Are you thinking about organizing for the new year? I'm almost over the exhaustion of Christmas and am starting to think about getting organized. My office needs some serious thought. I need to have some type of bulletin board/dry erase board thing happening. I also need several large calendars. Using one is too overwhelming. Is anyone thinking of decorating an office? I'd love to add some color with the organizational tools I need. Here are some work spaces I'm fantasizing about.
The I'm a Giant Challenge was created by Emily Henderson. She challenged interior designers to create a mini-house, or dollhouse, that reflected their aesthetic. Fortunately for us, Beth, of Chinoiserie Chic, participated. Her dollhouse was absolutely gorgeous and so creatively done. Each room was fascinating in its detail and execution. I was intrigued with the process and asked her to answer a few questions for this post. She very graciously consented, and her interesting answers are below.
The level of detail in your I'm a Giant Challenge was incredible. It was obvious that this was a very time consuming project. How long did it take to complete your house?
I didn't keep track of my hours and I don't think I want to know! I started on it the first part of October and finished before Thanksgiving, well before the reveal deadline of December 15th. I of course spent lots of time looking on eBay and Etsy, as well as around my house for things to repurpose. Everywhere I went for about a month, I had the dollhouse on my mind. I even found six pieces at the Container Store that you would never guess. I must say though that it was such a creative process and outlet that I enjoyed every minute. I'm sorry it's finished in a way. It was a challenge, because I had no experience with dollhouses or miniatures or scale. I was able to take risks and have fun with it, much more than I would in my own house. I was also able to do things that would be so expensive for real like a Barcelona bench, de Gournay wallpaper, and a ten burner range. My daughter adores it and I have promised to save it for her for when she has a little girl. Until then it's mine!
I noticed you occasionally repurposed your own items for your I'm a Giant Challenge house. The most amusingly creative repurposing I noticed was the Halcyon Days enameled box. Could you tell us about a few other interesting items you repurposed?
I repurposed half the items in the dollhouse, if the truth be told. It looks very expensively decorated, but many were items I had, or made, or upcycled. Some of my favorites I repurposed include -
The pink marble bathtub was the bottom half of a box that Charlotte Moss votive candles came in.
The wallpaper in the dressing room is Caspari wrapping paper.
The chandelier in the bathroom is a sea urchin shell.
The cabana is the box from a Seda France candle.
The foo dogs on the roof are salt and pepper shakers from Horchow.
The commercial range in the kitchen is a flower brick.
The toilet is an enameled box with an Estee Lauder compact sitting on top for the toilet seat.
The wallpaper in the master bedroom was a cardboard box from a de Gournay diffuser.
The window treatments were so well done. Working on something that small can be easier in some ways, and much more difficult in others. Could you tell us about this?
I don't sew at all. The window treatments didn't cost me a penny nor did I sew a stitch. The gorgeous silk window treatments in the dressing room are from antique embroidered silk remnants I had in my stash. I cut one piece for a lambrequin and wound another piece around a bamboo skewer I gilded for a curtain rod. The wonderful silks in the dining room and bathroom were designer samples from Suzanne Tucker I cut to size and hemmed with iron on seam binding. They really just took minutes to do.
Aren't you amazed by this project? I love what Beth did with every room and can't seem to choose a favorite. Do you have a room you like best?
Hadleigh's is a custom clothiers in Highland Park Village in Dallas. Even though it's only a couple of years old, their slippers are remarkably recognizable already.
Besides having an amazing shop, the owners of Hadleigh's, husband and wife Ed and Gable Shaikh, have an incredible house. D Home Magazine featured it in their Holiday Issue, and I had to share the gorgeous photographs with you which were taken by Nathan Schroeder.
Books make great gifts, and if you have shopping left to do, they're easy to find and wrap. I love to think of gifts that don't require having to go to the mall. Ever since the mall here (NorthPark) added a section that involves a movie theater and food court, I'll do just about anything to avoid going. But, I'm always happy to have a reason to go to the bookstore. Big Easy Style, and Katie Ridder Rooms were my two favorite design books this year. I'm not including pics of Katie Ridder's book, because I'm pretty sure you've seen lots of photos already. Please pardon my awful photo quality. I just took pics with my phone, obviously.
If anyone has any novel recommendations, please share. I promised my daughter I'd read the Harry Potter series, and I've just finished. I want to go buy several novels to relax with after Christmas. Doesn't that sound lovely?
I hope you're enjoying the lovely homes I'm sharing this week from my old Southern Accents magazines. I'm so glad I've kept them -- what a treat to relax and enjoy them again years later! The home I'm sharing today is Elizabeth Robertson's. She's a well-known Dallas designer, and her Christmas decor is legendary. The photographer is Tria Giavan. All of these rooms are gorgeous, but the last one is my favorite. I adore the crispness of red and white. Do you have a favorite?
Michelle Nussbaumer is one of my favorite designers. How excited I was to see this article again several days ago when I was enjoying old holiday magazines. These beautiful photographs were published in the November/December 2007 Southern Accents. Enjoy!