Monday, October 27, 2014


Along my many design adventures, I find some items that are just a bit different enough to make me say, "That's kind of cool."

Like this large rope framed convex mirror. My husband knows all to well, that when I say, "That's kind of cool"…I often mean that I can imagine that item somewhere in my home…and he better hide the credit card.

I don't know about you, but I'm lovin' this crazy lamp. 

Do you think it would look weird next to George?
(If you don't already know…George is a portrait painting that I inherited.)

But, if you don't like that…I found something just a bit more corny.


While we're still on the lamp subject…

Sometimes, you might even find an interesting lamp in the antique mall. If you block all the surrounding stuff out … this lamp is "kind of cool" and would look quite chic in just the right setting.

I found these lovely birds in a high end Dallas showroom.  I'm not sure if they light up, but it looked like there was some wire running through the chain. A few sets of these lighted and hanging over a bed could be very cool….  Or possibly creepy if you're afraid of birds.

At WISTERIA I spotted these clever rock ducks, and this wooden-shoe-mold wall which is an inspiring way to both display a collection and have an unusual art wall. 

Remember those out door pics from the Brendan Bass showroom that I posted a few days back? (Here) Well, this is just the cool kind of vase that would look great in that setting. 

Check out this wallpaper found at the IDCollection in Dallas. The wall was first painted a color and then this hand-made-paper wallpaper was added over it. That's kind of cool. 

Ahhh! The brass apples with lips. I was thinking of saving this photo for a …'Objects With Lips' post, but how often are you actually going to find objects with lips.

Okay, maybe a couple of times.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


I've been talking about this for way too long. It was time to actually do something. 

I'm talking about that collection of silver spheres I've collected…of course. The plan was always to create a chandelier, but the thought is always easier than the doing part.

I could have just left them in a bowl, because silver spheres look pretty in a bowl.
But…I had bigger plans.

By the way…I took that second photo while laying on the floor underneath the chandelier….I thought it was a cool angle. At least I didn't take a selfie with it.

In the meantime, another smaller plan went wrong…(see photo above) making it possible for me to finally actually put those spheres to use.

I don't know what those puppies are made out of, but it was no easy task to punch a hole through them. A drill would not work. I had to use a very sharp pointed nail to hammer a hole through. Even that wasn't easy, but I won't bore you with the agonizing details….let's just look at the pretty outcome.


Friday, October 24, 2014



This week, on one of my usual design adventures, I happened upon the beautiful and very eclectic BRENDAN BASS SHOWROOM.

The lighting!… And, all those very unexpected pieces mixed in with the lovely….a bit more expected (sofa, chair etc…) items. Intriguing.

As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I was going to like this place. 
Before I could even wonder about a piece, Brendan Bass was standing next to me…telling me a fascinating story about how he repurposed each unique item that he obtained while in France…or some other faraway place.

Suddenly, each eclectic piece of furniture had a great story, and of course became way more interesting.

Aha! No more yelling at the kids when they want to scratch their names into the furniture…which has never actually happened in my home…they wouldn't dare. But…if it does happen in your house…Hey, now you have a piece of furniture with some valuable character.


Like this beautiful reclaimed wood mirror. 
Look how amazing this lovely traditional style upholstered chair works with the reclaimed/repurposed pieces of furniture. Love it!

It was pretty clear to me that Brendan Bass can turn pretty much anything into a functional piece of furniture. 
How do I know that?

Need I say more? 
I guess this is the literal definition of turning "trash to treasure".

I don't know if I mentioned it enough times in past posts, but I like big stuff. Oversized. Like that giant sized bowl on this reclaimed wood table.

And, speaking of bowls…here's an idea for all those corks you've been collecting. I'm not exactly sure where you can get a giant chunk of faux cheese, but you might try Wisconsin. 

Now I wish I would have picked up some of those big colored chunks of glass that I saw in all those gem shops while we briefly lived in North Carolina.

By the way, there was also some inspiring art hanging in the Brendan Bass showroom. This was my favorite.

I love this credenza. I'm actually working on a piece very much like this for my front foyer.

Your outside can look just as cool as the inside. Especially if you add a few great pieces like these.

It's different. It's inspiring. It's chic.

If you get a chance, I suggest you put this place on your list to check out.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Art! An essential part of any well designed space.

While a chandelier adds drama to the space, art brings the zest…the vim…the verve…the pizzazz. 

Whether it be a painting, sculpture, photograph or….whatever your particular preference, art is one of the most important elements of a great design.

And, it doesn't have to be a complicated piece to add that all important…'oomph' to a space.

While size is subjective, my personal opinion is that every room needs at least one large piece of art. 

This brightly colored large work, created with pastels, was one of my favorite finds from my visit to the Dallas Design Center last week. Notice the great size of this work of art …in the image on the right. I like how the artist, Jamali, used 10 separate pieces of paper to create one very large creation.

It even inspired me to pick up some pastels of my very own. I'll let you see what I create…as soon as I figure out what it will be.

Another of my favorites of the day was this, also quite large, painting titled… Under The Apple Tree. Unfortunately, no one could actually read the artists signature.

But, we don't have to know who created it, to admire it. I especially like the colors in this fantastic piece.

Art! Buy it, borrow it, or create it…but don't live without it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I love chandeliers because they add drama to a space.

While strolling through the Dallas Design Center last week, I spotted several impressive chandeliers.

If it's the first thing you notice when you walk in the room, it obviously has made some kind of impression on you. Hopefully it's a "Wow! That's fabulous!" rather than a…"Yikes! Where did they get that thing from?" impression.

Your art and furniture can be fantastic, but adding a dramatic chandelier turns fantastic into magnificent.

The size of the chandelier also adds to the drama. 

Look how dramatic a modern style chandelier can be in a traditional setting. I love mixing styles. This chandelier is more like a great sculpture hanging from the ceiling…

I don't know if you can read that price tag but….
Would it be weird if my chandelier cost way more than my car?

It… this very-expensive-silver-sculpture-chandelier, inspires me to get to work on that silver sphere chandelier I keep talking about. 

So far, I've collected the spheres… 

Notice the way that this lovely opaque-crystal chandelier adds elegance to this space.

Whatever the style you like , there's definitely a perfect chandelier out there for you.

And, don't think you must have just one. 
Hanging more than one chandelier, of a similar style, in a space… definitely adds drama.