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Miele Cooking with Denise McGaha

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I’ve been waiting to share this news and now I can finally talk about it!!  I was so excited to receive my copy of Veranda yesterday and see the Miele ad.



When they called to talk about their new ad campaign “Dare To Cook Differently”, I was so excited to be included.  These ads will be coming out in House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Veranda in the coming months, which is so huge.  I love all of these publications and love that Miele has partnered with them to educate their readers on great appliances and kitchen design.  Miele is an appliance brand that we specify in many of our kitchen designs for our clients.






This is a home we designed that has an entire Miele appliance package – even the laundry is Miele.  I love having a wall of appliances and our client selected a steam oven as well as a range top and wall ovens for their needs)

You’ll see in my commentary in this campaign how we entertain as a family almost every week and having this ease of cooking and cleaning is so great.

We also LOVE the Miele coffee systems and were first introduced to them when we installed one at our design studio almost 9 years ago.  Everyone loves to have a coffee or espresso when visiting us and they remember to save their coffee intake for that day at our office and not Starbucks!


Thanks so much to Miele for including me in their campaign and I am secretly crushing on their countertop coffee system for my own kitchen.  Wouldn’t this be the perfect solution to being able to take our coffee love with us when we move in a few short years.


Make sure you check out everything Miele has to offer HERE and stay tuned for a special evening we have planned at the Miele Showroom in Dallas in May.  If you are in Dallas, I will be hosting an evening where you can experience everything Miele has to offer and I look forward to meeting many of my readers there!



My Curated Kravet Room

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I’ve been keeping a little secret and now that it’s out on Social Media I wanted to give you all the scoop!!


I was so excited to hear that Kravet had plans to launch a Ready-To-Ship Upholstery Collection.  I was even more delighted when they asked me to curate rooms using these upholstery pieces and many of the pillows I designed for their Ready-To-Ship line.

There are several views of the space and developing a look that represented my style using these pieces was a piece of cake.  The fabrics on each piece are incredibly versatile and will be so easy to use in each of my projects.  The best part is that they are sitting on a shelf and ready to ship to my Dallas receiver.  NO ONE ELSE HAS THIS!!!


Every upholstered piece in every image in this post is ready to go.  Same for the accessories, the art, the pillows, the lamps, the tables….all of it!!  That’s an incredible feat and I have been waiting 5 years for this to happen in our industry.

Imagine that you get a call needing an entire space completed in 3 weeks.  Now that’s possible from a trade source in the high quality that you give all of your other projects that are delivered in several months.


Everyday I  design projects on a deadline.  I get calls from executives moving to town, from divorcee’s needing an immediately filled apartment, from sports figures moving to Dallas to play for one of our many sports teams and even military officers who are retiring and coming back from the Middle East.  They, along with my clients who want immediate gratification, want a luxury look NOW.  Now it’s possible through Kravet and CuratedKravet.  The rugs shown are also from their Ready-To-Ship items on their website.  Beautiful, no?

Take a minute to listen to Cary Kravet and his reason for launching this collection HERE.  (Thanks for pronouncing my name for the whole world Cary…..its always a mystery and you have cleared it up now!)

I also loved the design board created to let everyone get to know me a little better as a Kravet curator.


The team at Kravet was great to work with, the photoshoot was fast, furious and completed in 8 hours……talk about designing with a deadline!!  When I arrived the studio had wallpaper and when I left for the airport the same day, our images were shot and the looks you see here were complete.  And Nate Berkus had just been there… exciting!

So let me know what you think?  Would you use these items in your projects, designers?  I want to hear from you and so does Kravet!  SHOP HERE and give me your thoughts and take advantage of their 10% Holiday Discount too using code GIVETHNKS10.




Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse Diary

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I am so excited to introduce you to my bedroom at the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse.  The real title of this post should be “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends”……

Denise McGaha

Photo by Marco Ricca


I love the many stories surrounding this showhouse room and as any designer can tell you, putting together a showhouse is always a wild ride!!  This room came together with the help of so many great vendors and I will give you more details on many of them soon, but ultimately, the main focal point to the room that everyone keeps asking about is the wallpaper.

