Deep In The Heart of Texas

While decorating my soon-to-be-born baby's nursery, I've been browsing Apartment Therapy and Ohdeeohmy bed! for cool, modern inspirations.  Today, I found these fantastic pillows, one of which I would love to have on.

You can find your state (and even customize the color and where your heart lies) at Love, California on Etsy.  This would actually make a perfect gift for my sister and her husband- two Texans living in California.  Nothing like getting some Christmas shopping done early!

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Roman's Top Ten Countdown # 7

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Hi Everyone! This next one took me a while because I didn't know what was worth the #7 spot. The Shi Shi Table (#049651; $859) is a mirrored gem of a table and is definitely a glamorous addition to your home.
The curved legs of the table is what makes this an outstanding piece, in my opinion.

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Light Columns

I LOVE this outdoor party decoration idea! The light columns next to the pool are paper lanterns that have been stacked on Christmas light covered wooden poles. So easy and they look amazing. I may have to throw a party just so I can use this idea!!

Thanks Martha Stewart! : )

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This Land Is Garland...

Is it just me or are garlands the new hot thing?  I can't look at one of my favorite daily blogs without seeing a post on garlands.  They are ALL over Etsy.  They're draped in shop windows, too!  It makes me want to throw a party and drape garlands all over my apartment!  Do you think my husband would object to that?  Probably, but while I work on getting him keen to the idea, here are a couple of garlands that I've fallen for:

I love the texture of this garland from 3 Girls + a Goat, and the hearts make it oh so sweet!
 This colorful ball garland from This Neck of the Woods would add a nice dash of whimsy to our nursery.  Plus, I like how the balls are three dimensional!

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Apartment Therapy's Small Cool 2010 Winner!

The grand prize winner of Apartment Therapy's Small Cool 2010 is one of Houston's own. Chris Nguyen's Montrose area 450 sq. foot home was recently crowned the winner of Apartment Therapy's sixth annual contest for the "smallest, coolest" homes. There were over 500 submissions and from those 500, 165 were featured and voted on by Apartment Therapy readers. He really did an amazing job! Sometimes while looking at the pictures of his home, I forgot I was looking at a space that's only 450 sq. feet! Chris's win was also mentioned in the Houston Chronicle. Here are pictures of Chris's award winning space. Enjoy!

 He found the couch on Craigslist!

I love how simple the kitchen/dining area is. Notice the rack he has hanging above the counter to hold kitchen utensils. Great idea if you have limited drawer space.

The Louis Ghost Chair helps reduce visual clutter.

The screen does double duty as a projector screen and a room divider.

Another view of the bedroom area.

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Every time I need some design inspiration, one of the first places I go to is despire to inspire.  They recently highlighted some awesome pictures from +fotogĂ©nica, a photography studio.  Judging from the photos below, it is easy to see why their works are regularly featured in Elle Decor.

I really like the grid tufts on the sectional.  Having two coffee tables gives you a lot of versatility. 

 Nothing like a bath tub that receives a ton of natural light and a nice scenic view.

  Beautiful open space.  Great for parties.  Tons of seating with the low, deep seating, modern sectional.  The counter height table that sits 8 works very well for gatherings.

 I think I've seen these chairs somewhere...

 The ideal master bedroom has to have multiple, outstanding views.  The grommet, silk drapes adds a touch of class.
 It's hard to find double wide chaises.  The functionality is great.

 With the ever so popular commercial vent hood, the kitchen island serves as a gathering space for group cooking and dining.

 High ceilings and stylish chandeliers adds to a very dramatic hallway.

 The sophisticated, grey walls blend perfectly with the crisp, white sofas.

 A very Spanish-inspire, casual look.

 I'm not sure if I have ever seen a room like this.  A gorgeous dining table that is suitable for all occasions.  A banquet wraps around the room for an audience with an audience effect.

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Stripes Galore!

Is it just me or are stripes everywhere right now? Could be just me; wouldn't be the first time. Either way, I got inspired to blog about stripes. Painting stripes on walls or floors, cute striped shirts, striped furniture....You get the idea. Enjoy! : )

DIY striped galvanized serving tray

Altamar throw rug

Striped Kilim Sofa

 Colorful Striped Chair from Dransfield & Ross

Meeting Place Tank and Curated Tee from Anthropologie
(they had LOTS of striped shirts!)

Now that's some bold stripe usage! (via Jonathan Klunk)

 Another photo via Jonathan Klunk

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Modern Barn Done Right!

The trend of facing sofas that don't exactly match has shown up once again.

Courtesy of Remodelista, no one said a modern barn had to be an oxymoron.  The interior design manages to strike a perfect harmonic balance between old and new.

 The exposed wood beams respects the beautiful structure of the barn.
 Clean, simple stainless steel countertop compliments the raw, yet refined look of the design.

 Big, open, and uncluttered space adds to the calm simplicity of the space.

 From the polished concrete floors to the loft space (that would have otherwise been an attic) to the plethora of natural light,  the space just feels delightfully serene.

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I *Heart* This House!

 Matching sofas that faced each other was big a couple of years ago.  Now we are starting to see facing sofas that don't necessary match.

Courtesy of freshome,  take a look at this beautiful, contemporary home that is perfectly nestled in it's natural environment. 

 The nicely manicured lawn would make even the Augusta National Club jealous.

The house was built with every intention to integrate seamlessly with the natural lakes, streams, and topography. 

 I love the form factor of those outdoor chaise lounges.
 The materials used for outside the house adds to the natural aesthetic.

 Now that's a dining table that sits twelve comfortably.

 The landscaping with the stoned path walkway make for a very impactful first impression.

 The modern light fixtures with that gorgeous view brings an element of contemporary peacefulness to the home.

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Roman's Top Ten Countdown # 8

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This next post goes out to those of you who march to the beat of your own drum. The Drum Bookcase with Stand (#037428; $2249) comes in at #8 on my list and is from our new vendor, Halo. If you're asking yourself if that name sounds familiar, it's because it does. It's the same vendor that brought you the Cushion Spindle Back Swedish Bench that you guys loved so much!

The shelves are 19" deep and are big enough to fit Grammy and Oscar awards (I have so many that I had to buy two of these drums!), your design awards, or even your children's most treasured trophies. The drum itself stands at a height of 4ft and 4 1/2 ft with the stand. This is definitely a piece that your friends would be envious of!

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Great Gifts for Father's Day!

Father's Day is June 20th and I wanted to share some great gift ideas! As most of you know we have a fantastic variety of fun gifts in the store, so I've singled out some that are definitely dad-ish. Everything can be found on the website and in our store. Enjoy!

(just because it feels SO good)

Industrial Multitool $32.00
(this thing is truly awesome) 

BBQ Branding Iron $20.00

Photoframe Cufflinks $26.00

 Aces Cufflinks $26.00
(golf ball cuff links are also available)

And just for fun, the Beer Belly $16.95

Come by the store and check out all of our gifts!! We have many, many to choose from! : )

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