Interior Design
More from Susan

More from Susan

I was truly blown away by the pure number of beautiful moments in Susan’s Dallas home. Every where I turned, I stumbled upon another shot that couldn’t be missed! This makes for the worst kind of editing process. It becomes painful to weed away the out-takes, which is why I’m cheating today and sharing an...
Style Story... Susan Baten

Style Story… Susan Baten

Susan Baten is a woman of more actions than words. For that reason, rather than sharing the usual audio interview, today the photos will speak for themselves. To fully appreciate Susan and her home, you have to understand her line of work. She flips and decorates houses… really nice houses!! Think the grandchildren of Mark...
Every Angle

Every Angle

Have you ever considered the angles of your home? Probably not… I mean, why would you unless you were photographing it, right? For the past five homes that I’ve photographed for my Style Story series (yes, it’s five already!), I’ve learned to carefully consider the importance of every angle in the home. Not only does...
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...
Style Story... Patrick & Cindy Craine

Style Story… Patrick & Cindy Craine

Patrick and Cindy are my neighbors but I had never met them until the day of this shoot. For months, I drove by their unexpectedly modern house amidst our neighborhood of eclectic – and most definitely more traditional – homes and wondered about the unique family and furnishings that must live inside. Well, I finally...
New Pillows - Quick Tip

New Pillows – Quick Tip

I tout the virtues of second-hand shopping more than enough on this blog but I’m afraid you’ll have to endure my praises still. Last week, while scouting for an exciting patio project (keep your eyes open for that one in May), I came across these mustard, camel, and navy velvet pillows. At $1 a pop,...
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,...
The Hall Before the Show

The Hall Before the Show

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the TCU Percussion Orchestra for a performance in which my husband, David, participated. It was a special presentation for local middle school students at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall, a beautiful piece of relatively new architecture in an art deco/ nouveau style. I got there early to set-up and...
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 –...
A Pretty Perch

A Pretty Perch

I have thoroughly enjoyed the finished product of my gallery wall venture (originally featured HERE). Besides it reminding me of a home project I did actually complete (yes, I have trouble with unfinished projects), I also love that it creates such a strong visual statement near the entrance of our home. It greets our visitors with,...
A Simple Tablescape (yes, that's a word)

A Simple Tablescape (yes, that’s a word)

A couple weeks ago, I pulled together a few odds and ends to create a simple table scape on our living room coffee table. Up until that point, our table sat bare and lonely… nothing on it to keep it company. I had grown so accustomed to the empty surface that when I added a...
Gallery Opening!

Gallery Opening!

Several hours of work and much deliberation later, my paper templates are filed away and my gallery wall of personal photos and artwork is complete!! (or, at least until I decide to make the next batch of changes… things are always evolving around here!) Take a look at the beginning of this project HERE. My...
Work in Progress... Art Gallery

Work in Progress… Art Gallery

What does one do when the budget is tight? FINISH those projects you once started and left undone!! I am finally taking things to the next step with my collection of framed photos and artwork that I intended to create a wall collage with far too long ago. Now that I’ve set my mind to...

Take-Out Anyone?

The kitchen is a space in the home mostly focused on functionality… and rightly so! But it can be just as rewarding to play with its aesthetics as well. Case-in-point: This cleverly decorated kitchen from the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House in New York recently featured on one of my fave blogs, From Me...

Must-Reads

Part of my “job” ¬†here on this blog is to scour the internet globe for resources and ideas (ok, well I do it mostly for fun), things that immediately grab my attention and hold onto it long enough to remember for the next time. That is the trick… next time. Those internet destinations that do...

Mad Men = Mad Style

Photo Credit: David Walker It’s a well know fact that my roots are in the hills of middle Tennessee where I grew up. But Tennessee isn’t only home to moonshine and bluegrass (although I am a big fan… of the bluegrass, that is). In fact, my Southern homeland can be quite sophisticated at times! This...

Out of the Box

For the past four and a half years I have lugged my collection of china and crystal in silver Dillard’s boxes from one rental home to another. And at every stop they have remained hidden in those boxes, stowed away in some storage closet, and only wishing for the chance to showoff. Well, their day...

Let There Be Brass

Photo Credit: Lonny Mag Aug/Sept 2010, Design: Callie Jenschke of Scout Designs I was so excited to purchase my mod yet sophisticated vintage brass lamp when David and I first moved into our new home. With its graphic shade and warm, metallic base I think it is the perfect launching point for the rest of...

Thinking Outside the Table

Another household item that can often be found floating around my house without a place to rest in are my books. David and I have an ever growing collection (which I love!) but I think we’re running out of places to put them! For those with the same predicament, here is a wonderful solution. Photo...

Where Now?

You know how easy it is to procrastinate….we all do it! I would like to think that I don’t, but the sad truth is that occasionally, every once in a while, when I am feeling a bit lazy…I put things off. ūüėČ Up until recently, my artwork has continued to remain sitting on our floors....

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...

Bright Idea

Have I ever told you the story about this unusual art accessory? Well, if not…here goes. When David and I moved into our first apartment in Fort Worth, we decided to change out all of our light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent lights. Less energy, less heat, and lower electricity bills! But what to do...

Waiting Patiently

As I continue to arrange the contents of my life into our new home, it seems as though my artwork and wall decor are taking a back seat in the process. Of course, that makes sense…I can’t know for sure where each piece will reside until I have organized the furniture. So, they wait, patiently,...

No Time to Waste

Yes…I have finally returned from my relocation vacation (well, “vacation” may not be exactly the right word). Although I missed sharing my daily snippet of style and design inspiration, I have to be honest…the time away gave me a wonderful opportunity to consider and reflect on my work here…past, present, and future. If I took...

Botanic Study

In my recent browsing I came across another lovely Etsy shop, Pretty Little World Vintage, that reminds me of Ms. Herrera’s Spring 2011 line…full of vintage elegance and classic beauty. I love the way Nikita styles her cheerful selection of botanic prints and vintage decor into charming vignettes. I would arrange her entire collection on...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 9

Last episode of “Thrifting Thursday’s: From THIS to THAT“, I highlighted the transformative power of a shiny coat of black paint. This week, I am featuring the work of a tremendously talented DIY-er and new found design blog acquaintance, Holly¬†from Life in the Fun Lane who has a distinctively¬†stylish eye for white¬†paint.¬†In her time at...

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...