How do you dress your Bed?

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 06, 2013 | 7 Comments | Category: Uncategorized


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{Design by Renea Abbott}

 I’m obsessed with bedding.  I change my bedding at minimum every two years.  I definitely have my preferred way to make a bed and make mine every day.  This is a new habit developed  in the past year, but it sure makes our sometimes (always) messy bedroom feel a little bit more tidy!  We plan on moving to a new house this summer, and designing our Master Bedroom is the first thing on my agenda!  I have definitely had bedding on the mind…How do you make your bed?



{Source anyone??}  I love this soft look and die for a long bolster.  Definitely planning to add one to our bedroom.

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{Above two designs by Urban Grace Interiors}

The above two designs done by Erika of Urban Grace Interiors best reflect how I like my bedding.  I absolutely love these two spaces, the top one was in the Coastal Living Showhome and the bottom is a client of Erika’s.




{Design by Melanie Turner}


{Design by Amber Interiors}




{Meg Braff}









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{Mark Sikes}

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Lauren goes Design Camping

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Feb 14, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

Lee Jofa

{Fabric Pretties at Lee Jofa, Atlanta- they hosted one of our Parties}

I had the great privilege of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia a couple of weeks ago to attend the 2nd ever Design Camp put on by hilarious Interior Designers/Partners-in-Crime, Kelli Ellis & Lori Dennis.  I was invited by Paloma of La Dolce Vita and pretty quickly and enthusiastically said, “yes” even though I was a little nervous and *maybe* skeptical.  I thought, if nothing else, it will be great for networking and meeting people!  Although I consider myself pretty outgoing, networking is not my most favorite thing to do…so going to Design Camp was definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone.

I will be sharing my experience from the perspective of an Interior Designer with my own business.  I’ve been to a lot of seminars/conferences where I’ve felt like it’s a lot of “fluff” and not much meat.  What Interior Designers REALLY want to talk about is business, systems, job management, and making money!  Kimberley Seldon who not only runs a successful design firm but also Business of Design was my favorite speaker.  Her candid talk about how all the business mistakes she made ultimately prompted her to meet with a business coach, which in turn enabled her to put her business practices in two books and now seminars was so encouraging.  I now plan on signing up for her online courses, because this was exactly what my business needed.

My second favorite session was by the ultimate Southern Gentleman, Barry Dixon.  Literally everything he said was quotable.  He manages somehow to be incredibly eloquent without a bit of pretension.  He really sees himself serving the house and the client.  A rarity in the world of egomaniac Interior Designers!

Design Camp is not only a place for inspiration but a place to meet like minded and open Designers, Bloggers, and Creatives looking to give their business and edge all while meeting fun and awesome people from all over the country!  For two other viewpoints check out these posts by Paloma and Ryan.  Sign up for the Seattle Design Camp here!

**My apologies for lack of photos, having an issue with uploading from my computer!  Will add photos later if I can get the problem resolved.


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The girls at Marie Flanigan Interiors know I’m a sucker for a great “Before & After” and sent over this beautiful chair transformation.   Here’s what they had to say…

“A Taylor Lake couple enlisted our help as they set out to update their lakeside home.  The bulk of the project consisted of transforming a Master Suite and two guest suites from an outdated aesthetic to one that is fresh, serene, and designed with spa-like comfort in mind.  We promise home transformation photos will come later.  For now, enjoy the remarkable makeover of this charming guest room chair.”

Warning: You may immediately find yourself fighting the urge to pack up and hit the road in search of a coastal abode with a chair like this to curl up in!





I think it is a stunning transformation and what an adorable pooch!  Thanks again to Marie Flanigan Interiors for sharing this with us!

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Blank Walls? No Problem!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 19, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I had the honor of appearing on the Live Well Network discussing what to do with all those blank walls in your home. To view the segment check it out here.

Blank walls really are a very pesky decorating dilemma.  Being the art hoarder that I am, my place is a little overrun with “gallery” or “salon” style walls.

My current obsession is extra large pieces of art.  In the Live Well segment, I show off a huge vacation photograph my client blew up to hang on her wall.  I love when the photography and art isn’t matchy-matchy AND when it’s personal.  I know it takes a bit more effort to buy or create “real” art but I truly believe it gives a home its soul.  Nothing sucks the life out of a perfectly decorated space than  mass produced art.  Sorry, that’s one of my soap boxes!



The above to images of Aerin Lauder’s new offices are EVERYTHING.  I absolutely love the artwork she has selected.


Love the large photograph in the apartment of Pierre Frey’s (of the famed fabric house – he is the Grandson of its namesake) Parisian apartment.


Love Ruthie Sommers’ combo of gallery wall AND large scale photograph.


One of my all time examples of a huge photograph over a sofa.  Blow up those vacation photos and enjoy living with what you put on your walls!

