Denton Texas 1930′s Home – Full Service Decorating

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Full Service Decorating Project:     Create a floor plan, color palette, use existing furniture, shop for new furniture, add accessories and custom artwork.

Location:     Denton, Texas

History, Inspiration and Style:     This quaint 1930′s home located in the historic area of Denton Texas is said to be built from a Sears Modern Home kit.  It was during the start of the early 1900′s that Sears Roebuck and Co.  began to sell homes through their mail-order program.  Imagine handpicking your home from a Sears Roebuck Co.  catalog, having it delivered by the local railroad and then built by the hands of the proud homeowner. The current home virtually remains the same, but with today’s modern conveniences.  It was important for my clients to keep the integrity of this 1930′s Sears home; with its original hardwood floors, and millwork.


Living Room Furniture Placement

After – Living Room

With limited wall space it was necessary to float the furniture in the center of the room.  The focal point of the fireplace will be used as an anchor, which guides the placement of the sofa and upholstered chairs.  When floating a group of furniture don’t forget to add an area rug; this will ground the pieces and create a conversation area.

Resources – Custom Upholstered sofa and chairs, Pottery Barn Tanner coffee table, Home Goods lighting, Gilcee print with custom frame, Pottery Barn Chloe round table, Pottery Barn Lynne area rug

Before – Living Room



Furniture Fabric Selection

After – Living Room

The main upholstered furniture pieces consists of a custom sofa, and chair in a soft sage green fabric with a loose back cushion, flared round arm, and spool foot.  To prevent the accent chair from over matching  I chose a contrasting frame and fabric with a tight back cushion, lean arm, tapered leg and patterned fabric. The accent fabric consist of colors in blue, green with a touch of golden yellow pulled from the kitchen.  This added a burst of color to the room and it’s the perfect amount for my ‘color shy’ client!

Resources – Pottery Barn Chloe round end table, Custom upholstered chair and accent chair/ottoman, Lowes table lamp, Clients artwork



Accessory Placement

After – Living Room

It was extremely important to the client, that their home not feel cluttered with accessories from the local retail stores, but to use personal items and traveled pieces that they’ve collected over the years.

Resources - Artist – Ramona Candy of New York, Custom bench cushion, Custom wood shutters

Before – Living Room


Dining Room

After – Dining Room

The dining room located off the front entry, is furnished with an Arts and Crafts style table/chairs, buffet, custom wood shutters, and accessorized with an area rug and original artwork.  While shopping at the Dallas Market Center, I found the perfect area rug to coordinate with the existing paint color.  Exclusive to the trade only, Feizy Rug has been serving the Dallas area for over 35 years, producing the highest quality hand knotted, hand tufted and power loomed rugs in the marketplace today.

Resources – Are rug -Feizy Home Collection Saphir Adur, Custom wood shutters, Original painting in custom frame

Before – Dining Room



Dining Room Art work

After – Dining Room

With an appreciation of the arts, it was important for my clients to display original artwork from local artist.  This painting called ‘Summer Bales’ was created by Dallas artist Lori Cusick.  She specializes in the technique called ‘en plein air’ meaning ‘in the open air’ which is used to describe the act of painting outdoors with the use of natural light.  This original painting in a custom frame can stand on its own and really pops off the wall, making for an eye catching design.



Kitchen Archway

After – Kitchen

Framing the custom made archway with round decorative plates, draws your eyes up highlighting the architectural design of the arch.

Before – Kitchen




Breakfast Nook

After – Kitchen, Bistro

I placed the clients existing marble top table/iron base and wicker chairs in the breakfast nook located off the kitchen.  The built in niche is ideal for displaying the client’s collection of coffee mugs.

Before – Kitchen




Sun Room

After – Sun Room

The sun room located off the living room provides an abundance of natural light, with its five windows, 2 interior and 1 exterior french door.  I kept this space to a bare minimum, taking advantage of the the natural light,  highlighting the original wood floors.

