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Design Shuffle {Guest Blogging}

15 Jan

I’m honored and excited to be guest blogging on Design Shuffle today!  If you have been intrigued with online design and wanted to to know more about the process, pop over to their fabulous site to see the post. See how online design can give you access to an interior design with out the design fees involved.  This up and coming service allows you to design your room on your time & budget!

At Studio Ten 25, we call our online design service HOME AWAY FROM HOME! We would love to talk to you about putting the finishing touches on that unfinished room!

A few of my favorite Home Away From Home Projects

Late Summer Update…Home Away From Home

14 Sep

Emily’s back porch is absolutely gorgeous but in need of some serious color. She recently had her existing patio furniture recovered but wasn’t sure what to do next. The space felt awkward and plain so she asked me to pull together a few ideas to spruce the place up.

The brick floors and columns create plenty of texture against the white house so we needed a way to make the space feel connected to the architectural elements.

I created two floor plan options for her to try. I suggested that she try each one, photograph it and then take a look at the images to select the layout that feels more comfortable.

Options #1: Blues and greens brighten up the muted cushion fabric while the mix of pattern, stripes and a solid compliment the white graphic pattern.  I know the garden stool is somewhat cliche  but it brings in interest, color and can be used as a side table. Emily LOVES Jill Rosenwald’s Hampton Links earthenware and I think they are perfect coffee table accents.

Option #2: Reds and greens. I think this is my favorite scheme because the warmer color palette ties in perfectly with the brick and stone tops on the iron coffee and side table.

I’m Back!!

29 Aug

We just returned from our two week vacation in Colorado!  We had a blast and I am in love with the mountains in the summer. All of the fresh air, wildflowers and cool mornings do something special to your soul. Most of our time was spent not even worrying about what time it was. It took me a few days to wind down and get work off of my mind but I finally relaxed. IMG_5818

We fished, hiked, cooked out and tried to visit as many small towns as possible. The dogs had a blast running around and jumping in and out of the freezing cold rivers. Adjusting to city life again has been a bummer, there is something special about not having a care in the world, seeing the entire creation of stars in the sky and feeling so tiny among the amazing creations of God.  Ok, I have to admit that I REALLY MISSED STARBUCKS!!

I am working on a few new post for the blog, home away from home projects and am in the process of updating the website…YAY!! Here are a few pics from the trip…..enjoy.

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Baby Hope’s Nursery – Home Away From Home

30 Jun

Baby Hope is on her way!  In preparation for her arrival this winter her mom and dad are itching to complete her nursery and asked us for help. Since they are struggling to mix both of their styles, we combined the best of both to give baby Hope a hip, chic and stylish place to dream! Take a look at their letter and Hope’s nursery finish board!


Hi Abbe,

My husband and I are expecting our first child this winter and with our busy schedules, we have had no time to shop for Hope’s nursery!  I have to admit that we are putting it off because we can not agree on the style of the items we want. My husband wants simple but I want a bit of frill. We need your help to complete her nursery before she makes her big arrival this winter.  We tried to start on the room and the only thing we have been able to agree on has been painting the room a warm beige color.  I want to keep the walls neutral, as Hope grows up and we change her bedding I really don’t want to repaint the room. We both love some color but are unsure how to pull things together without it looking crazy.  Here is a list of what we want for the room:

1. No pink, we want to go with a brown and green color scheme

2. We love the “modern baby” look of clean lines, white furniture and wood accents (We need a crib, changing table & rocker)

3. A few “girlie” touches please. I am drawn to more frilly things and my husband wants things more natural and simple. Helps us combine our two styles. Enclosed is the bedding we have purchased, it is white with a floral pattern. My husband let me win that one!

4. We need a bit of art to hang in the room and help with a layout. Three of the four walls in the room are full. The first has the closet, the second has the windows and the third has built-ins.

We are so excited to see your ideas and know you can help us resolve our style differences so baby Hope will have a perfect nursery!

