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An Organized Home For The New Year

POSTED ON: January 12, 2017, BY Dallas Design Group

With the New Year comes new resolutions, a new fit you, new beginnings and even an organized/redesigned home.  If you’re like me, you waited to put away all things “holiday-ish” before you dived into getting your home in order.  Here are some tips for some rooms that sometimes get forgotten about.

Mudroom

A mudroom typically is a room or an area that ends up being a drop off and catch all for the family.  Because this area is typically where you enter and leave your home for the day, you want it to stay organized to keep you and your family on track.  Here are a few tips to achieve that.

1. If you don’t have room for a built-in cabinet, do what our very own Tracy Rasor, did here.  A well designed and thought out wall unit that includes a clock, hooks for hanging, slots for small items and magnetic and cork boards for notes. 

2. A media drawer in a mudroom built-in cabinet, can keep your phone charging while hiding all the cords and plugs, keeping it nice and neat. 

3. Since we enter and leave often through this area, make sure to use tile flooring for easy clean up. 

4. Placing baskets in the mudroom with labels or names on them can help organize and find things in a time crunch. 

5. Try a simple and minimalist mudroom/entry area like this to avoid disorder. 

6. Because our lives can get really busy with spouses and kids, placing a calendar and/or chalkboard for notes can make those hectic days, run a little more smoothly. 

Closets

Getting your closet organized is a must.  An unorganized closet can be overwhelming especially on those busy mornings.  Here are a few easy tips that can help you get your closet organized.

1. Lisa Barron designed a closet with open shelving and double hung rods for easy access. The use of serene, neutral paint colors allow for a relaxing and more organized closet.

2. Tracy Rasor (Desco Fine Homes) designed this fabulous closet with mirrored doors and plenty of display areas.  There’s even a display for the client’s beautiful wedding dress! If your closet space permits, don’t hesitate to display some of your favorite pieces that make you happy!

3. Jewelry drawers can help keep jewelry organized and out of sight. 

4. I love these practical and simple drawers with acrylic fronts.  It makes it easy to see what’s in them!

5. We tend to keep things when we don’t need or utilize. Follow this list to help you decide on what you can use or perhaps could part with.

6. Now, if you're technology savvy...this is for you! Stylebook is a wardrobe organization and closet management app that can help get you organized in a cool and easy way!  With this app you can upload pics of your clothes, shoes and accessories, which enable you to virtually view your closet at any time.

Pantry

If you love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, an organized pantry can make life and cooking a little easier.  Follow these simple rules to enjoy a well-established pantry.

1. This modern pantry designed by Tracy Rasor and Chelsea Hargrave (Jim Johnson Group) is designed with opaque glass uppers and drawers below to hide away some of the visual clutter.

2. Use wire baskets for the things you do want to be able to view and reach for quickly. 

3. A pantry can also be used to display items such as cookbooks and serving ware.  Place them where you can access them easily.  Clear jars and labeled baskets can also help keep your pantry organized.

4. When utilizing these clear containers to store ingredients such as sugar, flour, salt they all begin to look alike. Make your life a bit easier and check out these labels that you can download, print and place on these clear containers for identification.

5. Nancy Dubick designed this butler’s pantry to not only store but also display all her client’s silver serving ware.  Glass/mirrored doors and the pop of subtle color gives this otherwise boring pantry an impeccable designer look.  We could only dream! 

6. I, personally, thought this was brilliant! Placing directions on containers that store mixes or grains for things such as pancakes, rice, biscuits, can make it easy for anyone in the family to prepare.  

Laundry Room

If your household is anything like mine, we all get inundated with laundry! But, you can make life a little easier if you follow these tips.

1. Rebecca Kennedy (Milan Design Build) designed this prodigious laundry room with ample counter space and cabinet storage for her client. 

2. and 3.  If you opt for open shelving, place baskets like these for storage.  Using shorter baskets can make it easy to see what’s being stored in them. 

4. and 7. Pull out storage can help hide away such things as dirty laundry or even dog food.  

5. A hanging rod to hang laundry can help you keep your counters free of clothes. 

6. To save some space in a smaller laundry room, add a built in/pull down ironing board

I hope some of these tips help you start off the New Year right!

 

 

 

 

 


Let The DDG Team Put Your Vision To Life!

POSTED ON: January 05, 2017, BY Dallas Design Group

From Our Kitchens to Yours

POSTED ON: November 18, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

For Thanksgiving this year we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite kitchens we have had the honor of working on. Who wouldn’t love cooking their family feast in these kitchens! I have also rounded up some of my favorite must have kitchen tools to help get you ready for your holiday dinner. 

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Eat and Be Thankful!


 

 

 

 

Fall Inspired Design & Style

POSTED ON: September 14, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

These long summer days are no doubt making us dream about the fall season.  Along with the chilly weather, turning of the leaves and the infamous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, the other thing we look forward to is the cozy yet stylish fall outifts.  As we’ve mentioned before here, fashion speaks interior design and vise versa.  So here are some of our very own designed spaces that could very well inspire a fall wardrobe for that man in your life and influence your home design too!

Sophisticated

Home| Him

Prestigious

Him| Home

Eclectic

Home| Him

Refined

Him| Home

Timeless

Home| Him

Tailored 

Him| Home

Traditional

Home| Him

 

Come on fall!

 

 

 

 

Living In Color

POSTED ON: August 24, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

We are at the tale’s end of this year’s summer season and just because summer is almost over, it doesn’t mean you can’t have pops of color in your home.  It will no doubt help you brighten your future fall and winter days.  Here are some unique ways to add some colorful hues to your everyday living!

Captivating Ceilings

Painted walls are not the only way to add color to a room.  Color on a ceiling can make a grand statement to any room.

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Color In the Details

When using light colored paints on walls, adding a contrasting paint color on the trim work can add some interest to your walls.

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Bold Built Ins

Let’s not forget the built ins! A plain bookshelf can be brought back to life with a pop of color.  Or what about a bold painted built in cab or furniture piece? It will definitely add a wow factor!

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Colorful Fixings

Colorful fixtures and appliances will catch anyone’s attention! You don’t see these colorful pieces often, so when you do, these pieces bring some fun into a room.

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Color At Your Feet

You can never go wrong with flooring to add a pop of color.  Whether it is tile or wood, you can’t miss this most obvious and colorful detail!

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Ready for some color in your life?

 

 

 

 

Dorm Room Designing

POSTED ON: August 19, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

It’s back to school and there’s nothing more exciting than a new start in a new school year, especially when you’re starting college!  One of the cool things you get to do is design your own dorm room/space.  Dorm rooms are a representation of you and your personality but because they can be small spaces it can be a little hard to make it your own.  Here are some tips on how to make your room stylish, comfortable and well utilized.

Sleeping Quarters

  • When selecting bedding, choose something that’s comfortable and add lots of pillows.  Try using different patterns and colors.  Pillows can be used not only for coziness but company can use them to sit on.
  • Because space is limited, use a rolling cart that you can move around or a mesh drawer unit that you can easily view your items. 
  • Words of encouragement can be ideal when you’re going through your college years.  Printed and framed quotes can be encouraging and decorative.  You can't have enough of these!
  • Lastly, find a simple yet cool rug.  It adds depth and warmth to any room.  


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Study Time

  • Since space is restricted, use the wall above your desk to store books, stock supplies and make notes.  Don’t forget to personalize it! 
  • Use wire desk accessories to easily view what you have on your desk. 
  • Add some “wow” pieces like painted mason jars (with silk flowers) or cool book ends, that won’t break the bank. 
  • Let’s not forget lighting for that late night study sesh.  A cool desk lamp, even one with a wireless charging station can be very useful in your dorm room.
  • If you don’t want to do shelves or a cool pin board above your desk, try some cool wire wall grids that are easy to use and remove.


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Good luck this school year!! Go get ‘em!

 

 

 

 


Go For The Gold

POSTED ON: August 08, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

The Summer Olympics 2016 have been underway and we've been sitting at the edge of our seats waiting to see who the winners will be, especially the Gold Medal winners! Gold has always been a symbol of achievement and victory in the Olympics.  When it comes to interior design, gold has always been a fan favorite and we see why.  Adding gold tones and hues can give a room a sense of sophistication, prestige and luxury.  Here are some of our favorite interiors and products decked out in their own gold and glory.

Lights and Golds

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Darks and Golds

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 We Go For the Gold

Our clients love to add gold touches to their homes. Here are some ways we incorporated gold in their homes with furniture, flooring and plumbing.

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We have incorporated elegance and sophistication in beautiful subtle ways in our own office space.  We certainly are fans of gold!

Products We Love In Gold

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It’s your time to shine!  How will you go for the gold in your home?

 

 

 

 

Go Bold With Geometric Floors

POSTED ON: July 15, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

Have you ever wanted to add some interest to a room, but didn’t know how? How about doing it with a geometric flooring design? They are becoming ever so popular and the designs have become show stopping focal points.  Check out these daring floor patterns!

Come On In

Try adding a unique geometric floor design in your entry way or throughout your home’s hallways.  Your guests will be impressed and won’t be able to get their eyes off your bold floor.

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Let’s Get Cooking

Many people spend a lot of time in their kitchen, cooking and entertaining.  Why not add an impactful floor for all to enjoy?  A geometric floor pattern in a clean-lined kitchen can add a lot of interest and make it more inviting.

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Rub A Dub, Wow!

Even though bathrooms can be more private and smaller than other rooms in the house, they too can strut a cool floor design.  Dare to be daring in your bathroom.  You’ll never want to leave!

