ATTN: We’re Moving!

August 15, 2016

We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with the awesomely creative gang at GoLiveHQ to create our new page, bringing you all that you need from us. We are still tweaking a few things, but stay tuned for an update shortly.

Come visit us at the new and improved Dallas Shaw website to see what we’re up to!

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#thingsweneed

August 12, 2016

Whether it’s a new date night dress, distressed leather bag, or eraser (yes, you heard me), I am forever on the hunt for the best of the best. Trends are constantly changing, but some styles are undeniable. Here are a few recent faves I can’t live without.

 

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{ Dallas Shaw x Coral Crush }

August 10, 2016

Rosy cheeks and coral lips. Why not match the shades? It’s perfect to brighten up your look without overdoing your make up. Who says you can only rock coral when you’re glamming it up? Not us. It’s simple and cool day or night. Best part: Dual purpose products. Why buy two when you can use one all around?

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The lady legend behind Studio 882

August 9, 2016

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I am so excited to announce an upcoming collaboration with Katie Groves and Studio 882! If you haven’t yet stumbled into the showroom, I urge you to do so. Studio 882 is in Chadds Ford, PA, and one of my favorite stops for home furnishings.

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Katie and the Studio 882 team have agreed to redesign my living room! I am so excited to see what they come up with. Theres nothing more interesting to me than picking the brain of other creatives, and seeing how styles pair. After meeting Katie, I had to know more, so I’ve brought you a little peak into her mind, answering all of the questions I was dying to ask.

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For those who may be unfamiliar, can you tell us who you are and what you do?

I own Studio 882, a luxury furniture showroom and interior design firm. Our goal is to bring the sophistication and inspiration from the high-end design world to retail. We mix a variety of styles and price-points, but it’s all “wow” pieces. We opened in 2014 as a small boutique shop in Chadds Ford, PA and we’ve grown rapidly ever since. We just expanded to a new 13,000 square foot showroom outside of Philadelphia.

Which Studio 882 brand do you connect with most?
I only carry brands I connect with strongly. I’m approached all the time by brands asking us to carry them, and I’m notorious for saying no. For me, it’s all about protecting the “Studio 882” brand itself. When clients come to us, they are looking for great quality, proportion, scale and gorgeous designs that they’ll always love vs. here-then-gone trends. Right now though, I’m obsessed with the new Milling Road collection by Kara Mann. She combines the coolest materials – like breccia marble, blackened walnut, and she uses a liquid lacquer effect that I haven’t seen before. It’s chic but youthful and hip.

What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you had made it?
I still have “aha” moments from time to time, like yesterday when we found out we won a Best Furniture Store in Philadelphia award. The first was probably when we did our first photo shoot of our first showroom, right before we opened. It was the first opportunity to step back and see how it all came together exactly how I had envisioned in my head.

When did you realize design was your passion?
It’s been a passion for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I was constantly rearranging my bedroom and creating mood boards out of furniture from old catalogs. I didn’t turn it into a career until my late 20s, when friends helped encourage me to turn that passion into a full-fledged career.

Do you have a signature design piece?
I love incorporating a really fun accent tables in an unusual shape or material. I also LOVE scultpurally shaped chairs that retain their comfort. Chairs that can float in a room and look great from all angles.

What was your favorite client/collaboration and why?
Collaborating with clients is probably the best part of my job. Every client has their own style, and it’s an adventure putting each unique room together. We frequently end up good friends with our clients – we actually just hired one to work at the store! But one of my recent favorites was a whole house we designed near Philly. The homeowners both trusted their instincts and tastes, and we were able to design a beautiful, sophisticated home that’s also perfect for their young family.

Describe your personal style:
I like to pair really quality basics – like a great blazer, pair of jeans or LBD – with vintage jewelry. Right now I love vintage brooches.  And I’m literally obsessed with pencil skirts in really funky, unusual patterns.

Five things in your purse currently, go:
My wallet and cell phone, handful of ultra thin Sharpies, a handwritten to do list (I love the satisfaction of physically crossing something off a list), and candy (fun size Snickers).

