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  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

    Blogging Update

    You might have noticed a crazy wide gap between the date of my last blog post and this one. What gives? Man, I dropped this blog like a hot potato. It was never my specific intention to stop blogging when I did. I just gave myself permission to take a little break, which turned into a sabbatical, which turned into a downright refusal to go back to it. The only reason I’m even doing this post now is because I was updating a page or two on my website and I was already logged in.

    Yeah. That’s how apathetic I’ve become where blogging is concerned.

    The truth is, I looooooooooooove not blogging. I have reclaimed oodles and oodles of time in my schedule to do other things (or not do anything at all). I have enjoyed the hell out of that.

    In the interest of brevity (and the desire to log back off as soon as possible), I’ll just say thanks to former readers for joining me along the way, and invite you to follow us on Facebook, where I still post on occasion.


    Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

    Modern Home Tour Austin Tickets Giveaway Winner

    Congratulations to Heather, who has won two tickets to this Saturday’s Modern Home Tour in Austin!

    Monday, January 27th, 2014

    Austin Modern Home Tour 2014

    After a week (and counting) down with the flu, I am hoping to celebrate re-entry into the germ-free world by hitting this weekend’s Modern Home Tour in Austin. Some highlights of what you can look forward to:

    314 Ridgewood Road

    314 Ridgewood Road

    314 Ridgewood Road

    314 Ridgewood Road

    314 Ridgewood Road

    314 Ridgewood Road

    4902 Tortuga Place

    4902 Tortuga Place

    4902 Tortuga Place

    4902 Tortuga Place

    4902 Tortuga Place

    2704 Rock Terrace Drive

    2704 Rock Terrace Drive

    2601 Pickwick

    4503 Oakmont Boulevard

    700 West Monroe Street

    700 West Monroe Street

    700 West Monroe Street

    700 West Monroe Street

    1021 West Milton Street

    2017 Hamilton

    6909 Daugherty

    6909 Daugherty

    6909 Daugherty

    1911 Cliff Street

    1911 Cliff Street

    1010 Juniper Street


    How’d you like to hit the tour for free? Leave a comment below to enter to win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s Austin Modern Home Tour! A winner will be chosen at random sometime Wednesday morning.

    Austin Modern Home Tour
    Saturday, February 1st
    Advance tickets: $30
    Day-of: $40

    Monday, January 13th, 2014

    Drawing Inspiration from the Golden Globes

    I’m not usually one who has to watch awards shows. Apart from seeing what everyone is wearing, the percentage of time spent on boring thank yous far overwhelms the interesting moments. But since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting last night’s Golden Globes, I figured they would make the telecast worthwhile and I got sucked in.

    True enough, if you edited out the ubiquitous nods to “my team” and endless lists of names only Hollywood insiders would ever recognize or appreciate, you’d be left with about 20 minutes of footage worth watching. When you think about sources of inspiration for home decor, maybe the Golden Globes don’t immediately come to mind…but it’s exactly these bits of visual stunnery (yes, I’m making up words now) and haunting emotional moments that can impact what we’re drawn to in the days following such an event. Here’s what made a lasting impression on me from the Globes last night, and how you can incorporate these influences into your home decor:

    1. Lupita Nyong’o

    Lupita Nyong’o. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.

    Jeff Vespa/

    In the history of red carpet appearances, this has to be the single best red carpet look EVER. Wearing a minimal dress by Ralph Lauren, Lupita Nyong’o stood out among all other stars and all other dresses. I’m borderline obsessed with the power and restraint of her whole look–her hair, her understated accessories, her (seemingly) effortless elegance, and that amazing dress. I’m sure this gown would look great on a lot of people, but this is one of those instances where you just know the woman and the dress are a match made in fashion heaven. If Lupita’s look epitomizes your own personal style, you’ll love this spare, mid-century modern chair designed by Adrian Pearsall and reupholstered by Remnant:

    Nothing superfluous, just beautiful lines and saturated color.

    2. Margot Robbie

    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

    Another vote for minimalist design, Margot’s dress by Gucci is one of the few ivory gowns I’ve ever seen that doesn’t scream “bridal” and features just the right amount of bling for you mod princesses out there. If you like this look, you’ll love this pendant light fixture by Candice Olson (via Lighting City):

    Candice Olson 4-Light Edison Base Pendant in Ivory

    3. Zooey Deschanel

    Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    John Shearer / Invision/AP

    Oh, how Zooey Deschanel rocks a vintage look. There are a lot of decorative details in this ensemble by Oscar de la Renta, yet it’s not overdone. If that speaks to your style, you will probably dig this pearl pillow from Wayfair:

    Debage Inc. Mother of Pearl Pillow

    4. Lena Dunham

    Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the wow factor of Lena Dunham’s bold yellow gown by Zac Posen. If you find this kind of in-your-face color inspiring, check out this supercute Hollywood Regency mirror with celebratory curves, available via Horchow:

    5. Jewel-toned tuxedos

    Terry Crews. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.

    Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers. Getty Images.

    Will Forte. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

    Usher, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson

    Think “colorful tuxedo” and you might conjure up images of cotton candy tuxes and ruffled shirts from 70s era proms. But the men attending last night’s Globes proved you can totally pull off color in a tux, provided you stick with classic lines, rich fabrics, and dark jewel tones. If you found yourself drawn to these looks, you can’t deny the appeal of this timeless sofa in aubergine velvet from Z Gallerie:

    Pierre Sofa from Z Gallerie

    6. Ill-advised eyebrows

    John Shearer / Invision/AP

    Via LoveByDebs on Twitter

    If you like this look, you’re on your own. I can’t help you.

    7. Alright alright alright!

    Paul Drinkwater/NBC

    If I had a dollar for every “alright alright alright” that appeared in my Facebook and Twitter feeds last night, I could take the day off. You can dress Golden Globe winner Matthew McConaughey up and put a tux on him, but last night’s acceptance speech proved he’ll always be our lovable, naked bongo player. If Relaxed Stoner Chic describes your style, you might like:

    Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie

    Friday, January 10th, 2014

    CB2: Three Hot New Pieces

    TGIF! As I duck out to my first consultation this morning, I give you not one but three great things to drool over from CB2:

    Three-Piece Mango Wood Guardian Set, $69.95.

    Stella Cabinet, $399.

    Vane Knitted Pouf, $129.

    Happy weekend!

    Thursday, January 9th, 2014

    Work in Progress: Elaine & Roy’s Northwest Austin Media Room

    I’ve been working with California transplants Elaine and Roy for several months now, to furnish their enormous home in the northwest hills of Austin. It has been SO. MUCH. FUN. Why? They want things to look good, but they’re not scared to have fun with their home decor. I LOVE that in a client.

    One room we’re having a good time with is their media room. Using a playful combination of fabrics from Bolt Fabrics, we’ve created a custom window seat cushion and decorative pillows to die for:

    How cute is this?? For these and other awesome modern fabric options, head over to Bolt!

    Feeling stymied by the idea of coordinating your own home decor fabrics? We can schedule an in-store consultation at our fave Austin fabric resource, Bolt Fabrics, and assist you in selecting the perfect combination for your home. Just give us a call or text us at (512) 797-5821 to get started!

    Bolt Fabrics
    2200 South Lamar, Suite B
    Austin, TX 78704
    (512) 442-8255

    Store Hours:
    Tues 10-7
    Wed-Fri 10-6
    Sat 10-5 

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

    Celebrity Interview: FORD Model Turned Interior Designer Ryan White

    Happy New Year, everyone! I must say, that was a much more extended break than I had planned. It’s just so hard to get back into the swing after the holidays…I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. For me, it’s much easier to manage my work routine when my kiddo’s in school, and today was the day, so let’s get to it!

    I can think of no better/easier way to dip my toe back into the working world than to share my latest interview for Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace. Ryan White, a former FORD model, stumbled into a career as a highly sought-after interior designer about two years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing him for this piece–and clicking through will give you another chance to LOOK AT HIM. They don’t put fugly dudes in magazine ads.

    Photo: S. Tong Photography.

    Ryan has enjoyed a swift, meteoric rise in the interior design biz and he has some interesting things to say about how he’s managed to build an enviable level of demand for his services in such a short time. If you’ve ever struggled with fear or confidence in your own profession, you’ll want to read this as you prepare to take 2014 by storm!

    Read my other interviews with celebrity designers, such as green guru Danny Seo,  OWN designer Kim Mylesand HGTV stars Krista Watterworth, David Bromstad, Taniya Nayak and Sarah Richardson at Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace. 


    Friday, December 20th, 2013

    Christmas Cupcakes Pinterest Fail

    I had to make cupcakes for Phoebe’s third grade Christmas party, so obvs it was time for another PINTEREST FAIL!

    You might recall last year’s Valentine’s Day Cyclops Cupcakes. My Christmas cupcakes aren’t as scary looking as that, but still a big ol’ hilarious fail. Here was my Pinterest inspiration:

    Instead of red and green icing, I went for chocolate cake and white peppermint frosting since I didn’t have a vat of food coloring to get saturated colors like the pic above. I figured as long as I stuck to the traditional Christmas color palette, it’d all be good. And it was, last night. I dug ‘em so much, posted this shot on Facebook:

    Pretty cute, right? Kids are gonna love ‘em, they were easy-peasy, it’s a total win. Here’s what was waiting for me on the kitchen counter this morning, however:

    THANKS, PINTEREST. It’s as good a way as any to sign off for a few days off for the holidays. Have a great week!

    Remember to check out our Etsy shop for last minute discount deals on gift certificates for Room Fu interior design consultations and mini-makeovers!

