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Day 4

Well, today I got back into the spirit of junkin’. I stumbled upon an old favorite at The Red Lumberyard in downtown Mckinney. They had lots of vendors out and I was pleasantly surprised with all the treasure to be found. I score a really cool mid-century lamp and retro ice bucket. Here are some more sights and scenery.


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Style and Substance

Have you ever been that girl peaking into rooms during a party? It’s okay I won’t tell. Well, a few weeks ago I couldn’t help myself. Walking into Allison and Will Dowell’s University Park home for their one-year-old’s birthday party I told my husband I’d meet him “outside”, but I didn’t. Instead I took in this perfectly styled home from top to bottom. Allison’s self-decorated home is like a beautiful and tasty layered cake. She’s created an exceptional eclectic home by collecting and combining vintage items, family heirlooms and out of the box pieces. In the time I’ve known Allison she’s been so humble about her home, but the girl has serious style and substance.
I heard someone say cupcakes so I acted cool and made my way downstairs like I was looking for the bathroom. But I wasn’t done. Lucky for you I went back for a visit with my camera and took pictures (with Allison’s permission of course). So grab a cupcake and go on a little digital home tour with me.

What is your favorite item in you home?
Other than the people (obviously), my favorite item in our home is a little Stephanie Wheeler painting that Will gave me for our first anniversary.

Favorite places/sites to shop?
I like the thrift stores in the Dallas design district (Scout Design Studio, Lula B’s and White Elephant) for unique finds and Blueprint for creative inspiration.

How do you describe your decorating style?
Slightly retro, slightly minimalist, and slightly traditional. That sounds funny, but I think it’s true.

What’s your favorite room in the house?
I love our master bedroom. It’s bright, comfy and a good mix of old and new. We have a huge mexican dhurrie rug that belonged to Will’s grandmother.

Who or when did you pick up your love for decorating from?
I have always liked rearranging furniture and reorganizing, so I think that was my decorating initiation. I used to rearrange my room after school. Also, my mom has really lovely taste.

house5Cowhide rug: from Will’s childhood home. | Coffee table: Wisteria Outlet | Leather Pouf: Area 25 consignment store | Couch: floor model from Stella Dallas | Toy horse: Allison’s aunt’s attic




White credenza was found at  West Elm and the lamps are from the summer “backyard sale” at Blue Print

dining table

Dining room table and chairs: My grandparents’ old kitchen table and some chairs I found for $20 each at a junk shop and had re-stained and upholstered (fabric is from Parlor Textiles)

kitchenwallOrange vase is from a cool garden store in Austin called Big Red Sun | Photo shelves are from Land of Nod


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Nursery Fever

It’s such a joy to  hear “I’m pregnant!” from a dear friend or sister. It’s such an exciting time of unknowns, but as women often do we look for ways to plan and figure out the knowns. One place to do that is in the planning of the nursery. I remember spending weeks sourcing fabrics, colors, accents, furniture….Sure Chloe didn’t sleep in her nursery until she was almost two-months-old, but like planning for a wedding, the joy is in the preparation (and it’s a great distraction from how enormous you feel). If you’re wondering, no I’m not pregnant, and no I don’t have baby fever, but I do have nursery fever so I thought I’d bring back photos of Chloe’s nursery. As we move into a new house her big girl room will be different and fun, but nothing will ever take the place of her first room.


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Selection of frames and embroidery rings painted with colors used in nursery, $20
Fabric from Quilt Home, $30
Vintage mirror, $24
Lamp shade from Sweet Dreams, $30
Lamp Base from Goodwill, $8
Refinished dresser, $275.
Robin’s Nest by Benjamin Moore
Graphic prints by Mary Margaret Mink
Cross by Christy Henderson
Jenny Lind DaVinci crib, $200
Crib Bedding from Ross, $40
Bookshelf from Target, $60
Vintage suitcase from twin sister bought off Etsy, gift
Flea market repainted side table $20
Pillow cover from Etsy, two for $20
My Grandma Brown’s Glider
Flea market footstool recovered and repainted, $12
White Window panels from West Elm, $40