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Luxe Mudroom Makeover in Kampong Miami Designer Showhouse

I want to share a little bit about a recent redesign project I had the privilege of participating in. A group of fellow designers, architects, and artists from all over the country were asked to help renovate a cluster of cottages in The Kampong, which is a 9-acre tropical garden in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami.

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Now this area is absolutely gorgeous thanks to the work of the late David Fairchild and his wife. And it has a really cool history. Mr. Fairchild was a well-known horticulturist who brought plants and flowers from around the world and introduced them to the U.S. in the late 1900s. And another interesting historical note: Mrs. Fairchild happened to be the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. How about that!

Anyway, I jumped at the chance to participate in this project because it was sponsored by the Junior League of Miami. I’m a HUGE fan of the Junior League, which does so much for the community and for women. When I was asked to redesign the mudroom, I was excited about the opportunity to help even though a mudroom isn’t a real focal point in a home. In this case, the room was an extremely high traffic area because it was the connecting room to one of the guesthouses and the main house.

 

When all of us participants wrapped up our work, the Junior League opened up the homes for six weeks and the public was able to get a look at the spaces. There were 15 to 20 areas that celebrated different designers, architects, and artists from all over the United States of America. Each of us transformed a room or area, so there was a lot to see! The event was a serious success with lots and lots of visitors. Maybe some of y’all stopped by? I pray that the event brought in significant funds for the Junior League — the event was all about giving back to the community, after all!

For my part of the project, I specified a new flooring product and a counter surface to wrap the washing machine and dryer – both were by Cambria. I recycled the cabinetry by giving the doors a facelift and coat of fresh paint complete with a hand-painted motif by Ana. The delivery service called Funxion was a huge help in shipping and delivery of the items. The general contractor John, from GC/RE Renovators was awesome too. The organizers wanted us to start from scratch — new furniture, new draperies, etc. — so it was such a fun project! Overall, the cost of my portion if there had been no:

 

 

 

  • Kohler Company & Deborah Richter– I selected their Serpentine bronze lavatory and Margaux lavatory faucet.
  • Drimmer’s Appliances – The new GE Energy Star washer and frontload dryer with steam rock!
  • Cambria – Special shout-out to Kristin Dick, Laura Waters Solid Surface & Tile Flooring and Jeff Nadel, fabricator of the AMG Stone.
  • Karen Bolea – The renovated drapery is a dream.
  • Jerry Pair — The Madeline Stuart desk and chair really made this mudroom a unique place
  • That’s Haute in Bedford, TX — I selected 2 chandeliers to add some sparkle to the room.
  • Kelley Schadt — Closet & containers
  • Deborah Hernandez with Funxion Logistics & Relocation — Thank you for making the shipping process so easy.

 

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While I truly enjoyed the project, it wasn’t without its challenges, let me tell you! The biggest was the REALLY short timeline I had for my redesign. Other designers opted out of doing the mudroom, and I jumped in because I wanted to contribute to remaking these historic cottages. But from the time I was asked to participate, I had like six weeks to complete my work, much of which was done from halfway across the country from my home state of Texas. Lots of phone calls. Lots of text messages. And a rush job getting the cabinets shipped to Texas, painted by one of my favorite painters, and shipped back in time. But we did it. Phew!

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l think visitors were pleasantly surprised by my space. And probably a little shocked! Being the “Queen of Bling” in Donna Decorates Dallas on HGTV, I add sparkle, glitz, and glamour to every project that I am a part of, so, the mudroom was no exception. It got glitz and glamour as well. Not what you’d expect in a mudroom! When I was in the room, I saw people walking through and they seemed to love it.

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I made it glamorous but very functional as well, adding countertop space and a beautiful white lacquered Austen writing desk by Madeline Stuart Collection in LA will make any woman want to pay her bills. To conceal a deteriorated wall, I added a rich Chinese drapery in vivid red — the signature color of the Kampong. The space is, in my humble opinion, beautiful and elegant.

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It was a wonderful experience to work with an awesome group of ladies from the Junior League. Women helping women, the community, and kids… that’s what it’s all about, right? We have a Junior League in Dallas and I’ve worked with them as well. The Miami group did such an amazing job, especially since they also had to work under the tight deadline like all of us. But they did it! And my hat’s off to them and their organization for all the hard work they put into this effort. I am darn proud to have contributed to the success of this worthwhile project. If y’all are ever in Miami, you gotta check it out!

