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 ūüôā¬† 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 ūüôā 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 $ Рjust 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.

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??

Patio Love

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 02, 2011 | 11 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration

{love EVERYTHING about this picture}

Our sad, sad, patio is in desperate need of a Makeover.¬† I have an entire flat of succulents sitting on our patio table waiting to be planted.¬† Somehow I manage to kill succulents every year (which I’m pretty sure is supposed to be near impossible – these things survive in desserts for crying out loud).¬† These spaces¬†are leaving me¬†very inspired – weekend project maybe??¬†

{Mary McGee via High Gloss Magazine}

{Courtney Hill Interiors}

Well it was a crazy busy weekend at Casa de Haskett as we¬†worked very hard¬†to re-do my teeny tiny office in just forty eight hours.¬† I’m excited to show you the “before” & “afters.”¬† Who doesn’t love a great makeover, anyways?

So here’s the run-down…I was given ULTRA LED Dimmable 12W A-line light-bulbs by SYLVANIA, a $500 gift card to Lowe’s, and a weekend to basically whip out a miracle.

I’m beyond embarrassed to share the before photos.¬† I’m cringing…yes, it was¬†a complete mess.¬† I didn’t even bother¬†straightening up for the photo –¬†just keeping it real.¬†

Okay, ENOUGH with the ugly!¬† Now for the plan…I have to go into any design project whether it large or small, with a plan.¬† You’ll see that the plan was tweaked just a little, but for¬†the most part it served as a great guide¬†(and kept me organized) during my shopping spree at Lowe’s!¬†

Seriously, it’s tiny but I know I can make it work for me (click image to enlarge).¬†

I knew that adding a skirt to the desk would immediately help corral the clutter (not that I just want to shove all of that mess underneath the desk).  I would like to hide the trash can, shredder, etc.  It has also been painfully clear that I need a better solution for fabric samples. 

The loot @ Lowe’s.¬† I feel like I got a lot of bang for¬†my¬†buck!¬†

Now, finally, the AFTER photos: 

One of my first pieces of inspiration was the silver and white wallpaper I found on clearance at Lowe’s for $15!¬† I knew it would be perfect on the back wall.¬† I picked a coraly-pink paint by Olympic for the walls and decided to paint the bookcase the same color because I didn’t want a white bookcase to “pop…” I wanted it to feel more seamless in the space.¬†

Let’s talk lighting.¬† Lack of good lighting was a major problem.¬† I found the chandelier at Lowe’s and added the SYLVANIA ULTRA LED lights.¬† One thing to note about LED lighting is that it is a very clear, bright, light.¬† I love the fact that I won’t have to change my light bulbs so frequently as they last 25 times longer versus the incandescent bulbs I was using before!¬† SYLVANIA’s ULTRA LED series is also dimmable so you can really control¬†how much light you would like.¬† The chandelier I installed is large for the space (though I love the drama this provides), so I am using SYLVANIA’S ULTRA LED 8W A-line bulbs.¬†¬†I could work happily with just the 12-watt bulb in my lamp.¬† This bulb allows me plenty of task light which is so important when working.¬†¬†I can’t wait to replace all my¬†current incandescent bulbs with¬†ULTRA LED 12W A-line bulbs!¬†¬† SYLVANIA also makes DOT-it Linear Swivel LED fixtures that you can adhere to the under side of cabinets or shelves.¬† Make sure to visit the SYLVANIA website to look at all the new¬†LED products.¬† The improvements and advancements in¬†LED lighting is so exciting, not to mention going green and saving green is an added bonus in any makeover!¬†¬†¬†

The gold baskets that now hold fabric samples were originally copper that I spray painted gold.¬† The white IKEA boxes I already¬†owned were each individually sorted and re-organized so I wasn’t hanging onto unnecessary clutter.¬† It was so much work sifting through everything and purging what I didn’t need.¬†

Overall, I’m very¬† pleased with the new lighting, new organization, and totally new feel of my office!¬† If you are inspired by my makeover, be sure to head to the SYLVANIA Facebook page and enter their Room Makeover Series!¬† The contest is going on through 5/6 and one lucky person will win the Grand Prize: a $1,000 gift card to Lowe’s.¬† Imagine what you could do with that!

Just ¬†a friendly reminder to check out SYLVANIA’s Facebook page for details on how to win a $1,000 gift card to Lowe’s and a LED lighting kit to create your own room makeover!

I made over my home office and am DYING to show the “before” & “after!”

Erin, from Apartment 34 revealed her Master Bedroom Makeover on curbly.com.  Check it out here!

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


{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.

{Above four photos – design by Phoebe Howard}

I’m CRAVING order, simplicity, and cleanliness over here at Casa de Haskett.¬† I can’t stand the clutter much longer and I can’t even blame it on the baby!¬† My office looks like a bomb of bills and junk mail exploded.¬† It’s awful.¬† At least I’ve purged my closet…that’s a start, right?¬†

I’m SO in love with these designs by fellow¬†Houstonian Ashley Goforth…I could move right in.¬† Where on earth would I stash my enormous collection of magazines that have taken over my living room?¬† I’d have so much hidden under those table skirts!¬† Sigh,¬†a girl can dream…¬†

Neon Neon.

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 02, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

Yellow Senegal Hamper

Having a little fun thinking ab0ut NEON…a fun trend for fashion & home!

Narsico Rodriguez


Tom Binns Necklace


Dom Perignon Champagne Cooler

Marni Rope & Chain Necklace

Missoni Rug

Daydreamer Settee from Urban Outfitters

Themis Mobile

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 ūüôā

Parisian Perfection

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 04, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Fashion

“Glamour,” is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit – myself being very guilty in describing practically everything I’m drawn to as, “glamorous (which actually irritates me)”¬† My personal design¬†mantra is, “comfortable glamour,” and honestly I’m stilldrawn to gilded mirrors and Lucite like¬†a tween girl to Justin Beiber.¬†

In a design age where “Hollywood Regency” has been watered down and commercialized ad nauseum, it’s hard for me to find glamour dens that really speak to me.¬† My jaw hit practically hit the magazine page when I saw Sally & Michel Perrin’s Parisian Flat in the latest Harper’s Bazaar (HB happens to be my favorite fashion magazine with a dang good monthly home editorial called, “A Fashionable Life”).¬†

The custom marble patterned carpet perfectlybalances the marbled-top gilded coffee table.  Mercury glass mirrors everywhere apparently reflect the floodlights of the tourist boats that float the River Seine.  In short, it is my dream Parisian pied-a-terre.  The gray and teal color scheme feels fresh and true glamour ooozes from this flat. 

Okay, I’ll stop¬†talking and just show you the pics!¬† The apartment was designed by Chahan Minassian and all photos are from his website – make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!