Thank you,

Brandi & Jeff

Sophisticated Sitting Room- Home Away From Home

29 Jun

Stephanie was starting from scratch in her formal sitting room and knew exactly the look she wanted. Her only problem, how to find each of the elements she loved and pull them together. That’s where we come in!   Here is her finish board and  letter:


Hi Abbe,

I have used an interior designer in the past to help me update and finish a few rooms in my home of  10 years. I have invested a significant amount of savings into the updating and am wanting to finish out my sitting room within budget. I am willing to purchase quality pieces but am excited to have access to your design advice with out all of the design fees stacking up on me.  The room I need help with is my front sitting room. It is the first room my guests step into when entering my home and it has been pushed to the side of my “to-do” remodel list for quite some time now. As for my style, I like to start with classic pieces and invest in quality furniture that will still by stylish if I change things down the road. I am attracted to a more feminine Asian Chinoiserie look, pieces with floral touches and even birds.  I am in love with de Gournay’s handpainted wallpaper so if you could incorporate anything that has that look in the room I would love it. Regarding colors, I am attracted to jewel tones but also love classic neutrals, traditional woods and art deco pieces.  A bit all over the design style map but that is the direction we went with the other rooms I updated.  As you can see  by the pictures I am attaching of my home, I have warm wood floors and a soft buttery yellow on my walls. I do not want to repaint as I am pleased with the wall color. Thank you for your help and I am looking forward to seeing your idea.



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Home away from home…on a serious budget

4 Jun

As my clients look for ways to cut cost with out compromising good design, I am constantly looking for better “budget” options.  It seams like the big trend in decorating/ design is getting “the look” for less.  And with HGTV and the Style network bringing so many fabulous designers and their unique shows for all of us to drool over…great design and fabulous rooms are no longer a dream. Right now I am working on a few bedrooms that require high style but come with tiny budget.  I love to shop for bargains and am  fortunate to be in the fabulous and resourceful city of Dallas, TX.  There are tons of budget friendly finds to be had at places like Ikea, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx homegoods & Marshall’s just to name a few. Not to mention many of the high end “outlet” stores where fab pieces from last season go to be re-discovered again. Places like Horchow Finale, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel outlet, the new Lam Lee outlet  and I could go on.

I was recently asked to create a room similar to the one my client gave me (below)..only on a budget. I wanted to stick with the budget friendly stores for the basics and I was able to find almost everything in the room at WAL-MART and Target!!  Getting great deals is great, but I do still believe that you need to invest in quality pieces that will be classics and be able to withstand a few relocations along with average wear and tear. Her is her letter

Hi Abbe,

I am a new college grad with my first place and am in serious need of new furniture in my bedroom. I have decided to sell most of my awful college furniture and replace it with a more chic grown up look for my first place. I have just moved into my new apartment and would love to get started on my bedroom right away. I have a brand new mattress set (queen size) and a few pieces of art that I love and would like to use in the space. I am including a picture of a bedroom that I totally LOVE and want for my new place. I have started to look at things similar to the items in the picture but am hitting a wall and have no idea how to pull it all together. My budget is small ($1,300), I have money stuck back from graduation gifts and would like to use that without dipping into my  new paycheck! Hopefully  you can help me find things to create the look, I am open to anything you suggest but my one request is to find the wallpaper. I know it’s an apartment and I shouldn’t put up wallpaper but I really think it will make the room. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks, Stephanie


Stephanie has fabulous taste and I can see why she is not wanting to budge on the wallpaper! With a few clicks and free shipping as a bonus, Stephanie will be right on budget to create the look she wants. Now this college grad can come home and relax in style! Here is the finish board, I usually don’t get detailed on pricing and the location of the items I suggest but this is such a fabulous price!!

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Here is the run down on cost:

