Designer Spotlight
3 Bed Styles with Abbe Fenimore & Peacock Alley

3 Bed Styles with Abbe Fenimore & Peacock Alley

Today I’m dropping in to share a quick video that was filmed last Fall with my friend Abbe Fenimore and the folks at Peacock Alley. Abbe, who I’ve had the great pleasure of working with on a multitude of design projects, was invited to style 3 different beds at the Peacock Alley showroom in Dallas,...
"Shopping" Market

“Shopping” Market

(above photo from Currey & Co. showroom) With all the best intentions of giving you a thorough report on my recent trip to Dallas Market Center, I come to you today with a brief mustering of notes and images. I mean, how exactly does one summarize 50 million sq. feet of design trends and home products? Exactly!...
Breckinridge Taylor at Mecox Gardens

Breckinridge Taylor at Mecox Gardens

Beyond their studio space, Breck and Charles have been hard at work on a collection of furniture designed exclusively for Mecox Gardens in Dallas. As part of their collaborative efforts, the guys created a room vignette in the Mecox showroom using pieces from their line as well as other products from throughout the store. Here’s...
Breckinridge Taylor... Ambassadors of Style

Breckinridge Taylor… Ambassadors of Style

  Native Texans Breck Woolsey and Charles Taylor of Breckinridge Taylor have been hot topics on my radar since I first heard about their work from Leslie Pritchard. (Breck designed Leslie’s Dallas condo which you can see more of in her Style Story HERE.) I knew it would have to be merely a matter of time...
Living Vintage by Alt for Living

Living Vintage by Alt for Living

We can probably all agree that complaining is bad. It brings along with it negativity, discontent, and lots of other yucky stuff I’d rather not get roped into. But, today, I have just one teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy complaint to submit. It’s about an aspect of the industry I work in… interior design. I spend a good...
Wall Treatment

Wall Treatment

Yesterday, I made a visit to Michelle Nussbaumer’s Ceylon et Cie showroom in Dallas (remember this post about her son?) while assisting my friend Abbe of Studio Ten 25 with a few design projects. I’ve always been a huge fan of Michelle’s culturally curated aesthetic. She has a very distinct eye for bringing together the old and...
Side by Side

Side by Side

Traveling home is wonderful. I grab coffee with old friends, enjoy tea and cookies with my grandmother, discover new shows on Netflix with my family, and surprise numerous others with my unannounced arrival. It’s a good time! Now that I’ve been away from Nashville for just over two years, I’m starting to realize that another...
A Closer Look... with Sam Sano

A Closer Look… with Sam Sano

Well, friends… I’m almost back from my Tennessee travels and just in time to share a very special blog post. Sam Reitmayer Sano is a graphic designer in Dallas, TX and a person to whom I owe much thanks. When I first moved to Dallas and was in search of work and industry acquaintances, Sam...
Modern Elegance

Modern Elegance

A large portion of what makes the Craine home so elegant and attractive are the iconic furniture pieces that Cindy and Patrick chose for their home. This red Eames chair not only molds to the body perfectly but the lines of it’s silhouette are wonderfully simple and pleasing as well. The beauty is in the...
Color Study... Ep. 9 - Remembering Albert Hadley

Color Study… Ep. 9 – Remembering Albert Hadley

This past Friday, the design community lost one of their great masters and my “great-aunt” Betty, known by my family as Ms. Hadley, lost her dearest brother. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Albert Hadley was a Tennessee native, talented design partner of Sister Parish, preeminent American decorator and icon in his own right,...
Behind the Silhouette

Behind the Silhouette

While traveling down the rainy road to Austin last weekend, my travel buddy Erin and I stopped off for a quick studio tour of what is now one of my favorite local clothing designers, Emily McNeely of Emily Hallman. I have the great pleasure of sharing an exclusive preview of Emily’s stunning Spring collection before...
Inspired Design

Inspired Design

Last weekend I had the tremendous pleasure to visit with Barry Dixon at the Arteriors Home 2012 National Sales Conference in Dallas. (Did you know that I’m their social media writer? Take a look at all the other places I blog on my new PRESS page.) Barry spoke to the group about his personal history,...
Portrait of a Hand-maker... Yokoo

