Sky Blue Lacquer Chest
Dallas Market this week was full of all shades of blues from icy robin’s egg to the brightest turquoise. Robin + I noticed the color theme all around the market in all aspects from gifts to furniture to fabrics. Not surprisingly, we spied an article in a furniture trade magazine + our thoughts were confirmed. Pantone announced the Color of the Year:2010 was Turquoise. “Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing,” quotes the press release.
Turquoise Tole Lantern
Loved loved loved this Oriental inspired tole lantern in the perfect punch of color…turquoise. The unexpected pop of color would be great in a powder bath or entry hall. Note the clever punched metal details on the side +, of course, the darling scalloped trim…
Fox + Riddle Seaglass Mosaic Rug
Amazing variegated wool rug is in beach glass hues of sea blue, palm green mixed with sand. We loved the modern take on a shaker pieced rug. This unique style would update the most traditional of interiors or add just the right amount of color to a neutral toned room. One of our favorites!
Blue Faux Crocodile Box Set
Beautiful robin’s egg leather boxes in handsome faux crocodile update a home office + add smart style to home storage. Love these to hide everything from photos to files!
Some of you may be familiar with the great wholesale lighting + accessories line based right here in Dallas, Arteriors Home. They are having a warehouse sale this week with lots of lamps, chandeliers,furniture, and decorative objects galore! Never before open to the public,take advantage of these designer pieces at bargain prices. The award lining line, owned by our long time friend Mark Moussa, is the perfect transitional collection which mixes modern + traditional styling.
Robin's Favorite Find
Love this brilliant turquoise lamp with subtle textured glass pattern…Will be the perfect addition to our client’s guest room which is in desperate need of a splash of color! Found the ultimate crisp white drum shade to top it off. Look for Ann’s future post about our newest favorite pop of color-turquoise.
Tiered Wooden Servers
These smart, tiered servers are made of bleached wood + will be great for another client’s kitchen island. Wonderful focal point or right serving piece for party appetizers. We love to find unusual accessories for entertaining that add height to a tablescape…
Check out the sale this weekend Friday- Sunday, January 15-17. Hours 8-5:00 pm.
Arteriors Warehouse. 4430 Simonton Road, Dallas 75244.
PS- We have been frequenting the new Arteriors,Too outlet store. Former Room Service designer, Michelle Irby, manages the new shop. Merchandise changes weekly + is open Wednesday- Saturday.4811 W.Lovers Lane, Dallas 75209. Ring 214.352.1920 for further info.
Maddie's Room After
With each new year comes the desire for fresh changes. What a great time to move some furniture around, update your accessories and give a new lease on life to a tired room. My daughter, Maddie, recently moved into her own room from sharing bunk beds with little brother Cooper (not so cool for an 11 year old girl!).
Maddie's Room Before
We started with this existing setup -– plain Jane –- and made some clever, inexpensive changes to give some pop.
Vintage Fence Crown With Paper Flower Detail
Amy Butler's Clever Decorative Papers
The inspiration and color palette came from a book of decorative papers and coordinating fabrics designed by one of our fave designers, Amy Butler. Check out Amy’s website, it’s amazing!
Papers were found at Michael’s and fabric (for 20 inch square pillows) online at Crafty Planet. We now have CityCraft here in Dallas. They carry Amy’s fabrics as well.
IKEA And Target Bargain Finds
Next, I framed the papers with inexpensive frames from IKEA. Cheap art that gives a bit of a modern touch! I also added lamps from IKEA and mirrored side tables from Target to flank each side. Fabric, frames, side tables and lamps all for $300. Wow! Clever design doesn’t discriminate –- you just need to be a sleuth for good buys.
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Maddie + Robin
Happy New Year!
What a remarkable week in Santa Fe! My longtime high school friend and NYC fashion guru, Cynthia OʼConnor, have begun a tradition of getting our families together for holiday times in different locales.
We went for a week of gallery strolling, house hunting ( what a great hobby – it never hurts to look! ), game playing and general relaxation. It turned into a ski week infused with marvelous gourmet dining thrown in and a great deal of design inspiration.
Traveling epicureans: Cynthia and I have been cooking up fresh, unusual feasts since our time as early Dallas retailers in the 80ʼs. One stop at the local Whole Foods was an inspiration for several dinners – especially our New Yearʼs Eve Lemon Garlic Hens with Seared Sweet Peppers.
I am known amongst friends for photographing memorable meals – some of my best travel memories incorporate the dining experiences! Among this weekʼs Best of Show was the Cornbread (Native American style) BLT at Pasqualʼs. The brown sugar roasted bacon, heirloom tomatoes and arugula changed my life.
Pomegranate seeds became the staple of the week, topping the accompanying salad adding a tasty tang.
A stop at Tecolote cafe, a localʼs dinner with quintessential New Mexican cuisine proved to be amazing. The Huevos Yucatecos were crazy delicious: the requisite green chile sauce covered eggs beans and posole. Grilled bananas are a perfect sweet contrast to the roasted chiles.
What an inspirational and delicioso trip!
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new design site and blog, Fox + Riddle. We worked closely together in the growing years at Room Service by Ann Fox, the home design store in Dallas, and then collaborated on many of our individual projects in the past. We have joined forces to form a perfect partnership due to our passion for design.
We look forward to bringing you the latest interior design, shopping and product news, local and national. Tasty Tuesday, Favorite Finds and Gotta Go Get! regular blog features will bring our readers some of the most unique and clever information each week. Always having an opinion on even the smallest detail, we will strive to bring you exciting, enticing news and projects that we feel are outstanding in the sea of information we comb through constantly for our client jobs.
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