So, here's the way our most favorite projects go:
Client: Hi Shauna! I want you to come do my living room.
SGD: Great! Yes, we'd love to, when can we meet?
Client: Here's my dilemma, I love your work, do your magic.
SGD: Here's what we want to do, OK with you?
Client: Perfect, when can you start?
SGD: Ready to install, you are going to love it
Client: I can't wait, when can I see?
SGD: What do you think? Do you love it?
Client: OMG! This is amazing, I love it so much! Thank you!
3 MONTHS LATER
Client: OK, I've saved up some more money, can you come do our bedroom?
We LOVE when this happens. And such was the case when a close friend of Shauna's bought an AMAZING MCM home in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth. One of those homes you drive by and say, "this is what MCM is all about". Definitely the coolest house on the block. And what really got the team excited was A. The original terrazzo floors and B. The atrium in the middle of the house.
Our first project was the living/dining room. A wide open space that gave us plenty of flexibility for furniture layout, we anchored the leather sectional with a great rug to create the main sitting area. The niche area between the bookshelves was a perfect place to add a console table and accent chairs that can be pulled in for additional seating. Vintage lamps were updated with new shades to keep with the mid-century aesthetic.
Leather sectional: Client's own, similar here
Coffee Table: Home Goods, similar here
Bench: Custom, similar here
Accent Chairs: Anthropologie
Console Table: Client's own, similar here
Garden Stools: Wayfair
Lamps: Vintage, similar here
To define a dining space, we hung two pendants under the dining table situated against the wall. Then added chairs from West Elm to the existing table and bench. Artwork from Captain Casual hangs behind the bench, and a bar cart in the corner houses vintage glassware.
Dining table: Client's, similar here
Dining chairs: West Elm
Art: Captain Casual
In the powder bath, Shauna was inspired by some graffiti art wallpaper that she fell in love with and hand drew on the walls with a paint pen. The walls were given a painted wainscoting in a bold blue to provide contrast. Yes it took forever (7 hours!), and yes, she had hand cramps for days. But, the client loved it and she'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Wall Paint: Blue Mosque by Sherwin Williams
Art: Society 6
Mirror: Client's, similar here.
Hand Towel: Client's, similar here.
Our most recent project in the home was the master bedroom. The West Elm Platform bed was new so we worked with that and added new bedding, a wallpapered feature wall, this amazing vintage Moroccan rug and new bedside tables. The client also had some vintage chests that we incorporated in to the room for more storage. Lastly, the shoji style sliding doors were painted on the inside with a hot cherry red. You can see a glimpse of the atrium across the hall from the bedroom, what an amazing view to wake up to!
Bed: West Elm
Bedside tables: Blu Dot at All Modern
Lamp: West Elm
Bench: Blu Dot
Rug: Chairish, similar here and here
Bedding: Annie Selke
Wallpaper: Scion from Style Library
Chandelier: Original to home
Paint color: Cherries Jubilee from Sherwin Williams
Apparently, the patio is next, so stay tuned!
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Today is cold and drizzly in Fort Worth. A good day to snuggle up on the couch and watch "Parasite" since it managed to catapult itself into the Oscar record books on Sunday. A throw is an integral part of this couch snuggling, along with popcorn, hot tea, and pjs. But a throw is not only functional, it adds warmth and layers to a room. It says, "here, sit down and get comfy, have a cuppa tea". We love the texture and color balance it adds to a room too. Lots of color? A chunky sweater knit throw in ivory provides a breather. A more neutral palette? Add a pop of mustard or pink for the perfect punch. Here are 8 ways you can use a throw in your decorating.
Neutral ivory bedding gets a boho update with this colorful embroidered striped throw.
Chic and Cozy
Create a cozy reading spot in the bedroom with a leather settee instead of a bench at the end of the bed. This blue buffalo plaid throw ties in perfectly with the blue bedside tables.
Pop of Pink
The hot pink velvet pillows on the sofas are balanced with a throw in the same color in this serene blue and white living room.
Pass the Mustard
You might not think of a throw in the dining room, but for that person that is always cold, this mustard throw on a navy velvet armchair is not only stylish but practical.
Layers of colors, textures and patterns live in harmony when anchored in the same color. This turquoise Turkish cotton throw is lightweight and washable.
Room with a View
Can't find the right window treatment for a room? This shibori print indigo throw transitions to an easy valance in this lake house bunk room.
Set the Table
Bring a new flavor to the dining table with the addition of a striped cotton throw as a tablecloth. And don't worry if it doesn't cover the whole table, your guests will assume it's meant to be that way!
Layered elements of textured neutrals give this home office a sophisticated feel. The sheepskin throw in the desk chair adds a soft layer to the rattan.
Find these and more of our favorite throws on the Shop page. This post contains affiliate links and we are compensated for purchases made via these links.
With the cool weather finally blowing in to the Metroplex, we are having a moment with fall bedding. Duvets and quilts in rich colors and yummy fabrics like flannel and velvet. Plush and faux fur blankets and throws that make it even harder to get up from the couch or your bed and turn off the most recent Netflix binge.
