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.

281-701-2461

 

 

Advertisements

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.

281-701-2461

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.

281-701-2461

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 1, 2010

A Field Trip to Luxury – Kravet & Lee Jofa

Posted in Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Uncategorized at 6:14 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler

I made it to New York today for the 2010 Business of Design Conference.  This is my third year attending this bi-yearly conference.  As a member of the Best Practices Network, I get the chance to put aside project work to work on the business, along with another 100 top interior design firms.  I came up a little bit early to take advantage of a private tour of the Kravet/Lee Jofa design studios.  And what a wonderful field trip it was. I definitely need to thank Steve Prada, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Bob Beloff, Vice President of Sales for being our gracious hosts.  And a huge thank you to everyone in the studio who shared with us their work and progress.

We are escorted through each line’s design studio and able to look at fabrics that are literally launching today, as well as lines and books that will take a bit longer to get to market.  There are some exciting things coming to market, but I did see a few trends throughout the space.

The first is the use of yellow & gray color scheme.

Traditional Home - Decorating With Sunshine!

One of the studio’s highlighted Thom Filicia’s work with Kravet, which has some lovely yellow, grays and Ikat prints – Check out this video about the collaboration –

The other line introduction that I am very excited about is the partnership with Oscar de la Renta – very fashion inspired. Check out Kravet’s celebration of Oscar de la Renta.

Not directly on our tour, I was shamelessly snooping at all the fabrics around and found this lovely.  This shot shows the Kravet fabric based on Oscar De La Renta’s skirt (on top).  My mind is still spinning with fun ways to put this new design to work.

A beautiful embroidered and pleated silk from Kravet, based on Oscar de la Renta's design.

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 Leslie Hassler, at 281-701-2461.

July 12, 2010

The Luxury of Remodeling

Posted in Children's Room, choosing paint for ceilings, Great Rooms, Guest Rooms, Houston, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, remodeling, Uncategorized at 8:14 am by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

The economic situation of the past couple of years has created a culture where we pay more attention to what we spend and where we spend it. Personally, I practice what I preach here. For the home, I believe in investing in quality pieces that will last.  I’d rather have a few great pieces versus lots of “stuff” that will fall apart within the year.

But the recent times has also created a bit more nesting in us – staying home and enjoying what we have, as well as clearing out what we don’t use.

While all of this staying home may be enjoyable, it also reminds us more of what doesn’t work very well in our homes – an awkward kitchen, a bathroom that’s too small or a poorly designed closet. Rather than move, it’s a great time to invest in remodeling.

While you are spending money on an interior designer (we hope you consider calling us) and the remodel, the investment will pay off in dividends. Not only will you add to the value of your home should you want to sell it, you will receive greater value from the remodeled spaces every day. That is worth every penny that you invest in the project!

With that – here are the top 10 areas/items that you should consider improving in your home

1.   Kitchen – This is still the heart of the home, the room remembered the most by your friends and family.  Simple improvements in design and technologies can change this room from a room where you work, to a room that works for you.

BEFORE

AFTER

2.   Flooring – While you should be maintaining your floors at least once a year.  Consider renovating them through re-finishing and replacing at least once every 7-10 years.  Remember stained carpet isn’t exactly welcoming.

3.   Walls – Many people move in to a home, only to never repaint the interior to the home over the years.  Enamels yellow and walls become marred with time.  Painting your home is an instant makeover.  Love your furnishings, but feel the need to freshen it up?  Painting is the first step.

4. Master Bathroom – Let’s face it, life isn’t becoming any less demanding between work, family and extracurricular activities.  Shouldn’t you have at least one room that helps you to relax and retreat from the outside world?

BEFORE

AFTER


5.   Entertainment Rooms – Do you happen to have one of those rooms where the cords from the Wii hang out everywhere, 10 remotes for the electronic equipment and never enough space to play a game?  Consider the improvement that an entertainment room can have on your home and your family.