1.King Ivory Tufted Headboard: Walmart $269.00

2.Netural Bedding: Walmart $49.99

3.Faux Silk Pillows: Walmart $12.88 each

4.Chrysanthemum Wallpaper: Target $74.99 double roll

5.Black Nightstands: Walmart $104.75 each

6.Glass Base Table Lamps: Walmart $76.00

7.Pinch Pleat Drapery Panels: Walmart $31.88 each

8.Canary print Chair: Target $299.99

9.Blue Accent Pillow: Target $24.99

Total approximate cost: $1093.9

Tres Chic! / Home Away From Home

15 Feb


Blythe recently wrote to us for help with her empty dining room.  She is starting from scratch but has given us plenty of inspiration with her stunning hand painted dishes as well as her other accessories.  Blythe wants her dining room to reflect the look of a cozy and stylish french cafe….we found tons of darling furniture and know that she will be excited to start shopping! We can’t wait to see the room complete.
Take a look at Blythe’s letter:
It is now time to start on my dining room and I am super excited to see your suggestions! I have completed the updates to my kitchen and living room but the dining room is bare and I am ready to finish up my “to do” list.  As you can see, the room is a completely empty. I would like to use my grandmother’s plates as an inspiration for the room as well as my love for French Cafes.  My sister and I have traveled to France a handful of times and I have based my entire home on the places we have stayed.  The look I am going for is a stylish French dining area that will be comfortable for me and my guest to sip coffee or drink a few glasses of wine. I am not a huge fan of  bright colors so I would like to keep the room neutral. I am open to painting the room a soft color but want mostly simple furniture. I like the white washed look, hand painted furniture and classic Louis furniture.  I guess if you could imagine a cottage on the French Countryside that is more stylish than rustic that would be it!  I need seating for four and want a buffet for storage. As for seating, I am open to your suggestions but want something grand.  I have newly refinished hardwood floors but if a rug helps the room come together better, let me know. Thank you for your help! I will be patiently waiting to see your ideas!
Don’t you just love Paris! We do and I couldn’t wait to get started on this Home Away from Home project for Blythe. We think she will love our ideas for her new dining room and will be serving coffee and crepes in no time!
Take a look at the details of Blythe’s Finish Board.
1. Let’s start with the color palette of Blythe’s dining room. Nothing says French Chic like the monochromatic colors of ivory, taupe and white. Since she already has hardwood floors in a deep rich chocolate stain it would be best to warm up her existing white walls with a soft sage.  Benjamin Moore has an amazing color selection and we suggest she use Saybrook Sage HC-144 for the walls.  The sage wall color will tie in perfectly  and make Blythe’s  hand painted brown and ivory plates  pop off of the wall.
2. Now let’s start from the ground up in this room.  Adding a rug to the dining area will pull the furniture pieces together and will bring a much needed pattern to the room.  We don’t want to completely hide the hardwoods, so this simple taupe and ivory rug will be just what we need to define the eating space.
3.  I have always been a huge fan of mixing square and round pieces in a room.  When you have a square room, square windows and other square details in a room it can feel harsh. By using this round distressed creamy white  chateau style dining table we are able to break up all of the harsh lines in the room.
4. Blythe needs storage as well as a place to serve from while she is entertaining guest. This hand painted toile cabinet is perfect for the 10″ wall in the dining room. Blythe can store her dishes and dining linens here too!  Tres Chic!
5. Now on to the seating.  This velvet arm chair is covered in a deep rich chocolate and has a white wash finish on the arms and legs.  Four of these placed around the table will look stunning and really give Blythe’s guest a comfortable place to sit and chat for hours!
6. Blythe has a 5′ wide x 8′ tall window in the center of the other 10′ wall.  We want to continue to soften the room and these ivory linen drapes will soften up the harsh window.  We suggest a 3″ puddle to really dress up the room!
7. Lighting is one of the most important elements in a room.  The dining room already has can lights  with dimmers that provide plenty of room but can be a bit harsh at night. This green crystal chandelier will look amazing over the dining table and will be the centerpiece of the room.
8. This large gold flower mirror will be perfect over the buffet. It will reflect the light from the window and continue to bring in a touch of chic and give the room a more formal feel.
9. Last but not least, this set of  48″ wide x 40″ high paintings will complete the chic cottage cafe look Blythe is going for. The colors tie in perfectly with the walls too.