 

Photo credits: Blueprint22.com | P.S. This Rocks! | Bill Hansen Catering

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“Bling”on a Budget

I am a BIG fan of anything DIY. Add some feathers, appliques, jewels, and glitter to anything and it looks brand new! You don’t have to break the bank to makeover a room, either. Here are some “Lady of Bling” ideas for giving some glitz to tired room decorating – staying well within a budget (and keeping all the husbands happy!!!)

antique end table old world design

The end table: This accessory gives an instant WOW factor to your living room, dining room, or bedroom. Consider your current color scheme but maybe take it just a little bit further with  fleu-de-lis, gold accents, or glitter! Litter it with glitter. You’ll thank me later.

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Dried Flowers: A cost-effective way to give femininity and beauty to any room is to add dried flowers. This vintage, old-time style is timeless … and you don’t ever have to water it either!!! You can buy some or dry and arrange your own for a custom color palette.

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The Pillow Bling: Ladies, you’ve got two choices here – buy new throw pillows or throw some BLING on the ones you have!!! One of my favorite ways to “bling it on” with old decor is to find a new place for gold brooches. You can attach them to pillows, glue them on a plain mirror, or create a one-of-a-kind Christmas arrangement, like I showed Fox news:

 

 

Rustic Touches: While I’m the Queen of Bling until the cows come home, I’ll be the first to agree that glamour goes beyond gold and glitter. Here in Texas, Western style is just as “blingy.” Choose a rustic design like these antlers and carry that theme all around the room in little touches. It will completely change the outlook of a room while keeping it affordable.

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How would you “bling it all?” I’m all ears!

Wishing you all the best in your decorating endeavors,

-Donna Moss

 

 

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2013 Dream Home: French Country Home in Monticello

Enjoy a walk down memory lane with me as I remember this fantastic spread I did for Fort Worth magazine’s dream home edition. Featured in the October 2013 issue, my girls and I decorated the interior of the home to match the exterior – a splendid home in the Monticello neighborhood that deserved a European style to match its outer appearance. Let’s begin with the kitchen, shall we?

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The client wanted a classy look with just the right touches of “The Lady of Bling” glam. We chose to go with a predominantly rustic white theme, mottled marble counter tops, and … of course … the Donna-approved animal print barstools in a dashing black and white zebra!

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On the countertops and near the stove we added the touches of green to bring life and vibrant color to the crisp white surroundings of the modern kitchen.

crystal chandelier placement

If y’all know nothing else about me, know this: I LOVE chandeliers!!! They carry the light in any room and give that extra gold or silver shimmer that’s breathtaking and dramatic. If there’s only one thing you can do to redecorate, start with a chandelier, it’s a sure thing. For the informal dining room, we went with my trademark chandelier, warm brown and gold tones to keep it simply stunning.

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We kept the formal dining room muted with charcoal blue and grey with a structured hanging light fixture. With the light coming from the window, it was a perfect place to showcase pastel florals as centerpieces. For the furnishings, we went with a French country home style, reminiscent of European farmhouses with unfinished wood and rustic elements.

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Last, but certainly not least, the media room, where the family comes together! Another example of a soft color palette for a truly Monticello French European style. Did you notice my pop of green in this room too? :)

 

Until next time, always remember that it is indeed a wonderful life! Enjoy every design you do,

 

-Donna Moss

 

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6 Ways to Do Bling in Black and Yellow

Yes, the Lady of Bling is at it again. I often say I am a “Glam-ma” and there are TONS of ways to glam up your rooms with just a little extra bling. For today, I’ll give you a little behind-the-scenes look at Donna Decorates Dallas season 2. The theme was black and yellow … everywhere! This color scheme is both gothic and bright – two things I can’t live without. I’m going to give you six ways to do it the right way, the bling way!

1.    Focus on the Details:

With black and yellow, you have to decide sometimes which color gets showcased and where. The chandelier in this room, for example, would NOT have worked yellow. Adding little crystal details such as this cross, and jewels to handles, door knobs, and mirrors can also do the bling in minor ways that contribute to a grand design.

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2.     Go with something unexpected

Did you think a chair would be a great way to use designs? Well in my book it is. Wait until you see the back of these fabulous chairs (stay tuned)…

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3.    Pick something to “Glam”

In my world, this is a cardinal rule. Chandeliers, mirrors, and wooden benches are all in my jurisdiction here. Take a look at this fancy DIY etched wood design – unexpected and unique – and a perfect way to carry the theme.

