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All Things Italia

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traditional-bathroom-studio-peregalli-oderzo-italy-201307_1000-watermarkedArchitectural Digest::  Designer:  Designer: Studio Peregalli  Photographer: Oberto Gili

In preparation of my trip to Italy this week, I have been busily pinning design inspiration and more on Pinterest with a group of design friends to our All Things Italian in Design board.  Here are a few of the inspiration images from our group board:

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Leather goods in Rome


Are you inspired for a trip to beautiful Italy yet!  I can’t wait!  Make sure to follow me on Instagram @denisemcgaha for up-to-date posts on my travels with my design friends.

Italy or BUST

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I am so excited to share that I am headed to Parma, Italy next week for a whirlwind trip to MercanteinfieraI will be attending Italy’s largest antiques fair with The Antiques Diva & Co on a special VIP tour Feb 26 – March 2, 2014.  As this is my first time to Italy (gasp!  I know, I know, but Paris always calls my name when I am planning a trip to Italy, so I never made it), and to Parma as well, I am sure there will be lots of prosciutto, pasta and ANTIQUES!

While there, I will be shopping for several great new projects we are designing and hopefully find beautiful architectural antiques for a special client who is constructing their new residence in Dallas.  There is a chance that a few items might make their way back to the studio and my home as well, but we won’t tell Mr. M about those, will we?

The best part of it all, I am traveling with several great design friends and some I have yet to meet.  See who’s on the plane to Parma with me below:

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 Jon Call, Mr. Call Designs


 Mark Cutler, Mark Cutler Design

Tobi Headshot

Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley and Associates

There is also rumor there will be celebrities in attendance for the fair, so I can’t wait to see who appears to shop one of the best-kept secrets in the antiques and design world.  Stay tuned for details when I return and make sure you are following me on Instagram @denisemcgaha to keep up with all the celebrity and antique sightings.

Ciao for now!!

Designing with a Deadline Blog is Finally HERE

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New Front Page


I have been working behind the scenes on our new blog and website for several months now and I am SO EXCITED to announce it is finally here!  While it may look very similar to what you have seen in the past from me, there are many differences under the hood.  We are now officially on WordPress.  I went away from WordPress about 4 years ago, and now I am back.


We have a new blog header that is more simple and in keeping with our design firms’ main focus:  Designing with a Deadline.  We also have a new About section of the website which better speaks to what we do for our clients in 90 days or less.  I love our new mission statement which came out of many long hours of idea generation with Tobi Fairley during one of our Mastermind sessions.

Denise McGaha Portrait


Denise McGaha delivers fashionable, diverse, and adventurous designs for clients who live on the fast track; specializing in turn-key, concierge-level service delivered in 90 days or less.

When experiencing a Denise McGaha interior you may never know how exciting the ride was that brought about that room.  With a roster of clients from professional sports figures to busy executives, Denise offers her discriminating clientele a true luxury experience, with a timeline.  By offering Deadline Driven Design solutions, her clients receive exhilarating interior design coupled with prompt and nimble completion of their project.

It has been said that Denise McGaha Interiors, is consistently ahead of the curve not just influencing interior fashion, but often dictating it.  With a seamless blending of multiple interests Denise is able to offer her affluent clients access to Dallas’ best-kept secret: her black book of high-end concierge services.

Denise’s sophisticated methodology and solid business acumen evolved through her decade in the corporate landscape of luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, where she honed her well-trained eye, and was an integral part of the team that launched

You will also see many new projects featured on our site in the Portfolio section and as we continue to photograph what we have completed in 2013, you will see some disappear and others take their place.  Here are just a few new images of our work that have been added to the website:

Family Room Desco Denise McGaha




So, what I am saying is that I am back to the blog!  Lots of fun things have been happening here at the design studio and I can’t wait to bring all of you up to speed.  Hang on tight!  It’s going to be a whirlwind Spring and I can’t wait to share all of the fun things I have going this month!

Welcome back and don’t forget to tell your friends about us.  Big things are coming!



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