Still Chaising Rainbows COVERS You know how much we at CandysDirt.com love Jason Lenox’s brand of artful rustic decor. My favorite pieces in the store are Jason’s custom-designed silver and turquoise boxes and his impressive collection of Pendleton blankets.

If you’re a fan of Indian blankets, then you absolutely cannot miss the new coffee table book from Barry Friedman. He’s an expert on trade and camp blankets, and Ralph Lauren’s top source for the woolen treasures. You can meet Friedman and get your own signed copy of the 304-page “Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Volume Two” at Antèks on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Antèks will also host Jed Foutz, owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery and Native American art expert, and his tremendous collection of Navajo blankets and artwork. Blankets from Friedman’s own collection will be available for purchase, too. The reception, which will feature sips and light bites, starts at 4 p.m.

If you miss this amazing event in Antèks Design District location, stay tuned for Lenox’s newest venture: Antèks Curated. The store, planned for the Plaza at Preston Center across from Taco Diner, will feature an exceptional collection for the discerning people in your life. Antèks Curated will carry gift items, home accessories, menswear, and a peppering of furniture, most of which will be exclusive to the store. Hand crafted and limited production works from local artists and designers will be preferred, so be sure to check it out!

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Combining interesting patterns and shapes with jewel tones over a gray backdrop is a classic combination for fall, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Fall is a huge season for freshening up your decor, and using a few new color can add that bit of seasonal pop you’re looking for. Of course, gray is still the neutral of choice, from dark to light and from warm to bright, this do-everything color is a great base from which to play. But what colors should you use to bring your fall palette to life? Bernadette Schaeffler took a short break from designing her new sofa collection in Italy to tell us what we should look for this fall.

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5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

5003 Quail Creek Drive, Photo: Shoot2Sell

Plush and sexy with gray paint, white paneling, and chrome everywhere, 5003 Quail Creek is a stunner for sure. And thanks to the help of a Realtor who knows how to make a home appealing to buyers, this house was snatched right off the market in less than a week!

It’s four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath beauty in Stonebridge Ranch’s Quail Creek that was listed for $259,500 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Brea Garza, founder of The Garza Group. Boy, does it look like it is worth every shiny penny. I asked her if she thought that staging this home helped it get whisked off its feet by an eager buyer.

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Anderson Series by Minotti

Anderson Series by Minotti

As Autumn Smink heads off to Italy for the Milan Salone, we wanted to get a sneak peek at the trends that will hit this standard-bearer of Italian furnishings. The annual event is the launching point where manufacturers come out with their new and exotic designs, said Jennifer Smink.
So, what does the duo behind SMINK Inc. expect to see at this industry event?

Laura Moore Watercolor

With soft edges and bright colors, McKinney artist Laura Moore‘s watercolor paintings are inspirational, especially to designer Bernadette Schaeffler. The artist, who painted Schaeffler’s Hi Line Drive storefront in 2012, has a way with color and form.

With new digital apps on the market that can transform any photo into a watercolor painting, Schaeffler says the compulsion to Waterlogue can become a habit. Why? Because the results are simply gorgeous.

“Why are people suddenly obsessed with an old technique transferred into the social media world? In my opinion it is the fascination of watercolors’ transparency and the vivid colors it brings with it,” Schaeffler said. “It runs, bleeds, mixes and separates on its own and composes wonderful artwork.”

Still, the app is no substitute for the work of a skilled artist such as Moore, Schaeffler adds.

“I was already obsessed with original watercolors before this incredible app came on the market,” Schaeffler said. “I still prefer the original artist work over the app. Laura, for example, is really gifted and knows her work well. Her paintings are so refreshing and perfect!”

Schaeffler recently hosted an exhibition for Moore, which was called “Melded Memories.” It is an apt name that really describes the nostalgic nature of watercolors, and how they are almost dreamlike.

Watercolor Bedroom

This technique doesn’t need to be limited to artwork, Schaeffler says. You can incorporate watercolors into your decor using faux finishes and wallpaper. It’s a dramatic and gorgeous way to up the glamour of any room.

We definitely agree. To see furnishings and accessories that will perfectly complement the nostalgia of watercolors, visit the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection at 1616 Hi Line Drive in the Dallas Design District. Find out more about Bernadette Schaeffler and her design aesthetic on her website.

