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Summer and the Livin is Easy

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I am out of the office this week while I am working with my business consultant (Tobi Fairley – Mastermind Guru) and…….let’s be honest, I have my eye on Friday.  That’s the day my beach vacation officially begins and because I am such a planner I have already designed my vacation with a deadline.  I have children away at camps this week, clothes already packed a full four days before we leave, blah, blah, blah.  No stress ahead for this little lady.

So while my posts may be a little spotty over the next few weeks, I have compiled a quick little fashion inspiration for the summer.  Chic.  Cool. Fashionable.  Day to Evening Casual.  What’s not to love?




Shop this look::  Towel Target//Tunic Tory Burch//Shorts J. Crew//Sandals Havianas//Aviators Tory Burch//Fedora Rag & Bone


Mission Ole and Anteks and Taxidermy Too

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Mr. Beckley and I attended a charity function on Tuesday evening this week benefitiing Trinity River Mission

This great charity hosted their kickoff event for Mission Ole’ at Anteks furniture showroom on Dragon Street and to be honest I haven’t been in there in AGES!!  Like since the Deep Ellum days.


Some things change and some things stay the same.  The charming owner of Anteks, Jason Lenox immediately greeted Mr. Beckley and made it clear that dogs were welcome in his store anytime.  Of course, he is our new best friend!!

While Anteks has a definite vibe that is rustic casual, I also spied several great pieces and a conversation was started around taxidermy with my friends. 


Mr. Beckley isnt quite sure what to think of this coyote



It’s been quite chic lately to have taxidermy in your projects.  You have seen the peacocks, and even giraffes.


Celerie Kemble for Lonny Magazine

Celerie Kemble for Elle Decor

I also read an article in Architectural Digest highlighting Creel and Gow and their taxidermy offerings in New York.  Christopher Gow and Jason Creel note that all of their taxidermied (is that a word?) animals died of natural causes and we often part of a zoo or owned by individuals….no hunting allowed!

Creel and Gow Cabinet of Curiosities

Creel and Gow Turkey Taxidermy

Creel and Gow Lionness

Several photos were snapped around the taxidermy in Anteks and while I have a stuffed Bobcat in my husbands television room, others were TOTALLY turned off by it.  There was even discussion about whether or not to post images of the taxidermy on your social media channels from the event.  Fear of PETA slamming you on Twitter.


Anteks Horn Wall


Carolyn Roehm uses antlers to great effect in her designs

I had no idea there was such a conversation to be had, so I thought I would bring the subject to you here.  What are your thoughts on taxidermy in design of your projects or in your home?  I would love to know.


Ride Through and Rise Above

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As I am working to build my brand presentation for the upcoming Tobi Fairley Mastermind Meeting next week, I realized that part of what makes me unique as a designer are some of my personal hobbies.  Many of you may not know that I love to ride motorcylces.  As a matter of fact, I had my own Harley-Davidson (first a Sportster when learning to ride, then a Fat Boy, then a Road King) and rode lots of miles before our babies came along.

I have had lots of hurdles to overcome in life and riding horses (and then motorcycles) have been the things that have given me courage.  And often the break I needed from life when it became too much!

So if you are in the middle of life and it’s not so great right now, remember this:


For this too shall pass!!  And remember that as I have learned this week while working on my branding, there is only one you and that’s what makes you (and me) so unique and our talents so very different.  What makes you special?

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