Recently we shared with you Shauna's guest room update with bedding from Serena & Lily and another recent guest room project on Instagram stories featured a gorgeous quilt from Anthropologie. So, if you are in the market for some cozy layers, rich colors and a surprise or two, grab a mug of cocoa and check out our favorite fall bedding picks.
Velvet is definitely not going anywhere, and we are so OK with that. From pillows to quilts and duvet covers, velvet is the affordable luxury that everyone needs. These are all available in multiple colors, so you have no excuse, really.
1. Belgian Flax Linen and Cotton Velvet Duvet Cover--West Elm
2. Crinkle Velvet Duvet Cover and Shams--West Elm
3. Velvet Tufted Quilt and Shams--Pottery Barn
4. Layne Velvet Quilt--Anthropologie
Used to be that florals were reserved for spring. Not so much anymore. Both in fashion and in home decor, fall florals in rich colors make a bold statement in your bedding. Add in some texture like embroidery or fringe and our boho selves are in heaven. In an interesting twist, as we usually stick to white sheets all year round, these floral sheets have us giddy with the prospect of an afternoon nap.
1. Helena Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams--Pottery Barn
2. Meguro Duvet Cover and Shams--Anthropologie
3. Myla Floral Sheet Set--Urban Outfitters
Blankets & Throws
We debate between the importance of warmth over softness when it comes to blankets and throws. While wool might be the warmest, there's just something about that faux fur that we can't give up. With blankets, layer on top of sheets but under quilt or duvet for maximum insulated warmth. Throws are vital too, so have a basket of them in the family room as well as on the end of the bed for naps and that Netflix binge we mentioned earlier.
1. Wendover Wool Striped Blanket--CB2
2. Sophie Faux Fur Blanket--Anthropologie
3. Overlook Throw--CB2
4. Bright Stripe Throw--Anthropologie
Shop more of our favorite bedding here.
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We are gearing up for the holidays over here in the SGD office. If you are expecting house guests over the holidays, now is the time to get your guest bedroom and bathroom prepped for the invasion. I mean, the visitors. We've partnered with Serena & Lily to deck out this adorable guest room with their best-in-class bedding pieces from their Fall 2019 collection and now I'm seriously wondering why the guests get the good stuff?
First tip in styling a bed is to remember to layer. Sheets, quilt, duvet, throw. Especially if you keep your house cool at night, you want to make sure your guests are comfortable. If there is no ceiling fan in the room consider a small bedside fan. We love the Granada Quilt in this warm Terracotta color. Inspired by classic Indian botanicals, it is just the right weight for those early fall nights. Since the temps are still somewhat mild, we've layered the Positano Linen Duvet Cover in Indigo under the quilt without it's insert. However, when that cold front comes through, you'll want to pop that down insert into the duvet cover and snuggle down. Yes, you can use linen on your bed all year around, and the Positano has been washed to be extra soft just like your favorite pair of jeans. Best of all, the Positano comes in 9 yummy colors and you know how we feel about color.
Styling Tip: When pairing a quilt and duvet cover, we usually get Euro Shams to match one piece and Standard Shams to match the other. In this bed though, the trim on the sheets was so pretty we decided to only do the Euro Shams in the Granada pattern.
Speaking of linen, the Positano Linen Sheets are seriously life changing. If you've never slept on linen sheets in the summer, grab a set now and hang on to them. For now though, we've traded in the linen sheets for these elegant Solana Sheets in Sky. Made in Portugal, they feature just a touch of texture with a fringed trim and washed for super softness.
We've finished off the bed with the ombre plaid West Shore Pillow Cover in Coastal Blue. It's made from a cozy baby alpaca blend and again, so soft we're wondering how our guests deserve such luxury. There's a matching throw available too that is perfect for an afternoon nap.
Styling Tip: Put the sheet on upside down so when you fold it back on to the quilt when making the bed, you can see the fabulous trim.
For the guest bath, think about the swankiest hotel you've ever stayed in and all the fancy items stocked in the bathroom. Your guests should have it just as good! Stock your guest bath with toiletry items, fancy soap, bubble bath, a hair dryer, and any other pampering treats. Make sure you have more than enough bath and hand towels available. We picked the Healdsburg Bath Towels in classic white for their unique fringed finish and plush Turkish cotton feel. Don't be afraid to mix up your neutrals and combine white and ivory. The coordinating Healdsburg Bath Mat comes in white, but we went Ivory to add an additional color layer.
We were back in Aledo last week at the home of some of our favorite clients. Their kitchen, dining room and master bedroom were projects we tackled in 2018 and while they were out on vacation last week, we did our magic on three more rooms of their home. The first room used to be Dad's office. But we kicked him out and made it in to a playroom for the kids. The room is downstairs and just across from the kitchen and living room so Mom and Dad can easily keep an ear on what's going on, making it an easy decision to kick Dad out. He doesn't need any supervision. Normally. Our friend Captain Casual painted the custom mural on the wall and we couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out.
