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Looking Back…Looking Forward

1 Jan


While I was on vacation last week I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to help keep the Studio Ten 25 blog going by guest blogging. The topic: What are you looking forward to in 2011?  They could talk about design, color or anything personal.  I want to say THANK YOU to the fabulous bloggers for sharing what they are looking forward to in 2011.

So today I thought I would take a look back at my favorite blog post from 2010. I noticed that a few of my favorite bloggers were doing the same thing and I wanted to join the fun.  Looking back on 2010 makes me smile, I have been so blessed to have wonderful clients,  friends & family who support me and a fabulous network of blogger friends to keep me going.

We…well…I spent most of 2010 completing our home.  After we moved in we ripped out the small garage and added a third bedroom and full bathroom.  Living in your home during a remodel is a nightmare, so we took a year off to enjoy the new changes.  As soon as 2010 arrived,  so did all of the new furniture and accessories!

See ya tinky garage…..

After: The small garage in now a comfortable guest room!

Here is a look at my favorite posts from this past year.


Best of the City – Modern Luxury Dallas – Being featured in a local Dallas magazine was the perfect way to kick off 2010.  It was my FIRST EVER magazine feature!


Home Office Update –  This was the priority room in my client’s home when we started the project.  From start to finish, this office took about six months to complete (waiting on back ordered pieces). The rug was so worth the wait,  I have never loved orange so much!!

MARCH 2010

How do you work? – I finally had a home office to call my own this month. I love my home office, it’s where I am inspired and one of my favorite spots to catch up on my soap opera while getting through my to-do list!


Master Bedroom Update – We also finished updating our frumpy master bedroom. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this room now. It’s calming, comfortable and I love waking up here!  My husband did have a few requests.

#1 “Let’s not go overkill on the mirrors.”  I just had pieces cut for the tops of the night stands and dresser.

#2 “Make sure the puppies won’t ruin anything, I don’t want to hear your complain that something was ruined.”  A white duvet that can be bleached…problem solved.

#3 ” Let’s reuse as much of our existing furniture as we can, this remodel thing is getting out of control $.”.  Problem solved! My mom helped me update the headboard, that was the biggest change.

APRIL 2010

Kate Inspired Me – I was walking through Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas (where Style/Swoon hosted a fabulous party) and spotted this Kate Spade outfit. It was the perfect piece of inspiration for one of the projects I was working on. I loved the black and white with turquoise and yellow accents. Perfectly Chic!

MAY 2010

Barking Hound Village Austin,TX –  In 2009 I worked with BHV to remodel an old Dallas steakhouse and turn it into a chic doggy daycare and boarding facility.  Now it was time to visit the existing Austin location and bring a fresh new look to the location. I think 2011 will bring more BHV locations…keeping my fingers crossed. I love working with Lisa & Jeremy Jones and Caddo & Ivy love going for daycare!

JUNE 2010

Cornice Board…funny name…fab design – I was so excited when the installation day for this cornice board came. I had been dying to use something like this in a project and my fabulous clients were on board…pun intended!

JULY 2010

Dwell with Dignity – This was the first time I was able to get a front row seat to the amazing work that Dwell with Dignity does in the Dallas Community.  Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett stopped by to give the boys a grand tour of their new digs! It was an amazing day, I will never forget the smiles on those young boy’s faces!


Custom furniture to the rescue –  I was on a budget and time crunch on this commercial project so I turned to my local upholstery workroom to create pieces from our inspiration images. I could not have been happier with the results, custom pieces are quickly becoming a staple in most of my projects these days.


September was a fabulous month!  I had another feature in Modern Luxury Dallas where I was able to talk about my obsession with Woodson & Rummerfield!

Before & After Dining Room- Whoo Hoo!!  We finally finished out dining room / Entry and since it’s one of the first rooms you see when entering out home…it was really about time!!


Ten 25= Three – Dru and I celebrated our three year wedding anniversary and this post tells the story of how we named STUDIO TEN 25.

And it didn’t stop there! We were SO SUPER excited to have our home featured in The Dallas Morning News! Having photos of your house splashed across a section in the DMN is crazy!  My hubby said “now we can finally stop buying stuff since the house is decorated!”….Um not so fast…..I still have a few tricks up my sleeves for 2011!


Home Away From Home, Guest Room Update –  The online decorating side of my business has really taken off this year and this room was one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see pictures of the final installation.


Home for the Holidays Part 1 & 2 – I was flattered when the DMC asked me to participate in the 2010 Christmas Market Holiday House. I designed the dining room and the Hollywood Glam look was super Chic! I loved loved loved it, it was a fabulous experience.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2011, I have so many great things to share this year! Happy New Year


Guest Blogger: {Chic Modern Vintage}

28 Dec
Hello everyone, I’m Tonia from Chic Modern Vintage. I’ve been asked only a handful of times to be a guest on someone’s blog, and each time I’m surprised like it’s the first time. Thanks, Abbe for having me fill in for you while your relaxing over the holidays. You asked a really hard question and a great question.  What am I looking forward to most in 2011?” Here are a few things that I’ll looking forward to working on in the new year.
My two children are no longer little and can take care of themselves, as a matter of fact my oldest has his own apartment, but they still look for a home cooked meal on a regular basis.  I intend to make cooking more at home a top priority.
My home was built in the 50s therefore I’m short on storage space, yet I have so many clothes, shoes and other things. To top it off, I’m not as organized as I could be. I’ve already started the process of purging things I am not using or have not used in the past 6 months to a year by donating my reusable items to local charities.
I am a big procrastinator. There are several projects I’ve purchased materials for but the project has yet to get done. Something comes up and I put it off. I intend to create a “punch list” of things that need to be done in each room and set a timeframe to have them completed.
In the past, I’ve spent tons of money on things that I really didn’t need. I thought I would use these things in some way at a later date only to have it take up space in my home. I’ve realized that buying something just because it’s $1.00 doesn’t make sense. Dollars add up. Since I’ve started my organization process {see #2} I totaled  all  the items I’ve given away or donated and it has added up to quite a bit. Let’s just say I could have fed plenty of hungry people. If I don’t need it. I’m not buying it.
I’m a big thrift shopper especially with furniture and decor items.  Yes, I enjoy new things too but I always check with my local thrift stores before-hand. You never know what you might find.  I’ve saved money on certain things by doing this. However, I’ve gotten carried away plenty of time too. {see 2 } When you find such great things at great prices you tend to buy things that you personally don’t need {see #4} I’m learning to control that urge.
Notice how things effect each other? I’ve only noted 5 things that I want to work on for the new year, and they all have something to do with each other. If you work on one thing you could end up working on something else you’d like to work on at the same time. Who knows?
Abbe thank you again for having me. I hope that these small things that I look forward to working on in the new year will inspire someone else to take baby steps to change things they need to. We’re all a work in progress.  Well wishes to everyone in the new year and attempt to accomplish something that you didn’t last year.
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