Who is your spirit animal:
Ha, I just called interior designer Thomas Pheasant my spirit animal the other day. I love the way he combines classic and modern.

 

 

 

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{ ds pinspiration }

August 8, 2016

It’s that time of week again! Here is some hump day inspiration to keep your visual mind running for the rest of the week. If that’s not enough, try this awesome lavender iced coffee {pictured below} to do the trick! Pinterest is a gold mine of beautiful things.

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Don’t forget to follow on pinterest and instagram to see the daily pinspiration unravel!

#thingsweneed: how to beat the heat while looking Cali cool.

August 5, 2016

Summer can be such a tricky time to maintain your personal style. We are all constantly trying to break the ever-so-easy t shirt and jeans look. I even find myself spending most of my time with natural salt sprayed hair, a loose a-line dress and gladiators–just to stay cool. It’s so simple to turn your vibe around with a nice pop. Change up the typical mirror shades for something tinted. Skip the typical beige purse for something turquoise.

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These are minor changes to your everyday look that result in a lasting effect.. Trust me.

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August 3, 2016

Daily Dallas Shaw inspiration! You can find more inspiration on my pinterest page each morning. Something about these images caught my eye. I think it’s important to surround yourself with the things you find beautiful/interesting to constantly stay inspired.

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find your own pinspiration on my instagram!

{ Dallas picks: Avindy }

August 2, 2016

Today I’m sharing my picks from mother-daughter team Avindy. As far as beads go I really like delicate sparklers with a nod to boho with a design that still feels chic.
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As most of you know I’m going through a celestial thing right now, but to much moon feels a little too hippie-dippy for me. The petite crescent moon and the diamond Anelace necklaces from Avindy  give just a hint of celestial charm without getting all fortune teller on your jewelry box.

After adding a few necklaces to the cart, head directly to the earrings page for one perfect group of mid-drops. My picks are the Labradorite Onions (wondering if the coloring on these is the same in person because whoa.)

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…and the flakes with labradorite solely b/c of the color way in the cluster combo. And I’d also live in the fluorite drops and mini medallions as more everyday choices.

Tip: When buying a set like the fluorite drops drops, don’t be swayed by color, even if it’s a color you don’t normally wear. Throw them on as an everyday choice and you’ll be surprised how a quick additional color compliments your vibe.
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A few more #thingsweneed: Throw a small aqua bracelet on with a sundress, poolside and switch over to darker, thinner beads for early fall. Oh and for your fashionista’s needing something cute-but-killer for NYFW? This.

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{ Dallas Shaw brow boost }

August 1, 2016

Remember when the most grooming done on your brows included a quick wax or pluck? Now, we can thread, pencil in, shape and style our brows to emphasize our looks. This bold one here is one we’ve used and shot recently – hint hint. If going out to get some glue and glitter is too much of a commitment, or won’t get enough use in your makeup collection, try using a fun sparkly shadow in its place, like my favorite–the Moondust palette from Urban Decay.

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{ Dallas Shaw x Jennifer Dawes Design x Two Paper Dolls }

July 29, 2016

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“It’s beautiful. What is it.” This was everyone’s reaction to the watercolor packages. (spotted on instagram last week). They are press kits, and my team and I design them for every collaboration we take on. I’ve realized I haven’t shown you many of the behind the scenes at the office–In fact it dawned on us that you see only a small fraction of the projects being worked on, so today’s post is on our most recent press kits.

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First, I called in Vanessa Kreckel at Two Paper Dolls to help me create custom boxes with my watercolor of the ring printed on the them. We also included laser cut envelopes which held exclusive photos of the ring set, the press kit, artist and designer photos and a watercolor of the set by yours truly.

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Our Editorial Director, Kylie, added calligraphy to the labels, for a genuine wedding feel. Lastly, we included some rock candy to keep these kits extra sweet, and sent them off to twenty of our very favorites in the accessories biz.

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Design by Ana Degenaar + Development by Brandi Bernoskie