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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


Ready…Aim…Design / Dwell with Dignity.

1 Oct

Do you have a great before and after furniture project that you would love to share?  Dwell with Dignity has teamed up with a handful of fabulous designer / blogger judges to pick the best! We all love a great before and after. That frumpy chair that was given a second change or that damaged coffee table that just needed a little facelift. They all tell a great story and your story could get you hooked up with lots of fun prizes! THE DETAILS: Visit www.readyaimdesign.com and enter your furniture piece in the contest.  Submit one before and one after picture! That’s it, now sit back and cross your fingers that you win one of the awesome prizes! We are so excited to be part of the price package!!  SHOPTEN25.COM’S Blythe’s Decanter Set is part of the 3rd place prize package!! Love these stunning pieces!! THE JUDGES: Johnathan Adler Design Sponge / Grace Bonney style/ Swoon / Sam Sano House Gardens People/Rebecca Sherman All The Best Blog /Ronda Carman RUE Magazine / Plush Palate Blog / Crystal Gentilello DWELL WITH DIGNITY IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THEIR AMAZING CAUSE! PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS AND HELP THEM GIVE FAMILIES A FRESH START!

The latest place to dwell…with dignity

23 Sep

If you haven’t heard of Dwell with Dignity then you should check out their site to see all of the wonderful things they are doing in Dallas!  Here is the 411: Dwell With Dignity is a Dallas-based non-profit dedicated to helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design,one household at a time.

Their latest project just wrapped and I wanted to share the space with you. I always look forward to seeing their projects because I know all of the hard work and dedication Lisa, Kim and all of the volunteers put into each and every space.

Here is a before shot of the apartment with plain white walls and standard gray carpet.

The end result is beautiful and not so plain anymore! The space is warm, inviting and I love the mix of mid-century furniture and eclectic accessories! Check out the turquoise floor lamp and the pop of turquoise in the pillows, very chic! The mustard yellow ottomans from Global Views are fabulous a fun alternative to a standard coffee table!

Like what you see? Head on over to Dwell with Dignity’s Facebook page, website and blog for more! They have great before & afters, easy diy ideas, and updates on all the great things they are doing!

Pay it forward.

9 Sep

Sometimes, someone out there in blog land does something so kind and it just makes my day. So today, I wanted to share a few of the blogs that are  stylish, creative and have been supportive of  Studio Ten 25!  Let’s just say that it is time to “pay it forward”!

Much love to you all and check out these fabulous blogs…listed in random order of course! I’m hope to make “pay it forward” a regular on the Studio Ten 25 Blog! There are so many wonderful blogs and bloggers out there, I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

House of Turquoise. Erin loves the color turquoise and posts daily photographs from her favorite turquoise finds. I also LOVE her decor by color blogs! She featured our Rain Washed master bedroom not too long ago! Thanks Erin!

Centsational Girl. This California girls is one of the best DIYers I’ve seen! Her recent “where do you blog? party” was awesome and seeing over 200 bloggers share their space was fun….we are #192 on the list!

Lavender & Lillies. Jessica’s blog about  “cute things” always has interesting, unique and inspiring posts!  She recently blogged about our master bedroom as an inspiration! Yay!

City Craft Dallas is a modern fabric store and sewing lounge that will knock your socks off!  It’s my go to spot for fabulous fabrics and their blog is full of sneak peeks and how to’s. Callie featured our chic loft makeover recently and it’s hard to miss her fabrics! We used them on pillows, recovered benches and even used a few colorful patterns as artwork!

Chic Modern Vintage: Great blog full of how to’s, what should I do’s and the latest trends in DIY!  And how can we not show some love to another fellow Dallas blogger!  Muah!

Dwell with Dignity: Such a special organization and I am so fortunate to be in Dallas where all of the magic happens.  We have had the opportunity to see the amazing work of these ladies first hand! PLEASE check out their site and if your in Dallas, it’s super easy to be involved!  Their blog keeps you updated on their latest projects, before and afters and great products! Check out our day spent with Dwell with Dignity HERE.

The Lettered Cottage: Layla Palmer and her husband Kevin are always up to something. I am amazed at the beautiful things they pick up at garage sales and flee markets! Fabulous makeovers, how to’s and great entertainment!  Layla mentioned our master bedroom in a post about selecting a paint color for her own home.

Decor Dallas: Rebecca Sherman’s blog is filled with designer profiles, amazing Dallas locations and a few of her favorite rooms.  She writes for Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine as well as many other publications!  She has featured us twice on her blog, once for our master bedroom and a modern downtown loft!

Dwell with Dignity

19 Jul

Rashaud Bennett, Abbe Fenimore & Martellus Bennett at the Dwell with Dignity House in Dallas, TX

I had the pleasure of spending my weekend with the ladies from Dwell with Dignity. Lisa & Kim have been making a difference in the Dallas area for just over a year now! Their impact on our community and the lives they touch is a beautiful thing to see first hand.  They can always use donations to keep this fabulous organization running.  Interested in helping out on the next home? See how you can make a difference HERE!


Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Our mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. One household at a time.

I stopped by their office for a tour, here are a few images of their chic & eclectic space. The DWD home office is filled with fabulous art, unique furniture and accessories. I love the green and teal color combo!

You can see better images HERE

Today, Martellus Bennett from The Dallas Cowboys stopped by to help the DWD girls reveal their latest home! Want to see a sneak peak of the space? Check it out HERE

Giving a motivational talk to the boys…see the video HERE

Martellus signs footballs for the guys!