• Urbane Farmhouse: Here to Stay?

    For the past few years the “Urban Farmhouse” aesthetic has been pretty popular, especially in the Southern region of the US.  A look characterized by unfinished or weathered woods, linen/burlap, and worn metals, giving a refined rustic appeal.  The question: is Urban Farmhouse a new classic or are people closing the sliding barn door?  Who is making the decision?  The people of course!

    Money talks, and the clearance section is telling a story.  Major retailer Restoration Hardware is a prime example: they are clearing some of their reclaimed pieces in favor of more modern pieces.

    Found at Restoration Hardware

    What is staying is weathered woods, but in sleeker looks.  A popular addition to the the shelves is a faux Shagreen--stingray hide.


    This is ultra-modern and sleek, a turnaround from the reclaimed woods and worn metals.  Ultimately, it is up to you.  What do you think, is “Urban Farmhouse” here to stay?  I believe so, just in a modernized version.


    Here at the Design Shoppe we offer the both of best worlds, so if you’re still infatuated with a refined rustic appeal, modern to the core, or somewhere in between, we offer vendors and in-shoppe pieces that reflect each.

    Have a great day, and feel free to stop in and explore what we have to offer!

  • The Coolness that is Neolith

    Neolith is a material that offers flexibility in style and application.  It stepped into my world when a client was looking for a material to cover their fireplace wall.  They are to build a cool stand alone fireplace wall that separates the living room from the dining room.

    This is what we're going for:


    The first thought? Quartz.  It has a sleek finish that would match the modern look our client has in mind.  But it was found that it would not stand up to heat.  It would melt.  Second thought? Natural stone slabs, BUT THEN we came across Neolith.  This client in particular is considering using the material for both their fireplace, and kitchen counters.

    Why the fireplace?

    Well, not only is Neolith resistant to heat, but it comes in huge slabs suitable for our 10x12’ fireplace wall, offering a more seamless look.

    Why the kitchen?

    Not only is Neolith resistant to high and low temperatures, it is also resistant to scratching, wear, stains, and strong cleaning agents.  

    Now, now, function IS important.  But so is form.  And isn’t she lovely!  Neolith comes in a variety of patterns, colors, and finishes. What is most awesome is it can be made to look like wood, marble, granite, and iron---giving us design freedom.  Who wouldn’t want to cut, dice, and chop directly onto hygienic “wood” countertops?  

    Wish us luck with our progect! And let us know any ideas you may have for the material. 

  • California Casual Pt. II

    Part II of our California Casual reveal is focused on the dining and living area.  The client wanted to replace the carpet in the living area with hardwoods, which were currently in the entry, hall and dining areas.  Between not being able to match the current engineered hardwoods, and some other issues with those, they ended up replacing all with new engineered hardwoods. Any time you can have the same flooring running throughout an open concept floor plan, it makes it look larger.

    In the living area, the traditional fireplace mantle was removed as well as the chair rail and trim boxes.  We painted the fireplace the trim color.  Beadboard was added where the chair rail and trim were.  The result was a much cleaner, more up to date look. I think it's fabulous.  An unbelievable difference!

    We put in woven wood shades for a little texture and added color with blues and bright orange.  What I love is that if you took away the orange, you could easily and inexpensively add in any other color.

    The dining room had alot of small trim boxes.  We decided to take all of that down in favor of clean, smooth walls. Part of the wall between the kitchen and dining was removed to make a bar/pass through area.  A new chandelier, fabulous art, jute rug for texture and new seating complete the transformation!  The client brought a picture of a banquette that she liked.  Our master upholsterer duplicated it.

    What do you think? Let us know!

  • Little Boxes

    Little Boxes

    Little boxes on the hillside,

    Little boxes made of ticky tacky,

    Little boxes on the hillside,

    Little boxes all the same.

    There's a green one and a pink one

    And a blue one and a yellow one,

    And they're all made out of ticky tacky

    And they all look just the same.

