients and sport this fabulous outfit head to toe.  I decided to design said office…picture dark walls upholstered in a grey flannel with nailhead trim and this console…

Burl Wood & Lucite Console Table

“Graffiti Series Avenue K” by Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 would go above the console and this would be my desk…

Black Lacquer Campaign Style Desk


Comfort is key so I’d splurge on an Eames Management Chair I’d have forever.

A pair of CB2 Hancock Carbon Bookcases would store fabric samples, design books, magazines, client files etc!


A couple Red Moroccan Leather Poufs from Furbish would be scattered around for impromptu scheme selections sprawled out on the floor.

Of course I gotta have my sparkle – Sophia Chandelier by Jan Showers

A pair of these Drake Barrelback Chairs would be for guests.

I love this off kilter Vintage Moroccan Rug

I’m so obsessed with photography these days.  “Chanel,” Green, Ink Jet on Canvas by Steve Miller would be my gift to myself for my new office 🙂

Designer Bags

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 08, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion

Jack Russell Malletier

I’m a little obsessed with big tote bags…I like to collect them.  I always need to have one handy for lugging around client notebooks, samples, paint fans, etc.  I’m due for a new one so I thought I’d share some of my favorite options so far. 

Ballard Designs makes great monogram-able tote bags on the cheap!  These would make wonderful personalized presents.

Lands’ End Canvas Tote Bag – utilitarian but still chic

Jane Marvel – love the black and white graphic print on this bag.

Iomoi customizable tote bags available here – I LOVE these. 

LL Bean Totes – many color options available

Jon Hart Tote – I actually own this tote in tan.  It has served me well over the past ten years…it’s functioned as everything from a book bag in college to a travel carry-on.  Love it!

Fendi Quilted Logo Tote – if your a bag snob this is a good designer option.  It is available on Overstock so you can’t be that big of a snob 🙂

Goyard Tote – this is my, “I know I’ve made it when I own this bag” bag.  I have about decided I would get it in orange. 

I wish I could say this is going to be a enlightening tutorial on how to create a gallery wall.  The truth is, I am super impulsive and impatient and have never taken the time to create a template.  Fortunately, there are some great DIY how-to’s online.  I had planned on trying this one out, but alas, I didn’t have the wax paper and I wanted it done like NOW.

The most fun part is collecting the art.  Like I said, I’m pretty impulsive and get the itch to do a project at a very inconvenient time like, for instance, the night before a photo shoot.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE collecting art, prints, photography, postcards, ANYTHING I could use for a gallery wall but I also created about half of the “art” you see on the wall.   

My first step is trying to find enough space to lay out all the pieces.  I take photos of the different configurations with my iPhone and then analyze. 

Then I enlist a.k.a. dragmy husband in the room to assist.  I definitely tend to “eye ball” most everything and am notorious for using seemingly insufficient sized nails and even straight pins from time to time.  This helps keep the damage to the wall  at a minimum and makes me feel less guilty if I move a print over a hair.   

The “After” – the best part is I can keep adding pieces as I collect (or create) them!

The sketch in the bamboo frame was in a bag of un-used drawings from design school.  The charcoal canvas was created by me on a whim.  The chair sketches were from an assignment in school, chair photo I took at Versailles, the settee sketch was inspired by a sketch in Suzanne Kasler’s book, the antiqued mirror frame and print were purchased at Mockingbird Manor in OKC, I painted the “crown of thorns,” the pagoda was purchased at Clutter in Warrenton at the Antiques show, and the drawing of St. Paul’s Cathedral was purchased at the gift shop in London.