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The Sky’s the Limit

You can easily accomplish a geometric design with tile and stone.  If your pockets don’t allow it; carpets, rugs and stair runners can also help you incorporate a striking geometric floor design in your humble abode.  The possibilities are endless!

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Are you ready to make your floor a showstopper?

 

 

 

 

For the Love of the Greek Key

POSTED ON: July 08, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

The Greek key motif is a highly visible and timeless pattern in the world of interior design and is often featured in a myriad of design elements such as wallcovering, drapery, rugs, various trims, furnishings and accessories just to name a few.

The Greek Key motif has many aliases.  Among them are “Greek fret” and “meander”.  Meander took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, and was mentioned by Homer in Iliad.  The meander, or Greek key, was the most important symbol in Ancient Greece, symbolizing infinity or the eternal flow of things. Many temples and objects were decorated with this motif, and it is considered that there is a connection with the Cretan labyrinth – indeed - a labyrinth can be drawn using a Greek key. 

The pattern is also recognized to symbolize the bonds of friendship, devotion and love.  Maybe that’s why it’s loved so much and used in many various ways in the world of design. Take a look below and catch a glimpse of the Greek key at its best!

Greek Key Products We Love

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The Use of Greek Keys in Design

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One of our all-time favorite wallcoverings, “Queen’s Key” by Cole & Sons, provides a stunning backdrop for one of our recently completed multi-family high rise installations shown here.  We loved it so much we just had to have it in our brand new studio as well; when you can’t improve upon perfection you go with the flow…of the Greek Key.

Where do you see yourself incorporating the Greek key in your home design?

                             

 

 

 

 

SNAP, CRACKLE, POP

POSTED ON: June 29, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

I can’t believe it is already going to be the 4th of July this weekend. And with weekend celebrations in full blast I was inspired to round up some of my favorite looks, crafts, snacks, drinks and interiors to help boost your patriotic pride. If you thought red, white and blue were only for the 4th of July festivities, take a look at these bold interiors that prove it’s a classic tried and true look.

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 Happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Living for the Summer

POSTED ON: June 24, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

Summer is officially here and our backyards and patios get the most use, this time of the year.  Whether you want it to be your oasis or have something for entertaining, your patio may need a little more attention right about now.  Need some ideas on how to spruce it up? Here are a few tips that may help you enjoy the outdoors a little more.

Take a Seat

Choose seating that will be comfortable and fits perfectly in your outdoor living space.  Plenty of seating is a must if you plan on entertaining a lot this summer.  Try to incorporate some ottomans, fun chairs or even a hanging chair.  And while you’re are it, don’t forget to add some pillows for a pop of color or pattern.  

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Light It Up

Lighting is vital! Adding a grand chandelier, can add a great focal point to a patio.  Lighting on steps or a walkway can light up a pathway to and from the patio which can create great ambience on those more pleasant summer Texas nights!

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Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Planters with flowers and/or plants can add such a beautiful touch to your outdoor space.  Whether you enjoy foliage or blooms, you can’t go wrong with either one.  Adding mirrors and candles outside can give the outdoors, a sense of indoors.

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Make it Comfy

If you want your patio to be somewhat of a little getaway, having drapes in your outdoor patio can add a relaxing effect and give you some sense of privacy.  Another way to get some privacy, is with a covered pergola, which also gives you some shade from the Texas heat.  And if you really want to relax, how about adding a hammock under a tree? 

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I hope some of these ideas and tips help you create the most inviting outdoor living space for your guests and a relaxing oasis for you.

Happy First Week of Summer!

 

 

 

 


Happy Father's Day

POSTED ON: June 17, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are still trying to get a perfect gift, don’t worry, we have you covered! Time after time we get dad, those boring ties and gadgets he never uses.  

How about this year, you spend time with your dad and create some fun memories! Here are some great ideas that you can do, to spend some time with your dad.

D Magazine

Guide Live

Open Table

We hope everyone spends a great day with their dads!

As for us, at DDGI, we want to wish our dads a VERY

 

 

 

 

When Fashion Speaks Interiors

POSTED ON: June 02, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

For spring this year we did a special blog, which you can check out here, on fashion and current trends. Some of the pieces were tried and true classics, and some were new modern looks. One thing all of them have in common is their ability to give inspiration to the interiors we live in.

 CLASSIC WHITE

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 COOL NEUTRALS

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 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

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 NOT SO BASIC BLACKS

 

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 How will your fashion inspire you?

 

 

 

 

2016 Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour

POSTED ON: May 13, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

The 2016 Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour was this past weekend and it featured six of Dallas’ most fabulous early 20th Century homes.   This year’s lineup showcased three Classic Prairie Foursquare homes, a Tudor Revival home, a Dutch Colonial home, and a Spanish Mission Revival home.

Year after year, homes and styles are all different and this year, the homes open to the public, did not disappoint! Several homes celebrated their 100th birthday this year and it’s really interesting to see items that were with the homes from the very beginning, still incorporated in the home to this day.  Every home was impressive in their own way! Here’s a peek at some of my favorite things from this tour.

For the Love of Black and White

I love color but these black and white areas, flooring and accessories made me appreciate black and white with its cleanliness and sleek look!

How About Some Wallpaper?

These wallpapers gave these historic homes such a fun and modern look! These wallpapers sure made an impact in these rooms.

Making It Your Own

Each and every home definitely had great furniture, lighting and accessories! Whether they were original, antiques or modern, the mix of it all was great! Each home had their own unique style.

Keeping the Old

I love that a lot of the original architecturals are still kept in mint condition and still considered timeless. Stairs, leaded glass and stained glass, all original!  My favorites were the stairs in her closet that lead to the attic which also served to reach shoes and offers extra seating in the closet.  And who can forget the telephone niche?? 

Let’s Repurpose!

This was one of my favorite ways to repurpose items from the original house.  I loved that the walls are covered in the original wood floors that were removed.  The bar front and the ceiling fur down detail are all made up of old doors. So clever!

I can’t wait for next year’s Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour!!

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother's Day

POSTED ON: May 06, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

With Mother's Day this weekend we thought we would recognize the beautiful and strong women who helped us become who we are today, and share some fun memories and words of wisdom. 

From all of us here at Dallas Design Group we want to wish all moms, grandmothers, great grandmothers, step moms, and foster moms a wonderful Mother's Day! 

 

 

 

 

 


Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

POSTED ON: April 18, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

This year, Teacher Appreciation Day is May 3rd and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd thru May 6th.  It’s fast approaching and I’m looking forward to showing my appreciation to my kids’ teachers.  Like many parents, I love to give thanks to my kids’ teachers thru the typical gifts, such as a gift cards, flowers or the cute DIY gifts.  This year I wanted to try something a little different and I found some great ideas that any teacher would love.

For the Teacher’s Desk

These are some fun gifts that your teacher can use all year long and your child would love to see on their teacher’s desk!

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Personalized With Love

Make it extra special when you have their gift personalized! Any teacher would feel the love with these gifts!

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This One’s For the Mister

Gifts tend to gear towards the female teachers.  But I found some great ideas for those male teachers and coaches in your child’s lives. 

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A Spin on the Typical Gifts

If you’re tired of the same-o gifts, such as flowers, gift cards, donuts and gift baskets, here’s some gifts that are a different route to those typical gifts! There’s even an extra card holder for all those gift cards they will get!

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I hope these ideas help you in the right direction of gift giving!  Great teachers deserve our gratitude, not only during this week, but every day!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Fashion

POSTED ON: April 08, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

With the arrival of spring, I’m excited for all the new spring fashion we are seeing! From great lace-up shoes, tassels, neutrals and bold colors there is something for everyone. I have rounded up some of my favorite looks and must have accessories for this spring.

 

CLASSIC WHITES

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COOL NEUTRALS

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BOLD ANDBEAUTIFUL 

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NOT SO BASIC BLACKS

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HAPPY SHOPPING !


 

 

 

 

 

Easter Tablescapes And Settings

POSTED ON: March 22, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

Easter lunches and dinners are around the corner and some of us will have family and friends over for an Easter meal.

Want to impress them? Well, we have some inspirational ideas that we thought would go perfect with Heather’s Holiday Tablescape and Settings.  

We hope these ideas help you design your perfect Easter table setting! 

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Happy Easter!


 

Green with Envy

POSTED ON: March 17, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

 

 

Since its St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to have a little fun and show how green can be used in design in some pretty amazing ways. Not sure where to start or how to use green? Don’t worry I have pulled some of my favorite concept images to help get anyone inspired. 

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Green can also make a great impact and bold statement in a kitchen with place settings, cabinets, cookware and even the stove! Just like all paint colors, green comes in a wide range of shades, below are just a few. 

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Plants are also a great way to not only bring green into the home but a great way to bring nature indoors, Dr. Delphinium offers these amazing terrariums that require little upkeep and offer a unique and different look from your standard house plant. If you really want to make a statement here are some of my favorite furniture and accessory pieces available to the trade. Another great way to pull nature into your home is a geode, like this one from Empressive Geo Designs.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! 

 

Easter Crafting: Making Cascarones

POSTED ON: March 15, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

Have you ever heard or seen cascarones? If so, you know how much fun they can be! If not, here's an easy Easter craft to do with your family!

Cascarones are fun colored empty egg shells filled with confetti.  They are most commonly seen around Easter.  They originated in China and then brought to Spain and Italy by Marco Polo.  They used to be filled with powdered perfume and were popular with the women of high society.  Not until they came to Mexico in the 1860’s by an Emperor’s wife, were they then filled with confetti.  They are used in several Latin celebrations, the most popular one being Easter.  They say that getting a cascaron broken on your head is supposed to be good luck or a show of affection.  

