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About La Dolce Vita

Paloma Contreras is an interior decorator, tastemaker, and design blogger based in Houston, Texas. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 and her interior design business followed as her readers' interest in her style grew. Paloma has been featured in multiple publications and websites including the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, Apartment Therapy, Rue Magazine, Adore Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and Casa Sugar. Paloma has also worked on special projects with top brands such as One Kings Lane, Bravo Television, American Express, and Hilton Luxury Brands. Recently, Paloma became an online contributor for beloved shelter magazine, Domino. In March 2014, Paloma received the award for Best Overall Design Blog and was inducted into the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame by Traditional Home at the Design Bloggers Conference.

Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style through her work as a blogger, editor, and decorator resulting in an aesthetic that is polished and refined, yet maintains an effortless ease. Paloma's design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style-- gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients' tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.
In her free time, Paloma loves traveling with her husband, Fabian and spending time with their sweet dog, Tate. 
La Dolce Vita aims to bring a fresh, glamorous, and stylish approach to every facet of life. La Dolce Vita's mission is to be your preeminent source for fabulous interior design stories, new decorating ideas, the latest in fashion and accessories, unique perspectives on entertaining, and travel features sure to inspire a case of wanderlust.
For more information on Paloma's interior design services, please visit Paloma Contreras Design. To view Paloma's editorial portfolio, please visit High Gloss Magazine.

Paloma's dog, Tate gets a lot of love around here. He is the resident cutie at La Dolce Vita and he keeps her company while blogging. Tate was adopted when he was just a puppy in May of 2009. He is a Cockapoo, or Cocker Spaniel / Poodle mix. He's smart as a whip and is as affectionate as can be.

Erika Brechtel is a wife, mommy and brand stylist. She designs logos, websites and print pieces for stylish clients. In between it all, she finds time to blog about her latest obsessions in fashion, art and interior design.

Arianna Vargas is a SoCal girl with a weakness for beautiful fabric, stylish storage, and fresh blooms.


Nancy Marcus is a Vancouver-based biology professor by day, design-blogger by night. She falls for regency and 'young traditional' décor, lusts over every piece at J.Crew, and enjoys creating artwork at any chance she gets.

Katie Dalrymple enjoys giving gifts almost as much as she enjoys receiving them. With a knack for finding perfectly unique gifts for people and a passion for interior design, Katie started Blueprint Modern, an artfully curated home accessories and gift boutique. Katie fancies herself a Houstonophile and amateur foodie, and she is unapologetically addicted to her custom Starbucks order and reruns of Castle.

Dominique DeLaney is an interior designer + blogger and a North Carolina native. She has a weakness for all things vintage...and is a habitual brass hoarder. When she's not designing or treasure hunting you can find her playing with her adorable doodle, Harper or enjoying a low key evening with her Mr. 

Nothing makes Erin Hodges, the founder and editor of  Fig + Cotton, happier than watching her friends and family gather together to enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting.  Luckily,  her boutique stationery company,  Fig + Cotton Paperie, helps ensure everyone knows about the party.  In June 2013, she created the  Fig + Cotton blog  to share her passion for cooking and entertaining with a larger audience. Erin lives in Austin with the two most important men in her life, husband, Mat, and, two-year-old son, Rex.

Capella is a Phoenix-based Interior Designer.  Her specialty is designing homes for jet-setting creative types who want a home that feels relaxed, layered, collected, and lived in, never “decorated”.  She has three rescue dogs, loves a good bottle of wine and is always up for a road-trip.  

Valerie McFarland is a banker and lifestyle blogger living in Houston with her husband, David, and her pup, Charlotte. In her free time, she enjoys making her new house a home, sipping cocktails with friends and living life to the fullest.

Two designers, two cities, one blog. Besides running their individual interior design companies on opposite coasts, together, Rebecca June Stringham and Paula Jean McIntosh write their popular blog Sea Island Drive. They share a mutual love of design, fashion, and perfectly spicy salsa.

(BAD) Blog About Design is a blog about architecture, design, and fashion. Our goal is to inform our readers about innovative ways to enhance their home, wardrobe and design outlook with much glamour. At (BAD) Blog About Design we strongly believe you can add as little or as much to your space as you want. Don't follow rules, just do.