Resources – Woven woods, Home Goods upholstered swivel chair, Consignment wicker chair, Pier One round glass top end table, Client custom artwork

Before – Sun Room




Master Bedroom 

After – Master Bedroom

One of the issues with  this floor plan was finding the proper placement for the queen size bed.  With a set of two windows, a total of 5 doors (two closets, 3 interior doors) and paneled bi-fold doors placed in the center of the wall, creating the perfect layout with today’s   modern furniture was indeed going to be a challenge.  I resolved this issue by placing the queen bed in front of the paneled bi-fold door area, thus creating a unique one of a kind, headboard!

Before – Master Bedroom




Window Treatments and Custom bedding

After – Master Bedroom

It was important to the client to keep their existing Laura Ashley drapery panels of soft pinks and greens in an English rose pattern. Due to the size of the window and the four inch white trim, the current panels were not long enough.  I resolved this issue by having the panels trimmed approximately 24” with the hem resting just above the window sill.

Using the remnants from the Laura Ashley panels, I had 2 large flanged pillows and a rectangular shaped pillow with ruffled ends created.  A custom reversible coverlet completes the look with the use of two different shades of green and a custom quilting pattern that compliments the design of the English rose drapery panels.

Master Bedroom Custom Pillows

Before – Master Bedroom



Outdoor Living/Deck   

After – Outdoor Living/Deck

Exclusive to the trade only, this outdoor furniture set was purchased from Outdoor Living Showroom, located at the Dallas Market Center.  The Palm Harbor collection from the Ratana Home and Floral Company is made from a resin rattan and is sure to withstand this Texas heat!

Before – Outdoor Living Space/ Deck












August 29, 2012 on 1:25 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Virtual Window Treatment Design and Shutters

by Marla for Marla's Corner

Location:    Flower Mound, Texas

Project:  1.)  Update the Dining and Family room window coverings  2.) Create a custom window treatment design for the Dining and Living room windows.  

Inspiration and Style:    My client, originally from the west coast, would like to bring a California coastal look to their home;  a relaxed sophistication with neutral, natural fabrics, and layers of dark finishes into the space.   

Design:   With the use of my design software, I created a ‘ Virtual Window Treatment Design’  for the Dining and Living room.  This software helps my clients visualize the colors, fabric and design in their space.


Before – Dining Room


Virtual Window Treatment 


After – Dining Room


Rod Pocket – Dining Room

I love this fabric!  The texture of the woven wood window coverings coordinates with the trellis pattern of the fabric


Before – Living Room


Window TreatmentVirtual Window Treatment  


After – Living Room


After – Rod Pocket


After – Bolster Pillow


After – Living Room




After - Shutters

Shutters carry a classic look that will never go out of style, providing privacy and light control



June 22, 2012 on 9:45 pm | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

Art and Nature Camp

by for Marla's Corner

A wonderful way to show off your children’s artwork, is to mix a few pieces among your home decor. As you can see from the picture below,I proudly display my son’s masterpiece in the foyer!  He created this tissue paper collage, last summer at the Art and Nature Summer Camp. It’s a wonderful camp, and I found that it was a nice balance for my son, expressing his creativity and exploring nature!

I’m so impressed with the Art camp and the Camp Director, Christie Lucas that I just had to share!  Thank you Christie and we look forward to joining you again this summer!

Collage on Canvas - Art and Nature Camp

Enrollment for Art and Nature Summer Camp 2011 has already begun and we’re filling fast with enrollment topping out at 8 or 9 students each week.  Don’t miss out on this unique summer experience for your child!  Register today at:

Christie Lucas- Camp Director

Art and Nature Camp

Mix your childrens artwork into your home decor!

This picture is of my foyer with my sons artwork overlapping one of my floral paintings.

April 10, 2011 on 8:25 pm | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

Free In-Home Consultation for Window Treatments and Coverings!

by for Marla's Corner

It’s a Saturday afternoon and in-between soccer games and birthday parties you stop by your local home improvement store in search of wood blinds.  Next thing you know, you find yourself wondering around aimlessly searching for a sales person in an orange or blue apron.  Sound familiar?

