Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dallas Interior Designers and HGTV





The four photos above are Michelle Nussbaumer






The four above are Jan Showers



 Susan Palma






These five are Martensen-Jones




A couple of weeks ago I happened upon an HGTV show that I'd heard about, but hadn't seen.  Since the show has "Dallas" in its title, I was curious and watched.  I was very surprised to learn (Google) that the designer the show features is really not based in Dallas, and the homes she decorates aren't either.  She's actually in Bedford, which is 40 miles away.  The home she was working on in the episode I saw was somewhere far outside of the city.  There was even footage from that episode that I recognized from Fort Worth.  I looked at HGTV's site for the show and saw that it talks about Dallas homeowners pimping out their homes and bringing on the bling. I'm not sure what I think about HGTV being so blatantly misleading with the title and premise of this show.  

Dallas has so many amazingly talented interior designers.  I posted the photos above to show examples of some of their lovely work.  There are so many more incredible Dallas designers that this post could go on and on.  





The three photos above are all from Horchow.com and are toned-down examples of the aesthetic of the HGTV show.  Can you see any difference in the style of the show and the look of the Dallas designers' work I've shown?  My feathers are a bit ruffled by this.  Have you seen this show?  Is it okay for the show to misrepresent like it does?  Do you have a favorite Dallas designer?  I'd so love to hear what you think.




Monday, January 30, 2012

Blue and White Monday with Canton, Double Happiness and Hawthorne






Double Happiness from Horchow


Double Happiness from 1st Dibs

Double Happiness from Wisteria




Hawthorne from Red School House


Hawthorne from Petrie-Rogers Gallery

As you know, I'm a huge fan of blue and white porcelain.  That does not make me an expert though, by any means.  I would like to learn more about patterns and their sequence, and have been reading and learning online some recently.  I need to find a good book on the subject to have on hand.  The three patterns above are easily recognizable and I love them all.  Canton and Blue Willow are very closely related, and I think that's my favorite.  Double Happiness is growing on me, though.  Below are some iPhone photos I took around my house.  Everything is Canton with the exception of the last photo.  I'm seeing that pattern referred to by several different names.  Does anyone know what it's called?  What is your favorite pattern?


Mottahedeh Platter


Mottahedeh Lamp


Framed Needlepoint


I found plates, platters and bowls of the above and below at an antique mall here in Dallas about 15 years ago for around $2 each.  I used them for a big wall display in my kitchen after I purchased them, but now they're in the family room in bookcases.  




This beautiful photograph is from marksikes.com, and is on the amazing Pinterest board of Debbie McEntire.  It's called Blue and White and you can see it here.





Saturday, January 28, 2012

Giveaway Winner and Weekend Coupon Code

Thanks so much to all who participated in the giveaway!  I appreciate all of the lovely comments I received.  Below is the giveaway winner information.  Congratulations, Heather!


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For anyone who'd like to shop my store at a discount, the coupon code WEEKENDCC15OFF can be used at checkout for a 15% discount from now through midnight Sunday night.


Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

House of Fifty


House of Fifty


House of Fifty

The new addition of House of Fifty is out, and it should not be missed.  Everything in it is engaging,  helpful, and the photos are gorgeous!

There are lots of fabulous articles I'll be mentioning.  The beautiful photos above come from a very informative, comprehensive article about kitchen design.  That article is followed by a great article about necessary kitchen tools, and then followed by some scrumptious looking photos with recipes.  Make time to enjoy this amazing edition.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

One Room Challenge Week Two

After my first post on The One Room Challenge, Beth, at Chinoiserie Chic, had fabulous suggestions for my room.  How I wish I could just copy her ideas!  What a lovely laundry room I'd have!  I should have explained some parameters in my first post.  First, we have a crazily large (20 pound) cat that has the run of the room and jumps all over the washing machine and dryer to get away from the 5 pound dog.  So, obviously I can't have anything breakable.  Also, the ceilings in that room are only 8.6 feet high.  With my husband being 6.2 and me at 5.10, that eliminates cute lantern options.  And, I'm in the middle of the more important project of my daughter's bedroom.  The laundry room is going to have to be more of a "Design on a Dime" project.  However, with those limitations, I'm determined to have a finished room that we'll enjoy in just a few weeks.  

The built-in ironing board that we never used is gone, so that's some progress!  I'll have more for you to see next week.  Please be sure to check out the other ladies who have lots of interesting things to report.  Their links are all at the end of the post.






Yea!  It's gone!  The paint's still wet.







Monday, January 23, 2012

Giveaway at The Pink Pagoda


I'm so happy to have you here for my first giveaway of the year.  What's available to win is a $100 gift certificate for your choice of fine art prints and stationery in my store.  I will keep the directions for entering simple.  

Each of the following gives you one chance to win.  You can do two of the following for two chances and so on.  Four chances is the most possible.  For each one, please leave a comment containing your email address.

1.)  Like me on Facebook.
2.)  Follow me on Pinterest.
3.)  Follow my blog by clicking on the Google Follow button on my sidebar.
4.)  Follow me on Twitter.

The giveaway will close at midnight January 26th.  Saturday, January 28th at 9am, the winner will be announced on my blog.  Thank you so much for participating!   

Don't forget to go back to Nesting Place to see the other offerings.


The Comments are now closed and the winner will be announced Saturday morning.  Thanks so much for participating!




Happy Blue and White Monday






Roberto Cavalli








Porcelain inspired gown




Porcelain Dress

New from TPP




This is from Pam Callahan's Pinterest board Blue and White.  She's clearly quite the blue and white fan. You won't want to miss all the lovely images she's collected.  See it here.


Happy Monday!





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