Apple News

The latest mobile operating system release by Apple, iOS9, included a new app called, ‘News’.  This is a great way to keep up on your favorite blogs without having to open up your browser. The Dixie Stark blog was one of the launch content sites for this newly released app which means you can follow the blog on any of your iPhones or iPads running the iOS9 operating system.  I’m …

Grout Shout

Most of the time, I specify the tile grout color to blend with the tile.  This ensures that the overall color of the tile is what your eye reads when it encounters the material.  It is almost always the safest design solution.  However, making the grout color “shout” by selecting a contrasting color has been on trend for a couple of years and I like it! …

Out Of Necessity

They used everything fully, and repurposed everything. From an artist perspective, I enjoy how they made quilts and rugs from worn out clothing and even made jewelry from women’s hair.

To Accent Or Not

All designers being human have opinions.  A lot of designers have strong opinions about what is appropriate or tasteful or not.  One of the big differences in opinion among designers lies with the accent wall. Many designers don’t like them, won’t think of installing them.  They feel that the accent wall represents an unfinished or inexpensive fix-it solution.  I, on the other hand, feel there …

Iris Inspiring

What inspires you?  Is it a person, a place, a thing?  Is it nature or architecture?  Is it a color, or a shade, or a shadow? This past week end, I watched the documentary film on Iris Apfel.  Iris was an interior designer, a textile business woman (Old World Weavers), and today, an international fashion icon.  Oh, her jewelry! I know for a fact that …

Oh Ombre

I think an ombré effect is one of the most beautiful and interesting uses of color. Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. The technique is commonly seen as a surface treatment in fashion and art. I am particularly fond of using this technique in textiles as seen in the images below, in which the color graduates through a more blended approach.  However, the ombré technique …

Drop it

The flexibility of using pendants at a bath vanity is undeniable.  I opt to use pendants when there is an ample amount of vanity space, but mostly when we are space challenged.  By just dropping in a few pendants, you can expand the mirror size or shrink it depending on the aesthetic and overall function of the room. I particularly like to shrink the mirror and …

Pieces From The Past

My roots in Arkansas and Texas take me to some of the best antiquing in the south.  I’ve spent many a day working the New Orleans shops and bargaining with dealers all over the Dallas and Houston areas to name a few. Buying a vintage or antique item is fun!  There is almost always a story or history to share.  If not, there is the …

Treading

The number one reason I recommend a runner on stairs is safety!  The traction gained from a carpet runner on stairs saves pets, kids, and adults from slipping.  I usually prefer a stair runner that has texture.  Patterns and colors are a bonus, but the texture not only gives more traction, but shows less wear.  All in all, most textures and patterns are a bit …

The Good Light

As the days get shorter, I find myself taking client appointments earlier and earlier in the day.  Why?  We loose light! It is essential that we have good light when reviewing any surface samples.  Not only is it important to have good light to select paint, it is also critical when choosing flooring, wall tile, wallcoverings, and any textiles. I always encourage my clients to …