Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Contemporary Classic in Arkansas

The new issue of At Home in Arkansas just arrived, and I'm loving this Fayetteville home designed by Melissa Haynes. The boxwoods had me at the front door! 

A pair of creamy Lee Industries sofas flank the fireplace. This room has a beautiful mix of textures and finishes. 

Subway tiles are everywhere but this blue-gray version from Waterworks makes a pretty pop against the white cabinets. 

Most of the home is finished in pale blues and soft neutrals.

Breezy sheers by Fabricut and a chandelier from Oly Studio keep the palette light. 

The outdoor areas are just gorgeous - Haynes mixed French, Mediterranean and British architecture and somehow made it all work! 

More boxwoods and look at the shape of that pool!

To read the complete interview with Melissa Haynes in the At Home in Arkansas, click here

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open House at Antique Row!

Fall is in full swing, which in Dallas means Partner's Card shopping and our annual Open House at Antique Row this Thursday evening in the shop. 

During the party, everything in the store is at least 20-percent off, whether you've got a Partner's Card in your purse or not. All of our dealers are working hard this week, bringing in new merchandise and re-styling their pretty spaces. Just in time for the party, I've unpacked some gorgeous new pieces from Emily Ozier, like this 48" x 48" canvas "Cafe at Carmel"

And "Shenandoah Valley I and II", both 30" x 40". 

My booth is filled with lots of new treasures. Here are some vignettes from my space.

Please swing by Thursday night and have a glass of wine with me! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cheaper Copies of CONRAD

When it comes to natural grass shades, CONRAD is king. They've been in business for more than 50 years, and are known for their expert hand craftsmanship. 

I love the simplicity and subtle texture the CONRADs add to rooms. 

I have a wall of windows in my living room that I've been dying to fill with natural grass shades. So my first stop was CONRAD. I'll admit, I had NO idea how expensive this line was. I nearly choked after I got the bid. I could pay for my oldest son's college education for what five simple shades cost! 

So I was pretty excited when I heard about a copy-cat  right here in Dallas, Designer's Workroom. They created their own version of the famous grass shades which they call "The Wind Song Collection." It comes in four neutral colors (which look just like the real deal) and their bid was HALF the price as CONRAD's!  

But they were still out of my budget. So I gave my local Budget Blinds salesman a call. I'm serious - no laughing!  An interior designer friend let me in on this secret source. Jim from Budget Blinds arrived in his van with four sample books of natural shades. I must warn you, most were chunky beaded tribal-looking weaves, but inside was a gem - an almost exact copy of a CONRAD. I was shocked when I saw the bid. It was about 75-percent cheaper than the Wind Song version, which makes it almost free compared to CONRAD. Two weeks later, they were installed in my living room.

I consider Jim from Budget Blinds one of my favorite finds - and I had to share it with all of my readers. Please give him a call and ask for the CONRAD look-alike...he'll know which sample to pull!