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.


February 17, 2010

The Luxury of a Greener Future

Posted in Cabinets, clean design, glass tile, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Kitchen design, Luxury for the home, master bathroom remodeling, New construction home tips, Uncategorized tagged at 2:55 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

I’ll be the first to admit it.  Green design hasn’t been the biggest focus for me.  Most of my conversations with other professionals based outside of Texas go a little like this –

” Well, we are really excited about the work we are doing within the green movement.  Is there a lot of interest in green design in Houston?”

Me: ” Umm, not really.  We incorporate low-VOC type products, but we don’t get asked about green design very often.”

So because I am like you, when I don’t have the direct need for information, I don’t seek it out.  But something has changed for me this year.  It seems that more and more of our family and friends have been diagnosed with a variety of ailments and cancers.  So in the back of my head, I’ve been thinking more about organic and unprocessed foods.  In fact, I have 5 vegetable (small ones) beds in my yard so that we can grow some of our own vegetables this summer. But I also have thought about our exposure to the multitude of chemicals in our lives, and how we might live a bit cleaner.

But perhaps one event that has lit a fire in my soul was a seminar I went to at New Living, at 6111 Kirby.

New Living

New Living at 6111 Kirby Dr, near Rice Village

So what makes this business different?  Number 1 – the people, Number 2 – the concept & Number 3 – the resources.

Let’s face it we all have a fair amount on our plates, so when someone is trying to make it easier for you, you take notice.  According to New Living’s website:

New Living is more than just a store. The idea behind what we are doing is to make the green building and green living movement accessible and affordable for everyone. We want New Living to be a community store that encourages new thinking, ideas, and helps foster a local green economy. We are open and look forward to the opportunity to listen and grow with Houston’s emerging green community.”

I’d have to say they are on track to fulfill that mission. The space has several work spaces, a great display system that explains the products, their eco-benefits and the investment level they require.  But more than that, they have prices across the spectrum, enabling you & me to find a product that also fits our budget.  The team at New Living has worked hard to also develop partnerships with installers who understand the products and their installation methods.

Let’s look at some of the products you can find here –

Solid Woven Bamboo

Solid Woven Bamboo - Sahara, available through New Living

Doesn’t look like the bamboo you are used to? You’re right.  This is bamboo strands pressed together to create a softer look.  I love the versatility of this product.   I love bamboo floors anyways, but they create a linear, almost modern or contemporary feel; where as this is a product I could use for a variety of styles and homes.

3form Ecoresin Panels - Capiz Shell

New Living also carries the “Organic” line of ecoresin panels from 3form USA.  Just to be confusing, I am showing a style from the “Play” line because it was just too beautiful not to show.  The resin panels are comprised of recycled materials, along with other materials such as shells and grasses.  The uses for me extend past walls and cabinet doors, I can see end tables, backlit desks, coffee tables…oh the creativity that this product sparks.  As a side note, I just figured out that 3form also manufacturer the Wovin Wall, a lovely focus I spotted at the new STRATA Restaurant in Vintage Park

Bear Grass Light

Bear Grass Light, Organic Series by 3form USA, available through New Living

I am intrigued by how many Texas-based recycled products New Living has pulled together.  Not only is there a locally-produced cabinet line, but there is also a locally-produced countertops.  In fact, some of the recycled glass  in these countertops has been collected from the Houston area.  I find that many of my clients are interested in concrete countertops for their outdoor kitchens – this would be a great product to install for them.

Recycled Countertops

Recycled Countertops by Texstone, available through New Living

So, I’m excited to say the least and am looking for opportunities to bring these new ideas into my home and your home. How important will the green movement be to you this year?

Luxury For The Home believes that true luxury is not about ostentation or expense.  It is about simplicity. Sanctuary. Comfort.  It’s the beauty that happens when everything, including you, has its own ideal space.

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August 26, 2009

Kitchen Luxury: Jewelry For Your Cabinets

Posted in Cabinets, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Luxury for the home, luxury homes, Luxury interior design, Uncategorized at 2:01 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler –  Allied Member, ASID; AKBD

I’m known to say, “Every girl deserves a little sparkle.”  Well I also believe that every cabinet needs its jewelry too.  Most cabinets can benefit from the addition of pulls and knobs, helping to complete the overall effect.  There are also areas that call for extra special hardware.  These are some of the luxuries you can find for your cabinets.