They have become more and more popular and you can find them in several grocery stores.  Now that I have my own kids, we have been doing this tradition of making them ourselves for years.  We save our empty eggshells all year long. They are so easy and fun to make!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your own cascarones.

You will need:

 Empty eggshells (with small hole at one end and rinsed from any yolk)

Egg coloring kits, like PAAS (follow their coloring instructions)

Confetti (preferably the paper confetti)
Gift tissue paper (cut in small pieces, big enough to cover the holes on the eggshells)
Scissors
Glue (Elmer’s glue)

This year we decided to use a different method of decorating the cascarones. Instead of dipping the eggs in the colored water we opted to sponge paint our egg shells. 

The kids loved it! Just be careful because it can get messy and the eggs are very fragile.

The best thing about making your own cascarones is that they can be different and they don’t have to be precise and perfect.

You really can get as creative and fancy as you want! Check these out!


 1. Stripes and stars eggs |2. Florals eggs| 3. Watermelons eggs

After you decorate your cascarones, (let them dry if needed) place the confetti into the eggs.

 I use a spoon to insert the confetti and fill it a 1/3 of the egg.  Some people do glitter, which I do not recommend because it gets everywhere and can be hard to clean up!! 

Next, place a small amount of glue around the rim of the opening. 

Finally, place the piece of tissue paper to cover the hole. And you’re done!! Easy, peezy!!

Our family has fun and can’t wait for this part of the Easter celebration.  Seems like the adults have just as much fun as the kiddos.

Just be ready for the aftermath of the clean up!

I hope you get to make these cascarones and have a little fun with your family, making them and BREAKING them!

Happy Easter crafting!


 

 

The 88th Oscars, Our Favorite Red Carpet Looks

POSTED ON: March 02, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

The 88th Academy Awards were this past Sunday and all the A-listers came to impress! As always, there were some misses, yet some incredible, great hits! So if you missed the Oscars, we are here to help.  We decided to have a little fun and we took a poll here are the office and we chose our top picks for the best dressed women, men and couples of the night!

BEST DRESSED LADIES

These ladies did not disappoint! From rich colors to gold tones, from a dimensional look to clean line gowns, these women had amazing looks for this memorable night.

“Giuliana Rancic’s gown stood out to me! I love the classic silhouette and color choice of this gown. A classic white is a great choice for February when we are in between seasons. The simple neckline and beautiful applique floral details were just enough to make this dress one of my top Oscar dress picks!”

- Chelsea Hargrave

 

BEST DRESSED GENTS

The women weren’t the only ones stepping out on Oscar night! These men chose to step out of the box from the classic black and white tuxedo and we LOVED it.

“Eddie Redmayne looked so debonair in this fitted suit. He took a classic look and added just the right finesse with the velvet jacket and velvet shoes! Literally from head to toe, I loved everything about this look!"

-Priscilla Rodriguez

 

BEST DRESSED DUOS

While many stars wowed on their own, there were some couples that rocked the red carpet together in style. Each of these couples looked good individually but together they were amazing, from dark and edgy, modern clean lines in complementary colors, to classic beautiful details there was something for everyone.

“Tom Hardy and his wife knocked it out of the park for me. She looked beautiful in a black top lace dress with plunging neckline.  Her beautiful gown, complimented Tom Hardy’s more edgy look to the classic black suit, with sunglasses and pocket accessory.”

-Heather Gorney

 We hope you enjoyed our favorite looks! What were your faves? Want to see more on the Oscars red carpet? Check out Eonline.

Design From The Heart, A Cause Worth Caring About

POSTED ON: February 24, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

This past weekend, Dallas Design Group had the privilege to volunteer with a great foundation here in Dallas, Dwell with Dignity. We were not only honored to work with such a great foundation but our hearts were filled with joy as we worked on projects, that we knew would make a well deserving family very happy! 

 What's Dwell with Dignity, you ask? 

Dwell with Dignity (DWD) is a non-profit organization founded by Lisa Robison, an interior designer, who partnered up with Kim Turner, also an interior designer, to create a charity whose goal is “To bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in”.

 DWD partners up with agencies that help families go from being homeless to self-sufficient.  These agencies nominate the families and DWD, then furnish the families’ homes with items from furniture, accessories, bathroom/kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and even their first night’s meal!

It’s amazing how a GREAT idea and word of mouth can spread and go so far. And it has!

DWD has grown tremendously since April of 2009 and Lisa and Kim have not done it all alone.  Allot of their help comes from hundreds of volunteers and items donated by different sources and the design community.  DWD also raises funds with their successful THRIFT STUDIO which they do twice a year.  Thrift Studio is a 30 day pop-up shop which raises funds by selling the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public.  Along with Thrift Studio, they also have corporate sponsors and accept monetary donations.  To find out how you can donate, click here

 

Check out some of these before and afters of how this all works!

Photography by: Lance Selgo with Unique Exposure Photography

Photography by: Dan Piassick

Incredible, right??  Their main goal is to break the cycle of poverty and what better way than to design a living space that anyone would be proud of, to want to come home to and most importantly, to want to strive in!  If you can change your surroundings, you can definitely step out into the world and feel like you can conquer it all!

 You can view more amazing transformations here.  You will be so amazed!

For any further information please visit www.dwellwithdignity.org

 So DDG was lucky enough to partake on some of the projects for the next install for a 60 year old grandmother who has custody of her five year old grandson.  The install was happening this week, so we were eager to help in any way we could! We can’t wait to see the end result of this family's newly designed home!

 Thanks to Laura Cismesia, and with her knowledge and guidance, she put us to work and we went right to it!

 We were creating artwork, sealing furniture, adding hardware to furniture pieces......

 collaborating ideas, sanding and priming dining chairs and even creating flowers!

We loved it all and we can’t wait to help and be more involved with such a great organization!

 

If you would like to volunteer find out here how you can help, because after all,

 

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” John F. Kennedy



 


 

 

 

Thailand, A Destination Worth Your Time

POSTED ON: February 18, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group


 


I recently traveled to Bangkok and Chiang Mai Thailand for a vacation in December. Although not my first time in Asia, this was my first time in Thailand.

The Food

I have been enjoying Thai cuisine for many years in Dallas, Texas and dining in Thailand was certainly no disappointment. From ‘ street food vendors ‘ to fine dining and anything in between, the quality and taste of the Thai food was consistent. If you like it hot, you ask for “Thai hot! “

The People

One of the first things you notice are the people. Their nature is kind hearted. You see it in their eyes and their gentle mannerisms.

The Flowers

Because the temperatures are moderate, it is a lush tropical environment where flowers and blooming trees flourish. I wish you could smell the fresh jasmine now, it is so potent! The top center photo shows a common jasmine bouquet which many people adorn their bodies or their rearview mirrors with.

The Architecture

From temples to houses, the architecture spans from new to old, modern to traditional. The top left photo is a house style referred to as “Tropical Modern “, how cool is that?

 

…and yes, they still use bamboo for support while constructing modern buildings!

           

             Mai Nai Gardens                  

Located just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand in an area called Mae Rim. This beautiful modern home along with 8 traditional bungalows is situated on more than 50 acres of lush tropical gardens. This was our home away from home for 7 nights. The owners, Ian and Pop, made us feel so welcome by inviting us to dinner, introducing us to their friends and just spending quality time showing us around their beautiful gardens.

www.mainaigardens.com

 

 

Happy Travels!

 







 


 




 

 





GIFTS FOR THOSE WE LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

POSTED ON: February 11, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

MEN

Weather you’ve got a man in your life who likes to cruise the open roads, travel, is a sports enthusiast, music junkie, or taking care of his skin we have got you covered with some unique and fun gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day. 

1. Jack Black Skin Care | 2. Hey Handsome Travel Bag | 3. Waterproof Speaker | 4. Smart Sensor Basketball | 5. 50 Shades of Bacon | 6. Amazon Eco | 7. Dallas Karting Complex | 8. Navdy

Women

For that special woman in your life we have rounded up a few of our favorite gifts to make any woman swoon. From the forever blanket which allows you to leave a personalized message, a couple’s massage at the Crescent Spa or if you and your someone special are more adventurous you could try a couple’s float at Adrift Spa. There are also always classics such as a great Coco Chanel perfume, a stylish handbag or the always special Cartier Love bracelet. If you aren’t sure what to get that someone special there is the fabulous Tom Ford lip trio offering multiple shades of lipstick or you could try RocksBox, which “gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry”. 

1. Forever Blanket | 2. Coco Noir | 3. Tom Ford Lip Trio | 4. RocksBox | 5. Jo Malone | 6a. Crescent Spa | 6b. Hydra Float | 7. Cartier Love Bracelet | 8. Tory Burch

KIDS

For all those special kiddos in your life we have picked out a few of our favorites from a pink mini grand piano and red electric guitar, rain boots for splashing in the puddles, superhero alarm clock, stylish heart sunglasses, an adorable plush dog, a smart chip basketball to help with their game or some Star Wars Legos any of these are sure to make them feel out of this world. 

1. Mini Grand Piano | 2. Burberry Rain Boots | 3. Super Hero Alarm Clock | 4. Electric Guitar | 5. Heart Sunglasses | 6. Boo - Unicorn | 7. Legos | 8. Smart Sensor Basketball

XOXO


WINTER WEDDING LOVE STORY

POSTED ON: January 21, 2016, BY Dallas Design Group

WINTER WEDDING LOVE STORY:

Tis the season, for a perfect winter wedding! Like so many others I also opted for a winter wedding and here are my favorite inspirations for planning the perfect one. 

