Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Home for the Holidays

My mom, sister  and I hosted a holiday tea last weekend for our sorority's alumnae group. The party was wonderful, but the real treat was the house - a clean-lined Mediterranean in University Park.

Hayley, Mom and me before the party got started. Next year I need to remember to hang a boxwood wreath over my Louis Philippe mirror - gorgeous! 

It happens to be the personal home of one of Dallas' best decorators (who will remain nameless). We can't thank her enough - the house was so pretty for our party, all decked out with seasonal greenery. Before the guests arrived, we wandered around and shamelessly snapped some pictures to share. 

This little vignette was right off the entry. Again, LOVE the mirror with the boxwood wreath. And look at those flowers against that blue and white. 

I had to take a close-up to show you this greenery with the tiny little pinecones. 

This round table is in the den. Again, flowers displayed in her collection of blue and white. 

A simple garland above the fireplace in the den. 

This kiva fireplace is in the breakfast room. I love the arrangement on the mantle, and the way the red tulips tie in with the stockings and pillows. The horns are a big trend right now, too. My mom just had Stroud bring her some back from his last hunting trip. 

How cute are these Christmas-themed chocolate molds in the kitchen? I collect animal molds for my kitchen, but the Christmas ones will be on my Round Top list this spring! 

Another Louis Philippe in the dining room surrounded by silver and Rose Medallion. 

Many of the arrangements incorporated fruit.

This vignette filled in dead space at the end of a hallway. It would have been easy to ignore this spot and leave it empty, but the homeowner gave it presence with the painting, little stool and topiaries. 

More blue and white, more seasonal fruit! 

 So I've got some notes for next year - and hopefully you do, too! Enjoy your families and have a wonderful holiday! 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Few Favorites

There's less than a week until Christmas, can you believe it? I'm happy to say my shopping is done, presents wrapped and coffee cakes delivered to our sweet friends. So with some much needed free time, I was able to spruce up my booth. Here are a few of my favorites in store right now.

The yellow lab in this vintage painting has such a wonderful expression on his face. It's the perfect present for the dog lover, and signed my the artist, too.

It's hard to decide which Charlie West pottery lamp is my favorite, but I'm a big fan of this pretty green glaze. You can customize any style, glaze or shade. Check out the photo book of ideas inside my booth!

I brought these Napoleon III crumb trays home from an antique show last month. They were used in the late 1800s to collect crumbs at the dining room table. Napoleon III styles are my favorite because of their simplicity - plain black with tiny gilt stars. 

My mom found this big paprika basket deep in the fields at Round Top. Wouldn't it look great hanging in a breakfast room? 

If you're still shopping, I hope you'll swing by and visit my booth inside of Dallas' Antique Row!
Lindley Arthur Antiques
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Gina Marie Dunn

I've been wanting to post pictures of Gina Dunn's paintings for some time. She's an incredibly gifted artist who - when she's not painting in her studio Utopia Pkwy - is a full time mommy to three precious babies under age four. 

So, she's a busy girl. But her work is some of the most peaceful that I've seen. It's organic and earthy, a combination of abstract expressionist and contemporary style. 

"Impermanent Beauty"
36" x 36"

"Spaces in our Togetherness"
22" x 28"

"Searching all of my Days"
16" x 20"

"As Big as the Sky"

"Lead Me to the Truth"
16" x 20"

"With All My Mind, With All My Strength"
20" x 32"

"Awake, My Soul"
8" x 10"

"Sun Salutation"
16" x 20"

More of Gina's work is on display at Dallas' Blues Jean Bar, Wit Gallery, Artisan Style Gallery, and Sanctuary Sanctorum Home Decor. If you're not in the area, check out her Etsy shop. She even takes custom commissions! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Mantels

There's definitely a fine art to decorating your mantel for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorite pictures to inspire you this weekend! 

Martha Stewart

Design Lines

Design Lines

Southern Living

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Creating Vignettes

Figuring out how to arrange objects on top of a chest can be tricky. But believe it or not, there is a "science" to the perfect vignette. Here's the simple formula:

First, focus on scale. Mix items of different sizes and shapes, and include something tall (usually a lamp), medium (like a picture frame or small painting) and small (a vase or small decorative bowl are good choices). 

Then, consider color. You can try mixing objects that are complimenting colors, like blue and brown.

Lonny Magazine

Or you can follow Phoebe Howard's example and stick to a monochromatic color scheme. 

Phoebe Howard

Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye, so limit yourself to three, five or seven things.


Better Homes and Gardens

And last (but certainly not least in my book), mix the old and the new. There is nothing fresher than antiques layered with something modern! 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Best in Show

I just saw the perfect give for dog lovers on Oprah's Favorite Things show! Check out these custom tole trays (starting at $350) made by Two Girls Arts. Just send in a photo of your best friend...

And they'll send you back a one-of-a-kind, handpainted tole tray! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Swedish Chic

One of my favorite homes was recently featured in Veranda. It's the personal home of decorator Shannon Bowers. You wouldn't guess from its traditional, red brick Georgian exterior that the inside looks like this.


It's light, airy and casual - Swedish Gustavian to a tee. This is the hot look right now but Swedish style actually dates back more than 200 years, when King Gustav III reigned over Sweden. 

The King spent several years in France's Court of Versailles, and fell in love with their furniture. He later returned to Sweden and knocked off the Louis XVI look, but pared it down with his country's culture - simple lines (the people weren't as flamboyant as the French) and soft painted colors (to reflect light during dark, cold winters).
Here are some beautiful rooms decorated in Swedish Gustavian style. 

Swedish Interior Design

Cote de Texas

The Swedish formula is pretty simple. Color is light, furniture is unadorned and worn with paint, and accessories are well edited and sparse. What results is a calming space that's easy to live in. 

As you know, I'm a fan of antiques, but unfortunately Swedish Gustavian pieces can get pretty pricey. Here are some beauties I spotted on 1stdibs today. 

Gustavian commode, $5,790

Pair of Gustavian chairs, $10,000

Gustavian settee, $3,700

Thankfully, you don't have to make your husband too mad - there are some pretty convincing knock offs out there. Check out Wisteria, Country Swedish, and Real Gustavian and start shopping! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wild about these turkeys!

My husband Stroud is a hunting fanatic. He has a closet full of camouflage, an arsenal of rifles and weekend trips blocked out on our family calendar. It would have made his year to have killed our Thanksgiving turkey himself.

The girls in our family like to hunt, too - we just prefer antique shows with Baggallinis and Pumas. And we're on the lookout for a different kind of gobbler - Wild Turkey Bourbon decanters. The distillery released a series of eight during the 1970s, and each is a little different. They're not terribly expensive (usually under $30) plus there's a huge selection on Ebay. Such a fun way to add a little charm to your Thanksgiving decorating! 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!