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

 

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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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January 20, 2010

The Luxury of Urban Living

Posted in art, clean design, collections, Design inspiration, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury interior design, Uncategorized tagged at 4:00 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Well, if you follow me on facebook (Luxury For The Home) or twitter (@luxuryforthehom), you may know that we are getting ready for the ASID Showrise Project at The Commerce Towers in downtown Houston.  The event benefits the Houston Downtown Alliance and ASID.  This will be our first showcase project and we are very excited.

Based upon our designs for our unit, our space titled, “Modern Sophisticate”.  The unit is a two-bedroom loft with a very urban view.  We are designing the entry/stair/landing and the Kitchen/Breakfast areas.  When we first saw the unit, what struck me the most is the very URBAN view.  But after many trips to New York, where the view is not always the best outside apartments, I felt inspired to create a stunning view inside for this urban home.

I could see a very successful businessman calling this place home.  Which meant that we need very tailored lines, a welcoming space for those pre-evening festivities and the Saturday night poker games.  With that in mind, I’d like to highlight our partners for the unit who have graciously allowed us to use their products as part of the Showrise.

The first partner I want to highlight is Laura Rathe Fine Art on Colquitt (713-527-7700).  I can not say enough positive things about Laura, Kathy & Carol – they are friendly, gracious and very knowledgeable about their art.  If you have never been here and love contemporary art, you owe it to yourself!

That being said, I also wanted to share with you the beautiful art and artists we’ve selected.  Pictures never do the pieces justice, so plan on coming to the show February 13-14th & February 20-21st to see it in person.

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN

Christopher Martin - Dreamscape (96" x 48") Acrylic on Acrylic. Available from Laura Rathe Fine Art

MEREDITH PARDUE

Meredith Pardue - Pods VI , Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art

RAY PHILLIPS

Ray Phillips Face 37

Ray Phillips, Face 37 43" x 50". Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

KATHERINE HOUSTON

Katherine Houston

Katherine Houston, Chaos, 40" x 60", Acrylic on Acrylic. Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

MARISSA STARR

Marissa Starr

Marissa Starr, Water Wing Teal Red, Mixed Media. Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

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.

Are you ready to bring luxury into your home?  For more ideas sign up for our newsletter, or to schedule a consultation, please call 281-701-2461.

September 20, 2009

The Luxury of Mirrors

Posted in defining your luxury, Design inspiration, Design Inspirations, Fireplace, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, mirrors, Uncategorized at 5:16 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler
 
Mirrors are one of those staple items in each and every home.  The challenge in using them is selecting one that is unique and supports the style of the home.  The next challenge for most people is how, when and where to use them. 
 
Mirrors should be placed with a specific purpose in a room.  Is your small scale room claustrophobic?  The a large mirror can make the small space feel expansive. Does your room have an awkward niche, or is it lacking windows and natural light? A purposefully placed mirror will divert the eye and provide reflection of natural light. 
 
I often see mirrors placed above fireplaces, which in itself is fine, but what I find troublesome is what the mirror is reflecting, often times, it is a ceiling fan, or a plain ceiling.  When the reflection is devoid of interest, the use of the mirror has failed.  So when you place mirrors, do it with purpose, consider the reflection, and make it a luxurious one.
APF Group Mirror

APF Group Mirror

The full-wall mirror used in this narrow dining room adds depth and dimension to the room.  Even with a table full of guests, the space feels expansive and inviting.  I love that the gold frame on this mirror is the accent color in the space.  If the frame had been one of the darker colors present in the room, the expansiveness create by the mirror would have been too defined.
 
Ritz Carlton, Florida.  Designed by Avery Brooks.

APF Group Mirror - Ritz Carlton, Florida. Designed by Avery Brooks.

 This is a spectacular example of a use of a mirror.  The scale works well with the over-scaled fireplace and mantle.  Even though it is large, it blends into the room, almost acting as a window.  The attempt to blend this mirror into the space can be seen in the treatment of the narrow mirror frame.  I can’t be quite sure, but it seems that the frame repeats the wallpaper pattern on the wall.  This is one room that a visitor wouldn’t really be sure that it was a mirror at first glance.

Sitting Area in Master Bedroom.  Interior Design by Stacy Lapuk.

Sitting Area in Master Bedroom. Interior Design by Stacy Lapuk.