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

    Prepping for Guests: Last Minute Holiday Decorating Tips

    Christmas is eight days away. Most holiday guests will arrive on Christmas Eve, and if that’s the case for your guests, you have seven days to prepare for the onslaught. Really, you have six days, because you’re probably going to spend that last day cleaning. Okay, five days–you’ll need another day devoted to holiday baking. Oh snap–you know you’re going to have to do some last minute gift shopping, so now you’re down to four days. Discount the 40+ hours you either have to go to the office or contend with the kiddos between now and then and you’re left with two days to prepare for guests.

    Oh. You want to sleep, too? You’re killing me here.

    If this scenario describes you at all and you need some last minute decorating tips, have I got a list for you. I know you’ve been hemorrhaging money the past few weeks and don’t want to set foot in a retail store just to buy pillows and candles, so I’ll even make this a list of FREE things you can do–last minute–to prepare for holiday guests.

    How cool is FREEEEEE?? 

    1. The first thing on the list is already spoken for. CLEANING. Even if your home decor is lacking in pizzazz and nothing looks cohesive or coordinated, if it’s clean, who cares? Your family and friends are there to celebrate the holidays and making those memories matters way more than whether or not your throw pillows perfectly accentuate the sofa. If your people are the judge-y type, I have two words for you: booze and barbiturates.

    2. EDIT. Every year on December 31st, there’s a line of people down at the Goodwill donations drop-off drive thru lane that stretches out the parking lot. Are we suddenly feeling more generous after opening all of our gifts? No. We’re in the line because we’re scrambling for the last minute tax deduction. If, however, you get a jump on that effort by purging your home of unwanted and unnecessary items and hauling them to the thrift store charity of your choice this weekend, your home will feel more open and spacious and you’ll feel lighter and liberated.

    3. USE LEFTOVERS. Once the tree’s been decorated, there are always some leftover ornaments. Pop ‘em in a bowl and put them on the counter in the guest bathroom, or on the nightstand in the guest bedroom for a little holiday cheer. If you have anything else in your holiday color palette just lying around on a bookshelf, it will suddenly look like a Christmas decoration in this context:

    Or how ’bout an ornament sitting on top of a green bud vase? BOO-YA!

    4. FREE MISTLETOE. Now that all of the leaves have dropped, you might have seen little ball-shaped clumps of foliage on otherwise bare branches of trees while driving around town.

    Did you know that’s mistletoe? It’s actually a parasite on the tree. We are compelled to kiss underneath a parasite! Find a neighbor with mistletoe clumps and ask if you can rid them of a little parasite. Tie it up with ribbon, hang it from a doorway, and voila.

    5. TRIM the BUSHES. Holly being a relatively inexpensive and hardy plant, chances are good you have some growing somewhere in your yard. Clip off a few stems, trim off the leaves at the bottom of the stems, and pop them in a vase. Now you have yourself a free holiday “flower” arrangement. Bonus if you find sprigs with little red berries still intact (although these are poisonous, so I don’t recommend this if you have curious pets or small kiddos).

    Not feeling confident of your floral arrangement skills? Holly leaves in a small glass vase are a chic, no-miss holiday decoration.

    Rosemary works, too, and smells fantastic. I love the way it looks in my little red glass vase at the top of the post, or stuck in skinny, modern bud vases like this:

    Check out a similar decorating idea we used last Christmas during Natasha’s mini-makeover.

    6. SET the TABLE. Your formal dining table never looks prettier and more festive than when it’s set for dinner. Get a jump on Christmas Day duties and make your dining room look spectacular by setting the table before your guests arrive.

    Photo by Lucas Allen, via Real Simple.

    7. PAMPER YOUR PEOPLE. Give your guests the hotel treatment by hanging your bathrobe(s) in the guest bedroom closet, or if you’re the Martha Stewart Everything is Perfect type, you can fold it up like the hotel maids do and leave it on the bed. If you have an en suite master bathroom, you won’t need it anyway–and if you don’t have an en suite bathroom, it’s a small sacrifice for your guests’ comfort.

    8. COLORIZE YOUR BOOKS. Yes, I’m trumpeting that horn again. If you’re decorating in traditional colors like red, green, white, gold, and/or silver, collect books with spines in those colors on one shelf for some subliminal holiday magic.

    Aside from the tablescape photo I nabbed off the interwebs, this was all stuff I threw together in two seconds using things I already had in the house. That’s a lot of Christmas bang for no bucks!

    Monday, December 16th, 2013

    FLASH SALE: 50% Off for Blog Readers

    How about a little FLASH SALE, just for you blog readers? From now through Wednesday, December 18, 2013, enter the promo code BLOG50 to receive a 50% discount on select items in Room Fu’s Etsy store! Here’s a peek at what you can apply the discount to:

    There’s a lot of great pillows in there! FINE PRINT: The discount only applies to pillows and two non-pillow items (see above).

    Although this promo code cannot be used toward gift certificates, there are some great deals to be had on consultations and mini-makeovers, so check those out, too!