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7 Sep

SoFortWorthIt LOVES Design

Growing up a Dunaway gave me the advantage of being exposed to fine interiors and furnishings. My parents had impeccable taste, and because of that, I was unknowingly conditioned at an early age to appreciate the history of antiques and architecture. I have many fond memories of taking antique shopping trips, local and abroad, and even sitting in on meetings to help make decisions with my mom and renowned designer, Gerald Tomlin, former appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.

Gerald Tomlin. IMAGE- D Magazine
Gerald Tomlin. IMAGE- D Magazine

Although I’m not a decorator by profession, I have a keen eye when it comes to interior design and achieving a look that people fall in love with. I can’t wait to share my decorating tips, styling tricks, and trade secrets with you!

Smith home living room deep

Being married to a guy who used to build homes as a profession has its benefits too. We recently finished a remodel in our home, and as soon as I have our newly decorated basement professionally photographed, I’ll take you on a tour. In the mean time, here are a few pictures before and during reno. Since my husband was the general contractor, and because my opinions were heavily involved, it was definitely one of the more difficult projects he had taken on. Imagine that!

Some of you might be asking if I have an interior designer who helps me. The answer is an emphatic yes!! I have several talented people who I consult and bounce ideas around with. Each one of them brings an important aspect to the table to help me make the best decision on rolling forward with a project.

HOME and GARDEN TOURS! Holy moly we are going to have some serious home tours and garden tours. We all know everyone likes to take a peek inside a fabulous home, right? Well, this is the place to fulfill all your voyeuristic desires, cause I have visited and seen some of the best of the best! There’ll be so much eye candy, you won’t know what to do with yourself!

Is your home designed to the smallest detail? Do people walk in and immediately ask for your decorator’s number? Then your home should be featured in SoFortWorthIt! Email [email protected] to show off your amazing home sweet home.

2 Sep

SoFortWorthIt LOVES Style

Growing up, I lived for designer clothes and labels. I subscribed to several popular fashion magazines and when Madonna’s popular song “Vogue” hit the charts, I immediately struck a pose.

I fondly remember going on wardrobe-shopping trips to Dallas with my mom, attending Chanel and Escada fashion shows while in college and even having made-to-measure clothing starting in high school.

Christian Lacroix
With my mom at one of my bridal showers, wearing Christian Lacroix, 2000.
Rocking a collection of 80's threads with some Janet Jackson inspiration, 1989.
Escada Couture
Escada Couture for a sweet 16th birthday, 1990.
Ralph Lauren
Sporting classic Ralph Lauren my freshman year of college, 1994.
Adrienne Vittadini
Strutting Adrienne Vittadini and big gold accessories on the Stella Solaris, Greece, 1993.

My style growing up, and to this day, is very similar. I love a good novelty print, and I put my money towards timeless pieces, which allows me to wear my stuff for years. Yes, I have many articles of clothing in my wardrobe that I’ve been wearing for more than 10 years. I know, blasphemy, but I tend to lean more towards the frugal side of shopping. If I’m going to spend the money on high quality, long lasting threads, I want to stretch that dollar far.

Libertine
Libertine can be worn with just about anything, Neiman Marcus, 2016.
Escada
Dressy casual Escada pant suit for an evening event, Cook Children's, 2012.
Sheridan French
Sheridan French is the perfect attire for a private concert, Vegas, 2013.

Most days you’ll find me sporting athleisure-wear in and around town. I like to refer to this as “carpool fashion”. Although I’m mostly a casual gal, I always enjoy special occasions when I get all dolled and put on the dog.

I’m so excited you’re joining me on the front row at the show! I know you’ll love what I have to share with you in SFWI Loves Style! From affordable garments all the way to ridiculously over priced couture, I’ve got you covered from head to toe!

SoFortWorthIt is all about THAT LOOK! From classic staples to the newest on-trend items, I love it all! If you’re interested in collaborating, contact [email protected] and we’ll strut our stuff around town!