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All Things Italia

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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.

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.

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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:

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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!



P. Allen Smith Gardens at Moss Mountain Farm

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Not only are the interiors of Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith’s home in Arkansas (HERE and HERE), warm and inviting, the grounds are simply stunning.  I have a gardening background and my first job out of college was in the lawn and garden industry, so I absolutley adored my tour.  Thank you Tobi Fairley for introducing us to P. Allen Smith!!






Allen has several outbuildings on the property, one being his studio where he paints (can this man do everything?).  The others are used for parties and entertaining, as well as landing spots while touring the grounds.  A great place for a drink and to survey the view of the Arkansas River….can you say LOVE!!??





Allen also loves poultry and is a huge supporter of farm-raised and organic foods and livestock.  He has several chicken houses on the property and a hatching facility too.  He has Silkies and they have the cutest coop/hen house. 



I want chickens now….and not the ones I grew up with.  They were run-of-the-mill bantams.  These are beautiful birds and they have such great personalities.  Maybe I can convince Tobi Fairley to get chickens for her new house and I can live vicariously through her.

Our final stop was the vegetable garden (AKA the staff gardens) and the best part…..the rose garden. 





Can you guess what famous gardens the rose garden was modeled after?  The rose garden was the most recent addition and there are still areas that are planned for planting over the next few seasons.  I LOVED the formality of Allens’ rose gardens and the buildings surrounding them.






Cant you envision a wedding on the grounds of the rose gardens? (Moss Mountain Farm is available for weddings and events)  I hope you have been as inspired as I was by the tour of Moss Mountain Farm.  Which was your favorite?  The house? Allens’ collections? The gardens??  I would love to hear what you think and let me know which famous gardens inspired Allen to create his own rose garden paradise in Arkansas?



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