Sitting Pretty / Home Away From Home

25 Jan


When Arden wrote to us for help with the living room in her new high rise condo we could hardly wait to get started! Arden describes herself as an ambitious career girl who’s fashion sense just doesn’t carry over to her home. Now that she has moved into her new condo, she is ready to upgrade from her mix matched furniture to a hip, elegant and stylish look that will have her proud to host a fabulous soiree.
Take a look at Arden’s design dilemma:
I came across your blog while I searching for design ideas to use in my new condo. I would describe myself as an ambitious career girl who’s fashion sense just doesn’t carry over into my home! I am ready to have more of a refined look in the new space and am committed to investing in quality pieces. In the past I have never wanted to spend money decorating because I have always rented. Now that I am in my first place, I am ready to invest in pieces that will become staples in my home. It’s crazy how easily I can pull an outfit and accessories together but when it comes to my home, I don’t know what to do!” I am drawn to neutrals but am open to small touches of color. I want the space to be glamorous, refined, but still comfortable to hang out in. The space will be used frequently to host my company and industry cocktail parties so it needs to be something that makes people say “wow” when they come in. I find myself drawn to the fabulous lobbies in boutique hotels, especially the grand draperies, cool wallpapers and fabulous details.
No purple, red or pink please! I also have issues with floral patterns and don’t care for chunky furniture. I do love mirrored and glass pieces but only in small doses. I am also open to wallpaper if it is neutral and I would like a few pieces of Art too. I was thinking the long wall to the left would be a good place. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I would like to get started right way so I will be waiting as patiently as I can.
We think  Arden will love our ideas and overall look for her living room.  She should be sitting pretty in no time!
1. We started with the color palette for Arden’s living room. Nothing says glamorous more than refined colors, rich fabrics and a touch of shine! We suggest Arden leave her existing neutral wall color and creme trim and allow the furniture and accessories to bring in the touch of color she is looking for.  Now, for the breakdown.
2. Arden has the most amazing  hardwood floors with a deep walnut finish  in her condo. This hand tufted wool blend peacock rug will break up the expansive wood flooring and help to ground the main sitting area. The large pattern is bold in design but subtle in color. The eye of each feather will set the stage for the creamy neutrals and pops of sky and teal blue in the room.
3. Let’s move on to seating. This black velvet sofa has ruched detailing as well as a tufted back and base.  The metallic legs complete the stunning details that make this sofa scream boutique hotel.  At 81″ long, Arden should be able to comfortably seat three guest during a cocktail party.
4. This handsome pair of 1940’s Hollywood Regency high back chairs are the perfect compliment to the black velvet sofa. The winged side design and walnut lets will look fabulous with the existing floors and new style of the room.
5. Arden mentioned that she likes mirrored and glass pieces..but just a touch is all she is after. This stunning glass and forged iron silver leaf table will do just that. Considering the darkness and weight of the sofa, we don’t want to have a heavy piece in the middle of the sitting area. The openness of the coffee table will also allow that fabulous rug to be shown off as well!
6. We must continue to balance the heaviness of the sofa. These side tables will do just that! They have an antiqued mirrored top and gold finish that will tie in perfectly with the rug.
7. You can never go wrong with X benches! These Rococo style benches are covered in a tan linen with nail head trim and are going to be the perfect place for guest to sit and socialize during Arden’s cocktail parties! The style, color and thickness of the legs will balance out the sleek legs from the other pieces.
8. These sky blue, chocolate and gold lamps will make a bold statement next to the black velvet sofa. The ivory shade  picks up the chocolate stripe from the lamp and gives the shade a custom touch.
9. In Arden’s project questionnaire, she asked us to come up a solution for more lighting in the space. The room is flooded with a soft light from the floor to ceiling windows by day, so we need to create a soft glow for her evening parties. This Jet Black Crystal Chandelier will look amazing centered over the coffee table. The daytime light will make this piece a show stopper by bouncing light off of the crystals.  During the evening, it will continue to bounce light around the room and give Arden’s living room the “Wow” factor she is looking for.
10. Since Arden mentioned her love for boutique hotel lobbies and their fabulous wall coverings, why not add a stunning  yet simple stated pattern to the long feature wall! The first thing you see as you enter the apartment is the amazing view through the full length windows. To the left is an amazing fireplace complete with gold metallic mosaic tile details. This intricate  faceted  starburst design in cream and silver/gold will help to finish off that wall. The color and pattern are just simple enough and will blend in perfectly while adding  a bit of needed pattern to the space.
11. While we are talking walls, let’s talk about this black and gilded mirror! It will look amazing over the fireplace and should tie in perfectly with the starbust pattern from the wallpaper. Of course it will bring a bit of needed balance to the black velvet sofa and crystal chandelier too!
12. Arden asked for art  but she doesn’t have the wall space to display much. This 30″x40″ archival pigment butterfly print  will look amazing on the tall and narrow open wall opposite of the fireplace. The colors are perfect for the space and I love how it plays off of the eyes in peacock feathers on the rug!
13. One last final touch…draperies. These silk taffeta multistripe drapes in a soft teal blue are just what this room needs to feel complete. They will hang from floor to ceiling on each end of the windows and will soften the harshness of the modern windows.
In order to respect the privacy of our clients, Studio Ten.25 does not publish the private details (photographs, questionnaires or locations) of our clients Home away from home projects.