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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Identity Crisis

Posted By Lauren-Houston | May 22, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

{Windsor Smith – one of my all time favorite designers}

If you’ve read MG for a while, you know I’m all about “comfortable glamour.”  Lately I’ve been really drawn the style that made me fall in love with Interior Design years ago – “California Casual.”  It’s the anti-furniture store look I embraced eagerly as a young designer/student.  Color, a mix of textures, and a general relaxed feel perfected by Peter Dunham, Schulyer Samperton, and Estee Stanley to name a few.

{Peter Dunham}

{Mark Sikes – obsessed with his blog}

{Peter Dunham}

{Jordana Brewster’s house as seen in In Style}

And then there’s this…just love.  Sparkle, monochromatic textures, and modern elements:

{Finn Jewelry Showroom as seen on So Haute}

{My favorite version of Sally Wheat’s Living Room}

{I’m guessing Ryan Korban?}

Faux fur throws and touches of black? YES!

 

{Tara Shaw}

Mix of antiques with sparkly/shining things

Clean-lined perfection…realistically I could not live with all the white and zero clutter but I do love to look at it.

 

 

I know my favorite styles aren’t exactly polar opposites, but it’s fun to analyze.  Ultimately I’m somewhere in the middle and just buy things I love!





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{Miles Redd as seen in House Beautiful}

Many times clients are hesitant to add a crazy pattern into the mix because they are scared they will tire of it quickly.  My theory is the opposite, I think we tire much quicker of a sea of beige than one a punchy piece.  If you love the fabric, then chances are that’s the piece you’ll love the most.  I love solid color upholstery as much as the next person because it is timeless and versatile, but I’d love to find a place for a colorful settee.



The much blogged about Living Room of Ivanka Trump (which I still love).  Settee upholstered in a LuluDK fabric.

 

Above three images found on the Quadrille website. 

{Kristen Buckingham} 

{Cottage Living}

Patterned pieces don’t have to be all crazy-pants either as the above two images prove.

 Have a great weekend everyone!  I think now I’ll spend mine looking for a great vintage piece to recover in one of my favorite prints!





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HomeMint

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 25, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

 

Interesting!  “Crossover” stylist Estee Stanley (interiors and fashion – I’m a little jealous) and Justin Timberlake have teamed up with the Mint franchise to create a home collection.  I’m very curious as to what this will entail!  Funiture?  Just accessories?  For those of you not familiar, the, “Mint Family” includes JewelMint, StyleMint, and ShoeMint.  Each website teams a designer or stylist with a celebrity to create a small collection with a few designs released each month.  I can’t wait to see what ol’ JT has up his sleeve!

 





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New from Melanie Turner

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Apr 20, 2012 | 10 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

Or new to me.  This living room designed by Melanie Turner perfectly sums up my aesthetic and I’m loving it!  It’s fun to find a room you haven’t designed that you could move right into!

Blush pink curtain panels, fuschia velvet pillows, white slips, and a mirrored coffee table – yes, yes, yes!

Perfect Accessorizing

 





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{Jessica Claire did it best}

Absolutely love the graphic black and white stripes in this elegant Parisian Room.

 

I want this chair in my life.  Via Pinterest

 

A toned-down traditional version by Kerrisdale Design

 

 

Pretty sure this has been on the blog before but I just love the horizontal stripes on this headboard…and the giraffe in the background.

 

 

 

 

Who says, “graphic” and “rustic” can’t go together??

Black & White stripes are nothing new and I don’t think they’re going anywhere!  Be gutsy and upholsterer a piece in a horizontal stripe!





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Parties on the Brain!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 20, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

 

It’s been a whirlwind since Christmas with news of BIG engagements and weddings and showers to plan for this Spring and Summer.  My youngest sister, Sarah got engaged last weekend and my head is swirling with ideas for her intimate Hill Country wedding May 5th…like THIS May 5th.

COMPLETELY obsessed with this Troop Beverly Hills inspired shower by Beau & Arrow Events.

 

All photos via my Pinterest

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