I found this to be another great use of a mirror. The Interior Designer, Stacy Lapuk, made the most of this little nook by installing a mirror that nearly fills this small wall.  The reflection of a beautiful master bedroom, crystal chandelier and a large window magnify the natural light in this corner.  She also has created beautiful reflections with the tailored back of the chaise and ormolu accent table.  A joy to the eye, no matter what way you look it.
 
 

August 31, 2009

The Luxury of Glamour – Crystal Chandeliers

Posted in Contemporary Bedroom, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Master bedrooms, Modern Bedrooms, Traditional Bedroom, Uncategorized at 2:29 am by luxuryforthehome

I have to start off by saying that living in an older home in Houston, TX; I love my ceiling fans.  But I also prefer the ambiance of a crystal chandelier over a ceiling fan in the master bedroom.  The hardest part of selecting a chandelier for this room is choosing one that is not more apt for the dining room or kitchen in its design aesthetic.  I want a chandelier that has character and sophistication, adding value to the room.  Whether your bedroom is modern or traditional, we have the chandelier for you.  Take a look at these lovelies.

Melody Chandelier - Currey & Company

Melody Chandelier - Currey & Company

 

Black Crystal Chandelier - Black Chandelier

Black Crystal Chandelier - Black Chandelier

Xanadu - Fredrick Raymond

Xanadu - Fredrick Raymond

Master Bedroom with Chandelier - Schonbek.com photo

Master Bedroom with Chandelier - Schonbek.com photo

August 20, 2009

Kitchen Luxury: The Entertainment Sink

Posted in defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design at 1:05 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Allied ASID, AKBD – NKBA

With the kitchen being one of the most used rooms in the home, it is no wonder that we talk so much about it.  The purposes of the kitchen transcend meal prep and cooking to a gathering and entertaining area where guests and family naturally gather.  Outside of work zones and work triangles, there are LUXURIES that need to be built in to the modern kitchen.  One such luxury is the entertainment/bar sink.  This sink is in addition to the main sink.  Usually 16″ or smaller, this sink serves as an station to wash veggies, fill pots or even chill beverages.  There is even the added benefit of freeing up the main sink for clean up. Many of the sinks available come or have available accessories such as cutting boards and basin racks.  These accessories serve to give you the most use of your sink and help to protect the sink finish.

I encourage you to indulge your fancies and creative side by looking at more decorative sinks.  Take a look at some of these beauties for traditional, transistional and contemporary homes.
Barcelona Entertainment Sink from Purple Sage Collections - A Perfect Option for Traditional Kitchen Designs.
Barcelona Entertainment Sink from Purple Sage Collections – A Perfect Option for Traditional Kitchen Designs.

The Poise (Kohler), shown here in the mirror finish is modern luxury at its finest.  The sink comes with a bamboo cutting board and bottom basin rack, but that's not the most stunning feature.  This sink also features SilentShield, a technology that dampens the sounds created by disposals, dishwashers and running water.

The Poise (Kohler), shown here in the mirror finish is modern luxury at its finest. The sink comes with a bamboo cutting board and bottom basin rack, but that's not the most stunning feature. This sink also features SilentShield, a technology that dampens the sounds created by disposals, dishwashers and running water.


This Luna sink from Native Trails as a curved design which brings fun to the entertainment sink. This sink, also available in a Nickel finish would work in a transitional or contemporary kitchen design.

This Luna sink from Native Trails as a curved design which brings fun to the entertainment sink. This sink, also available in a Nickel finish would work in a transitional or contemporary kitchen design.


This Lager Sink from the Hammerwerks series would shine in any rustic kitchen design.

This Lager Sink from the Hammerwerks series would shine in any rustic kitchen design.

 

If your planning a Kitchen redesign for your home, I would love to help you.  Please feel free to email @ leslie@luxuryforthehome.com or call at 281-701-2461.

April 29, 2009

The 5th Wall: The Blessings of High Ceilings

Posted in Houston decoration, houston interior design, Ideas for your ceiling, Interiors Magazine, New construction home tips, Tall Ceilings at 12:54 am by luxuryforthehome


Welcome and congratulations! The world is your oyster! Why? Because you have ceilings over 8′ in height. Look up – what do your ceilings look like, plain with recessed lighting, maybe a ceiling fan or two? For shame – what a waste of opportunity.