6.   Home Office – The complexity of our lives and the flexibility of work today means that the desk in the kitchen just isn’t going to cut it anymore.  The luxury of the home office helps to provide solitude to work and a central hub to all of your homes and families activities, finances and schedules.

7.   Outdoor Entertaining – My husband and I laugh at our parties. They are very rarely small, with people everywhere.  As we continue to entertain our friends and family, the outdoor arena is increasingly more important for seating, play and cooking.  It is also a great way to increase the livable square footage of your home.

8.   Window Treatments – The sub-tropical climate of Houston sends our power bills skyrocketing every summer.  The sun’s rays also create havoc on the fabric of our drapery treatments, whether through fading or through fiber erosion.  Invest in drapery treatments to act as a barrier between your power bill and the heat of the summer.  Simple renovations are panel rotations and regular cleaning of the drapery treatments.

9.   Kid’s Bedrooms – Always a popular project, help your child’s room grow and reflect their personality and needs as they themselves grow.

10. Master Bedrooms – Usually the last project for most people, it can be one of the most beneficial to your sanity and even your marriage!

If you are in the Houston area, we’d love to talk with you about areas in your home that need some attention. Whether you use us or not, we would love it if you could share your before and after pictures from your remodel. We all love inspiration from others!

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.

March 12, 2010

The Luxury In Reducing

Posted in Design Inspirations, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Kitchen Appliances, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Uncategorized at 11:35 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

You know when I think of reducing, I’m usually thinking about the reading on the scale.  Or some of those bills I hate to pay.  But today let’s just talk about reducing in the terms of energy.

The four parts of your home that consume the most energy are going to be heating/cooling, kitchen, bathrooms and laundry.  I don’t know about you, but we’ve done the basics of an automated thermostat, and yes my husband sets it higher/lower than I do.  And yes, since I’m female, I do feel entitled to bump it up or down according to my temperature at the moment.

So barring a new system, we’ve already replaced 25 windows in our home and have planned for new insulation in our 30 year + home.  But what I’m really planning for is the kitchen.  It is the heart of our home.  It opens to the living room and breakfast area.  I can see the boys playing outside, it is where everyone congregates, it is where we cook and we do cook.  We bake bread, make homemade pasta (nothing occupies two little boys like cranking the pasta machine), we sauté, we experiment, we contemplate working our way through Julia Child’s cookbooks.  But do you know what? Our kitchen stinks! Stinks to high heavens!

We have the original 1970’s cabinets; we don’t even have the clearance under the cabinets to push the pro-style Kitchen Aid mixer under the cabinet.  And yeah sure, the pantry is “extra-deep”, but why does that matter when the shelves are only 12” wide.  But do you want to know what the bane of my existence is in this kitchen?  The dishwasher.

As we have grown as a family, different things have become important to me.  Right now, I want to stuff it full, I don’t want to have to scrub or pre-rinse and I only want to do 1 load a day for goodness sakes.

But this is March, our focus on going “Green”.  So can we find a dishwasher that is a workhorse, looks good, and is energy and resource efficient?   I do believe we can.

By definition, an efficient dishwasher is going to be energy-efficient and use water sparingly.  It will offer you capacity (think tall tubs & XXL tall tubs) and it will offer you the world in customization.  Washing China? No Problem.  Only washing a ½ load? (As if) No Problem.  Want to air dry? No Problem.

So welcome, I’ve done some of the research for you.  And looking at the models and the ratings they receive from the Energy Star website, along with my personal opinion, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 models – 2 are ASKO & 1 is a BOSCH.

The higher ranking really goes to the ASKO D5893XXLHS.  It has 12 cycles, uses 187 KW/yr, and 3.8 gallons/cycle.  It has 3 racks with a ton of ability to adjust, holding 17 place settings.

Asko Dishwasher, D5893XXL

The Bosch, holds 15 place settings, but has a bit better energy efficiency (180 KW/yr), uses a bit less water and has 6 settings.  It is quiet and it has three internal trays. Bosch didn’t have an image of the inside of the dishwasher for me to share with you.

