With the craze around the new Barbie movie, Washington Post recently asked 6 top designers how they would design a space for Barbie today. Jonathan Adler, who was commissioned to design the 50th anniversary Barbie Malibu dream home in 2009, knows a thing or two about what Barbie wants. He is also the head judge in the HGTV Barbie Dream Home Challenge where designers battle head to head on creating spaces inspired by Barbie in every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s.
Jonathan's Barbie Living Room is chic and whimsical and modern and I can see Italian Barbie sitting here sipping on an Aperol Spritz with all the other International Barbies.
Bobby Berk, the Design guru from the Fab Five Queer Eye gang, leans in to the 70s retro feel with an unexpected mix of pink and amber. We love the juxtaposition of round shapes and sharp lines and that arched cabinet is TDF! It's a more subdued, chill Barbie, listening to Edith Piaf and sipping an espresso.
Since we were not invited to participate in the Washington Post design challenge, we did one of our own and so Hannah and Shauna were both tasked with creating a Barbie inspired room. Hannah chose the bedroom, and wanted to create a "young, feminine, hip room where the budget was unlimited". It's definitely a room she would have in her own dream home.
Bed: Scout Design Studio
Wallpaper: Milton & King
Chandelier: Visual Comfort
Bedding: Serena & Lily
Pillows: Little Design Co (Square and Lumbar)
For Shauna's living room, she said, "I was inspired by bubble-gum and the juiciness of it. I love the play of orange and pink together. It just makes me happy!"
Rug: West Elm
Coffee Table: TOV
Chandelier: Vakker Lighting
Floor Lamp: Mitzi @ Wayfair
Rabbit Chair: Queeboo
Candy Dish: Burke Decor
Pillow: James Ascher
Be sure to check out our podcast episode for everything Barbie.
I knew I wanted to do something really spectacular for my 50th birthday, so I planned a trip to Morocco and Portugal.
I had never been to Morocco or Africa for that matter. Up until then, my global travel experience was limited–I’d been to a few countries in Europe. I did know one thing: I couldn’t wait to go and see and do!
I rounded up a group of my closest friends and we planned the nearly two-week adventure. Most of the group of nine was meeting up in Lisbon (after Morocco), so for the first leg of the trip, it was me, my husband, Jeff, and my girlfriends, Ellen, and Kristin.
Let me say this about Morocco, specifically Marrakech. The people, the food, the hospitality is like none other. They were delightful, helpful and accommodating… just truly the best. That’s why we’re anxious to go back!
Jeff and I had done our research before traveling and read about and learned their customs and culture because it’s important to know what you're getting yourself into so you don’t offend anyone. We heard things like, women need to dress modestly and cover their shoulders, there’s no alcohol, etc.
Don’t worry, we found alcohol AND we kept our shoulders covered.
We stayed inside the city walls or what’s known as the Medina. There are precious boutique-type hotels called Riads. We stayed in this one. Tea service upon arrival.
After we settled into our new surroundings, we ventured out into the city.
OH MY GOSH THE SHOPPING!!
I bought this rug on Day 1! Nothing gets by me!
He was such a great guy! And a good salesman!
See that yellow decanter behind his left arm?
I bought it.
Did I mention everything is SUPER cheap?
Also got to pet a baby camel!
(He doesn't look too happy about that part of the job, does he?)
Our guide for the week, Muhammed!
Besides the shopping and the sightseeing, y’all the food. They cook in these ceramic pots called tagines. And the restaurants are GORGEOUS!! Ain't nobody afraid of color here.
A funny note about some of the restaurants. If you ask for a side of fruit you might get this.
A giant bowl of fruit.
This was one of the best moments. We saw this cat sitting in front of the chicken shop, waiting for his turn. The butcher was having none of it.
Yes, there were cobras. A little note about me: I’m TERRIFIED of snakes. Like, if I’m going to have a nightmare, snakes will be involved. So why did I pose so casually in front of this scary dude? Because I was in the moment, living out loud and facing my fears. I’m glad I did this. Now I don’t have to do it again. BUT YOU CAN!
I could go on and on, or you could just go with me and see all of these things for yourself. Come on, let’s go! Wait until you learn what a hammam is.
Click here for more details on joining Shauna on the next Moroccan adventure!
Shauna's mom, Deb recently returned from an extended vacation to a garden overflowing with produce. Per Shauna, she doesn't eat her bounty, she just shares it. So when Deb showed up at the office with the biggest zucchini we've ever seen, one for each of us, we decided to make her proud and see what we could cook up.
Thus was born the SGD Zucchini Challenge. Each of us would make a recipe with our zucchini and then invite Deb to come join us on the podcast and judge the dishes. It IS amazing what you can do with zucchini, so if you have an overflowing garden yourself, you can pretty much create an entire meal with these recipes.
