Monday, August 29, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Meredith Grabham

Meet Meredith Grabham, another one of the gifted gals who'll be featured at CelebrateART! on Sept. 8th. Meredith and I were once neighbors on Alta Vista Lane, where we both bought our first homes. I've always admired how effortless Meredith makes things look. She decorated her house completely by herself and it's amazing. And she's raising three gorgeous babies, (whom I often see her calmly chasing in stilettos, I might add.) I don't know how the girl does it! Her paintings reflect her personality. Meredith puts it best herself when she says, "I paint the same way I have chosen to live and parent. Freedom, gentle urges, defined parameters, and compromise give each painting a life that I helped rather than forced into creation." 












To see more of Meredith's work, stop by CelebrateART!, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept 8th at my home, 3612 Harvard. Or check out her Web site at www.meredithgrabham.com.





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Lizzie Perry

Here's an up-close look at some of the pretty paintings by Lizzie Perry, one of the talented artists who'll be showcased at CelebrateART! on Sept. 8th. Lizzie is a Dallas girl who's mommy to three precious little boys. She started painting for therapeutic reasons but before long, people (including myself!) started to admire her work. 


I think Lizzie's paintings are so soothing, and l Iove her use of washed, soft colors. 


"Bubbles"

"Cloudy"

"Texture"

"Waterfalls"

"Waterfalls II"

Lizzie will showcase several works at CelebrateART! on Sept. 8th in Dallas, or if you're interested in a commission, e-mail her at lizzieperry@yahoo.com.







Friday, August 19, 2011

A Treat for Trooper

This is Trooper, our Brittany. He's an escape artist, a food thief, and before he was neutered, attempted unspeakable things to my unsuspecting toddlers. But he's one good looking dog. A nice decorative accessory in our home. 






Unfortunately, his dog bed is not a pretty sight. Especially now that we've redesigned our den with light, softer colors. Such an eye sore! 






So I was so excited when I saw this rattan bed by Napa Home and Garden. It's made in three sizes (I ordered the large size for Troop, pictured here) and comes with a simple cream cushion tucked inside. 






I've been impatiently waiting for it to arrive, and today the UPS man didn't disappoint. Here's Trooper trying it out. I'm afraid that's a look of slight skepticism on his face. 




But I'm sure he'll warm right up to it. At least he better! 

















Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shopping Scott Antique Market

My favorite antique show is Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. It's held every month inside the Atlanta Expo Center, and there's a huge selection at some of the best prices I've seen.


So last weekend, I grabbed good friend Karin and we escaped for a 24-hour girls trip. This was one of the first vignettes inside the door. How sweet are these antique children's chairs? Love the piles of weathered antique books, too. I picked up a few for my bookshelves.


We stopped to admire these lamps made from coral elements. These were pricey but would be easy to recreate with the help of a custom lamp maker. 


And then we spotted these - a tall pair of antique doors from France. I've been wanting some for my new den, and the creamy pale blue color of these would be perfect. But, I made myself walk away. After all, this is supposed to be a "business" trip! 


This little English folding table came home with me. I'm going to wax it up and put it in my shop. 


A table packed with reclaimed wood lamps with beautiful finishes. 


Karin stole this pair of twin headboards for her son George's room. They are going to be such a fun project. Just picture them painted red and recovered in a ticking stripe. She only paid $75 for the pair! 


When my "business" was done, I decided to reward myself with a little souvenir...


and a bottle of Pinot Gris and yummy dinner at the Horseradish Grill in Buckhead. 



Back at the hotel (please excuse the terrible lighting), we unpacked all of our treasures. Karin found this set of hand-painted family crests for George's room. She's also going to frame the tiny toy soldiers in a shadow box. 


Her daughter Reese is a jewelry nut, so she collected these cameos for her. She's going to frame them together, too. Such a cute idea. 


And here's a peek at a few things I've picked up for my booth. I hope to have everything in store this week. Swing by and take a peek! 



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







Monday, August 1, 2011

Texas designer Megan Rice Yager

Texas girl Megan Rice Yager isn't afraid to decorate with bergere chairs, Blue Willow china and Fortuny fabric. But somehow, her spaces aren't stodgy. Megan was interviewed in the debut issue of TRADhome, and I think her style fits right in line with the magazine's motto - the new traditionalists. 






Megan splits her time between San Antonio and Santa Monica, and although she's young, her talent has not gone unnoticed. Traditional Home named her as one of the 20 designers to watch, and she recently landed a coveted House Beautiful cover.

 If you love her look as much as I do, mark your calendar - on Tuesday night (at 8 p.m. central time), Megan will be selling some of her favorite things on One Kings Lane. I'm not going to miss it!