Color Schemes:

When planning a winter wedding keep the season in mind. Luckily there are many beautiful options from all snow white to deep rich colors. If you love it all, think of doing an all winter white ceremony and transitioning into the deep rich colors for your reception (what a wow factor)! 

Setting the Mood:

Layers, lighting, and textures are sure to help set the mood for your special day. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a beautiful snowy back drop. If you are, think about taking some intimate pictures in the snow… how romantic! For those of us without snow there are other options to set the mood. Candles of varying heights will help give the layered look along with giving a soft warm glow. 

1.  Snowfall Wedding Photo | 2. White Floral Aisle | 3. Elegant Philadelphia Wedding |

 4. Black & Gold Stationary | 5. Colin Cowie Weddings

Adding florals not only pulls in color it also adds texture, think about mixing tall arrangements for drama and lower arrangements that encourage conversation. 

1. Classic Winter White Wedding | 2. Magnolia Centerpieces | 3. Thorncrown Chapel | 4. Chandeliers | 5. Christmas Cedarwood Wedding | 6. Janet Howard Studio | 7.  Hanging Tea Lights | 8. Thisbe Grace Photography 

Make it Personal:

Adding personal touches not only makes it special for you but it also makes your guest feel special and included in the festivities. Personalized gifts, fun facts as table numbers, pictures of loved ones who could not be there, and using your vows as the backdrop or aisle runner helps add that extra special personal touch. 

1. Green World Project | 2. Cigar Bar | 3. Engraved Flask |4. Milestones | 5. Bouquet of Memories|6. Personalized Cufflinks | 7. Vow Aisle Runner

Warm Hearts:

It is all about the dress but with a winter wedding there are other fabulous options and additions to keep in mind. Long sleeve gowns are great options but you could also try a beautiful vintage fur wrap or a show stopping cape! Talk about a “WOW, look at the bride!!!”

1. Ashi Studio | 2. Thisbe Grace Photography | 3.Valentino Couture 2015| 4. Studio Cabrelli | 5. Ashi Studio | 6. Mountain Elegance | 7. Winter Plaid 

How Sweet It Is:

Having a hard time deciding on a desert…why have one when you can have several. Bite size deserts and desert displays let your guest pick what they prefer. 

1. Sweet Details | 2. Candy Buffet | 3. S’mores | 4. Cake Pops | 5. Gold Cake | 6. Hot Chocolate Bar

Bring on the Bubbly:

When celebrating with loved ones who doesn’t love a little bubbly? This is another great opportunity to throw in another personalized touch and seasonal twist with special wedding cocktails the couple picks out, drink stirrers, a favorite wine that’s offered with dinner, or personal mini champagne bottles to cheers the newlywed couple. 

1. Champagne | 2. Kyushiki (Japanese Old Fashioned) | 3. Jarvis |

4. Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer | 5. Infamous Wisdom | 6. Escort Cards 

Make it Sparkle:

Adding a little metallic touch here and there helps add that sparkle to your big day. From the lettering on invitations, mixed metal place settings, jewels on shoes or even on the cake will be sure to make your event sparkle and pop. 

1. Name Cards | 2.  Art Deco Brooch Shoes | 3. Black & Gold Stationary | 4. Mixed Metals | 5. Art Deco Cake 

Happy Wedding Day!!


Christmas Gifts, It's a Wrap!

POSTED ON: December 23, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Christmas is almost here and if you're like many others, like me, you many have not finished wrapping those last minute gifts.

Here are some creative and unique ideas that may have your gift receiver say, "Wow!"

 

How about some fun tags and embellishments! There are so many unique and great ideas to add a little more pizazz to your gift.

 

1. Red Ribbon  | 2. Snowflake | 3. Photograph Tags |

4. Puzzle Piece Tags | 5. Wreath Decoration | 6. Ornament Decor

How about some fun wraping papers? There are some very unique ones to choose from, like these! Have fun with it! Why not?! 



 

1. Music Sheets Paper  | 2. Fun Wrapping Paper | 3. Geomtric Wrapping Paper  | 4. Create Your Own Paper

 

If color is not your ammo, try these simple yet classic black and white options.

 

1. Chalk Paper | 2. Brown Paper With Black Ribbon | 3. Black And White  | 4. Black And White Polka Dots

 

Just for a little more glitz for the season, try these gift wrapping and embellishments ideas to add some shimmer! 

1.  Grey And Golds | 2. White And Copper | 3. Gold Monogram | 4. Gold Deer

 

I hope you get your creative groove with your gift wrapping! The sky's the limit! 

 

Happy Holidays!!

 




Holiday Gifts We Love

POSTED ON: December 14, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

If you are shopping last minute or have a hard to shop for person on your list, we have rounded up some of our favorites to make your holidays less stressful!  

Under $50

 

1. Elisa Pendant | 2. Beard Bib | 3. Lightsaber | 4. Cocktail Shaker | 5. Monogrammed Throw | 6. Dog Collar | 7. Chalktrail | 8. Salt Plate

Under $100

 

1. Monogram Carving Board | 2. Ecosphere | 3. Perfume Sampler | 4. Tie Bar | 5. Zoomer Dino | 6. Animal Headphones | 7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 

 

HOLIDAY TABLESCAPES AND SETTINGS

POSTED ON: November 23, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away and holiday dinner parties beginning it is either time to pull out the china or purchase your first set. Getting ready for the holidays is stressful and if you are planning to host a holiday dinner there can be pressure about place settings and how to decorate. I have rounded up a few of my favorite pieces for all styles and budgets. 

TRADITIONAL 

Go big and grand or go home! With the beautiful varied patterns reminiscent of lace this china, beautiful cut crystal glasses, and Grande Baroque flatware with 24K gilded gold accents will be sure wow any guest. But don’t forget the other finishing touches such as candles and flowers that pull deep rich colors of the season to help set the tone for your dinner.

1. Florals | 2. Waterford Lismore Lace | 3. Waterford Presage Glasses |4. Wallace Silversmiths Grande Baroque

TRANSITIONAL 

Taking traditional items and making them modern can be fun and bold like this place setting with geometric patterns and touches of gold. Why stop there with the gold accents? Try wine glasses with a fine gold band, it’s a simple and classic detail, and gold flatware that’s modern giving a nod to the traditional ornate detailed flatware most of us are used to seeing. Finally try adding gold touches to pumpkins to create a unique centerpiece.

1. B by Brandie Grande Connelley & Duke Dinnerware | 2. Lenox Stemware Timeless Gold Signature Collection | 3. Vera Wang Wedgewood Polished Gold Place Setting |

 4. Giggles Galore | 5. My Domaine

 

MODERN

Keeping it clean and simple is what it is all about here. I love the idea of adding texture to the place settings to add some interest with the soft angles of the wine glasses. When it comes to décor not only would candles running the length of the table be dramatic but it also keeps it simple all while adding some warmth and soft lighting.

1. Lenox Donna Karan Devore | 2. Vera Wang Wedgwood Flatware | 3. Crate & Barrel Tour Wine Glasses | 4. Apartment Therapy Lovely & Living Thanksgiving Tablescapes

BUDGET FRIENDLY

For the budget conscience or anyone starting out who is not able to invest in formal china there are still options for creating a beautiful and stylish table setting. Think about investing in white everyday place settings not only are they functional they can be dressed up for a more formal dinner with mirror chargers adding a touch of glitz. If you don’t already have a full set of wine glasses these are a great option, they have a classic look at a fraction of the cost. When working on your centerpieces get creative and have fun try looking to the outdoors for some free finds. Finally do small groupings of flowers, flowers can get expensive, so think about breaking an arrangement up to make several small unique arrangements. 

1. Ikea Hederlig Wine Glasses| 2. West Elm Mirror Chargers | 3. Ikea Fargrik Dinnerware Set | 4. Ikea Sedlig Flatware Set | 5. Intimate Weddings Autumn Wedding Centerpiece | 6. Social Manor Holiday Tables Golden Harvest | 7. B Lovely Events Branching out into Thanksgiving Centerpieces | 8. Intimate Weddings Autumn Wedding Ideas Pumpkin Decor

Rustic

For anyone with a love of the outdoors and rustic charm this is for you. In this case I am using the same place setting seen in the budget friendly option (this can also be done with the traditional or modern settings) in this case it’s all in the décor and styling. Start your foundation off with a plaid tablecloth or blanket this will not only bring the fall colors in it will add some softness.  Next try a garland of magnolia leaves with touches of gold rather than using flowers and finally use wood slices act as your chargers.

 

1. Ikea Hederlig Wine Glasses|2. Ikea Fargrik Dinnerware Set |3. Ikea Sedlig Flatware Set| 4. Indeed Décor Get the Look a Rustic Thanksgiving| 5. The White Buffalo Styling Co Grateful Harvest | 6. Elle Décor Holiday Decorating Tips from Bronson Van Wyck

 

Regardless of personal style or budget any of these place settings and tablescapes are sure to create a beautiful setting for a great dinner party with friends and loved ones. 

ENJOY!!!

Make Your Own Front Door Autumn Wreath

POSTED ON: November 20, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

I love decorating for any season. Fall season is one of my faves because of the beautiful colors you can use throughout your house, inside and outside.  I wanted to give my front door some fall deco love.