Portrait of a Hand-maker… Yokoo

I don’t normally post on the weekends but this lovely video just couldn’t be passed up! I found it via my friend Sam’s blog from the Etsy Handmade Portraits series. I was immediately transfixed by the calming voice and thoughtful words of the subject, Yokoo Gibraan. Yokoo crafts beautiful scarves and knitwear in the most...
In Love with InVintage

In Love with InVintage

Today’s post is a story about an English teacher and home school tutorial founder turned jewelry designer and vintage re-purposer. What happens when you work for years developing something, it takes off, becomes a great success, and then you give it flight and move on? You find something else to create and make wonderful! This...
Crew Colors

Crew Colors

I received my J. Crew November catalog in the mail this week and oh my golly… it is gorgeous! Now, I promise what you are about to read is not a product push or hidden marketing effort – this blog isn’t that big yet. No, I’m just totally smitten by the sophisticated yet unexpected color...
A Night at the Thrift Studio

A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am –...
Story of a Blogger... Brook+Lyn

Story of a Blogger… Brook+Lyn

I find a lot of inspiration from other bloggers who have chosen to pursue creative endeavors and then share them online. The world is sooo much bigger now that we can all connect through the internet! That is part of why I started blogging myself. One such lady that I have kept up with over...

Tis’ the Season

…the season for weddings, for sure! This Spring David and I are honored to be in two weddings for family members near and dear…my brother’s wedding today (yippee!) and David’s cousin’s in two weeks. We couldn’t be happier for the whole bunch! So, in the spirit of this season’s nuptials, I wanted to post this behind-the-scenes...

An Old Love

My recent return to sketching has re-kindled an old love for floral patterns. (Like I ever really lost interest in them in the first place). After a few short days, my notebook is now overflowing with wispy sketches of tea roses, zinnias, and bachelor’s buttons. Beyond my sketchbook, floral patterns have been graciously blooming on luxurious...

Person to Place: Episode 7

It’s no secret that I am anxious for the arrival of Spring. Every season is the same…I can hardly wait to see nature’s scenery change into a new and exciting beauty! Whether it’s from Winter to Spring or Summer to Fall, I never fail to fall in love. This Spring, I am especially interested in...

Draper Throwback!

Dorothy Draper was a woman unique to herself. She had an unmistakable sense of adventure, drama, glamour….and color!! For those of you that aren’t familiar with her iconic Greenbrier Hotel project, you are in for a special treat. And to those who have seen the maven of decor’s most famous work, well…I’m sure you won’t...

From This to That…with studio bon

Today I would like to take a short detour from our regular Thrifting Thursday posting to share some exciting news. After many hours and tedious editing, the studio bon blog (that I participated in the collaborative design of) has officially launched and I would love to invite you over for a visit! In celebration of...

Ambassadors of Style: Episode 1

I am so thrilled to announce the latest venture from Hilary Inspired…a new series of style interviews from a few of my favorite design experts…the “Ambassadors of Style”! In this series, I will have the chance to pick the brains of those individuals who are forging the path of excellent design and style and then...

The Trench…

…is classic and its timeless appeal is undeniable. But let’s not forget how tremendously useful it is, as well! Already, I’ve worn my newly acquired EmersonMade over-coat everyday this past week. It is absolutely perfect for this funny time of the year between bitter cold nights and toasty warm afternoons. (Gotta’ love Texas weather!). In...

Parcel Perfect

First impressions are lasting and should be well considered. Presentation is essential and builds a first impression. Add 1 + 2 and you will quickly come to the conclusion that a pretty parcel makes a happy heart…it is all about the packaging! This statement couldn’t be more true of the thoughtful handiwork from clothing and...

Why Do I Care?

Good question. Why do I care…about fashion, style, clothing and the like. I am a life long ballet and modern dancer who graduated with a degree in Interior Design and currently sells furniture and works in the field of textile design. So, what pulls my focus so consistently to clothing? It’s certainly something far beyond...

The Icing On Top

THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS are evidence enough that I am an avid fan of millinery art. But not just as art…as a piece of everyday attire, or at least worthy of a special occasion. So, this season I fully intend to pull a few of my most prized pieces out of their dusty boxes...