Project Update | Modern Rustic in Tarrytown

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! I’ve been a little under the weather and have been just having Skype meetings and web conferences; the beauty of technology! I have a few projects ongoing right now. Beautiful and well-edited spaces take time but progress, big or small makes me so happy. Here’s what’s going on in one of them; a gorgeous home owned by a young, adorable couple in Tarrytown, Austin.

It all started with the consult of course, lots of inspiration then a design board. This is what I came up with for the foyer, living and dining area:

modern rustic design board

And here’s what has happened so far:

living dining room design

Clockwise from Top Left: X-based Dining Table via Restoration Hardware, The Clarissa Dining chairs from Anthropologie came with gorgeous leg & hue; identical Penelope settees from Jayson Home & Garden, we covered a wall with Rosey Posey Trellis in Vintage linen by Anna Spiro and after much hunting for the perfect Antelope carpet, we went with Helios.

We’re still waiting for other furniture pieces but slowly accessorizing the areas {honestly my favorite part}. The console styling in the foyer area has begun!

accessorizing console

The console is by Horchow. The Moroccan pouf is the couple’s, a gift to them and came straight from the souks!

More stuff to do! Hope to have final photos soon.

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Designer Tag Sale at Red Chair Market

How about a marble top table with turquoise legs.

I am such a sucker for sales and put the word “Designer” in front of it? Ahhh, a match made in word heaven! If you haven’t heard about Red Chair Market yet then you’re in for an amazing discovery. Red Chair Market is a portal that connects buyers and sellers of design and decor items in Austin. This is not your average Craigslist everybody. We’re talking about quality items and fabulous pieces you’ll cherish for years to come. I caught up with the owner, Anita and chatted about the company and their first Designer Tag Sale.

1.From an advertising & marketing gal to a lover of design, what prompted you to open Red Chair Market?
I had always wanted to be an interior designer, but somehow ended up spending 20 years in marketing.  I have also always wanted to own my own company and have been the first employee at three local startups.  One day I was looking on Craigslist for a bench for the front hallway, and I kept coming up with trucks with bench seats! I knew there had to be a way to improve on it.  With this idea, my design, marketing and entrepreneurial stars finally aligned and with the help of a very fortunate marriage (to a software engineer) I was able to start Red Chair Market.  I think the best businesses are the ones started from a personal passion; I’m in heaven working on Red Chair every day – finding gorgeous, unique things right here in Austin! Now I just need a bigger house.

2.     As a designer, I’m always curious about new products and items and especially local vendors {support local, right?}; what would visitors and guests expect at Red Chair’s first Designer Tag Sale?

Red Chair Market is all about finding something unique and local, and we’re really excited to introduce Austin to some of our designers and craftspeople; many of whom have never showcased their products before.  We’ve got custom-made pillows from Room Fu Designs, discontinued samples of gorgeous furniture from the Treasury, unique vintage items from Retrospectives and handmade iron-and-glass furniture pieces from Happy Twigs designs, among many others.  They’ll also find a few of our own pieces at the Red Chair Market booth!  Those who want the first shot at some of these items can attend the VIP Preview and Brunch; sipping champagne while they shop.

Retrospectives Mid Century Modern Vintage Nightstands photo by Eclectic Images Photography

Or how about some Midcentury Modern Nightstands

3. You do not have to convince me of course but since you have an inside look in the wold of design, why do you think it’s important to hire an interior designer when getting a home or room/space together? 

With decorating, just like owning a business, it is really easy to get too close to the project to really see the potential.  I have a pretty good sense of style (I think!) and access to a lot of specialty items, but I still bring in a designer to help me pull it all together, especially since I have pretty eclectic taste.  There is a very fine line between “eclectic” and “messy”.  Even if someone has a more specific style in mind, the fine line also exists between a set of things that complement each other, and “matchy-matchy” (shudder).   In many cases a designer can also save money, knowing where to source less-expensive items and what elements can be economized without sacrificing style.  Finally, they do all the coordinating! As much as I love doing some things myself, having someone who can schedule the painter, tile installer and furniture delivery – AND know the quality, reliable resources – is worth its weight in gold.

Retrospectives Gold Gilt Hollywood Regency Side Table photo by Eclectic Images Photography

Or go for a table with gilted legs.

Here’s the details on the event:

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Preservation Austin and Habitat for Humanity’s Woman Build Project.

WHAT:            Red Chair Market’s Designer Tag Sale

WHEN:            Sunday, October 27, 2013
10:30am – 12:00pm VIP Brunch and Preview Sale
12:00pm – 5:00pm General Admission Shopping

WHERE:         Shoal Crossing Event Center
8611 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78759

TICKETS:       Early Bird $25 (Available until October 5, 2013)
General Admission $30
Day of $35
VIP Preview and Brunch $75
https://rcmtagsale.eventbrite.com/    

PARKING:       Free parking available at event space

WEBSITE:       https://www.redchairmarket.com/info/tag-sale

I hope to see you there everybody! All of us needs help finding the finds, there’s going to be lots in this event!

