Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Before and After - Adamsleigh Manor and a Winner of the Barr-Co Products!!!!!


Remember the gentleman's dressing room Traci Zeller and I
 designed for the "Adamsleigh"  Traditional Home Showhouse. 

 I was reorganizing my photos and found the before shots we took

of the room and thought it would be fun to share. 

We all love a good before and after don't we?  HGTV has spoiled the consumer into thinking that those transformations happen magically which simply isn't true.   This room is a result of detailed planning, great craftsmanship, beautiful products and complete supervision by a couple of designers who take pride in keeping tight timelines so that
things go as smoothly as possible. 

Click here to continue on to see the before and afters...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Denise McGaha "What's In Your Bag" ????

Today's guest on "What's in Your Bag" is my friend
 and fellow interior designer, Denise McGaha. 
 You may recognize Denise as the
 Currey & Co Ambassador.  Denise is known as the 
"Design on a Deadline" girl! Her thriving design firm is
 based in Dallas, Texas.  She is a girl on the go!

Let's go see what's
in Denise's travel bag and where
 she is off to these days!   

1.    Where are You off to Travel? 
I am so excited to be traveling to Spain in September with Cosentino

I am heading to Madrid and Barcelona with five other Silestone Trendspotters from across the US and Canada as we work on the new countertop designs for 2016 for Silestone.  These great design minds will all be adding our market trends to the design teams samples of new countertops and we can’t wait to show the world what great designs we have come up with to inspire the Cosentino Design Team.

2.    Do you have a favorite bag?

I bought this great Givenchy bag at Bergdorf Goodman on a trip to NY last year.  I was shopping with my BFF and it was an impulse purchase.  It was the last one left and everyone always asks about it.  I love that it is basic black, large enough to hold my laptop and many other things for travel, and also looks really great with a suit or jeans.

3.  What are the necessities in your bag? 
Red lipstick, iphone 6 Plus (for the camera), Trident cinnamon gum, chargers, lavender hand sanitizer and flats.

    4.  Clothes to wear?
I love jeans or black pants with a v-neck tee and a long cardigan or jacket.  I am becoming more and more a creature of habit and have found I have 8 pairs of white jeans that are my uniform for summer.  I have traded in my high heels for low-heeled boots and flats as well, so an ankle length jean is my go to.  When I heard skinny jeans were out, I ignored that fashion edict and you will be seeing narrow pant legs on this girl for a while.  I also love leather riding pants tucked into riding boots and a long jacket or cardigan.  You may see a fringed jacket in the mix for Fall but I am really working hard to have a uniform that makes packing and getting dressed each day on my travels so much easier.  My ultimate goal is to travel with a carry-on only and not check any bags.  I’m not there yet……

 5.  Favorite shoes for walking?

I love a short flat-heeled boot like this Valentino and also Sam Edelman flats.  They mold to my feet and I can pack at least 6 pairs without taking up hardly any precious suitcase space. 

6.  Do you like to wear a hat?  If so, what brand? 

I am Fedora gal and I really like the ones offered by Rag and Bone.  My favorite one for Fall is this one! 

7.  Favorite shops?

I would love to tell you that I have so much time to shop on my travels, but most of the time I am working.  When in Dallas though I love Forty Five Ten (www.fortyfiveten.com) and Neiman Marcus .   I was a buyer for Neiman’s in my twenties, I am still very loyal to their stores and their brand.  I buy most of my shoes there (I'm a huge Stuart Weitzman and YSL fan) and order almost everything online since I know how all of my favorite brands fit.  I often shop for major purchases mainland and pick up accessories and shoes while traveling.

8.    Favorite place to stay?

I have never been to Spain and since our trip is orchestrated by Cosentino, I’m not quite sure yet where we will be staying.  However, I look forward to enjoying the hotel restaurants and bars of Madrid and Barcelona and I hear the views from the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona are the best.

