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.





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{My Home Office Make-Over Inspiration Board}

I’m thrilled to be participating in the SYLVANIA Blogger Room Makeover Challenge.  What’s that, you ask?  Well, I had the weekend to conduct a makeover of the room of my choosing (I’ve selected my teeny-tiny home office) using a $500 gift card to Lowe’s and SYLVANIA’s Ultra A-Line LED light bulbs. 

I could not be more excited about these 12 watt LED bulbs.  My clients are constantly asking what’s the newest with LED lighting because technology is moving quickly.  Well, this is it!  These bulbs are the perfect replacement for your 60-watt incandescents and last 25 times longer.  I put them to use in my diaster of an office.    

My color scheme inspiration came from the peachy-coral Jan Showers’ designed bedroom.  I wanted a happy space.  A space I’d actually WANT to work in.  I can’t hardly wait to share the design and the “before” & “afters.”  Right now – SLEEP.  I’m exhausted…it was a crazy weekend!

Please note that this post is sponsored by SYLVANIA.  I have received compensation for participating but my review and opinions are my own.





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So my husband and I have been very hard at work on the nursery.  The first project I decided to tackle was this chest of drawers that I believe Bryce had in his room growing up.  It was in desperate need of some TLC, but I loved the lines of it and new it would be perfect to double function as a changing table.  

The color scheme for the nursery is lavender, dove grey, white, and gold.  The walls have since been painted “Ponder,” a fabulous grey/lavender by Sherwin Williams.  We nearly had a melt-down over some very FOUL smelling Eco paint but it seems to have since been resolved (my poor husband has already put on a total of three coats of primer/paint at this point with one to go to remove the smell).   

Now let me preface this before and after by saying I am by no means a DIY guru,  but every now and then I get the bug and can be very impulsive about starting a project.  Please, please, please excuse the terrible photos – my real camera currently has a broken lens. 

The prep work…yes, it was a game day, and yes, Hartley is proudly sporting her OU jersey. 

The first thing I do is sand the piece down with an extra fine grit sandpaper.  I selected “Nimbus Cloud” by Martha Stewart Living Paint in a flat sheen from Home Depot for the base color and start painting right away – no, I did not prime.  I used about a 2-1/2″ wide paint brush to apply the paint in even strokes.   

Coat one of paint goes on and I as usual start to panic (as I always do when painting furniture and only seeing the first coat).   I’m scared it’s too chalky-white.   

I decide to run to the paint store and I get a quart of “Dorian Gray” by Sherwin Williams for the top to give it some contrast.  I then apply a second coat of “Nimbus Cloud” to the entire piece and start to like what I see.

The next step is applying Rotten Stone to give the piece a more age.  I was nervous as heck to do this…I dabbed a mineral-oil soaked rag in the rotten stone and then wiped on, and then quickly off.  This took a while because I kept wiping too much of it off.  It is VERY subtle (impossible to see in an iPhone photo) but it really helped the piece not look so “flat”. 

I also found this gold wax stuff from Bering’s that I applied with my finger to “highlight.”  Can resist a touch o’ gold!

 So there you have it! 

I may even go back and add some more Rotten Stone.  I’m also still undecided about the hardware, but it works for now. 

So the following weekend (because I wasn’t tired enough) I decided to tackle our t.v. console with the same color but using a heavier hand on the Rotten Stone.  I love it!  You can see a before picture of my t.v. console here.   I had been dying to “neutralize” this piece for a long time but couldn’t decide how I wanted to refinish it.  Having left over paint in colors I know I liked sure made it easier.  I can’t wait to show you all the art work and vintage frames I’ve been buying like crazy for what will apparently be a gallery wall in the nursery since there is no real plan right now :)  





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Averill, of the fabulous blog, Odi et Amo asked me to participate in her fascinating series, “Shop like a Designer.”  Head on over to her blog to see my favorite sources!





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The Red Vault

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 05, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Shops and Showrooms

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{My favorite Houston store, Shabby Slips, as seen on theredvault.com}

Attention Houstonians!  Your favorite shops in Houston are now available in ONE PLACE to browse products, negoiate prices, and even purchase online!  Thank you, technology! 

The Red Vault is, “a website of high-end, yet affordable, Houston area home accessories dealers and designers all located in one website.  It serves as a vessel between dealers, designers, and end users.” 

Here’s my Red Vault Wish List:

limed oak desk 

gold leaf coffee table

Limed Oak Desk and Gold Leaf Coffee Table from Shabby Slips

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Louis Philippe Silver Leaf Mirror

chrome bench with cowhide

Chrome Bench with Grey Cowhidefrom Vieux

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Pair of Bergere Chairs from Maison Maison

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18th Century Italian Altar Pricket from The Gray Door

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Paris Opaline Chandelier from Antique Company

Even if you don’t live in Houston, it is still a great place to browse for antiques, rugs, accessories, lighting, etc!  Make sure to check out their blog for updates and insider Houston shopping tips.  Happy hunting!