An incredibly easy make ahead breakfast that works for both babies, kids and adults. You'll add this to your Sunday agenda for the rest of time so you have easy breakfasts ready to go during the week
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Servings: 12 Bites (*note, we cooked this all in one dish instead of individual ones)
Recipe courtesy of What's Gaby Cooking
PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 70 mins
TOTAL TIME 80 mins
SERVINGS 16 to 20 servings
YIELD 2 loaves
This recipe can be baked in an 8x4-inch loaf pan (for taller loaves) or in a 9x5-inch loaf pan (for thinner loaves). This recipe also makes 2 loaves; you can easily divide the recipe in half to make just one loaf.
The recipe calls for 4 cups of grated zucchini, which will yield particularly moist loaves. I've made it with 3 cups, which was also very good, just not as sublime as with 4 cups.
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes
COURSE Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
SERVINGS 8 servings
This Lemon Zucchini Cake is definitive proof that lemon and zucchini belong together! Beautifully moist and undeniably delicious, this easy cake is topped with a lemon glaze that will keep you coming back for one more slice. An excellent way to use up that zucchini from your garden!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Yummy, right? So, you'll have to tune in to the podcast to find out which dish Deb picked as the winner. AND who made which recipe. Let us know which one sounds best to you or share your own zucchini recipes and we might just feature it on the blog! Thanks to all our fabulous recipe creators for their work. Please be sure to click through the links to see more.
In a recent podcast episode, a listener asked the question: "What decor item do you typically start with in your designs?"
The answer 99% of the time is the rug. We are firm believers that a rug sets the tone for the room, the design and the overall vibe of the space. Functionally, the choice of rug is dependent on the client's budget, how durable they need it to be (kids and pets, you know), and size requirements. There are lots of resources out there for rugs, so we wanted to give you a quick, down and dirty guide on where to shop for your home.
Wide variety of styles, price points, and sizes. You can find pretty much anything here. And so can everyone else. But, if you are not so concerned about originality, there's a ton to choose from here.
You might hear the words carpet tiles and think of the industrial, tired, gray squares in corporate office buildings. Not so with carpet tiles from FLOR. With designs ranging from floral to stripes and abstracts, there is a style for everyone. Super easy to snap together, and even easier to snap off and replace when that inevitable wine stain happens.
A wholesale company that is based in Dallas, we discovered them at the Dallas Market a few years ago. Since then, their partnerships have grown to include Justina Blakeney and Rifle Paper Co., which we love. Find them on Wayfair and Anthropologie.
We discovered Wendy via her rugs sold on Anthropologie (sadly, no longer available). Since then, we've had custom rugs made for two clients and they are works of art. It's about a 4 month process from order to shipping, but most certainly worth it.
Specializing in vintage rugs from Morocco and Turkey, these rugs are perfect for those weirdly sized spaces like foyers, mud rooms, and bathrooms. You will be surprised at how reasonable they are, AND buying vintage is good for the environment. If you can't make it to Morocco, you can at least bring Morocco home.
Right now, use code 7PKNN8 to save $40 off your purchase of $250 or more!
We will admit, we were a bit skeptical at first as to the aesthetic of a velcro attached piece of fabric to a pad. But we had so many clients asking about them, we had to try it out. Pickins were slim, as they say, when we first started looking. But then they launched a Jonathan Adler collection, and now an Iris Apfel collection and we find ourselves a bit more enthusiastic about the product. The runner has been in Shauna's kitchen for several months now, and I think she is sold.
We've been doing our spring cleaning, refreshing, purging the last couple weeks and thought we'd share some of the great goodies out there to help you brush off the winter layers and celebrate Spring!
On the podcast this week (yes! it's back!), we shared all of our favorite resources for sprucing up your home. Bright pillows, a new doormat, floral printed sheets and fresh flowers are just a few things that can add an instant spot of sunshine in any room. At any price point. (BTW, I just learned that you can now shop online atHome Goods and the game has changed.)
It's also a good time to do those not so glamorous tasks such as clean out the fridge, wipe down walls and baseboards, service your air conditioner, have the windows cleaned..... I could go on. Just pretend you are moving in to your house for the first time and remember how squeaky clean it was. I promise, it'll all be worth it and then you can go shop for all the fun stuff.
Sheets and Throws
Kitchen and Dining
Our favorite places to buy fresh flowers. Here's where I wish we lived in any European town with a hundred neighborhood flower markets. But, any of these will do.
Just go ahead and add fresh flowers to your weekly grocery list. Heck, even Costco has some decent fresh flowers. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! And even more importantly, you deserve it.
Now, you have two jobs to do.
#1. Go follow Unfollow the Rules where ever you get your podcasts.