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I wanted to share a few furniture “before and after’s” from one of my projects.  It’s always a plus when a client has a few pieces you can reupholster that are the right scale.  Sometimes they just need to be totally re-imagined.  The pair of chairs above used to look like this…    I had the channel tufting removed and slipcovered them in Java Java by China Seas.   They were the perfect size for this nook in their Master Bedroom.




The client’s existing chaise lounge totally transformed in my FAVORITE pattern by Galbraith & Paul.




In their Living Room, I added a clean waterfall skirt and slipped the chair in a tan and white small stripe.

(Please excuse my un-staged iPhone pics)


I hope you’ve enjoyed a fun twist on Furniture Friday!  Have a great Holiday weekend!

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{The “Before” Photo of the Living Room -hello, cute pooch!}

Today’s Furniture Friday is courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors.  They sent over this great multi-room “before and after,” I just had to share.


The home is located in the great Memorial area in Houston.  The homeowners asked Marie and her team to transform their Kitchen and Sitting Room.   Instead of starting from scratch, the team opted to reinvent many of their existing furnishings.  Radiating a mix of French style and contemporary features, the updated rooms impress with clean, neutral color palettes and a hint of the dramatic.

What a stunning after shot!


The client’s elegant sofa and club chairs were re-purposed in the Sitting Room transformation.  Accent pillows with geometric shapes and traditional ikat patterns were incorporated to add a bit of frisky to the soothing, classic furnishings, while a lucite coffee table and coordinating lamps add a bit of glamour to the room’s antique French design.


I especially love what they did with the existing built-ins.  By removing the shelves on either side of the armoire, and adding antique mirror on the back walls, they were able to completely re-invent this piece without a lot of construction or remodeling.  Such a clever solution!  Getting the “bones” or architecture correct in your space can truly make all the difference!


The finishing touches – an inlaid bone tray (love, love, love this) with books and rock crystal candle holders, hold court next to an antique brass magnifying mirror on a stand, and a bold pop of purple.

{Kitchen – Before}

{Kitchen – After}

Nearly all the existing Kitchen cabinetry was saved and painted in a soft gray hue.  This was handsomely accented by a fresh new beveled-edged, white ceramic backsplash (a personal favorite of mine).


Custom grey and white drapery, reupholstered dining chairs, and a French antique chandelier unite the look for a space that can functionally feed ravenous teenagers while also appealing to Mom and Dad’s distinctive sense of style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this special Furniture Friday.  I’m a sucker for a great B & A!  Thanks again to Marie Flanigan Interiors for submitting this project!

Vendors used: Area, Design House, Hien Lam, Joyce Horn Antiques, Memorial Antiques & Interiors, and Vieux.

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Rue Magazine: Texas Edition

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Aug 07, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I’m so honored to be included in Rue Magazine’s first ever, “Texas Edition.”  Friend Paloma of La Dolce Vita fame and I are featured on pages 52 & 53 in the, “Blogger Side by Side.”  Check out this awesome issue here.

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Rick Janecek’s amazing North Dallas home graces the cover of this month’s D Home.  It is a pretty incredible renovation (would love to see the before photos).  As the Creative Director of Global Views, he has the opportunity to try out prototypes of new products in his own home (dream).

The home is absolutely eye candy and a study in just how much you can customize.  I particularly can appreciate the details of the kitchen and bathrooms, and his bedroom only affirms how great a pop of bright orange can look in a white space.

Read the full story here or pick up your copy if you are in Dallas!





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{Interior Design by Ellen Hamilton via Quadrille}

Matching your upholstered piece(s) to wallpapered or upholstered walls is an old-school designer trick that honestly takes a designer with some guts now-a-days to pull off.  I always say you’re going to tire of a “safe” room a lot faster than putting in pieces, colors, and patterns that you LOVE.




Heather Hilliard

This does not have to be a stuffy look – I love the way Heather Hilliard took a “traditional” idea and make it clean and contemporary.



Aerin Lauder is the perfect example of a “fresh” traditionalist.



Greg Mendelson via Chic Coles – old school with an edge



Philip Gorrivan via Quadrille

Match your walls to your pillows!



Tory Burch via Quadrille



via Thibaut Design




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My little girl is 17 months now – pretty hard to believe!  I can’t say that I really want to think about a “big girl bed,” but I absolutely love the look of an upholstered headboard/daybed combination.  I especially love it between bookshelves.

{Courtney Hill Interiors}

I’ve been obsessing over doing an entirely gingham room for someone after spotting some cheap/chic fabric at Interior Fabrics.  Found this image via Pinterest and would love to know the designer!

Love this almost “granny-chic-meets-Palm-Beach” room in Ruthie Sommers’ home as seen in Lonny Mag}

Christine Lemieux of Dwell fame’s daugther’s bed girl bed as seen on one of my favorite blogs, Modern 24/7.

A petite little big boy bed :)

A good crib conversion toddler bed.

{Interior Design by Brad Ford as seen in Lonny Mag}

{Lulu DeKwiakowski as seen in Lonny Mag}

An oldie but a goodie!  One of K-Dub’s sons’ rooms.

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