I know the frustrations of having to wait for assistance at these big home improvement stores, which is why I’m now offering a free in-home consultation on my window treatment and window covering services.  Let me help you simplify your life and save you time by coming to your home.

For the month April receive, 15% off my Window Treatment Services and select Window Coverings, such as wood and faux blinds, roller shades, and woven woods.

Transitional Master Bedroom traditional bedroom

How does the Free In-Home Consultation work?

Window Treatment Services – I have window treatment ideas and designs that will complement every room in your home; panels, cornices, roman shades and more.

  • At the free in-home consultation we will discuss budget, design, function, and fabric preference of the window treatments.
  • After our visit, I will submit to you an estimate that is specific to you and your budget.
  • Once we are in agreement, let the project begin!
  • For detailed information regarding my service fees please email me at,
Off White Drapery Panels

Pinch Pleat Drapes in Ivory Silk Fabric

AFter Living Room, Slipcover, drapery panels

Custom Drapery Panels and Slipcovers


Window Coverings - I’ve teamed up with a local company that creates quality custom window products such as wood and faux blinds, roller shades, and woven woods.

  • At the free in-home consultation I will bring samples to help determine which product is best for you and your home.
  • We will discuss budget, design, function and installation.
  • It’s during this initial visit that I will give you a written estimate of the window coverings we discussed.

Bathroom contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by san francisco architect Simpson Design Group Architects

Casablanca Sien tropical family room
March 30, 2011 on 4:42 pm | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

Say goodbye to your Supersized Texas Tub!

by Marla for Marla's Corner

Lately, the topic among my circle of friends has been our great desire to rid our house of the supersized Texas whirlpool/jet tub that takes up more than half of our bathroom. Yes, a jet tub may sound like a luxury item, but let me reassure you that if the tub is over ten years old it’s typically extremely noisy and very hard to clean.  My friends and I agree that the only tub worthy to replace this monstrosity is our dream tub; an elegant freestanding cast iron tub with a clawfoot!

When you’re ready to remodel your bathroom and remove that Texas tub, give me a call I’d be happy to help with the tub selection, and more!  Happy Decorating!  

Free standing tub tips and facts:

• Cast iron continues to be high in demand.

• Rather than purchase a cast iron tub, consider an acrylic bath tub. Acrylic tubs are lighter than cast iron and they will never crack or rust.

• Disadvantages of the cast iron; cold to touch and extremely heavy.

• Before you spend big bucks on your cast iron or acrylic tub, make sure it will fit up the stairs, and through all door frames, especially the bathroom!

• Keep in mind the placement of the faucet, which will most likely be determined by the plumbing; either place at the center or end of the tub or consider a wall mounted faucet.

• If purchasing an antique tub, stay clear of a piece with a rusty overflow hole. This shows that the tub hasn’t been maintained and rust will weaken the structure.

• Finally, measure and measure again!

Frenchflair traditional

French flair traditional

Schoen: A House in the Hamptons traditional bathroom

Design by San Francisco architect Mahoney Architects and Interiors

apartment therapy- red clawfoot tub eclectic bathroom
Apartment Therapy, Eclectic bathroom design

Tiburon Residence - with SF Bay view modern bathroom
Design by San Francisco Architect Sutton Suzuki Architect

Decor by Jennifer Inc contemporary bedroom
Design by Toronto Interior Designer Jennifer Brouwe

Boston Architects: Eck | MacNeely Architects inc. eclectic bathroom
Design by Boston architect Eck/ MacNeely Architects Inc.


Even Barbie owns a luxurious tub!

March 10, 2011 on 10:02 am | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

The Superbowl killed my pittosporums plant?

by for Marla's Corner

I’m excited to introduce my guest blogger, Kronda Thimesch of Green Meadows Landscaping.  For over 20 years Green Meadow Landscaping is well known for taking care of all your residential landscape needs, right here in North Dallas.

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, so this spring I’ve asked Green Meadow Landscaping to share with us their professional opinion about landscaping and the outdoor living space.  With the recent snow we’ve had this month; Kronda shares  her very own personal landscaping struggles!


