The honor is all mine! Publisher Modern Luxury has a glossy new magazine- Interiors Texas- and they chose to feature my design work (LURA Studio) in the Spring 2013 issue. The publication is quickly becoming a favorite design go-to and I am so proud to have earned their recognition. The home in the article happens to be my former residence- truly a labor of love. The author and Editor in Chief, Rebecca Sherman’s, focus is the art of MIXING numerous styles into a seamless design. I happen to be very sentimental, so when I fall in love with a piece, I have a really hard time giving it up. (My husband calls me a “high-end hoarder” but I refuse to be labeled!) Anyway, this is how I came to be a mix master- I have to make everything work so I can keep it all!

The layered composition, above, is full of treasures I have been given, purchased from showrooms or scouted at antique malls and estate sales. I always re-work and re-use a piece if I can. Most of my furniture has worn several skins! My husband contributed the chocolate mohair sofa…I flanked it with vintage chairs, replacing their former white cotton slip covers with camel leather. The cocktail table is Hickory White. Behind that arrangement, new chain link vases sit next to 19th century, carved Italian lamps with black parchment shades. The foreground bench went from blue stripe to decadent velvet leopard.

And for accessories? Anything, that you love, goes! This is my assembly of Lucite lighters and ash trays. Although smoking is out of fashion, I still find the idea of glowing embers somewhat romantic. The solid icy-chic of this material glitters like crystal and adds that glam quotient that I always include. Display your collections- no matter how bizarre- they add necessary personal character to your rooms! [photos by Dan Piassick]

Find out the secret of the style remix here: Mergers and Acquisitions by Rebecca Sherman