Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Happy Leap Day Friends! 

Green Cardi: F21
Sequin Tank : Express
Hue Leggings: Dillards
Leopard Scarf: H&M 
Booties: Target
Blingy Bracelets: my own favorites

Hope you all have a fabulous day! Happy last day of excited for Spring! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

{design trend: black doors}

As many of you know...I love keeping up with the current design trends.  

Lately, (actually for the past few years...) designers have been sourcing/specking black doors!  This is even something you can do all by yourself in your own home to change your ho-hum builder grade doors! I love how a black door can completely change the look and feel of a room.  

Here are some of my favorites....
this foyer by Phoebe Howard is absolute perfection. That door is perfect and the floor tiles are exceptionally pretty. Love how the black grid tile work ties in with the doors, stair treads, and lighting.

This den space has been one of my favorites forever. 

i'm pretty sure I've shown you pictures of this gorgeous kitchen by Tommy Smyth before.  He did a great job incorporating black accents! Love the bottom cabs, doors, and flooring.  Love that contrast of White walls + Black doors.  Tommy can do no wrong! 

Another beautiful pained door....

And lastly this kitchen from joni at cote de texas! So great! 

I hope this post inspires some of you to get out the paint brush and update your ho-hum builder grade (or maybe your old outdated) doors! I'm telling you, you cannot go wrong painting them a rich deep black! You won't believe how a simple black door can transform your home! 

Happy Tuesday Readers!

Monday, February 27, 2012

{design board: master bedroom retreat}

I absolutely loved working with my fabulous client on her master bedroom makeover! We used a soothing and calming neutral color palette, infusing pops of dark Black and Charcoal accents to ground the space.  We mixed her casual country style and existing furniture with some traditional and unexpected pieces to create the perfect blend of styles and timeless patterns that are sure to please her and her husband for a long time!  The key to using neutrals in any space is making sure to incorporate lots of textures and various shades of white or off-white, which is exactly what we did with this bedroom.  Texture and color variation create interest and visual appeal in any space! I'm thrilled that my clients love their new space!

Huge thanks to my wonderful clients past and present! I seriously have to pinch myself every day that I get to do what I love and help inspire others! Thank you all so much!


It would be my greatest joy and pleasure to help you create a space you love and adore!

If you are interested in my interior design services please contact me at:

moderngracedesigns {at} hotmail {dot} com

Friday, February 24, 2012

{friday randomness}

Happy Friday Everyone! 

Sooooo glad this week is coming to an end, and sooooo glad this month is coming to an end (in a little bit).  I have decided February is one of my least favorite months! Not sure whether it's the cold windy weather (nearly lost my cart full of groceries + Cash in the wally parking lot this week...60mph winds!), the feeling that this month has the fewest days but seems to always last the LONGEST, the dead trees/grass/everything (!) here in West Texas, or if it's because of my Grandma's in the hospital, or because we lost my Grandpa last year at the exact same time (February 17th).  Cash also had a birthday party to attend Tuesday afternoon, we went, all was good.  But when I got home my right eyelid started swelling and it is just now starting to look more "normal"...but for a couple days it was totally not attractive! Not to mention, I always miss-spell February.  silly letter -r.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this? 

Okay, that's enough negative.  I usually try to keep this a positive, encouraging place, but I am definitely ready for this month to be over!   

Thankfully Mr. Cattlebuyer is taking over mommy duty for me tomorrow and sending me to the salon.  I'm so overdue for a haircut/color it's not even funny!   Yep, they say when you become a mom you have less time for yourself, I'd have to agree 100%.  The good thing is, is that my baby doesn't care if my ends are split and my roots are showing.  Nope. He loves me all the same!

 Love that unconditional kind of love.  :) 

We finally found a day that was nice enough to get to the park this week,  and so I brought my camera along...I'm trying to learn how to shoot in Manual Mode! I've owned my camera for a year and half and up until recently I've always been scared to shoot manually.  Not anymore! :) 

Love those messy just-woke-up-from-his-nap curls.

those blue eyes melt my heart. 

