Not Your Basic Bookshelves

I like to think of bookshelves as a giant puzzle. How can I fit all my favorite finds into one cohesive design statement? The endless possibilities can seem overwhelming, but don’t be discouraged. If you take your time and have fun with it, you can transform boring and cluttered into a design masterpiece. Plus, I change mine all the time and even rotate items in and out seasonally!

To start you on your styling journey, here are some of my favorite items I use when styling a bookshelf!

P.S. There will be a lot of moving around of items until you get them just right, but even then, as your collection of mementos increases, you will find yourself constantly updating your shelves with ease.

Dining Room Bookshelves

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Staff Obsessions: 6 Things We Love in January

My team and I love the start of a new year, as winter begins to fade off (or in the case of Houston, come and go periodically) and spring begins to bloom, sparking fresh inspiration. With all the new designs, amazing colors and fab patterns, we can hardly wait to share our favorite January finds!

Read on to see what we are obsessing over as we kick off 2017.

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Create the ultimate first impression: Livable luxury in the entryway

Focusing on the design of your foyer can be hugely rewarding. It’s not a large space, so it will take just a bit of time and a relatively small budget for you to make a big impact in this small space! Your entryway is the perfect place to welcome friends and family into your home in style. After all, it is the first thing guests see when walking into your home. First impressions and all that…

From top to bottom (and by this, I mean from the floor to the ceiling), the entryway should set the tone for the rest of your home. If your home is anything like mine – kids often running wild – incorporating handsome storage is a must for hiding shoes, backpacks, and sports gear.

Read on to see just a few things to consider when designing your entryway.

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What’s in a Renovation?

Every home has so much potential to be beautiful! As an interior designer, it is incredibly rewarding to see the transformation that occurs during a major renovation. When walking through a home that has been lovingly cared for over the decades but has never been updated, I dream of all that can be done to bring it up-to-date so it functions perfectly for a young family. While I love designing homes from the ground up, my heart lies in a gut renovation project.

Looking back on one of my favorite projects, I remember the importance of both looking at every detail and stepping back to see the big picture throughout the entire process. The design of this home was a collaborative endeavor between me and (our principal designer), , , , and the lovely homeowners. This dream team created a gem of a home!

Follow along with me as I go through the transition of this gorgeous home from start to finish.

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Master Bedroom or Master Retreat!?

I love to add comfy upholstery wherever space allows, and one spot that can always use extra attention lays at the foot of the bed. You start and end your day in the bedroom, so why not create an uber-comfortable lounge space for yourself? Placing a chic bench, settee or a pair of chairs transitions a master bedroom into a proper master retreat.

Sure, it may occasionally become a convenient location for a pile of laundry or turn into your pup’s new lounge spot, but that’s what makes a house a home! Read on to see some of my favorite ways to make the most of the space at the foot of the bed.

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3 Essentials for Holiday Entertaining

As the holidays continue to creep up and we begin to prepare our homes to entertain family members of all ages, now is the perfect time to talk about fabulous, yet functional, design tips. This topic is extremely important to me because I am a big champion of the idea that families with young and rowdy kids should not have to sacrifice interior design that is fit for the adults in the home.

With that in mind, here are three easy ways to get your home in shape for holiday entertaining for your gang of rambunctious cousins, perfectly polished aunts, football-watching uncles, fabulous in-laws and lovely grandparents.

Here are my top three strategies when designing a home to entertain for all ages, all year round.

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How To: A Neutral Hue

Let’s play a lightning round of Design Myth Busters, shall we?

Myth: Neutral colors create a drab interior design.

FALSE: While I LOVE a healthy dose of color in my designs, neutral tones can create inviting, cozy and serene interiors and have the ability to create retreat-like spaces in your home.

One of my favorite things about neutrals, aside from the soft and warm environments they create, is the way they allow other design elements – like texture and pattern – to take center stage. Read on to discover the benefits of going “au-neutural” in your color palette!

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Top 5 Essentials for A Fab Formal Dining Room

Although fall’s High Point Market has come to a close (tear rolling down cheek), I’m glad to gradually settle back into the swing of things here in the studio. With that comes prepping for the holiday season and helping our clients get ready to entertain their guests!

I’ve shared a few of my fall favorites and Halloween décor (), and now it’s time to begin thinking about the necessities for a formal dining room for the holidays.

Read on to see what makes my top five pieces necessary for a fab, formal dining room!

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High Point Market Sneak Peek: Mr. Brown London!

With every day that passes, my excitement builds because I know it means we’re one step closer to the fall High Point Market. I recently featured a few pieces that my Trend Tour partner, , and today, I’m thrilled to do the same with its brother company, (my other High Point Market Trend Tour partner)!

By blending English informality and a modern lifestyle, Mr. Brown’s pieces highlight innovative furniture and unique accessories, perfect for those looking to add a bit of whimsy and a dash of swanky style to their design.

Read on to see my top three favorites from Mr. Brown’s newest collection!
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Honing in on Hardware

Conceptual design & design development requires the majority of my attention at the beginning of the process, but then we shift focus to the details when the broad strokes are complete! White subtle, hardware can truly bring out the personality of a home and totally transform a space. Check out to see how a bit of gold trim turned my front door into a statement piece. Although small, that new shiny door knocker is one of my favorite pieces from my entire home remodel!

I love a unique hardware piece as much as I love fab chandeliers, so of course,I wanted to share the latest knobs that my team and I have fallen in love with and the amazing designers behind these petite masterpieces!

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