Tutu Sweet!

December 12th, 2013

What an amazing example of support and love…

We all deal with life’s challenges in different ways.  I love that this guy chose the gift of laughter to help his wife through her battle.




Find all of the information about The Tutu Project here!

Jingle Dwell!

December 9th, 2013

“…It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)



Imagine “home” meaning little more than a mattress on a cold floor, a sheet tacked up for a curtain and no food in the pantry.  Unfortunately this is reality for far too many families in our own city or town.  You can help change the meaning of “home” for a family this Christmas by making Jingle Dwell, Dwell With Dignity’s online giving tree,  your charity of choice!


For as little as $10 you can provide basic essentials needed in a home for a family that is transitioning from board approved, social services agencies to self-sufficiency.


Start adorning the Jingle Dwell tree here!


You’re Invited!

September 17th, 2013

I’m thrilled to be on the host committee of my favorite event of the year, once again…Thrift Studio!  You’ll want to consider securing a VIP ticket to get first dibs on all of the fantastic designer items that will be available.


The designers will start building their vignettes this week.  Check back often for a little sneak peek of their spaces!  Here’s a look at a few of the designer’s creations from last Spring’s Thrift Studio…  Everything you see, ceiling to floor, is up for grabs!




This time we have an art auction on the agenda!  Up to 10 original works of art will be up for grabs!  I can’t wait!

Don’t delay!  Get your tickets here.

Come On In! – Designers At Home

April 22nd, 2013

Last week I had two of the most amazing days that are sure to be highlights of my year!  My sweet friend, Ronda Rice Carman of All The Best Blog, and her sister, Marilyn, came in town to stay with me for a couple of days while we celebrated the release of her book, Designers At Home – Personal Reflections on Stylish Living.


Jan Showers and Kimberly Whitman hosted a lovely high tea, champagne and book-signing at Jan’s glamorous showroom in the Dallas Design District.


A visit to Jan’s showroom, filled with soothing colors and her timeless collection of furnishings, is a treat in itself; but the icing on the cake were the long-awaited copies of Ronda’s book.  Personally, I haven’t been able to put it down!  (You can find my Amazon review here)  This is a book that anyone with an appreciation for design must have in their library.  I love that it’s the size of a hardback novel so I can take it to bed with me for some late-night reading and throw it in my tote to read over a lunch break.  It’s absolutely delicious in every way, so order your copy here now!


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After the book-signing event,  we all headed to the exclusive Preview Party for Dwell With Dignity’s  Thrift Studio and the volume was pumped up a notch as we shopped to the beats of DJ Lucy Wrubel.  This was the place to be and be seen in Dallas on Thursday night!  What a blast!  I’m happy to say that I snagged one of the mirrored bedside tables in the Lucy Wrubel/Peacock Alley vignette shown above.  What a steal at $95!


I totally lost my sense of “blogger responsibility” and didn’t take pictures. There were many photographers there, so I’m hoping that I’ll get to share more pictures of both events soon on my Facebook page so check back often!


Be sure to stop by Thrift Studio soon!  They brought in new products from their warehouse after the party, so you’re sure to find a great deal!  This pop-up shop will remain open through May 18th and you can find all of the details about location and shopping times here.


My favorite restaurant in the Dallas Design District is Oak.  This was a perfect spot to celebrate the success of Ronda’s book and a smashing Thrift Studio opening!  The food and service was divine, but the iPhone skillz of the waiter were lacking, as this was the result…


The next morning, Ronda and I decided that restaurants should use putting their waiters through iPhone picture-taking workshops as a marketing tool….  Just a thought…

I know you can’t really make anyone out, but Marilyn Rice Poole, Rob Lee, Amy Lambert Lee, Shelly Rosenberg, Denise McGaha, Ronda Rice Carman, me, Dana Pugh, Brad Clifford and his mom, Anita Taylor were all there and it was a night to be remembered!

I’m so very thankful for creative friends that inspire me and make my life so colorful!  XO to you all!