Items by Retrospectives. Images by Eclectic Images.

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My Vid at YNN’s House Proud

Happy hump day everybody! A month back, I had my first vid at YNN’s House Proud with the adorable Amy Hadley. She by the way is cute as a button and a breath of fresh air. Me on the other hand looks tired and had raccoon eyes. Le sigh. Hmmm, I think I just got back in town the night before and obviously hasn’t slept well. Note to self…rest and have a good night’s sleep before a vid is filmed. How come those news anchors always looks refreshed even at 4 in the morning! Ok…stop talking, critical me 🙂

Here’s the vid. It’s quite quirky and I think you’ll learn a thing or two.

Brass is Back | House Proud from maureen stevens on Vimeo.

Cobwebs are totally part of the wonderful video. So folks, brass is not just your Grandma’s metal anymore. Glamorous is definitely back and brass is the metal of the moment!

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Autumn Walls

How was your weekend everyone? We had torrential rain here in Austin and though, it still gets pretty warm during the day; it is most certainly the Fall season. Perhaps you’re already enjoying pumpkin lattes, go easy on it though.

Today, let’s talk about the hues of Autumn in wall color. It’s warmth and spice all in one gorgeous tint. From vivid and vibrant oranges, pumpkin, amber, rust, gamboge {a dark mustard yellow}…such a wide array of lovely hues to choose from. Here’s a few inspiration for you! all

Just add texture and you’ve got a cozy room to love! Now, I just might enjoy a pumpkin latte soon…or some cider maybe? Cinnamon layer cake sounds good. Have a great week!

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Home Office Update in Bee Cave

Does anybody know what day it is? It’s Wednesday hump day everybody! Ahhh, time has been flying fast these days. The weekend got away from me with a rehearsal dinner, a wedding and a christening…all in one weekend. And the past two days was spent working.

Today, I want to share a few images from a home office design I did for a financial executive turned consultant turned friend, we’ll just call her Darling D. She lives in gorgeous Bee Cave overlooking hills in an equally gorgeous home. She approached me a few months back to help her with her unused home office. She started working from home and need the space to be functional & beautiful. She needed the walls to stay the same, it’s in army green in a sort of Ernest Hemingway feel with deep walnut chair rail moldings. She wanted to reuse furnishings she already had and buy only a few new items plus accessories.

eames chair

Every office needs a reading nook to unwind at. She just gotta have this gorgeous Eames chair + ottoman & we paired it with an etagere & a floor lamp. We’re still on the look out for the perfect art piece for the bare wall to the left.

orange accessories

She adores orange in her everyday outfit so it’s just befitting to have a few orange accessories.

orb lighting

A space always calls for gorgeous lighting!

green home office

The images are by my good friend James Leasure who just captured how gorgeous this herringbone wooden floors are!

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Beautiful Blues

I am going to make a bold prediction that next year’s Pantone Color of the Year will be one of the blues. Well, I’m glad I’m not making a bet with this prediction. I really don’t know yet I am being drawn to it more and more lately. Of course not too long ago in 2010, we had Turquoise so I’m really not sure if we’ll have one of the cool colors again so soon. But there is such a wide array of blues that I think Pantone can just have so many options.

Maybe Periwinkle? With a hint of purple, the hue is playful yet refreshing.

Then there’s Cyan, the color of clear water on a sandy beach.

And who doesn’t love the rich hue Navy blue?

Cadet blue is very sophisticated with a hint of modern gray.

Indigo is royal and rich but more on the purple side.

Or teal perhaps? Throwing in a green in the blue?

Ahhh blue! Why are you so beautiful?

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

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Book Review: House Proud | Louisiana Style

With Louisiana just a couple of hours away where I lived in Southeast Texas, there’s an unmistakable air of the Bayou lifestyle; from the food to the Cajun slang. What you don’t see though is the French-inspired architecture and homes that speak of unique stories like the ones you see in New Orleans. I am a big NOLA fan! I clearly had the best Rum bread pudding here and they make the best hurricane drinks as well; but most of all, I’m in love with the cobblestone walkways where you can catch a ghost tour anytime of the week, the quaint stores in the Garden District and the lovely homes, from palatial French-inspired to Grand Victorians, Greek-revivals to shotgun houses. All that and more is featured in the book by Interior Designer Valorie Hart, House Proud | Unique Home Design Louisiana.