Green Meadow Landscaping


It began slowly for me as our mild winters encouraged me to plant those beautiful variegated agaves that create a focal point for my front landscape.  With that came other tender shrubs that are more tropical in nature including variegated pittosporums.  It was a gamble planting them this far North, but it was too hard to resist.


North Texas hadn’t hard a hard freeze in several decades and luck was on my side.  Until Jerry Jones decided to have a super bowl here and the weather refused to corporate.  The freezing rain and snow literally melted my agave plants.  They look like a science experiment gone bad.  My pittosporums are scorched as if they had gotten to close to the fire trying to stay warm, and my pansies are heaps of mushy green leaves.



As all gardeners do, I will wait until April to see if a healthy dose of warm temperatures won’t bring life back to my plants.  Trimming back all dead branches and leaves.  If my plants still haven’t responded by May then it will be time to take out my agaves and replant.  I’ll take a chance because it will be a few years before Jerry gets another super bowl back in North Texas.


Kronda Thimesch is a Landscape Architect, owner of Green Meadows Landscaping, Wife and Mother of 4.  Gardening has been a lifetime enjoyment as it fits into our lives adding beauty to the world around us.
724 Holford’s Prairie Road
Lewisville, TX 75056

February 16, 2011 on 9:53 am | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

Home Decorating Resolution

by for Marla's Corner

Besides my typical New Year’s Resolutions of eating right, and exercise, I would like to create a few Home Decorating resolution of my own. I have one too many lingering projects around my home that are in dire need of my attention. Here’s a few to get me started.

The Fireplace

  • What’s that noise you say?….Oh, that’s the tinkering of the refrigerator repairman stealing my dreams of ever repairing my gas fireplace (at least this month). Darn you Kenmore Elite compressor! For several years I’ve been trying to persuade my husband to repair this flame-less pit of darkness that stares at us on a daily basis.  After our lovely trip to our hometown this holiday season, we were greeted with snow and several homes warmed by a glowing fireplace.  After such a site, the husband remarks, “Hey, why don’t we get ours fixed.”  Great idea honey! Maybe next month?
  • Unfortunately for my husband, a simple repair has turned into a few big ideas, such as updating the mantel, and tile.  It may not happen anytime soon, but it’s on my list! Check out some of my favorite fireplace finds………

Current Fireplace

  • This room is a small space with high ceilings. Due to the the size of the room I need to create a more cohesive look with the materials.
  • Currently there is a white mantel, ivory tiles,  a green wall, and dark built-in cabinets, plenty busy!
  • I would like to replace the mantle, with a piece that coordinates with the built-in cabinets, update the tile and possibly lighten the paint color. Or….If I wasn’t such a fan of the dark cabinets, I could paint them white to work with the existing mantle.


Living Room contemporary living room
  • I like the simple lines of this mantle and the large oversized tile.


Abstract landscape painting traditional living room

  • Maybe I should paint the mantle, but what color?


Living Room Fireplace contemporary living room

Not necessarily the style I’m looking for, but this is a good example of a cohesive look.


Pierre Senechal Interiors + Design mediterranean living room

The hearth is too large, but I like the design of the tile placement and the mantle.


Stamford Living traditional living room

Love the mantle accessories with the plants flanking either side of the mirror.


Mrs. Gervich……Tear down that wall!

  • Remember back in the day when the President shouted to Mr. Gorbachev “Tear down that wall!” I feel like my neighbors are chanting those same exact words when it comes to the crumbling rock wall that surrounds the front of my house. ( Technically it’s not a wall, but looks like one with the rocks stacked a foot high.)
  • This type of white rock does not necessarily go with the exterior brick walls. They gotta go!
  • I would prefer to see a clean edge that looks natural and not so contrived. I also have the gift of destroying all plant life, so it’s essential that they be low maintenance, but we will discuss plants at a different date. We’ve got to get that wall down first!

The Rock Wall

Front Entry Rock Wall

My child would be so disappointed to see this wall go, he sure does enjoy stacking those rocks!


