Dining in Dallas

If you live here in Dallas or if you are planning a visit, here are a few of my current favorite spots that you should consider trying!


1. FT-33 //  A few items on the menu worth tasting: Lamb Tartare, Ricotta and Summer Squash Agnolotti, and the Goat Cheese Tart.  I also love the restaurant’s restrained industrial design.



2. La Duni // This is the perfect neighborhood lunch spot.  Make sure to order their Crispy Rice Salad.



3. Lucia //  When you dine here, it feels like you are in a sleepy restaurant in Tuscany.  The simple rustic design elements add to that feeling, but the real focus here is the delicious food.  Try the Foie Gras Stuffed Prunes and the Gnocchi.


4. Velvet Taco //  Their breakfast tacos are a weekend staple in our home.  They are packed all hours of the day and night.  Love the custom art of the front facade.


5.  Victor Tangos // Favorite cocktail in Dallas: Victor Tangos’ French 75.



What are some of your favorite spots?  I’d love for you to share!

Best of Houzz 2013

houzz interior design ideas


I was excited to find out that our Fresh Colonial bathroom was voted by the Houzz community as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2013 awards!  A big thank you to all those who added this bathroom to their personal ideabooks!   Houzz is such a great resource for design ideas and inspiration for homeowners.  If you haven’t already, you should definitely spend some time browsing their millions of design images!


The most frequently asked questions about this bathroom are the sources for the tile and the sconces.  In case you are wondering as well, the tile is by Walker Zanger :: Vintage Glass, Zinc Matte in a 1″ x 1″ Mosaic.  The lovely sconces are the Petal Sconces from Circa Lighting.

Something I loved this week.

Something I loved that I saw this week.



A beautiful big girl bedroom from lead designer Lisa Palmer of Summerhouse.  I love the color combination of the orange + aqua (obviously!).  I love the various patterns–from the bedding, to the stripes on the wall, to the graphic floor!  The art work is so beautiful and I adore the monogrammed headboard.


Something that I loved that I read this week.



Design*Sponge started a new series this week about modern etiquette.  This week, Grace Bonney, offered some great suggestions for both being a gracious host + a gracious guest.  It is the little things that make us feel appreciated as a host and as a guest!  Excited to follow this series.


Something I loved and am looking forward to this week.



My brother-in-law recently returned from an incredible trip to the Patagonia and has been sharing stunning images like the one above with us.  This whole setting seems magical.  Looking forward to taking our own adventure here someday soon.

CultureMap Dallas Interview: Modern Design with a Twist

“Dallas design stands out because it is constantly experimenting with new design trends all the while managing to stay firmly planted in its traditional roots.”


For some of my thoughts on designing in Dallas and a few last minute holiday decor ideas, check out my interview on CultureMap Dallas!  Thank you to the lovely Haley Schultheis for the fun article.


Happy Monday!

Lighting with Lanterns

I thought it was about time for an inspiration post.  Great lighting has such an impact on a space and I’m loving all the lanterns I keep seeing everywhere.  The kitchen may seem like an unexpected place for two lanterns, which makes it all the more inviting.

A lantern in the entry way is always a perfect fit, but try playing with the scale or shape.

Lanterns can also be painted to compliment the room’s color scheme.

Don’t be afraid to group them and create an even more impressive lighting display.

A lantern in a guestroom can bring an element of charm to the space.

Even simple lanterns in the right color can be all you need.


Tomorrow I will share some of my favorite lanterns at the current moment.  Stay tuned!


image 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Red Hawk Preview

We recently finished up the Red Hawk model home with the amazing Holmes Builders.  I’ve been so excited to share this little teaser of what we have been working on with you.


The model is now open and would be the perfect place to stop if you are out and about this weekend.  It is located at 122 Blackburn Drive in Coppell.  Here is a map to help you find it.  If you do make it out there, I’d love to hear what you think!

Public Hotel Chicago

We had the pleasure of staying at the Public Hotel in Chicago over the holiday weekend.  I was so enamored with the design of this hotel that I could not help but share all the fabulous details via Instagram.  We loved morning lattes in the lounge. The fixtures in The Pump Room were probably some of the most creative uses of lighting I’ve seen. Definitely a must see spot the next time you’re in Chicago!


Just in case you missed out, here are a few more photos to give you a taste of the hotel’s sophisticated style.

Images via Instagram and Public Hotel


I may have ignored this blog a bit this summer and I am hoping to breathe new life into it this fall.  I did, however, make a new friend in instagram during the break.  I feel like there is a new social media platform invented every other day, but this one seems to be one of my favorites.  Instagram allows me to share a view into my world instantly and simply.  Above is an Instagrid collage of a few projects I’ve been working on recently.  Follow along (@erinsander) on instagram!