Do your interiors need a nudge in the right direction? Kim Armstrong has a one-day solution for you. (Photo: Deanna Boyd)

Award-winning interior designer Kim Armstrong recently launched Day of Design, and it’s a really genius way to fluff up your space.

Let’s say you just need a lil’ help, not a full-on hand-hold, just more of a nudge in the right direction. Day of Design is the perfect solution.


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All photos courtesy of Jan Showers

One of the best-known names in the Dallas interior design community is Jan Showers. Her aesthetic of “glamour without pretense,” as Veranda magazine dubbed it, is sumptuous and refined, an impeccable marriage of elegance and function.

Jan Showers

Jan Showers

During regular trips to London, New York, Paris, and Venice, she scouts genteel antiques for her showroom in the Dallas Design District. These show up in her designs alongside pieces from her own luxury line, the Jan Showers Collection. The resulting spaces are sophisticated and dazzling, yet imminently livable and comfortable.

“I get bored with everything in a room or house being of the same period or style,” Showers said. “It is so simple to mix periods and styles—that is what my look and the antiques and vintage pieces in my showroom reflect. It comes very naturally to me.”

As New York fashion designer Michael Kors writes in the foreword of her first book, Glamorous Rooms (now in its eighth printing), “Design like Jan’s fuses great taste and an expert eye with the reality of life as it is actually lived. That’s why people are always so astonished at her glamorous touch—because it’s built into designs that are functional and comfortable and fun.”




It’s going to be a who’s who of the highest end interior designers and their ilk at the Grand Ballroom inside the newly renovated Renaissance Dallas Hotel this Wednesday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Chapter holds its annual awards gala.



The Grand Ballroom inside the Renaissance Dallas Hotel got a makeover and it is fabulous! (Photo: Renaissance Dallas Hotel/Marriott)

The 2015 Legacy of Design awards will not only celebrate the finest interior design achievements in the Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and West Texas design communities, but it will also mark the national organization’s 40th anniversary as the unified voice for interior design. Plus, attendees can expect a fabulous dinner from Chef Dean James Max.