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Well, I returned from a great trip to the always glorious (and generally cool) Pacific Northwest and jumped right back into the swing of things and the Houston HEAT! Things were hot at the office upon my return. It’s awards time, so we sorted through lots of photos for some design competitions and are working with a client to submit his historical renovation project for a Good Brick Award from Houston Preservation. Please wish us luck!

I did an art installation recently that was quite fun. The family loves the HGTV Fixer Upper style and we put together quite a nice assortment of farmhouse style for them. They needed nearly everything for their living room so, I suggested starting with a classic and family-friendly brown leather sofa with lots of tufting. We added a great black and white rug that is super soft underfoot. I found a great looking wall clock that really set the tone and pulled the room together. I also found a cool sign via Etsy for over the door. One of the hidden advantages of the update was that the wife had decided she did not like her current paint color. It was a light, buttery color and it did feel pretty yellow but it was in really good shape and it was in every room in the house! Happily, it is a lovely backdrop to the black and white accents, vintage and shabby chic accessories, and the brown leather sofa. Guess what, she now likes the color and can use the thousands of dollars she would have spent on painting to do the master bedroom. We’re on it!

I had some fun neighborhood events—a book club meeting and an 80s party. I also attended my annual Phi Mu Houston Alumnae Summer Salsa Luncheon. Phi Mu has been paired with the Children’s Miracle Network since the late 90s. I was proud to learn we have raised more than $14 million. Our Houston group is a top contributor, and all of our proceeds stay right here, being used for funds at Texas Children’s Hospitals. Here are some pics from the events:

I had quite a run of media, too, with a feature in Voyage Houston, a cool new online resource that features stories about people and businesses around town.

We also had two projects featured in the July Issue Houston House and Home.

We discussed what clients often ask for and how to achieve it. We showed a casual, family bungalow living room and a glamorous adult bedroom to show two sides of Houston style.

 

Lastly, my own beloved powder room was featured in the Chronicle recently. Diane Cowen, the design editor, had called to ask about powder room updates and of course we had to discuss wallpaper. Read the article and see some pretty powder rooms here: Houston Chronicle

Danna is busy getting her girls ready for college and Joni, our new associate, was busy helping Danna hold down the fort. They did a great job while I was gone. Joni took a little trip recently and Danna will be traveling with her daughters soon so everyone gets a bit of time away this summer.

Travel, R&R, and PR all inspire me. Until next time, find your inspiration or call us and we’ll help you discover it.

 

 

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