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Cottage of the Month - February 2015

Welcome to James & Jamie's fabulous home in Dallas, Texas...

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Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?

My partner Jamie and I are in the quickly growing Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. This month it will be 5, (gasp, 5 already?), years since we bought this place.

What is your favorite decorating style?

Our friends joke that our style is "Modern-Industrial-Southwestern". I don't think we really have a style. Our house is just full of things we love. I like the American we have a 7 foot-tall Indian Chief scrim and Navajo blankets and rugs. Jamie grew up showing there are his framed prize buckles and a painting of his horse. George Nelson, Heywood Wakefield, and Marcel Breuer pieces share space with Ikea and junk from garage sales and flea markets is sprinkled on top. Is that a style?

Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?

Is Pinterest a good answer? I mean....what can't you find there?

In 5 words or less, your home is?

"Our Favorite Place to Be"

What is your favorite store or flea market to shop at?

There are several great stores here in Dallas for unique pieces. Or junk, depending on how you look at it. White Elephant Antiques, Lula B's, Curiosities, and Dolly Python are some of our favorites. We also try to hit Buchanan''s Flea at Fair Park a couple times a year.

Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:

Group objects in a triangle. Tallest in the middle; shorter to the outsides. It works with just about everything.....OOOHHH yeah, and "You can NEVER have too many".

Your favorite paint color, name and brand:

Martha Stewart "Fawn" went on almost every wall of the house before we even moved any furniture in. Depending on the time of day, it alternates between the color of paper grocery store bags to worn khaki work pants.

What are your favorite things to collect right now?

That's a loaded question. I collect everything: linen postcards, school patches, tin globes, Bauer, Fiesta and Frankoma pottery, Hawaiian shirts, old thermos, Zuni fetish, Pendleton blankets, anything galvanized, western buckles, paint by numbers, lunch boxes, and Jamie tells me that if I buy one more vintage glass ornament he's moving out. (Apparently there's a fine line between collecting and hoarding.)

What is your favorite room in your house, and why?

This may sound strange....but the garage. It's awesome. We lined that walls in cedar and hung barn lights with Edison bulbs last year. When the temperatures aren't too extreme you'll find us out there working on some sort of project, drinking Mexican Cokes and listening to classic rock.

Your next project is:

The bathrooms are just embarrassing. EMMM-BARASING. I'm taking a week of vacation this month just to start on the master bathroom remodel. We can't even fit in the shower and until recently have been using it to store Christmas ornaments. We've already picked the tile (turquoise...don't ya wanna see that?) and a few fixtures. Neither of us have ever remodeled a bathroom stay tuned for that possible disaster.

For more adventures, please check out James and Jamies blog here!

(all photographs provided by homeowners)