“A beautiful rug is at the heart of a beautiful room.”  -Loom

I came across some of the Overdyed Vintage rugs from Loom the other day and there is just something about these patina rugs.  The trend has been around for a few years now and it seems to have some staying power.  A great rug can bring so much to a room and can also be a good investment.  The well-worn character of these rugs might give you the same feeling of your favorite old pair of jeans, only at your feet.  Or do you prefer to do the wearing-in yourself?


The process of over-dying is merging bold modern colors with classic designs and not all of them have such a vintage feel.  ABC Carpet & Home’s Color Reform has some of the most intense color selections for these one-of-a-kind rugs.

Anthropologie also has a few options for over-dyed rugs with plenty of instant character.

What do you think of this vibrant over-dyed rug from Matt Camron?

I’m interested to know your thoughts on patina and over-dyed rugs.  Are you liking the trend or could you do without it?



Modern Home Tour

ESD had a few projects photographed recently and I am thrilled to share them with you!  I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite builders, The Holmes Builders, on this beautiful modern home.  Normally, I would love to share more details, but at the current moment I am soaking up all the rest I can get while our new baby sleeps!  Hope you enjoy this little home tour!

Furniture in Living Room by Cantoni.

Welcome to Your Week {07}

Welcome to your week!  I hope your weekend was just lovely.  We enjoyed a few outings as a family and celebrated my sister’s birthday at the Fort Worth Food Truck Park.  The weather was beautiful and the food was delicious.  Have you been there?  What did you think?


I thought I would start this week out with a door from a home designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne that was featured in Architectural Digest.  These fabulous barn doors open into their kitchen and bring so much to this space.


There is no shortage to great barn doors being used in interiors these days, so I couldn’t resist sharing a few more this week.  Loving these barn doors, along with the exposed wood beams in this Tudor home from Tracery Interiors.


You most likely have seen these barn doors from Dillon Kyle Architecture in Traditional Home.  The grey door is very complimentary in this living room.  I also love the view of the doors as you look into the kitchen.


These barn doors on the exterior of this Cape Cod Summer House are pretty much perfect as well.  Happy Monday!

Welcome to Your Week {06}

Welcome to your week!  I’ll be sharing an ESD modern home we recently had photographed soon, so I thought I would start off the week with a more contemporary door.  I found this outdoor gate on Houzz and then fell in love with the home’s California-based architects, Ana Williamson Architect.


The gate leads back to the perfect indoor/outdoor living space.  The deck and cement fire pit compliment the other architectural details of this home very well.  I love seeing the attention to detail on the exterior of a home, as well as the interior.

image via Houzz and Ana Williamson Architect

Green + Happy

A few images infused with green that are making me happy today.  That green dresser adds the perfect amount of color to this mostly neutral room.  I also cannot stop coming back to the over-sized print above it.  LOVE.  Oh, and who doesn’t love succulents?  So many great shades of green in this little garden.


Ahhh, just looking at this garden is like a giant breath of fresh air.


The color palette in this child’s room shows a great mix of varying greens and blues.


Happy Weekend!

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Welcome to Your Week {05}

Welcome to Your Week!  We welcomed our baby boy into our family last week, all 9 pounds, 8 ounces of him!  We are feeling very blessed and grateful for this new addition.


I love all the intricate details of these doors and only wish I knew more about their origin.  I found the doors via Pinterest, but would love to know the original source.  Does anyone know more about these lovely doors?

Happy Monday!

***Update:  A big thank you to Edwina for more details about this door!  The architect was Emile André (1871-1933) who lived in Nancy, France. This door is from the Hout House.  Here is one more view of a window from the house that is equally as beautiful.

Orange and Aqua Nursery

Baby Sander is officially one day overdue, but he should be arriving very soon.  We are so pleased with how his nursery turned out and it has already become one of our favorite rooms in our home.  We added the window seat and built-ins for storage instead of going with a dresser.  The built-ins also double as a changing table.

I adore all the patterns in the room and the bright color palette.  My sister made the pouf ottoman for me and I just love it!

I thought it might be helpful to include all of the sources again from our original plan.


Fabrics for custom window pelmet, window seat cushion, pillows, and chair:
1. Trina Turk for Schumacher: Arches Print in Orange- To the Trade

2. Designers Guild Block Flower in Chalk- To the Trade

3. Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa: Rip Roaring Lagoon Blue- To the Trade

4. Stray Dog Designs Funky Floor Lamp

5. Wallpaper: Isak Penguin Turquoise Wallpaper

6. Side Table: Stray Dog Designs Flower Stool

7. Young America Mix Crib in Tangerine and Starlight

8. Crib Bedding: Carousel Designs in Solid Silver Gray

9. Rug: Madeline Weinrib- Steel Lupe


I will try to keep you posted on when he makes his big debut!  I’ve also scheduled posts for the next little while as we adjust to our life with a newborn.  I’ll still try to stop in and say hello while on maternity leave.  Thanks for all the sweet comments and well wishes for our little family!    xoxo


Last Hurrah

For our last trip pre-baby we were able to sneak away with our friends to Carmel and San Francisco for a long weekend in the Fall.  If you are planning a trip there, here are a few highlights and favorites that you might want to check out .

We stayed at the Hotel Drisco in San Francisco and this was the view from our room.  Fabulous little boutique hotel with the best breakfast to start our day of sightseeing!

The exterior of the hotel is just as lovely as the interior!

We had the most delicious seafood at Scoma’s Sausalito.  My choices were a bit limited due to the pregnancy, but it makes for a great reason to go back!  The sunset looking back across the bay alone is worth the trip.

A major highlight of the trip in my book was visiting the Kerry Vander Meer exhibit and bringing home this beautiful piece for our home.

Great shopping at Nest in San Francisco and to die for macaroons at the most charming pastry shop, Miette.

We spent the majority of the weekend in Carmel relaxing, shopping, and enjoying these sunsets on the beach each night.

La Bicyclette restaurant in Carmel is perfect really any time of day.  We had a wonderful late dinner here as well as a beautiful brunch.  I highly recommend.

We discovered Pastries and Petals our last morning of the trip, and I think between all four of us we tried just about everything on the menu.  These little pull-a-parts were incredible!

We finished out our trip with a meandering drive along Big Sur before heading back to Dallas. Wish I could have brought a few of those views home with me!