 

Pinterest is a cruel mistress to the person planning a remodel. That person is me, and my current source of indecision is lighting.

I’m planning on pretty much gutting our hall bath, opting for a more transitional style with a modern double-bowl vanity sink, wainscotting, a rustic wooden mirror, apothecary-style cabinetry, and gooseneck barn lighting above the vanity.

Of course, the lighting is what is causing the most indecision, thanks to the recent boon in American-made light fixtures modeled after old-time gas station lights. They’re built to stand up to the toughest conditions, and often come in a wide array of colors with a decidedly industrial feel.

Here are a few of my most recent favorites:

1) Restoration Hardware’s warm white 10-inch Vintage Barn Sconce — $209

Vintage Barn Light Resto Hardware

2) Barn Wall Urban Outdoor Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus of Dallas — $79.99 (Bargain!!!)

Barn Wall Light Lamps Plus

3) Wheeler Dino Wall Sconce from Barn Light Electric — $208 (Comes in a host of bright colors!)

Barn Light Electric Wheeler Dino Yellow

4) Mini Derby Warehouse Shade Wall Light from Barn Light Originals — $168 (Also comes in tons of great colors!)

The Derby Mini Wall Light Red

5) Barnard Solid Brass Indoor/Outdoor Sconce — $189 each, $339 for two (Has adorable seeded glass cover!)

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Which one is your favorite?

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

When I go to events such as the International Builders Show, I never know what I’ll see or who I’ll meet, and this week was no exception.

The combined 2014 International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show had over 1,700 exhibitors, 650,000 square feet of floor space, and more than 75,000 attendees. And I had two days to see it all!

I try to always go with a plan in mind, then just wander through the show to see what promising products I can find hidden in a corner. As luck would have it, I think my favorite find of the show was one of the last booths I visited.

I was on the lookout for Authentic Reclaimed Pine Floors for some of my clients who are building new homes. They wanted the look of a home that had been there for decades even though it is new construction, and recycling floors from old buildings has lots of potential. The company specializes in antique and reclaimed heart pine flooring that has been salvaged from American Tobacco, John Deere, and the Old Crow Distillery. When I found their booth, not only did I see these beautiful floors, but another one that really caught my interest — The Reserve Barrel Collection that is being produced as part of the new Mondavi Home Collection.

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This very nice man greeted me at the booth and his enthusiasm for the flooring was contagious — by the time I learned all about the floor from him I was as excited as he was about it and couldn’t wait to share. He introduced me to his beautiful wife who also has a skin care line that is available at Neiman Marcus and is made with grape seeds — 29 Cosmetics.

I try to always get the correct names and spelling when I’m sharing things, so I asked to take a picture of Rob’s show badge and when I looked at it I realized I’d been chatting with Robert Mondavi Jr. of the Mondavi Wine family. Talk about understanding lifestyle – this fourth-generation winemaker has an incredible history (and great stories!) of growing up in Napa, working for his family, and branching out on his own to create companies that do mountain bike tours of the Napa vineyards, import great cigars, and of course are responsible for crafting spectacular wines. The couple has a lot of exciting products in the works, and they gave me an exclusive glimpse of what to expect from Mondavi Home in the future.

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One of the things that drove Rob and and his wife, Lydia, to start Mondavi Home and to create this beautiful flooring was their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. Rob personally selects each decommissioned wine cask that is used in the flooring, and as a result each piece is truly a part of winemaking history.

Rob and Lydia are busy not only with designing new products for the lines, they also have a 3 year old to keep up with and they are starting construction on a show home in South Carolina where they will be using the Reserve Barrel floors and other products in their collection.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

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One of the not-to-be-missed sales of the year! If you’re a fan of Jan Showers’ understated glamour, then you’ll want to head down to her Dallas Design District showroom at 1308 Slocum St. for her first-ever showroom sale.

You’ll find many pieces of Showers’ legendary collection for 30 to 60 percent off retail. Honestly, these prices are steals considering the epic quality and luxurious design for which Showers has been praised and hailed.

Her collection of table and floor lamps are just swoon-worthy, no? And I have never seen a collection of upholstered seating that would light a fire under me. Seriously, just some really gorgeous decor!

Everything is worth falling for, which is your luck considering that this incredible sale runs until Valentine’s Day. Find out more about the talented Jan Showers and her inimitable style on her website and in her showroom.

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