Oh, wait you say there is something interesting up there? Kudos for you. When you have the blessing of higher ceilings, you truly have the blessing of so much more! You have flexiblity to build in architectural interest, you can be playful or serious. Instantly you can give your home character and age, although it maybe new construction.

With the exception of a homes where the ceilings have been wallpapered in palm frawns or banana leaves…(yes it does happen and in a narrow hallway too, I could not help to sing – “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…there they are all standing in a row…”) There really few bad choices. Let’s look at some great examples:

1. Contemporary Homes: While a plain flat ceiling can be appropriate, so can tounge & grove, or beadboard. Be careful of using a narrow beadboard, this can push the look country, cottage, beach or nautical in nature. This is a great photo from Interiors Magazine.

Look Inside >>
February/March 2009

The beadboard effect on the ceiling is very authentic to modern/contemporary homes and extremely versitale in its use.

2. Ethnic/Multi-cultural/Resort. Again from the Interiors Magazine –

Look Inside >>
February/March 2009

How do you create this for you? Easy, create the beam effect, either with beams, or trimmed out boxes and use a reed wallpaper to create the look of thatching. You won’t have as much depth, as this example, but you will be amazed at the effect.

3. Traditional – A quick an easy way to spice up a ceiling with a traditional flare is through the use of beams. Beaming can be used to create long runs, hopefully with the shortest distance to visually push the room wider, or they can be used to create more intricate patterns. This example is from a Cristall Steel Windows ad (http://www.critallna.com/) published in the November 2002 issue of Architectural Digest (http://www.architecturaldigest.com/). The beam detail is intricate, but beautiful!

4. Ceilings – Faux Finish or wallpapers. Formal Traditional interiors really are defined by this technique. It can be done with restraint or with abandon and through multiple techniques. Although I don’t have a picture to share, I worked on a library while with Michael J. Siller Interiors in Houston where we used anagalypta to wallpaper the ceiling and then had the faux finisher finish it like antique leather. The paper itself was very well priced, more of the cost was in the faux finishing. But it created a very unique look.

Brief definition here, there is anaglypta and lincrusta. Lincrusta was created first and is a more rigid material created from lineseed oil & wood pulp. The embossing tends to be deeper and more defined. Anaglypta is a trademark name and was created second, offering more flexibilty because it is composed of wood pulp and cotton. The embossing isn’t as detailed and has the ability to collapse.


This example also from the November 2002 issue of Architectural Digest also shows how intricate you can work your ceilings. Of an interesting not, the intricacy of the trellis ceiling with the crown is balanced with the simplicity of the walls and furnishings.

5. Exotic Innovation. I love the veneer work on this ceiling. Again from Interiors Magazine (http://www.interiorsmagazine.us/) this ceiling excudes luxury! While I have no doubt that this ceiling is likely actually real veneer, let’s talk about how to recreate. First you could do it through wallpaper. Maya Romanoff (http://www.mayaromanoff.com/) or Phillip Jefferies (http://www.phillipjeffries.com/) Both have veneer wallpapers to choose from.

Another way to create this would be through the use of laminates such as those from Wilson Art (http://www.wilsonart.com/), Formica (http://www.formica.com/) or Tree Frog Veneer(http://www.treefrogveneer.com/) Granted your craftman/woman is going to have to love you or love the idea just as much as you do.

So five quick ideas on things that you can do with higher ceilings, either now or tomorrow. Did you notice how many ceilings were darker? The height and pitch of the ceilings enables the use of a darker ceiling as a way to balance and enhance the architecture. The same effect can be done with paint, but has to be done gingerly.

April 17, 2009

For Fun Friday

Posted in Anthropologie, Bliss Living Home, children's bedrooms, Houston decoration, houston interior design, teen bedding, washable bedding at 7:06 pm by luxuryforthehome

Here are some very fun things. We don’t often get to do custom bedding for childrens’ bedrooms, so we are always looking for ways to give “Hip” rooms at a price Mom and Dad love. Check out some fun ones. Plus, everyone asks for machine washable – no small feat! These two options are vibrant and have wonderful details and are machine washable.

The first three are from Anthropologie (ttp://www.anthropologie.com), check out the “For Your Home” section.


These three selections are from Bliss Living Home (http://www.blisslivinghome.com/). This is a great line of bedding, pillows and accessories.