home design

70’s Malibu inspired home

It seems like lately I’m drawn to all these California-esque homes.  First Holiday in the Hills and now this!

I picked up the Oct/Nov issue of Urban Home Magazine and this project was featured on the cover.  Designed by local San Antonio firm, Baxter Design Group,  this home is a refreshing breeze of So-Cal eclectic style with organic touches.  It has a laid back, retro feel mingled with just the right amount of modern.  I had the chance to view this home back in May – it was part of the San Antonio Parade of Homes, featuring custom home builders Mattern & FitzGerald.


In the article, builder Kevin FitzGerald describes how the client “wanted a house with soul and natural materials that were understated, yet elegant. We chose to design and build a home that would be low on ‘stuff’ and rich on texture.”

living room  dining room


The planning period for this home took 5 months of getting to know the client’s hopes, dreams, and desires.  It paid off – the end result is gorgeous!

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front of home

You dig?! View the whole article here.

(Photo Credits:  Houzz & Urban Home Magazine)

I’ll take the seat by the window

I have a fascination with window seats.  For me, design is not just about something looking pretty-  it also has to serve a purpose.  The window seat does just that:  it’s the perfect combo of form and function.  When we finally take the plunge and purchase our own little piece of heaven, I’m determined to have one.  But until then I will have to get my fix by searching the web!


A cute lil spot where you can curl up and read a book, or just relax and enjoy the view.  What could possibly be better? (PS. that little wall sconce was a fabulous idea!)


I love how this space combines the window seat with floor to ceiling built-in bookcases.  This is the perfect reading nook!!


Another great quality: since they’re built in, they don’t take up much space!


I’m loving this view.


This great little window seat was born after design studio remodel in Detroit, and was later featured on Design Sponge. I love how it embraces the view, while the drapery softens the space at the same time.  And the table makes it a great area to gather over food and conversation.

(Image Credits: all images link back to their source, if known)

hot off the mill: new, eye-catching fabrics

I love getting mail.  At home.  At work.  Wherever.  I think I just like having something to open!  Well, the other day we got in some new Duralee fabric books in, so of course it was like Christmas morning for me at the design studio.  Here’s a few new fabrics I’ve been drooling over.

From the Gatwick collection, I can visualize these lovelies together. 


I love the colors in these!  (Can you tell how much I enjoy blue!?)


But, just so you know, I can’t talk about Duralee and new fabrics without bringing up the John Robshaw Collection!!  Globally chic.  Classically contemporary.  These gems are also relatively new (they came out back in the Spring). 


Here’s some of my faves.


(Duralee fabrics are available to the trade only, contact me for more information.)