#2. Send us your questions for Shauna to be answered in an upcoming episode.
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It's still January, at least for a few hours, so I feel like we can sneak this in just in the nick of time. So, 2022 was a year of ups and downs and a few sideways thrown in for good measure. It definitely kept us on our toes. One of the highlights was that we welcomed Hannah to the team in March and she has been the missing puzzle piece on the design side we didn't know we needed. I think she has yet to say, "no" to anything we ask of her and so, of course we love her. She has the memory of an elephant and HIGHLY valuable at client meetings when Shauna can barely remember where the car is parked. (She has other gifts).
We also recruited a "run-to-storage, hang-this-art, demo-this-bathroom, install-this-pendant man" named Rich who has chosen to remain a man of mystery with regards to showing his face on the website. Hopefully you will get to meet him at some point. He is also the King of GIFs. A man of many talents who we also have realized we were incomplete without.
On the project side, our usual MO is to share with you the top Insta posts for the year in our annual recap. This year was a bit difficult in that our Instagram account @shaunaglenn was hacked in October and we lost over 100k of you wonderful followers. So, if you are just finding us again, we missed you and now you can catch up. Our new account @shaunaglenndesign is where the action is so click that link and get back on board!
In June we moved in to our new offices on the west side of Fort Worth after working at Shauna's dining room table for the last year. The star of the space is a vintage curved sofa Shauna recovered in a gorgeous linen print. Everything else comes and goes based on client projects, but there's always fabulous furniture, decorative accessories, art, etc for sale so please come by and visit and shop! Showroom hours are Thursdays 10-3.
Speaking of fabulous furniture, Shauna found this mid-century chaise in Round Top last spring and had it recovered and restored to this glorious beauty. It may or may not be used for naptime on rainy afternoons. Wait till you see what it used to look like.
This award-winning dining room was a super fun project. We love it when clients bring their sense of humor to the design. Nothing should be THAT serious. Read more about the project here.
Bathroom renos are always popular content. It usually all starts with wallpaper and then evolves from there, but read here for all the deets on this green goddess.
Travel is a huge inspiration for Shauna, and the photos from her trip to Italy in September will inspire everyone to bring a little Italian color and style to the home.
The last two photos y'all loved are the perfect example of incorporating fun and whimsy in to design. The GIANT orange peacock sits proudly in front of Shauna's house with a full bloom hibiscus tail in the height of summer. And the cute yellow loveseat is part of a home office for an artist client. She loves to travel and these and these floating shelves are full of her travel treasures, art projects, and quirky vintage finds. It's pure magic when you go the opposite way of what everyone else does.
We want to thank all of you for joining us on this amazing ride. We wouldn't be here without you and we love every time you reach out to comment, love, and share. Here's to an amazing 2023!
Shauna, Riley, Kalen, Hannah and Rich
If you haven't already noticed, we kinda live and die in color. Color trends in home decor tend to:
A. be longer living than fashion trends
B. lean more towards neutrals
C. be cyclical in that they come around again every 30 years or so. Case in point the resurgence of the earthy tones of the 70s.
Pantone is THE expert when it comes to color trends and we like to keep an eye on them just to see what may be to come in the next season of home furnishings. Last year's Color of the Year, Veri Peri was so underwhelming to us that we didn't even talk to y'all about it. Kind of a sad color that was trying to be happy, it seemed to match everyone's mood at the time. THIS year, however, we admit we were somewhat surprised at the boldness of Viva Magenta. Girl, you are speaking our language!
According to the Pantone Institute, "Pantone’s Color of The Year, Viva Magenta 18-750, vibrates with vim and vigor. It is a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta welcomes anyone and everyone with the same verve for life and rebellious spirit. It is a color that is audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all."
Audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all. I mean, isn't that what we all want to be right now? Can you imagine a velvet couch or sexy wine glasses in this color? Life is too short to live in beige and gray, and we are totally on board with such a bold color choice for 2023. Check out some of our favorite products here and find more on our shop page.
We can't wait to see how this color evolves in home decor over the year and are very hopeful about the trend towards bolder colors. Maximalist design is surging; colors, textures, layers, patterns all climbing in bed together like one big co-sleeping family. It's an expected swing of the pendulum from the clean, bright, neutrals we've been spoon fed the last decade. Bring on the next iteration of the Roaring 20s!
We are lucky here in Texas to have a reasonable amount of outdoor living time throughout the year. For many of our clients, outdoor spaces have become just as important as indoor spaces for entertaining, dining and hanging out to watch whatever "big game" is on at any time. Outdoor furniture options of the past were limited to metal, faux wicker or wood. None of which really reflected sophisticated design. Faux wicker has come a long way and is even more durable and less plastic-y than it was 5 years ago. But with the development of upholstered outdoor furniture, the ability to create 3 season rooms that are integrated with the design of the rest of the home has become even more possible.