Bosch SHX68E05

But my favorite is the ASKO D 5253, a bit of both worlds.  It has the energy efficiency of the 5893.  It only has 6 settings, but still can hold 17 place settings and can be found for about the same cost as the Bosch.  This is the one that will make it into my new kitchen.  In fact, it may make it into my kitchen before the rest of the “new kitchen.”

Asko D5253XXL

Asko D5253XXL

So what is your checklist for a new dishwasher?

Energy Efficiency

Water Consumption

Tub/ Place Setting Capacity

# of Cycles

Price

And really, price should be one of the least considerations.  The dishwasher does not represent the major investment for your kitchen, but it is the one of the most used appliances in your kitchen.  So think about it, make the investment that will save you money and time at every use.

<!–[if !mso]>

The luxury of reducing

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

You know when I think of reducing, I’m usually thinking about the reading on the scale.  Or some of those bills I hate to pay.  But today let’s just talk about reducing in the terms of energy.

The four parts of your home that consume the most energy are going to be heating/cooling, kitchen, bathrooms and laundry.  I don’t know about you, but we’ve done the basics of an automated thermostat, and yes my husband sets it higher/lower than I do.  And yes, since I’m female, I do feel entitled to bump it up or down according to my temperature at the moment.

So barring a new system, we’ve already replaced 25 windows in our homes and have been planning for new insulation in our 30 year + home.  But what I’m really planning for is the kitchen.  It is the heart of our home.  It opens to the living room and breakfast area.  I can see the boys playing outside, it is where everyone congregates, it is where we cook…and we do cook.  We bake bread, make homemade pasta (nothing occupies two little boys like cranking the pasta machine), we sauté, we experiment, we contemplate working our way through Julia Child’s cookbooks.  But do you know what? Our kitchen stinks! Stinks to high heavens!

We have the original 1970’s cabinets; we don’t even have the clearance under the cabinets to push the pro-style Kitchen Aid mixer under the cabinet.  And yeah sure, the pantry is “extra-deep”, but why does that matter when the shelves are only 12” wide.  But do you want to know what the bane of my existence is in this kitchen?  The dishwasher.

Let me be clear. As a child, my job was the dishes.  I have a theory – that which you were made to do as a child, you detest as an adult. I HATE dishes.  So, we are in our third dishwasher in this house, our third in 5 years.  As we have grown as a family, you know, different things have become important to me.  Right now, I want to stuff it full, I don’t want to have to scrub or pre-rinse and I only want to do 1 load a day for goodness sakes.

But this is March, our focus on going “Green”.  So can we find a dishwasher that is a workhorse, looks good, and is energy and resource efficient?   I do believe we can.

By definition, an efficient dishwasher is going to be energy efficient and use water sparingly.  It will offer you capacity (think tall tubs & XXL tall tubs) and it will offer you the world in customization.  Washing China? No Problem.  Only washing a ½ load? (As if) No Problem.  Want to air dry? No Problem.

So welcome, I’ve done some of the research for you.  And looking at the models and the ratings they receive from the XXX, along with my personal opinion, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 models – 2 are ASKO & 1 is a BOSCH.

The higher ranking really goes to the ASKO D5893XXLHS.  It has 12 cycles, uses 187 KW/yr, and 3.8 gallons/cycle.  It has 3 racks with a ton of adjustability, holding 17 place settings.

The bosch, holds 15 place settings, but has a bit better energy efficiency, uses a bit less water and has XX settings

But my favorite is the ASKO D 5253, a bit of both worlds.  It has the energy efficency of the 5893.  It only has 6 settings, but still can hold 17 place settings and can be found for about the same as the bosch.  This is the one that will make it into my new kitchen.  In fact, it may make it into my kitchen before the rest of the “new kitchen.”

So what is your checklist for a new dishwasher?

