PROJECT UPDATE // Design Via Dexter

Happy Monday folks!  I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and is ready to start to the week off right.  I’m really excited to share some updates on my project #DesignViaDexter!

As you know, I’ve had the pleasure of decorating a living/family/dining room in a home located all the way down in Southern Missouri (About 3 hours away from St. Louis).  For the past few months the client and I have been working on selections through e-mails, text messaging, and a few visits from her to St. Louis.  The space finally got to a point near completion and I made the long journey down to see it in person for the first time.

I pulled up to the beautiful home in a Jeep full of goodies to style the joint up.hg2I was felt like Santa.  Or a one-woman Sanford and Sons.  Regardless, I brought a LOT of options.

I think it turned out really great and I can’t wait to show off the professional pictures that my friend Megan Thiele took.  She is amazing.  She even does dog portraits, see?

MeganGah! SO CUTE.

In the meantime, I have some of my signature crappy iPhone pictures to share with you.  I can’t leave you COMPLETELY hanging, can I?

My favorite area is the dinning room.  The client had already selected the chandelier, dining room table and chairs, as well as the buffet.  I added poppy hued grasscloth to the walls, a white lacquered bamboo Pagoda shaped mirror (I’ve been dying to use one for evahhhhhh!) and a pair of ginger jar lamps. J’dore.

hg7Oh yea, and a zebra rug under the table.  Duh.hg9My second favorite spot in the space is the living room coffee table.

I am madly in love with this table, and how it’s styled.

When decorating, I can’t get enough of big, beautiful, coffee table books (too bad I didn’t feel this way about text books in college) and like to surprise clients with new ones that reflect their interests.  This client loves fashion, and travel that includes poolside cocktails, so I surprised her with Miles Redd’s “The Big Book of Chic” and Slim Aaron’s “Poolside.”  I popped on a gold orb on top, added fresh flowers and candles. Boom!  Easy peasy.hg12It’s pretty fuzzy (again, crappy iPhone pics) but you can get a lil peek of the FAB Society Social throw pillows I added to the existing Chesterfield sofa.  Behind this seating area is an informal television viewing area.  My client painted her parent’s old cabinets and made a fabulous console underneath the TV and we installed a gallery wall around it.  You might be able to make out the Pink Pagoda’s red Ginger Jar print.hg11Bamboo shades were added to all of the windows and doors, then we had the navy and white horizontal striped curtains.  I love them large.  hg10I commissioned a ginormous abstract painting for over the fireplace by  a very, VERY talented local artist (message me if interested in source).  It’s titled “Veuve Rurale” and it’s amazing.hg1A pair of poppy velvet wing backs live on either side of her.hg4The foyer console table got some love by way of Jessica’s Beverly II print.  hg8hg13All and all, it was a success and I can’t wait to see the fancy pictures.

The fun didn’t stop after work though, oh no.  I have a good friend who lives  about a mile away from my client.  Super random, right?  We all went over to celebrate in his mansion home and I had my first ever sample of Dom Perignon.

It was amazing, but I will not revel how many we went through, I will only say it was more than one….hg15All further pictures from that evening have since been deleted.

I will share one picture that I took the next morning before leaving.  It is the most beautiful, large scale portrait he had commissioned.  If you look closely, you can see a man (my friend) walking through a cotton field under the moonlight.afterlightMy picture doesn’t even give it a sliver of justice, but you can get the idea of how incredible it is.

Please stay tuned for the “official” reveal with Megan’s pictures. I can’t wait!

If you are interested in working with me to decorate your home, please e-mail me at  I’d love to hear from you!



  1. OMG, I love it all!!! That pink grasscloth, the pagoda mirror, all the blue and white, and the Beverly print!!! SWOON!!!!

    • Awwwww, thanks sweetie! That grasscloth is more of a reddish/orange/poppy color. It doesn’t photograph well and that makes me sad, but is is GORGEOUS in real life. My client says she feels like she’s in a jewel box. 🙂

  2. Loving all your beautiful blue and white touches….great mirror too! Blue and white lamps are always a great idea!

  3. That is one swanky space! I love grasscloth and all of the blue and white porcelain.

  4. Lovely!!!!! I adore the division of the space. I am envious of your “social” afterwards. Now I can’t wait to see the pro photos

  5. Fabulous job lovey!!! DYING over that grasscloth! Reminds me of what Ross/ Mil.Dol.Dec fashioned for his client in hot pink! Such a statement color, DEFINITELY something clients would be too scurrrred to spec on their own so BRAVA love! Can’t wait to see the pro pix and detailed vignettes!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

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  6. Patty and Mike says:

    You convinced me that I NEED GRASSCLOTH!!! – Maybe in the next room you do for us? I love how you did the furniture layout in that huge room – a section for the kids to watch TV and a place for Mom and Dad. Brilliant use of color!

  7. Beautiful rooms. Looks like a fun job!

  8. OH WOW!! I am crazy for what you’ve done here, Jessie! And, you used a print! Thank you! I can’t wait to see more photos of this room. That vignette with the mirror and the lamps! LOVE.

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