This year I went to the very trusty Pinterest app and looked up some great ideas! I found one that had the same, square wood border I bought on clearance at Michaels, back in July!

I was then on the search for an “R” for our last name and I couldn't quite find what I liked, until I visited the Grapevine Wine Fest in September! A vendor, Scott's Stuff, had these beautiful wood carved letters! When I took it home it just happened to fit perfect over the wood border I already had. 

Next, came picking colors. I wanted to take this example I found and make it my own.  I wanted to add color and some sparkle.  I love me some shimmer!!

I used the following spray paints:

Champagne Mist by Rust-Oleum, for the “R” | Blue Ocean Breeze by Krylon, for the outer border | Pure Gold by Rust-Oleum for the pumpkins

Now time to paint!! Make sure you don’t get too close when you spray paint. You want an even smooth coat.  Spray paint about 10” away from your items. Move your hand steadily as you spray and make sure you don’t stay in one spot, to avoid running or clumping.

After the paint dries completely, glued the border and letter together.  I used JB Weld Epoxy, which worked very well and glues in one hour! Make sure you don’t get any on your fingers. Smile

After painting and gluing the border and letter together comes the pretty stuff! I purchased some items from Dollar Tree, Walmart and Michaels! I gathered my items and decided what I did and did not want to use.  I placed my items where they would look good together.  After I was happy with the placement, I started gluing everything down with hot glue. I then added a burlap bow and voila! This is probably the easiest wreath to do!

I’m loving the end result! My door is ready for fall!!

Here are some other great and different wreaths that I love and may attempt later. You could even use these fall looks and transform one into a Christmas wreath! 

1. Rustic burlap wreath by The Creative Gypsy | 2. Whimsical wreath by Confessions of A Serial Diyer 3. Gold gilded wreath by Happy Chantilly | 4. Square wreath by BNND | 5. Feather and Sequins by Nest of Posies 

I hope you find the prettiest fall wreath for your front door! Happy Fall, ya’ll!!

 

 

Ms. Maisie’s Pie Crust Recipe

POSTED ON: November 13, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Ms. Maisie’s Pie Crust Recipe

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner there will be time spent with friends and family. Most of us will be spending this time around the heart of a house…the kitchen. In my family this is the time we all bond and cut up, food and with each other. Coming from a family that likes to cook I thought I would share my families pie crust recipe.  Yes you can buy the ready-made crust that you just roll out, and trust me I often use these, but if you plan on making lots of pies (apple pie, pumpkin pie, apple cranberry pie, pecan pie, chocolate pie) like we do this will help save money and there is just nothing like a homemade pie crust. This recipe makes 24 pie crusts, we tend to use all of them by the time the holidays are over…I know I know how is that possible? We tend to make enough pie for everyone to have leftovers but if you don’t plan on making that many pies you can cut the recipe in half or since you are already going to be making them you can make a full batch and freeze the rest.

Pie Crust – 24 Count

48oz can of Crisco

5lb flour 

2 tbsp. salt

3 cups cold water

½ cup sugar

Mix flour and Crisco until creamy and smooth.  Dissolve salt and sugar in water and pour into Crisco and flour mixture.  Mix and knead until smooth, cover with a little flour and roll dough into fat tube approximately five inches wide, and divide evenly into 24 servings.

Happy Baking!!

 

 

 

 

Junius Heights 9th Annual Home Tour

POSTED ON: November 10, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

When I was little, my parents used to drive us around the nicer neighborhoods and we would look at the homes. I would always wonder what their interiors looked like.  It was always so fascinating to me.  When it would get darker in the evening, if you were lucky, you could catch a glimpse and see inside even better! Luckily for me, our Dallas area has many historical neighborhood committees that allow homes to be featured on some amazing tours. I've had the privilege to experience several now with my daughter, Alex. This weekend, for the first time, we experienced the Junius Heights 9th Annual Home Tour and it did not disappoint! Junius Heights is Dallas' largest historic district, a neighborhood of more than 800 homes in East Dallas, Texas. All homes were incredible but Alex and I narrowed it down to our top three.... And here they are! Enjoy!! 

6102 Gaston Ave |1924

This home really caught my eye! And how couldn't it!! The current owner has it decked out with furniture and accessories from his travels from all around the world!  It was incredible! Every inch of the house had an incredible find, after incredible find.  

As I was walking through the living area, I heard one woman tell another woman, "That's what I see, when I'm walking past this house! That boat, at the window!!" I guess I'm not the only one peeking thru windows!

Your jaw dropped from the very beginning of this home.  These two large mermaid sconces were from a hotel in Miami! There were two of these incredible pieces that planked the dining window, giving this room a great dramatic affect.

The breakfast nook has this incredibly large backed bench which fit perfect in this space! Oversized and all! As you go up the stairs you find more, great world travel finds, literally all along the stairwell wall! And every bedroom was decked with beautiful furniture pieces. Your eye couldn't catch it all! I feel like I need to go back and see what I missed.

703 N. Glasgow Dr. |1923

This next house, we fell in love had such charm and eloquent thought to its design! Just almost complete, this newly renovated home had beautiful windows that captivate your eye from the street. The living room entices you with a two way fireplace, which on the other side, is the patio that is literally in the center of the home! Just fab!

 

The sleek kitchen is just precise and perfect, ready for some great entertaining! The unique master bathroom incorporates a beautifully designed shower/tub area with a wall to wall shower niche. 

The bathrooms were all completely modern and stylish! The handsomely designed powder room was certainly a head turner! And, how can you not love the "sweet" doggy room! Too cute for any four legged friend, it was thoughtfully designed, dog wallpaper and all!!

5601 Eastside Ave |1926-The former St. John’s Methodist Church

Lastly, this "home" was amazing! Once a church, the new homeowner kept many of the original architecturals!! You literally feel like it's still a church with the cathedral ceiling, gothic inspired carvings and stained glass windows.

Once you enter, you are greeted by an open area which is the living room, dining, kitchen. The details, existing and newly designed, kept your eye in amazement as you toured the home. The cathedral ceiling along with original cabinetry and doors were purely beautiful! 

The upstairs greeted you with some beautiful beams and trusses! The larger beams consisted of five 1xs which I hadn't seen before. It made for an interesting look. For now, the upstairs is all open. Can't imagine, what they'll do with it!

 

Kitchen and mud room were added and they seem to have kept a lot of the church's beautiful charm. 


Now, what really catches your eye both in the exterior and interior, have to be the windows!! Can you say, Amen!?? They were simply mesmerizing! 

This tour was definitely one for the books! I can’t wait to visit next year’s tour with my little Alex!

For more information visit http://www.juniusheights.org/

See you at next year’s Junius Heights’ tour! 






Get Fit!!

POSTED ON: November 05, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Hi everyone, my name is Alma Ventura and I’ve been at DDGi for almost 4 years. Being at a chair for 8 hours a day drawing can be tough. Especially if you like to snack a lot like I do. I soon realized that after being at a desk for so many hours, I needed to get moving and working out. We all have busy lives, but I know you have at least 30 minutes to spare to get your heart moving some kind of way. I've done so many different workouts, but these are my top four:

1. Running: It gives me some "me" time! Time to think, plan, and enjoy the nature that surrounds us. When I go on long runs I like to go to River Legacy Park in Arlington:

The sound of nature is so relaxing, plus you're getting some vitamin D!

2. Yoga: it helps me re-energize and de-stress from a busy day.

Above is a beautiful Contemporary Home Gym from Palmerston Design Consultants.

3. Zumba/Dance Fitness is a fun cardio workout to do with a group of friends.

Flow Fitness in Arlington is my favorite place to go with my girls for Zumba! I’ve been going to Elka Flowers classes since 2011, and she is amazing. They don't only do Zumba, they have Bootcamp, Kids- Flow for kids, Stands, plus many more. Visit their website for a complete schedule and description of classes.

Weight Training: to build and tone muscle! Too much cardio is not good for you! You need to add some weights to tighten up! I tried cross-fit a few times and loved it. Below are some great home gyms that I came across online and would enjoy working out in.

1.  John Keaemer & Sons 

2.  Crisp Architects 

3.  Farinelli Construction Inc. 

4.  Bethany Van Hecke 

 How are you going to "Get Fit"??

 

Halloween Inspired Jewelry

POSTED ON: October 29, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Are you ready for Halloween?  If you want to bring a little Halloween into your life, you can do so with some Halloween inspired jewelry! Whether you want to incorporate it in your everyday fashion or dress it up for a shin ding, these pieces will sure make some heads turn.

  1. Shining Night-Anzie's Silver Gunmetal Drusy and Black Onyx Earrings
  2. Hash Horn Earrings by Joanique @ Anthropologie 
  3. Jacqueline Cullen 
  4. Kendra Scott Deva Statement Earrings in Black Twilight
  5. Jewels du Jour
  6. Reynolds Jewelers
  1. Spiked Bib Necklace 
  2. Arrow Head Necklace Crystal Quartz Black Obsidian by Pink Twig
  3. Black and Ivory Moon Shape
  4. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace in Black Drusy
  5. The Jewels of L'Oeuvre Noire and The Leathers of L'Oeuvre- Scented Jewelry by Kilian Hennessy
  1. Svpply
  2. Double Wrap Sliced Leather Bracelet-LPCollection
  3. Fendi Black Pair of Bracelets 
  4. Soo Ihn Kim Jinx Cuff
  1. Emma Stone
  2. Chunky Layered Navy Blue Amber Orange Beaded Statement Necklace and Earrings
  3. Emilio Pucci Gold and Orange Cuff
  4. Orange and Pale Blue Gold Earrings Orange Blue by Olive Yew Jewels 
  5. Catherine Nicole Carnelian Gemstone Ring 
  6. Francesca Collections

Aren't these great pieces? You can truly wear them any time, year-round!!

