Hollywood Residence eclectic living room

It really doesn’t get any better than this!

McAlpine, Booth, & Ferrier Interiors

Photo found via Pinterest

This FF is for my Mom 🙂  We’ve been looking for the perfect floor screen to conceal all my Dad’s speakers/amps/music equipment in their Music Room/Studio/Media Room.  All the electronics and wires have become an eye-sore, so we need a pretty, easy way to hide the stuff!

Um, yes please.

“Serena” screen by Oly as seen in the top image

Does this not SCREAM “Rat Pack Music Room?”

I spotted this one on Joss & Main…I like it because my parent’s  room is painted Charcoal Gray.

Above two beauties from Currey & Co

A little bougie but it’s okay 🙂 Just pair with an antique ethnic rug and vintage lighting.  It also comes in white which would be perfect in a teen girls’ room.

I leave you with a little DIY.  This is actually amazing.  A canvas screen waiting for you to put your touch on it. I’ve thought about attempting to construct my own screen to then DIY, but those thoughts stayed in Home Depot staring at a wall of bi-fold doors. But this – endless possibilities.  So chic painted black in a black & white space.  Cover it in an amazing wallpaper and put it behind a crib!  This was going to be my project – where was this a year ago (it was probably on overstock.com)??

You can find floor screen from $$$$$ to $ – just keep your eyes open!  Especially in vintage/re-sale/antique shops.  I have an awesome orange & navy Chinoiserie number I scored for $100 at my favorite OKC store, Mockingbird Manor.

The little things…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Oct 24, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Budget Design

I love it when other bloggers list items they’re obsessed with, so I thought I’d give it a try!

I adore these Smith & Hawken for Target baskets.  I have at least four!  Great for pretty much everything, and the chalkboard on the front is a really fun touch.  They have a taller round size and a shorter version that’s perfect for magazines.

I smelled this in a client’s home and ran out and bought it that afternoon…Nest Candle in “Blue Garden

Just bought the “Mink” version yesterday and I love it!  They’re on sale right now so I think it’s a great value.  Faux Fur throws by Restoration Hardware

Best. Sandwich. Ever.  I make this constantly for lunch.  Balsamic Caprese Panini

Another obsession – Olive Oil.  They were sampling this  Rustico de Casa Asaro Olive Oil at HEB one day and I LOVE it.  It’s a really big bottle and it was around $12 I think.
What are you loving these days??

Furniture Friday: Benches

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Oct 21, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Furniture

This FF is dedicated to a great accent piece of furniture – the bench. Whether for function or beauty, I’m a big fan of utilizing a bench in a variety of scenarios. From Living Rooms to bedrooms, there always seems to be a spot for a cool bench!

Hallways and Entries are another perfect spot for a bench. I love the clean lines of this one.

This bench – clearly just for looks 🙂 Via 1stDibs

Above two benches from Mecox Gardens

I’m a big fan of kilim benches – this one is from Overstock.

You just can’t go wrong with a linen tufted bench! From Jayson Home & Garden

This lucite beauty found via 1st Dibs would look great re-upholstered.

Naturally I had to throw in a pair of mirrored benches.
Do you have any benches in your home? I actually don’t but want to change that!

Inspiring Kitchens!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Oct 20, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens

I mean, really?! I could die. I LOVE this kitchen. Anyone know who designed it? I found it via Pinterest.

From the Portfolio of Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes

Love the mirror insert on the island side panels
Could you have a full-out Dining Room in the middle of your kitchen? I have to say I’ve designed a lot of kitchens, but haven’t done this one yet. It sure looks pretty!
A study in contrasts…I also really like the stainless steel accent on the hood.

Dark and moody – just how I like ’em!

Lighting is everything. These pendants are like the fabulous turquoise earrings that you wear with everything.
Another “Eat-In” kitchen. I say, why not? As long as you aren’t a two-cook kitchen and you have ample prep space. For me, personally, I pretty much destroy the kitchen when I cook, so I don’t think I’d want to look at the mess I just made while I ate! Thoughts??

At least one nightstand with drawers in a Master Bedroom is usually a must. Finding one that’s not dowdy? Not impossible. If there is one thing I preach to people buying furniture for their first place, it’s to never buy “suites.” Pairs are okay, a matching bed, nighstands, chest of drawers, and lingere chest – not my fave. Yes, it makes things more difficult, but the result is well worth it.

I love how this simple nightstand lets the uber-glam tufted mirrored headboard be the star of the room.

The “Hampstead” Nightstand from Williams Sonoma Home is a great option for a traditional bedroom.

The “Proof” Nightstand from CB2 is a great budget buy.

Deco Fun thanks to 1st Dibs.

Gray Cerused Oak Nightstand from Bungalow 5.

The go-with-anything “Linear” Nightstand from Room & Board.

I’ve always loved little bamboo tables. This one has a drawer -score! From Vieux Interiors here in Houston.

Another traditional nightstand from Hickory Chair that would pair nicely with a darker wood stained chest of drawers.

MG loves Oly!

Custom Beauty from Room Service in L.A. – did y’all catch the all the Room Service product on the Rachel Zoe Project? Was anyone else stressed out about Jeremiah furnishing her 7,000 rent home in less than two weeks? Oh, the magic of t.v. If only I could pull the, “this will be on a Bravo t.v. show starring *blank*,” card every now and then with some of my vendors & workmen!
Do you all prefer at least one nightstand with drawers? For some reason we always stash our gift cards there! Random!

I spent last Saturday and yesterday in Round Top, Texas. It’s that time again – the big, huge, massive Antiques Show that has now spread practically from Brenham all the way toWarrenton. I love that I live a mere hour and a half away. They were two very busy full days so I don’t have tons of photos (and these are from my iPhone), but I still wanted to share. These show(s) are really a must see if you love furniture & antiques!

{This sconce was one half of a pair of the most beautiful sconces I’ve ever seen. Photo taken at Marburger in Vickie Kienast’s booth}

I was on a major rug kick this year…

This mirror was EVERYTHING.

Pair of Opaline Lamps. LOVED these (these lamps and mirror below also in Vickie Kienast’s booth).

Crankypants at Excess in Warrenton had three of these beauties (if you’ve ever gone to Excess, you probably know who I refer to as, “Crankypants”).

Has anyone else gone to the shows this year? What caught your eye?