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2021-10-12 12:00
Greetings LDV readers, Stefanie Scheer Young here with an installment of Northeast Notebook. There is nothing like a chill in the air to make a reader want to settle into the chair by the… Read More
2021-06-11 12:00
Summer is officially here, and after the past year in quarantine, I have definitely come down with a case of wanderlust. However, with a baby due at any moment, I don’t think I’l… Read More
Friday Five: 06.04.21
2021-06-04 12:00
Happy Friday! It is starting to set in that our baby girl will be here in less than ten days. I know my whole life is about to be turned upside down- but in the best way! That being said, I… Read More
LDV Edit: Memorial Day Sale Picks
2021-05-28 19:44
Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! There are some amazing sales happening this weekend, so it’s a great time to refresh your home, wardrobe or finally purchase that piece of furnitur… Read More
Friday Five: 04.30.2021
2021-04-30 12:40
Happy Friday! It has been quite a long time since I’ve written a Friday Five post. The last several months have been super busy. We’re busier than ever both with design work and… Read More
2021-04-29 12:00
1. Wicker Scalloped Gallery Frame / 2. Millie Dress / 3. Rose Gold Brightening Mask Set / 4. Flower Chandelier Earrings / 5. XL Link Gold-Tone Bracelet / 6. La Rose… Read More
In The Mood: February 2021
2021-02-02 14:39
Lately, I have found myself craving color and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, that means feminine hues of pink and red.   I have always loved the ephemera associated… Read More
The Expert
2021-01-05 13:00
I am thrilled to be among the roster of top design talent (including Michael S Smith, Jake Arnold, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Joy Moyler and more)  on a fantastic new platform called The… Read More
In The Mood: January 2021
2021-01-01 15:58
 {Bunny Mellon’s Townhouse} Happy New Year! With a new year, comes opportunity– a clean slate, if you will. A new year is filled with promise, possibility, and the chance to… Read More
2021-01-01 13:00
Hello, LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style. Here we are mid-January and I’m finally getting into my groove. I started the new year much like I ended the last in a deep… Read More
And Baby Makes Three…
2020-12-29 22:29
In case you aren’t following me on Instagram, I wanted to take a moment to share a very special development with you here. We recently received the most joyous news when we learned tha… Read More
In The Mood: December 2020
2020-12-11 14:35
Red isn’t a color I use all that often. Very rarely do I wear red or use it prominently in the spaces I design for clients, but when I do, it always feels beautiful and glamorous. Know… Read More
2020 LDV Gift Guide: For Him
2020-11-27 16:59
Let’s hear it for the boys! In this week’s gift guide roundup, we’re celebrating the gents in our lives. (In case you missed it, check out all of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guid… Read More
A Different Thanksgiving
2020-11-26 14:58
Happy Thanksgiving! 2020 has been filled with challenges and sadness for so many. It’s been a difficult year for all of us and has forced us to change so many of the things that were p… Read More
2020 LDV Gift Guide: For Children
2020-11-23 20:29
Tiny tots will have their eyes all aglow and find it hard to sleep at night after receiving the playful presents from this week’s gift guide. From enchanting story books to fetchi… Read More
2020 LDV Gift Guide: For The Host
2020-11-17 13:00
One of the most wonderful things about the holidays is spending time with friends and family. While this year may not include the regular invitations for holiday cocktail parties, cookie exc… Read More
2020 LDV Gift Guide: For Her
2020-11-13 13:00
I always find myself really enjoying the process of putting together these LDV Holiday Gift Guides because they are filled with things that I would actually buy, either for myself or fo… Read More
In The Mood: November 2020
2020-11-02 13:00
{My Living Room | Photography by Kerry Kirk} I just love green! I especially love the rich hues like moss, olive, and chartreuse, more so than brighter colors like emerald and kelly green. R… Read More
2020-10-06 12:00
Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style. September was about transitional dressing where I took many of my summer favorites and tweaked them for fall – white jeans wi… Read More
2020-10-05 12:00
{Glamorous Living by Jan Showers | Entertaining Beautifully by Aerin Lauder | Through a Designer’s Eye by Matthew Patrick Smyth} I am legitimately addicted to books and have always bee… Read More
In The Mood: October 2020
2020-10-02 12:00
This month, I am feeling especially inspired by a soft approach– think pale palettes and feminine silhouettes. While my style is always classic, I usually gravitate towards equally neu… Read More
We’re Hiring! Office Manager Position
2020-09-25 12:00
We are on the cusp of growth at Paloma Contreras Design and are seeking a qualified candidate to join our fast-paced office and dynamic team in the role of Office Manager. This will start as… Read More
Designing With Natural Fiber Rugs
2020-09-22 17:30
{I used a sisal rug with a geometric pattern by Patterson Flynn Martin in the room I designed for the 2019 Kips Bay Showhouse. | Photography by Brittany Ambridge} One of the questions I get… Read More
A Note On Style: On To The Next Season
2020-09-14 12:00
Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style. This year, it feels like one season merges to the next with very little change. The usual markers for transitioning to fall have si… Read More
