April 25, 2011

Movin' and Shakin'

Love a white wall. The best canvas. Those candelabra drawings are awesome.

That cross! I've saved this for a while. It reminds me of my artist friend Cameron in New Zealand who makes cool crosses, and 3 D ones too.

In other news, made progress on the assistant front! More news about that to come later. Traveling all week, for work and for fun. Looking forward to catching up with blogging pals and college pals. I most likely won't be blogging the rest of the week. I have to hardcore learn Tuesday-Thursday about making draperies. I promised Jessica I'd take notes. Then starting at 4am on Friday I'll be addicted to the Royal Wedding until they cease footage, (and if this country shows the Royal Wedding like they show the Olympics, we're all completely screwed...hear that NBC? you STINK at major event coverage). The rest of the weekend is major major tons of wine, poolside, blue skies, the coolest CU alumni girls ever, bachelorette fun, discussing every celeb life we can think of, and laughing galore. Spring Break 2011. I can't wait. Then it ends with touring my pal Sally's house in West U in Houston, y'all should check it out, her house is fab and totally worth seeing in person!

ps. Coolidge said no, he just likes doing it for fun and wants to remain anonymous. But I'm going to email him again, and tell him he can wear a ski mask when he comes over. Maybe just maybe he'll change his mind.
April 21, 2011

Street Art

OK, here's the deal. About six months ago Tim and I watched, Exit Through The Gift Shop. Super cool film. We were obsessed, and SO entertained. We are still unsure if Banksy created the film or not, (probably), watch it and let me know what you think. Anyway, as a result we started paying attention to street art. And for those of you that think it's tacky and bad, stop reading now and check back in tomorrow, because I'm a huge fan. I feel like my parents generation and grandparents generation can't get on board and don't 'get' it, but like I said, I totally dig it.

Anyway all around town (more downtownish) I have been seeing these great little pieces that totally make me smile. I feel special when I see them because I feel like I am the only one who knows where they are and that they are there. Then I found out my best buddy and drapery workroom rockstar/partner Jessica knows about them too and we've seen a few new ones together! We started telling each other where different ones were and snapping pics when we'd find a newer one. This is why I love my part of town, it's urban, a little bit cool and edgy for ole Houston.

ANYWAY. While Tim was in Brazil last week, I discovered the flamingos! How have I missed these flamingos?! I run/bike by them all the time! OH man! I was so fired up. The penguins were my favorite until I found that pair of sassy sassy flamingos. Sometimes Tim has the.best.ideas. I don't give him enough creative credit because he's the engineer and I'm supposed to be the creative one. BUT, in this case, Tim came up with a super cool idea. He's like, "Meg, let's find that guy and commission him to do a piece in our house on one of our white walls." Brilliant. I already emailed Coolidge. I have the wall ready. What do you think? I'm praying 'C' is super cool and more accessible that Mr. Banksy who is kinda impossible (watch the movie, you'll get what I mean).

yikes bad blurry iphone pic

That Boston Terrier is PRECIOUS.

So...what do you think? Fan or notafan? My advice to you, go out there, keep your eyes peeled, there is beauty to be seen around town where you least expect it! Let me know when you see the raccoon and T-rex! (there are a lot of other good surprises out there!)

If Coolidge agrees, what the heck should I get him to do? Coolidge..if you're out there, you're my fave :)
April 20, 2011

Colors of Paris

April 19, 2011

LeSueur Interiors Intern/Assistant Wanted

Hi Friends. I'm swamped. I need some help. This is a job ad. If you love your job, tune in for more pretty photos tomorrow.

