Features | Make It Over Magazine

I was over the moon a few months back when the editors at Beckett and Engaged Media told me they were going to feature our current home in a before and after feature in a new magazine they are cooking up due December 2013. As a new designer, I am thoroughly grateful for this opportunity!  When you’ve got the chance, check it out maybe? 🙂 You’ll find tips of the little transformations we made to this 1920’s run-down-used-to-be-college-frat-house. The gorgeous images are by this photographer extraordinaire James Leasure. And I had a blast chatting with this American freelance writing living in the Netherlands, Tiffany Jansen.

Feature at Make it Over Magazine

And in another feature, I did one of my favorite things to do! That’s styling of course! I got to style a simple, affordable table {Hello ikea!} four different ways. The great photos are by Waytao Shing — may I just say it’s great to have talented friends! Thank You!

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The mag is available in news stands now {I got mine at Wal-Mart and a few more at Barnes and Noble — ha! Got too happy magazine shopping!}. I urge you, I urge you to get the mag 🙂 It is the premier issue and seriously full of ideas, tricks and design and decorating tips — no kidding! Issues will soon be available here as well, Home Magazines Special Issues.

Happy hump day everyone!

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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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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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Floor to Ceiling Organization

Well, what do you know it’s Friday again! How has your week been folks? Mine was well, 100% work. Hmmm, something is terribly wrong.

I mostly work from home and I’m telling you, I’m slowly running out of organizing space! I mean just the shelter mags I keep! I also have been amassing design and decorator books which gracious Press companies sends me to review. Yes, I will work for design books! I’m also piling up catalogs, fabric and carpet samples and more design stuff. Someday, I’ll have a home office space with floor to ceiling bookcases with storage galore.

Lit by a gorgeous chandelier.

Or draped in velvet.

Maybe it will have a ladder.

Or adorn an entryway.

Or set with a seating area.

Or a daybed to lounge at!

Floor to ceiling organization is just a must! So many ideas, right? Well, I bid all of you a Happy weekend. Hope next week will be more fun than work for me but what am I talking about? Work is fun, fun is work!

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3 Tips for Remodeling in 2013

Be true to your design ethos. Are you all about the cottage feel with a clean, crisp mood?

Is there anything more fun than home-remodeling? OK, maybe there is, but the thrill of bringing a creative interior vision into life is hard to replicate. Creating a modern space that suits your personal tastes is no easy challenge, however, and not only because of the hard work and manual labor involved. In fact, the design and development process can be equally difficult, especially as not all of your ideas will fall within a pre-set budget. Above all else, however, finding inspiration for your dream home can be hard as there are simply so many design templates and trends from which to choose!

While your individual tastes and preferences will have a huge influence on your creative vision, there are some modern trend, design elements and consumer tips that have universal appeal. Consider the following:

Shop Independently and Innovatively: The fixtures and furnishings that you buy will determine the finished look of your new home, so make a commitment to shop independently and creatively. More specifically, be sure to select furnishings that fit perfectly with your design ethos, while you should also identify functional components that can be sourced cheaply and at bargain basement prices. When looking for furniture, for example, consider buying unique and fully assembled items from retailers such as Notation Furniture, as this will enable you to make convenient purchases that do not compromise the visual appeal of your home.

How about some wall to wall and floor to ceiling shelving?

Invest in Innovative Storage Space: We all hate clutter, but it is so hard to maintain a open and clear space within a functioning home. Owners of new build properties will be particularly familiar with this, as these homes are typically compact and cramped in comparison with older structures. Fear not, however, as one modern design trend has helped to resolve this issue and help residents to create open plan kitchens and living areas. The development of innovative and hidden storage solutions has revolutionized space management in the modern home, and investing in these can help you to maintain a minimalist look with compromising on the practical appeal of your home.

Get a lot of bang for your buck by remodeling your kitchen!

Focus on Remodeling your Kitchen and Bathroom Space: If you are planning to remodel your home with a view to selling it, you will need to take a slightly different approach than normal. In particular, you will need to focus on embellishing your existing kitchen and bathroom areas, as these are the stars of the show that will ultimately wow buyers and encourage them to make an offer. The kitchen is particularly important, as it is now seen as a multi-functional room that serves entertainment and recreational purposes in addition to purely practical ones. You must keep this in mind, and make the kitchen the focal point of your newly designed home!

I know! I know! Remodeling is not all fun, there’s frustrations to come along but keep your eye on the goal…it will be all worth it!

Images: House to Home

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Handmade for HGTV | Chic Bath Caddy

Happy Friday everybody! We’re counting down the last days of the month of June. This weekend, why not make this bath caddy that’s a bit rustic and a bit shabby chic. My third installment for Handmade for HGTV is this bath caddy. With decorating, organization is everything! And yes, even {or especially} in the bathroom. Store your bath and body essentials or toiletries for overnight guests perhaps in this oh-so-cute caddy. Click here to see the how-to at HGTV. Here’s all the materials you’ll need.

shabby chic bath

shabby chic bath

Here’s our other projects at HGTV.com. Happy DIY weekend!

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Handmade for HGTV | Fabric Scrap Cafe Curtains

For the second installment of my HGTV.com contributions {see my first one here} , my task was to make a window covering from fabric scraps. As always, the most important thing with these handmade items is they have to be easy. I totally would say this would be in the very, very, very easy button.

Follow the jump here to see the whole tutorial. Thank you to my wonderful assistant, Rachel for helping me out and snapping the pics.

fabric scrap curtain

Thanks all for checking it out, there’s more to come.

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Thanks for Coming | Treehouse Event

learning through cupcakes

inspiration for color

It’s been a couple of weeks since the class at Treehouse on Color Theory. I really would like to thank everybody who came {friends, family and the people I met for the first time!}. I hope you learned something new. I love all the questions that’s been coming to my inbox as well. If you went {or even if you weren’t able to}, please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any q’s. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to answer everything but I do know two heads are better than one!

Special shout out to Jocelyn of Sugaplump who made the yummy and colorful cupcakes! How else can we learn about color, right? As always, this gal for snapping the pics. And of course, the amazing people at Treehouse!

Here’s the slideshow I made for the class. Enjoy!


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Minty Fresh

Spring 2012 was all about mint greens. And why not? Dreams of pistachio French macaroons, jadeite milk glass and pastel-hued furniture. Flirty and fresh, this photo shoot was set in bubblegum pink! Published in San Antonio magazine | April 2012 Issue. Props from The Inglenook Decor and The Vintage Laundry.
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THE TEAM:

PHOTOGRAPHER: TANIA QUINTANILLA

WARDROBE STYLIST: ROSE TRAN

HAIR: LIZ NEVIN

SET DESIGN: MAUREEN STEVENS

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P is for Pies

Who doesn’t love pies? Whether it’s Buttermilk Pie or delightful rhubarb pie, pie is just the quintessential Southern dessert. Time Warner Clicked In ‘s online platform aims to promote local businesses and I got called in by them for tweaking and styling some pies. All I needed were a few Country chic and charming pieces. Galvanized cake stands, vintage bottles and doilies came to mind of course. Plus mint leaves, raspberries, pecans and more! Little props that makes all the difference. Photos by Chris Brock.[easyrotator]erc_76_1350955116[/easyrotator]

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