House Proud louisiana style

I did have preconceived notions about this book. I thought it was going to be a collection of glorious and even grandiose homes that is absolutely out-of-reach for us common people. I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Valorie took me inside homes where you won’t feel an air of pretense, where color is in abundance and where you’ll find furnishings that don’t seem to go together and yet they amazingly do {and so beautiful at that}. It does give hope to all of us, showing that it doesn’t matter where you live; big or small, luxurious or modest; great design can happen anywhere!

blue living room

Blue walls, green ceilings.

eclectic french living room

Eclectic French with rustic feel {deer head} & a skeleton, why not?

eclectic sunroom

A  cozy sun room.

The book is full of ideas and inspiration. According to the designer, Valorie, “The people of Lousiana makes their homes welcoming, whether it’s at a humble farm table or at a fancy Chippendale dining table under a glittering chandelier. Here, decorating is a way of life.” Her words are spot on! We can learn so much from the pages of this book.

From House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana by Valorie Hart, © 2013, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com. Check out Valorie’s blog here.

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Handmade for HGTV | Chair Feathers

The change to the cooler season always signal having a few more textures. Fur,velvet, cashmere and yes feathers! Warm hued feathers for the Fall, black ones for Halloween and gold, white or silver for winter and the holidays. So, you can make feather wreaths, spruce up vases with hints of feathers or why not dress up a chair’s derierre with feathers? We outfitted this vanity chair with ruffle feathers for the Handmade for HGTV series. Check out the how-to and see how easy it is to make this.

  feathers-dining-chair

feathers-piano-chair So, yes, we liked it so much, we thought dining chairs & piano chairs should have feathers. I couldn’t make these projects possible without these people: my super amazing assistant, Rachel and this wonderful and talented photog who pretty much dabbles in everything, James. This is his lovely home by the way!

How about a DIY weekend making some feather chairs. The link is here and check out our other Handmade for HGTV projects.

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7 Rules of Bookcase Decorating

I’m sure many people will argue that bookcases are meant for books only, but most decorators and designers may respectfully disagree. The truth is, you can use any type of furnishings however you want to as long as it’s functional, but function plus aesthetics? That’s much better! Which leads me to one of our bookcases at Casa Stevens. This is a World Market find by the way and super affordable. Mind you, I was hunting for the perfect brass bookcase but I can’t seem to commit to buying one that’s worth two grand {yes, they are super expensive!}. Solution? Just paint this one in glossy black & spray paint the brackets and other hardware in brass.

bookcase decorating

And here folks are my 7 Rules for bookcase decorating:

1. Mix up accessories & books. Now, I love books. But books with accessories that means something me? That makes it double functional!

2. “His” and “Hers” books go together. So, yes, I adore fancy decorative and designer coffee table books but I also love my husband and although his poker books are not as pretty as mine, they deserve to be in the bookcase at our living room.

3. Add something vintage…for character, most definitely!

4. Put personal mementos, yes personal pictures in gorgeous frames are awesome.

5. Dress up the top…that’s kinda it’s crowning glory.

6. Display objet trouves from travels…for nostalgia.

7. And last but not the least, read your books! Yes, we’ve read all books that’s in our bookcase; and the ones we have at our bedside table will soon be added here as soon as we get done with them.

bookcase styling

How is your bookcase looking everybody? Happy Wednesday!

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Changing the Game

Happy Monday folks! I hope your weekend was swell. It has been a bit soggy where I am but I’m not complaining, we direly need the rain because of this lingering drought. Today, I want to talk about change. A few weeks ago while sitting at a hotel room by myself, I had an epiphany. I was overwhelmed, stressed out and unfocused. I have been juggling so many things and something has got to give. I was torn about being responsible about what I started and staying true to what I want. Well, I don’t want this to be too dramatic {I’m talking about the online shop by the way — The Inglenook Decor}. But a long time ago, I thought being a shop owner was what I wanted to do, at least it was at that time. I wanted a brick & mortar shop but with the economic downturn, I settled for just an online shop. It did ok and I’m grateful for all the customers that supported it, the press mentions it got {a few, both local & national} but I learned almost right away, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t give it my best shot and it’s just not me not to give it my best. I felt I’ve shortchanged the people that supported it but most of all, I shortchanged myself.

change the game

I’m not totally reckless and adventurous but I know I do ok with change. Sometimes, it is so hard to say goodbye even though the “falling apart” has happened a long time ago {I’m partly talking about Liam & Miley as well here}. I just know that a change is inevitable. I may consider it a  failure {or not} but I’m willing to fail {hopefully not a lot} to get to that place where I have truly found out who I “need” to be. I don’t want to regret not trying. This season, I’m focusing more on my design work, get better, improve my craft, gain experience, learn and most of all connect with people {and hopefully make them happy}.

So, in the words of the great artist, Macklemore, yes I’m changing the game but inside, I’m still the same {a bit stubborn, a bit sweet but all the way driven}. I hope you’ll continue to be there with me!

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