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Simply Modern Part III

POSTED ON: June 15, 2017, BY Dallas Design Group

We are at the end of the Simply Modern series and we hope that the previous modern techniques have inspired you as much as they inspire us. We definitely think that these last two modern looks will not disappoint.  They definitely make an impact and will turn heads. 

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Much like repetition, using slabs to create a book matched surface creates a high drama focal point….art created by nature. Not only does it create a focal point it also allows for a more seamless look with less interruption. 

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By using different textures you can create layers and warmth in a space. For example you could use one material but mix it up by using that same material with different textures. Most people know that stone can be done in a polished and honed finish but did you know it can also come tumbled, leathered, scored/raked, split faced, sand blasted and many more. You can not only create texture with stone but wood, metal, glass and wallcoverings! 

Where will modern design take you? 

 

 

 

 

Simply Modern Part II

POSTED ON: June 08, 2017, BY Dallas Design Group

Last week we introduced you to some "must have" looks and techniques for a cleaner and modern look.  Take a look at a couple more reasons why you may want to change from traditional to modern.

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By repeating design elements you can create a sense of importance calling attention to a specific area such as the front entry, guide people through a space or it can be used to create a dramatic focal point like the fireplace we did in a recent project. WOWZERS!

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Waterfall counters not only look dramatic they give a space a clean and sleek look by concealing the cabinets you get the appearance of one material. Waterfall counters can be done in a variety of materials such as your typical marble. But did you know you can use wood or glass to create the same look? 

Come back next week where we will explore the final segment of modern design with book matched slabs and textures! 

 

 

 

 

Simply Modern Part I

POSTED ON: June 01, 2017, BY Dallas Design Group

A truly great designer is one who can ascertain, develop and successfully implement their client’s desired aesthetic.  At Dallas Design Group Interiors, we pride ourselves in the ability to do just that. As a nod to the current appeal of a cleaner, transitional, and less-is-more aesthetic, we’ve compiled some of our favorite “must-have” looks and techniques to aid you in perhaps adapting them to your personal spaces.  

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When making selections for a space, don’t limit yourself to just one primary surface or finish!  Why not pick two? Consider mixing it up by incorporating multiple materials such as wood and adding interesting metals which is something we love to do!  This mix creates a warm space and allows you to take advantage of the current metal obsession. Not sure on how or where to mix metals?  Try introducing them as a main focal point in your kitchen’s vent hood, or entry door… or in more subtle ways with great cabinet hardware that adds a wow factor. Another thing we love to do to create that interesting two-toned effect is through the pairing of two different wood species or stains. 

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In modern design the feeling of openness and continuous flow is a must. Consider floating your cabinets;  as it not only makes the space feel lighter, but also more spacious as the flooring continues to flow underneath the cabinets.  

Stay tuned over the next few weeks while we continue to explore modern design and techniques such as repetition and the use of waterfall slabs! 



 

 

 

 

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!


 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

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 !


 

 

 

 

 

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! 

 

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. 

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 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!!


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!!!

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!!

 

 

 

 

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