Matching Smatching: Mix It Up in the Dining Room

 

Matching is for Garanimals. When it comes to dining room tables and chairs, not matching is so much more interesting. Although it might take some thought to create just the right mix, using random chairs has its benefits. You can collect them over time and you can often find one off chairs at great prices, new or used. For inspiration, take a look at the images below or watch this episode of Dear Genevieve to see her dining room makeover, from predictably formal for fabulously casual.

from DesignSquish

Mismatch Chairs from Apartment Therapy

Lawn Candy!

Lawn Candy!

Sometimes the entire direction of a design can rest on a beloved object or color or fabric. Today look at this lawn candy that has me all atwitter! Do you have any lawn candy to share? Email me!

Crushitecture!

Crushitecture!

28 12 17.  Those are the lottery numbers I would pick today.  The numbers that would win me a giant jackpot.  A jackpot I would use to dial up  Leroy Street Studio (an architecture firm based in nyc) and say, “Get out your drafting boards kids!  Mama wants a new pad.” Enough words.  Pictures say [...]

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Image from Austin home tour Spring 2009. Outdoor living is around the corner here in Austin, a mere few weeks away really. Tuscan retreat designed by Annabelle Lennox-Boyd Last week I asked you to dream big about how you want to live in your outdoor spaces. I requested that you burst through those self-inflicted constraints [...]

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

It is absolutely frigid today in Austin! Yes, I hear you, New York, Boston and Chicago… what does Austin know about frigid, right? Well, um, okay, there isn’t any snow on the ground and spring is a lot closer for us than it is for you. The thing we have in common is this: while [...]

Q & A: How do I decorate my Thanksgiving table?

Q & A: How do I decorate my Thanksgiving table?

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only one week away. Are you ready? If you’re hosting, you’ll need to plan your Thanksgiving spread and seasonal decorations. Of course you can have your kids make the beloved “hand turkeys” or place a pot of mums and you’re done. However, if you’d like to spruce up [...]

Creative Holiday Party Buffet

Creative Holiday Party Buffet

You asked for it, so  here it is. . . our party food recipes! Even though we don’t claim to be particularly skilled in the culinary arts, we do like to eat and we know how to choose tasty recipes. At our recent Spark Peek of the Season party, we set up a soup bar [...]

Thanks for coming!!!

Thanks for coming!!!

What a fun afternoon and sparkly evening. Thank you to all of you who joined us for a fun gathering gabbing about color, pattern, interior design, porch sparkle, landscapes, gardens, decorating, biz ideas and the joys of collaborating with other bright women to create wonderful inspiring spaces and build businesses!! Everywhere we turned there were [...]