These two...I tell you, they are best friends.  Love that little hand on daddy's neck. Love that man. love that boy.

Love this quote:

And this fabric....I'm using on a Client's Bedroom Design Board! Loving the soft and ethereal color palate!

Also, I did sew up nugget some new britches, thinking I'll make some more for him this weekend (if I have time).  

Okay....that's all I got for you this week! Thanks again for your constant prayers for my Grandmother, she was squeezing my sister's hand this week, and could shake her head "yes" or "no" when asked questions, things like "are you cold?",  "are you warm?" and she could respond by shaking her head... truly amazing! 

So encouraging to know she is responsive and able to communicate a little bit. She's got a long road ahead of her, but I know with God's help anything is possible!  

Have a great weekend! 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

{design board: guest bathroom}

Just because bathrooms are small spaces doesn't mean they can't pack a big punch!  This bathroom is centered around this beautiful nautical rope stenciled accent wall.  We paired masculine textures (warm wood & "living" metals with patina) with feminine details (soft blue/grey paint & fluffy white monogrammed towels) to create the perfect combination for both male & female!  This room is fairly neutral, with pops of rusty burnt orange! Especially loving the warm orange color against the cool blue grey...contrast is such a great design element!  

Many thanks to my wonderful clients, I love getting to use my talents to help others! It truly is a blessing and dream come true!


It would be my greatest joy and pleasure to help you create a room you love and adore! 

If you are interested in my interior design services, please send me an email at: 

{designer love: phoebe howard}

I haven't done a designer love series for a while, so I thought I'd pick up where I left off last year! 

Phoebe Howard has been one of my biggest inspirations...her style is so classic and the base of all the room's she designs is truly timeless.  Sometimes the rooms lean more traditional, sometimes more coastal or sometimes more country, but no matter what direct they lean towards they always are picture perfect in my humble opinion.

Here's a collection of some of my favorites from her portfolio:

notice the shiny lacquer walls...remember this post I did on lacquer a couple days ago? 

This bathroom feels like a spa....what I wouldn't do to have all that gorgeous marble in my home, and the exposed plumbing is too pretty to be real! Love the built-ins in the mirror reflection as well!

I could really go on and on about this bedroom below....the ceiling alone is breathtaking but combined with that fantastic spindle bed, chandy, and soft neutral color palate it's totally screaming my name! I don't even think I could sleep in this room I'd be gazing at that ceiling all night long.

again another soft neutral bedroom, especially swooning over the planked walls, and the bed skirt! 

She even puts her touch in the stairwell, loving those gallery walls full of beautiful art! 

and another planked wall filled with beauties...remember my post on antlers? These one's are totally stylish hung with the vintage that junxtapostion! 

This all white kitchen totally speaks to me.  Don't you want an exact replica for your own home? I'm loving how she choose only one (super neat, totally diggin' the patina!) light fixture for over the island! 

Phoebe's talent truly shines through her interior design work.  I can't wait to see what else this uber talented designer has in store for us! 

Hope you all have a wonderful morning...planning on coming back this afternoon to show you a client's bathroom design board we just finished up recently! It's absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to share! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{it's all in the details: barrister bookcase}

I love discovering classic old furniture being revitalized by interior designers into new pieces of art.

Take this Barrister Bookcase by Live Beautifully Blog (Maria Beck Design), seriously this thing is gorgeous!!!

if this thing doesn't make you *swoon* than I don't know what will, and get this, she only paid $20 for it!!!

absolutely love how she accessorized it...clutter-chic. She has a lot stored in there, but all of it is displayed as if it's in a museum that! 

Definitely check out her blog, she is sooo talented.  Her style reminds me of a mix between Erika Powell (Urban Grace Interiors) and Lauren Liess (Pure Style Home).

Do y'all have any old pieces of furniture laying around that you could revitalize and give new life? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Hope you all have had an amazing day! 