We saw some amazing outdoor collections at Universal Furniture at our visit to High Point Furniture Market last month. A blend of upholstered and faux wicker with performance fabrics in everything from coastal stripes to modern geometrics and everything in between.
We are big fans of the oversized poufs which make for easy portable seating that can go anywhere anyone needs to plop down for a spell. And clearly, Shauna is ready for her post-Thanksgiving dinner nap on this comfy slipcovered sofa.
For a more whimsical approach to outdoor, we found cute accent seating at Dorel Home that is perfect for smaller spaces, patios and balconies. The Novogratz brand, based in New York, had one of our favorite outdoor pieces, the Roberta Outdoor Loveseat. Reminds me of the glider that sat in front of my grandparents' house but without the screeching that came with every rock.
The shape of the Sally Hanging Swing was made for curling up on a rainy afternoon with a good book. With cushions all the way around and a nice deep seat, there's no doubt you'll be coming back to this comfy spot over and over again.
The Heidi Bistro Set is a clear winner in the small space game. Poolside, porch or even the tiniest balcony, she is ready for afternoon cocktails, morning coffee or anything else you have to throw at her. Plus at a retail price less than $250 she'll fit right in with anyone's budget.
It's never too early to start thinking about YOUR outdoor space! Let us know how we can help you create the ultimate oasis in your own backyard.
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#explorehome #dorelhome #thenovogratz
We're back with part two of our High Point Market highlights. When we say there is lighting for every taste, we mean it. Case in point, the showrooms of Hubbardton Forge and Vanderpump Alain. (yes, THAT Vanderpump)
One of the lines we loved so much from Hubbardton Forge featured forged iron and leather accents. Evoking the aesthetic of Ralph Lauren, these designs are right at home on the ranch or at the lake. Based in Vermont, every item is made to order using local suppliers with options on metal finish, leather color and shade color. There's just something to be said for made in the USA.
The first thing that struck our eye in this showroom was the amazing piece of art in the front window. There's a lot to see here, and to be quite honest, we don't even know if this is for sale. But, it definitely caught our attention.
In stark contrast to Hubbardton Forge, Vanderpump Alain is all about glitz, glam and well, extra. A partnership between Lisa Vanderpump and designer Nick Alain, they are new showroom at HPMKT featuring lighting, furniture and accessories. One of our favorites, the Iris Pendant is a beautiful marriage of modern and glam. Just the right piece for a grand foyer.
The Coupette Sconce gives us 1920s Paris vibes and is begging to be installed in a chic powder bath.
Let's leave lighting for now and head over to Nathan Anthony. And. This. Sofa.
The Embrace sofa. Designed to literally give you a giant hug, the sofa is customizable in over 100 fabrics. But, seriously. Who doesn't love this gorgeous chartreuse velvet? Made in the USA.
Embracing the HUGE curved funiture trend, the Alais 2.0 bed is just the cozy place to hunker down for a long winter's nap. Wood finish and fabrics are both customizable.
We love the high design elements at Nathan Anthony. It's a specific look for sure, but if you're looking for a modern piece to spice up your space, there's loads to choose from.
We've got more great showrooms to show you! Stay tuned.
On our last post, we shared with you the news about Shauna's gig at High Point Market. It was a whirlwind 3 days, and we have tons of new products, trends and "how cool is that?" things to share with you. To start, let me give you an idea of how enormous this Market is. There are over 11.5 million SF of showroom space, and over 2000 vendors in 180 buildings. 75,000 people attend the market each year from over 100 countries. Needless to say, you'll never see it all so that's when making a list and checking it twice comes in super handy.
One of the more "boutique" areas of the Market is known as the Suites At Market Square. These are smaller, showrooms but they pack a punch when it comes to modern design.
Natural, minimalist furniture that is both casual and elegant. We loved the bentwood frame of the Caro Chair and luxe shearling upholstery of Charlotte. Plus, their collection of sofas and sectionals are slipcovered with high quality fabrics and can easily be removed to clean.
Gorgeous alabaster bowls, sinks and these mirrors with integrated lighting were the highlights of the natural stone collection at Verona Prive. If you are in the market for a natural fluorite pedestal or dining table, this is the place.
Modern and somewhat minimalist, but with a keen attention to detail, Olivya Stone is all about showing you something you've never seen before. The Villena Arm Chair with wrapped rattan arms and the Komo Arm Chair with its menswear inspired houndstooth fabric definitely stood out in the showroom. With multiple fabric and wood finish customization options available, you can even further personalize their unique designs.
Stay tuned for more from #HPMKT and the #Designerinfluencerstour