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Pumpkins & Fall

We started seeing Christmas decorations being professionally installed around here the last week of October. That makes me grinch-y. No doubt it’s just a scheduling issue with the installers, but it’s still an affront to Fall, c’mon. We have had a couple of record-breaking temp days in November – in the 90’s! – so we need all the fall love we can get! So in that spirit, I took some pics of pretty fall displays on my trips to & fro. I love this pretty mix of pumpkins, gourds & greenery! Not to mention the beautiful front entry of this home. If you’re going to do a statement display, do […]

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Design Crush – Melissa Haynes | MH Design

I was looking through an issue of At Home Arkansas a couple of years ago, & came across a lovely home that featured Melissa Haynes of MH Design as the designer. At first I took notice because that’s my sister’s name 🙂 And my parents lived in Northwest Arkansas, where she is based, for almost 20 years. But then I was taken in by Melissa’s style. She describes it as a modern take on traditional & classic designs, which is just right for her signature look. I am nuts about what she did in the Tri Delt house at the University of Arkansas. This foyer is so crazy pretty – […]

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Modern Farmhouse Exteriors

A few weeks ago I had to pick up some treasure I found on one of the online yard sale sites in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. Since that area isn’t on any of my regular routes, I wasn’t fully aware of the explosion of tear-downs/new builds. It’s happening more as you go further west away from Midway Road, since the area closest to Midway consists of a lot of ranchers on big lots that have mostly been remodeled in the last 10 years. You could really call it gentrification of sorts, since that area has typically been heavily Hispanic. Of course that’s not nearly the only area where […]

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Chinoiserie Style

It’s kind of hard to say whether you might be a fan of Chinoiserie style these days, since it has sort of become a more general term in design & encompasses so many different looks now. The style originated in Chinese culture, & became popular in colonial-era Europe in the 18th century. It is traditionally very stylized & a kind of over-the-top decor (in my opinion), but in more modern times is tied in often to Rococo style – cleaner & more updated. But still, a fairly broad description. Bamboo pattern is very typical of Chinoiserie. I love this mix of blue & green on white – bamboo, geometric, sleek […]

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Kitchen Hoods Make a Statement in Design

In kitchen design, functionality is important, but style might be almost AS important. For anyone that likes to cook but doesn’t like the sometime smells that can permeate your house, a quality hood is a worthwhile investment. And kitchen hoods really sort of set the style tone of your kitchen, IMO. As I was looking through inspiration ideas, I found myself leaning toward cabinet hoods, but this set-up is just wow. And how could it not be – it has everything going on! I like the shape of this hood & how it integrates seamlessly with the walls, set of perfectly by the gorgeous Walker Zanger tile backsplash. The stone […]

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Natural Elements – Indoor Greenery in Design

I love greenery indoors. In fact, I’m a little obsessed with greenery indoors – trees mainly. But pretty ones are hard to find, & even harder to keep alive.   My favorite, & the one that has been all the design rage the last couple of years is the Fiddle Leaf Fig. The big leaves are so pretty, & I love the ones that are kind of a topiary shape. They aren’t hard to keep alive, under the right conditions: they need lots of natural light, & they don’t tolerate overwatering. Currently I have 2 at the shop that almost died in my house – because where I keep placing […]

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Elegant Style with Red, White, and Blue

I am an unashamed flagophile. Is that a word? OK, flag lover. In any form – flying them, hanging them, framing them, folding them, decorating with them. I don’t have my collection out like I used to, but whenever I pull any part of it out – Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Election Day, (what did I forget?), any day at all – I am so happy. But I have to admit it’s tough to use that color scheme in decorating – in a way that isn’t kitchy.   But when I saw this House Beautiful pic of Kelly McDowell’s Ojai, California, farmhouse, I got […]

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Dream House Checklist: Outdoor Showers

Now that the heat has settled in for our part of the world, anything cool is top of mind. With all the time we spend in the pool, I think about what would make things easier when I’m cleaning up. At the top of my list: an outdoor shower. When I first began going to the Round Top Antiques Fair, probably in the mid 1990’s (!), I worked for a group of home furnishings stores that focused on furnishings for ranch and lake houses (we are in Texas, after all). I had to convince my boss that it was a good idea to even go in the first place. Having […]

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Outdoor Living (Pool Edition)

  As it gets steadily more steamy outside, I stick my toes in the pool every couple of days to see if the water is warm enough yet to throw the floats in & start relaxing. So far I haven’t gotten past the first couple of steps, but a couple of more 90 degree days & it won’t be long. In the meantime, I’ve been perusing pictures of pretty pools in pretty settings. I love this one that Apartment Therapy featured because it’s dark inside. Something about that makes it feel refreshing & cool, & a little sexy. And the dark blue contrasts so nicely with all the white surrounding […]

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Front Door Curb Appeal

  One of my favorite things to do is drive through different neighborhoods, choosing details I love from exteriors – architecture style, materials, windows, landscaping. But often the thing that I seem to zero in on most is the front door – both style and color hugely influence the overall feel. I’m partial to a front door with windows, as opposed to a solid front door, as well as one surrounded by a decent-sized front porch.  Maybe it just feels more welcoming. And sconces. Every front door needs sconces.       This Hamptons Showhouse definitely has a coastal feel, but the doors translate beautifully to other style of architecture. […]

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