September 24, 2010Issue No. 41
The Red Vault
September Design Newsletter

Hello ~


Home decorating accessories are personal touches that you add to your home that tell a story about you and create a feeling of warmth and coziness.  First, look through your home and gather what you already own then group these pieces together by theme, material, or color. (A group always makes a stronger statement than displaying each piece individually around your home.)  This will help you decide what you are missing. In choosing new accessories, always look for pieces that reflect your personality.  

Here are some great ideas for personal accessories:
Gather a collection of family photographs and enlarge them - then put them in frames of different sizes and arrange them on the same wall in a unique way.

Use decorative toss pillows to convey a sense of comfort to a room. Feel free to try a mix of patterns, fabrics, and pillow sizes.

Display a collection in a shadow box and hang it on the wall. This is a wonderful attention-grabber and adds depth to a room.

Place small decorative boxes throughout your home on tables or shelves for added dimension.

Visit with The Red Vault dealers' shops for inspiration...

Gilt Bronze Desk Box at Pat Monroe Antiques

Alabaster Grapes at Antiques & Interiors on Dunlavy

Tapestry Pillows at Maison Maison Antiques

Paper Mache Birds at Laura U Collection

Sprinkler Collection at Found for the Home

Amethyst Mineral with Acrylic Base at Sugar Creek Interiors

French Grape Harvesting Hods at MAI

Vintage fence post horse heads at Vestige for the Home

Concrete bulldog statue at Vieux Interiors

Pair of Down & Silk pillows at 3 Houses

Asian Turquoise Pottery Wine Jar at Mecox

Early 20th Century Weather Vane at Chandos Interiors

Sales this week

Laura U Collection is having a Friends & Family Sale through Saturday, September 25th.  To receive your discount all you have to do is tell them the secret code "It's all about The Snouts!"
1840 Westheimer, Houston, Tx  77098

Hours:  Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Jennifer Kalinsky is having a Warehouse Sale this week through Saturday, September 25th from 9am-5pm daily. 
Click Here for the flyer
7030 Mapleridge, Bellaire, Tx  77081
281-546-0278 or


In other news:

I attended the sale at Maison Maison Antiques yesterday - they have a lot of new inventory in stock and the Monka Jewels line was so beautiful!  To see more photos, visit The Red Vault's blog here.

Maison Maison Antiques
2129 Westheimer, Houston, Tx  77098




Imago Dei Studio has moved to a new location!

Imago Dei is a collective of artisans that have worked together over the past decade to carve their name out as the premier provider of murals, finishes, and art in Houston and far beyond.
Imago Dei's New Space 11

Houston Studio:
2525 Robinhood, Suite 1000
Houston, Tx  77005

Austin Studio:
12215 Hunters Chase Drive #9208
Austin, Tx  78729


Click here to link to our design event calendar

Oxford Contractors Tip of the Week

Choosing a contractor is the most important thing to consider during a remodel, addition, home update, and new build project. This will set the tone for the entire project and will save you time, money, and headaches. Some tips for choosing a contractor.


How will you protect my property during the construction?
What does the contractor expect of their employees and subs at the site? Parking, dress, etc
Does the contractor have a current list of referrals?
Has the contractor worked in your neighborhood/subdivision?
How long has the contractor been in business or construction industry?
Is the contractor a BBB member? This really speaks to how they operate their company and conduct business!
Is the contractor is a member of a construction association group, such as NARI, NKBA, or GHBA?
What warranties do you offer?

Observations to notice

Are they professional, organized, timely, and respectful?
Do they answer questions clearly and with facts?
How are the quotes provided?  Detailed or vague -
Are they really listening to me (client)?

Remember a contractor will be in your home and must show the utmost respect for your family, property and time.

 For all your home design and construction needs contact Oxford Contractors.
 or or 713-927-1494.

Stan Chapman
Oxford Contractors, LLC

Please feel free to comment or make any suggestions to

Have a great weekend!

Jackie Sharbrough

The RED Vault

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