All photos courtesy Shelly Lloyd

All photos courtesy Shelly Lloyd

Shelly Lloyd took a circuitous route to her career as an interior designer, discovering along the way that her fashion acumen, passion for art, and globetrotting translated beautifully into creating sophisticated, authentic interiors with unexpected twists. And she has graced many a Midland home with her talented design. In fact, it was a Midland resident who introduced us to Shelly, who lives in Dallas but spends as much time in Midland as she can.

“What separates us is working with a variety of styles, from classic to contemporary, formal to playful,” Lloyd said. “We’re really good at mixing pieces.”

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Her Dallas company, LeDaire Design, is in for an eventful year, expanding to a satellite office, rebranding in February, and building on an original concept called “Work the Room” that marries her professional expertise with a client’s DIY creativity. Jump to read more!

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Family Christmas Hearth

 

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, as my mother likes to call it, and we are doing everything we can to prepare our home to host a few friends and plenty of magic. When you live in 1,400 square feet, cozy is easy. But how do you achieve that kind of warm atmosphere on a larger scale? It’s in the accessories, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Her boutique in the Dallas Design District is my favorite spot to get inspired for the holidays. Thanks to Schaeffler’s German heritage, she gives her Christmas decor a fun, cultural spin that exudes elegance.

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If you have friends and family with impeccable taste, you have to stop by Bernadette Schaeffler Collection tomorrow. This is the store to shop for everyone on your list, and I mean that. Gorgeous accessories, barware, serving dishes, art and decor … all of it is tremendously beautiful and meets the highest standards — Bernadette’s!

I went down to Schaeffler’s showroom at 1616 HiLine Drive today to check things out and not only did Schaeffler have delicious German treats to share, but she has a wonderful assortment of both small and substantial pieces that make wonderful gifts.  The Holiday Bazaar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, so stop by and find something exceptional for everyone on your list!

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Stay tuned, because we’ll be featuring more fabulous items from the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection as we count down to Christmas!

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Trust us: Not all Christmas shopping is fun. A lot of it is an anxiety-fueled race to the finish line and that is the opposite of fun. So if you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy yourself while doing some legitimate Christmas shopping, look no further than the Bernadette Shaeffler Collection showroom in the Dallas Design District.

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Still Chaising Rainbows COVERS You know how much we at CandysDirt.com love Jason Lenox’s brand of artful rustic decor. My favorite pieces in the store are Jason’s custom-designed silver and turquoise boxes and his impressive collection of Pendleton blankets.

If you’re a fan of Indian blankets, then you absolutely cannot miss the new coffee table book from Barry Friedman. He’s an expert on trade and camp blankets, and Ralph Lauren’s top source for the woolen treasures. You can meet Friedman and get your own signed copy of the 304-page “Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Volume Two” at Antèks on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Jed Foutz is a Native American art expert and owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

Antèks will also host Jed Foutz, owner of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery and Native American art expert, and his tremendous collection of Navajo blankets and artwork. Blankets from Friedman’s own collection will be available for purchase, too. The reception, which will feature sips and light bites, starts at 4 p.m.

If you miss this amazing event in Antèks Design District location, stay tuned for Lenox’s newest venture: Antèks Curated. The store, planned for the Plaza at Preston Center across from Taco Diner, will feature an exceptional collection for the discerning people in your life. Antèks Curated will carry gift items, home accessories, menswear, and a peppering of furniture, most of which will be exclusive to the store. Hand crafted and limited production works from local artists and designers will be preferred, so be sure to check it out!

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Combining interesting patterns and shapes with jewel tones over a gray backdrop is a classic combination for fall, says Bernadette Schaeffler.

Fall is a huge season for freshening up your decor, and using a few new color can add that bit of seasonal pop you’re looking for. Of course, gray is still the neutral of choice, from dark to light and from warm to bright, this do-everything color is a great base from which to play. But what colors should you use to bring your fall palette to life? Bernadette Schaeffler took a short break from designing her new sofa collection in Italy to tell us what we should look for this fall.

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Anderson Series by Minotti

Anderson Series by Minotti

As Autumn Smink heads off to Italy for the Milan Salone, we wanted to get a sneak peek at the trends that will hit this standard-bearer of Italian furnishings. The annual event is the launching point where manufacturers come out with their new and exotic designs, said Jennifer Smink.
So, what does the duo behind SMINK Inc. expect to see at this industry event?

Laura Moore Watercolor

With soft edges and bright colors, McKinney artist Laura Moore‘s watercolor paintings are inspirational, especially to designer Bernadette Schaeffler. The artist, who painted Schaeffler’s Hi Line Drive storefront in 2012, has a way with color and form.

With new digital apps on the market that can transform any photo into a watercolor painting, Schaeffler says the compulsion to Waterlogue can become a habit. Why? Because the results are simply gorgeous.

“Why are people suddenly obsessed with an old technique transferred into the social media world? In my opinion it is the fascination of watercolors’ transparency and the vivid colors it brings with it,” Schaeffler said. “It runs, bleeds, mixes and separates on its own and composes wonderful artwork.”

Still, the app is no substitute for the work of a skilled artist such as Moore, Schaeffler adds.

“I was already obsessed with original watercolors before this incredible app came on the market,” Schaeffler said. “I still prefer the original artist work over the app. Laura, for example, is really gifted and knows her work well. Her paintings are so refreshing and perfect!”

Schaeffler recently hosted an exhibition for Moore, which was called “Melded Memories.” It is an apt name that really describes the nostalgic nature of watercolors, and how they are almost dreamlike.

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This technique doesn’t need to be limited to artwork, Schaeffler says. You can incorporate watercolors into your decor using faux finishes and wallpaper. It’s a dramatic and gorgeous way to up the glamour of any room.

We definitely agree. To see furnishings and accessories that will perfectly complement the nostalgia of watercolors, visit the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection at 1616 Hi Line Drive in the Dallas Design District. Find out more about Bernadette Schaeffler and her design aesthetic on her website.