Below I posted several photos of front walk ways with little or no edging.

My Craftsman Home exterior traditional exterior

I’m thinking too many flowers for me, but I like how they skirt the edge of the sidewalk. I also like the tree.


Front walk traditional landscape

Looks like low maintenance to me!


My sad, sad bathroom floors

  • I wish I could blame this one on the previous home owners, but unfortunately it’s all on me! Really, how hard could it be to tile a 3 x 5 area? HGTV can do it in a half hour show, why can’t I?  Turns out, I’m not ‘qualified’ to replace tile and from now on I will stick with picking tile for myself and my clients.


Tile Ideas!

  • The current bathtub tile is a medium scale, and by introducing a smaller tile it would mix it up a bit.  Eventually I will carry the smaller tile over to the sink area.

Basket Weave White  Tile

Pebble White Gloss Tile

  • I like the idea of contrasting the round tile against the existing square shower/bath tile.

Penny Round Light Blue Tile

  • Maybe adding a pop of color such as this blue tile, would be fun. After all it is a children’s bathroom, but how long will I like this color?  Hmm?


Current bathroom

I painted the walls a soft yellow, because it gives a crisp and clean look against the white tile. Below I’ve included images of bathrooms with yellow walls and white bath tile.  During my search, I found it interesting to find the combination of yellow, white and gray.  They say, gray is the new neutral color!   I like it!

Cascadia Residence 09 traditional bathroom

The window treatments are gray roman shades and tile flooring; the gray makes the free standing tub pop off the floor!

Druid Hills Renovation New Childrens Bathroom in Attic traditional bathroom

The combination of the dark cabinets, and the 2 different types of tile is very close to the look I’m trying to achieve.  I love a farm sink, but I’d rather keep it in the kitchen.

2001 Showcase traditional bathroom

Great floors!  Check out the the gray tile around the sink.  After all gray is the new neutral!

There you have it, that’s the start of my 2011 Decorating Resolution list!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  I would love to hear what’s on your Decorating Resolution list!

January 11, 2011 on 10:51 pm | In Marla's Corner | 2 Comments

Kaleidoscope of Homes

by Marla for Marla's Corner

Last month I was excited to attend the 2010 Kaleidoscope of Homes. The Kaleidoscope of Homes, showcase four luxury houses, ranging from 7000 to more than 9500 square feet, each home highlights the latest in design trends, technology and architecture.

Unfortunately it was a bad day for me technology wise, my camera battery died almost immediately and eventually my phone did the same! I did manage to get a few photos, but wish I had more to share. Before we start, check out these numbers…….

Combine the four homes and you’ve got…….

• 31,496 square feet.
• 20 bedrooms
• 23 full bathrooms and 5 half baths.
• 16 garages
• 17 fireplaces (5 were outside)
• 8 utility/laundry rooms. That’s right each home had a utility/laundry room on each floor, sounds so wasteful. I wonder if I would get my laundry done quicker if I had one upstairs and down stairs? Probably not!
• And finally, if you combine the asking price for each of the four homes, it’s a grand total of $9,865,000.00


Outdoor Living Room

Outdoor living area

Sample of retractable screen

All the talk this year was the amazing outdoor living areas, and yes they were absolutely amazing!!  Throughout most of the homes, the main kitchen and dining area opened to an air-conditioned and screened in outdoor living space.  The pictures above are a sample of what I saw.

  • For example the Casa Montecito home had 18-foot wide sliding pocket doors recessed into the walls of the great room, which opened up to the outdoor living area and then beyond that was the screened in area.
  • Now, I’m not talking our grandmothers screened in porch, I mean high tech retractable screen systems that separate the indoors from the outdoors with the touch of a single button!  Oh and one of the homes had 3 flat screen televisions in the outdoor area alone.


Shimmer and Shine!

