Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Highlight Reel!

As we start counting down the hours to the new year, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite moments of 2013.  Thank you to everyone who made this year full of fun and laughs, happiness, bliss, and sunshine, challenges and accomplishments, and most of all, warmth and love!

Every picture brings the best smile to my face and a beautiful memory to my heart!  

One of my favorite pictures with one of my favorite people :)
My sister and her family on her birthday!

The Faja and the newest member of our family. 

My friend Susan and I stopping in the blue bonnets on our way home from Round Top.  
My nephew all giggles taking a bath.

Seeing the Book of Mormon.

Brother Travis running the Chicago Marathon.

Old friends coming to Houston!

Stephanie and I after a fabulous Houston wedding.

Man's paradise, finally complete. 

Cousins Joey and Katie goofing around with some selfies.  
Old teammates Lindsey and Cassie along with Coach Kelly.

Travis and I.

Pregger friends Susan and Danielle. 

Blue-eyed beauties Travis and niece. 

My favorite photographer, Brad, doing whatever he has to to get the perfect shot. 
Houston's Best Award Winner for whole house remodel!

Wild lilies in the U.P.

Nephew Brenner :)


Glacier National Park, Whitefish, Montana. 

Montana wedding magic with Evan's folks.
Catching and hanging on to an assistant :)

Finally.... all of the beautiful ladies of By Design together in one photo :)

One of my favorite dining room projects!

Beautiful town home project. 
Meghan's wedding with coaches Sean and Kelly. Wayno!

You never really grow up....

Capturing pure joy and a little bit of fear :)

Meeting Tomater :)
Learning the lay of  the land at Disney.

Spa-like master bathroom.

Celebrating my sister's baby #3!

Diaper Party! Greg, Rico, and Travis!

Brother Adam and nephew on the Disneyland train :)

Celebrating my birthday at Rainbow Lodge. 

Scrumptious salad from Rainbow Lodge.

Glacier National Park 
Here's to all the wonderful memories and wishing everyone a 
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 6, 2013

High Point Market Highlights: My Favorite Collection

Although there is so much to see at High Point Market and it is extremely difficult to name just a few items as my favorites, there was one collection that I absolutely adored!  Alexander Julian designed this collection for Jonathon Charles and every piece oozes amazing and fun details. 
Dry bar cabinet with a houndstooth pattern on the bottom and an inlay stripe on top.  Although it is difficult to see, the knobs on the drawers are 4-hole buttons!  And who wouldn't love the bow tie cocktail table!

This Tartan Haberdashery is one of the coolest pieces of furniture I have ever seen.  The tartan design on the front is only the beginning of how amazing this piece is.  Open it up and....

Compartments and spaces for everything a guy could need.

Bow tie hardware!  
I'm seriously considering this piece as a gift for a special someone!

Necktie bench = smiles on my face!

What a fun and unexpected collection!  I love how elegant and beautifully crafted each piece is and a single piece would add a touch of whimsy to a traditional space. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

High Point Market Highlights: Beautiful Bedroom Vignettes

Bedrooms are one of my favorite rooms to design; they can be so cozy and warm, yet strikingly stylish.  As I get ready to redesign my own bedroom, I found myself stopping and admiring more bedroom vignettes at High Point Market this year.  Here are a few of my favorite bedroom scenes with little notes on what make them so special. 

Neutral with a pop of color - this is a great schematic for someone who likes to change up their bedding regularly.  When the larger items are neutral, it's easy to add a splash of color in pillows and accessories. 

Layers - the beautiful floor screen behind the headboard frames the bed beautifully. 

Upholstered headboards can be neutral..... or be wildly colorful and completely set the tone for the entire room.

Navy is the new orange and I am thrilled! The color can do so much - be regal and traditional or be fun and energetic.

Elegant, sophisticated, timeless. 

I love this cozy look and layers of finishes and patterns. The dark colors and rich textures combine to make a space that makes me want to curl up and nap!

This dramatic headboard is beautiful.... yet simple and chic. 

Pastels are on their way back and this room was one of the calmest at Market. 

More Navy!  I love this chic look. Simple lines and a great mixture of shapes and textures: Tufted crushed velvet, silky smooth linens, aged leather, and casual linen.

I have always loved four-poster beds and Hickory Chair took a traditional four-poster bed and made a statement piece out of it.

See a trend here! More navy :) 

The acrylic legs on this bench and the curvature of the headboard = Stunning!