I wanted to share a few furniture “before and after’s” from one of my projects.  It’s always a plus when a client has a few pieces you can reupholster that are the right scale.  Sometimes they just need to be totally re-imagined.  The pair of chairs above used to look like this…    I had the channel tufting removed and slipcovered them in Java Java by China Seas.   They were the perfect size for this nook in their Master Bedroom.




The client’s existing chaise lounge totally transformed in my FAVORITE pattern by Galbraith & Paul.




In their Living Room, I added a clean waterfall skirt and slipped the chair in a tan and white small stripe.

(Please excuse my un-staged iPhone pics)


I hope you’ve enjoyed a fun twist on Furniture Friday!  Have a great Holiday weekend!


{The “Before” Photo of the Living Room -hello, cute pooch!}

Today’s Furniture Friday is courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors.  They sent over this great multi-room “before and after,” I just had to share.


The home is located in the great Memorial area in Houston.  The homeowners asked Marie and her team to transform their Kitchen and Sitting Room.   Instead of starting from scratch, the team opted to reinvent many of their existing furnishings.  Radiating a mix of French style and contemporary features, the updated rooms impress with clean, neutral color palettes and a hint of the dramatic.

What a stunning after shot!


The client’s elegant sofa and club chairs were re-purposed in the Sitting Room transformation.  Accent pillows with geometric shapes and traditional ikat patterns were incorporated to add a bit of frisky to the soothing, classic furnishings, while a lucite coffee table and coordinating lamps add a bit of glamour to the room’s antique French design.


I especially love what they did with the existing built-ins.  By removing the shelves on either side of the armoire, and adding antique mirror on the back walls, they were able to completely re-invent this piece without a lot of construction or remodeling.  Such a clever solution!  Getting the “bones” or architecture correct in your space can truly make all the difference!


The finishing touches – an inlaid bone tray (love, love, love this) with books and rock crystal candle holders, hold court next to an antique brass magnifying mirror on a stand, and a bold pop of purple.

{Kitchen – Before}

{Kitchen – After}

Nearly all the existing Kitchen cabinetry was saved and painted in a soft gray hue.  This was handsomely accented by a fresh new beveled-edged, white ceramic backsplash (a personal favorite of mine).


Custom grey and white drapery, reupholstered dining chairs, and a French antique chandelier unite the look for a space that can functionally feed ravenous teenagers while also appealing to Mom and Dad’s distinctive sense of style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this special Furniture Friday.  I’m a sucker for a great B & A!  Thanks again to Marie Flanigan Interiors for submitting this project!

Vendors used: Area, Design House, Hien Lam, Joyce Horn Antiques, Memorial Antiques & Interiors, and Vieux.

Rue Magazine: Texas Edition

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 07, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I’m so honored to be included in Rue Magazine’s first ever, “Texas Edition.”  Friend Paloma of La Dolce Vita fame and I are featured on pages 52 & 53 in the, “Blogger Side by Side.”  Check out this awesome issue here.