Resident MG Design Idol, Kelly Wearstler, has launched an e-commerce website, and let me tell you, it definitely got my blood flowing this morning! I was not surprised that I loved so, so many things (that blazer is probably my favorite), but I was really pleasantly surprised that there were tons of items under $500, and a good amount even under $200. Go check it out here.

Here are the items I’m loving…

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 🙂

Designer Bags

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 08, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion

Jack Russell Malletier

I’m a little obsessed with big tote bags…I like to collect them.  I always need to have one handy for lugging around client notebooks, samples, paint fans, etc.  I’m due for a new one so I thought I’d share some of my favorite options so far. 

Ballard Designs makes great monogram-able tote bags on the cheap!  These would make wonderful personalized presents.

Lands’ End Canvas Tote Bag – utilitarian but still chic

Jane Marvel – love the black and white graphic print on this bag.

Iomoi customizable tote bags available here – I LOVE these. 

LL Bean Totes – many color options available

Jon Hart Tote – I actually own this tote in tan.  It has served me well over the past ten years…it’s functioned as everything from a book bag in college to a travel carry-on.  Love it!

Fendi Quilted Logo Tote – if your a bag snob this is a good designer option.  It is available on Overstock so you can’t be that big of a snob 🙂

Goyard Tote – this is my, “I know I’ve made it when I own this bag” bag.  I have about decided I would get it in orange. 

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!


Fashion Translation

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 08, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Fashion

I immediately fell for this chic ensemble when I spotted it on Franki’s blog. I could really relate to it because as much as I love black, I do need that pop of color!  My favorite part are the Chuck Taylors…so chic with tights and a mini, yet so practical for walking all over a city!

This Living, Etc. bedroom via Mimi and Meg really exemplifies the casual elegance of the woman’s outfit.  I love the fur throw tossed on the bed and the pop of striped fuchsia pillows, acting as the “scarf” of the room.

Shoe to Space

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 09, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Fashion

{Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Wedges}

When I spotted these kaleidoscope wedges by Cynthia Rowley in the latest Lucky, I knew I had to find a room to match!  I think this room by Eileen Kathryn Boyd hits the mark with its bold color, graphic pattern, and geometric accents.  Now we just have to wait until April for Rowley’s line for Roxy to launch… 

{Eileen Kathryn Boyd for the 2009 Kips Bay Show House}

Shoe to Space

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 19, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Fashion

{Marni Mary-Jane Platform Pump}

{Margaret Bosbyshell via AH&L}

I don’t know which I love most…the shoe or the space!  Even though I love color, my all time favorite color scheme is black + white.  Clean, classic, glamorous! 

Shoe to Space

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Dec 15, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Fashion


When I spotted this shoe I immediately thought of the blue wall color in Carrie Bradshaw’s redecorated NYC apt.  I thought I’d post a budget friendly shoe option for once – guiltless shopping right before Christmas!


carrie bd

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