    You may have heard the one theme song from that once popular show about a woman in the suburbs who chose an alternative career path.   “Little Boxes,” was written and composed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 to reflect the repetitive nature of suburban life. We often see repetitive exteriors, and equally uninspiring interiors.  I have asked Michelle, what makes a home memorable, what can you do to make it stand out, and how to keep your home as unique as you are individual?  Keep reading to hear some of her advice.

    So, there you have it.  To remain unique and memorable through interior design, just mix it up a little.  Create some drama, but starring you.  Home is your place to tell your story, make it memorable.


  • California Casual remodel

    When I started this remodel project, I truly didn't expect such a dramatic change.  This laid back physician client and her husband were the NICEST to work with.  They had a great, south tulsa, older, single story brick home with a pool out back.  Her goal was to open up the kitchen, dining, and den area, which currently felt like three separate rooms.

    The goal was to update and open up.  We took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and made it into a see through bar.  We replaced the cabinet doors with shaker style doors to replace those 70's Brady Bunch doors.  They were able to add a walk in pantry by making the study a bit smaller.  The granite surround counters stayed.  We made the island larger and chose a solid surface counter in an off white/gray that blended well with the granite. 

    We were stuck with 8' ceilings, but were able to add pendant lighting because we chose clear glass and nickel fixtures.  They have a light, airy feel that doesn't cut off your line of sight.  It amazes me that we didn't have to gut the kitchen to get this total transformation. I remember walking in after they opened up the walls, and I could not believe the difference in the light flowing through.  It looks like a different house! Stay tuned for part II:  the dining and living areas!

    Post your questions or comments on your own remodel.  We'd love to hear your experiences!

  • The Craze We Are Going Bananas Over!

    I'm seeing banana leaf print everywhere this summer.  I love the original Martinique wallpaper from The Beverly Hills Hotel, below.  Our last blog was about the resurgence of dark green.  I'd say this falls right in that category. 

    The image above was found here!

    The cool, refreshing feel of the banana leaves, especially with the white background, pairs so well with black, gold, and white marble.  Even with black walls, this bedding from Eastern Accents makes me want to crawl in, even on a 100 degree Oklahoma day!

    The image above was found here!

    The banana leaf pattern was made popular in the 1940's and 50's Hollywood Regency style, which is more like the pic above with the gold metal table, and black and white tiles.  I think it looks equally good with the lighter, more bohemian look below. Throw a little mid-century modern in there!

    The image above was found here!

    I was tempted to purchase this blouse I found at Dillard's (much prettier in person.)  I could wear it whilst I toil away on a banana leaf designed room.  Now I just need a client who will buy into the banana leaf!

    The image above was found here!

    Below is my omg, gotta have it, wow! Love that they put it on the ceiling AND used a full wall to wall mirror with another mirror hanging on top.  You feel like you're in a banana forest! And the gold faucet, sink, gold and crystal door handle......notice the underlit, floating, black granite counter. Yum, yum, yum.  I know it's hard to commit to something so bold, but how else are you going to have fabulousness?  It's easier to dive in when it's a small space like a powder room!

    The image above was found here!

    Let us know what you think about the banana leaf craze!

  • Emerald Green

    Have you noticed the reimurgence of hunter green lately?  I remember it from my own home in the early 90's! The photo below is by Henry Bourne for The World of Interiors 1994. Had I not read the description, I would have thought it was a current photograph!

    What a fabulous hunter green and brass kitchen designed for Cameron Diaz by Kelly Wearstler: I wish I were brave enough for this in my own home!

    Faux malachite wallpaper with a brass mirror sets off this alcove:

    This is my favorite.  I'm seeing tons of hunter green velvet sofas.  That's something I would do without batting an eye. Love it with the white and gold.  

    I think hunter green can be a neutral.  It pairs well with charcoal grey, white, gold.  I wouldn't be afraid to mix in some bright yellow, orange, or navy blue.

    It's a show stopper with leopard and metallic brass accents!

    Don't be afraid to try some hunter green in your home.  Especially in a luscious velvet.  I think it's a pretty safe bet!

  • What's Trending | New Year, New Trends

    Now that the new year is here, we've compiled a list of the hottest new design trends for 2016. 

