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.

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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 5, 2010

DIY with Style – A Lovely Touch To Your Life

Posted in DIY with Style, Floral Arrangements, Houston Interior Design Blog tagged , , at 8:00 am by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler

Sometimes in order to do it yourself, you need a little inspiration and knowledge.  I thought I’d share with you some tips on floral arrangements from Jeanne Hyatt, owner of Sophie Dahy Designs.  You may have caught some of her beautiful creations on Facebook or on Twitter, but as lovely as they are – they simple couldn’t compare to Jeanne herself.

Jeanne Hyatt, owner & floral designer, Sophie Dahy Designs

So here are your tips for creating spectacular floral bouquets.

1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Gardens, magazines and books – I have stacks of them.  I look at my garden and the gorgeous gardens of my friends.  I also get inspiration from traveling and just looking at gorgeous flowers at market.

Garden inspiration from Jeanne's garden.

2.  When you select a silk floral, what do you look for?

I am constantly looking for the right flower and color combination.  It’s challenging to find them, but I look for color combination that you would see in real life.  I also find that how the floral feels is very important.  I want the floral to be realistic.

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Abraham Darbey roses from Jeanne''s garden

Houston Interior Design, floral arrangments Sophie Dahy

One of a kind pink & lenten roses in mercury glass at Sophie Dahy

3. How do you plan your creations?

Well that just depends.  Because I do one-of-a-kind bouquets, I don’t have to plan my work to be duplicated.  The season has something to do with it – fall looking colors – oranges, russets, warmer, richer colors.  Right now, I’m working with hydrangeas, but Amaryllis are coming, because that means holidays to me.

Move from Summer to Autumn with richer colors.


Sometimes I start with the container.  The shape and the color of the container just lends itself to certain flowers.

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A lovely blue & white bouquet in lime green vase from Sophie Dahy Designs.

Other times, I will gather up flowers into a bouquet and then find the container to work with it. You need flexibility and to learn to follow your instincts.

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Mixed White Bouquet from Sophie Dahy Designs

4. How can we update our homes for the fall?

It’s easy!  Change your flowers.  Flowers in your home make a difference.  I like to think of the arrangements as bouquets because my composition is less structured.

Jeanne’s Tip: Mix good quality silk florals with real flowers.  The real flowers will give off a beautiful fragrance and make the silk florals seem even more realistic.

5. How should we care for them?

Silk florals are the easiest thing to take care of, they really are!  Many people think that they are fragile, but they aren’t.  In frequent dusting should be enough to maintain them.  The micro-fiber dust cloths are great to dust them with.  For storing, I would just loosely cover them with plastic or cloth and store in a closet.

Swiffer duster

6. What luxury tip would you share?

Silk florals are investments that last forever.  If I could only choose one, I would chose one for the dining room table or the entry table.  A place where it can be seen and be dramatic.

Example of dining table with fall bouquet.

Living life well is in the details from your front door to the floral arrangement on your table.  To find out how to live your life well, call Luxury For The Home at 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.

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September 21, 2010

DIY with Style – Glass Etching

Posted in accessories, Design Ideas, Houston Interior Design Blog, mirrors, Uncategorized tagged at 7:10 am by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler & Ali Adams, Houston Interior Designers

Ever want something a little different for your home, but can’t seem to find the right piece?  Sometimes, the solution is to craft it yourself.  Today’s DIY project is glass etching.  The process is really simple, as you can see and the possibilities are endless.

1. Prepare all your materials.  Make sure to pick up a stencil adhesive & etching solution from the craft store.


Supplies- Mirror, Foam Brush, Etching Solution, Blue Tape, Stencil

2. Clean your surface to be etched, adhere and secure the stencil to the surface.

Preparing the Mirror- Tape down stencil using tape or some type of spray adhesive.

3. Liberally apply the solution with a foam brush.  You do need to be liberal and the etching solution will work better if you agitate it a bit, moving the brush with up and down strokes.

