October 21, 2010

Living Life Well – Bathtubs

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:42 am by luxuryforthehome

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.

From KBBonline by designer Erinn Valencich

Jacuzzi tub Duetta - Good Golly - can I take a bath here?

Sanijet Pipeless Tubs -Sorry, I really don't want a tub for two. If I am secluding myself...I don't WANT to share.

This is a great setting for a relaxing bath by Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. The champagne is a nice touch, but I prefer a great California Red.🙂

Kohler Expanse Curved Apron Bathtubs. Sometimes, all you have is 5'. So let's make the most of it. The #1 thing I love to say, " I just installed your new bathtub and OMG it's more beautiful than I thought it would be!"

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 20, 2010

Green Living: J’aimerais un morceau vert de Paris!

Posted in art, decorating style, Green Interior Design, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Luxury for the home, Uncategorized at 8:15 am by luxuryforthehome

By:  Lauren Ballas – LEED AP

J’adore Paris!  I have been inspired by the city of love as it’s the hot spot for these vertical gardens.  They add artistic detail and eco-friendly intentions to any bland wall in a city.  The art form can make cities healthy, enjoyable and greener places!!!  I will be traveling to Paris, France the week before Christmas this year and can’t wait to keep my eye out for the vertical beauties!

The Musee de Quai Branly in Paris, France...Vertical Garden

On a smaller scale, with living wall art and sculptures you can enjoy the same effect in your own home.  It doubles as an air purifier and artwork!  My travels have inspired me to find different works of “living art” to go with your homes style!

Living Wall Art

Nature through and through!

The attention to detail in this piece is so enticing!  The color is subtle and the texture sooo rich.  Hang in the most popular room of the house so everyone can enjoy!

Living Wall Art

The Forest Floor!

The layers of plants are fun, flirty and fantastic in this living wall art!  It can give your home the forest floor effect and add natural color and depth to any kitchen or bathroom wall.

Vertical Moss Sculpture

Mimicking Nature with Sophistication!

I have been living in Sweden and visit the forest quite often.  I go specifically for the fresh air and scenery!  This sculpture has all the elements of a Swedish forest combined.  The forests are something out of a fairytale and so is this piece.

Just one of Sweden's forests!

Yes that’s me…The LEEDing Lady! I am living my own fairytale and enjoying all nature has to offer.

Concrete Moss Bust

When in Rome…

This living sculpture reminds me of my travel to Rome, Italy!  If you love traveling as much as I do, this piece would the perfect “green” addition to your home.

October 19, 2010

DIY With Style: Living Room Bookcases

Posted in accessories, Builtins, Cabinets, Design inspiration, DIY with Style, Houston Interior Designer tagged , at 8:15 am by luxuryforthehome

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.

Apartment Therapy's tribute of Domino Magazine's Bookcase Spread

Veranda.com Charlotte Moss Showhouse - Love the grouping by color!

Lonny Magazine - Bookshelf by Designer Ashley Wick. Simple & Superb.

Elle Decor - Todd Klein. I love the playfulness and pop of color in the bookcases.

Elle Decor - Courtney Haden - Traditional Library

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

Monday Inspiration: Bathrooms

Posted in Bathroom, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Master Bathroom, remodeling, Uncategorized at 9:29 am by luxuryforthehome

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!


Bathroom Collections - new Mimo print collections from Laufen



2.  This bathroom has such great natural light, I would love getting dressed in here.


Contemporary Bath by Velvet Hammerschmidt Design



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.


Elegant Contemporary Bath by Joseph Pubilones Interiors, Inc



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.


Traditional Master Bath by Suzanne Furst Interiors


October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, call Luxury For The Home to create the master bath you have always wanted.




October 15, 2010

In Good Taste – Luxury Eco-Living

Posted in Design inspiration, Green Interior Design, Kitchen design, Luxury interior design at 8:13 am by luxuryforthehome

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 –


EcoManor as featured on Veranda.com



EcoManor - Front Parlor as on Veranda.com



EcoManor Lively Living Room as from Veranda.com



EcoManor's princess bedroom as from Veranda.com




EcoManor's clean and fresh kitchen as from Veranda.com



Eco-Manor Veranda as from Veranda.com


Enjoy your home and your weekend.  We will see you on Monday!

October 14, 2010

Living Life Well- Fun Kitchen Hardware

Posted in accessories, defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Hardware, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Hardware, Luxury for the home, Uncategorized at 10:14 am by luxuryforthehome

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!


Notting Hill: Kitchen ID Series


Atlas Homewares: Beaded Knobs, Image Copyrighted by Atlashomewares.com


Soko Studio: Manhandles


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

Living Green: Your Style with a Side of “Green”

Posted in Design Case Study, Green Interior Design, Luxury for the home, Uncategorized at 9:07 am by luxuryforthehome

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! 

Rosewood Hills, South Carolina - LEED Gold Residences

Rosewood Hills Interiors, South Carolina – LEED Gold Residences

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!

REAL Model Home, Florida - LEED Gold Residence

REAL Model Home Interior, Florida – LEED Gold Residence

 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!

Villa Trieste, Nevada - LEED Platinum Residence

Villa Trieste Interior View of the Study, Nevada - LEED Platinum Residence

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

DIY with STYLE: PS – I Made This

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:29 am by luxuryforthehome

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.


Dear Oscar...Thank You from psimadethis.com



The Golden Touch - from psimadethis.com



Clarity Is A Rarity - from psimadethis.com


Enjoy a new way to be inspired to doing-it-yourself.

October 11, 2010

Monday Inspiration: Kitchens

Posted in decorating style, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Design Inspirations, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Uncategorized at 8:34 am by luxuryforthehome

by Ali Adams

As the holiday season starts peaking around the corner I tend to think of all of the holiday gatherings.  As we all know the party always ends up in the kitchen.  The ideal kitchen is different for everyone, but here are a few that have some wonderful entertaining and styling ideas.

1. Zen and Compact: This zen space is compact while still feeling roomy enough to entertain.  I love the large island and breakfast bar because they allow for plenty of gathering space. Can’t you imagine throwing a party here??


A Zen Kitchen by Marguerite Rodgers

A Zen Kitchen by Marguerite Rodgers


2. Clean and Modern: This is a large kitchen with an elegant feel.  I love the streamlined marble counter tops that contrast with the dark wood table. I dream of lazy Saturday mornings at this breakfast table.


A Modern Oak Wood Kitchen in Los Angeles


3.  White and Bright: If I could keep it clean this would be my bright white kitchen.  It just feels subtly glamorous.  I love the idea of a breakfast table built off of the island, it is such a great use of space.


New House, New Kitchen Traditional Home


4.  Classic and Modern: This kitchen is so clean and neat with a pop.  I love the way the blue island stands out creating an interesting focal point as well as gathering space.


A Fresh Florida Kitchen



October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, call Luxury For The Home to begin the kitchen of your dreams.


October 7, 2010


Posted in art, houston interior design at 11:31 pm by luxuryforthehome

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.


Houston interior design, festivals

Youth dancers at The Original Greek Festival


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.


Houston Interior Design, Bayou City Arts Festival

Outdoor Art at Bayou City Arts Festival - I soooooo want this!


Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Monday.

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