Happy jewelry shopping!!

Drop Dead Bar Cart Styling and Cocktails

POSTED ON: October 27, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

This time of year, Halloween parties are in full effect! And what's more fun than trying to figure out what to dress up as? Trying to figure out what spooky drinks to serve and how to add a spooky festive look to your bar!  We searched high and low and came up with some drop dead gorgeous ideas to style your party bar cart!

Johnathan Adler – Jacques Bar Cart 

 

1. Cocktail Book Set | 2. Arteriors Home - Piedmont Vase | 3. Crystal Skull Vodka |4. Arteriors Home - Jagger Tall Box | 5. Williams Sonoma - Chocolate Caramel Skulls |6. Barneys – Fornasetti Decorative Plate #288 | 7. Williams Sonoma – Mixed Cut Double Old Fashion Glasses | 8. Arteriors Home – Edgar Cube Stopper Decanter |9. Global Views – Finial Decanter | 10. Emporium Home – Quartz Bottle Opener/Wine Stopper/Corkscrew

Along with some styling we found some spookingly delicious drinks.

1. Blackberry Moscow Mule | 2. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria | 3. Poison Berry Smash

Of course we had to make the DDG crew our little Guinea pigs and do a taste test.

Our concoctions were a hit!

Hope you have a drop dead amazing Halloween with these cart styling tips and spookingly delicious drinks.

CHEERS!

 

FALL in Love - Part II

POSTED ON: October 23, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Hearts:

Here in Texas, you never know what you'll get, but one things for sure, you want to be prepared for cool weather. Have blankets ready for your guest to snuggle in during the ceremony or reception. Hot chocolate and hand warmers will be a hit! And if any of those fail, have a campfire!!

1. Bridal Musings

2. Keep Guests Warm

3. raeannkelly.com

4. Capitol Romance

As well as the guests staying warm, the bride and bridal party should stay warm, yet stylish.  A flannel shirt, a beautiful leather jacket, stunning furs or even a jean jacket will keep the beautiful bridal party warm!! 

1. Lisa Fitts Photography via Project Wedding

2.Cassidy Brooke via Ruffled Blog

3. Teneil Kable via Ruffled Blog

4. onelove photo

5. Forest Romance

How Sweet It Is:

Sweets' table are a huge hit now a days. But going in a different direction will wow your guests. Who wouldn’t want a piece of pie in the fall? Or fix their own hot chocolate? What about some popcorn? Or even donuts?? I love it all!

1. Pie Dessert Bar

2. The Berry

3. ElegantWeddingInvites

4. Catch My Party

Bring On the Bubbly!

Personalizing bar ware adds a sense of personality to any party! These are very easy touches to add to the bar.  Your guest will sure to remember personalized coasters with your picture on them and these personalized koozies that can be used at the wedding and also be a take home gift.  I personally love these cute, fun facts cocktail napkins.  Have them randomly stacked at the bar, and your guests will for sure try to get all the fun facts collected every time they hit bar!!

1.Etsy

2. Plastic Cups

3. Wedding Coasters

4. Koozies

5. Napkins

Make It Sparkle

Add some gold tones and sparkle to your big day! Gold tones go perfect with any fall color palette.  Add gold paint to leaves, pinecones, or even pumpkins.   You can also add sparkle with sparklers or a cute LOVE sign! And last but not least, add some gold sugar to your wedding champagne flutes.

1.  modwedding.com

2. Glamorous Wedding

3. Pris and Juan get hitched

4. Photo by Ashley Kelemen via Style Me Pretty

5. Seating Charts

6. Kristyn Hogan Photography

I hope you fell in love with some of these fall wedding ideas!!

 

 

FALL in Love

POSTED ON: October 22, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Nothing says warm and cozy in your heart like a fall wedding! If you are planning on doing a fall wedding, here are some inspirations to make your day even more memorable!

Color Schemes:

When picking out a color scheme you should take in consideration of the season.  Fall season has a large range of beautiful color combinations. You can do deep tones or soft pastels. Here are some of my favorites. 

Setting the Mood

You want your guests to feel the love in the air! Use candles with vases that have designs and they will illuminate your table beautifully.  If weather permits, using the outdoors adds more of that fall weather ambience. Candles on the floor in a container can also add to the warmth of the event.

1. Kelly and Stan Crawford reception

2. Joy Neville Photography

3. Kensington Ryan

4. Indeed Decor

5. Frances Photography /Reign Magazine. Styled by Alexan Events

6. Pop Sugar

Table settings with flowers and candles can be done in a variety of ways.  Whether you do tall arrangements in a clear vase, or a short arrangement in an urn or aged box it will sure add beauty to any table setting.  An abundance of candles will also be a perfect touch!

1. Project Wedding

2. Deer Pearl Flowers 

3. Wedding Chicks

4. Wedding Bee

5. The Knot

Make It Personal

Special and personalized touches will make your guests feel extra special. It’s all about the details!

Adding fun pictures of the couple is always fun to see. Making personal touches like designing your own stamp, personalizing keepsakes like wine glass rings or even something sweet, like a take home s’more will really impress your guests.

1. Joy Neville Photography

2. Rustic Wedding Chic

3. Love is in the Air

4. From Appalachia

5. Ten Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

 

 

Check Back Tomorrow for Part Two Of "Fall in Love"!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Decor

POSTED ON: October 12, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Halloween is upon us and there’s just something about letting your imagination run wild with costumes and decorations! In searching for some new ideas last year, I came across one of my favorite blogs and fell in love with these cool books for Halloween!

So for last Halloween, my little Alex and I decided to try and make them.

This year we decided to buy more books and make more! So we shopped at our favorite, thrift store, Thrift Town, for some cheap books and went at it!

You can check out Lindsey's step by step tutorial here. They are so easy to make and the best part is that they don't have to be perfect! They should look old and spooky!!

I will say doing these for a second year, I have some very helpful hints.

  1. Using tissue paper is better than paper towels because tissue paper can give a more textured, leathery look.  Also, some of the books have a sheen to them so the paint doesn't stick very well.  The tissue paper (after dried) helps to apply the acrylic paint much better.
  2. Using metallic acrylic paints helps emphasize all the details!!
  3. When you don't have letters or appliqués to adhere to the books, use your hot glue gun to make words or/and spooky designs!!
  4. Also, you want to add paint to the side where the pages are, so it can have an even older look to them.This year though I decided to make a stack of spook books (one day I will have a library of spooky books to display ??). In doing so, these were done a little different than the others, which have the full front cover revamped! Since you only get to see the spines and some of the sides, once glued together, it's less revamping. So what I did first is decide how they would be stacked. Then I glued them together and started the process. You literally just revamp the areas you will see! And then you add a book with the spooky cover, on the end.

Here they are displayed!

So because I can't just stop there, when I was at the thrift store, I saw items that I could use to recreate some of these fab items I saw at Home Goods, some weeks ago!

You ask, why not buy them?? Well, because I like a challengeWink

I found these items and I thought these would be perfect!

So I decided to paint some of the items with a black flat spray paint and a metallic spray paint to paint some of the glass items. 

These are literally two or three pieces hot glued together to create one piece.

So here you go! If you want to get creative and do it on a budget!

Place your newly designed items with your spooky books and voila!!

After you have your spook books and items in place you can add more details. My kiddos added spiders, spider webs and even some cool stones, collected by their Grandma Denise! 

I hope you have your creative juices flowing now, to spruce up your Halloween decor!

House Warming Gift Ideas

POSTED ON: October 07, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Moving into a new home seems like a common trend in my friend circle right now. I am celebrating many weddings for my friends on a monthly basis (11 this year to be exact) and the next step is a new home for most of them. It is always smart to have some ideas ready when these newly weds move in together or buy a new home as a new family unit. It is an exciting time and often times a party is in store and you can’t show up empty handed!! 

Here Are Some Of My Favorite Housewarming Gift Ideas:

Tray for Decoration or Serveware

Make It Extra Special by Monogramming It, Change The Shape Up, Or Add Some Color!

Mark and Graham

New Address Stamp

Return Stamps Will Be Used On a Weekly or Even Daily Basis. This is a Good Constant Reminder of The One That Gave Them Such a Useful Gift. 

Three Designing Women

Throw For The Chilly Weather Ahead

Faux Fur Goes w/ Any Décor!

Pottery Barn

Cutting Board

Again, People Love to See Their Names, Monogram It!!

Williams Sonoma

Entry Door Mat

What Better Way To Welcome Guests

Front Gate

Gourmet Snack Pack

Make Sure You Choose a Gift Basket of Items Your Friends Will Actually Eat. Quick Snacks While Unpacking at a New Home is Always Helpful. 

Dean & Deluca

Wine and Coasters

Because You Can Never Go Wrong With Wine!

Times Two Designs (Agate Coasters)

Candles

Quick and Easy Gift You Can Pick Up On The Way to the Party

Voluspa

 

There are so many ways that you can make someone feel comfortable in their new home! The items that you love in your house, your friends will love in theirs! 

Happy Shopping!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (3 of 3)

POSTED ON: October 02, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (Part 3 of 3)

Mixing Patterns -Adding interest, color and depth

Mixing patterns is always the most fun to do.  As much as some patterns seem like they might not go together, once they are, it makes so much sense!  Nothing like adding some interest that your eye can marvel in and say, “Wow that actually looks fantastic together!”

