Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spill Proof Seating

With two little boys, meals are pretty messy. 

Our last set of breakfast room chairs were splattered with a mix of marinara and maple syrup. I was way too embarrassed to attempt consigning them. Out to the alley they went! So with a CLEAN slate, I bought six ladder back chairs for $60 a pop (brownie points from Stroud!), then ordered this cute little bench from Lee. It's covered in a linen check from Charles Faudree's collection for Vervain

I assure you, I'm not completely crazy for choosing this fabric. I know, it's way too pale and pricey to be ruined by my messy monsters.So Moms, take note - what you can't see in the photo is that the fabric is coated in a super thin layer of vinyl - so spills just wipe right off! I had my fabric coated at Schneider Banks Fabric Finishing in Texas, but there are several companies who will do it for you. The layer is so thin so the fabric is totally pliable - you can even tuft cushions if you want to! 

To read more about SBI Fabric Finishing, click here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Seashell Mirror

They're obviously perfect in a beach home, but seashell mirrors don't just reside on the coast. Designers are using them in everywhere, especially to add interest above a bathroom sink. I love how the iridescent shells look against the white marble, too.

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Phoebe Howard


Phoebe Howard

A lot prettier than plain old beveled glass, don't you think? I found this seashell treasure during my last antique hunt. It's the perfect size for a powder bath. If you're interested, please come visit me at Antique Row in Dallas! 

Lindley Arthur Antiques
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209

Monday, June 13, 2011

Our New Den

When we moved last year, we just repurposed the furniture we had - which in our den meant using an antique red oriental rug and hunter green sectional. The room has always bugged me. The rug wasn't the right size, the couch closed off the space and the colors were too dark. So, after many persuasive conversations with Stroud over red wine, I FINALLY got the green light to redecorate. 

The past two months have been so much fun - I've been all over Dallas and the internet picking things out. And then last Thursday was best of all - the installation day! I wish I'd taken a picture before we hauled the old stuff out. But here's the new SOFT SEAGRASS rug from Blackstone Carpet being rolled out. Blackstone developed the SOFT SISAL and SOFT SEAGRASS themselves, and it's the only place you can buy it. It's not scratchy and supposedly even more stain resistant than regular sisal. Let's hope so - this room is going to get a lot of traffic from the Arthur boys! 

And here's the room with the new furniture! The chairs and sofas are from Lee Industries, which makes great, more affordable upholstery pieces. Most of the fabric is Pindler & Pindler, except the pillows which are from Kravet. The antique coffee table isn't new - I found it years ago at Dearing Antiques in Atlanta. Do you see my boys already making themselves comfortable on the chairs? I better have everything Scotchgaurded this week! 

Here's a close-up of the pillows finished in the Kravet fabric. The colors inspired the rest of the room. 

Here's a view facing the fireplace. I still need to work on the bookcases. But doesn't that EMYO painting look perfect above the fireplace? Unfortunately it doesn't get to stay. Stroud is insisting on a flat screen TV above the fireplace. I guess he's going to win that battle. 

Especially because I still need to put the finishing touches on the room! (I'm almost done Stroud, I promise.) I want to add a pair of these iron benches in front of the fireplace. I'm thinking of using this Greek key tape from Pindler & Pindler around the border.

I'm going to copy these curtains from Joni Webb's Houston home:

And finally, if I get really lucky at Round Top, I'd love find a pair of antique French doors to cover the bookshelves. This is going to be tough to find, but it's on my hunting list this fall.  

So, I'm much happier with the room. The floorplan, natural rug and light colors make it seem huge. But, I've still got some more work to do. Off to pour Stroud a glass of wine! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Pretty Vignette

I love new blog Moss and Mirrors recent post featuring this gorgeous photo, which stars an abstract painting by artist Meredith Pardue. The turquoise lamps and modern art balance out the traditional French chest and chair - the perfect balance of polish and patina!

Interior design by Lindsey Bond

Happy weekend everyone! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Convex Mirror

I'm a fan of antique convex mirrors. They're simple and sophisticated, and the perfect complement above a mantle, bed, or even mixed in with an arrangement of paintings on the wall. The most popular convex mirrors are the 18th century Federal versions. Some, which are topped with patriotic eagles, are ornate and very formal. A definite statement piece! 

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

But personally, my favorites are the simpler styles. Usually a combination of black and gold, the only ornamentation are the 13 spheres encircling the edge, each ball representing one of the 13 American colonies. 

Phoebe Howard

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

If you're looking for one for your home, this simple black and gold version is available in my shop. Please contact me at for more information!