interior design

Modern Luxury Interiors Texas: Artfully Avant

Anniversaries are important milestones and I am happy to congratulate Modern Luxury on a successful first year of Interiors Texas. The company publishes over 40 titles, in 13 markets, with a more than 5 million readers within the luxury market! I have been fortunate to work with the talented team, here in Dallas, and am very proud of this amazing, local magazine.

This summer’s issue features an up-and-comer that you need to know about. I call Mike Mousel a friend- he is a man of great taste, of course, and happens to be a lot of fun to boot. He recently retained my services to consult him on the business of design and to create his website biography. As I learned more about Mike’s unique story, I was certain that I had to write about him… he has overcome some seriously daunting challenges and finds great happiness in his new-found career. I am very pleased to have authored this article!

Mike has a natural way with remixing forgotten treasures into bold vignettes. Take the photo above: A graphic zebra rug anchors an organic glass table-top…a vintage brass ornament, echoing the warmth of the wood flooring, pairs with a shot of violet flowers. Simple, yet brilliant. The best make it look quite easy!

This photo is a favorite of mine- the scene is elegant, yet edgy. It just looks like a sexy taste-maker lives here, doesn’t it? The mutual friend, Shari (Shari Stout Enterprises), who introduced Mike and me, constructed the mirrored shelf and I was there when they hung the piece. In person, the vibe of the room was even more impressive than what you sense in the picture. See more of Mike’s work in my article here: Artfully Avant by Shelly Rosenberg. And remember to subscribe to Modern Luxury Interiors Texas asap!


The Art of Choosing China

Discover your personality in porcelain! Do you think you are a Glamour Girl or a Purist? A Chic Fashionista or a Savy Southern Belle? Read my latest article, pg 34-36, in 360 West Weddings, a fabulous guide, for the finest of Texas brides, in the Fort Worth area.

The have-to-know content is orchestrated by the very talented Editorial Director, Nancy Myers. I had the pleasure of working with Nancy, years ago, for the premier, fashion E-zine, Pink Memo. Nancy and I had not met…she was a freelance editor and we worked together via email. I was instantly impressed with her talent to refine my work. I learned a lot from her and suggested we meet live! My grandfather always told me, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” And I know that’s true. Taking the time to get to know the face-behind-the-email led to this wonderful opportunity!

The best thing about being a modern bride is that there are no rules! Of course, you don’t even have to be a bride to discover the passion of collecting and combining china patterns in a new way. I adore traditional patterns, such as Herend, but also go mad for more contemporary designs like the L’Object and Vera Wang examples above. I especially love to pair old-school pieces with funky new ones for a classic-with-a-twist approach.

This unique, Asian-inspired combination is a favorite I created for a dinner party in my own home. The pinstriped charger, a thrift-store find, is the foundation for a traditional Spode “Blue Colonel” dinner plate, trimmed in yellow gold. The trio’s topper features a wildly fun, hand-painted dragon motif (I am crazy for Foo Dogs, dragons and serpents!) that I could not resist, by Fitz and Floyd.

DO try this at home! No matter what dinner service you currently have, dine with it! Mix and match with confidence. And by all means, use the good stuff more often- what are we saving it for? To get started, read pages 34-36,  “Perfect Settings” by Shelly Rosenberg.