The (Awesome, Amazing, Soul-Enriching, Totally Inspiring) Birthday Party Project

I have the incredible honor of sitting on the executive board of The Birthday Party Project, an amazing non-profit here in Dallas whose mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. The organization goes into over a dozen homeless shelters in our region (and soon other regions...) each month and orchestrates celebrations for children who might otherwise see their special day come and go with zero fanfare. The simple gesture is designed to help children understand that they are valued, loved, and important -- no matter what their circumstances.

Friends, I love this organization. (Watch this video and you will too...I promise.)

Today is North Texas giving day, so (even if you don't live in North Texas), it's a great opportunity to help support this awesome organization. From 6:00 am-midnight, all donations $25 and above donated to The Birthday Party Project will be amplified with bonus funds. (Our goal is to raise $5,000 today, so we can grow to more agencies in North Texas and move into other markets across the country.) No pressure, but if you're feeling it, well, you know the rest...



Loving...(The Perforated Edition)

In honor of my blogging slackerdom, whattya say we do a theme loving list this week. I'm a sucker for all things perforated (peg board anyone?), so I'm gonna dive down that rabbit hole. First up, the gold-rimmed, hole-punch goodness at Burberry. That skirt... Just wow.

photo via DPAGES

Then there's Gilles Caffier's perforated pottery goodness taking up residence at MONC XIII (Natasha Esch's stunning Sag Harbor home shop).

And how about Ashley Pittman's (killer) Kiwiko studded horn cuff? (Technically not perforated but sporting a perf vibe nonetheless.)

Lianne Gold's perforated lighting as art as situation.

photo by Mark Mahaney for Time Magazine

That bit of perforated cane peeking out behind Maryam Nassir Zadeh's drool-worthy rock collection. 

The genius perf back on Ellery's printastic frock.

KW's drool-worthy perforated brass side table.

photo via style.com

And for the big finish, the peg board back drop going down at Derek Lam's spring 2015 RTW show.


Some Scenes...From The Week

Over the past few days I've been on the receiving end of two huffs, three eye rolls, and a stomped foot; gone to the mall twice; presided over an agonizing decision making process involving earrings (natch) at Claire's (the neon pink hearts won); and made two trips to the neighborhood fro yo shop. This can only mean one thing...

I am officially the mom of a tween.

Holy hell.

How did this happen friends?? When I started this blog, my world was this (oh and this...sigh). And now it's all Bridgit Mendler, endless negotiating, and clothing drama. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining (I like that Bridgit Mendler, she's got spunk and pipes), but I'm just reeling a bit from how quickly we got here, wishing we could rewind just a tad.

Makes me want to hide out in a bear suit, stomp my feet, and curl up with a big tub-o-fro yo.

If you can't beat them, join them, yes?


Bowls And Books And Baubles

Photos: Nathan Schroder for D Home

Right before we left for our Florida vacation, I  had the pleasure of styling my dear friend (and wickedly talented jewelry designer) Julie Cohn's beautiful home for my old cohorts at D Home (you can peek at a few outtakes from the shoot over here).

The issue just hit newsstands, and I think it's safe to say that photographer Nathan Schroder hit it out of the park. It was such a fun, inspiring day on set. I love getting to see the fruits of our labor captured in print. 


Some Scenes...From The Week

In the  midst of "House Spruce 2014," I managed to start plowing through that neglected stack of reading material mocking me in the corner of my bedroom. My friends Shayna and Brittany just knocked this shoot out of the park for Patron Magazine

Sorry friends, I'm subjecting you to a selfie to prove a point to my lovely daughter Audrey. "Aud, see I don't always wear makeup. In fact, sometimes I don't wear it and then I take a picture of my face in natural light and put in on the Internet." (Clearly I lost a bet. Oy vey. Carry on.)

The past week was a flurry picking paint colors, having curtains installed, and sourcing rugs/art/accessories/furnishings et al. for clients; getting my organize on in the studio (that photo above); getting the girls through their first week at school; and trying to cobble together a birthday celebration for Audrey (she's turning 11 friends...11! can you believe?!). Suffice to say, it was a flurry-o-productivity.

But here's the thing, all the gettin' it done at work and with girlies has left my own casa in a state of serious disarray. My curtains are sad; my paint is scuffed; the furniture is caddywhompus; there are boxes in corners (hanging out the the dust bunnies); and wilted, dying cuttings are gracing my vases. My house is in a bad way. It's the cobbler's shoes friends.

So I took advantage of the three-day weekend and labored on Labor Day. I arranged and tweaked and magic erased and just generally prettified. (I also partook in hamburgers and ice cream and margaritas and some frolicking in the pool with the girlies and Bryan -- it wasn't all labor.) There's more to do -- my curtains are still sad, and several rooms need new paint like the deserts need the rain, but just a little focused attention on the home front made a surprisingly big impact. And boy it felt good (almost as good as margaritas and pool time). I wish I could be one of those people who could just let it go at home, but I'm just not wired that way. I'm better all around when my own house is in order.

Who's with me?


Loving...On A Thursday

top two photos: Garance Dore

The beautiful Ana Kras and her exhibit of works on paper at Ed. Varie. Also loving her lamps. Perfection.

Ben Medansky's pottery perfection. Officially my new ceramics obsession.

Paige Jone's photos of Amanda Chantal Bacon's (extremely) rockin' house for Mother mag...

Emerson Fry's Mick jeans and waxed tactical bag. Obsessed. Now if only I didn't spend my entire fall clothing budget on the girlies leotards/tights/ballet shoes/tennis shoes/jeans/cardigans/skorts/t-shirts/volleyball pads/backpacks/lunch boxes/water bottles. Oy vey. Full stop.

photo: Flora Hanitijo T Magazine

The completely crush-worthy new Tiffany design director (the first female design director in the house's history in fact), Francesca Amfitheatrof and her equally crush-worthy rose-gold Tiffany T wire bracelet. Suffice to say, if jeans aren't making the cut this fall, a rose-gold and diamond bracelet definitely isn't making the cut.

A girl can dream...


Some Scenes... From The Past Two Weeks (i.e. A Long Post From A Major Blogging Slacker)

This might be my most motley mash-up of photos in a "scenes" post since I started this blog seven (!!) years ago, but, I suppose that's what happens when a major slacker (a.k.a. me) is writing said blog. I just can't seem to catch my breath between vacation re-entry, studio business, and the whole back-to-school craziness. (The girlies go back today, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm ready for a little structure again.)

So here's an attempt to describe what's going down in those snaps above...

A DIY-heavy kiddo room install. / Wine, dogs, babies, and clients at the studio (a typical meeting.) / A week-end trip to (the seriously) amazing Ouachita National Forest with Christine, Steven and fam. / Shopping for books, pretty accessories, and the like. / Planning sessions at The Joule. / Amazing custom art by Sam for another client install (two in one week, oy vey).

Order of descriptions does not correspond with order of snaps. I'll let you guys try and figure it out. Happy Monday. ;-)