Before and After

March 13th, 2014

Leslie Pritchard, of Again & Again in the Dallas Design District, is the queen of furniture make-overs.  I love that House Beautiful recognized her keen eye in a recent post on their website with this transformation…

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I couldn’t help but think about how many people would have kicked these wobbly chairs to the curb during bulk trash pick-up day…  And, yes, I have been known to “brake” for fabulous finds left on the curb…  You know what they say about another man’s trash, right?  That proves true with the “after” of these chairs…

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Hello, Hot Pink Perfection!  Isn’t it amazing what a little glueing, sanding, priming, painting and new fabric will do?

Find more inspiring before and after shots on Again & Again’s site!

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Take A Peek!

January 9th, 2014

I’m honored to be one of the host at Dallas Market Center’s Sneak Peek – A Conversation Starter again!  This year it will be on January 17th and the cost is only $40 if you use this promo code at check out:  HOST2014

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Register quickly as there is limited room for only 20 bloggers or social media influencers!  You’ll enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes  look at the latest trends in home and gift products while meeting and networking with some of the most influential design and lifestyle bloggers!  Our special guest this year is Thomas O-Brian

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and Alex Hitz...

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I’m thrilled that a portion of the proceeds will be benefitting Dwell With Dignity again this year!

I hope to see you there!

Register here!  See you there!

Letter Perfect

October 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite things is my Jonathan Adler reversible letter pillow!  I chose ‘K’ for Kelley, although I wish I had the whole alphabet!  Some may think they’re a little pricey ($125) for a single pillow, but trust me…they are so worth it!  You’ll never tire of this classic style and will find yourself moving it throughout your house for years to come!

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If you’re like me and would love the whole alphabet, or feel the need to spell out a special message…something like, ‘Welcome to Jamaica!  Have a nice day!’, then check out this PB Teen version on sale for $23 for a limited time only!

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Shard To Resist

September 20th, 2013

I’m currently coveting these sculptural mood lights from Score + Solder

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Each piece is hand-made to order and crafted like traditional stained glass.  See all of their lighting options here.

Big Chief

July 25th, 2013

Today Hearst announced that Clinton Smith will take the helm of their bi-monthly shelter mag, Veranda, as Editor-In-Cheif on September 3.  I couldn’t be happier for Clinton and know that Newell Turner, Editorial Director of the Hearst Design Group,  made an excellent choice!

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Photo ©Mali Azima | maliazima.com

Congratulations, Clint!

Find out what Clinton has on his list of exceptional things in this previous post.

Forgive Me, Father…

July 3rd, 2013

…for I have sinned…  I’m afraid I’ve been coveting all things designed by Shannon Koszyk!

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During Dallas market, a couple of weeks ago, my fun friend, Bethanne Matari (PR Maven at Currey & Co.) told me that meeting Shannon during market was a “must” and arranged a fun dinner for us.  I’m pretty sure that my “coolness factor” was high on the richter scale just by sitting with her at dinner that night.  This is one creative, b** a** chick!  Shannon describes her aesthetic as “a contrast of luxury and grit – heirloom jewelry deconstructed and weighty – inspired by architecture, history and music.”  It’s all that and more…

Shannon has designed a collection of lighting and accessories for Currey and Co that will be released in October and I can not wait to get a peek!  Bethanne has promised to give me a look as soon as possible, so I’ll be sure to share!  Prepare to see something that is unique and unseen currently in the market.  Until then, I’ll continue to covet Shannon’s jewelry collection!

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I picked up this bracelet at market along with a leather wrap bracelet… Love it!

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This vertebrae bracelet is amazing!  So cool for guys with enough style to pull it off…  Yes…that’s a dare for some of you guys that I know are reading this!

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**Update!**

I’m so glad that I checked Shannon’s site prior to releasing this post!  She’s given us a little peek at this unbelievable chandelier that will be part of her collection for Currey & Co this fall!  I have no words…Can you believe it?

Shannon – You’ve outdone yourself!  Keep it coming!

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Find Shannon’s 2013 jewelry collection here.

Texas Digs – Bungalow Magazine

May 7th, 2013

I have a new favorite on-line mag!  You’ve got to check out Bungalow Magazine

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I love seeing so many of my creative friends featured!  Don’t miss Alexis Pond’s street style, Abbe Fenimore‘s designer picks, Pulp Design Studio’s Carolina Gentry and Beth Dotolo‘s favorite rooms and Peacock Alley‘s anatomy of a guest bedroom.  I’m crazy about all of the homes featured and I think you’ll love them too!

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Congrats, Bungalow Magazine, on an amazing first issue!  Give me more!

 

 

SALE! – Joss & Main Curated Sale

April 29th, 2013

Do not even think about missing my friend and oh-so talented designer, Denise McGaha’s curated sale at Joss & Main on Tuesday at 9pm EST. (That’s 8pm for you Dallas peeps!)

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Expect to see items with a “rustic modern vibe” like this McGaha designed space…

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Sign up here prior to the sale if you’re not signed up on Joss & Main.  The sale will likely last 3 days, but you’ll want to be there right when it starts to have first pick!  Check Denise’s site to get a sneak peek prior to the sale! Happy Shopping, Ya’ll!

Paint Life Grand? – Amy Howard Workshop

April 24th, 2013

Life just got a bit more grand when I learned about Amy Howard’s revolutionary one-step paint!  Use it on Formica, plastic, metal, lacquered wood and everything in between!  You have the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Amy, herself, on May 2nd in the Dallas Design District with a $100 donation to Dwell With Dignity.  Find all of the details here.783

You’ll not only learn Amy’s one-step painting technique, she’ll also be demonstrating how to antique mirror and to transform sheet metal to look like antique zinc.  Did you even know that there was a product out there that didn’t involve scary chemicals that could burn your hands off?  Who knew?

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With your donation, you’re get a cocktail, canapé’s, and meet and greet with Amy and a three hour hands-on work shop that includes supplies, an Amy Howard Aprons, sample boards and a chance to win the piece of furniture that Amy transforms during the workshop.

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Word from Dwell With Dignity is that there are a few spots left so sign up fast!  Act fast and secure your opportunity to work with Amy and meet the principals of Dwell With Dignity!  It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember!

Do you have questions?  Email lisanelson@dwellwithdignity.org

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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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!