Schuab & Co - Estate Dover Tiger Penshell with Yellow Mother of Pearl

Schaub & Co - Estate Dover Tiger Penshell with Yellow Mother of Pearl

Schaub & Company Symphony series plays with semi-precious stones that make me think of my grandmother’s jewelry.  Lucky for them, I like antique jewelry.  These pieces have intricacy and would be beautful on cabinetry in a woman’s dressing area.

Sherle Wagner Molecult Pull

Sherle Wagner - Molecule Knob


This one is just pure fun!  I must admit, I still hold a girlish fascination with bubbles. This one speaks to me, but it is also has a contemporary feel to it.

Atlas Homewares - Primitive Collection

Atlas Homewares - Primitive Collection

Atlas Homewares has a great line of hardware that has a wonderful variety to it.  This piece has an animal print feel, but is still extremely masculine in its design.

Amerock - Revitalize Pull

Amerock - Revitalize Pull

With the popularity of brands such as Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware.  This cabinet pull from Amerock, would blend seamlessly.  The styling is simple and yet the rib detail keeps it from being boring.  I especially like the depth, enabling easy use for people with larger hands.

Spectra Decor, Variation Series - Eco-resin & Lead free Pewter

Spectra Decor, Variation Series - Eco-resin & Lead-free Pewter


Having a green kitchen, gets easier by each day.  The line from Spectra Decor is made using Eco-Resin and Lead-free Pewter.  I especially love the airy graphic quality to the variation series.

Sherle Wagner - Aurora

Sherle Wagner - Aurora

I saved the best one for last.  This one is my favorite of all that I have here for you.  It is simply beautiful in its design and styling.  The added benefit is the quality of Sherle Wagner hardware last.  This is one of those designs that will transcend the years and the trends.

For more information on how we can help you define your Kitchen Luxury, go to: www.luxuryforthehome.com.

June 6, 2009

Architectural Detail – The missing treasure

Posted in Builtins, Cabinets, Designs by Leslie, great room ideas, Great Rooms, houston interior design, Speaker cloth at 6:05 pm by luxuryforthehome

Some where around the middle of the 20th century, “modern homes” began being built without the same attention to detail that homes had received in the past. I think there was a concept that developed that in order for a home to be modern, it needed to be spartan and devoid of moulding ornamentation at all. So the white box construction began. Some times it came in the form of a ranch, Tudor, cape cod or colonial – but it all lacked the personality of the former styles.

When we talk about architectural detailing, we really are talking about so many subjects; including moulding, doors, windows, how the walls are transitioned. Several of these subjects overlap with past topics and even future topics. So you’ll have to forgive me if I simplify somethings for this discussion. I’ve talked about moulding and trim in relation to the ceilings, and I whole heartedly believe in its use for both modern and traditional interiors. But I think one item I would like to focus on is built-ins. Don’t really know why, but I love them. And the functional and visual impact on the interior is amazing. Let’s look at this room, which is very typically of today’s construction. Builders offer “Great Rooms” but really I think more often than not, they are not so great and create so many problems to balance. Let’s look at this example.

Ok, I have to say it – Who in their right mind designs a wall with 5 openings, 4 of which are basically the same size and leaves this dinky space above the fireplace? Really! The opening at the top is 7′ x 9′. Really? What exactly did the designer think people where going to do with that space? (Eye Roll)

Now we designed built-ins that utilized the trim detail around the fireplace to create weight on the bottom portion of the wall. Realize that the bottom openings are just as large and about 30″ deep. You could hide a body in these things. What we are able to give the clients was a cohesive unit that gave them tons of storage for books, mementos and toys on one side and created a entertainment center on the other side. All the equipment is hidden behind speak cloth doors and the small center section hides the center channel speaker. We installed a basic CPU fan to circulate air in the speaker cloth and out a channel behind the TV. We also moved electrical to the countertops for any accent lamps that might be desired. Then end result…