    One. When in doubt, choose white. Several of the trend-makers in our industry have spoken and white is red hot this year. If you haven't opted for white walls yet, now would be a great time to do so. You don't have to pick something super stark, but a simple off-white will update your walls and cabinets in 2016. 

    Two. Minerals, geodes, & crystals. It may seem dressy, but these are the perfect accessories for anyone's space, regardless of style or comfort. 

    Three. Gold & brass. Have you jumped on this bandwagon (again)? If not, it's time. Unfortunately, this trend recently left the midwest a few years back and you probably just rid your home of all the brass hardware, so you may be reluctant. We like to joke that the trendsetters are connected with the recycling companies so they know what we're trashing. What goes around comes back around, I guess. 

    Four. Texture upon texture. There's something really great about using as many different textures together as you can. You don't want every surface in your home to be exactly the same, so mix it up by layering natural colors, textures, and patterns.

    Five. Deep blues. If you're not on board with white whites, then try adding some deep blues. We always argue that navy is a neutral (For real, though. It is!). 

    Six. 80's floral. There are few things I like about the 80s and even fewer 80's trends that I'd like to see resurrect. The contemporary take on floral is one that I LOVE, especially with it's more artistic feel. 

  • Happy New Year | Let's Renovate!

    With 2015 coming to a close and a new year impending, you may be thinking of your New Year's Resolutions and setting some goals to achieve in 2016. I'd like to challenge you to do one thing: renovate & redecorate. This is the perfect time to start projects and make your house the happy home of your dreams.

    Having a hard time figuring out where to start? The Design Shoppe is waiting and ready to help you determine what should take top priority. We'll draw up a design plan for you and, with our guidance and direction, you'll be well on your way to making your home a knockout. 

    Here are some ideas if you need a little nudge in the right direction (click on pictures to be directed to their owners).

    One. Make it decluttered and cozy. If this weather is any indication, we'll be spending quite a bit of time inside between now and spring. Who wants to look at the leftover mess from the holidays while trying to enjoy some warmth and R&R? It's time to declutter and re-organize your furniture and bookshelves. Decide that it's time to part with that old chair that bottomed out years ago and all the knick knacks on the shelves. Can't decide? Our team will come in and help you sift through everything and help you determine what should stay and what should go!

    Two. Refurbish the kitchen. I don't know about you, but the kitchen is the heart of my home and we spend a lot of time in there. Don't let your kitchen start to look drab. A kitchen update could mean just adding in some bar stools, fabrics, lighting, and hardware to dress it up. OR, if you're looking for a bigger project to tackle, update the cabinets and flooring for a new layout that suits your needs. 

    Three. Necessary touches. Did you move into a new home in 2015 and haven't gotten around to putting the finishing touches on your home? Have you been neglecting on spot in your home for too long now? Well, let's get started! Let's get those window treatments up, that rug ordered, that furniture placed. Let's find the perfect piece of art and make the study functional. Why wait any longer to make your home the perfect space for your family to enjoy?

    This year, Michelle embarked on a renovation of her own that we've been chronicling here on the blog and we'll be continuing to show you the progress throughout the new year. Stay connected with us on Instagram and Facebook to get the latest scoop and sneak peeks!

  • Entryways: How to Make a Statement

    Do you ever get tired of walking in homes and seeing the "expected" same old thing? A console table with mirror above and a lamp.......dull. Give ME the unexpected!

    Love the aged brass finish, sconces for lighting, and the bench in this photo. The bench is still functional. You could put baskets underneath for storage, and a tray on top for keys, mail, etc.

    Yum, yum, yummy on the black doors and same for graphic patterned black and cream rug. Here's another bench to welcome you in.  It's a great play on contemporary and antique in the same area.

    These climbing men from The Design Shoppe make quite a statement when you enter this massive 2-story entry. The client wanted something completely unique, and we needed to take up alot of space!

    Don't get me wrong, you can do amazing things with a table and mirror. But sometimes it's nice to step outside the lines and do something different!

    What's in your entryway? Share your pictures with us!