Table and chairs: All Modern
Rug: Crate & Barrel
Giraffe: Melissa & Doug Toys
So, where did Dad's office go? Well, we incorporated it in to the adult space upstairs that used to be a family room/playroom. There is a wine cellar off this room (we knew there was a reason we liked these people!) so again, made sense to relocate Dad and all the other grown ups to this room. It still amazes us what a new coat of paint can do. Sherwin-Williams Modern Gray for the walls and Snowbound for the trim made this such a bright new space.
Sofa: Restoration Hardware (similar here)
Swivel chairs: Scout Design Studio (similar here)
Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold-Bob Williams
Console: Lulu & Georgia
Rug: Empire Rugs (similar here)
Lamps: Ballard Designs
Light Fixture: Rejuvenation
Our last room was the guest room. The homeowners wanted to keep the bed and one of the nightstands so we found them a matching one, added some paint and brighter accessories and they for sure are gonna have a line of people waiting to stay over. Yes, we did put an area rug on top of the carpet. It's a great way to update a room without the huge investment and hassle of new carpet.
The new home brand from Wayfair, Eider & Ivory features a natural, earthy palette, high quality fabrics and and timeless designs. We were lucky enough to get a preview of some of the products and are so excited to include them in upcoming projects. The prices are amazingly affordable and in addition to the decorative products we've featured, there is a great selection of bath and bedding basics. Stock up now for upcoming holiday guests!
Ethnic inspired with bold patterns and textures, these pillows bring a boho vibe to your bedroom or living room.
OK, so we have a thing for throws. With something for every season, linen in summer and hand knit for winter, these cozy throws add a comfy pop to your favorite chair.
One of our recent clients had linen sheets on her bed and said she would never again sleep on anything else. Imagine our excitement when we found these linen sheets at such an amazing price. Can't wait to try them!
Turkish cotton towels are known to be the softest and most absorbent and yes, the guest bath does need new towels but why should they get all the nice stuff? Buy a set or 2, you won't regret it.
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A few weeks ago we shared with you a little bit of the Lakehouse project we were working on. Well, we were back in Athens yesterday to finish up and OMG, y'all. It. Is. Gorgeous! The clients were such a joy to work with and super thrilled with everything we did. Kinda scary going in to a project where you have free reign to do whatever you want. I mean, we have some wacky ideas sometimes. But, it all came together beautifully. We hope they enjoy many happy family weekends in this amazing home!
Swivel chairs: All Modern
Console table: Wisteria
Coffee table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Sideboard: All Modern
Bed: West Elm
Bedding: Rebecca Atwood
Lamps: Pottery Barn
Print Rug: Anthropologie
Jute Rug: Houzz
One of our latest projects was a bedroom refresh for a 4 year old boy and 7 year old girl. You remember when you got your "big kid room" and how exciting that was? Mine was a suite of white wicker furniture, Pepto-bismol pink walls and a patchwork print bedding set that probably came from Sears. I loved that room. Little girls' love of pink hasn't changed much in 40ish years so we made sure to add some pink pops to this adorable room redo.
Girl's Room Before
Girl's Room After
Tufted Velvet Bed: PB Teen
Egg Chair: PB Teen
Rug: Rugs USA
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Lamps: Stray Dog Designs
In the boy's room, we painted the existing furniture to brighten up the room and re-purposed the bedding. Isn't amazing what a coat of paint can do?
Boy's Room Before
Boy's Room After
Yesterday our design team took a field trip to the Dallas Design District to check out the latest in furniture, decor, and fabric. These are just a few of our favorite trends that we spotted and can't wait to incorporate them in to our clients' homes. It was also good to know that the blues that we love to use so much aren't going anywhere. Not that we would change our tune anyway.
Indigo prints and ticking stripes were in the most unexpected places, including light fixtures and furniture. We loved this ticking stripe covered table trimmed in leather. Perfect for a beach house! And these indigo dyed fabric chandeliers are just the right amount of bohemian chic.
Bad to the Bone
Bone inlay is a hot trend that we just love. Lamps, vases, mirrors and the most gorgeous bed side table we've seen in a while.
Neutral color palettes are anything but boring when infused with texture and unique design. These whimsical jute pillows are the perfect accent to the black and white bedding, and this unique chandelier combines iron, wood and linen panels in a way that is both rustic and modern. Lastly, this gorgeous bleached teak stool is accented with embedded glass covered in resin
Check back on Monday when we share with you all the yummy textiles we found. Happy Summer Solstice, get out there and enjoy the day!
As you by now surely now, we are a huge fan of color. Lots of color, mix and match color. Textured color. Unexpected color. One of the reasons for that is the energy that color conveys. While we appreciate calm and serene neutrals, there is just something about the vibrancy and "happy pops" that a colorful room conveys. In the latest issue of 817 Home Magazine, Shauna talks about her design influences and how color plays such a huge part of her aesthetic. Shauna also believes that your house should be a reflection of your life, so she encourages clients to bring out treasures they have acquired from family or travel and incorporate them in to the decor of a room. When you surround yourself with favorite pieces, it just brings even more joy to a space. "I think everyone needs color. There's just something about a neutral backdrop and happy pops, especially if it's carried throughout a room." Read more here.