Are you or anyone you know looking for a summer internship or part time job? I'm looking for someone to help me with design projects about 10-20 hrs per week. This magical assistant/life saver needs to be proficient in CAD and Photoshop, and have a keen (very keen) interest in design, fashion, blogging, magazines etc. All the fun stuff I consume myself with everyday. It's very fun but not that glamorous, there is a lot of running around, and unfortunately it will not make you a millionaire. I'm pretty much a major ball of energy and need someone to help me stay organized. Basically this is a job that involves a little of everything, pulling fabrics, picking up samples, helping out on installs, attending meetings on job sites and with vendors, CAD work, Photoshop projects etc. You'll learn a lot about a small design business and about the drapery making business. And we'll laugh a lot. And occasionally have a margarita or spiked arnold palmer in the late afternoon. Please email me if you think this is something you can handle or might enjoy! meg (at) lesueurinteriors (dot) com

xxx M

ps, random fact about me - I really love the Beatles and have even been to their museum in Liverpool...I'll tell you about it in the interview.
April 18, 2011

Le Labo - Santal 26

New York was so much fun, as always. This morning I'm in recovery/survival mode. So tired and a 'to-do' list a mile long. First thing's first, I unpacked my new candle, Le Labo's Santal 26. Amazing. I had to pop into the Soho store after reading in this month's W magazine about how Le Labo is now making Santal 26 in an eau de parfum because of its popularity. I picked up the candle poured for just for us, 'The Lonergans' (they personalize it on the label for you) and had the best time enjoying all of their scents in their super cool old school 'lab'. I also fell in love with their mens scent Bergamote 22, next time I'm in the city, and before I do too much damage, I'm picking that up. The natural essences they use to mix their fragrances come directly from Grasse in France and although incredible, are not inexpensive!

Their Gaiac 10, which is only available in Japan, is temporarily available in New York to aid the tsunami relief efforts, 100% of the profits are donated. It was absolutely incredible too, but runs you about $400.

I would attempt to describe Santal's scent to you, but Le Labo feels that the message 'explaining kills art', (a sign recently spotted on a street in Chelsea), also applies to perfume. So I recommend experiencing it for yourself!

In other candle news, the LeSueur Interiors: 'Printemps' candle is en route right now and will be available to purchase as soon as next week. I'll have them at Urban Market on May 15 in Houston. It's the type of candle you can use in your kitchen, perfect for spring/summer. Pink grapefruit, jasmine and orange blossom, it's light, fresh and airy. I'm big on candles because they add so much to the atmosphere and 'feel' of your house..it's the easiest and cheapest way to totally spruce up your home!

April 12, 2011

Public Service Announcement

So sorry about the blog photos being MIA the last two days. Hum, might have to stop using photobucket, obviously. I'm back for your regularly scheduled program. Except I'm going to New York first first thing tomorrow morning. Can't wait to roam the streets, shop, laugh, watch good friends say 'ido', see my husband (he's been in Brazil since last weekend) and just enjoy being a newyorkcitygirl for a few days. So I'll be back after that. Promise.

Now, other orders of business,

Y'all know about this right? Ok good. Just checking.

If not, go down to your nearest nail place and ask for the 'Romantique'. You'll thank me later...approximately three weeks later when your manicure is still looking amazing. Go ahead, treat yourself. You deserve it. My good friend Abeer wears that hot sexy red, 'wildfire' all the time. I have also done the OPI gel nail, 'Bubble Bath'. It's really good too. These hard as rock nails come in handy when you slam your finger in a trunk door, which is what happened to me today. If I would have known I would have chosen the nice 'navy blue'/'so black it's almost green' shade to match the now color of my pointer finger. In fact, I have no clue how I'm even typing right now. That's all folks, just a little 'fyi'. See y'all next week! x
April 11, 2011


This is in the Coquette dressing room in Houston:

What Would Kate Wear? As in Kate Moss. Brilliant. I love that, my new mantra as I shop. I had a fun impromptu shopping trip with a good friend yesterday and got a few new spring pieces just in the nick to time to take to New York later this week.

I bought these shorts. They look exactly like these Olivia's got on. So cute.

This jacket. It's a little Chanel-esque. Fits like a glove. Cute with the shorts. Looks a lot better in person than with these gross-too-tight khaki pants.

These shoes are so sexy. I didn't get them, but I think I need to go back. I didn't get these either, but I think I need them too. I live in wedges in the summer.

So excited over this tote! It's pretty big, which is dangerous - that means it gets filled up and stays pretty messy...but worth it, great for trips.

