January 3, 2012

Peaceful Elegant Living in Dallas…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! I certainly can’t imagine anything better than waking up with an amazed 4 year old on Christmas morning. In our house the big gift was a balance beam. Ben and I searched far and wide for a pink “real” balance beam and were also notified that Santa was going to bring her a matching “Majastics” leotard as well. (Thank goodness Academy was open late on Christmas Eve, and the beam came from trusty old Craigslist and says Kathryn on the side, but she cant read yet to know.) Here is my favorite shot of our little Mary Lou Retton on Christmas morning.


I am always sad this time of year because I love everything about Christmas so much. This year we at least have a new baby boy to look forward to in the spring! When I am feeling blue, I tend to redecorate. I am feeling the need to clean out and make the house as peaceful as it can be before the little man arrives. Some homes are so elegantly peaceful and my friend Emily’s is the poster child for “Peaceful Elegant Living”. I thought I would share some images of her home and see if you agree with me…

Even the outside of this lovely home is calming to me. I am a huge fan of light grey painted brick with dark shutters.

Front of Home

Front of Home

I love how Emily’s entry sets the tone for the rest of her home. Her paint choices as well as interior furnishings flow so well from room to room and all are so warm yet light and airy.


I also love how the kitchen mixes traditional and contemporary elements. And more than anything, it makes me happy to see  children’s furniture in such well designed rooms. I am perpetually building my kitchen remodel book for the exciting day when we can break ground on a new kitchen. Both Ben and I fell in love with the paint colors used here and may be copy cats. In case you were wondering, the island is painted in  Benjamin Moore “Dragons Breath” and the cabinets are Benjamin Moore “Rockport Gray”. Don’t you love the combo??


Her family room is so livable yet so refined and elegant at the same time. And the mirror is a personal favorite, I have the same one 🙂

Check out the master. Im sure most of you are familiar with her side tables, especially if you are from Dallas. Just today a client mentioned ” Those Jan Showers Nightstands” and of course, she was referring to these beauties.

Emily has three precious children, all with precious rooms, but this one has to be my favorite. This is her 2 year old son’s room. Emily and I agree on not doing “themed” rooms for children, and in her case, this also doubles as a guest room so she kept it very serene and sophisticated. I am digging the trend of platform beds in kids’ rooms, especially boys, not too far to fall/ jump from!

And Tada!!! My absolute favorite room in the whole house. This dining room is perfection. Enjoy!


Lucky for all of us, Emily actually has a booth at the White Elephant where she sells gorgeous pillows and decor. Our living room pillows came from Emily’s space as well as one of my chandeliers in the house. Her taste is obviously impeccable, so you should check it out! Even better, her space is right next to the Scout Interiors space where I purchased our “Lady Head” lamps 🙂 Also good news for any of you in the market for a new home, Emily and her husband are selling this home so she can work her magic in a new space. You can see the listing here http://www.virginiacook.com/homes-for-sale/mls11647249.html.

Emily's Space at the White Elephant

Scout Interiors at the White Elephant

My pillows from Emily

My lamps from Scout Interiors

Hope everyone has a wonderful start to their week! It does make me so happy to get back on a routine. I know I need to do more shopping for the store too! Don’t forget to email your wish lists of items to me at gypsysoulinteriors@gmail.com, include your cell phone number, so I can easily text pics of items as I find. Also check out the “Big A** Sale” on my facebook page at GypsySoulInteriors.

Happy Shopping!





  1. I saw Emily’s home in Devonshire, and it was gorgeous. She is very talented!

  2. Any idea what paint colors she used in her formal living room and entry way? Her home is really beautiful!

    • Yes, I have gotten a list from Emily. Most of her walls are Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, the kitchen cabinets are Rockport Grey by Benjamin Moore, island is Dragons Breath by Benjamin Moore and the dining room and Ford’s room are Farrow and Ball French Blue. Hope this helps!

  3. Katherine says:

    LOVE!!! <3

  4. I love her house! Is the White Elephant the flea market in Houston? Is it open year round?


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