Just wanted to thank you all for the sweet emails and texts I received regarding my Grandma, it really means the world to know there are so many people who care about our family. I can't thank you enough...prayer is such a powerful thing.

Now I find it hard to transition into a wiww post (they seem so trivial and vein and to be honest I really don't like seeing myself every week) But I do love the connections I've made with other bloggers and the inspiration I find by visiting other wiww blogs by linking up! I recently decided I'm going to start posting wiww posts on Tuesday nights instead of Wednesday morning.  Makes it much easier for me to link up on Wednesdays! 

Now on to my outfit this week, I first have to say, this was a such a comfy outfit! I've also learned to LOVE wearing leggings after I bought these hue leggings (double knit).  They are so much warmer than any other leggings I've ever worn and they are sooooo comfortable and soft, seriously they feel like butta!

I also realize that these ballet flats totally make me look like a shorty but lets be honest besides my nike's, ballet flats are the second most practical shoe to wear when running errands (even if they do nothing for my height!).  And I found these TOMS leopard print look-a-likes (sort's a stretch) at H&M while in Dallas for like $13 and they are surprisingly comfortable (hate breaking in new shoes, haven't had a problem with these!) I'm also learning to mix patterns with my outfits, something I've never done before!

Stripe-y cardi: F21
chartreuse ruffle tank: Ross
Hue Leggings: Dillards
Leopard Print Ballet Flats: H&M
Pearl Studs: Dillards

(wish I would have thrown on a bright necklace with this outfit...I think that would've finished the look I was going for! Oh well, next time!) 

So curious to know.... what prints are you guys mixing (animal, stripes, plaid/checks, floral) in your wardrobe this season?  I'm thinking a floral scarf might be the next "pattern" I try to play around with to change up  my go-to outfits! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

{believe in miracles}

Finding it hard to find much inspiration today....this weekend has been a emotional roller coaster ride.

It all started a week ago, my sweet grandma went in for a fairly routine surgery, expected to be in the hospital 1 week and be back home (tomorrow).  Her surgery went well, and she was seemingly on the road to recovery, she was even up walking around (with help) last Friday.  But that night, she had a mild heart attack at about 2 am.  She was taken by ambulance to Lincoln, they found she had blockage in her arteries, and when they put the scope in they also got her stomach cavity twisted.  Meanwhile, she also developed pneumonia and they found she had fluid in her lungs, throughout this whole ordeal.  On Saturday she went "code blue" and stopped breathing and was revived by CPR, doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of making it through the night.  To say I was absolutely heartbroken would've been an understatement.  I spent most of Saturday in prayer, I think I woke up at least 5-10 times throughout the night wondering and praying for her, clinging to the hope and promise of her making it. 

I just prayed it was not our last goodbye.  

Yesterday she was doing a little better, less sedated and more aware of her surroundings.  Last week I sent pictures of Cash to my dad to give to her at the local hospital (since I knew she wouldn't be home to get mail) not knowing any of this would happen.  Dad brought those pictures to her yesterday and everyone was in the room when they opened the envelope of pictures.  As my sister flipped through the pictures she (my grandma) opened her eyes and was more responsive than she had been all weekend long. My sister said those picture were the best thing ever.  The rest of the day when visitors came in grandma would lift her hand and point to the pictures we sent, that they taped onto her wall so she could see them. 

I would do anything to be there and hold her hand and tell her I love her. She needs prayers, lots of prayers, she has a very long road ahead of her.

I'm just asking y'all to say a prayer for her if you think of it, she needs it more than ever.

I found peace in singing the words of this song at Church yesterday.

because our God really is greater, stronger, higher than any other.
Our God is healer, awesome in power. 

If our God is for us, than who could ever stop us?
If our God is with us, than what could stand against us?

