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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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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Get ‘em while they’re HOT! Zebra rug, leopard pillows, and French Flea Market Finds, OH MY!  Log on to One Kings Lane now!

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Tory Burch’s moss green velvet sofa has haunted me (in a good way) for years.  I just love it.  It screams luxury to me.  What I really love is the trim detail.  Although it is “graphic” to trim a sofa like this, it can still be timeless.

Palmer Weiss’ version.  Green and velvet? Um, yes.

I love the way Sara Gilbane ran the tape trim vertically down the tuxedo sofa.

Michelle Nussbaumer via So Haute

I just flipped for Christina’s slipcovered settee!

Classic in black & white.  Found via Pinterest.

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Have you ever seen a more amazing coffee table??  I’m at a loss as to where I found this image?  Any help?

I’m absolutely in LOVE with these shell pieces of furniture!

AMAZING Dining Room spotted over at CocoCozy.

Currey & Co. has some amazing shell pieces right now!

The Material Girls are such huge fans of Made Goods…these shell pieces have me super excited!  I love that some of these pieces don’t scream, “shell!”

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Since last week’s, “Furniture Friday,” was more luxury oriented, I thought I’d share an great, inexpensive online source for Parson’s Chairs, Carrington Court Direct.  I have used them with COM fabric and it turned out great!

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