What are you buying for spring?
April 8, 2011

A Few Friday Ideas...

Love this breakfast table idea. Find an old beat up farm table, plop a big marble top on it.

Paint an old piece of furniture some crazy color. Huge impact. I'm very into purple these days. See how fun decorating is?

Mix your prints. Pokadots and Cheetah? Risky and fabulous!

images: here, here and here

April 7, 2011

High Gloss Issue II

Make sure you check out the second issue of High Gloss! There is a little feature on me and LeSueur Interiors in there called Designer Dossier! Thanks Paloma! I really enjoyed seeing Houston designer Cathy Echol's house, especially that big Buddha head near her pool....gorgeous, and that total whack job chandelier. So fun and different!
April 6, 2011

Spring-ing Up Your House

I had no clue what to blog about today, (well, I could have blogged about my LIVE audition video yesterday with HGTV, but I'll save that for another day...I'm still a little hungover, I drank a half a bottle of wine to 'relax' before, and I am feeling guilty since I cheated badly, I gave up booze for Lent...) Anyway, I asked my sweet friend, we'll call her 'Tina', if she had any requests for a blog post today. Tina said that her house felt stale after Christmas, so much that she's still burning a Christmas candle! Oh no! We can't have that now can we?

Ok. Time to spring up your house. Here's what you need to do.

1. Change out your pillows. Put those same ones you've had on your sofa and bed for ages in the closet and try out something new for a change. Maybe set aside all those autumn-y colors and choose a completely different color or scheme this time. They don't have to be all the same or so matchy-matchy. They can be a lot of colors, Anthro's always mixing it up, see this bed in their shop!
This is Tina's new spring bed, inspired by Anthropologie! SO cheerful and fun right? Yea, I know, Tina's really smart and she reads 'Freakonomoics' in her spare time, I have design mags all over my bed and no books, I should take this little spring time suggestion from her and start reading actual books.

2. Go buy some plants. Indoor plants, flowers in pots. I just bought a huge fig tree that I'm LOVING. I copied my client after I put one in her house! Maidenhair ferns are sweet, succulents, orchids etc; put these plants in your bathroom, in your laundry room, in unexpected places that will make you feel happy when you see them. These little $3 succulents from Ikea have been thriving on my kitchen windowsill for a long time.

3. Start washing you bed linens and towels in this stuff. Heavenly. Available at Walgreens, or online here. It's doing little things like this that improve the quality of your life! Also, always buy cage free organic eggs. That doesn't really relate, it's just a reminder.
Go now and spring-up your house!
April 5, 2011

See Beauty in All Things

Ready to see some Round Top casualties? I promised I'd share. These are my junk buy... 1950's chair and sofa for my deck. My partner-in-crime spotted them!I had the Dubai ladies over (my mother-in-law and her long time friends from living in Dubai were all here for the week having fun), and they just about fell out when I took them outside to admire our new outdoor furniture. One of them laughed and asked me if I was sure I didn't get it out of her 'give away' pile when she was moving back here from the middle east! I think one of them said she had the exact same set when she lived in Bahrain in the early 80's. I think they thought I was absolutely CRAZY for spending money on this junk! Oh lawd! I'm going to attempt to scrub the mold and dirt off of the frames, if they don't return back to their beautiful bamboo glory then I am pretty sure I'll paint them black. I'm thinking I'll do simple upholstery, maybe contrast piped in black, with fun fun cushions. There is lots of lounging to be had over here at Chez Lonergan! And now, if I can get my act together and find a table (the concrete one I had quoted is a little out of budget, I'm going to save that one for when I have a pool for it to by!), Tim and I can start the tennis club we've been wanting to start for the past two years! (Remember we have Wimbledon in our back yard) We practiced on Sunday night, Tim said I have a 'mean backhand', watch out!

April 1, 2011

Kitchen Talk

Isn't this pretty?

I worked yesterday with a good friend/client on her upcoming kitchen renovation. We talked about upper glass front cabinets. And stainless. And white. Honed black granite counter tops. Then I saw this picture today...pretty pretty.


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