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.

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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.

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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.

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October 7, 2010

Living Life Well – Elegant Fireplaces

Posted in Design inspiration, Fireplace, Houston Interior Designer at 8:35 am by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Design

Is it possible to have Fall fever?  If so, I think I have it.  The cooler weather is creeping into my memories and pulling me past to trips to Carmel & Napa.  Really, I’m ready to go and enjoy myself.  The cooler weather also seems to bring the anticipation of cold weather and all the things associated it with it.  For me, that is fireplaces.  Many people dream of skiing, well I stink at skiing – we won’t even go there!  While you a swooshing down the slope, you’ll find me with a book and a cup of tea, snuggled in a chair, next to a gorgeous fire.

And lest you think I’m not serious, I’ve been known to turn on the A/C to enjoy the fire, if it’s not cold enough.  So enjoy a little luxury and live your life well fireside.

 

Elegant fireplace by Savio Firmino

 

 

Filiofocus, by Focus Contemporary Fireplaces

 

 

Houston Interior Design

Snowmass Creek Home by K Studios

 

Need a place to curl up with a good book? Luxury For The Home creates little luxuries in your life, call 281-701-2461 to start living your dream.

October 6, 2010

Living Green: 10 Ways To Design Your Utility Room

Posted in Design inspiration, Green Interior Design, Uncategorized at 8:37 am by luxuryforthehome

By Lauren Ballas – LEED AP

Living green doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing and using green products.  You can live green by introducing organized functional design into a new or remodeled home.

After living in Sweden and sharing a laundry room with an entire apartment complex, my frame of mind needed to change.  Here I am forced to do laundry in a 3 hour time period and in a dark basement.  This situation inspired me to draw up a design for a fully functional and luxurious laundry room, one that includes plenty of storage, hanging room and folding space.  Think about how much time we spend on designing our kitchens with the proper workstations!  Why can’t we apply “workstations” to the laundry room and make doing the laundry more enjoyable?

10' x 10' Laundry room, interior design by Luxury For The Home. The photo above highlights the shelving unit (back), ironing board station (left), and the laundry sorting bins (right).

1. The shelving unit goes from floor to ceiling to give you a maximum amount of storage after having folded laundry!  You can also opt to make the shelves removable to transport the folded laundry to the proper rooms!

2. The ironing board is built into the countertop so you never have to get out and put away the ironing board ever again!

3. Try organizing your loads with multiple laundry bins and label them…L – Lights, W – Whites, D – Darks and C – Colors!

Here we focus on the washer/dryer, folding counter (left), hanging space and windows!

4. Consider the energy star washer/dryers that are front loaders and are raised with extra storage.

5. There is never enough space for folding!  Make the folding counter 30” deep instead of the standard 24”.

6. Hanging space is crucial, so make sure you have different levels and heights for all your clothes!  Windows will instantly brighten up the space and make doing laundry more enjoyable.

Make the sink area its own station (corner).

7. Putting in a deep and wide bathroom sink in the laundry room is easier on the eyes than one of those gigantic sink basins!  This adds quality and style to your laundry room.  Locating the sink under a window will brighten your mood every time you go to do laundry!

Last but not least, we look at an air drying section (back), ceiling, fan and clerestory window (top back).

8. You can install a rack directly to the wall for hang drying clothes that you don’t want to shrink or are too delicate to go in the dryer.  There is a drain directly underneath to collect dripping water.

9. Consider adding a recessed ceiling to give you and the room a little more breathing room!  The fan will circulate the air to speed up the air drying process.  Keeping cool is always a plus in the laundry room!

10. The clerestory window gives you the luxury of diffused light and you don’t have to deal with the sun making the laundry room hotter than it needs to be.

Are you ready to fall in love with your home again?  Luxury For The Home will design solutions to make your life easier.  Call 281-701-2461 to schedule your appointment.

October 4, 2010

Monday Inspiration: Nurseries

Posted in children's bedrooms, Children's Room, Contemporary Bedroom, Design inspiration, Design Inspirations, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Nursery, Uncategorized at 8:30 am by luxuryforthehome

by Ali Adams

For the past year and a half my life has revolved around babies especially now that he is almost six months old.  Now three of my girl friends are going on round two and have asked me for ideas about nurseries.  Therefore here are few that have a great feel for a new baby and their families.