Friday, February 17, 2012

{friday randomness}

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

We started off our week with snow...and I woke up this morning to rain.  Very odd for all this moisture in 1 week for West Texas, but I'm not complaining. Thinking we'll hit up my favorite antique shops today due to the inclement weather! :)

Our week started out making a snow man or maybe woman...since all I could find in our closet was a pink scarf. Hah!  Sadly our snowman melted and went to snowman heaven about 2 hours after we made we just have some old melted gumballs and two orange straws laying in our lawn.  So sad.

{please excuse the skewer through his head, that darn hat would not stop blowing off...}

Tuesday we opened Valentines, Nugget rolled in the most love cards at a whoping 8...can't say I blame his admirers, he's easy to love.

I also downloaded picplz for my droid...does anybody else use this phone app? It's alright, still haven't figured out how to upload to a flickr account so I can put pictures on my blog, but I'm sure I will soon enough.  I sort of envy all those people with iphones that get to use instagram, why didn't I buy an iphone when I upgraded my phone last year?

Bah. oh yea, because I'm a cheap-o! ;)

I also found this image on pinterest and now I really would like two huge monogrammed his/her shams for our bed.  So pretty, may just have to do this, you know I love me some pillows!

I also found these darling handmade pants on Grace Happens Blog.  Love the combination of
stripes + plaid. Especially like the red gingham + the railroaded blue stripes!  I'm off to pick up some fabric and dust off my sewing machine to make a few of these for nugget!

Last but not least, I couldn't leave you without a yummy peppermint patty picture from Fly Through our Window blog.  I know Valentine's day is past, but I'm planning on whipping up a batch of these this weekend too!

What do y'all have planned for this weekend?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{color combination: camel + black}

For as long as I can remember I've always loved neutrals.

give me black, white, beige, camel ANYTHING and I am a happy camper.  Some may think neutrals are boring, but I beg to differ!

{for the record I also love's totally acceptable to have an intense, deep love for both right?}

I can spend hours obsessing over the black + camel color combination, like this room below:
rich camel furniture + black accents = sheer timeless perfection. 

and I'm thinking if this room were a bag it'd be this Longchamp tote I've been eyeballing for weeks!

classic neutral. classic shape. the nylon fabric wipes clean. and this brand has been around forever.

Plus I heard Longchamp is making a new comeback? Eh,could it be? I could look stylish and have bag that holds all our daily necessities (diapers, wipes, toys, snacks, sippy cup, wallet) and I can hose it down if it gets dirty, no way!

I'm totally sold on camel + black.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{perfectly imperfect}

While in Dallas over the weekend I stopped into know how much I can't resist that store!  

While strolling through, I found this book below written by the former Domino Magazine founding editor Deborah Needleman. Not only is the title super cute, but the watercolor illustrations were totally inspiring (you remember my post on painting right?). 

I really think every home should be perfectly imperfect...pretty and put together, but not staged. 


and now I know exactly what I want for my birthday this year, thank you Anthropologie.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day Friends!

Hope you feel loved today and everyday.

and in honor of Valentine's about some yummy {pink & red} eye candy for you!


Monday, February 13, 2012


We had such a great time in the big city over the weekend, but of course are happy to be back home and to our normal routine this morning! :)

We basically just hung out and ate yummy food all weekend long... it was perfect. We also realized how "country" we have become since moving to Texas.  I seriously had sweaty palms the entire time we were driving around the city going 75mph on crazy freeways, with no one using their turn signals or brakes. We stayed in the uptown area and also experienced sleeping with the airplanes, sirens, and honking cars all night long....I guess we have sort of gotten used to the peace and quiet of sleeping in the middle of a cotton field in nowhere Texas!

Yesterday morning we went on a walk (despite the chilly temps) in the Highland Park area! You know I never turn down an opportunity to see beautiful homes! :)

We stopped for a few photo ops along the way! Yes, I swear I fall more and more in love with this little nugget every single day!

Family photo in front of the hu-mungo teddy bears, nugget especially LOVED these!

and of course we had to stop and visit the ducks! 

Hope you all had an amazing weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with a fun design related post!


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