A New Book Recommendation!!


A bit of business first – thanks so much for all the entries into the “Shop for North Carolina Furniture” contest!!

The winner is Teresa Holt!

Teresa, please email me your address at  

Thank you everyone for entering the contest.


Way back in 2015, I wrote a story about Lucas Eilers, a Houston interior design firm, HERE.   The story was filled with houses designed by the two principals, Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers –  their portfolio was filled with beautiful homes and wonderful designs.


Sarah Eilers and Sandy Lucas, friends since college – they have worked together since then!!!  

And so, when I heard Lucas & Eilers had written a design book, I was excited to see what the duo had been up to these past five years.

In a word?



Titled “Expressive Interiors  - Designing an Inviting Home”           

It’s a wonderful book highlighting all the new work of Lucas & Eilers.  Wow! They really have been busy! 

The book is filled with page after page (a total of 250) of beautiful images.  While the cover is a bit contemporary, the work inside includes classic Houston looks, plus a house in Park City, Utah, a Texas ranch, a high rise penthouse, and a beach house!

The book is divided into two sections – one shows various rooms, while the second shows complete houses.   A bonus section is the two authors’ own houses. 

What did I love?   Personally I loved all the various wall treatments that were used:  hand painted murals and wallpapers to name two.   One favorite is a mural type wallpaper by Barry Dixon for Vervain.  It’s STUNNING!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of that page so you’ll have to buy the book to see how they used Dixon’s paper!

But, I do have images of other favorite designs from the book:

Designed for a young family.   I LOVE the bright green paint against the blue and white transferware.  Love it!!!!!!

The book is filled with beautiful dining rooms.  This chandelier is so pretty and one of my favorite types –  a gilt wooden candlestick and macaroni beads with icicle crystals. 

This dining room shows a handpainted mural of Hermann Park where the owners walk their dog every day.  Such a wonderful idea for a mural!!

I love the blue cabinets, created by Segreto Finishes – and the backsplash tiles under the stove’s hood.

I love this bedroom with its French vibes – of course!!

But, when it was all said and done – this was my absolute favorite image in the book!   The antique canopy is simply gorgeous.  Will we ever tire of sunburst mirrors?  NOOOOOOO!!!!  Never!!!!

To order the book, just click on the photo above!!!

To Lucas & Eilers, thank you for your generosity and support!!!

And to visit the Lucas & Eilers web site, go HERE.