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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!

 

Modern Luxury Interiors Texas: Mergers and Acquisitions

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