Sunday, October 31, 2010

Speaking of Wine Cellars...

Yesterday I was in an antique store looking for some interesting accessories for some clients when I came upon this fun, custom light fixture which would be perfect for a wine cellar. It is custom made from a French antique wine bottle holder and then made into a funky lighting chandelier.

Dallas Sample Sale Not to be Missed!!

This years Dallas Sample Sale is bigger and better than ever! Besides being a great time and getting access to the Dallas Market Center it has something for everyone. It's your holiday shopping at it's best with low prices on gifts for the home, children, holiday decor, clothing and much more. Set aside November 12-14th for the fun.
Free Admision! Open to the Public. For more information go to

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Beautiful Wine Cellars

In the last several years if there has been a popular room added to an existing home it is the wine cellar. They come in basic storage of the wine to elaborate ones as seen in these photographs with a network of alcoves and hallways. It isn't just a place to store your conveted wine collection it has become the place to entertain. Many wine cellars have dining areas, mini kitchens, wine related art hanging, corking space and of course state-or-the-art storage. The atmosphere is already for your dinner party and sets an inviting, exciting tone. The last one I had built for a client stored 700 bottles and they had a wonderful time at wine auctions and generally collecting and finding some fantastic bottles to share with family and freinds.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Changing your Fireplace!

Right now one of the residential projects I'm working on is renovating a home office. It was hunter green and burgandy when I first saw it straight out of the '80's. I have removed the old green tile and wood fireplace and replaced it with the sample photo shown. The change has been tremendous to the room so if you are tired of that fireplace there are many options to choose from to bring your room up to date and inviting.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting ready to Entertain for the Holidays!

Can you believe we are at the last week of October already?
That means the holiday season is just around the corner and the best way to enjoy them is to plan ahead and be prepared. Our favorite catalog, Horchow list the top 10 entertaining essentials so check and see if you are ready for your next gathering.

There is also a wonderful new book out titled "New York Parties: Private Views by author Jamee Gregory. In this book she shares 15 different parties by some of New York's top-tier hosts. You will find some wonderful tips and ideas as well as easing any of your fears of entertaining. Always remember it is about getting friends together to share a meal and laughter...and that is one of the greatest gifts of all.
Go to for stylish glamour for your table.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tying the Knot!

There are so many exciting collections, ideas, shoes, jewelry for weddings any more it is hard to know where to start.
J.Crew has just joined the bridal business with thier own salons in selected markets....sorry not in Dallas yet!
Once a week I will write about the trends and what wonderful ideas I have used or come across that will bring your own personal flair and style to your own wedding.
I welcome your questions and will also discuss the many aspects of planning your wedding.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Color is a Major Element in Scale of a Room

Color is one of the defining elements of a home. Make a statement through bold, saturated tones and coordinate with accessories. Dressing a room is all about details, simplicity, suitability and proportion. When dealing with scale of furnishings and if you aren't sure always scale up and not down.
Never judge a paint color until it is dry and you have two coats on the wall.
See this seasons color palette....go to

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hooked on Houses

We are all curious on how the celebrities live and what their homes are like. Well the site below takes you to the Top 10 Celebrity Homes for 2009. They all come up and you get to guess who lives where based on a clue they give you. Have fun with it. And remember having money doesn't always translate into the best designed house!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Paris Hotel Boutique

Looking for vintage china or silver to create a one of a kind table for the holidays? Visit Paris Hotel Boutique where the owners have collected amazing antique pieces that give your dining experience old style glamour. The owners attend auctions when grand hotels either close or renovate and buy amazing pieces. I love the neoclassical chairs in this photo which came from the Crown Room at the Fairmont in San Francisco.

Visit this link to see their store and all they have to offer! www.parishotelboutique/store/lobby.php

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Passion for Interiors

Carolyne Roehm has worked in the fashion industry for many years and clearly understands style, elegance and grace. I have all her books and love them all and I'm sure so will you. Her lastest book "A Passion for Interiors" will be in stores on November 9th. Check out her link and see how you can get a signed copy!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Last chance to dine in the garden!!

Autumn doesn't have to be defined by orange, brown and reds. The green from the Granny Smith apples and the hydrangea's along with the silk tablecloth set the tone beautifully. Twigs, berries and the brown leaf shaped china make this a gorgeous table for an Indian summer lunch or dinner.

This time of year there is plenty of non-floral elements to use on your table. I did a party in Napa Valley this time of year and used fresh olive branches, bittersweet,flowering oregeno, rosehips, grapevines, pomegrantes and cuttings that I had no idea what they were but loved the texture and color.

Here in Texas right now there are fields of sunflowers and berries on the roadside. Have some fun and be creative!!

Think outside of the vase!

To create this lovely, autumn centerpiece I mixed fresh items with artificial so it will last till Thanksgiving. Containers are a very important element of designing your arrangement. I look at everything as a possible vase for example it could be a basket, water pitcher, silver piece, old trophy, fruit or even use vegtables. The container has to be complimentary to the size, style and color of the flowers you choose. You can always bring one of your favorite containers to the florist to design something custom for you! For my clients I am always looking for the unexpected container that display the flowers in a delightful way. Just rememeber anything that holds water can be a container for an arrangement!

Share with me any creative containers you have used!

October is Breast Cancer Month

This table was done for a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen that I did in honor of friend who is a survivor of breast cancer. Take note of the placecards at the top of each place setting. These placecards are a one of a kind and no they aren't polka dots! All the girlfriends of our friend who is a survivor came to my home and each picked a color and painted their breasts and placed them on a large canvas. The images from the canvas were then made into note cards.
Know your risk, get screened and make healthy choices!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Enjoy Autumn and the Bounty of the Season!!

Every season is similar to a new fashion statement with different textures, colors, flowers, light and style. I hope you will enjoy this blog site as I bring you my different thoughts and ideas on interior decoration, seasonal design, entertaining, weddings and other celebrations.
I love the transformation in nature when autumn appears. Being raised in the north, I have always been captivated by the changing and brilliant colors of the leaves every year. We don't quite have the changing color in this part of Texas but there are still signs that a new season has begun. The days are getting shorter, the way the sunlight casts more of an amber glow. pumpkins and gourds at the grocer and changes in the garden.
It's time to come indoors and decorate your home and get back to entertaining. Let's set the mood and delight in the change of the season.