October 21, 2010
by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Design
I started off the week thinking about bathtubs. I suppose the fact that DH is off hunting in South Dakota for a week doesn’t help my need for a relaxing dip. I love these baths that might help me relax.
Are you ready to fall in love with your bathroom again? October is National Kitchen & Bath Month. Luxury For The Home can give you a bath that brings a smile to your face in the morning, and leaves your friends talking about it for weeks. Call 281-701-2461 for a complimentary consultation.
October 19, 2010
by Leslie Hassler
Do you love books? I do, so much so, my husband gave me a Nook earlier this year. As much as I love the convenience and portability of it, I still crave holding a book, hearing the rustling of the pages as the story sucks you in. So today’s post on about your book cases. This seems to be a common problem for my clients, so let’s look at some beauties.
Step 1 – Take everything off the shelves and give it a good dusting.
Step 2 – Organize – either by subject or by color or by size. Doesn’t really matter, but I tend to group items by subject and books my color. For the books, I’d recommend weeding out paperbacks – they don’t tend to stand well and their spines tend toward unattractiveness.
Step 3 – Decide what style you want your bookcase to have. Colorful? Calm? Collected? Library? Find a photo in a magazine or online that represents the look you’d like.
Step 4 – Fill in the gaps. You may find that you are low on quality-looking books, or don’t have enough accessories – so fill them in. I love great look books that you can find at your local bookstore, or even “books-by-the-foot/yard”.
Helpful Hint: Real Simple’s Guide to quickly cleaning your bookcase.
Enjoy your home and your bookcase – just in time for the holidays. When you are ready to spice up your home for the holidays, call Luxury For The Home, 281-701-2461 to schedule an appointment.
October 18, 2010
by Ali Adams
Do you ever walk into your bathroom and wish it were bigger and of course prettier? I do almost on a daily basis. Normally it is when I am standing behind my husband waiting to get in front of the sink. I keep thinking I can figure out how to get a double vanity in there, but in reality I think we will probably move before I ever get there. So when we do move guess what will be my main focus? The Master Bath.
There are so many master bathrooms that I love and here are some that I think have some really great ideas.
1. Even though it is not a master bath I think this bath has lots of character. This would have been awesome when I was a teenager!
2. This bathroom has such great natural light, I would love getting dressed in here.
3. This one is so elegant and spacious! I can just imagine myself soaking in the tub with a nice glass of wine. I love the wood paneling, it is so unique for a bath.
4. This bath looks and feels fit for a princess with the dressing table and all. I think anyone would enjoy spending their mornings in here.
October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, call Luxury For The Home to create the master bath you have always wanted.
October 15, 2010
by Leslie Hassler
One of my most favorite posts this week was Wednesday’s post about Your Style With A Side Of Green. While I was researching for our newsletter this week, I came across this home as featured in Veranda, the Eco-Manor. Click here for the article, or here for EcoManor. Enjoy these highlights –
Enjoy your home and your weekend. We will see you on Monday!
October 14, 2010
by Ali Adams
Do you ever look at your kitchen and just think it is kind of boring? The easiest and most cost efficient way to revitalize your kitchen is to replace your hardware. You can go from super elegant to way quirky. I tend to be a little on the quirky side and as a matter of fact the last house I owned had forks and knives as the hardware which were always great conversation starters at all gatherings.
Here are a few that I think would really spice up a kitchen. I especially like the the Kitchen ID Series from Notting Hill. They would really make life easier when instructing my husband in the kitchen!
Kitchen hardware can make a huge statement.
Call Luxury For The Home to help you make a statement in your kitchen to live life well.
October 13, 2010
By: Lauren Ballas – LEED AP
A green home isn’t a mud hut with a chimney in the middle and it certainly doesn’t have to be the sterile type of modern design that we are seeing everywhere. I am going to show you 3 case studies of LEED residences that don’t require you to compromise your style. These studies should give you a taste of what a “green” home should entail!
#1 Rosewood Hills – Columbia, South Carolina
Affordable homes that come in your style!
We all ask the question…will I be able to afford a green home? This project is just one of many that focus on affordable LEED for Homes housing! Pricing starts in the $170’s. The developers included efficient irrigation, use of low VOC products, dual flush toilets, and high efficiency windows. Even better, they integrated a program that educates the homeowners on how to operate and maintain their green homes!
Above: Just look at these green homes! At first glance, you wouldn’t believe they were Gold Certified LEED Homes. The details are simple, yet highlight the ever so timeless colonial style!
#2 REAL Model Home – St. Petersburg, Florida
The builders’ goal was to show that a home of any style could be truly green!
Most of the green features in this home were designed around the climate, which I am sure those of us living in Houston can appreciate! The design maximizes the natural light while minimizing the passive solar heating and additionally allows for natural ventilation. The steady airflow reduces the need for air-conditioning and heating! This strong and efficient home was built to withstand extreme weather and the insulation is even a soy-based formula!
Above: This beauty radiates an open seaside design with a hint of contemporary. It’s the perfect place to feel safe, enjoy the warmth, and soak in the healthy environment…inside and out.
#3 Villa Trieste – Las Vegas, Nevada
As green as you can be!
Even though Pulte Homes had ambitions for Platinum, they did not have any intentions of giving up the wants and needs of homebuyers! Technology permits these homes to have added energy efficiency which ends up reducing energy use by 55%. The recycling program reduces construction waste by 75% and contributes to the affordability of the home!
Above: This Mediterranean style home doesn’t scream green at all. The muted blues and browns give the home an open, cool, and calming effect. Comfort and taste go hand in hand with greening your life!
The options for “green building” are endless; however, all you have to do is make smart choices and decide on what is important for your home. Just remember, you don’t have to compromise “your style” in order gain a little “green”!
October 12, 2010
by Leslie Hassler
Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite posts from a blog called, PS I Made This. Now this wasn’t my own find, it came courtesy of this month’s Lucky Magazine. Erica Domesek pulls together some gorgeous mood boards. I picked my favorite three for you. Click through to see what Erica made.
Enjoy a new way to be inspired to doing-it-yourself.
October 7, 2010
by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer
YEAH – It’s Fall Festival Season in Texas. I know a bit silly, but I love them. Where but Texas can you go to the “Home of the Thump” or say “oompha” in so many cities. For those that love and call Houston home, this is a great weekend.
Last week, we celebrated Oktoberfest with our friends and family – but this weekend hold some goodies for me. The first is The Houston Original Greek Festival. I remember going to this festival as a young’n, and throughly enjoyed the experience.
The second and maybe one of my most favorite festivals is the Bayou City Arts Festival. Now I have to say, I remember when it was the Montrose Arts Festival, so it definitely has grown up since that time. But I enjoy the walk and the views and the crafts for the kids. So which ever you choose, both are very family friendly – so enjoy.
Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Monday.