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White + Cream

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 11, 2009 | 12 Comments | Category: Celebs, Decorating, Furniture

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Would you mix ivory/cream with stark white?  I’m going to try to pull it off at Casa del Haskett and thought this picture of Tory Burch in her apartment could be a great inspiration (though it could just be lighting and photoshop that makes the sofa appear more cream).  I have an cream leather barcelona chair that I want to pair with a white slipcovered sofa and have been a little concerned about pulling it off!  Monochromatic isn’t always easy people…

Do you grativate towards white-white or ivory & creams?





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Desk-Scape

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 21, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decorating

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So I fell in love with the desk the minute I saw it on Craig’s List.  I decided to create a whole “desk-scape” around this piece.  I did a great inspiration board on Photoshop, but Word Press is not agreeing with me, and it’s late, so I will just post the individual items…

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Robert Abbey Lamp via Lamps Plus

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Ikea Slipcovered Chair in fabric from Calico Corners

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Jon Hart Planner (I have one in pink)

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Julep Cup from Etsy

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Pencils and Paperweight from Iomoi

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Kate Spade Vase

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Russell and Hazel Business Card Holder… I have a lucite one from Target and I love it!

So what’s your favorite desk accessory??





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Jewels on Display

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 06, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Decorating

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Cassandra, from Coco Kelly posed the question a while back, “where do you drape your jewels?” At the time my dresser was A MESS – costume jewelry everywhere with no attention paid to order or aesthetic.  Keeping all my costume pieces in tact is a challenge for me.  I needed to create an “organized mess.”  The first order of business was finding a large bust for {some} of my necklaces.  I found this one at the Wisteria Outlet in Dallas.  I still might prefer a white ceramic bust but I guess I’ll have to hold out on that one…  I’ve had the brown coral dish for a while, it just needed to be cleaned and “organized.”  I also already had this piece of faux coral from Pottery Barn, so I’ve been playing with draping some of my cocktail rings on it.

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P.S. the bust scared the beegeebeez out of my dog…she barked at that thing for like an hour.  I do think she’s kind of creepy…I don’t really care for her expression.

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This Gold Manzanita Tree is on my wish list…I could really use it for my earrings.

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{cute DIY tutorial here}

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{love this photo from the late Blueprint…wish I could just drape like 5 necklaces – it looks better “styled” but is not my reality.}

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Unfortunately I have no idea where I got this photograph, but what a glamorous site for stashing your jewels!





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One of the most ingenious night stands I’ve seen is what Lisa Epley did for her daughter’s bedroom.  She purchased three-drawer chests from Ikea and had a local glass store cover them in mirror.  LOVE IT!  

I decided for this week’s {late} version of Furniture Friday, I would highlight the night stand.  Now I am definitely not a proponent of the matchy-matchy bedroom suites, but I do like pairs of tables on either side of the bed (even though mine don’t match).    

 

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I love the curves of the Burleigh Nightstand – $349 from Rooms To Go.

allison-side-tableAllison Side Table from Plantation 

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I would love a pair of Cohen tables for our bedroom.  

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Cheap and Chic, the Hemnes from Ikea. 

 

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Hampstead from Williams Sonoma Home

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This table is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before…but gold and carrarra- what’s not to love?!

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For some earthy goodness try this teak table from Lekker. 

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I’m dying to put a pair of these in my parent’s bedroom.  If you live in Dallas make sure to check out the Wisteria outlet.  I either spotted this chest on one similar last time I was there.  

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Sherry Side Table from Hickory Chair 

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Black Lacquer Bedside Table from Mecox Gardens

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No, I’m still not tired of mirrored furniture!  I LOVE this one from Pieces.

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Ming Table from Tonic Home – $1,250

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I’ll take two!  Swanky Stud Side Dresser from CBell.  

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When you get tired of these chests in your bedroom, they’d look great flanking a fireplace a la Renea Abbott. 

So which one(s) would you love to have in your bedroom?  Do you like pairs, or do you like to mix it up?





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Instant Entry

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 01, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Furniture

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I’m still completely obsessed with this Parson’s Desk/Table from Mockingbird Manor.  As of April, it was still there…sigh…

In my perfect dream world it would be in my fictional entry with this celery colored grasscloth on the wall behind it.

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Martha Stewart Coral Peonies or the like would always be fresh on the console with a Louis Philippe mirror on the wall above (I think a mirror in an entry is basically a must).

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I’m so obsessed with this chevron jar I spotted here. A pair would sit underneath the console.

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A pair of Cream Pagoda House Lamps & a Delphi Italian Ceramic Shiny bust (below) from The Well Appointed House would also reside on the console.

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Naturally I’m sure of a few of my favorite statement necklaces from Anthropologie would end up stashed on the bust.

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Now, I just need to find the perfect house!

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