First Pick – Thrift Studio Preview Party

April 10th, 2013

I’m thrilled to be among the incredible list of hosts for next week’s Thrift Studio Preview Party!  Today I got a little sneak peek *shhh!* and this is one that you cannot miss!


This time One Kings Lane is sponsoring the event and you’ll get to meet co-founder and CMO, Susan Feldman.  OKL’s design is a beautiful navy blue office with lots of punches of white.  You’ll love it!


I have my eye on this gorgeous console in the Horchow-designed space! What you don’t see in this picture is the rest of the beautiful bedroom and each piece is fantastic!


William Christopher‘s space has a retro vibe complete with funky green carpet!  I’m dying for that wooden bench!  I have a couple of beds that would love to have this at their “feet”.


Peacock Alley is sharing their crazy wild side with this fun DJ Lucy Wrubel-inspired bedroom.  And yes…Lucy will be spinning in the bedroom during the Preview Party under the disco balls!  It’s dance party time, ya’ll!


I was amazed at the repurposing going on in IBB Fine Furnishing‘s space.  Designer Shay Geyer‘s creativity is very clear here.  It’s beautiful!


Abbe Fenimore, of Studio Ten 25, knocked it out of the park in this living room space.  The wallpaper she used is crazy good and I would take each and every piece of furniture in this room home with me, if given the chance!


The stallion art is the scene stealer in Square Foot Studio‘s living space and you can’t see a really cool zebra rug.  **Have I mentioned how bad I want a zebra rug?**

As a special addition to this pop-up shop, One Kings Lane will bring Thrift Studio to life on-line, launching a 72 hour Tastemaker Tag Sale featuring select products from the vignettes, as well as items from participating designers.  Go to One Kings Lane on April 19th to shop online!

So…do you see how important it is to go to the Preview Party?  Don’t miss your opportunity to get your pick of the cream of the crop!

Check out this edition of Thrift Studio‘s host!

Kathy Adcock-Smith

Maloree & Bob Banks

Tim Baxter

Leslie Bell

Georgina Callan

James Campbell

Jennifer Clark

Laura Lee Clark

Elle Cole

Kelley Copeland

John DeGroote

Lois Del Negro

Linda Fritschy

Barbara Gilbert

Kelly Hardage

Sherry Hayslip

Heather Hirosky

Chris Hite

Sally Horchow

Emily Johnston Larkin

Kyle Knight

Jason & Amy Kulas

Lisa Kulp

Amy Lee

Muffin Lemak

Jean Liu

Lisa Luby Ryan

Denise McGaha

Pat McLaughlin

Michelle Moussa

Angela Nash

Jason Needleman

Reagan Nickelson

Susan Palma

Peggy Pepper

Dan Piassick

Doug Robison

Shelly Rosenberg

Christina Rushing

Samantha Sano

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Keith Schumann

Rebecca Sherman

Jan Showers

Matthew Simon

Debra Stewart

Helene Terry-Haslett

Susan Tiner

Kay Troutt

Cheryl Van Duyne

Shelby Wagner

Deborah Walker

Bill Winsor

Leslie Wood

Piper Wyatt

Peggy Zadina

Please join us next week and support Dwell With Dignity while you get to shop, experience the sounds of DJ Lucy Wrubel and have a few cocktails!  How can you resist?

Get your tickets here!

Spend Thrift – Whole Foods Community Giving Day

March 13th, 2013

Dallas-area friends,

Hold off on that monster grocery shopping trip until March 19th!  Whole Foods Market Lakewood will be giving 5% of the days net sales to Dwell With Dignity!



Find location and hours of operation here.  Be sure and stop by the Dwell With Dignity table and say hi!

Funds will go to support the upcoming Thrift Studio on April 18th through May 18th.



Shopping and giving at it’s best!  Now I’m off to make my grocery list!

Design Bloggers Conference 2013

March 11th, 2013

My third trip to the Design Bloggers Conference was the best!  I’m delighted to finally sit down and tell you about my time there this year!