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4.    Don’t just stick to sofas

Another of my favorites, the settee, the chaise, the loveseat. Why would the sofa have all the fun? This black and yellow curved chaise sends off a boudoir ambiance and an upholstery that matches the dining chairs.

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5.   Don’t forget the walls

My daughters and I both love this design idea. While a flat color can add volumes to a room, an etched wall design adds another “wow” factor. With this, we chose muted yellow and shades of grey and silver to get the effect. If you look closely, you may be able to see the swirls of rich paint – this was done by hand, ladies and gentlemen!

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6.    Put the icing on the cake

I’m a fan of anything sweet … it carries into interior decorating too! Our showcase of the house (and one of my personal favorite touches) is the back of the dining chairs I mentioned earlier. Laced up boudoir-style and a perfect final touch, the ladies had to show them off!

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If you’re a fan of the boudoir style, swing over and check out the latest in brocade bedrooms designed by yours truly, and don’t forget to watch Donna Decorates Dallas we’re currently in reruns on HGTV at 5:30 Central, so don’t miss out on a minute of the BLING!!!

 

Yours,

 

-Donna Moss

 

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A Psychedelic Rad Pad

As a designer, art comes with the package. While this Texas lady loves the bling, I also love including new and inventive designs to the extreme … and if you look closely, you can still glimpse a few “Donna Moss” signature favorites! This rad room was featured in season two of Donna Decorates Dallas and has a special place in my heart – it is spontaneous, bright, and bursting with artistic style.

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I bet you didn’t think this style would come back! The seventies rad pad is a great way to bring life into a young adult living space. I included some of my trademark favorites – including the animal print carpeting and plenty of bright throw pillows to offset the black leather sofa.

awesome painted mannequins

I just loved these cosmopolitan sculptures! I had a local artist come in and paint them, and the client couldn’t be happier with the results. Using artists and artisans to enhance my interiors is one of my favorite parts of being a designer. Drawing the eye with psychedelic designs, the mannequins were an inspiration for the entire room setup.

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Don’t forget your accessories! A rad pad wouldn’t be complete without world class pieces of art such as iron structures and custom blown glass decor.

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how to use old cds in design

The wall showcase is a DIY project for the ages … you know me – the DIY Diva! Using these Cd’s was a simple and fun way to take a bachelor pad or teenager’s living space to the next level. Signed copies of your favorite band brings it all home to roost. As an interior designer, you must always listen to the music of your client’s heart – whether it be punk rock, classical, or country! Where would you use old washed-up technology in your design?

 

Best of luck in all your designing endeavors,

 

-Donna Moss

 

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Glam Up the Kiddos Room: Donna Style!

Alright y’all! You know I love anything that packs that wow power. But what about the kid’s room? Too many times parents choose simple colors or plain decor. It doesn’t have to be like that! And if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I LOVE a powerful bedroom design. Here’s what I did with my client’s daughter Joanna’s bedroom. This is what I had to work with (you’ll notice it’s fairly simple and pretty but needs some style!):

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My biggest concern with Joanna’s room was not a lack of color or design. My concern was that she was growing out of it and this bedroom design wasn’t really going to transition her into becoming an older girl. This is a common problem with little girl’s room designs and something I am a BIG fan of preventing. See the little butterfly and heart decals on the wall? Not really “tween” material in my book.

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All right. Here’s my favorite part (on Donna Decorates Dallas and off!!!) … the big reveal. In every bedroom design, I include something that reaches the heart, something that inspires. “Imagine” and “Dream” are perfect accomplishments for a young girl, and knowing Joanna I was sure these would hit home with her.

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Now this is the kind of room a girl can have a teenage sleepover! I went with a very Parisian dressing room ambiance. Rich colors and golden accents, and don’t forget to notice the pink diamond-patterned walls! And what room would be complete without a chandelier (I am Donna Moss, aren’t I? 😉 ). Even  your daughter’s room can have a dramatic chandelier!

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The dressers were an amazing find. They give the room that “old world” feel and really pulled the whole room together. The best part? I can imagine Joanna growing up in this room. It gives her space and a design that grows with her.

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Last and definitely not least – the bed itself. Functional, beautiful, and sweet. The rose wall hangings keep it feminine and warm and blended in with the shimmer and warmth of this bedroom design.

 

And in case you missed it, I was even able to get a little leopard print in this design! Can you find it?

 

Good luck in all your design endeavors,

 

Donna Moss

 

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