9. Favorite restaurant for dinner?

I am dying to try out one of the rooftop restaurants while in Barcelona to enjoy a meal with friends and views of the city.  Some of my plans also inclue visiting Hotel Duquesa De Cardona.  

 10.  Favorite street side lunch spot?  

I plan to enjoy the tasty tapas and gastro bars in Madrid and haveSergiArola http://www.sergiarola.es/on my list of places to make reservations.  I'll report back once I visit and let you know what I loved on my blog so make sure you check out my blog in September after my trip!  

11.      Favorite drink   

My Favorite drink is a  Caipirinha

12.      Favorite off the beaten path spot? 

 I can’t wait to shop the markets and plan to bring home canned meats and local delicacies I can’t find in Texas.  I'm really great at finding the hidden gems in every city.  I do my homework and travel fully prepared to find the hot spots only the locals know about.

13.      Favorite souvenirs to bring home?

Shoes, Shoes and More Shoes.  And olive oil and sherry
 vinegar for my favorite chef – Mr. M.

14.      Any other interesting activities or things you
 find special about this place you would like to share? 

The architecture is one of the greatest draws and I plan to experience every ounce of Gaudi I can.

Thank you Denise McGaha for sharing with us today!  Have a great trip!
We cannot wait to hear all about it!

Make sure to visit Denise's blog "Design on a Deadline" in September after her trip where she will dish on all the fun she had in Spain!  I'm so jealous!  I plan to live vicarously through Denise's trip with Consentino. 

Follow Denise on her social channels

twitter, Pinterestinstagram 
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Lisa Loves" Barr-Co. Products from Perry Clark Home!!!

I get asked daily to promote products for companies.  So much so, that I have decided to start a new series called "Lisa's Loves" where I will be posting about products I have tried and loved.  I get requests to post about thousands of products and don't.  Let's get one thing clear, if I post about a product it is because I find it worthy.  The products I post about will not always be items that have been sent to me by companies, sometimes my post will be about products I have found while shopping either locally or online.  

   Recently, I received a box from Perry Clark Home of Barr-Co. Apothecary Products. The handsome grey box arrived carefully wrapped in satin ribbon perfect for gift giving.  Inside the box, were three products from the Barr-Co. original scent collection.  The items were a diffuser, pure vegetable hand soap and shea butter lotion.  I immediately liked the look of the vintage style packaging.  As a designer, the way a product looks as equally as important as the quality of the product.  Call me extravagant, but I don't typically go for the grocery style style brands.  Who wants a bright green labeled product that doesn't match your home decor, right?  Barr-Co products are so pretty, I would happily display them in my home or in the home of a client.  I will also be sending out some of these products for future gifts.  

-Co. Hand Soap, Lotion & Diffuser
: The natural liquid hand soap is created with plant extracts, soothing botanicals, and oatmeal extract to create a gentle and moisturizing soap to cleanse and lightly scent the skin. The body lotion is made with aloe, shea butter, cucumber and colloidal oatmeal to soothe the skin while creating a protective barrier
 that helps retain moisture. Thick river reeds absorb the infused oil and thoroughly disperse the dreamy scent of milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetiver. 8 oz. $110

The pure vegetable hand soap and the shea butter lotion come in a cute little wire basket perfect for sitting beside a sink. 

 Here's a close up of the attractive vintage style labels 
on the apothecary goods. 

The Barr-Co. Original Scent Reed Diffuser includes a reusable glass bottle with thick river redds that gently and thorougly disperse the clean scent of the classic original scent.  Handcrafted in small batches in the U.S.A. 8oz

My sink isn't large enough to display the products in the basket, so I simply sat them on either side of the sink.  Arent' they attractive?

I truly loved these products and think you will as well.  Barr-Co apothecary from Perry Clark Home will be a consideration for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts and other times I want to remember someone special!