My soul sister, Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth and I kicked off the week with a dining experience we’ll never forget!  Having dinner with Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and writer of WineZag wine blog, is always a treat, but this time it was extra special!  We were joined by one of the speakers at the conference, Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, who happens to be a Certified Sake Professional…a dream dinner companion when you’re headed to LA’s hottest Japanese restaurant, n/naka.


I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat!  We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid!  A night to remember, for sure!

Find Richard’s review of the night here.


OK…enough about food…I’m suppose to be telling you about the Design Bloggers Conference, right?  *focus*

Oh, shoot…One more diversion…

Before the conference kicked off, I paid a visit to the flea market on Melrose with Kim Turner of Dwell With Dignity.  This year I went more to people-watch than purchase and I wasn’t disappointed.


This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’s Bakery building.  As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs.  Imagine the chatter!

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For the next two days we heard from some of the world’s most admired design industry influencers, social media experts, world-reknown bloggers, prominent published designers and editor in cheif’s of some of the nation’s most read magazines.  The biggest highlight was seeing my precious friend, Amy, share of her recent success in seeing her chair designs come to fruition through her collaboration with Plexi-Craft.  Find out more info about these beautiful chairs here.



Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter!  #DBC2013 trended No. 1!  Very cool, no?


I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty.  There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…


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Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…bread-seeds-the-ivy-The-Hidden-List

…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table…  Thank you Barbara!


Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin.  I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult.  She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.


I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation.  Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design.  Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston.  Warning:  Could induce goosebumps!

It was a trip to remember.  New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…


I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner.  What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!


We adore Andrew Joseph


and fellow-Texan, Clinton Smith, Editor of Atlanta Home and Lifestyle mag.



(l to r) Mitzi Beach, me, Amy Lambert Lee, Elle Cole, Shelly Mabry Rosenburg

The connections are strong at DBC and I’m so thankful that I was able to go back for the 3rd time!  Next year we all head to Atlanta and I can’t wait to see what is in store!


This photo kind-of sums up the week…  As we were leaving a fabulous party at the Harbinger showroom in West Hollywood we requested the photography skills of Bethanne Matari, PR Maven at Currey & Company, to get a party pic of Amy, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and this was the result.  Complete and utter BLISS!



Have A Seat: chair raffle

March 6th, 2013

$10 for a chance to win this beautiful chair is money well spent!



This give-away was announced yesterday at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA as my good friend (and neighbor) Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth, announced her new collaboration with Plexi-Craft.  She’s designed a beautiful acrylic chair line and gave us a sneak peek of two of the designs.  Both of those chairs were given away to two lucky winners.  A third chair will be raffled off and all proceeds will benefit Dwell With Dignity.

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Leather Sample – Edelman

Buy your raffle ticket here!  The drawing will take place on March 15!  Good luck!

Find all of the details about Amy’s new line here.  Congratulations, Amy!!

Give, Get

November 7th, 2012

100% of the profit of the sale of these t-shirts go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

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There’s an great story behind the art…

“Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralyzed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district.”  via Grey Area

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Find the t-shirts here.

You’re Invited!

October 9th, 2012

Thursday night I have the honor of being on the Host Committee for Thrift Studio’s Preview Party and you’re invited!

Thrift Studio is a fund-raiser held twice a year to support the mission of Dwell With Dignity, the non-profit made up of Inte

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rior Designers and volunteers dedicated to providing soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.

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Thrift Studio is a not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE that is open for 30 days only. The pre-party gives you the chance to see and purchase items prior to ANYONE!

Please consider joining me! Here’s the scoop…

WHAT: Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Preview Party
WHEN: October 11, 2012 – 6:30PM – 9PM
WHERE: Dallas Design Center, 1100 Slocum Street, Suite 280, Dallas, 75207
HOW: Buy a ticket and come to the party. $125 per person, includes drinks, food, and valet parking
WHY: Because it feels good to give back and parties are fun!

Get your tickets here.