2020-09-01 14:29
{Cameron Kimber} September is a month of transition. The end of summer and the beginning of fall and return to school. Hopefully, our transition into the Post-Covid19 future will begin soon… Read More
A Note On Style: Cocooning In Style
2020-08-13 12:00
Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style with a new guest post in my monthly series. One thing I’m betting on for fall is the continuation of elevated comfort without… Read More
Eternal Eden
2020-08-06 12:00
It’s hard to believe that the Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse will only be open for a few more days. What a whirlwind it has been! Tickets for the house have officially sold out e… Read More
LDV Edit: 30% Off A Favorite Beauty Brand
2020-07-31 13:25
Last fall, I discovered a favorite new serum. I am pretty obsessive about skin care and received a sample of Kate Somerville’s Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Anti Wrinkle Solution when I purch… Read More
A Note On Style: Timeless Summer Staples
2020-07-09 12:00
Hello LDV readers! It’s Karima from A Note on Style with this month’s post sharing the essentials I collect to always have a summer-ready wardrobe. Year in and year out, I rely… Read More
Dissecting The Details: Darryl Carter
2020-07-07 12:00
Hello everyone! Nancy of Marcus Design blog here with you today, sharing another installment of Dissecting the Details. Milieu Magazine held a designer showhouse in Houston in the month of J… Read More
In The Mood: July 2020
2020-07-02 17:15
{Matthew Carter’s Harbour Island Cottage as featured in the July/August issue of Veranda | Photography by Brie Williams} July has always felt like the pinnacle of summer. The heat is i… Read More
2020 ELLE Decor A-List
2020-06-24 15:43
I am truly thrilled, honored, and humbled to share that I have been named to ELLE DECOR’s prestigious A-List for the third year in a row. Being included amongst so many designers… Read More
The 2020 Milieu Designer Showhouse
2020-06-11 12:00
{The Family Room Designed by Darryl Carter} This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever Milieu Designer Showhouse here in Houston. It was so nice to get out of my house… Read More
In The Mood: June 2020
2020-06-08 13:25
{Christopher Maya | Architectural Digest} Can you believe summer is unofficially here and the first half of the year is already behind us? With so many major things happening in the world, 2… Read More
A Different Start To Summer
2020-05-22 15:19
This will undoubtedly be a very different Memorial Day for everyone. While this has always been a day to commemorate and honor those who have given their lives for our country, it also marks… Read More
A Designer Finds Her Dream Home
2020-05-21 14:23
I have known interior designer, Alexandra Kaehler for quite a while now. We first connected in the O.G. blogging days and have kept up with each other on Instagram. We are both designing roo… Read More
A Quick Hello!
2020-05-15 14:38
Happy Friday! I realize there has been radio silence around here this week, so I thought I’d check in quickly. Thankfully, it has been a busy week with client projects and recording th… Read More
In The Mood: May 2020
2020-05-08 13:33
{Caroline Gidiere’s Beautiful Birmingham Home | Photography by Brian Woodcock for Veranda} Isn’t Spring a beautiful season? Everything is verdant and vibrant– filled with p… Read More
A Note On Style: White Feels Right
2020-05-05 13:45
Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style with a new post in the series on my mood for the month of May. Perhaps the easiest way to move forward while everything else remain… Read More
Friday 5: 05.01.2020
2020-05-01 14:29
It’s Friday again! Can you believe it? We’ve made it through a seventh week at home. This particular week has been tough. We would have arrived in Paris yesterday to celebrate Fa… Read More
2020 Mother’s Day Gift Guide
2020-04-28 14:11
Mother’s Day is just over two weeks away, but don’t fret! Whether you are shopping for your own mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or wife, our Mother’s Day gift guide is s… Read More
LDV Edit: 25% Off At Shopbop
2020-04-26 15:42
One of my favorite online shopping destinations, Shopbop is having a major sale with 25% off site wide for Platinum and Gold members starting through Wednesday, April 29th.  So many th… Read More
Friday 5: 04.24.2020
2020-04-24 14:09
Happy Friday! Wait, how is it already Friday again? It feels a bit like Groundhog Day around here. It’s been a pretty busy week. Truthfully, I am extremely grateful for the distraction… Read More
LDV Edit: How To Style Your Coffee Table
2020-04-20 12:00
{Paloma Contreras Design | Houston: Heights | Photography by Kerry Kirk} Coffee tables are a great canvas for displaying some of our favorite things. While they should feel layered, they sho… Read More
Friday 5: 04.17.2020
2020-04-17 12:00
Does anyone else feel like time has become a completely abstract concept as of late? It feels as if time is simultaneously inching by at a snail’s pace yet also flying by so quickly. H… Read More
A Note On Style: Time To Turn The Page
2020-04-13 12:00
Hello LDV readers! It’s Karima from A Note on Style. During the initial weeks of the stay-at-home mandate, I went into hibernation. I embraced a hunkered down state of mind with a list… Read More
Friday 5: 04.10.2020
2020-04-10 14:49
Happy Friday! Can you believe it has been four weeks since we started staying at home? How are you feeling about the increased amount of time at home. In order to keep my mind in a positive… Read More
The Style Files Podcast Is HERE!
