Friday, October 15, 2010

Social Parade!

Today I’m participating in

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Custom distressed furniture!

Last weekend my husband and I attended a workshop from Mandie at Altar’d – Funky Chic Furniture with some friends & family and learned some fabulous new techniques on painting and refinishing furniture.
Tyler is so talented and we have decided to pursue this craft!  We are working on a few pieces we’ve had hanging around in our garage & then will start painting furniture for a local store in Denton called When Pigs Fly – A Curious Little Shop.
In addition we would love to help anyone who has furniture that needs a little TLC. If you have a piece you’d like a quote on, please email me!
Allison {at} DesignLifeInc {dot} net
The first dresser we tackled is for Bella’s Big Girl Room!
Here it is BEFORE – quite a find for $30!
before cream dresser
Tyler structurally re-worked the entire piece and stabilized the back and sides, made new slides for the drawers and fixed each drawer.
He also removed the hardware and patched the holes so we could use knobs instead of pulls & routed the top of the dresser to give it a bit more detail.
And the finished piece! I am in love!
After cream dresserAfter cream dresser detail
On our way to the workshop we stopped at a garage sale and found an oval mirror for $6! We bought it and painted & distressed it to match Bella’s dresser so we can hang it in her new room.
Here is the frame BEFORE
And the frame AFTER, with a Giveaway chalkboard. Once we get the mirror up and in the room I’ll post more photos.
We also bought this chest for $30 for our Living Room.
before aqua dresser
We painted, distressed and glazed this piece and I think it’s fabulous!!
After aqua dresserAfter aqua dresser detail
Linking up to these parties:

Custom Pillows!


I recently started making burlap custom pillows to sell at a local store.  Here are a few styles that are available for purchase at When Pigs Fly – A Curious Little Shop in Denton. 

You can also place orders by simply sending me an email.

Allison {at} DesignLifeInc {dot} net


Custom damask print with 1” flange

15” x 24”


“Love” pillow

12” x 16”

*also available in “faith” and “hope”



Chandelier pillow

16” x 16”



20” x 20”


Custom single initial Monogram

18” x 18”


Custom Monogram

11”  x 17”

All pillows include fills & can be ordered in custom sizes and ink color.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Table for Six

Here’s a sneak peek of a Dining Room that is near completion.  We’re waiting on our fabulous dining chairs but wanted to share a few photos of our initial installation.

Dining Room window BEFORE


Window AFTER!


Window seat BEFORE


Window seat AFTER




Buffet AFTER

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Special thanks to my sweet husband, Tyler, for installing my projects!


Friday, July 2, 2010

Curtain Call

I love window treatments.

Love love.

Luckily it’s my specialty in the interior design world.

I have a binder devoted to great treatments I've seen of the past years that I’ve torn out of magazines. 

Here are a few I’ve found on the internet … maybe one day I’ll spend some time scanning the images from my Idea Book and share them as well.

markham roberts - HBdecor pad2HB WTHB box pleat valancea7837bdc832b   HB bedroom wt detail

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

meet Katie!

image I had a productive and inspiring meeting with Katie Norris yesterday.  We are designing her home office and I’m convinced we make a fabulous team! She is talented and creative with such a clear vision of what hopes to achieve with her office.

After a few hours of collaborating we came up with some great things which I’d love to share!

But first, a bit more about Katie.

We met a few years ago at Hayslip and worked together for a short period of time. Katie studied interior design but recently followed her passion for photography. 

And I’m so happy she did!

Here are a few of my favorite images she captured.

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Please visit Katie Norris Portrait Arts for more information on her services. And peek at her blog for some wonderful photos!

Now onto her office …

She is inspired by the set of Something’s Gotta Give.  Mmmm who isn’t? Makes my heart melt!

SGG living-room-adSGG_DINING_ROOMimage

We are planning to paint the walls a soft dove gray and have (temporarily) narrowed it down to Manhattan Mist or Subtle Touch.


Katie already has some great hardwood floors and millwork in the room that will be painted white, along with the ceiling!IMG_3418

We are also using her existing sisal rug under her floating writing desk (not shown in the photo).

We may paint the sisal with a great subtle stencil down the road.


We both fell in love with this chair from Restoration Hardware! It would be perfect for her desk chair.

RH marseilles linen pin boardRH belfort wingback dining chair

These chairs are perfect for the pair of client chairs we’re shopping for! Both have great lines and I love either a linen or mohair!

aidan gray marlene chairoly sophie-armchair

Behind the pair of chairs I suggest a long narrow bench to sit under her product wall.  This will allow for more seating when she’s meeting with clients and brides.

RH tufted benchartesia leonore bench

Adding a tray on the bench will allow her to display albums and additional products that you would showcase on a coffee table.

Katie keeps an inspiration board in her current office, which I love! Simply upholstering a bulletin board with linen and adding a great frame will dress up the inspiration board and help fit into her new office space!RH marseilles linen pin board2

Behind Katie’s writing desk we’re going to put a large console. We both swooned over this piece!!

aidan gray wien side board

Not sure that it’s in budget, but it’s the style and feel we’re going for.

On top of the lamp I’d like a pair of great lamps to add height, additional lighting and warmth to the space.

aidan gray acanthus leaf lamp

Over the writing desk we’ll add a drum shade pendant of some sort. I love this one from Aidan Gray!

aidan gray jones pendant light

Lastly, the idea for the windows is to add grass shades and simple, straight linen panels with sleek hardware.

Follow along for more updates, purchases and the final installation in a few months!