a little imagination


Working with clients who are happy to take chances makes me a very happy designer. All it took was a bit of imagination to make this gorgeousness a reality.

Would you believe this is how we found it? Base was removed in these pics, but you get the idea.

More angles:

And before:

And the last 'after' --

Upholstery can work wonders!

Also- I very obviously have been neglecting the blog lately. I feel so, so lucky to be busy working on design projects, but it does leave less time for blogging. For more consistent updates on what I'm working on, follow me on Instagram @emilyswensondavis

Hope you all have had an amazing week! Happy Friday!

good work, girlfriend: Hallie Henley Design


When I lived in Houston, I was lucky to be a part of a fabulous book club. And in that fabulous book club was a fabulous girlfriend who also happens to be a very talented designer - Hallie Henley Sims.

I remember the first time I walked into Hallie's apartment and I thought - WOW! I knew back then that she had a real, unique eye for interiors and the same is true today. Hallie has struck out on her own and founded Hallie Henley Design. She recently updated her portfolio and I have been poring over every image.

Hallie's work demonstrates what I think the most important aspect of interior design is - the mix

And her attention to detail ---> perfection.

Her work shows an incredible range and illustrates the idea that a good decorator can make most 'styles' work! When you hire a designer, it is mostly about working with someone who has a high taste level and can make your home the best it can be- while making it feel like YOU at the same time.

I know that Hallie's is a style I will keep looking to for inspiration for years to come. For lack of a better sentiment - girlfriend has got skills! See the rest of her work here.

Rodan + Fields: my experience


When I was contacted by a friend to try Rodan+Fields and write about it here on the blog, I was very excited. I had heard about alot about R+F, and was eager to see if it was the real deal when it came to skin care.

Things that made me take note:
1. Do you know anyone who is using R+F? I do, and their skin looks GREAT. There is nothing that will make me want to use a product like being able to see visible results from people I know and trust.

2. R+F was created by the same ladies who created Proactiv. I personally know many people whose skin was completely transformed by Proactiv, so that led me to believe R+F might be able do the same.

3. Learning more about the company totally lent credibility to thinking their products might be the real deal. I am generally wary of products that are sold by direct marketing, but my experience with R+F was not at all similar to experiences I have had in the past.

The process:
I started by taking the Solution Tool to help guide me to the regimen that would best address the issues I have with my skin. I landed on the "Reverse" regimen, which focuses on sun damage, age spots, etc. I've been using the products for about 5 weeks and here is my breakdown:

The Cons:
The steps - the Reverse regimen has 3-4 steps. It takes me about 10 minutes to get through the entire regimen. That is definitely more time than I have given skin care in the past.

The price - these products are more expensive than any skin care I have ever used before. Please take that con with a grain of salt- as all of my 'skincare' up until now has been purchased from drugstores.

The Pros:
It works! That is pretty much the only pro I need.... and it definitely trumps the 'cons' listed above!

After my sample runs out, I will be placing an order. I am so happy with what these products have done for my skin so far. My skin tone has definitely improved, my forehead wrinkles are SO much better and my age spots have lightened. I am just really excited to see how much better it can get from here!

If you have questions or want to know more about the products- feel free contact Laura (Laura.s.ellison@gmail.com) or leave a comment below!

creating a cohesive light plan


I'm working with a client who is building a new home and one item I have been tasked with is helping to choose lighting. Her builder works with a preferred lighting source here in Tulsa, so I was a bit wary of what the options might be. BUT - I am happy to say we were able to create a lighting plan that is cohesive, affordable and stylish....... while working in a world that is full of a lot of this, this and this.

As you can see, my clients really are into the industrial look. I think we definitely have a hit of industrial, but we chose some classic options as well.

Don't be afraid to mix and match with lighting. You definitely do not have to choose options that are all from one lighting 'family.' But if you are mixing styles as much as we did with this plan, its best to keep it all in one finish family. Don't worry - we will definitely bring in some brass/nickel in other places (hardware, lamps, etc)!

Here are my tips for creating a lighting plan through a builder-chosen lighting source:

1- Spend some time (or hire someone who can spend their time) flipping through the catalogs. Don't feel limited by what is on the showroom floor.

2- Don't feel like you have to choose the same options that you builder usually uses. When you go in, (depending on the salesperson) they might try to get you to just go with the lighting choices your builder has used in the past. You don't have to!

3- Say what you want! Bring pictures of lighting that you like and ask if the source has anything similar. A good salesperson will be able to steer you in the right direction, all while keeping your lighting allowance in mind.

4- Know where to splurge and where to save. Are the light fixtures in the hallway closet a huge deal worth breaking your budget over? Probably not. The one that hangs in the vaulted ceiling in your family room? That is definitely more important.

5- In the beginning, make sure the allowances your builder puts in your contract are reasonable. Depending on the builder, they might create an allowance that don't go that far and get you the look you really want. Check your contract carefully before agreeing on any allowance number. It will save you the headache of overages when choosing time comes!

If you are in Tulsa/OKC and are looking for a lighting vendor, message me and I would be happy to share the info!

5 years


I don't consider myself to be a PDA-prone person, but on a day like today I will make an exception. Today is the Hubs and my 5 year anniversary. And while I realize in the grand scheme of things, 5 years isn't THAT long of a time to be married, I can't help but feel like this anniversary is a special one. A milestone, if you will. And while I know my very sweet Hubs will probably not like me calling such public attention to this date, I am still going to :)

5 years of marriage... how can it be?  It some ways, our wedding day seems like yesterday.

then (taken on the night of our rehearsal dinner)

And in other ways I can't believe more time hasn't passed, as it feels like we have packed SO much into life since our wedding day.

now (taken at the rehearsal dinner of friends)

We have made a great life together. It's a fun life. One that I am proud of. One that keeps me on my toes. It's a life that makes me excited for the future and so thankful for our past. It's a life that makes me incredibly happy. And it's a life that I love living with you every day.

If the last 5 years are any indication of what the rest will be like - then I am one lucky girl. But of course I knew that already.

Love you, babe! And happy weekend to the rest of you!
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