1.  Soft and Modern: I love this one because it is modern but still feels soft and touchable.

Soft and Modern featured in Coastal Living

2. Retro and Quirky: This is such a fun nursery with all of the bright colors and interesting wall art.  Definitely a place I would enjoy spending time in.

Retro Baby's Room by Frillie Designs

3. Feminine and Glamorous: I love this room because of its femininity.  The upholstered ceiling is a real treat.  It is a beautiful space for a baby girl to blossom.

Glamorous Modern by Little Crown Interiors

To bring some love and excitement to your future nursery, call Luxury For The Home, at 281-701-2461, for interior design expertise you can trust.

Simple Luxury

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October 1, 2010

Fall in Love With Your House

Posted in Bathroom updates, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Uncategorized tagged at 8:37 am by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler

Falling in love with your house can be hard to do.  You see its weaknesses as you walk through the hall, notice where the crayon never really came off the wall.  And after a period of time that you only expected to be in your home for maybe 5 years, you are know thinking it is going to be at least another 5-10 years.

But you see you can fall back in love with your home.  How?  By camouflage the dark circles under its eye and by drawing attention to its better features.  So now it is time to give that home a bit of a makeover.  Enjoy these before and after stories and imagine the falling back in love with your home again.

Bellaire Home, Powder Bath, Interior Design Houston, Before and After

1990's Bath with Mauve Tile

Bellaire Home, Interior Design Houston

Elegance for entertaining, the Powder Bath after. Project by Leslie Hassler

Austin Interior Design, Interior design Houston

Shoalmont Before project by Laura Britt Designs

Houston Interior Design, Austin Interior Design

Living room transformation by Laura Britt Design, ASID 2010 Legacy Of Texas Award Winner

AD Before

Before project featured on Architectural Digest 2007.

After Photo

After project by Architecture by Arthur S. Pier, aia, of Pier, Fine Associates/Interior Design by Sandra Nunnerley, ASID

September 29, 2010

Living Green: 3 Tips to a Luxurious Laundry Room

Posted in clean design, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designers, Laundry Rooms, Uncategorized at 10:43 am by luxuryforthehome

You can design “green” by adding functionality into your life!  Who says we can’t have a laundry room that eliminates the annoyances and highlights productivity and luxury.  Here are some tips to consider!

  1. Laundry bins. Organize the loads of laundry to eliminate sorting.  Designate different bins for towels, whites, lights, colors and darks.  Teach your kids to put their laundry into the appropriate bins…the earlier they start the better!

    Laundry Totes with Labels

  2. Seeing the light. Why do laundry rooms have to be in dark and dreary places?  Think about locating the laundry room on the exterior of the house.  Windows will make it more enjoyable to do laundry by having nature to look at.

    Laundry Room with a Great View!

  3. Ironing station. Design an ironing board right into your “folding” countertop or cabinets.  I don’t know anyone who likes getting out and putting away the ironing board!

Laundry Room with Ironing Station

September 27, 2010

Monday’s Inspiration – Master Bedrooms

Posted in Bedding, Design inspiration, Houston Interior Designer, Master bedrooms, Uncategorized at 9:36 am by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler

I find that for Monday, I’m dreaming of my bed. Thursday help a surprise trip to the hospital for our eldest son. Everything is fine, but my husband and I didn’t have any quality sleep for about 36 hours.  So today’s inspirations are the Master Bedroom, a place I am going to work hard not to sneak off to today.

1. Clean & Fresh

Houston Interior Design, John Saladino

John Saladino as featured in Veranda Magazine.

2. Colorful & Ethnic

BHG.com - East Meets West Bedroom

3. Masculine & Bohemian

Houston Interior Design

Interiors Magazine - Oct/Nov 2009

4. Geometric Bliss

Houston Interior Design, Master Bedroom Designs

Master Bedroom Bliss by Suzanne Kasler Interiors as featured on Veranda.com

Your master bedroom is your retreat and haven from the outside world.  Call Luxury For The Home, at 281-701-2461, to create your little slice of heaven.

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