Artist to Watch: Chris Bingham

February 25th, 2015

One of my favorite portions of the design process is the art selection.  I was a fine art student all through private school, but ended up in interior design once I entered college.  I take a great amount of pride and detail in the artwork I select for my projects.  Art should be dramatic, thought provoking and something to capture your emotion.  Dallas based artist Chris Bingham certainly does just that. His paintings and mixed media are truly unique.

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His current body of work, “My Hood, My Eyes” is about finding beauty in places society deems unattractive.  Check out more of his work here.  Chris is definitely an artist to watch.

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All imagery via Chris Bingham

Sunday Styling

February 23rd, 2015

Shop the post: console, ottoman, print, lamp (similar), succulents

If you follow me on social media, you saw this styled console last night.  Blame the snow or my weekend of solitude, but styling is one of my favorite aspects of design.  So many people want the look but don’t know how to get there. All you have to do is layer. Consoles provide such a great styling opportunity and focus for a unique piece of art, like this Bison from The Aestate.

How do you style your consoles?

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Floating Console

February 17th, 2015

There is something so lovely about a floating console.  Maybe it’s my OCD tendencies, but it provides such a clean and styled look.

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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

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Whether in an entry hall or even a nursery, it provides a nice look don’t you think?

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A reader touched base with me recently about the large wall above her sofa.  They have white walls and tall ceilings (which is great!) but wasn’t sure where to start.  Her previous residences always had a window above the sofa and there was never really a need to decorate there.  I would start by adding some softness with an accent paint: Benjamin Moore’s HC-165 Boothbay Gray.

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From there I would take the opportunity to create a gallery wall.  She already had the reclaimed wood art, but wasn’t sure where to put it or how to use it.  Her husband hunts on occasion, so I added the antler prints.  Their last name starts with a B and the dog picture is of a golden retriever.  Her family has had quite a few goldens throughout the years.  Add in some beautiful Global Views flowers and voila: a perfectly executed gallery wall. In summary, when decorating a large blank wall, ALWAYS go big rather than small.  Hanging a tiny print is worse than having nothing on the walls.

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Showing Up

February 15th, 2015

My Granddad passed away recently and we had the funeral this past week in Dallas.  He was really special and even though it was time, it was still very sad.  The biggest thing that my sister and I took note from last week was the art of showing up.  So many people came to the viewing and the funeral that we didn’t expect to.  Friends with very busy lives and babies (that don’t even live in Dallas proper) came to the funeral.  My college roommate came by the viewing.  My friend in New York sent her sister to come hug us. Our pastor from Denver also made the trip.  It meant so much, especially to my mom, that people took the time out to come. All they did was show up, and it was huge.

I’m going to make a conscious effort in the future to start showing up.  You don’t have to have the perfect gift or meal or right words to say.  Just show up.  Thanks to all of you that showed us so much kindness. It certainly softened a tough week.

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Cognac Brown

February 12th, 2015

One great way to add some punch to your interior is with a touch of cognac brown.  Whether it be leather or a wooden table, cognac adds a great punch while somehow staying in the neutral zone.

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Pretty Living Wednesday

February 11th, 2015

Today I’m dropping this pretty living room from Elle Decor.  What’s so great about it? Besides the obvious soft colors and strong accessories, is the perfect execution of scale.  The sofa and artwork precisely fit the niche, the remaining pieces are the perfect size and the flower arrangement on the side table gives the best touch of height.

What makes the mark of a great designer? Perfect scale.  If the scale is off, you know you’re not working with a professional.

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Project Beach: The Bunk-room

February 10th, 2015

My beach house project is full throttle.  With nearly all the furniture ordered, I’m excited to tackle one of the best spaces in the house: the bunk room.  There is an attic space that we’ve converted into a kid area.  It has a window seat, a lounge area, four bunks and a built in desk.  I have a feeling everyone will want to hang out in here (not just the kids).  I’m loving these shots for inspiration.

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If you’re looking for daily beach (or blue) inspiration, House of Turquoise is my favorite source.  She has endless shots from 30A up to the east coast. Pay Erin a visit!

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Nordstrom Personal Shopping

February 9th, 2015

I grew up in Dallas and used to think I had a good sense of style.  The older I get, the more convinced I am that I’ve lost it (or maybe never had it)? It doesn’t help that Denver is completely devoid of good retail (no Zara, no Tory Burch). This summer, I tried a personal stylist at my local Nordstrom for The Hundred Event. Oh man.  You could say I’ve completely changed my shopping style.

Now for any major event, I call Maribeth at Nordstrom Park Meadows.  We set up a time and I show up to a beautiful dressing room filled with perfectly assembled looks, all in my size.  She puts things in there that I would never notice on my own.  Did you know this is a FREE service?! Yes, you read that right.  Free.  If you’ve never tried a personal shopper, I highly recommend.  They will follow any kind of constraints (size, timing, budget) and even arrange for quick alterations.

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shop the look: dress, necklace, jacket, shoe

Just another reason to love Nordstrom!

Happy Monday to you.

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