Neon Lights

August 22nd, 2014

Surfing the web yesterday led to a few shots of neon lighting as art in residential interiors.  Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the 80′s but I think it’s a great accent.  Especially in Kourtney Kardashian’s bedroom, compliments of Jeff Andrews.  What an unexpected pop of interest. Could you do it?

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Don’t worry.  I’m not going to bust out the Trapper Keeper.

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Imagery Sourcing: Teraom, itsfp, Jeff Andrews Design, Australian Design Reviewartattler, Laura Day


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Shop the post: Console, Lamp, Orchid, Basket, Art

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Remember yesterday when I said today would be “the elegant prepster?” Well, I lied.  Preppy wasn’t flowing last night.  But this certainly was.  One of my favorite things I added to all my dorm rooms was carpet or a rug.  There’s nothing worse than university standard VCT tile, so why not cover it up with something warm and beautiful?

Would you go for any of these schemes?

Shop the post: Bed, Nightstand, Lamp, Letter B, Rug, Chair, Pillow 1, Pillow 2, Pillow 3, Mirror, Pouf

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DBK Dorm Design: The Hipster

August 19th, 2014

So many of my college friends are heading back to school this week.  One of my favorite posts from last year was this one on dorm design. Now that it’s that time again I’m going to post a few dorm room concepts, starting with this one: The Hipster.

Now while I feel a bit out of my element (since I’m basically a soccer mom minus the kid part), I’m tapping into my non-existent hipster side. I love forming an eclectic scheme, because let’s be real, we all have an eclectic mix of things (unless you ordered the entire Pottery Barn catalog, and if so shame on you!).

I came across a new source pulling this scheme: Bashful Bliss. I am loving their “I Choose Happy” pillow.  The college dorm room is the perfect setting.  Make sure you check out their shop.  It’s full of cute goodies like this necklace and this tank top.

Stay tuned for more concepts.  Next up: The Elegant Prepster (aka me).

Shop the post: Headboard, Mirror, Lamp, Nightstand, Rug, Moroccan Pouf, Jar, I Choose Happy pillow, ChairWe Are Young Flag

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Gray Malin + Giveaway

August 18th, 2014

Oh, I am excited about today!  The lovely ladies of 204 Park, Minck Co, Simply Elegant, Polished Closets and I have all teamed up for a fabulous giveaway: an 11.5″ x 17″ print of Dawn from Gray Malin‘s Prada Marfa series.  Are you as excited as me? Gray Malin‘s work is absolutely stunning and something I currently covet.  If you’re not familiar, he is most famous for his well executed overhead photography (usually hanging out of a helicopter).  You’ve probably seen some of these floating around Pinterest:



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If you’re an art collector, this is certainly one to add to your list.  Dawn is from his famous Prada, Marfa series and is the perfect addition to any home, whether you’re into design or fashion.


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Last night our team had the privilege of getting a private tour of Denver’s newly renovated Union Station and Crawford Hotel (thanks ASID!). Oh my goodness, so much amazing detail.  They kept all vendors and products local to Colorado (hello Little Man Ice Cream!), as well as the original marble, floors and framed items they found upon demolition.  I love that they stayed true to the retro design it once had in the 1800′s.  The Crawford Hotel also preserved many historical aspects by incorporating original beams in the middle of the rooms and even having a small suite that is reminiscent to the old style sleeping car.  If you stay there, each room is equipped with an iPad mini for anything you need to order.  Extra towels for your kids who just played in the front fountains? Sure.  Breakfast room service is from Snooze.  SNOOZE.  If that’s not reason to stay there, then I don’t know what is.

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The framed cowboys were all from one poster that the designer bought at a garage sale for $3.  They’re not sure the story of all the cowboys, but it was a fantastic installation.

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A view of the sleeping car style room.

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Our very helpful tour guide.

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Original beams in the bathroom.

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This hallway gallery wall houses the original Union Station building plans, which are printed on linen. Someone came across them while the project was in process and got them to the powers that be.

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This adorable little store made their cash wrap out of former pieces of luggage left behind in the station.

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If you’re a Denver resident or planning to visit, put this on your must see list.  It is absolutely stunning and has so many intricate details to note. So Alaina, next meet up is here!

