Monday, July 25, 2011

An Alabaster Lamp

I can't resist an antique alabaster lamp. The petite size, creamy color and delicate carving make them so pretty.

But what I love best is how fun these lamps are to dress up. Just pop on a new shade and finial, and they look modern and cool. Drew Barrymore agrees - here's a peek inside her office. The black shade updates her lamp mmediately! 

Matters of Style

Some have lots of carved detail, others are simple and plain. They also have interesting color variation - off white to brown, and even pink. 

Country Living

Here's another beautiful example of an alabaster lamp makeover. Don't those shades look amazing?

Decor Pad

I found this sweet alabaster lamp at Round Top, then reworked it with a linen shade, and an acrylic base and finial. It's in my shop now, although I admit, I am restraining myself from taking it home. 

That's the thing about these lamps - they just work in so many places (like my powder bath, kitchen, office...) But I'm going to be a good girl and sell it - $625 at Antique Row in Dallas. Message me and it can be yours! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Save the Date - CelebrateART!

As you've probably guessed by now, I'm an art fan. So much, that I'm dedicating an entire party to it this September! Please save the date for CelebrateArt! on the evening of Thursday, September 8th at my home on Harvard. 

The artists in attendance are amazing. I'm so excited to finally meet Atlanta artist Melissa Payne Baker (click here to read my post on her), and there's a fabulous group of gals from Dallas who are just getting their name out there. Here's a line-up of the talent:

Nicole Groth

Lizzie Perry 

If you've been wanting to start collecting art, this event will be the perfect time to start. We're selling out of my home, so the artists can price paintings wholesale, meaning you can shop without paying art gallery premium prices. Even better, I'm donating a portion of the proceeds to the Think Ahead Group (TAG), which raises awareness and funding for the UT Dallas Center for Brain Health. And did I mention there will be wine? So please mark your calendar for September 8th...more details to come! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Formula for a Stylish Coffee Table

Creating beautiful coffee table vignettes isn't rocket science.

Lonny Magazine

House Beautiful


If you don't know where to start, just follow this simple formula: Books + Plant + Decorative Elements. Layer these three things together and you'll come up with something that works every time! Just keep a couple of things in mind - odd number groupings always look best, and try to vary height so you have something small, medium and large. 

My sister Hayley's living room is almost complete, but she needs to add the finishing touches on her coffee table. 

Here's a few ideas to dress it up:

Coffee table books - if the subject is of personal importance, even better! I have this book about the Park Cities area (where Hayley and I grew up) on my own coffee table.

A vintage glass dump (or two), placed on top of a stack of coffee table books. 

A glass hurricane. It's tall, but translucent and simple so it's not overbearing. Plus, it looks beautiful lit with a simple white candle when she has friends over for dinner. Or, she can fill it with seasonal decor like sparkling ornaments or forced paperwhite narcissus bulbs. 

A box, in this case an antique Chinoiserie tea caddy. I think it's important to mix old and new, and the subtle gilding on this box complement the gold tones in Hayley's room.

A white phalaenopsis orchid. I've never had much luck with orchids, but this variety is the easiest to grow, and Whole Foods sells a (virtually) indestructible one for $24.99. Just take it home and repot it in a pretty planter. 


Pretty easy, right? Stay tuned for "after" pictures of Hayley's table...we need to do some shopping!