Touches of metallic were found throughout the homes, from the tile floors, to the back splash of the kitchen, and the decorative painted walls.  Many of the tiles were made of metal-like material, and had just enough shimmer to reflect the light randomly creating beautiful effects.

floor tile, metal finish,

15 inch tile, metal-like finish

Tile Floors — These tile floors carried a very subtle shimmer across the top of the stone.  I thought this was a nice break from the typical flat look of slate and tumble stone.


Masterbath tub, metal tile, gold, bronze and copper

Master bath

Master Bath — This elaborate tub was covered in mosaic tiles of bronze and gold, but not a true gold. I’m going to call it copper gold!


back splash kitchen, colorful

Kitchen back splash

Kitchen — This was one of my favorite kitchens! So bummed my camera (s) did not work!! It was refreshing to see a splash of color using the high gloss glazed tiles along the back splash of the stove.  Love, love the pattern and just think of the Thanksgiving dinner I could cook on that stove!


Decorative Painted Walls — I found that many of the homes minimized the amount of texture applied to the walls (Thank Goodness) and focused on adding decorative painting to smaller spaces, such as a half bath, ceilings and niches tucked throughout the home.

One of the techniques seen often was plastering burlap to the walls and painting over the top, thus creating a distressed look or creating a harlequin pattern with paint and adding metal and gem embellishments.  Believe me, it looks better than it sounds!  Again happy to see the wall treatment kept to small spaces.

Niche with bronze textured wall

Niche with bronze textured wall

Niche bronze textured wall

Close up of textured niche

Bronze found its way into wall niches, ceilings, tiles and more!


Flocking — This was a media room, with the most amazing wall treatment!!   Just imagine the black design feeling velvety soft!  How did they do that?  They used a technique called flocking, which is commonly used in rubber stamping projects.  Flocking powder adheres to an adhesive surface giving it a soft velvet feel.  Impressive!


Master bath, free standing tub, tile ceiling,

Master bath with free standing tub with tile ceiling

Master bath — I want!  How I wish I could get a better picture to share.  The tile was carried all the way to the ceiling. It was serene and peaceful.


Thank you for viewing!  Did you make it to the Kaleidoscope of Homes this year?  If so what was your favorite?

Can’t wait till next year!

November 11, 2010 on 10:16 am | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

Holiday Decorating

by Marla for Marla's Corner

Okay kids, as of today there is only 59 days left till Christmas! Soon it will be time to dust off those boxes and pull out the Christmas tree and……..

  • Put the tree together, attempt to keep it straight, untangle the lights, curse at the lights because they’re not working, wrap the lights around the tree.
  • Hang the ornaments on the tree, stop the children from arguing over the ornaments, clean up the broken ornaments.
  • Untwine the garland, drag it to the top of the stairs, attempt to wrap the garland around the banister, stop to think “How did I do this last year?” Start over, curse a little more and continue.
  • Get the husband outside to hang the lights, untangle the lights, curse at the lights, curse at the husband!

Need I say more? This year let us do the work for you, so you can stop cursing!

Give us call for your holiday decorating, home or business!

October 25, 2010 on 11:17 am | In Marla's Corner | No Comments

An evening with Potterybarn and Benjamin Moore

by Marla for Marla's Corner

This week Potterybarn and Benjamin Moore hosted an event exclusive to the Trade to discuss the upcoming color trends! Dallas was selected to be the first city to see and preview the new colors presented by Benjamin Moore.  Below are a few highlights from the evening.

  • We learned that the soft colors of rose, light blue, lavender and brown taupe’s (just to name a few) will be the new neutral/natural colors.
  • Look for the earth influenced colors of classic camel and military khaki.        (I love the description “earth influenced colors”….I plan to use it often!)
  • The color purple has currently made its way to the world of fashion and soon you’ll be adding a splash of  purple to your walls, such as Vintage Wine.  The Benjamin Moore color Vintage Wine was the color of the year and I’m determined to use it in my own home!

This is just a little taste of what I learned that evening, and I would love to help you decide what color is right for you and your home! Local Residence, please contact me at (972) 822-9900 to book your two hour consult!

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

October 8, 2010 on 10:37 pm | In Marla's Corner | No Comments