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All imagery compliments of DBK’s iPhone

Wallcovering Accent

August 14th, 2014

It’s no secret I’m a HUGE fan of Nate Berkus.  I think he is a genius, and I even got an email from his firm once saying my portfolio was impressive (which I may have considered framing).  I watched his new show American Dream Builders in the spring and was so intrigued at some of the comments he made.  One of which was how there should no longer be accent walls.  While I tend to agree when paint is involved, I do love an accent with wallcovering.  (If you’re wondering, wallcovering is a less offensive way to say wallpaper).

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Especially on a bed wall or ceiling, a wallcovering accent can add a tremendous amount of interest to a room.

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Imagery via Apartment Therapy, The Berry, Stylizimo, Interiorholic, Lorenzo Castillo

I’m currently dreaming of completely overhauling the first floor of our house.  Tim’s family is all coming to stay with us for Christmas this year.  His family has not been together for the holidays in seven years.  SEVEN YEARS! (I have never been apart from my family at Christmas).  Since we are hosting, I’m feeling the urge to make a few more updates.  One of which is replacing our quickly failing sectional.  I think about this navy tufted number from Curations Limited constantly.  I’m also loving a new art source: Natural Curiousities.  I saw their line in person at the Hospitality and Design show in Vegas in May and it is even more stunning in person.

What do you think? Should I pull the trigger?

Shop the post: Sofa, Rug, Art, Floor Lamp, Table Lamp, End Table, Lounge Chair, Coffee Table

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The Hundred Event

August 12th, 2014

Oh my goodness, where on earth to begin.  I went to The Hundred Event this past weekend in Dallas, a conference for the blogger or small business owner put on by the lovely Aspiring Kennedy, Megan K Graham, Camp Patton and Bridget from Tales of Me and the Husband. I’ve been looking into conferences over the past year.  I almost went to one in Atlanta in March but it would have cost at minimum 2k.  The Hundred had a ridiculously amazing rate for early registration, and I’ve known Lauren from Aspiring Kennedy since our super cool days of drill team, so why not go for it?



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Best decision ever.  I told Lauren Saturday night I dont know how on EARTH they got the venues and catering that they did for the low fee.  To say it was top notch is a complete understatement.  Next year, you ladies need to go (I’m looking at you 204 Park, Polished Closets, Minck Co and Simply Elegant!) Besides being really fun, the content was so helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed every session.  Curt Steinhorst spoke first about distraction Saturday morning and there was nearly smoke flying out of my pen.

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I was really excited to meet the brains behind Pulp Design Studios.  Beth and Carolina are even more impressive in person, and their session was full of great advice.  I needed to hear what they had to say. If you are a designer and have never checked their site, look them up.  Their work is flawless.

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I had to do my very best to contain my excitement meeting Grace from Camp Patton.  Her blog is hysterical, and I’m sorry, anyone that has four kids, a husband completing residency and can do it all while looking beautiful and laughing at yourself? She is amazing.  I told her I’m going to get fired for laughing at her posts in the corner on job sites.

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To the lovely ladies I met, I found you all so impressive.  There’s something so empowering about being together with a bunch of talented women, all encouraging each other to succeed.  Why don’t we treat each other like this all the time? Lauren, Megan, Grace and Bridget, thank you for such a beneficial weekend! It was worth every penny.

Look for some changes happening around here in the next few weeks.  Happy Tuesday!

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Imagery via the amazingly talented  Awake Photography and personal to DBK

Confessions of an Introvert

August 7th, 2014

If you know me, you may be reading this and thinking, “What?!” I am an introvert.  I have come a long way, but when it comes down to it, I tend to be naturally shy.  I try to push this part of myself, but I can always tell at the end of the business trip when I finally open the door to my hotel room.

I am busting out and going to a blogger conference solo on Friday.  Solo as in, I know one person. I am really excited about the speaker line up, and I know one of the organizers from high school, so here we go.  I’m going.


The girls from Pulp Design Studios will be speaking, which in and of itself was a big sell.  I have a huge amount of respect for their work and look forward to hearing what they have to say, along with some great others.  Looking forward to meeting some great fellow bloggers and learning how to up things here at DBK!

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