"Would you like to Win" the Hand soap and shea butter lotion in wire basket?  Simply leave a comment below!  One lucky winner will receive these beautiful products.  It's that simple!  If you want to add to your chances, follow PerryClarkHome and Lisa Mende Design on instagram or twitter, and leave in the comments below!

Enter to win your own Barr-Co Products Today!!!

Winner will be announced on Friday, August 21, 2015

Pop over to Perry Clark Home to see their full line of beautiful products!  You will be glad you did!  

About Perry Clark Home:
Launched in late 2014 by Chicago native and former digital media executive, Christine Clark, Perry Clark Home is a meticulously curated e-boutique for inspired living and giving featuring the finest in home goods. Perry Clark Home is comprised of quality lifestyle curations such as hand-made furniture, remarkable seasonal discoveries, kitchen treasures and hand-selected tableware from vetted brands and trusted artisans. For more information, to discover more about our artisans, or to shop the collection visit www.perryclarkhome.com.

If You have products you would like me to blog about, there are several requirements that must be met before I will agree to write about your products on the blog.

1) I don't promote any product without trying the product myself, so first you must send the product being considered to me for consideration.  Email a description of your product with photos to Lisa@lisamende.com

2) I only accept products pertaining to subjects I write about on the blog, which are interior design, house & home, fashion, travel or products that make our life better.  

3) The products must be of highest quality.

4) Products must be able to be purchased online. 

5) The company must supply an extra product for a giveaway.

6) Not all products reviewed will be featured on Lisa Mende Design

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Thibaut's New Collection is Fabulous!


 Thibaut's New "Trade Routes" Collection has just been released!

"Choosing the road well traveled, Thibaut presents the Trade Routes collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and embroidered fabrics. Patterns were inspired by handcrafted and primitive techniques from faraway places."

I was doing a little online research tonight for a client and discovered Thibaut's latest collection called "Trade Routes".  I literally was 
stopped in my tracks at how beautiful these papers are.   The entire
 book is fabulous, but I couldn't name every pattern so I'm 
sharing my favorites with you.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Photo Styling for Traditional Home Magazine!

This week been an exciting week for me.  As a designer, it was
a different kind of excitement than I usually receive.  I'm usually
the one hoping one of my projects gets picked up by a 
magazine, but this time my role in the project was different.
I was working as the photo stylist, not the designer.  Sometimes
magazines hire photo stylist to come in to assist the photographer.
This project was one of those times.  This closet wasn't an ordinary closet.  It was an entire room with beautiful features.  My job wasn't to change anything the designer had done but rather to enhance the
room with flowers and objects to further tell the story.  

I have done photo styling for myself and for other designers,
but this was the first time a major shelter magazine had hired me to photo style for one of their projects.  Krissa Rossbund was the producer of the project, so I followed Krissa's direction in styling the project.  She is a pro at what she does and so nice.  The day of the shoot, I worked along with photographer, Dustin Peck whom I have worked with for the past few years, so it was a very comfortable working situation.   I love working with Dustin, not only is he is an extremely talented photographer, but he has a gentle nature and a dry wit.  He always makes me laugh.  He never gets upset if I say, "can we reshoot so I can move that drapery panel 1/8" of a nano inch.  The designer, Gray Walker, was a pleasure to met.
She works right here in the same city I do, but we had never met.

If you have never done a photo shoot, you cannot comprehend the
tediousness of getting the right angles to explain best a room for
publication.  If you have done shoots, you know what I mean.  The right angle or right light can make a room dull or spectacular.  Dustin is
a true artist as what he does so working with him is sheer joy.  
The day we finished shooting I came home to my husband asked "what did you do today" and I said "I photo styled a closet" for a magazine. 
"A closet," he asked?  I said "yes, but this isn't just any closet, it is a
mega closet."  

Imagine my delight, when I got a message from Krissa Rossbund, of Traditional Home, that Gray's closet had made the cover!  I was so excited for her and thrilled that Dustin and I had gotten a shot worthy of the cover. 

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