2020-04-08 12:00
I live, eat, and breathe design. It permeates every corner of my life. For this reason, there are few things I enjoy more than having conversations with other creatives in the design space… Read More
Design Concierge By Paloma Contreras Design
2020-04-07 22:24
In the midst of our current reality as we work from home and practice social distancing, we are spending more time at home than ever before. It seems that everyone has realized the importanc… Read More
In The Mood: April 2020
2020-04-01 12:00
{Black and White at Paloma & Co} My “In the Mood” posts in April have historically been filled with pastels and verdant hues that echo in the new season. This year feels diff… Read More
What To Wear Right Now: Daphne Wilde
2020-03-30 16:09
As we head into our third week of social distancing and working from home, you may be wondering how to look polished for all of your Zoom meetings and FaceTime cocktail hours without sacrifi… Read More
Dissecting The Details: AERIN
2020-03-26 12:00
Hello wonderful LDV readers! Nancy here, thankful to have this chance to catch up with all of you. Even in these strange and tough times, where it’s sometimes hard to justify things… Read More
The DeGournay X Erdem Collaboration
2020-03-24 12:00
One of the brightest spots in my Instagram feed as of late has come courtesy of the famed Chinoiserie wallpaper manufacturer, deGournay and the fashion house, Erdem who have teamed up for a… Read More
Friday 5: 03.20.2020
2020-03-20 21:24
Happy Friday! Well, does it feel particularly happy to anyone? The bright spot for me today is that it is my dog Tate’s eleventh birthday! If you have read LDV for a while now then you… Read More
LDV Edit: My Favorite Coffee Table Books
2020-03-17 18:43
In light of the fact that everyone is currently self-isolating at home, several people have reached out asking for recommendations on my favorite design books. If we look for the silver lini… Read More
2020-03-16 12:00
I don’t know about you, but in the midst of the uncertainty of the Coronavirus and the isolation of social distancing, I find that beauty and inspiration are more important than ever… Read More
2020 Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse
2020-03-11 19:58
I am honored and thrilled to be the honorary chair for the 2020 Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois this spring! Thirty-nine interior and landscape design… Read More
A Note On Style: Denim Days
2020-03-10 12:00
Hello LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style with a post on jeans, a clothing item I think everyone can relate to. They’re the anchor of my wardrobe. Frankly, when I&rsquo&hell…Read More
Spring Cleaning Sale At Paloma & Co!
2020-03-05 14:27
We are preparing for Spring and are making room for some fresh, new finds by parting ways with some of our favorite pieces at Paloma & Co. Select items are now up to 60% off. Hurry for b… Read More
2020-03-03 13:00
{My Bedroom as Photographed by David Tsay for Better Homes & Gardens} One of my favorite online shopping destinations, Shopbop is having a major sale starting today, Tuesday, March 3rd… Read More
In The Mood: March 2020
2020-03-02 13:00
This post is from the archives. It’s been a crazy past couple of weeks and as I sat down to write a new In the Mood post for March, I didn’t find anything that inspired me quite… Read More
Our Client’s Home In Paper City
2020-02-27 16:45
Paper City just interviewed me for a story about our client’s house in the Boulevard Oaks neighborhood in Houston which sold in the blink of an eye! The house was formerly a duplex and… Read More
Caroline Gidiere’s Classic Georgian Home
2020-02-24 13:00
Birmingham-based decorator, Caroline Gidiere is one of the chicest and kindest people I know. Not only does she have the most beautiful home in Mountain Brook (with hundreds of Instagram pos… Read More
Lust List: February 2020
2020-02-17 13:00
As per usual, the weather in Houston has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Each week it goes from cold to warm to cold again! I have a feeling that spring is just around the corner, though… Read More
Friday 5: 02.14.2020
2020-02-14 23:06
Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been a busy week, especially as I am preparing for a few upcoming trips, so I will keep this short and sweet. Have a wonderful weekend! ONE: The March… Read More
Let The Sunshine In
2020-02-10 13:00
{A Moment in the Room I Designed for the 2019 Kips Bay Showhouse} It feels like the color yellow is having a moment. I noticed some stunning yellow designs on the runways during the latest c… Read More
In The Mood: February 2020
2020-02-03 15:30
Lately, I have found myself craving color and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, that means feminine hues of pink and red.   I have always loved the ephemera associated… Read More
Friday Five: 1.31.20
2020-01-31 13:00
Happy Friday! I love my “Friday Favorites” column and have received a lot of feedback saying that you do, too! However, since the free time I have to focus on my blog has become… Read More
A Fashionable Abode
2020-01-21 16:08
It is no secret that I love houses and frequently fantasize about them. That is part of the fun of being a designer– I get to work on and design many different styles of houses! When i… Read More
Cheers To One Year!
2020-01-16 13:59
After months of working on the store with my dear friend and co-founder Devon Liedtke (not-to-mention years of dreaming about this concept!) we officially opened Paloma & Co exactly one… Read More
California Dreaming
2020-01-14 14:16
We are currently working on a new construction house for a long-time client. We’ve hesitated to call it a “modern farmhouse” lest we evoke visions of HGTV-style shiplap and… Read More

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