Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

An interior designer should be able to fabricate a pretty kick booty gingerbread house right?! Well my six year old daughter did much of the decorations on the above house which turned out great - while I was in charge of the construction aspects of it...note the gingerbread tree to the became a support to the collapsing roof. I stuck it in the fridge to let the frosting harden and that helped out some, but we had fun anyways so that's what counts! A few more houses via Martha Stewart's website for some holiday inspiration...
I really like this one, it's fresh and different

Too cute...

Are you kidding has LIGHTS! Who can do this...?

Gingerbread manse....maybe the gingerbread man from Candyland lives here off of his royalties?

Traditional gingerbread house, my inspiration for next years attempt...

I can't wait for the "snow" here in D-Town today...I will be traveling after Christmas where even more snow will accumulate so wish me luck in my travels!
God Bless America and send a prayer to the troops who sacrafice so much for all of us, while we aren't fighting the wars that they are in the physical sense we can continue to fight our own war here in America - the recession. We have to get back to the root of what America was built on in the first place...hard work, community, and plain old American values.

Merry Christmas and to a prosperous New Year for all of us!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Journalism Debut

Plinth&Chintz editor and founder Laura McDonald Stewart, ASID, IIDA extended a much grateful invitation to me to contribute to this month's article. Plinth&Chintz fills a much needed void in the interior design industry with it's relevant content and always up to date info as to what is going on in both the residential and commercial sectors of interior design. The web has of course increased coverage to designers and resources, whether it be via blogging, twitter, or facebook - but Plinth&Chintz remains to offer a sound board for professional designers and industry partners alike.

As I become much more long winded when I write versus when I am speaking (well...some may say differently!) the article has been broken up in two articles - so be sure to check back for January's issue! I wanted to show people - students, aspiring designers, and even clients - that our job is not all glam and glitter. To be an interior designer (a profitable anyways) you can not afford to NOT be a detailed oriented, compulsive multi-tasker with a keen eye for fabulous interiors and a plus if you have a psychology major when dealing with, ahem...eccentric? clientele. It also doesn't hurt to have a thick skin, you work with big, burly contractors who think this little designer with her heels clicking down the driveway doesn't know dirt from mud. It didn't take long for them to find out otherwise...sorry, my "competitive spirit" will come out real quick...!

Feel free to send me a line if you want an even deeper understanding of what you can expect in the "glamorous" world of design - and hey, at the end of the day - I wouldn't want to do be doing anything else...

And thanks again Laura! :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Longhorn Orange

As a tribute to the Texas Longhorns coming out on top of that nail biter game last night at Cowboy Stadium I am posting a few beautiful images of the color orange, a vibrant, showstopping color, it brings vitality and freshness to its medium without being too jarring. (Orange also happens to be Lady Luck's color of choice...hmmm, I find that interesting...) Anyways, enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


What could be more glamorous or romantic than an ink black Murano glass chandelier, either dripping in embellished teardrops and arms topped with black silk shades or simply letting the silhouette speak for itself with its curvaceous, fluid lines?

Glass blowing became popular in Venice, Italy in the 9th century, with heavy influences from Middle Eastern countries. Due to the close proximity of the homes on the islands of Venice and fear of fire outbreaks, the glass blowers were sent to the island of Murano, a short ferry ride from Venice. Here, they perfected their craft and became prominent citizens of Venice, attaining wealth and popularity. Today, the craft is still revered as ever. Murano glass chandeliers and sculptures became envouge especially in America in the 1950's and 60's and are now showing face again.

The gorgeous piece above was used in the Palomar Hotel in Dallas at the Brut Champagne bar, after closing in 2007 the chandelier has now found it's way to Griffin Trading Company down in the Dallas Design district. This piece calls for a space like an entry way or any place you want to stop people in their tracks, measuring in at 52" in diameter. You are able to own this piece of art for a mere $5400. For more information contact Stephen by clicking the link above.

Renowned designer Larry Laslo created the above space for the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York. The chandelier marries both the femininity and masculine personas of this room. He used a Baccarat chandelier pricing in at over $80,000.

Another shot of the opposite side of the room. I love how Laslo choose to paint the ceiling stark white for a bold contrast.

This piece is from Cyan Designs, we used it recently on a design project for a plumbing and bath showroom in Fort Worth, Morrison Supply. We created the vignette below hoping to evoke a glamorous, Manhattan vibe. I simply sum it up as Audrey Hepburn embodied in a bathroom.

Another beautiful example of a more elaborate Murano and crystal chandelier.

Kravet has introduced a new lighting line - pulling out all of the stops with this modern Murano chandelier, utilizing both black and clear glass to create graphic, bold statement.

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