{The Panelists from L to R: Me (MG Houston), Paloma (La Dolce Vita), Beth Green (VP of Marketing for Kravet), Karen Davis (Karen Davis Design) & Terri Symington (The Countrypolitan)

This past Tuesday I had the honor of being on the Houston panel for the Kravet Social Media Presentation at their beautiful showroom in the Decorative Center.  Beth Greene, VP of Marketing for Kravet spoke to local designers about the importance of incorporating social media in their businesses.  “How-To’s” on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs helped the audience understand how to use these tools to generate clients and stay ahead of the market.  The question and answer session with the panelists gave the designers insight on the time commitment and benefits of social networking. 

To keep up with Kravet and their upcoming Social Media Presentations, be sure to follow them on Twitter!





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Reader Help Requested!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 09, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Fabric, Magazines

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Reader Request: can anyone identify this chair fabric or suggest something similar? 

While you are thinking, check out this model condo designed by John Oetgen for The Brookwood in Atlanta.  I love how he paired traditional Queen Anne chairs w/ graphic cushions with a sleek table steel and glass table. 

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 The plush draperies soften the clean, modern feel of the space.  I love the slipper chairs! 

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This extra tall headboard and beautiful bedding have a slightly more comfortable, traditional feel. 

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 To view the AH&L story click here. 

I really hope someone can help identify that fabric!





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As much as I’ve expressed my love for Ebay, I actually just won my very first auction this weekend (I usually go for the “buy it now” option whenever possible).  

What did I win?  1.5 yards of vintage La Fiorentina by David Hicks… quite possibly my favorite fabric ever!  I can’t wait to have two pillows made!

I hope you all had wonderfully relaxing weekends all the while remembering why we are actually off work today!  My grandfather has a purple heart and his war stories are truly ones for the history books.  Thank you, veterans for serving our country, and to the soldiers currently at home or abroad my thoughts and prayers are with you.





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Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!


One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!





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Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is no stranger to the Design World, named one of the top 100 Designers by Architectural Digest, and published over and over again, he decided to give textiles a try.  According the latest issue of Elle Decor (which I loved), his first fabric line was sparked by travels to Turkey and Uzbekistan.






This is my favorite one (above).

Here are a few of my favorite Martyn Lawrence-Bullard designed spaces…





I love how he mixes these ethnic/boho prints with clean-lined glamourous furnishings.  It really is all about the mix!

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