Energy Efficiency

Water Consumption

Tub/ Place Setting Capacity

# of Cycles

Price

And really, price should be one of the least considerations.  The dishwasher does not represent the major investment for your kitchen, but it is the one of the most used appliances in your kitchen.  So think about it,

March 9, 2010

Luxury: The Hunt for Beauty in Composting

Posted in Design Ideas, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Luxury for the home at 11:23 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

We all hear, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”  Today I have some ideas on the recycle concept.  I’ve spoken to you about the new focus for us this year, incorporating more environmentally friendly products and practices into our life, like eating less processed foods (which is hard for a busy family of 4!)  So, less processed foods means an increase in our organic waste.  Since we are also planting a huge amount of vegetables this year, wouldn’t it be nice to have some compost to feed those garden beds?

With that in mind, I’ve been searching for compost pails for the kitchen.  Not too surprising, there isn’t a plethora to choose from.  I, of course, want ones that have charcoal filters, but if it is going to sit on my counter, I’d like it to be attractive too.  Here are three that offer some style for you.

The mega stainless steel compost pail from Williams Sonoma, represents the most prevalent style available.  It does come in a 1 gallon capacity and the extra-large 1-1/2 gallon capacity. Not a bad choice if you’re cooking for an army!

Stainless Steel Compost Crock – Williams Sonoma

This green glazed ceramic would work perfect in any traditional kitchen, especially with a French or Tuscan flair.  This crock is so attractive, your guests wouldn’t guess it’s true purpose.

https://i0.wp.com/demandware.edgesuite.net/aabf_prd/on/demandware.static/Sites-Gardeners-Site/Sites-GSC_Products/default/v1268059206375/Products/36-480.jpg

Green Stoneware Compost Crock from The Gardeners Supply

I LOVE the last version.  The bamboo crock is made from a renewable source (another eco-philosophy) and is an attractive addition to any transitional or modern kitchen.  This may be the choice for me.

Bamboo Compost Crock from The Gardeners Supply

What is your favorite one?  Have you found one that works and brings luxury to your kitchen – Share with me!

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.

March 1, 2010

The Luxury of Buying Local

Posted in Design Inspirations, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Uncategorized tagged at 8:51 am by luxuryforthehome

March is finally here, our weather is warming, the trees are budding and for those reasons and many more, we are going green this month.  I’m like you. I’m not an expert in this area.  I have no certifications for green design, but I have a new focus for the topic.  So, join me this month as we wade through the hype and find ideas, products and designs that are well worth their salt.  If you haven’t had the chance already, sign up for our RSS feed and have the blog delivered to you.

Today, I thought that I’d highlight a green topic – Buy Local. Now the concept began with food, “Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local”.  Buying local is beneficial in many ways, it supports the local economy, the transportation costs are less and thereby the fuel emissions are less.  But if we take it to my world, the one of Interior Design in Houston, TX – what would it look like?

The 3/50 project” started by Cinda Baxter turns this concept to our local retailers.  Simply put these are the tenets of the project:

  • 3 – Think about which three independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone.  Stop in and say hello.  Pick up a little something that will make someone smile.  Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.
  • 50 – If just ½ the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 Billion in revenue*  Imagine the positive impact if ¾ of the employed population did that.
  • 68 – For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.  Spend it online and nothing comes home.
  • 1 – The number of people it takes to start the trend…you.

So the challenge is simple, choose 3 locally-owned businesses to support this month.  An easy challenge, it can be a coffee shop, a restaurant, a landscaper or even an interior designer.

Doubt the impact of 1 person? Look at this illustration, showing how many people a simple drapery order could affect.  First, there is the direct effect of the 3 people in my office, and then there is the showroom, usually another 3 people there.  The UPS deliver guy, the drapery workroom (at least 4, the estimator, the seamstress, the scheduler and the installer). Directly, your single drapery order has touched 11 people.  Indirectly, it is exponential.  So while all of our supply chains may not be 100% local, the effect of your single purchase can be tremendous on the local economy.

So today’s challenge, buy local at least 3 times this month.

September 23, 2009

What does your room say about your personality?

Posted in houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers at 6:33 am by luxuryforthehome

Check out my guest blog post on Home Intel’s blog to find out what your room could say about your personality!

http://homeintelblog.com/

Next page