Green Tortoise


The luscious fabrics for the windows and upholstery by Kelly Wearstler from Kravet/Lee Jofa were the starting point for the room design.  (More details on this fabric and what else Kelly has going with Lee Jofa in my next post)  Then I saw this tortoise green wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher and I just knew I had to have it in my room.  It has a high sheen so you will see in many of the photos that it is reflecting the light in this space from the windows.  At night, however, it positively glows.

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Photo by Marco Ricca

From there came the layering and adding in special pieces.  I called my friends Lance and David at Parker Kennedy Living an did a little Facetime shopping of their warehouse to pick up the great Buddha Statues which sit on pedestals from Plexi-Craft.  And please don’t let me forget the beautiful crystals at the base of each pedestal from Aviva Stanoff.  I also picked up that vintage bamboo brass desk chair from PKL and a great bamboo valet which housed the tunic from Alice and Olivia I wore to be photographed in my room.  That brass medallion over the bed which has chinoiserie etching….yeah that’s PKL too.  Anything else fabulous and brass bamboo in the room (as well as the campaign chest on the right of the bed)  is a result of my shopping spree with the boys.

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Photo by Marco Ricca

Did you notice the leg on the desk in the room?  Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess developed this design specially for my space and loved it so much it’s now in her line.  Called the TIKI collection, this new leg launched an entire collection of furniture for Dunes and Duchess….how exciting!!  I love this desk, which could also be a great dining table or space for a late night snack in this bedroom.

Next I went shopping with my fabrics and wallpaper and got the beautiful Tamarian carpet from Truett Carpets and Rugs in Dallas.  David Truett is always so great to work with and he and Ana made sure I had just what I needed and shipped it to The Hamptons  the same day.   Those great mod swivel chairs from Taylor-Burke Home upholstered in a black glazed linen with crocodile pattern from Lee Jofa and perched on a brass base are such a show stopper.  Gracious Home also brought a little life to the seating area with the tiger velvet benches, which I chose to place in front of the seating area.

The headboard from Palu was a great balance to the wallpaper and the amazing quilted, silver velvet coverlet and super sized shams from Lili Allesandra brought the draped bedspread back – I love this look BTW.  The fur throw and accent pillow, bench at the foot of the bed, throw pillow on the chairs, sheeting, bath accessories and several pieces of the art (in the bedroom and the bath) are from my dear friend Cody Ables at CODARUS.  Cody was so great to work with and I loved shopping his showroom for great options for my bedroom.

Now for the best parts….the lighting and salon-style art wall.  The seashell chandelier (Buttermere) is from Currey & Co. as are all the lamps in the bedroom and sconces in the bath.  The shell encrusted chest by Currey & Co.  made a beautiful statement when you first entered the room and both were my homage to the beach and the Hamptons in this space.  I also loved their small brass table I used in the bath.  Since we weren’t allowed the use of candles and scent is so important to me, I brought a little of Dallas with me and placed a brass container full of Santa Maria Novella potpourri on the table.  Scent is everything and I hope it lingers with all that experience the space.

Much of the art you see is from the personal collection of my dear friend Kelly O’Neal.  Now, Kelly is not only a friend, but an artist and owner of Design Legacy.  He has killer taste and loaned me some of my favorite pieces from his collection, including the hand rollers and acrylic shelves.  I also showed the photography of my dear friend Linda Burnside of LGB Interiors from her many travels.  It meant so much to me to have these pieces in my room and I even included one of Kelly’s paintings from MY collection as well.  I also love the work of Lindsay Cowles Fine Art and was so happy have her painting (seen behind one of the Buddha statues) and her pillow front and center on the bed.  My friend Richard Bettinger from Dallas, who is an amazing photographer, allowed me to show his work as well and it is the piece behind the other Buddha statue.  I love how the crisp white pops off the dark green walls and creates the layer of interest that had everyone coming in for a closer look during the gala.

Denise McGaha

Photo by Marco Ricca

I know this is a long list but it just goes to show you how many people in my circle of friends said a resounding “YES” when I picked up the phone and called.  They truly made me feel that if I have done anything right in this industry, it is to make new friends….and talented ones at that.  I can’t say “Thank You” enough to all of you who supported me in putting this suite together and I can’t wait for you to see it in person.  Please take the time for a tour because there are so many great rooms in the house for you to see.  You will be so happy you did.  For more info on the Showhouse, click HERE.


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