Applying the Solution- Use a THICK coat of solution brushing in two directions

4. Let it stand 5 minutes, rinse off with water.  Really you’ll spend more time selecting your stencil than it will take you to complete the project.

Let Stand- 5 minute before washing off with water

And there you go.  This little gem could be framed, you could put it on an easel and display on a table or bookcase.  There really are a variety of ways to create and use this in your home.

Final Product

Did you like our project?  Try it for yourself.  Feel free to send us pictures of your project to leslie@luxuryforthehome.com.

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April 29, 2010

Luxury Living: Children’s Rooms #3

Posted in children's bedrooms, Children's Room, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Uncategorized at 9:36 am by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

The third segment really deals with the walls.  As with every other room, I like the walls to be a background that spotlights what is happening in the room.  That doesn’t necessarily mean a neutral wall, but it often means a color that is a bit more subdued and/or a complimentary color for the rest of the room.  But children’s rooms are often highlighted with murals, and they can be beautiful.

But as your baby grows up and starts to have varied interests, that mural might not be appropriate for them anymore.  So then what?  Well, take a look at some of the other options there are for you.

At The Track - Wallies.com

These vinyl appliques come on a sheet and you place them on the wall as you see fit.  I love the bright colors!

Another option is to use art as your mural.  I’ll admit, it is difficult to find larger art for a child’s room, but that same muralist could always paint a mural on a large canvas, instead of directly on the wall.  When your child is ready to move on, then you can find another purpose for that art.  I loved these two prints.  You still get the “theme” but this will be more likely to last  in your daughter’s room.

Ballerina Art - Horchow.com

Lastly, I had to share this one, just because it is so fun!  And because it is right up my 5-1/2 and 4 year-old’s alley.  What better way to add a little impact?

T-rex - Wallmuralmania.com

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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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April 25, 2010

Luxury Living: Children Rooms #2

Posted in children's bedrooms, Children's Room, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:05 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Today’s luxury tip is the importance of quality furniture that can grow with your child.

I love convertible furniture.  There are many options out there, but some of my favorites for the investment include Stanley Furniture.  Take a look at these options.  Again, really how many pieces of furniture to you want to purchase.  I recommend purchasing a quality piece that can grow with you.  Your child will really want to personalize once they get to their tweens/teens.  Why not have a piece that can last until then?

Stanley Furniture - Young America - Built To Grow Crib

Another great example, these beds will transition your child from a crib, baby bed and full-sized bed.

Posh Tots - Mirabelle Convertible Crib

This last crib will only get you through the infant and toddler years, but it is such a great look for the modern or contemporary home, I just had to share!

Luxury For The Home will design and decorate the nursery of your dreams.

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 me at 281-701-2461 .

April 23, 2010

Luxury Living: Children’s Rooms #1

Posted in children's bedrooms, Children's Room, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer tagged at 2:48 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

I putting up some short postings just for those planning your baby, child, tween or teen’s room.  I’ve had several friends having their first, second, third and fourth children this year.  And with each new birth there is a renewed interest in the children’s rooms.  In fact, I have seen many homes where the children’s rooms are often decorated before the rest of the house!

So today’s tip – Bedding

I’ve said it before for your bedding.  But let me apply it to the little ones too.  Most people want to skimp here.  Why?  The reason’s are numerous.  I’ll have to wash it.  It will get used often.  It’s only for a short time.  My response, well honestly, the bedding probably will need to last 2-3 years.  That being said, I saw what my two boys did to their bedding, honestly.  It would be so much better to invest in bedding that would have quality fabrics, quality stitching and could handle the “growing” pains and cleaning needs of an infant & toddler.

Take a look at the bedding from Serena & Lily, it just makes me want to change my name to Harriet, Kate or Lulu.  You have to click through to the site, the persona they attach to each bedding set is great!

Serena & Lilly - Blake Bedding

Serena & Lily - Kate.

This stunning ensemble is a dream for any lover of MacKenzie-Childs.

Little Bunny Blue - Mackenzie Crib Bedding

Luxury For The Home will design and decorate the nursery of your dreams.

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 me at 281-701-2461 .

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.

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