Interior Design, Pet

A Dog’s Life

Hold Everything!

Plush toys…tennis balls…frisbees…rubber Kongs.  In my home, dog toys of all varieties are very often strewn around the house.  For this reason, I am obsessed with decorative containers – fabric, woven, wire – you name it…I have one. Plain and simple, that is how I keep the dog toy collection at bay. Decorative containers can range in price from $10 to $100 depending on what they are made from. Typically, the more natural the material, the more expensive they are.  And if you dog is a chewer, I advise that you don’t buy the expensive basket made from seagrass…Target is the way to go.  Here are few container options that work well in most décors:

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  1. White & Grey Large Round Woven Plastic Storage Basket Room Essentials™,
  2. Heavy Metal Large Basket,
  3. Bins in Blue,
  4. Nantucket Woven Seagrass Rectangular Bin on Wheels,
  5. Gray & White Round Fabric Bin Pillowfort™,
  6. Harvest Wire Storage Baskets with Handles,


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Arts & Crafts


If you love watercolors, florals and abstract patterns created in shade of blues, turquoises and pink then you will love Bluebellgray.  Fiona Douglas started the company on her kitchen table back in 2009 and has expanded to a full range of homeware including bedding, fabric, wallpaper, rugs and tableware.  Everything is originally created in the studio in Scotland.  Staying true to the original vision – Fiona still paints all the signature designs that have become synonymous with the brand. The watercolor paintings are digitized and printed onto fabric.  For more information go to  The line is available in the U.S. at Macy’s and Bloomingdales.


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Arts & Crafts

Cotton + Steel Fabrics

If you are looking for unique fabrics, then your search is over.  Simply checkout and get lost in over a thousand bright and cheerful patterns across numerous collections.  Operated by six designers, Cotton + Steel fabrics are screen printed in Japan in a facility known for its superior level of quality and attention to detail.  Here is just a sampling of their offering:


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Design 101


Let’s review…the eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

In this weeks Design 101 blog we are going to focus on Texture. Texture is defined as the feel, appearance or consistence of a substance or surface.  Texture, in harmony, with the other elements helps to provide balance and visual interest to a room. In addition to overall balance, you need to consider the balance among texture – all smooth or all rough will create a feeling of monotony.  A nubby tweed sofa works better with a smooth throw pillow and a leather couch work better with a wool knitted fabric.  Here is an example of how texture can be used successfully.


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The soft velvet sofa plays well against the rough exposed brick wall. The room also feature smooth and shiny objects such as the glass coffee table, metal legs and arms of the furniture which are contrasted by the matte hues of the velvet chair fabric and rugs.  When selecting furniture for a room, keep this balance of opposites in mind and the room will not only look professionally decorated but will also project a comfortable and welcoming mood.

How do you combine texture in your rooms?  Post your photos.

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My Latest Spark!

If you want to feel that you have traveled the world from the comfort of your exquisitely designed armchair, then check out the globetrotting designer and shop owner of Ceylon et Cie, Michelle Nussbaumer.  The Wanderlust fabric collection is made up of vibrant colors and exotic patterns that whether applied to a sofa or a throw pillow will provide a visual feast for the eyes in any home.


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Discovering Ceylon et Cie at the Dallas Design Center on 1319 Dragon Street was like taking a short adventure around the world.  This curated assortment is a result of her travels to India, China, Mexico and various regions of Europe.  Check out her book Wanderlust: Interiors that Bring the World Home, available at Amazon.

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