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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.


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.















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!

Before  before  before

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.

















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.


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: | P.S. This Rocks! | Bill Hansen Catering

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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.

custom crystal cross design

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)…

HGTV design stars


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.

artisan designs

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.

custom upholstery chaise lounge



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!

painted walls


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!

laced back upholstery


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!!!




-Donna Moss


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