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Inspirations Safari- Clay’s Favorite Finds- Winter 2018

Inspiration Safari winter 18

December 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Trend Alert! 2018- 2019 Globally Inspired Living!

Globally inspired living with an eclectic mix is experiencing a moment in our interior design world but has always been a favorite of mine!

This vignette shot of a living room features a global- eclectic mix with layered area rugs and a Classically inspired chair accented with a bone inlay Moroccan side table.CSL Global eclectic vignette LR

The global mix is typically done with lots of bright colors but I think the neutral approach I took here, with lots of textures, is sophisticated and soothing.

I hope you will be inspired to mix it up and add some globally inspired elements to your  home!

Till next time,


August 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm 4 comments

Easy Summer Living; Enjoying the Outdoors!

Outdoor chaiseIt’s time for easy summer living, enjoying the outdoors and the soothing sights and sounds of nature! Garden Living spaces are a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends.

An enchanted outdoor room becomes a peaceful retreat with shimmering water features, the music of wind chimes, the allure of the fire pit and the magic of fireflies. We placed these fabulous lights,, in our shrubbery in the back yard and felt like kids again chasing fireflies with a mason jar!

Outdoor furnishings are available to create your own special rooms for living, dining, entertaining and even sleeping. No longer the old boring outdoor fabric fare of the past; we now have a banquet of new fabrics in colors and patterns that define traditional, exotic, Zen, modern and just about any style your imagination can invent!

I remember my grandmother’s sleeping porch when I was growing up in South Georgia. What a special treat to spend the night and be lulled to sleep with the soft music of the night and the fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine wafting on the warm summer breeze!

Dress out your favorite outdoor rooms with fabrics, furnishings and accessories that reflect the colors of summer. Chartreuse, mint, shades of blue and coral are right in style these days and you are limited only by your imagination and daring! Let nature inspire you……………………………..

Have a fabulous summer and remember to “live life with joy, wonder and style!” 

Clay and Dennis

Outdoor Dining Group

Outdoor Dining Group

June 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Trend Alert! Nail-head Trim Details !

Nail-head trim details are experiencing new-found popularity in the interior design world! Nail-head trim is showing up on accent furniture, chairs, barstools, beds, tables, picture frames and more. Nickel, bronze, brass or black they add a definitive touch to whatever they grace!

limed oak table with nickel nail head detailing

Side table with nickel nail-head accents

Faux leather chest with nail-head detailing

Did you know? Nail head trim dates back to the era between 1560 and 1643 when the French Country style was first introduced during the reign of Louis XIII and has remained popular ever since.

I have pictured here some examples of  furnishings and accents featuring nail-head trim details.
All items shown are available through Clay Stephens Lifestyles. Please contact us for pricing and more info at

storage cube HaFu 090-427

Nail-head trim adorns storage cube stool

Hekm dinging chair with nailhead trim

Nail-head detailing on dining chair

I hope you have enjoyed this brief trend alert on the popularity of nail-head trim! (more…)

April 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Origins of Chintz

Chintz originated in India where it was wood block printed, stained or painted on calico fabric. It was imported by Protugese sailors to Europe in the 1600s. Style consious English women of the 1600s and 1700s re-imagined it and used it for clothing and home decor. It was extremely expensive and rare but over time found its way throughout Europe and America and has remained a perennial favorite since. Google chintz and see the Wikipedia difination- very interesing!

Chintz Brunschwig and FilsThe glazed chintz shown here is a Brunschwig and Fils archival pattern.

November 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

The Chaise Lounge

Chaise LongueDid you know? The chaise lounge (spelled longue, in French), or “long chair” as translated from the French, is a cross between a chair and a day bed and can be used for sitting or reclining and the correct pronunciation is sheyz long. Almost all cultures including the Romans, Egyptians and Chinese developed some form of the chaise lounge. It became considered a “must have” for the stylish home during the reign of King Louis X

I am incorporating  this one into a client’s master bedroom design. This Chaise is from Kravet and is so chic covered in an Alligator patterned, off white chenille fabric!

November 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment


I have always been a fan of timeless, neutral interior color schemes and when left to my own devices will alway treat my interiors this way. I have photos of interiors that I have done as long as 20 years ago and because I used neutrals and clean, simple lines in my furnishings, they still look current today.

I have included a photo of an interior I did within the last several years. Can you tell what year it was designed and in what city?

April 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

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