21. Simple Details

22. IO Metro

23. Alice & Olivia

24. Rough Luxe Perspective

 Geometric Shapes- Repetition of lines and shapes

I mean, how can you not ooh and aah??  This beautiful dress and these geometric patterned rooms are just so great, you can’t stop staring! Geometric designs can add so much interest to the design of a room. It makes your eye want to see more.

25. Thakoon

26. InStyle

27. Interior Designer Pierre Yovanovitch, transforms the floors of rooms and Parisian hotels with geometric patterns.

Architecture/Structure: The complex or carefully designed structure of something

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions” –Coco Chanel

Designer Alberta Ferreti used the Renaissance period for inspiration to create such beautiful gowns. I’m a big fan of such architectural details in buildings that these dresses really jumped at me. Simply amazing! Such structure yet, femininity.  Love, love, love!!

28. Alberta Ferreti

29. Alberta Ferreti

30. Italian Renaissance dining room

31. Fontainebleau - the royal residence

32. Alberta Ferreti

I Hope You Enjoyed My Journey Through Fashion Week!!

 

 

 

 

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (2 of 3)

POSTED ON: October 01, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (Part 2 of 3)

Glitz and Shimmer -A touch of fancy!

“You musn’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter, darling”-Kirsten Kalhr

It’s always fun to add a little glamour in your life.  It kind of makes you feel like a celebrity! In my opinion, the shinier, the better!

11. Dallas Design Group, Interiors

12. Tid Bits and Twine

13. Altuzarra

14. Alice & Olivia

15. Michael Kors 

Neutrals-Colors or shades, especially light gray or beige

“In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic”- Iman

Neutrals will always be a classic and timeless color scheme. You can never go wrong with these colors!

Neutrals don’t have to be boring or blah…When you mix and match shapes, textures and materials you can always hit a neutral room or ensemble out of the park!

16. Dallas Design Group, Interiors

17. Dallas Design Group, Interiors

18. Jason Wu

19. Ralph Lauren

20. Marissa Webb

Check Back Tomorrow For The Final Segment of My Blog!!

 

 

 

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (1 of 3)

POSTED ON: September 30, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

When Fashion Speaks Interior Design (Part 1 of 3)

Besides architecture and interior design, my other passion is FASHION!! Fashion Week (Fall) 2015 was in full effect and some of the ensembles, are jaw dropping! Once I started looking closely at some of my favorite looks, I somehow saw interior design come through a lot of these great pieces. And why not? Fashion can most definitely influence interior design and vice versa!

Take a look at these rooms that could be inspired by some of my favorite looks from Fashion Week!

Pastels-Soft and delicate shades of a color

Pastels are no longer only for nurseries and/or kids’ rooms. You can use lovely pastels in any room for a soothing, soft feeling. Whether you wear pastels or live within them, you will always feel light and airy!

  1. Alexandre Vauthier
  2. Tibi
  3. Cushine Et Ochs
  4. Horchow
  5. Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Alice T. Chan

Bolds-Having a strong or vivid appearance

“Color can raise the dead”-Iris Apfe

And I agree with Ms. Iris, it sure can! Why not go bold and loud with your home and your wardrobe. It will be sure to make a statement. Don’t be afraid of color, it’s not afraid of you……..Go bold or go home!!

7. Luis Antonio

8. Design Sponge

9. Erin Foster

10.Better Home and Gardens

Check Back Tomorrow For Part 2 of My Blog!!

DESTINATION: Terranea Resort

POSTED ON: September 29, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

This past weekend I traveled back to my hometown of Palos Verdes, CA for a baby shower. Once I arrived, I realized that the trip gave me the perfect opportunity to share with everyone the fairly recent new development that has turned into a hometown treasure, Terranea Resort.

I never would have thought someone could make my hometown an overnight destination, but every time I go back I am truly amazed by its beauty and feel so lucky to have grown up here. The Palos Verdes Peninsula or what us locals call, “ The Hill” was founded by Frank Vanderlip in 1929 and had plans for it to be a magnificent mediterranean village hugging the coast. 

Terranea Resort opened in 2008 and is located in Los Angeles County,  just 30 minutes south of LAX Airport. What I love about this resort are the spectacular views of the pacific coastline and Catalina Island, mediterrean architecture, well appointed rooms, restaurants, bungalows, casitas, villas, So Cal vibe and of course, the amazing cusine.

ENTRY

The Grand Lobby

I love how they incorprated elements from the beach and kept it etheral with the incorporation of light wood tones, tiered glass chandelier and meditterean tiled floor. It indulges all of your senses when you first walk in and is even more captivating in person. 

GUEST ROOMS

The guest rooms at Terranea portray a cozy coastal california vibe, from its driftwood headboard to light warm tones used in the textiles. One could feel relaxed in this peaceful space. 

BUNGALOWS

The bungalows at Terranea are great. They are 1,100 square feet and are located near the ocean's edge, adjacent to the spa. The bungalows create an intimate and charmingly appointed getaway geared more towards the adults who are in search of rejuvenation, relaxation and special VIP treatment. They are available as a single or double bedroom with a separate living room, full kitchen, laundry facilities, private balconies/patios off each oversized bedroom and both indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

CASITAS

The casitas are great if you are traveling with a large party. For our wedding many people rented these and loved every minute of their stay. The casitas are located on the east and west bluffs of the Peninsula with their own private entrances and luxurious residential feel. The amenities include a kitchen, living room and laundry facilities. They are the perfect option for the family vacation with plenty of room for summertime entertaining. 

VILLAS

I have personally gotten to stay in one of these villas and it was incredible, I didn’t want to leave. The interior of this particular villa was designed by Barclay Butera and incorporates beautiful coastal blue hues. This villa is 2,800 square feet and has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

I love that this space is very livable and practical, yet stays in tune with the carefree coastal lifestyle that the resort exudes. The soft shades of sand and washy seaside blue provide a very soothing color palette and the dark woods add the depth and warmth to the cohesive design. I love Butera’s style in that he combines casual coastal elegance with an appealing, modern style. The style is truly a reflection on what this area is about – carefree Southern California living. 

THE SPA

This is a must when you come and stay here, the spa is fabulous and and has it’s own private pool. The spa has 25 treatment rooms, fitness and wellness center, Spa Café and a full service salon. The spa features three luxurious VIP suites, separate indoor and outdoor spa lounges including suanas, steam rooms, whirlpools, cold plunges and firepits. Enjoy yoga classes, workout in the incredible gym and indluge in locally inspired massages and skin care treatments. 

It’s hard to believe that this resort site use to be the old Marineland of the Pacific, which was similar to a 60’s version of Sea World. Marineland operated from 1954 until 1987, when it was purchased by the owners of SeaWorld San Diego. The new owners moved the beloved killer whales and other animals to their San Diego facility and suddenly closed the park. So for my entire lifetsime this was a vacant piece of land and an abandoned parking lot. Many movies and television shows were filmed at this barren location like the O.C. and Pirates of the Caribbean. Since the resort has been built, many major motion pictures  have jumped at the opportunity to film here like This Is Forty, The Bachelor Wedding, Hell’s Kitchen, and Horrible Bosses 2 just to name a few.

I hope you get the opportunity to visit this amazing resort to take in the beautiful mediterrean architecture, captivating views and the history of the Peninsula! 


Designing Outside The Box

POSTED ON: September 21, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

Hello there everybody! I’m Tawni! Growing up, I was the girl who rearranged my bedroom (and five other siblings rooms) almost weekly! My mother always asked my opinion whether it was on furniture selection, placement, color, or even her outfit for the day. She always thought I had a keen eye for good design. I carried that passion with me to further graduate with a bachelors degree in Interior Design. In Uni, I remember being scolded for thinking too far “outside of the box,” on a project. However, within weeks of working with Dallas Design Group, I was complimented that it was a strong suit of mine. And thanks to our awesome builders—I now see our innovative ideas can actually come to life! Thinking outside of the box I believe is a talent we should all exercise in the design field. So I decided to write my first blog on just that!

Three reasons we should all keep our creative minds young.

Reason #1: Thinking outside of the box opens up an endless amount of possibilities in a design.

Although we can ponder some pretty outrageous ideas—the more inspiration in the conceptual stage, the better!

Reason #2: You’re surrounded by everything you need!

By simply noticing the elements of design in objects and the environment around us—we can be inspired ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE! Ex. The Line, Color, Shape, Positive and Negative Space, Texture, Scale, Dominance and Emphasis, Balance, Harmony, etc.

Reason #3: What if it works? We never know until we try. Having a supportive team to collaborate with (like Dallas Design GroupLaughing) is vital. It can be scary to deviate from the set way of doing things, but if you’re on auto-pilot all the time you can’t look at things from a different angle. And often, that’s when you find the solution!  

It’s easy to get stuck in our ways, repeatedly doing things the way they have always been done—I mean why not, it’s worked hasn’t it!? But, while thinking outside of the box may initially be used as a tool for inspiration, I do believe thinking inside of the box is just as important. Especially in terms of functionality and longevity! But, the two together are the perfect combination for a fabulous outcome! 

 

Below are some pictures I took while studying in Paris. These architects and designers obviously achieved unique and beautiful design! 

