I’m Looking For…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Dec 28, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories

pretty jewelry chest

{Bamboo Jewelry Chest}

A pretty jewelry box!  Here are a few of my favorites…

west elm

Medallion Jewelry Boxes

large shagreen box

Shagreen Boxes (okay, technically not a jewelry box but I’d make it work)!


Alexandria Jewelry  Box

art deco box

Art Deco Box

faux horn boxes

Faux Horn Boxes

well co jewelry box $12.48


Mirrored Box

bejewled frame

Bejeweled Frame from ZGallerie

What’s better than a gift guide with all ideas under $100?  A guide where you could buy all of your gifts for that special Material Girl (or Guy) with just the click of the mouse.  Trust me, it’s crazy out there – I should’ve done more online shopping!  I feel like I just got home from combat after spending 3 plus hours at an outlet mall…shudder.

The Material Girls have created a “master” gift list so that you can wow those special ones in your life with something creative AND price conscience (seriously there are some great deals on here).


A KWID Pillow from Plum Cushion for the aspiring designer.


Fragrance Free Extra Pure Bar Soap – $9

Bar soap as a gift??  Well, if it looks this good – YES…would make a great hostess gift.

newport frames

“Newport Frames” – Z Gallerie

These frames only look pricey!

safari pillow

Safari Pure Silk Pillow

porcelain books

Porcelain books from Pieces



Bib/Statement Necklaces from BejewelledBespoke

For your best friend who is never one to shy away from making a fashion statement.

barse agate

Barse Agate Necklace

zebra print tunic

Zebra Print Tunic – $38

tracey anderson

Tracy Anderson Mat Workout – $29.95

I’ve heard this video is AMAZING!

index chopping boards

Index Chopping Boards – $85


Pantone Espresso Sets

hand carved domino set

Hand Carved Domino Set


Graphic Pillows from Jonathan Adler

morphie juice pack

Morphie Juice Pack Air – $79.95

tolani zig zag scarf

Tolani Zig Zag Scarf – $85

lisa kathryn headband

Sparkly Headband by Lisa Kathryn

soak wash

Soak – an eco-friendly, no rinse, hand wash care solution for your finest hand knits, handmade quilts, wool blankets, cashmere throws, silk, linens, and more.


Small, pastel, Mondrian box from Barney’s.


Marimekko Petrooli Umbrellas


“Vesta” Wine Chiller by Vera Wang

anne klein watch

Anne Klein Orange Patent Leather Watch – $55

dylans candy bar

Glamour Never Tasted So Good (5 Pack of Chocolate Bars) – Dylan’s Candy Bar

very hollywood

Very Hollywood by Michael Kors

YSL chair

Dear Santa,

I’ll take one of each.  I’ve been realllllly good this year.  You’re the best!



quartz mirror




gold leaf mirror







All gorgeousness courtesy of Vivre.

Iomoi Pillows!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Oct 07, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories



Our favorite online retailer of fabulous paper and desk products, Iomoi is now selling canvas pillows!





I had to include this one because of the, “MG,” and my sorority emblem is an anchor!

The pillows are priced $58/small and $78/large.


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 20, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories


Not going to lie, I almost hyperventilated when I spotted this new mirror from Wisteria.  LOVES, LOVES, LOVES…I would kill for an antique version this big – but the pricing on those are for my clients, not me.  For $399 you get a 36 x 60″ mirror!  Amazing!

Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite living rooms of all time by Gerrie Bremermann….


A Jewel of a Box

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 20, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Decor Accessories


I’m completely obsessed with these faux malachite jewelry boxes from High Fashion Home…guess I’ll be starting my Christmas wish list early this year!


{Kelly Wearstler’s Design for The Tides South Beach}

Not one to shy away from making a statement, Kelly Wearstler used hundreds of resin tortoise shells on the walls of the La Marea Restaurant at The Tides South Beach.  Most of the tortoise shells I’ve seen at Round Top or Antiques stores are real, and after confirming with my husband that a turtle must die in order to get their shell, I just couldn’t do it…so I decided to hold out for a great resin version.


I spotted this large shell at Mecox in Dallas and it looked like resin to me, but they wanted quite a pretty penny for it.


I’m kind of obsessed with the white version from Mecox – SO CHIC!


{photo from here}

I also love the one above placed on a stand.

All was about lost when I was not finding a proper “fake.”  Then I saw this gold beauty calling out my name at Mockingbird Manor in Oklahoma City…


Talk about pumped, it was love at first sight!  Trashy or Classy – I don’t care -I love it, and no turtles were harmed in the making of this awesome accessory!


MG Readers, I need your help!  

I purchased this pillow (that I’ve mentioned before) on Ebay because it has been discontinued and I desperately want a second one.  After many stalker-ish calls to all the Company C locations, I found out that they actually sold all the remaining stock to TJMaxx/Marshall’s/Home Goods.

Never one to back down from a deal hunting challenge, I have already scoured all the stores remotely close to me, and so far I’ve seen the orange and lime green colorways.  The turquoise is the one that I want, so I beg you, if you see it please snatch it up for me (I’ll pay you back I promise)!

Geek or Chic?

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 03, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Trends

My husband sent me an email this morning telling me he really liked Jill’s post on “Industrial Chic.”  At first, I’ll admit I was a little surprised that this look appealed to him.  Upon further reflection it actually made sense.  I mean, he is such a science geek and the industrial look can at times, remind me of a science lab.  How perfect for him!  I decided to dedicate this post to what I am calling, “Science Lab Chic.” 

Jayson does this look VERY well…




Mecox Gardens also has some great pieces!



 What an awesome classroom desk this would be!


Of course you need great metal cabinets to house all of your “curiosities.”






Every “classroom” needs a globe!  I love this one from Paris Hotel Boutique. 

French Blue & Company has sooo many fun weird finds in their Curiosity Cabinet:




Of course, an industrial pendant is a MUST:


This Bronze Pendant is from Pieces. 


Erika, of Urban Grace Interiors found this chart at Round Top. 

I found some great school house finds at Clutter in Round Top this year…



So what do you think of this look, geek or chic?

Chevron Mirror

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 30, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories

It’s no secret that I have a slight mirror obsession. I saw this beauty and was scheming of where on earth I could put (store) it. I think a pair of these would be fabulous over a bathroom vanity.