Booth Builders

July 5th, 2015

Some guys I went to high school with have a commercial and residential construction company in the Dallas area.  Their group posted one of their latest projects (a dreamy home on Southwestern) and I had to share.  The styling, finish out, and location are nothing short of perfection:

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If you live in the Dallas area, make sure you check out Booth Builders Inc.  Their portfolio is to die for.

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All imagery via Booth Builders Inc.

4th of July Essentials

July 2nd, 2015

Shop: sweater, pinwheels, tumbler, table cloth, star dish, grill, shoes

Is anyone else ready for the holiday? It has been a VERY busy week and I’m looking forward to a few days off.  With three dinners scheduled, I’m thinking of 4th of July essentials.  How cute is all of this decor? I’m tempted to order all of it (and we all know I love a themed dinner!).

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Backyard Fiesta

June 29th, 2015

One of the best parts of summer in Colorado is the fantastic patio weather.  Sure, it may be 100 degrees during the day, but evenings bring true cooler temps that make dinner outdoors ideal.  When I throw a dinner party, I like to fully embrace a theme.  It makes for the perfect excuse to create an elaborate table setting.  For this dinner, we had a fiesta complete with fajitas and the most perfect strawberry lemonade. I adorned the table with fun summer blooms, a Mexican blanket and mini cactus for guests to take home. Even our dog got in on the fun.

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Potting mini cactus in small salsa cans provide the perfect table topper.  I also stocked up on great multi-colored tumblers and cute fringed straws from Denver’s Entertaining Shoppe. If you’re local to Colorado, check them out.  They are perfect for finishing touches on your next dinner party. DBK Table 3

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Next time you’re throwing a summer party, consider a theme.  It automatically makes things more fun!

All imagery via Taylor Meyer Photography

I had a conversation with one of my friends recently (we’ll call her “Lisa”) and I keep thinking about it.  We are both in the service industry and were sharing our woes.

Let’s say you have a friend that is a hairstylist. Many people think, “Oh, she enjoys cutting hair, she would love to cut mine!” And by that I mean, in their spare time, for free.  NO, sister.  Said friend is cutting hair to pay the bills, and her free time is for relaxing.  Not for dishing out free services.

Maybe the same applies for designers…

Respect your friends and their time.  They are hustling just like you are, and services (along with time, in my opinion) don’t come for free!

Happy Wednesday to you!

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Project Inspiration

June 22nd, 2015

Anytime we begin a project at my firm, we pull inspiration images.  I finished one of my new Atlanta development’s plans recently and I love the design intent.  I thought I’d share a few of my inspiration shots.  Thanks to Pinterest, this is much easier than it used to be. Back in the day we would drop $50ish on magazines and just rip out pages. This project is full of intricate tile details, strong wood veneer and very unique lighting.  It will be perfect for the Atlanta market:

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A touch of blue with a lot of gray and wood tones.  Stunner.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Desk Styling

June 19th, 2015

It’s no secret by now that I love animated styling tips.  One area I haven’t conquered is the desk.  This stunning desk is actually the one I have at work and I love it.  It has soft closing drawers and has somehow withstood my hot coffee. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Shop the post: desk, rug, lamp, succulent, art, basket

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Small Spaces

June 17th, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I always dreamed of a lofted room when I was a kid.  One of my friends in school had a rock climbing wall on one side of his room that led to a secret space.  Amazing. Here in Colorado, most child rooms (or 2nd and 3rd bedrooms) are VERY small, so if high ceilings are included, some of these solutions would be ideal:

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Whether it’s a bedroom or play area, creative uses of space are smart design (and will quickly turn you into the favorite parent).

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The Raleigh, Miami Beach

June 15th, 2015

Our crazy schedules have left us (for once) without a vacation scheduled.  I think a weekend trip is in order soon, and we always prefer to go somewhere neither one of us have ever been.  The Raleigh in Miami looks like a designer’s dream.  Check out the pool:

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I don’t know about you, but I’m going to check flights to Miami.

Happy Monday!

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Imagery via The Raleigh

Pretty Living Friday

June 12th, 2015

Happy Friday to you! Leaving you today with this perfect little living room via Better Homes and Gardens. The play on color, texture and print is perfection! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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