Louis Vuitton Foundation –Frank Gehry

       

Eiffel Tower –Gustave Eiffel & Steven Sauvestre 

Louvre Pyramid –I.M. Pei

Musee du quai Branly –Jean Nouvel

Centre Georges Pompidou –Piano & Rogers

 

We’ve got to keep those creative juices flowing! You have a unique contribution to society that only YOU can give! And remember, nothing ever starts with a harvest—it all starts with a seed that initiates the process. 

“What if the long list of explorers, leaders, inventors, scientists, and more who have each stepped outside the box to bring their own unique influence and ideas never did? What if all of history had never been touched by the bravery and radical choices of those who opened up their minds to the possibilities of new and different things? The concept is mind-boggling. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your contribution, your uniqueness, is not important enough to pursue, either. For every historic icon, for every hero, for every name that rings of greatness, there are hundreds of thousands who made their own contribution that, while it significantly impacted our society, we will never know by name.”

–Brian McDaniel 



Time to Dine

POSTED ON: September 15, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

If you know me, you will know that I LOVE to go out to dinner!! And, Dallas is just the right city to be able to do so on a regular basis, and always try something new. There is nothing better than being able to sit down at a restaurant, order a glass of wine, and have your meal served warm to your table. I think the major reason for my love of restaurants, is that I am not the best cook! I find it very difficult to cook for one person, sometimes two (I have no kids, but often times a hungry boyfriend), without cooking my typical pasta or crackers with cheese dinners when I work full-time and have a small dog that always wants my attention.

I have recently realized another major reason why I enjoy eating meals at restaurants… the ambience. I enjoy surrounding myself in places that set the tone for the quality and type of food I will eat, and the overall experience that I will have with different groups of people I am with. Often times, the ambience (which, to me, includes the service provided) will also affect the mood I am in!

As you all know, there are some restaurants that can go over the top with a theme or the décor. This can make or break a meal. One that automatically comes to mind when I think of a theme is Magic Time Machine located on Belt Line Road. Now, while I don’t have any kids, I can remember going as a young girl myself because of the experience that I had years ago.

The décor is a hodge podge of furniture, lighting, flooring, wall applications, and accessories that is whimsical and fun to witness as child and even as an adult! It truly sparks your imagination!!


Of course, it never hurts to have Cinderella or Snow White be your server!! The Salad Bar Car is also a fun touch for those that want to have some healthy greenery with their meal. 

Another “themed” restaurant that creates a “magical” setting is Medieval Times.

This is one that I have yet to experience, but from the looks of it, I can only imagine the feeling you get when eating with your hands and watching men on horses fight.

 

Although many people love Magic Time Machine and Medieval Times due to the experience they provide (and I’m sure additional entertainment to their children), I enjoy different types of ambience when I dine.

One of my favorite restaurants to go to is Al Biernat’s located on Oak Lawn. This is a preferred dining spot for my boyfriend and me since there is such a wide variety on the menu (that is always delicious) and the atmosphere is elegant, yet inviting. Plus, the service is always on point!

This is the bar when you first walk in. I always have to look up and check out the painted dome ceiling and spot the hidden angel figures in the painted artwork.

 

Here is the newly renovated dining space. The major design elements are the pendant light fixtures (you can find some very similar at Restoration Hardware), since the rest is pretty simplistic with the white walls, white tablecloths accented by the dark ceiling, floor, and booths. Just the right setting for a fun night out, yet not too stuffy!!
 

The patio is also always a good idea when the weather is nice outside. There is still a candlelit meal waiting, surrounded by flowers, and a perfect location for people watching… You never know who will walk into Al Biernat’s!!

  

A great restaurant to visit on a weeknight or casual weekend night out is Neighborhood Services on Lovers Lane. The name of this restaurant speaks volumes for the décor and vibe of this restaurant. The eclectic mix of art hung in a collage style on the walls along with the wood top tables add to the “neighborhood” feeling of the restaurant. 

You can just tell from these images that this restaurant is a good place to bring friends or family to enjoy the welcoming environment. You can kick back, relax and laugh with those around you. Plus, the food is wonderful!!

 

I don’t have my last name, Garcia, for no reason!! I love me some Mexican food!! Whether it be the classy Javier's off McKinney where they serve some of best authentic meals and have ornate wood carved bars, anter chandeliers, gothic style chairs, and of course the infamous bear welcoming the guests, this is the place to enjoy fine dining, Continental Mexican Food Style.

 

Some Of My Favorite People :)

In opposition, I still love my Fuzzy’s Tacos!! My love started for Fuzzy’s back when I attended TCU in Fort Worth, where the original Fuzzy’s is located. Here the setting just calls for an ice cold beer, queso, and a good football game. The bright colors, aluminum walls, TVs, and humorous signs are screaming for a good ‘ol time.

Whether I am looking for fine dining, a place to laugh with girlfriends, or a quick taco, there is always a place to go!! It is just always necessary to be aware of the location and what it can offer to provide the best environment for your desired experience. As an Interior Designer, I often spot restaurants that hit or miss the mark, but these definitely have it right. The décor, ambience, and service (and of course prices) set the right mood for the type of experience you will have. Now, after all this food talk… it's time to eat!! 




Keep The Old, And Revamp To New

POSTED ON: September 10, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

HI!! My name is Priscilla Rodriguez and I’ve been at DDGI for almost 15 years!! I guess I’ve always known Interior Design and Architecture were in my blood; I remember building my own dollhouse out of a cardboard box at the age of 10! I even made the furniture to go in it!!  Kind of seems to go hand in hand with my life today. You see, I am part of the incredible computer drafting team, who helps our clients’ envision their homes even before the dirt is poured. And I’m also a DIY mother of two.  So, I get my LOVE for architecture and design both at work and at home.

Here’s one of my favorite DIY pieces that I’ve done so far...

Have you ever flipped through catalogs or searched websites and came upon a beautiful piece of furniture that was beyond your budget?  Well, working with high end interior designers, my eye always catches extravagant pieces like these, ranging from $500 to $2500!!....outside of my daily budget! 

3 Drawer Chest with Silver Nail-head Trim by Coast to Coast Accents

Cabrillo Nail head Dresser by Bernhardt Interiors 

But lucky for my pocketbook, I’m a thrifty buyer at heart.  After seeing those prices and not finding quite the right size for my closet, I opted to go to my local thrift store, and, my thrift store never seems to fail me! I found the piece I was looking for.... (drum roll please) $35.00!!!! Can you imagine the happy dance I did? 

Now I had to figure out how to make this look like a million bucks!

After searching online I came across other DIY nail head cabinets. To my surprise, many makeovers used thumbtacks instead of nail heads (which can add to the cost). So, I opted to purchase gold toned thumbtacks. As far as for the paint, I knew I wanted a neutral color. Lucky for me, one of my friends gave me left over gray paint and it was just the perfect color I needed! 

Next came the design….I love damask pattern, so I quickly searched a design and came up with the perfect look for what I was imagining.  I was able to draw the design in CAD and size it to what I needed.

Them came the elbow work! Luckily, this piece was in great condition! I really didn’t have to fix anything. When doing a project like this, you must do the prep work correctly. First, I sanded the cabinet and primed it. I had to do a few times to smooth any imperfections. After waiting a day for dry time, I painted the gray, flat paint on the entire piece. I waited another day to make sure paint was dry and decided not to do a seal the finished product because I really wanted to keep the paint looking flat.

Now, came the fun, yet hard part. I placed my stencil carefully on to the painted cabinet. I made sure it was centered and started outlining the design with a pencil.  

Finally, the tedious part of nailing hundreds of thumbtacks! I had to be careful NOT to make too many holes and in the process banging my fingers (can you say ouch?) After a few hours of hammering maybe some close calls to my fingers, it was done!!!

 

This was the breakdown of the cost of this makeover:  

                        $35.00 (Cabinet)

                        $5.00   (thumb tacks)

                        $0.00   (paint given by friend)

                        $0.00   (primer from previous projects)

           +           Patience and some elbow work

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Total= $40.00 and a Proud owner of a Nailhead dresser

Do you have a piece of furniture that you want to add some character to? Try this method! You won’t be disappointed!

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Positive Partnership

POSTED ON: September 09, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

 DDG Team, 

I appreciate your partnership and loyalty to Kravet / Lee Jofa so much. I woke up today determined to seek out positive instead of worrying about the potential negatives. 

YOU are a positive....thanks for being a great customer that I can count on. Our efforts together help create amazing homes!!

Jana Kravet - Lee Jofa Sales Representative

Welcome to Dirt to Drapes!!

POSTED ON: September 08, 2015, BY Dallas Design Group

“From Slab to the Soap Balls!” A phrase my mother, Nancy Dubick, has been heard quoting about what our firm does for over the last 36 years that Dallas Design Group, Interiors has been in business! And, that pretty much sums it up good! But, honestly, we start way before the slab, sometimes a year or more before the slab is even poured. We are a construction based firm that takes our projects from the early plan stages to the finishings touches, guiding our clients the whole way. Since "soap balls" are a thing of the past, and we frequently assist clients in the planning stages before the slab is even poured, we decided to name our Blog "Dirt to Drapes." We thought this encompassed the full scope of what we do from the intial ground-breaking to the final touches of hanging the drapes and yes, we can still place soap balls. But most importantly, through all the hard work, we are a TEAM! Our design teams, drafting gals, and support staff are excited to share our projects and experiences with you. We hope you enjoy our Blog!!

 

Take a Quick Look at Our Basic Process Below:

 

Rough Hand Sketch:

CAD Drawing of Hand Sketch:

 

Final Product (Excuse the Photography, Image Taken by Phone):

 

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